The athletic department at Spoon River College will host the inaugural Snapper Golf Tournament on Friday, September 17, at Harry Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. and tee-off is at noon.  The deadline to sign up is September 10.

“This will be our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we hope to have a good turnout,” said John Bassett, athletic director and head coach for the softball team, adding that the athletic department’s wish list includes a press box, outside hitting tunnels, and a new volleyball net.

Cost is $75 per person or $300 per foursome, and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, chances to win skill prizes, an SRC-themed gift, and prizes for the top foursome.

Bassett noted that six years ago when he first came to Spoon River College, the only athletics being offered were baseball and softball. Since then, the addition of the Multi-Purpose Building and the Snapper Villas student housing has allowed the college to add volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and eSports. “I had 30 active student athletes my first year. Now I have 116.”

During last year’s season, baseball, softball, and men’s basketball were all nationally ranked, with the men’s basketball team ending their season at #13 after being in the rankings for six consecutive weeks, making it up to #8 at one point. They also ended the season as MWAC Co-Conference Champions, and Coach Chance Jones was named MWAC Coach of the Year. A number of students were also recognized by both the MWAC and the NJCAA for their academic and athletic achievements.

“Even if you can’t make the golf outing, we hope folks will come watch some games. Our athletes play hard and appreciate a good crowd,” said Bassett.

For more information about signing up or sponsoring a team contact John Bassett at or by calling 309-649-6303.  Multiple levels of sponsorship are available.