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Ohio University civil engineering alumni reunite for golf, rain or shine

Marissa McDaid | Sep 30, 2019
ASCE Golf Outing

Ohio University civil engineering alumni reunite for golf, rain or shine

Marissa McDaid | Sep 30, 2019

A steady rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Ohio University alumni, faculty, staff and students who showed up Saturday for the 13th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Golf Outing at OHIO’s course.

The ASCE student chapter invites alumni to sponsor holes during the golf scramble as part of the annual fundraiser. This year’s event brought together 44 golfers representing 11 companies in the industry.

“Every year our participants have a lot of fun coming back to campus for the day to golf for a good cause,” said ASCE chapter president and civil engineering junior Matt Chanay. “It also gives our current students a chance to meet and network with alumni that are active in the profession of civil engineering."

Plaques were awarded to the overall winner of the scramble and to the individuals with the longest drive, longest putt, and closest drive to the hole, respectively. Rather than calculating the longest drive using a pin marker like in a traditional scramble, the students put an engineering twist on the event this year.

“We have a tent setup with surveying equipment to measure the longest drive,” said ASCE chapter vice president and civil engineering junior Joe Lujan. “It’s a neat way to incorporate civil engineering concepts into the golf outing.”

After 18 holes of golf, the sun was shining again and the group headed to The Pigskin in good spirits to enjoy a pulled pork buffet and socialize. The winners were announced, with the 1st place team finishing 20 under par.

Chapter adviser Ben Sperry, an assistant professor of civil engineering, said alumni return to campus to renew old friendships and recall experiences.

“We had alumni participants who graduated during the 1980s, all the way up through 2019,” he said. “The outing is so valuable for our current students to meet and network them, strengthening that bond between past and present that is so deep here at OHIO.”