(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.