The Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) Golf Classic raised a record $110,000 on Monday, October 2nd.
For the second straight year, the event was held at Creighton Farms. In a little more than a decade, the LEF Golf Classic has become the most successful charity golf event in Loudoun County.
Former LEF President Wade Tetsuka noted that many of the event’s participants support the school division through construction and other support services. “Your hard work and dedication in everything you do each and every day for Loudoun County Public Schools is what makes our district one of the best in America. From the entire community of Loudoun County, thank you very much.”
LEF Executive Director Dawn Meyer outlined the Foundation’s mission.
“Our whole purpose is to support the students and teachers of Loudoun County Public Schools.” She said the LEF does this through teacher grants, scholarships, suicide-prevention programs, feeding food-insecure students and families and sponsoring the Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Senior Art Show. “We couldn’t do it without participation in this event.”
LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams spoke about the LEF grants. “The grants are important – not just for supporting the teacher and the students – but really in terms of driving innovation.” Williams mentioned one of the most successful grants of the past year; the grant that allowed a group of students at Farmwell Station Middle School to place a state historical marker at the former Ashburn Colored School. “That’s an example of how this Foundation drives innovation by supporting the creation of these ‘bright spots.’”
School Board Chairman Jeff Morse, an LEF trustee, conducted an auction at the dinner that followed the day’s play.
109 golfers took part in the event.
The winning team in the best-ball tour was the Unanet team of Sue Boyer, Steve Britner, Conor Cafferty and Spencer Burcack with a 20-under-par 52. In second place, with a score of 54, was the Belfort Furniture team of Mike Huber, Chris Doran, Chris Patton and David Leudemann. The team of Stu Feddersen, Vince Scheivert, Mark Tashiro and Ji Soo Park placed third, also at 54.
Barry Beneski won the closest-to-the-hole competition for men. Kathleen Koehler was the women’s winner.
Dustin Moser of Westfields Golf Club won the pro section of the event with a 68. Yong Joo of Top Golf Loudoun finished second at 69.
Chuck Osborne won the men’s longest-drive award. Boyer was the women’s winner.
The winner of the Most Honest Team Award (for finishing in last place) was Catalyst Funds. Team members included Angele Ryan, Rick Gurz, Matt Short and Chris Broussard.
Sponsors for the event included Moseley Architects ($12,000); Stantec ($10,000); Urban ($10,000); Holder Construction ($8,500); Cigna ($7,500); Architecture Inc. ($5,000); Hess Construction ($5,000); DES ($3,500); Sonny Merryman ($3,500); Unanet ($3,500); Blackboard ($1,500); J2 Engineers ($1,500); LPL Financial ($1,500); MTFA ($1,500); Ascent Engineering, Bowman Consulting, Bow Tie Strategies, Branch Associates, Hord Coplon Macht, Hughes Group, Orbital ATK, Pearson Digital Learning, Robinson Farmer Cox, Scheibel Construction, Telos ($500 each); and Loudoun Credit Union ($250).