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MCCC Athletics to Host Annual Golf Classic Oct. 2
Event to Benefit Student Athletes


West Windsor, N.J. -- The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Athletics Department hosts its 21st Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Oct. 2 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.

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 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.

Student athletes came out in force to assist at the 2011
MCCC Golf Classic. This year's event is set for Oct. 2.

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.

Committee members include Doug Borden of Borden Perlman Insurance Company; David Fraytak of Faridy, Veisz, Fraytak Architects; MCCC Foundation Chair E. Karen Kennedy; Thomas Kull; Tim Losch, Regional President, Central Division, for Fulton Bankl; Nina Melker of Hopewell Valley Community Bank; Scott Needham of Princeton Air Conditioning Inc., and Steve Ritzau. The tournament is held in memory of Mr. 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 MCCC Athletics Director and Assistant Dean for Student Services John Simone, Mercer supporters are enthusiastic about the event because they recognize the important role of athletics in the lives of many college students. "Participation on a sports team helps students develop leadership skills and stay committed to earning their degrees. This event is all about community members stepping up to ensure that our athletes get the tuition assistance they need to attend college." In the past year alone, 70 MCCC student athletes have directly benefited from scholarship funds.

Adds MCCC Vice President for College Advancement Mellissia Zanjani, the college celebrates the contributions of these student athletes, who add significantly to the campus culture and represent Mercer with distinction throughout the region and beyond. "We are delighted to host an event that provides support for them to pursue their academic goals," Zanjani said.

The 2011-12 year was a successful one both in sports and academics for MCCC athletes. Mercer finished second nationally in women's tennis, with no. 1 singles player Allison Noll again earning the title; the men's tennis team took fourth place nationally. The men's soccer team advanced to the Region 19 championship game, as did the baseball team. Second-year softball player Angela Marinos became Mercer's all-time offensive leader with 125 career hits. Twenty-one students were named to Region 19's All- Academic Team and 26 students were named to the Garden State Athletic Conference's All-Academic Team. Twenty athletes will transfer to four-year schools in the fall, many with athletic scholarships. Six athletes were named NJCAA All-Americans and three were named NJCAA Academic All-Americans. The women's tennis was selected as an NJCAA Academic All-American Team.

For ticket and/or sponsorship information, see the tournament website here. Participants and sponsors may complete their entire registration online, including payment. A printable registration form is also available here.

For questions, call John Simone at (609) 570-3741 or email golfclassic@mccc.edu.

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

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