Fifth annual golf outing raises money for student scholarships

Photo of golfers with Coach Gattis

Golfers pose for a photo with Josh Gattis, Penn State football's offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach.

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MALVERN, Pa. — More than 75 guests attended Penn State Great Valley’s annual golf outing at the Applecross Country Club in Downingtown on Friday, May 17.

The event kicked off with lunch and a short presentation from Josh Gattis, Penn State football offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach. Along with Dallas Krapf of presenting sponsor Krapf School Bus, Gattis visited each golf team on the course to mingle and pose for photos. Prizes were awarded to golf teams and individuals, including First Place Foursome to the Wolfington Body Company, Most Honest Foursome to American Crane, Men’s Longest Drive to Matt Kelly, and Women’s Longest Drive to Betsy Niedziejko.

Following the tournament, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with Penn State football head coach James Franklin, who later addressed the nearly 100 attendees at dinner. Penn State Great Valley Chancellor James Nemes also spoke to the crowd, informing them about recent happenings and upcoming events on campus.

As a thank you for their participation, Gattis and Franklin each received a customized 3-D printed football helmet and plaque crafted by staff member Dennis Wozniak in the campus’ own engineering lab.

The event included a silent auction, which contained many Penn State-themed items, including a handcrafted quilt by staff member Lori Hoyle, autographed footballs from Franklin and 1973 Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti, and football and tailgate tickets. New to this year’s auction was an online/mobile bidding service, which was very well received.

Despite the rainy weather, the successful outing raised money in support of student scholarships and surpassed last year’s collected funds.