Cairn University held its 23rd Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 14, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, PA. This year, a record number of 160 golfers participated in the event.
The Cairn University Golf Classic Legacy Award, awarded for the first time last year to Mel Nace, was awarded this year to Stillman Volvo. Stillman Volvo has sponsored the Golf Classic for over 20 years. As Ed Stillman, board member, advancement committee chair, and principal owner of Stillman Volvo, explained, this support comes from a love and admiration for the University, as Cairn “set the course” of his grandfather’s life with Christ many years ago. After graduating from what was then the Philadelphia School of Bible in 1935, Bill Stillman used the godly character that he developed during his time in school to run a business with integrity. Bill lived out the mission statement of Cairn as a servant to his church, society and the world as a biblically minded, well-educated, professionally competent man of character.
The evening continued with an announcement of the winning teams and players and awards. This year, the winning team members were David Kovalcik, Karen Kovalcik, Harry Kovalcik, and Charlie Kovalcik (for shamble on the Wissahickon course) and Gordon Hickman, John Ostrowski, Bob Ockenfuss, and Ken Mangin (for scramble on Militia Hill). Other notable performances at contest holes include the “longest drives,” which were made on the Wissahickon course by Chris Edie (under age 65), Bob Billings (65 and older), and Karen Kovalcik (women) and on Militia Hill by Matt Beattie (under age 64), Mike Shaker (65 and older), and Stacy Cullen (women).
God provided a gorgeous day and golfers enjoyed playing on one of Philadelphia’s premier private courses. With increased sponsorships, golden ticket sales and proceeds from an amazing silent auction, this year’s event raised over $60,000 for scholarships through The Cairn Fund, directly benefiting students and allowing them to continue their studies at Cairn.
Special thanks to members of the Golf Committee and the advancement, athletics, and marketing departments for organizing and participating in the event, as well as to all of our sponsors, attendees, and volunteers.
Save the date for next year! We will return to The Philadelphia Cricket Club on May 13, 2019.