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29th Annual Mount Nittany Health Golf Classic brings in record-breaking $206,000 for cardiovascular pavilion


2019 Golf Classic committee

The 29th Annual Mount Nittany Health Golf Classic, held Saturday, August 10, at the Penn State Golf Courses, netted a record-breaking total of more than $206,000, with all proceeds supporting construction of the cardiovascular pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Having raised more than $2.5 million since its inception in 1991, the Golf Classic supports critical programs and equipment purchases at Mount Nittany Medical Center, benefiting patients across the region. The Golf Classic committee is committed to raising $1 million by 2020 for the cardiovascular pavilion. To date, the committee has raised more than $856,000 toward that goal.

Scheduled to open in September, the 26,000-square-foot cardiovascular pavilion will include an updated cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology lab spaces, complete with new imaging and monitoring technology. With the patient experience in mind, a large waiting area, situated within the sunlight structure; eight to ten convenient flex bay patient areas; and bright, comfortable patient meeting areas are just some of the updated features that will help us serve the growing number of people who trust the health system with their heart.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The record-breaking donations speak to the importance of expanding access to healthcare for those who trust us with their heart,” said Melissa August, interim executive director, Mount Nittany Health Foundation.

According to Foundation staff who organized the event, 206 golfers teed off, and more than 120 volunteers assisted with coordination of the day.

A unique feature of the Golf Classic is the random drawing of one registered golfer for a grand prize of $12,000 or a 2019 Chevrolet Spark. Bill Jesserer won the cash prize. The tournament also featured a raffle for a one-week stay in St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The trip includes a seven-night stay at Turtle’s Nest Villa, 4WD Jeep rental, charter excursion to the British Virgin Islands, and stand up paddleboard and snorkel gear rental for the week, which was won by Brian McWhirter. Additionally, this year’s Bidding for Good online auction brought in more than $19,000.

Team prizes for each flight were awarded to the top 16 teams placing 1-4 in both net and gross scores. The four first-place teams on the Blue Course and White Course were:

  • First-place team gross score: Blue Course – Bill Savage, Dean Johnson, Joe Battista & George McMurtry
  • First-place team net score: Blue Course – Tom Hallowell, Ed Bell, John Selfe & Carl Raup
  • First-place team gross score: White Course – Wyatt Troxell, Josh Vasilko, Mike Verotsky & Dave Dentler
  • First-place team net score: White Course – Bob Belinda, Barry Belinda, Curt Reese & Tim Kishbach

Additionally, prizes were awarded for longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt. Chuck Carroll again provided photography for the event, and a number of additional photos can be viewed at

To learn more about the Golf Classic, visit or call 814.234.6777.

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