Pomona, Calif. - 06/14/2013 --
T.F. Chen, DDS, underwrote the golf tournament that benefits student scholarships.
One hundred golfers participated in the scramble-format tournament on Monday, June 10, 2013 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
"The numbers look great," said WesternU Senior Vice President Thomas Fox, PhD. "Last year we did more than $28,000, and this year more than $34,000. As Senator Everett Dirksen used to say, 'pretty soon, you're talking real money.'"
Students can leave the University with $150,000 to $200,0000 in debt or more, Fox said.
"The fact we can raise scholarship money, whether it's through A Tribute to Caring, East West Scholarship Dinner or the Towne & Gown Golf Classic, that's showing that these folks (participants) are giving back," Fox said. "They want to help the students. That's what we are looking at, and it's what's great."
Samaritan Health Services President and CEO Larry Mullins won the helicopter golf ball drop and happily returned the 50-50 cash prize, which will be split between the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and COMP-Northwest scholarship funds.
A helicopter team dropped more than 170 numbered golf balls at a designated flag, and Mullins' ball landed closest to the pin. Nearly $1,500 worth of golf balls was sold.
Symes Cadillac of Pasadena sponsored the hole-in-one competition for a chance to win a 2013 Cadillac. No one won the silver Cadillac ATS that was on display near the putting green.
Several other sponsors helped make a difference:
Tournament sponsor T.F. Chen, DDS, and tournament golf shirt sponsor Inter Valley Health Plan.
Silver sponsors Mission Hospice & Palliative Care; Wells Fargo Bank; Mutual of America Life Insurance Company; Law Offices of Karen La Madrid; Williams Sign Co.; Samaritan Health Services; and LCS Construction.
Closest to the pin sponsor was Dr. Frank Hsu; longest drive sponsor was DrivenBi; and cart sponsor was PIH Health.
Following a dinner reception, the three teams with the lowest gross scores were awarded trophies:
First Place: Andrew Behnke, Mark Hardy, Chris Pope, Jason Christie -- Doubletree in Claremont
Second Place: Karen La Madrid, Dr. Schubert Atiga, Don Wright, David Deluccia
Third Place: Jack Foran, Ron Flowers, Scott Carriveau, Carolyn Spiess -- DPR Construction
Three teams were awarded trophies for having the highest gross score, or reverse Stableford:
First Place: Mary Fox, Betty Chen, Josephine Yeong and Regan Elliot
Second Place: Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, Jack Barton, Rocky Gomes and Ann Ellis
Third Place: Mark Kalmar, Edith Jennison, Sean Smith and Stella Lee
This year, WesternU Provost Gary Gugelchuk, PhD, and Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Student Affairs Beverly Guidry, EdD, took home the "longest drive" trophy for literally being the ones with the longest drive: The pair carried on a tradition established by WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, and Board of Trustees member John T. McGwire, DDS, driving a beverage cart around the golf course.
Fox said Susan Terrazas, director of annual giving, and her associates did a great job with the event.
Chen and Pumerantz said they were impressed with how many people came to have fun golfing while also supporting student scholarships.
Chen said he underwrites golfing and the dinner to help many talented and able students afford medical school.
"Having this golf fundraiser helps raise money for students' tuition costs to that they can come get a great education at WesternU," Chen said.