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Annual golf outing connects civil engineering students, alumni

Jeff Zidonis | Sep 28, 2015
ASCE Golf 2015
Photos by Ashley Stottlemyer

Annual golf outing connects civil engineering students, alumni

Jeff Zidonis | Sep 28, 2015

Photos by Ashley Stottlemyer

As the first weekend of fall brought in cooler temperatures, Russ College civil engineering students hit the links with alumni to raise money and network during the 9th annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) golf outing at the Ohio University golf course.

Serving as the student organization’s main fundraiser, the event brought in more than $4,000, with $1,500 coming from local sponsors.

“It’s an amazing gift for the Russ College students to receive, and we’re greatly appreciative,” ASCE Vice President and civil engineering senior Andrew Lesher said. “I truly hope we can continue this tradition and make it bigger and better each year.”

Sixteen teams of four participated in an 18-hole scramble, while individuals got to test their skill in longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin competitions.

Team ODOT 1, which included Steve Williams, BSCE ’87, and Scott Kennedy, BSCE ’14, came in first place with a score of 58. Second and third place followed with scores of 59 and 60, respectively. 

Williams serves as ODOT District 10 deputy director and has been on the winning scramble team five out of the nine years.

“I love coming back to play and being able to talk to students and contribute to ASCE,” said Williams, whose teammates each received a $100 Best Buy gift card and an award plaque.

Kennedy also works for ODOT District 10 as an engineering in training and plans to become a transportation engineer.

“There are still some guys here that are in school who I had class with, so it’s nice to come back and reconnect with them and see how their classes are going,” Kennedy said.

ASCE President and civil engineering senior Evan Holcombe said the golf outing helps to fund activities within ASCE, such as the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, while giving alumni a chance to stay in contact and still be a part of the large ASCE family.

Lesher said some students even exchange resumes with alumni, taking advantage of the guidance and support they offer.

“It’s a great excuse for alumni to come back, see Court Street and interact with a younger generation and old friends,” Lesher said.