THE CICCARONE GOLF Classic serves many purposes -- first and foremost, it raises funds for and awareness of the Henry ("Chic") Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital, founded in the name of the Hopkins lacrosse coach who died at the age of 50 of coronary heart disease. Secondly, it gives Chic's many friends and family members a way of raising money for the center while playing another game he loved, golf.
This year's event, held at the Towson Golf & Country Club, attracted 120 golfers. Many began their day at the the George Taylor Memorial Golf Clinic, taught by swing doctors Bob Kaestner and Phil Bundy. Bob, a seven-time Baltimore Country Club (BCC) Champ and 1995 Baltimore City Amateur Champ, is the son-in-law of the late George Taylor, well-known Baltimore golf writer.
It was fitting that the tourney's winning foursome included one of Ciccarone's closest friends, Joe Cowan, who teamed up with fellow BCC members Bill Knott, Reid Eikner and Ray Daue to score a walloping 15 under par! Other winners included the team of Chic's sons, Henry Jr. and Brent, Chic's brother-in-law Ray Gordon, and the 1989 Hopkins lacrosse captain, Brendan Kelly, with a net score of 52, including handicaps. Second place foursome, from BGE, was led by Ciccarone board member George Gephart; third place captain was Jim Watson; and fourth place foursome was led by Arthur Adler.
This year's golf classic, which yielded a net profit of $25,000, was run by the founder of the Ciccarone Center, Dr. Roger Blumenthal, and Ciccarone Center COB Edward Speno. Others who spent the day on the links were Dr. Stephen Adchuff, director of Clinical Cardiology; Dr. William Baumgartner, director of Cardiac Surgery; Dr. Jeffrey Blinker, director of Interventional Cardiology; Dick Watts, former UMBC lacrosse coach; Lance Holden and Jim Darcangelo, owners of the Lax World store; Lou Manzo, David Greif and Bill Kelly, Ciccarone board members; Tony Seaman, Hopkins lacrosse coach; Hopkins athletic director Tom Calder as well as Chic's youngest son, Steve, and Chic's nephew Casey Gordon.
Seems hard to believe that the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) is 30 years old, and plans are in the works for a huge birthday party at Camden Yards on Nov. 11. I'll have more on that later. Now it's time to tell you about the people who played in the recent GBMC seventh annual Golf & Tennis Classic.
This year's event was chaired by Dr. Bernard McGibbon, James K. Donahue, Rich Kohles, Keith Neff, Dr. Robert Stoltz and Dr. G. Robert Medalie, all of whom were pleased that the event raised nearly $25,000 for the GBMC nursing education fund.
Participants included former Baltimore Colt Tom Matte, with the longest drive of the day. The Nationsbank team of Gene Bosley, Gary Dorsch, Bob Kaestner and Tom Beetle were low net winners. GBMC surgeon Dr. Peter Golueke won the men's closest-to-the-pin honors. Ann Porterfield won the women's closest-to-the-pin hole and women's longest drive.