By Curt Harler
The Alumni Blue Band’s 4th Annual “Fore the Glory” golf outing was a rousing success (if one forgets the bogeys recorded by certain golfers!).
The outing raised $7,000 for the Blue Band Legacy Fund, according to event co-chair Doug Czekaj. In the four years the outing has been held golfers made contributions totaling over $47,000 to the Blue Band Legacy Fund.
“Fortunately, we had nice weather for this year’s event, even if it was slightly windy for golf,” Doug says.
The Penn State Golf Course staff again did a wonderful job hosting the event on the Blue Course and at the Pavilion.
There were 71 golfers on the links and another 10 people joined the festivities just for dinner following the golf activities.
“We appreciate Blue Band Director Greg Drane, the current Blue Band members, and the Alumni volunteers who helped to make the day of the event so successful,” Doug says.
Dr. Drane is equally thankful. “It is absolutely awesome that the event was re-formed post-Covid,” he says. “The Blue Band is very grateful for the support we get from the alums.” As the tradition is reinstated, both attendance and the support for the Blue Band should increase.
Below is a list of the winners of the various prizes at Fore the Glory:
1st Place Foursome: Peter Sides, Jason Sandonato, Brad Eargle, Gabriel Wagaman (Score of 59)
2nd Place Foursome: David Uhazie, Lori Uhazie, Ken Duke, Jane Duke (Score of 62)
Most Honest Golfers: Michael Kirk, Robert Meade, Joshua Tonkel, Anthony Stem
Men’s Longest Drive: Jason Sandonato
Women’s Longest Drive: Sydney Eckert
Closest to the Pin Winners: Hole 8 - Rick Miller (10' 3") and Hole 17 - Rick Miller (17' 5")
The event supports the Blue Band Legacy Fund. A complete program outlined the history of the tournament, the story of the Legacy Fund, listed all the participants and the sponsors of the event.
The ABBA Golf Committee is run by Randy Seely, Brett Butler, Josh Helsley, Matt Wagner and Doug Czekaj.
“We are so thankful for all of our sponsors of the event, without whom our event would not be as successful,” Doug concludes.