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Dublin golf event raises nearly $25,000 for Heritage College scholarships

 
 
 
 
(ATHENS, Ohio — Sept. 2, 2014) The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine raised nearly $25,000 for student scholarships on Aug. 25 in its inaugural Dublin Open at Tartan Fields Golf Club.

The event, one of several the college hosted to celebrate the launch of its Dublin campus, drew 84 Heritage College alumni and friends. Each golfer paid $150 to participate, and the college’s Society of Alumni and Friends was the largest sponsor, contributing $10,000. All proceeds went to student scholarships.

“The Dublin Open provided a great opportunity for our alumni and friends to support our students while reconnecting with each other,” said Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., the Heritage College’s executive dean, who participated in the outing. “We plan to make this an annual event, and I hope even more of our Heritage College family will join us on the links next year. It’s a lot of fun.”

While the event indeed offers a fun outing on a pristine course, its deeper purpose is to increase scholarship funding, which is a cornerstone in the Heritage College’s larger mission of growing the number of primary care physicians in Ohio, said Laurie Lach, the college’s director of alumni affairs.

“Though our college’s tuition ranks among the lowest of Ohio’s seven medical schools, training to become a physician leaves today’s graduates carrying an average debt of more than $174,000,” said Lach, who helped direct the tournament. To pay off those loans, she said, many graduates feel pressured to choose higher-paying medical specialties rather than primary care. The college has set a goal to graduate at least 20 percent of its students debt free.

The winning team in the tournament — a four-person scramble — logged a 58. The team members were John Meyer, Jack Norris, Dan Eddingfield and Larry Kuhlman, all friends of the Heritage College who represented Ray Meyer Signs, maker of the signs and banners for the Dublin Open.

In addition to the Heritage College Society of Alumni and Friends, other sponsors of the event included OrthNeuro; Ruth L. Anker, D.O.; OhioHealth; the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation; Doctors Hospital; Daniel Roncone, D.O. (’01), and Jennifer Roncone D.O. (’01); Jerry Chellini, D.O. (’03), and Keri Chellini. The course was also filled with about two dozen signs from hole sponsors, including some from parents of current Heritage College students with words of encouragement to their son or daughter.

 
 
 
 
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