Active Team Wins Tau Open
2014 Tau Open Champions (left to right) are Ben Beverly '09,
Chris Sewell '11, Craig Valenta '10, and Cory Miller '09.
The 2014 Tau Open playoff came down to two alumni teams and one active team, with the actives claiming victory in the final round. The annual tournament was held April 25 and 26 at Lakeway Country Club's Yaupon and Live Oak golf courses. The format was a four-man scramble that began with a shotgun round each day. In keeping with tradition, the Calcutta dinner was held the first evening of the tournament at the Iguana Grill on Lake Travis.
Actives Cory Miller '09, Craig Valenta '10, Ben Beverly '09, and Chris Sewell '11 went on to win the first playoff hole by making a putt for birdie, closing out the tournament.
Steven Caruselle '03, Luke Hotze '03, Bruce Hotze '01, and Russell Zwiener, MD, '01 were this year's tournament organizers. They wish to thank everyone who participated.
The 2015 Tau Open is scheduled for April 17 and 18, marking its 30th year as an annual tournament for the Tau Chapter.
Grand Master Update
Dear Alumni & Parents,
March was an exhausting but fun-filled month for the Tau Chapter. Our Executive Council and the entire Chapter put lots of work, effort and enthusiasm into making this year's Round Up successful and, by all accounts, it was. The Kappa Sig lodge was definitely "the place to be," as we had a huge turnout of people join us for our weekend-long festivities.
On March 3, Tau alumnus Hagen McMahon was our featured speaker and gave an enlightening presentation about his career as a banker, business owner and lobbyist. Also, in March, a third of our Chapter attended an IFC Risk Reduction Seminar, which I can say firsthand was both educational and enjoyable.
April will be a busy and productive month for us as well. Our Chapter hosted its second annual Kappa Sig Masters on April 5, which is our philanthropy putt-putt golf event. On April 12, we look forward to opening our lodge to our families with our Spring Parents' Weekend "Night in Monte Carlo" dinner. On April 25 and 26, many of us will participate in the Tau Open golf tournament in Lakeway, open to both actives and alumni.
Thank you, everyone, for your continuing support of the Chapter and please know that I'm always just a phone call or email away.
Matt Stubbs, '11
Tau Chapter Grand Master
Brax McCarthy Plays Strong in Inaugural Spring Tournament
The Tau Chapter's Braxton McCarthy '10 turned in an impressive performance for the Longhorns at The Amer Ari Invitational Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Kings' Course in Hawaii on February 8. A redshirt junior, McCarthy helped his UT men's golf team tie for seventh place in a field of 20 teams competing.
McCarthy earned his first top 10 ranking in college golf last year after holding the lead for two straight days at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Houston. A Fort Worth native and Marketing major, McCarthy's father is Tom McCarthy '73.
Brax McCarthy '10 (center back row) was cheered on in
Hawaii by friends and family (left to right) George Cox '70,
father Tom McCarthy '73, mother Julie McCarthy, godmother
Mick Pritchett and godfather Jim Pritchett '71.
Tau Open 2014
Kappa Sigma Tau Open 2014
April 25 & 26
Lakeway Country Club
Four-man scramble format:
Friday, April 25: Yaupon Course
Saturday, April 26: Live Oak Course
Shotgun will begin at 1 PM each day
$175 per Active
$300 per Alumnus
Congratulations to the Newly Elected Tau Chapter Officers for 2014
Grand Master: Matt Stubbs
Grand Procurator: Dax Damrich
Grand Treasurer: Ryan Lord
Assistant Treasurer: Hayden McMurrey
Grand Scribe: Wes Draper
Social: Ryley Caton
Social: Brad Eral
Social: Blake Naivar
House Manager: Ryan Shaffrey
Philanthropy Chair: Alex Amato
Kitchen Liaison: Tyler Hope
Tau Chapter Welcomes 48 New Pledges
Pledge Class 2013
|Eric Annestrand||Gibby Gilmore||Trevor Peck|
|Jake Askew||Eric Glenn||Charlie Powers|
|Chad Baldwin||Brandon Goldberg||Killian Regan|
|Ethan Beasley||Brett Harbin||Trey Richardson|
|Landyn Behn||Ben Harkrider||Chris Rohrbach|
|Tanner Brennan||Graham Hefner||Clay St. Clair|
|Cole Bridgeman||Alex Irion||Josh Smith|
|Travis Bryan||Paul Langford||Drake Stacey|
|Collin Caram||Nathan Langhenry||Ryan Stanton|
|Duff Dean||Sam Langner||Michael Swayne|
|Trask Disk||David Malave||Danny Tabor|
|Walker Drewitt||Jake McDermott||David Uhr|
|Robert Ellis||Cole Morgan||Matthew Vondrak|
|Zach Fugina||Josh Notari||Preston Weaver|
|Justin Germani||Kendall Ocasio||Connor Whealdon|
|Miller Gill||Steven Pashin||Justin Williams|
Tau alumni held chapter orientation on September 13 and 14,
conducting pledge interviews and explaining in detail the
Kappa Sigma Fraternity's required code of conduct.
Tau Chapter Enjoying Spring Parents' Weekend:
Graduating Seniors 2013: Top row (L to R) are graduating Seniors 2013:
John Robinson '10, Spencer Klein '10, John Wallace '09, Kelton Carter '09,
Bryce Healey '09, Chris Primavera '09, Orion Campbell '09, and Ryan Naivar '09.
Bottom row (L to R): Adam Seitzman '10, Wes Crochet '10, Mark Thorne-Thomsen '10, and Marco Lagone '10.
A Wonderful Year for the Tau Chapter
Dear Alumni & Parents' Association,
On behalf of the Tau Chapter, I extend to you our deepest gratitude for your encouragement and support this past year. We are deeply humbled to be brothers in a Chapter that has produced so many outstanding alumni who have made their marks in the fields of medicine, education, the arts, business, law, politics and finance.
Our opportunity earlier this year to see Bill Wittliff '59 honored as National Kappa Sigma Man of the Year was especially meaningful to us. We were fortunate not only to help celebrate Mr. Wittliff's extraordinary accomplishments, but also to witness first hand how Kappa Sig bonds really do hold Tau brothers together throughout their lives.
To the Parents' Association, we appreciate more than words can say the wonderful Parents' Weekend events you organized and hosted last fall and this spring. We also thank you for raising money to make improvements to the Kappa Sig living quarters and to enhance the lodge. Thank you so much for your time and generosity.
As a Chapter, we're very proud that a Tau brother, Nash Horne '10, has been appointed to the UT System Board of Regents to serve as its student representative for the entire University. Nash is well deserving of this appointment and I know he will serve us well as our student voice on this esteemed board.
I'm also proud of the entire Chapter for the academic ranking we achieved this past year within the Interfraternity Council. We garnered an overall GPA of 3.279, placing us second out of 23 fraternities on the UT campus. Tau Pledges earned the Number One ranking among New Members, with a GPA of 3.285.
This was a highly productive and rewarding year for all of us who have the good fortune to be a part of the Tau Chapter. We're forever grateful for your guidance, inspiration and support.
Hayden Witte '10
Kappa Sigma Tau Chapte
Brax McCarthy Shines in
Bayou City Collegiate Championship
Brax McCarthy '10, a Junior walk-on from Fort Worth who hadn't played competitive golf since his senior year in high school, took the lead on day one at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship and held it for two straight days, outplaying his five team mates, three of whom were defending national champions. McCarthy, son of Thomas McCarthy '73, began day three with a two-stroke lead, but bogeyed his first hole and ultimately tied for sixth place as an individual. Overall, an outstanding performance that helped Texas place first in the championship and earned McCarthy his first top 10 in college golf. The championship was played at Redstone Golf Club in Humble, TX, February 22 - 24.
Tau Chapter Officers at Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Event
to Honor Bill Wittliff '59
January 12, 2013
59 Pledge Kappa Sig at UT this Fall
KS Tau Chapter 2012 Pledge Class
Tau Alumni host pledge orientation on September 9, conducting a full day of interviews and discussions concerning the Kappa Sig Fraternity's required code of conduct.