Student-Vets Plan Second Annual Memorial Day Disc Golf Fundraiser

April 23, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Student-Vets Check

Members of Niagara University’s Student Veterans Organization present a check to the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, in support of the Sergeant Major Fred E. Kirtchen Memorial Scholarship Fund. Pictured from left are Robert Swanson, director of career services and a former student of Sgt. Maj. Kirtchen’s; Karl Hinterberger, tournament founder; Father Maher; and Justin Flynn, SVO treasurer.

The Niagara University Student Veterans Organization will hold its second annual Memorial Day Disc Golf Tournament at Joseph Davis State Park on Saturday, May 24.

All proceeds benefit the Sergeant Major Fred E. Kirtchen Memorial Scholarship Fund, which assists returning military veterans who are attending NU.

Entry fees range from $20 to $45 depending on skill level. Registration for the event is available online at, or onsite on tournament day, beginning at 9 a.m.

Participants receive a commemorative glow-in-the-dark Innova Disc, while trophies, challenge coins and cash prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division. In addition, each “golfer” will receive a dog tag engraved with the name of a fallen hero from New York state.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Forty-six people participated in last year’s inaugural tournament, traveling from as far as Toronto and Las Vegas. More than $1,000 was raised for the scholarship fund.

Sergeant Major Kirtchen graduated from Niagara University in 1980 while assigned as an instructor in the department of military science. During his military career, he was decorated for valor in Vietnam and rose to the highest levels of responsibility in the Army. A proud Niagaran, Sergeant Major Kirtchen continued his education after retiring from the army and maintained a close relationship with military alumni. In 2010, he was posthumously inducted into Niagara University’s Military and ROTC Hall of Fame.

For tournament registration and information, please call 716.286.8341 or visit

To learn more about the benefits that Niagara University offers to military veterans, please contact Robert Healy, veterans’ services coordinator, at 716.286.8341 or ude.aragainnull@ylaehr.