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‘61 Team at 2009 Golfing Grads

For the past 20+ years, ’61 has fielded a team at the annual Golfing Grads of USMA golf tournament.

We are in danger of not having a team for the upcoming 2024 tournament.

If you are interested in learning more, read on and contact Witherspoon at

The Golfing Grads of USMA

What could be more fun than playing golf with your old West Point buddies? That was the rationale for the first Golfing Grads held at Hilton Head Island, SC in 1989. Tyler Willson, ’60, invited 3 classmates and a friend and his brother, Dan Willson ’63, invited one of his classmates and his son and the class competition began.

Following the first tournament, Dan Willson, ’63, took the helm and planned, organized, and managed the tournaments from that point for the next 25 years. Most often a Silver Anniversary is marked by major celebration; however the 2013 milestone event was bittersweet due to the untimely passing of Dan Willson.  “The Dipper” worked tirelessly all those years, planning annual Golfing Grads Tournaments, so the Long Gray Line golfers would have a place to reunite, reminisce and play golf. GG continued in his footsteps and considered future tournaments a tribute to his dedication and leadership.

After the first tournament, graduates in other classes asked if they could participate and before long, GG had six classes and seventy participants. The numbers have been growing every year since then, reaching 181 players from a dozen or so different classes.

Join us for
The Golfing Grads of USMA

36th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament

Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Orlando Area)

29 April - 1 May, 2024

Over the years, the tournament has been held at a number of great venues.  First year at Hilton Head; followed by nine years at Greenlefe, FL; two years at Callaway Gardens, GA; two at Palm Coast, FL; four at World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL; one at Amelia Island, FL; three at the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Capitol Hill course in Prattville, AL; two at the RTJ Grand National course in Opelika, AL; two at Innisbrook, FL; and more recently : 2015-16 at Grand National, Opelika, AL; and 2017-2019 at World Golf Village and the Renaissance World Village Resort in St Augustine. For 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic caused a cancellation at the Grand National at Opelika, Al.  In 2021 and 2022, we returned to the RTJ Courses at Grand National at Opelika, Al.  In 2023 we were at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL.

The 2024 event will be at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. While we sponsor competitive golf amongst the classes for annual bragging rights for winning the Commander’s Trophy, this tournament is all about fun and camaraderie.  It is a chance to see and visit with classmates and friends from other classes.  Your family members are also welcome to attend adding to the diversity of the group.  There is ample opportunity to relax and visit.  We welcome players at every skill level to participate in the event. Having a good time is a requirement.

Do not assume that because you were signed up and paid your registration fee for 2023 that you are automatically signed up for 2024.

The Venue

For the 2024 tournament we remain at:

Mission Inn Resort & Club at Howey-in-the-Hills, FL
Outstanding golf courses, attentive staff, great hotel & resort, beautiful setting, convenient location

There are two championship courses at Mission Inn, one of Florida’s top golf resorts, that provide exceptional challenge and play. The golf experience is truly remarkable from the scenery—hills that roll and pitch, mature pine and magnolia trees that tower, eagles and ospreys that fly overhead. The terrain of this part of Central Florida, originally orange groves, provides up to 85 ft. elevation changes and a peaceful ambiance void of fairway houses and condos.

Mission Inn’s two championship courses have assembled an impressive list of accolades and achievements, having hosted over 20 consecutive years of NCAA Championships, 8 years of Florida State High School Championships, US Open and US Amateur qualifying, FSGA Championships, and many acclaimed junior and college tournaments. El Campeón is honored to be selected by the PGA TOUR as the U.S. qualifying venue for the PGA Latinoamerican and Canadian / Mackenzie Tours. These events will be held each Spring at Mission Inn. Additionally, El Campeón is the ranked #1 course in Florida since 2012 by Golf Channel’s GolfAdvisor. Mission Inn is also a favorite commercial filming location, having hosted several PGA TOUR and Golf Channel specials.

Spend the day challenging one of Florida’s oldest courses, El Campeón known for its steep hills and required shot making skills or play among the rolling hills and sweeping fairways of the Las Colinas Course. Both are quality 18-hole championship courses that have earned their share of accolades from members and resort guests alike. 

After your round, explore the extensive pro shop; relax at Nicker’s (the clubhouse pub and restaurant), or maybe indulge at Spa Marbella . 

The Formats

Day 1 Monday

Day 2 Tuesday

Day 3 Wednesday

       Two-player Teams by class

   Team Captains make up the teams and foursomes

       Best Ball – Holes 1–9 on card (front nine)

    Scramble – Holes 10-18 on card (back nine)

       Shotgun start



       Individual Play

   Team Captains make up the foursomes

       Traditional golf

       Shotgun start


        Four-player teams by class

    Team Captains make up the teams


        Shotgun start



 The Accommodations 

Our Hotel and Base of Operations

Mission Inn Resort & Club



10400 County Road 48, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737


Hotel Amenities

Guest Room Amenities

Other Amenities

       One king or two double beds



       Outdoor spaces: screened balcony


       High Speed Internet


       Safe, in room

       Hair Dryer

       Coffee Maker

       In-room music & movie service

       Gilchrist & Soames bath products


       Luxury Spa – Appt Required

       Swimming – heated pool & hydro-spa


       Trails of the Conquistadors

       El Corredor Fitness Center


       Tennis & Pickleball courts

       Barber/Beauty shop

       Billiards & Game room

       Vending machines

       Trap & Skeet

       Marina del Rey


 The Agenda: 


For Early Arrivals





Optional Golf

Course TBD


Arrival and Check-In

Main Lobby – Front Desk

Inquire for early check-in


Informal Social

GG Hosp Room – El Moro







Hotel Restaurant


Two Person Team Competition – Group 1

El Campeon Course


Open Time

GG Hosp Room – El Moro


Two Person Team Competition – Group 2

El Campeon Course


Arrival & Check-In

Main Lobby – Front Desk

Inquire for early check-in


Cocktail Hour

Ballroom Foyer


Welcome Reception-Buffet Dinner-1st Day Awards








Hotel Restaurant


Individual Competition – Group 1

El Campeon Course


Open Time

GG Hosp Room – El Moro


Individual Competition – Group 2

El Campeon Course


Class Dinners

TBA by Class Captains*


*Group reservations should be made well in advance for class dinners.  Should a class elect to have their dinner at Mission Inn, please contact Tom Molzahn for information, as the GG contract outlines some requirements.







Hotel Restaurant


Four Person Team Scramble – Group 1

Las Colinas Course


Open Time

GG Hosp Room – El Moro


Four Person Team Scramble – Group 2

Las Colinas Course


Cocktail Hour

Ballroom Foyer


Closing Buffet Dinner & Award Presentations



0630 – open

Breakfast /other

Hotel restaurant


Check out / Request late check out



The Standard Tournament Packages

The standard tournament package for a golfer staying at the hotel covers three nights lodging (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), three rounds of golf, three breakfasts (vouchers will be provided at check in), two banquet dinners, dinner gratuities, resort service fees, and all taxes.  Prizes, goody bag, and other admin costs are made by a separate payment sent to Golfing Grads of USMA, which will be covered later.

There is also a 4-night package that includes the same items plus one additional night and breakfast.

The package for a non-golfer covers the same items less golf.  Also, there will be no prizes, goody bag, or admin costs for this option.

This year again we also have a Commuter Package for folks who do not need a room at the hotel.  The commuter package includes three rounds of golf, two banquet dinners, resort service fees, and all taxes.  It does not include room or breakfasts. Prizes, goody bag, and other admin costs are made by a separate payment sent to Golfing Grads of USMA, which will be covered later.    

There is also a non-golfer Commuter Package that covers the same items less golf. Also, there will be no prizes, goody bag, or admin costs for this option.

You should be aware of a few things about the tournament packages:

 The packages are “all-or-nothing” packages, i.e., you must pay for all items included in the package whether you use them or not.   The resort will not refund any amount for any items or events you did not use or participate in.  For example, if you choose not to go to breakfast, the resort will not refund any of the package fee.  If you miss a round of golf, same answer.  However, if for some reason you have to miss a dinner or round of golf, a substitute can take your place.  If you are substituting for golf, you must advise your Team Captain and GG Golf Coordinator Dennis Helsel, of the substitution ahead of time so appropriate adjustments can be made.

  A deposit of $200.00 per person is required at the time you make your hotel reservation. You can cancel your reservation at any time up to 72 hours ahead of your check-in time with no penalty.  NOTE – canceling your reservation requires you to contact BOTH the hotel AND the Accommodations Manager and will likely affect the cost for your roommate.  You should consider this if you have to cancel.  You may be subject to room and/or dinner penalties if you cancel after the 72 hour cutoff.

  We are required to fill the courses for the AM and PM shotgun starts with a minimum of 144 players.  Should we have less than that number the cost for golf may be increased to cover the shortfall.








Single Occupancy - 1 golfer per deluxe room






Double Occupancy - 2 golfers per deluxe room




Per Person

Per Person

Double Occupancy - 1 golfer & 1 non-golfer per deluxe room






Commuter - golfer (No rooms or breakfasts)



Commuter - non-golfer (No golf, rooms or breakfasts)



*NOTE – Prices include taxes, resort fees & meal gratuities but are subject to small changes based on changes in taxes or service charges.

Extra Days and Golf Options

You have the option to stay at the resort an additional night or nights, either before or after the tournament, and you have the option to play additional rounds of golf.  

       Extra Room Nights.   

Each of these options includes one night accommodation, resort fee, and taxes.  NOTE – Breakfast & Golf are not included in these options.  These options are available for three nights ahead of and three nights after the tournament days.  If you are interested in any other days let us know and we will see if the hotel will accommodate you.



Per Person

Per Night

Single Occupancy – 1 per Deluxe room 


Double Occupancy – 2 per Deluxe  room


Extra room nights are subject to availability.  For 2024, Golfing Grads was able to secure a room block of ten rooms for Saturday evening.  These rooms are available on a first-come/first-served basis.  It is likely that some early arrivals may not be able to be accommodated. Early arrival people that cannot be accommodated by Mission Inn will need to book themselves elsewhere.  Some options include the Key West Resort which is nearby on Lake Dora or other local hotels.

       Extra Golf.   

You can, on your own, book tee times on any of the Mission Inn courses by contacting the pro shop at 352.324.3885 .  Identify your group as “Golfing Grads of USMA.”   Tee times are subject to availability and none are blocked out for Golfing Grads.  You can play on the option days of Saturday and Sunday before the tournament starts or Thursday and Friday after the tournament.  You can also opt for a “second round” on the tournament days on one of the courses not being used by GG. 



Extra Round Costs

(Includes Greens fee, Cart)





Some Things to Do Near Mission Inn

 In addition to extra rounds of golf, there are many things to do or see in the vicinity of the resort. 

The following are a few references that describe the primary attractions and activities in the Howey-in-the-Hills area. 

o   Hotel info on local attractions 

o    Area Attractions

o    Howey Mansion

o   Mount Dora

o   Promise Ranch –  Quarry Fishing Excursions

o   Jones Brothers & Co. – Seaplane Rides from Mission Inn Marina

o   Dora Queen –  Paddlewheel Boat Cruise 


As we have done the past few years, we are using an Internet-based registration and data management system that will facilitate registering, making reservations at the resort, disseminating information, integrating inputs, forming teams, organizing events, monitoring payments, etc.

Some words of caution –

1.   If you are sure that you are going to attend you should complete your registration as soon as possible.  If you are not sure, please wait until your plans firm up.  We would like to minimize the number of cancellations.  Golfing Grads room block expires on March 15, so rooms at the resort are subject to availability after that date. 

2. If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as you know.  Do not “hold-on” to your reservation.  Resort cancellations can be made without penalty by following these steps:

                                          i.    You cancel at least 72 hours ahead of the event. Don’t wait until the last minute.

                                        ii.    You call the hotel directly to cancel your credit card and reservation information

                                       iii. You inform your team captain and Accommodations Coordinator-John 

3. Registrations will be made on a first-come/first-served basis; therefore, if we sell out of rooms, earlier registrations will have priority.  For double / 2 golfer rooms, date/time for the first roommate to register establishes the time priority.

Here are the things you need to do:

1.    Submit Your Registration

a.    Complete your registration using the link below Fill Out Registration Form at the end of this document.  The link will take you to an internet-based questionnaire that you will use to submit your registration information.

b.    The form contains multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and longer answer questions.

c.    You simply go through the form and answer all the questions that are applicable.

d.    Once you finish you hit the “Submit” button and your response is immediately recorded into the on-line database.

e.    Note - each golfer must register individually including golfing spouses.  Non-golfing spouses do not need a separate registration. 

2.     Tournament Registration Payment

a.  The tournament registration payment (which is different than the $200 hotel registration deposit) covers prizes, goody bag items, hospitality suite, and other tournament admin costs.

b.    The Registration Payment is non-refundable if you cancel after February 15!

c.    Send a check for $90.00 made payable to Golfing Grads of USMA (not made payable to Tom Molzahn).

d.    Mail check to:

Tom Molzahn

260 San Salvadore

Canyon Lake, TX 78133


e.    NEW FOR 2024:  An option to pay Registration Payment using Zelle instead of writing a check.  Make Zelle payment to: Golfing Grads of USMA - email: - make sure your full name is entered in the comments section.

3.    For Those Staying at the Hotel

a.  The GG Accommodations Coordinator (John Meola) will send you an email providing detailed instructions regarding how your hotel reservation and deposit will be made.  Prior to receiving those instructions DO NOT CONTACT the HOTEL directly regarding a room reservation.  Please be patient.  Since we usually have a high volume of sign-ups in the first month of sign-up it may take a few weeks for John to notify everyone. 

b.    It’s Important that you know your roommate and that both roommates have registered prior to processing room reservations. Therefore, if your roommate has not registered, encourage him/her to do so as soon as possible.

c.    Roommates arriving on different days requires special handling.  For these cases the GG Accommodations Coordinator will provide detailed instructions to process this situation.

4.    For Commuters

a.  You will receive confirmation that your registration is complete and on file.  WAIT after getting that.  Near game day, the GG Accommodations Coordinator will provide instructions regarding how you check in and make your payment to the resort.  

Now all you have to do to register is follow the link below, answer the survey questions, and submit. 


(left click and select hyperlink) 

If you have any questions or comments contact us at: