Ohlone hosts golf tournament - Article, Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, October 3, 2013—Reprinted from Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin.

By Fremont Bulletin Staff.

Golf carts lined up for tournament start.—Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

More than 200 golfers participated in the 29th annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament Sept. 23 at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

The tournament, hosted by Ohlone College and presenting sponsor Fremont Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Medicine, or FORM, was packed with activities including longest drive, most accurate drive, closest to the pin contests, and two hole-in-one contests featuring a new Lexus and a $10,000 CD from Fremont Bank to the winner. There were no hole-in-ones this year.

Both the hill and valley golf courses were open and filled with foursomes who were kept refreshed throughout the day by hospitality tents from Dave & Buster's, Dale Hardware, and Allana Buick & Bers. The tournament was followed by a reception where awards were handed out to the best flight on each course, best mixed group, best women's group, as well as the prizes for the contests.

Warming up on the putting green.—Photo courtesy of Ohlone College.

At the reception special recognition was given to the tournament's Founding Sponsor, Fremont Bank, and its chief executive officer, Mike Wallace. Both were integral in starting the popular golf tournament in 1985, and the bank has helped to run and fund the tournament every year since. Fremont Bank has also provided financial support to many of Ohlone College programs for years.

In addition, awards were given to the male and female Ohlone College Athlete of the Year:

  • Softball player Katelin Weger, an All-Conference Player for two years, team captain and voted 2013 MVP, is also a first-team Academic All State honoree and an Ohlone College Share Your Dream scholarship recipient. She is attending California State University Chico, after graduating with a 3.77 grade point average in kinesiology.

  • The male athlete of the year is L.J. Kalawaia, baseball, who has a .405 batting average, receiving first team All-Coast Conference honors, Pacific Division and CCCBCA All-American honors. He has also achieved high academic marks, maintaining a 3.4 grade point average, receiving his associate of arts degree and transferring to University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

All proceeds from the auctions and the event benefit Ohlone College Athletic Programs. Last year more than $32,000 was raised, and preliminary results show that this year's goal of $50,000 will be exceeded. Half of the event proceeds are used to support the post-season experience for student-athletes who move on, while the other half goes into the athletic endowment. In addition, the funds are used to support a $500 scholarship to each of the Athletes of the Year.

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