Two Greeks Finish Among Top Six at the British Open
After leading the first two rounds of the British Open with no bogies, Brandt Snedeker (Kappa Alpha Order at Vanderbilt) finished in a tie for third place and won $464,725. Tying for fifth place with a final round 69 was Luke Donald (Sigma Chi at Northwestern), who won $304,610.
Emmy Award Nominees List Include Seven Greeks
The nominees in major categories for the 2012 Emmy Awards were announced last week by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and include the following alumni from NIC member fraternities:Nominees from comedy shows:Lead actor category: Larry David-Tau Epsilon Phi in Curb Your Enthusiasm; Jim Parsons-Pi Kappa Alpha in The Big Bang TheorySupporting actor category: Ty Burrell-Sigma Chi in Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet-Pi Kappa Alpha in Modern FamilyNominees from miniseries or made-for-TV movies:Kevin Costner-Delta Chi in Hatfields & McCoys; Woody Harrelson in Game ChangeNominee from variety, music or comedy series:Jon Stewart-Pi Kappa Alpha for The Daily Show With John Stewart
2012 Greeks in the Olympics
The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in London July 27th through August 12th and several alumni from NIC member fraternities will participate as athletes and coaches. The TEAM USA water polo squad features three Kappa Alpha alumni from Stanford: team captain Tony Azevedo, Peter Hudnut and Peter Varellas. Stanford Sigma Alpha Epsilon twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are the top players for the US tennis squad and Northwestern Delta Tau Delta alumnus Jake Herbert is a member of the wrestling team. Phi Kappa Psi alumnus Jerry Colangelo is Managing Director of the TEAM USA basketball squad and Delta Upsilon's Jim Boeheim is one of the two assistant basketball coaches. In a related item, LSU Kappa Alpha Order member Mark LeBlanc will compete in London's Paralympic Games August 31st through September 9th. He is a member of the US sailing team. If other Greeks are participating in the Olympic or Paralympic Games, please send their names and fraternity affiliations to Jay Langhammer at Jlangha132@aol.com.
Phi Gam Rob Riggle Hosts ESPN’s Awards Show
Hosting The ESPYs, ESPN's annual best-in-sports awards show July 11th, is actor-comedian Rob Riggle, a member of Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Kansas. He has been seen on current TV series "Wilfred" and in such films as "21 Jump Street", "The Hangover", "Tropic Thunder" and "Step Brothers", in addition to frequent comedy bits on the Funny or Die Internet site and as a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Two Florida State Pikes Playing Well on NGA Pro Golf Tour
Two recent Florida State University standout golfers and Pi Kappa Alpha chapter mates are now doing well on the National Golf Association's Pro Golf Tour. On July 2nd and 3rd, Wesley Graham placed second at the NGA's Aberdeen Country Club meet, then won first place honors and $5,000 at the NGA Carolina Summer Series on July 5th and 6th. His final round 64 helped him finish 10 strokes under par. Also playing on the NGA Tour is former Seminoles All-American Drew Kittleson, who tied for seventh at the late May Three Ridges NGA Knoxville Classic.
The NGA formerly sponsored the Hooters Golf Tour and is now the third largest pro tour in the United States, after the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. Approximately twenty 72 hole Pro Series events take place each year, allowing younger players a chance to further develop their skills and receiver their PGA Tour cards.
ATO’s Len Dawson Wins Rozelle Radio-TV Award
Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson, a member of Alpha Tau Omega at Purdue, will be honored again in Canton, Ohio soon for his broadcasting career. The former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is the recipient of the 2012 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for his "long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football." He has served as a color commentator for the Chiefs Radio Network since 1982 and was an analyst for NBC from 1976 to 1982. Dawson also hosted HBO's Inside the NFL from 1977 to 2001.
Sigma Chi’s Van Pelt Has Best Finish of 2012
Golfer Bo Van Pelt, a Sigma Chi at Oklahoma State, had a second place finish at the AT&T National at Bethesda, Maryland and won $702,000, his highest finish of the PGA Tour so far this year. He was the tournament leader after the first 18 holes with a 67 and finished with a six under par total of 178 over four rounds.