News | Published August 22, 2013

23rd Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic Raises $132,000 to Advance Healthcare for the Region

The 23rd Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic raised $132,000 with all proceeds supporting the Medical Center’s bronchial thermoplasty service, a new technology for treating patients with severe asthma. In total, more than $1,816,450 has been raised to help advance healthcare in the region since the Golf Classic’s inception 23 years ago.

“We have been extremely lucky to have the support of so many community members who have come out to play, volunteer and support Mount Nittany Medical Center,” said John Cox, MD, pulmonary medicine, Mount Nittany Physician Group, Golf Classic Chair. “The Golf Classic committee is proud to help advance care and technology provided by Mount Nittany Medical Center. I’m especially pleased that this year’s fundraising went to help our most severe asthma patients.” 

Mount Nittany Medical Center is the only facility performing bronchial thermoplasty within a 63-mile radius of State College. Bronchial thermoplasty is a procedure that has been successful in reducing the frequency of asthma attacks and emergency department visits and hospitalizations for patients with severe respiratory distress, as well as in maintaining improved respiratory function for at least two years.

The 23rd Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic was held on August 17 at Penn State Golf Courses. The event had 252 golfers tee off and 120 volunteers assist with coordination of the day.

A unique feature of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Golf Classic is the random drawing awarding one registered golfer a grand prize of $10,000 or a Chevrolet Cobalt car. This year’s winner was Dean Johnson, who chose the cash prize.

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

  • Team Gross Score: Blue Course – Greg Kight, Jim Reeder, Sam Auker and Skip Moerschbacher
  • Team Net Score: Blue Course – Ed Bell, Stephanie Bell, Mike Sgriccia and Tom Coombs
  • Team Gross Score: White Course  – Aaron Morrison, Doug Leitzell, Josh Leitzell and Steve Wager
  • Team Net Score: White Course – Marla Moon, Norah Gaughan, Sean Gaughan and Randy Marcott

Additionally, prizes were awarded for longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

To learn more about the Golf Classic and how you can participate next year, visit or call 814.234.6777.