Even rain could not dampen the spirit of the attendees at the 2012 BuckEYE Golf Classic. The 7th Annual golf outing was held at the beautiful OSU Scarlet Golf course, one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. It was difficult to say if the charity golfers were more eager to start playing the challenging course or to meet this year’s special guest, OSU Football Coach Urban Meyer.
Their enthusiasm was not unwarranted, Coach Urban comes to Ohio State with the highest winning percentage among all active coaches and two National Championships. He is an Ohio native and an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University.
At the BuckEYE Golf Classic, Coach Meyer posed for photos with each of the attendees and signed footballs. He ultimately helped to raise over $50,000 to support the OSU Ophthalmology Residency Program.
“Driving up to the course, the dreary weather looked like it would put quite the damper on the day,” said Alan Letson, MD, Residency Program Director, “but everyone was a good sport and Urban Meyer was a phenomenal guest. Taking the time to not only take a photo with participants, but also sign footballs puts him pretty high in my book. I’m looking forward to seeing what he and the Buckeyes do this year!”
"I've been providing maintenance on the ophthalmic equipment for the department since 1986," said Roy Whipple. "This is my seventh year participating in the golf outing. It felt great to win, but it felt better to give back."
“I really enjoyed the Golf Outing," said William Terrell, MD. "As a current resident, I think that it is a great time to meet department alumni and share stories. Funds raised from this outing directly support resident education, even helping with the most recent acquisition of the EYESI surgical simulator. After graduation, I plan on joining the outing as an alumnus, to meet with old friends and make new ones, all for a good cause."
Over the past seven years, the BuckEYE Golf Classic has provided ophthalmology residents with textbooks and equipment. This year, proceeds will go toward purchasing the retinal surgery software and hardware upgrades to our new EYESI Surgical Simulator. This module permits residents to practice retinal surgery in a 3D, physics-based, virtual environment.
Thanks to everyone who made this important event a success, especially our sponsors: