Bruin Open raises record $105,000 for student scholarships

KCC staff and sponsors pose for a group photo to promote the College's 2017 Bruin Open golf outing.

A record amount of $105,000 in scholarship money was raised for Kellogg Community College students during the KCC Foundation’s 20th annual Bruin Scholarship Open in September.

The annual event – held Sept. 8 at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek – is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Foundation and has raised more than $1 million over the past 20 years.

A full roster of 60 teams participated and 140 sponsors were represented in the Bruin Open this year, which included an 18-hole scramble, prize raffle, 50-50 raffle, special hole contests including a Money on the Green Putting Contest, live music, lunch and dinner. The event was coordinated by more than 70 members of KCC’s staff, retirees, volunteers and more than three dozen KCC student-athlete and honor student volunteers.

Teresa Durham, executive director of the KCC Foundation, said this year’s event was a great success.

“The Bruin Scholarship Open has been and continues to be a key contributor to the educational enrichment of this community,” Durham said. “The many golfers, sponsors and dedicated volunteers who help to make this event a growing success each year demonstrate time and again the Battle Creek area’s commitment to education and student success in the classroom, and we’re grateful for such strong community support.”

Funds raised at the event this year will help support approximately 90 student scholarships.

Team event winners, listed by division, are as follows.

Men’s Division winners representing Team Schweitzer include:

• Drew Schweitzer
• Jon Davis
• Corey LaGro
• Craig McKinnon

Tied with Team Schweitzer in the Men’s Division was Team Knight Watch, including:

  • Ben Tappenden
  • Ryan Vliek
  • Jason Peck
  • Andrew Saylor

Mixed Division winners representing W. Soule include:

  • Dave Pierce
  • Greg Linker
  • Theresa Johnson
  • Michelle Hull

Women’s Division winners representing Southern Michigan Bank & Trust include:

  • Lisa Walker
  • Deb Davis
  • Laurel Walkup
  • Sarah Headley

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