Nearly 100 golfers gathered in Fort Mohave, Arizona on Saturday, April 1st for the fourth annual Kody Bressman Memorial Golf Tournament, raising $5,000 in scholarship funds for future USAC students heading to San Sebastián, Spain. USAC matched the $5,000 donation in Kody Bressman’s name.
Kody studied in San Sebastián, Spain in Fall of 2011. Developing his love for the Spanish language at a young age, Kody made the bold choice to live with a host family while studying abroad. He ended up building a close friendship with them, as well as with his fellow USAC student and roommate, Patrick Haverty. His USAC staff, host family, and friends from the program all spoke highly of him by the time the program had ended and he returned to the United States. It was with great sadness that they learned Kody had passed away in 2013.
In celebration of Kody’s life and passion for his study abroad experience, the first annual golf tournament took place in spring 2014. Since then, the tournament has consistently grown in size, attracting more competitors as well as increased attendance for the lunch and accompanying raffle.
This year was a particularly special one: not only did the tournament have its first ever hole-in-one, but they also hosted Patrick Haverty, Kody’s roommate from San Sebastián. On the day of the tournament, Patrick gave a moving speech about his friendship with Kody, sharing special memories of their time in Spain and remarking that the experience changed his life forever. Patrick still to this day keeps in touch with their host family and has since gone back to visit them in Spain.
Plans are underway for the fifth annual tournament in spring of 2018.