N.J. -- The clouds cleared out just in time for a great day
of golf for 76 enthusiastic Mercer supporters. The 20th
Annual Golf Classic, hosted by the MCCC Athletics Department,
went off without a hitch at Mercer Oaks Golf Course on Oct
The event raised more than $10,000 for the MCCC Student Athlete
Scholarship Fund. The tournament is held in memory of Dr.
Cynthia Schaffer, who served on the MCCC Foundation Board
and was deeply committed to youth sports.
Prior to the shotgun start, MCCC President Patricia Donohue
welcomed and thanked the assembled golfers. Pointing to the
16 student athletes who came out to assist at the tournament,
she said, "You see here today representatives from our
nine athletic teams. Virtually every year some of our teams
are regional or district finalists, or advance to national
tournaments. They represent Mercer with distinction and they
couldn't do it without your support. So we thank you for being
part of this effort."
Athletics Director John Simone joined with Dr. Donohue to
acknowledge the more than 30 generous sponsors who contributed
to the proceeds total. He noted, "We see the life-changing
impact of students' involvement in athletics. This is a cause
well worth supporting."
Following the tournament, guests joined together in the Mercer
Oaks ballroom for a banquet. The celebration included the
presentation of awards, as well as a silent auction of sports
items and other valuables. Representing the MCCC Foundation
Board was Chair E. Karen Kennedy, who expressed her appreciation
to the assembled group for making MCCC athletes a special
Awards were announced by John Simone. The winning team included
Chuck Herring, Harry Morrison and Rose Marie Morrison. Awards
were also given for second place, longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin.
Community members who participated on the Golf Tournament
Committee included: Victoria Baldwin of The Bank, Doug Borden
and Jeff Perlman of Borden Perlman Insurance Company, Dave
Fraytak of Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie, Tom Kull, Nina Melker
of The Bank of Princeton, Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning
Inc., and Steve Ritzau.
Many generous corporate and individual supporters contributed
to the event. Major sponsors included: Architectural Window
Manufacturing Corporation, Borden Perlman Insurance Company,
Clayton Block Company Inc., Coryell Tree Service, Dave Fraytak,
Honeywell, Fox Rothschild LLP, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance
Company, Spiezle Architectural Group Inc., and Tom Kull. Other
key sponsors included 1st Westco Corporation, Clarke Caton
Hintz, Edwards Engineering Group Inc., Fraytak Veisz Hopkins
Duthie, P.C., Griffith Electric Supply Company, Hopewell Valley
Community Bank, Kucker-Haney Paint Company, Lord Abbett, Mercer
County Golf Academy, Merrill Lynch, Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital Hamilton, Roma Bank, Stark & Stark, Stout's Transportation,
The Bank, and The Bank of Princeton. Other sponsors were Victoria
Baldwin, The Haldeman Dealerships (Brian Bennett), Princeton
Air Conditioning Inc., AAA Mid-Atlantic (Kevin Micsko), Security
Dynamics (John DiVeronica), Jo Jo's Tavern, Randy Jones, Frank
Lucchesi, Nina Melker and Mrs. G (Steve Ritzau).
year, 127 Mercer students participated in athletic teams.
Among the year's highlights were a national title for tennis
player Alison Noll at no. 1 singles, a first for a Mercer
woman, and a third place national finish for the men's tennis
team, with doubles partners Travis McCaughan and Juan Ramirez
winning the title at no. 2. The men's soccer team won the
Region 19 championship and women's basketball won the Garden
State Athletic Conference. Nine students were named All-Americans
and three were named Academic All-Americans. The women's tennis
team won an NJCAA All-Academic Team Award with a combined
GPA of 3.42. Twenty-two student athletes transferred to continue
their education at four-year colleges.
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