MCCC Annual Golf Classic on October 6
To Benefit Student Athletes


  The Mercer County Community College(MCCC) Athletics Department hosts its 18th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, October 6 at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course. The 18-hole championship course is located on a beautifully landscaped site adjacent to Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the MCCC Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

The practice range for tournament participants opens at 10:30 a.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. with tee-off at 12:30 p.m. The tournament features a shotgun start, scramble format.
Working on the Oct. 6 Golf Classic are, from left, MCCC's John Simone and Mellissia Zanjani, and Dave Fraytak, of Faridy, Veisz, Fraytak Architects. They are pictured with MCCC student-athletes Danielle Juricic, Michael Douglas and Carly Blanton.

Skill prizes include hole in one, longest drives for men and women, and closest-to-the-pin on four holes. The tournament concludes at 5:30 p.m. with an awards reception, door prizes and dinner. Golfers and party-only guests will enjoy the premiere facilities available in the Mercer Oaks clubhouse.

MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Mellissia Zanjani notes that "community members dedicated to the success of our student athletes are at the heart of this event." Committee members include: Foundation Board members David Fraytak of Faridy, Veisz, Fraytak Architects, Thomas Kull, Timothy Losch of The Bank, Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc., and Michele Siekerka, Esq., president and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, as well as Doug Borden of Borden Perlman Insurance Company and Steven Ritzau. The tournament is held in memory of Ritzau's late wife, Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, an MCCC Foundation board member and area physician. Schaffer strongly supported Mercer's mission and was an ardent sports enthusiast, especially in golf and youth tennis.

According to John Simone, MCCC assistant dean for student services and director of athletics, in the past year alone, 60 MCCC students have directly benefited from athletic scholarships. "Many of our students come to college with the initial goal to be athletes. Our objective is for them to become student-athletes and then to become career focused. We strive to see that progression from athlete to student-athlete to students focused on transfer and careers," he explained. Simone reports that 19 Mercer athletes are slated to transfer to four-year schools this fall, many with athletic scholarships. He adds that Mercer's emphasis on small class size, accessible professors, and numerous support services makes the college an ideal environment to insure student success.

The cost for a foursome is $800, twosomes are $400, and individual golfers are $200. For non-golfers, tickets for the awards dinner may be purchased separately at a cost of $100. The tournament is open to the public. There are numerous opportunities to participate as an event sponsor starting at $5,000 for a title sponsor and ranging down to $160 for a hole sponsor. Sponsors receive a variety of benefits based on their level of participation. Prize donations are also welcome.

For ticket or sponsorship information, call (609) 570-3740 or see tournament website here. A printable registration form is available here.

For directions and other information about Mercer Oaks East Golf Course, visit the course website here.

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