Golf legend Jack Nicklaus once said, “The game is meant to be fun.” His words seem particularly true at the 2014 BuckEYE Golf Classic held at Nicklaus’ alma mater OSU Scarlet Golf Course. The crisp morning air, perfect for golfing, seemed to put everyone in a good mood from the start. The golfers were more than happy to swing some clubs, sink some putts, and raise some money for the OSU ophthalmology residency program.
A charity event cultivated over nine years with nearly $400,000 raised; the BuckEYE Golf classic is an important source of support for the OSU ophthalmology residents providing the latest equipment for their training.
“I think the Golf Outing is a big success for the department and especially the residency program,” said Dr. Matthew Ohr, a faculty member and charity golfer. “It helps to provide opportunities for enhancing the training in the Department. I look forward to it every year.”
Upon arrival, the players enjoyed a hearty brunch of steak and hash browns while surveying a wide variety of silent auction items. This year’s special guest was Columbus Blue Jacket Announcer and former player Jody Shelley.
“We are always grateful for local celebrities who help us raise money for the residency program,” said Andrew Hendershot, MD, a former resident and assistant program director who is known for his greater than average height. “Despite Jody’s reputation during his hockey career as a fighter, he was very nice, extremely personable, and friendly. And, on a more personal note, he was taller than I expected.”
The fun, however, was only just beginning. A shotgun start signaled the course opening and a steady stream of golf carts spread out toward their designated holes. The next few hours, the beautiful grounds teamed with happy golfers and the satisfying “ping” of their clubs striking golf balls?with only a few clipping the grass instead. The golfers were there to support the charity, but could not resist showing off their skills and, in the case of the foursome with a hole-in-one, showing off a bit of luck as well.
At the conclusion of the golf, the participants gathered for appetizers, golf tales from the day, and the award ceremony. Challenge winners were Jon Lange (Long Drive), Elaine Binkley (Longest Putt), Kent Hess (Closest to the Pin). Tournament second- place winners were Don Davis, Kacy Kern, Kelly Kern, and Roy Whipple and first-place winners were Dr. Dave Andereck, Jack Odachowski, Doug Smith, and Dr. Paul Weber.
The success of the BuckEYE Golf Classic is due not only to our wonderful special guest and charity participants, but also through the generosity of our sponsors especially our Presenting Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank.
“Fifth Third Bank is proud to sponsor the BuckEYE Golf Classic and to help support all of the important work that the Eye and Ear Institute does every day to help people,” said Don Beckman of Fifth Third Bank. “Personally, they have helped direct my son to the appropriate location and services for vision assistance he needs at this time. Our community is very fortunate to have this expertise in our own backyard.”
Additional support was provided by our Classic Sponsor, OSU Wexner Medical Center, and our hole sponsors: Arlington Optical, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dr. Alan Letson, Dr. Sonu & Shelly Jain, Irene Koval, Goodman Uniform Company, Heine, Jack Siebert, Optics Inc., Thrombogenics, and UniPrint. Thanks to all of our sponsors and participants for making the 2014 BuckEYE Golf Classic a success!
Thanks to everyone who made this important event a success, especially our sponsors: