OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — The inaugural ‘CC for a Cure Golf Classic’ raised more than $2,400 for the Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks Phil Davis Scholarship and the Miller County Relay for Life on Sept. 20. The event was held at the Eldon Golf Club and featured several golfers, sponsors and supporters of Columbia College from around the Lake area.
The Phil Davis Scholarship is named in honor of a former student, Gerald ‘Phil’ Davis and was started in 1996 by his wife, Barbara Davis, and Dr. Mary Luetkemeyer, an English professor at the Lake campus at the time. Davis is long remembered for his dedication to the community and the pursuit of his education. He volunteered with the local fire department and also devoted many hours of his time to fellow students. Davis passed away from cancer only a few classes short of obtaining his bachelor’s degree.
“Relay for Life of Miller County is honored to be a recipient of the funds from the Columbia College golf tournament,” Relay for Life of Miller County Event Chair Lorie Kiso said. “This is a wonderful way to remember Phil Davis. He was a kind, hard-working, giving man and the giving continues through this tournament. We know the American Cancer Society will be able to use these funds to help others.”
Each year, more than four million people in more than 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement, which benefits the American Cancer Society (ACS).
“We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back,” said D'Arcy Crane, ACS Staff Partner
Several prizes were presented following the tournament with the team of Mike Cochran, Joe Cochran, Casey Piggot and Andrew Keeth shooting a 56 on the day taking home the top prize. Photos from the event can be viewed at www.facebook.com/cclakeozark. Interested parties that would like to be part of next year’s tourney can contact Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator Sam Fleury at email@example.com.
“The Lake campus Alumni Affinity Committee appreciates the outstanding support we received from the Lake of the Ozarks community with this being our first year of putting together the tournament,” Fleury said. “The weather, golf and camaraderie were amazing and we are excited to be able to help these two outstanding causes fulfill their missions of helping others through education and cancer research and awareness.”
The Lake of the Ozarks campus was established in 1990 and will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary later this month. In 2004, a new 17,400-square-foot building was constructed, completed in spring 2005. The first classes held in the new facility began in June 2005.
Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit www.ccis.edu.