Friday, September 27, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-More than 200 golfers participated in the 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament Monday, September 23, 2013 at the exclusive Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, California. The weather was absolutely beautiful and something magical seemed to have infected everyone, because from beginning to end, people were having a great time, enjoying themselves, the food, and if they weren't golfing their best game ever, you wouldn't know it from reading their score cards!
The tournament, hosted by Ohlone College and presenting sponsor FORM (Fremont Orthopaedic and Rehabilitative Medicine), was packed with entertaining 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. Sadly, once again, there were no hole-in-ones this year, but there were plenty of spotters on hand to see if someone hit the mark.
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 & Busters, 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.
At the reception special recognition was given to the tournament's Founding Sponsor, Fremont Bank, and its CEO Mike Wallace. Mike Wallace and Fremont Bank 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. Women's Softball player Katelin Weger, an All-Conference Player for two years, Team Captain and voted 2013 MVP, is also a 1st team Academic All State honoree and an Ohlone College Share Your Dream scholarship recipient. She is currently attending CSU Chico, after graduating with a 3.77 GPA in Kinesiology. The male athlete of the year is L.J. Kalawaia, Men's Baseball, who has a .405 batting average, receiving 1st team All-Coast Conference honors, Pacific Division and CCCBCA All-American honors. He has also achieved high academic marks, maintaining a 3.4 GPA, receiving his AA and transferring to University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
All proceeds from the auctions and the event benefit Ohlone College Athletic Programs. Last year over $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 that 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.
For more information on additional Ohlone College Foundation events and how you can make a difference to Ohlone College students, please visit www.ohlonefoundation.org.