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Golfers Raise 'Green' on the Greens at Mt. Nittany Medical Center Golf Tournament

by on August 16, 2014 2:00 PM

Hundreds of golfers gathered on the Penn State golf courses’ greens on Saturday to help raise some green for the Mt. Nittany Medical Center.

Steve Eskey, an events coordinator with the Penn State courses, says the annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic draws more and more people out each year for a lighthearted round of fun for a good cause.

Having raised over $130,000 last year to support the center’s bronchial thermoplasty service for asthma patients, Eskey has no doubts that they’ll reach their target of $150,000 this year.

Dr. Paul Suhey, who works in orthopedics at Mt. Nittany, has been coming to the tournament for the past ten years. He says this year’s event will fund the construction of a “healing garden” at the hospital. This will give patients and families the chance to spend time together in a peaceful environment while at the hospital.

“Events like this are absolutely crucial for us,” Suhey says. “Every year, this lets us take an area of the hospital that needs extra funding and buy new equipment or better our services.”

Suhey says the event is always a fun way to spend the day – especially on a day as clear and cool as Saturday. Volunteers stationed at each hole on the courses offered golfers the chance to purchase additional strokes or tee off closer to the hole.

“Those are a lot of fun,” Suhey says. “Most of us get very competitive out here, so that lets us increase our chances of doing well.”

Tournament volunteer Carolyn Follett says upwards of ninety percent of the golfers that comes through the course takes advantage of these offers, which raises even more money for the hospital. She says over 250 golfers came out to support the hospital this year, filling up both Penn State’s blue course and white course.

State College resident Steve Schadler says he doesn’t get the chance to golf nearly as often as he would like. A busy man, he only gets out to the greens once or twice a year – but he says Saturday’s event was the prefect chance to bring that up to three.

Joe Hall, a sales representative with the hospital, spent the day swinging his cubs with friends and colleagues from the hospital. Sending balls hurtling down the fairway, he says it’s always nice to have the chance to spend time with friends outside of the office.

“State College is one of the most generous and giving communities I’ve ever lived in,” Eskey says. “The amount of support we get is beyond comprehension.”

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Michael Martin Garrett is a general assignment reporter for StateCollege.com, a graduate of Penn State and a published poet. He's also a musician who plays bass in an indie rock band.
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