The Montgomery College Foundation’s 32nd annual golf and tennis classic was held on October 23 at Lakewood Country Club, hosting over 100 golfers and 24 tennis players, all of whom played to support unrestricted scholarships for MC students.
The Montgomery College Foundation’s annual golf and tennis tournament is the only event the foundation hosts in which all proceeds are directed toward this important scholarship effort.
“Unrestricted scholarships are the most flexible scholarships and the best ways to help MC students who might otherwise be derailed in their early college years. Many of the scholarships that donors establish are intended for specific groups of people, so raising funds for unrestricted scholarships is essential in helping students based on need,” said Carol Rognrud, executive director of the foundation.
Foundation board members Doug Firstenberg, Bill Hard, Sam Spiritos, and Morgan Sullivan, along with a talented team from Buch Construction including alumnus Carl Buch, and his colleagues Steve and Peter Bulcavage, serve on the Golf Committee, which Rognrud credits with the success of the tournament over the past two years. Said Rognrud, “Carl and the Bulcavage brothers made all the difference on the foundation’s return on investment, which ultimately benefits our students.”
In addition to Buch Construction, Lexus of Rockville was a presenting sponsor, donating a dream golf trip to Pebble Beach in California for two, with all expenses paid. The foundation sells raffle tickets and the proceeds go directly to student scholarships. This year’s winner was Cliff Kendall, who will be playing the 2017 Lexus Champions for Charity National Championship in December on golf courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “People who have won in the past now buy up to 20 raffle tickets in the hope of winning,” said Bill Hard, MC board and golf committee member. “If you’re a golfer, it’s the Mecca of all things golf. You get to play in some of the best golf courses in the country and are treated like a king.”
David Lee of ESPN radio, an avid tennis advocate, has also been essential in growing the tennis participation in the tournament. This year we had 24 players versus 18 the year before, and for the second year in a row we welcomed back Eagle Bank Residential Lending as the tennis presenting sponsor.
“For the past two years in a row, we sold out of golf foursomes,” said Rognrud. “So if you want to play next year, beat the rush and sign up now! We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors – some of whom have been [generous sponsors] for many years.”
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