Annual Florida Tech Festivities
at Suntree Country Club
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Time to revise the saying that “close” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. It also counts in Chopper Dropper.
On March 24 at Suntree Country Club, the closest golf ball to the pin will win someone the $50,000 grand prize as Florida Institute of Technology holds its 14th Annual Chopper Dropper.
Only a handful of tickets remain for the popular event, which is a key part of the university’s biggest fundraiser for athletics scholarships, the annual Sporting Affair XXV, which also features a golf tournament, food and drink, and more. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $100 each.
Chopper Dropper involves dropping 2,000 numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto a putting green, with the ball closest to the pin winning the holder of that number the $50,000 grand prize. There is also a $10,000 second prize and 15 $1,000 prizes, as well.
There is also plenty to do before and after those golf balls drop.
A cocktail buffet reception sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne will feature food from Florida Tech athletic partners The Broken Barrel Tavern, Matt’s Casbah, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle that last year sent the winner home with over $1,900.
And of course there is the golf tournament at the beautiful, and normally members-only, Suntree Country Club. Qualifying golfers will also have a shot at $1 million in the hole in one shootout.
Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper benefit Florida Tech’s 22 sports programs and more than 550 student athletes by generating funding for athletic scholarships.
HOMEPAGE PHOTO: Florida Institute of Technology Athletics Director Bill Jurgens, far left, stands with Florida Tech Trustee Dr. Richard Baney, Suntree Country Club General Manager Steve Lamontagne, and Florida Tech Trustee Joseph Flammio at Suntree Country Club. Baney and Flammio played key roles in establishing Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper as the primary fundraiser for scholarships for student-athletes, as did Trustee Travis Proctor, not pictured.