CUA Golf Classic and Smathers Award Presentation Set for October 14

CUA Golf Classic and Smathers Award Presentation Set for October 14

WASHINTON – The Catholic University of America Athletics Department is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the annual CUA Golf Classic. The event tees off Cardinal Weekend 2016 on Friday, October 14 at Argyle Country Club and will feature the presentation of this year's Smathers Award, one of Catholic Athletics' most prestigious honors, to Kathleen (Franciose) Green '77.

It will be the second straight year the event takes place at Argyle after an amazing experience in 2015. Sign-in for the day begins at 8:30 a.m., with driving range and practice greens available. There will also be a $2,500 putting contest at 9:30 a.m., prior to a 10 a.m., shotgun start.

After a great day of golf, Catholic will host a social hour before dinner and awards presentation.

This year's Smathers Award winner is former field hockey player, Kathleen Green '77, P'09. Green has served her country for nearly 30 years and is uniquely qualified as the 2016 honoree.

The Smathers Award is named for a soldier and alumnus: decorated Army reservist and lawyer Capt. John Smathers '80, '84, who passed due to heart failure on Feb. 4, 2006. The award is given annually at the CUA Golf Classic to a current or former Catholic student-athlete who has distinguished himself or herself in service to community, university, profession or country. The eighth annual event is set for October 14, at Argyle Country Club, in nearby Aspen Hill, Md.

Lt. Col. Green had 28 years of commissioned service: active duty, line officer, administrative and executive support and clinical staff nurse. She was also a reserve and National Guard aeromedical chief flight nurse with over 1000 hours of flight time to include combat missions, including Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Green also functioned as Air Force Medical Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Kuwait providing logistical and administrative expertise for U.S. Department of State operations. Instrumental in Quality Management for the ANG as an adjunct instructor to their headquarters team.

Green and Capt. Smathers (B.A. 1980, J.D. 1984) have much in common as both epitomized the ideal of service to country, according to their former CUA classmates. During Smathers' military career, he earned four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, an Army Medal of Commendation, and six Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals. After his unit came under heavy fire during his final mission in Iraq in 2004, Smathers suffered multiple injuries requiring emergency surgery. 

In addition to her time as a field hockey player at Catholic, Green also earned an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was with a detachment at Howard University. She also carrying over 22 credits as a nursing major and was involved in KBG sorority.

This past year, Green completed a four-year commitment on the CUA alumni board of governors.

She is also active as an educator, spending 19-plus years in public education as a health science teacher. Many a student has gone on to nursing school and beyond thanks to her guidance.

Green is an active member in her parish, St Therese, serving as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, greeter, member of the handbell choir, RCIA team and pre-cana as well as fundraising efforts toward completion of a new church last year. 

Green continues to give back to her community and is active with the Welcome Home Vets and Richard's Coffee Shop, which invites veterans to come and share camaraderie that they cannot find anyplace else.

It is often said that Capt. Smathers' warm heart, quick wit and commitment to his country will never be forgotten by those who knew him. "When he was your friend, you had no greater friend," his law partner and former CUA classmate Michael McGowan has said. "He'd do anything for you."

Lt. Col. Green lives up to that standard.