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MCCC Annual Golf Classic on Oct. 5
To Benefit Student Athletes


West Windsor, N.J. -- The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Athletics Department hosts its 19th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Mercer Oaks West 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.

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.

The MCCC Athletics Department is making final plans for its 19th Annual Golf Classic, to be held Oct. 5 at Mercer Oaks Golf Course. Pictured from left are committee members Scott Needham and Steve Ritzau, MCCC President Patricia Donohue, student athletes Brianna Byrne, Marissa Segal, Mike Esola, Brittney Fornarotto, Azaria Crews and MCCC Athletics Director John Simone.

MCCC Foundation Board members serving on the Golf Committee include: David Fraytak of Faridy, Veisz, Fraytak Architects; MCCC Foundation Chair E. Karen Kennedy; Thomas Kull; Timothy Losch of The Bank; Nina Melker of the Bank of Princeton, and Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc. Also serving on the committee are: Doug Borden, of Borden Perlman Insurance Company, and Steve 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.

The cost for a foursome is $800, twosomes are $400, and individual golfers are $200. (Foursomes will be arranged for individual golfers.) 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 sponsorship and ranging down to $160 for a hole sponsorship. Sponsors receive a variety of benefits based on their level of participation. Prize donations are also welcome.

According to MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Mellissia Zanjani, community members support the event because they recognize the importance of athletics for many students. "Athletics can be a powerful motivator that translates into success in the classroom," Zanjani said. "This event is all about people stepping up to ensure that our athletes get the scholarship funding they need to pursue their academic goals." In the past year alone, 72 MCCC students have directly benefited from athletic scholarships.

Adds John Simone, MCCC assistant dean for student services and director of athletics, "The college is committed to nurturing and celebrating the contributions of these students, who add significantly to our campus culture and to the reputation of the college as a whole. In return, their participation on a sports team enriches their time here, in some cases making their education possible. They learn lessons that will stay with them for life."

The 2009-10 year was an exceptionally successful one for MCCC's eight teams. Six earned either Region 19 or Garden State Athletic Conference titles and three teams competed at national tournaments. Four students were named All-Americans and three were named Academic All-Americans. Thirty-one student athletes will transfer to four-year schools in the fall, many with athletic scholarships. This is the one of the college's largest transfer groups ever, according to department statistics.

For ticket or sponsorship information, see the tournament website here; or call John Simone at (609) 570-3740; or email golfclassic@mccc.edu. Reservations may be made online; a printable registration form is also available.

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

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