OSU President E. Gordon Gee stepped from his vehicle onto the beautifully manicured OSU Scarlet Golf Course lawn and was eagerly met by over 100 charity participants at the Fifth Annual BuckEYE Golf Classic. The charity outing, held this past June, had a lot to live up to as the previous events had been hosted by some amazing, first-class special guests including Archie Griffin, Thad Matta, Jim Tressel, and Clark Kellogg. The bar was set high, but thankfully Gee is no stranger to the limelight.
As president of the second largest university in the country with an annual budget greater than the state of Rhode Island, Gee is at home with national attention, but maintains his hometown charm. His candor and friendliness are well-known, but you are still not quite prepared for the genuine level of interest that he has for people. It is no wonder that he was recently named TIME magazine’s No# 1 College President in the country.
Despite this high title, he was completely comfortable with talking and posing for photos with as many participants as he could. To community sponsors and area ophthalmologists, Gee extended more than just a smile and firm handshake, but a deep appreciation for their support of education and research at the OSU Havener Eye Institute.
After meeting Gee, the charity participants were treated to a Drive Clinic led by world Long-Drive champion and OSU Ophthalmology resident Dr. Landon Colling. He showed them proper swing technique, how to maximize your efforts, and concluded with tips on health and fitness.
The participants were grateful for the tips, as they were definitely needed for the challenging course ahead. OSU Scarlet Golf Course is one of the top collegiate courses in America and was recently redesigned by former Buckeye and golf legend, Jack Nicklaus. As difficult as the course was, everyone agreed that it was a perfect day with sunny skies and well-matched foursomes.
The BuckEYE Classic trophy was awarded to Drs. Doug Baker, Jack Dingle, and Tom Dingle for scoring way under par, but the real winners were the OSU Ophthalmology resident physicians. The $41,000 raised will go to support their education and better the lives of central Ohioans.
“It was a success, but we could not have done it without the help of our sponsors, especially Fifth Third Bank,” said Dr. Alan Letson, Residency Program Director. “They are companies that are so invested in their communities that they step up to make a difference by educating tomorrow’s eye physicians. Their foresight will help us to save sight in ways we can only imagine now.”