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Kellogg Students (from left) Tim Renz '07, Phil Ordway '07, Jeff Ellis '05, Pablo Bernal '07 participate in the third annual MBA Golf Challenge.

Kellogg School participants helped Team USA win third annual MBA Golf Challenge

9/26/2006 - Typically when business school students from Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard and Stanford get together, they are competing against each other, battling out a case or paper to win bragging rights for their school. This time, the four prestigious business schools were on the same team faced with some pretty tough competition from European management schools IESE, INSEAD, London Business School, RSM Erasmus University, and SDA Bocconi —on the links.

Students and alumni from the business schools met on a championship golf course 90 miles north of Milan, Italy September 7-10, 2006 for the third annual MBA Golf Challenge. Pablo Bernal, Phil Ordway and Tim Renz (all KSM ’07) and Jeff Ellis (KSM ’05) helped Team USA defeat Team Europe with a score of 23 to 17, an impressive win when the host team has won the last two tournaments.

A unique characteristic of the event, organized by the SDA Bocconi Golf Club, is the selection of the participants. Not all European and American business schools are admitted to the 54 hole, Ryder Cup-style tournament, and with the maximum starting handicap at nine, the competition was tough.

“Personally, it was exhilarating to represent Kellogg and the United States. Team USA competed hard to bring the Cup back to the U.S.,” said Tim Renz. “But in the midst of the fierce competition, we all made 39 new friends and expanded our networks across the country and throughout Europe.”

The event was previously hosted by IESE in Barcelona, Spain and by Stanford in Pebble Beach, California.

“This was an unforgettable experience. We truly felt the excitement of an inter-continental competition, while being able to bond with fellow MBAs from around the world. It was a great privilege to represent Kellogg at this event” said Pablo Bernal.

Added Jeff Ellis, “I hope that more people pay attention to this competition in the future, as it is really a world-class event."