Former PGA professionals to take part in golf classic

2012-09-05T10:30:00Z 2012-09-05T10:34:06Z Former PGA professionals to take part in golf classicBrett Ellis/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
September 05, 2012 10:30 am  • 

A pair of former PGA Tour professionals will tee it up in Fremont later this month.

Matt Gogel and Jay Williamson are participating in the 11th annual Fremont Area Medical Center Foundation Golf Classic Sept. 17 at Fremont Golf Club.

“It’s exciting for us,” FAMC Foundation Director Hannah Dorn said. “We’ve always had a great turnout for our golf tournament in the past and the community is always extremely supportive. This opportunity to have two PGA Tour professionals participate in the tournament with our donors and supporters is just kind of an added bonus. I think it’ll make this year extremely fun.”

Dorn said Gogel and Williamson were added to this year’s event because of connections through Fremont National Bank, which is the presenting sponsor for this year’s Golf Classic.

Gogel won the PGA’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2002 and finished tied for second in the event in 2000. He also tied for 12th at the 2001 U.S. Open.

Since 2007, Gogel has been an on-course reporter for The Golf Channel.

Williamson had a pair of second-place finishes in PGA events — the Travelers Championship in 2007 and the 2008 John Deere Classic.

Williamson’s best finish in a major came in 2003, when he finished tied for 20th at the U.S. Open.

“We’re talking about some really excellent golfers,” Dorn said. “This is just going to be an added bonus and will be an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.

Gogel and Williamson will also present a clinic beginning at 11 a.m. The clinic is free for registered golfers and $50 for anyone else who wants to participate. That price includes lunch.

“It’s not every day that you have an opportunity to witness PGA Tour professionals up close and personal providing tips,” Dorn said.

Gogel and Williamson also are available as a fifth member for teams during the Golf Classic.

For $1,500, Gogel or Williamson will play nine holes with a foursome. Dorn said two of those spots still are available, and she encouraged anyone who is interested to contact her at 402-727-3566 or HDorn@famc.org.

Money raised during the golf outing will support FAMC’s Medication Assistance Program (MAP), which helps enroll people who qualify in manufacture sponsored free or reduced-cost programs.

FAMC donates pharmacist time, which allows the pharmacists to work with physicians and patients to prescribe the most cost-effective medicine.

This year alone, Dorn said, MAP has provided $378,000 in medications.

FAMC is looking to expand its program by providing one-time prescriptions to help those who need to wait two or three weeks for their medications through one of the external assistance programs.

“We’re just making sure that we’re covering all of our bases in the community and making sure our patients are getting those critical medications as soon as possible regardless of their financial situation,” Dorn said.

Visit famc.org or contact Dorn for more information on the Golf Classic.

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