MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

June 16, 2018

Annual golf tournament honors the memory of Mayville State icon Harvey McMullen

The annual Harvey McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Mayville Golf Course. The 4-person scramble is open to all men and women. Registration is at 10 a.m. Tee time is at 11 a.m. Dinner will be served, and awards and prizes will be presented, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Harvey McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament is sponsored by the Mayville State University Comet Athletic Club. Formerly known as the North Valley (Hoople)-Comet Connection, the annual golfing event was re-named in honor of one of its founders, Harvey McMullen.

Harvey McMullen, a native of Hoople, N.D., and Jerome Berg, both Mayville State University icons and steadfast supporters of the school established the North Valley (Hoople)-Comet Connection Golf Tournament in the early 1990s. The purpose in starting the event remains the same today as it was then: to raise scholarship funds for Mayville State student athletes while having fun with friends from near and far. Over the years, the event has been held at Mayville and at northern Red River Valley golf courses.

Dr. Harvey McMullen began his 27-year career at Mayville State in 1961 as the dean of men, as well as a teacher and coach. Over the years, he served as dean of men, dean of students, and Student Senate advisor. He taught psychology courses, supervised student teachers, and held the rank of professor of education. McMullen served as an assistant coach in football, basketball, and baseball. He was an outstanding ambassador for Mayville State, recruiting and helping to retain countless numbers of students. Mayville State bestowed Dr. McMullen with the title Emeritus Dean of Men, and he was honored with the Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Harvey passed away in October of 2015.

The tournament format is a four-person scramble. If you do not have a foursome, you may sign up in pairs or individuals and the committee will make up a foursome for you. Every tournament participant will have an opportunity to try their luck in the hole-in-one contest. There’s an opportunity to win $10,000 for Mayville State, and $10,000 for yourself! In addition, you could win an exclusive metal sign featuring the 2017-18 MSU men’s basketball team photo from the national tournament and other items donated by the Comets athletics teams just for signing up.

Registration fee for the Harvey McMullen Memorial Golf tournament is $80.00 per player. Cart is purchased separately. A $5.00 trail fee is charged for those who bring their own carts. Registration deadline is Friday, July 6. Proceeds go to Mayville State’s general athletic scholarship fund. Those interested can register online at If you prefer, you may download the registration form and send it to the MSU Foundation. For more information, contact Stacy Buchl at 701-788-4864 or go to

I encourage you to support athletics at Mayville State University through your participation in the Harvey McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament on July 13. You’re sure to have a wonderful time while honoring a great Mayville State icon and benefiting a great cause. As an added bonus, if you head out to the Mayville Golf Course on July 13, you’ll have a chance to meet Mayville State’s new athletic director, Ryan Hall!

You’ll have another opportunity to support Mayville State University athletics through the Comet Athletic Club Sportsmen’s Raffle scheduled for Aug. 25. Tickets are on sale now for the 50-gun giveaway, as well as the 2018 Polaris 500 ATV raffle. Only 500 tickets will be sold in the gun raffle. That means you’ll have a one-in-ten chance of winning! Go to to learn more. These activities are very important to the success of Mayville State’s athletics program and we sincerely the outstanding support of alumni, community members, and friends.