We are a medical student run group dedicated to raising money for various charities through a charity golf tournament.
In addition to raising money, we see this tournament as an opportunity for UNC School of Medicine faculty, alumni, and current students to interact and share their experiences.
In 2003, two MS2s started a golf tournament for medical students that benefited SHAC. The next year, Josh Surowitz, a third year medical student volunteered to help plan the tournament. Josh, whose childhood best-friend died of cystic fibrosis, suggested that rather than having another med school event sponsor SHAC, the money could be donated to a different cause – the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For the next few years the tournament was held in the fall at various golf courses in the Chapel Hill area, generally with about 10 teams of medical students. Money raised from the tournament came solely from registration fees.
Changes came in 2008 when the students (Allan “Trip” Nanney, Simone Lawson & Christina Nisonger) organizing the next event approached the Medical Alumni Office asking to hold the tournament on one of the Medical Alumni Weekends. Now held at UNC’s Finley Golf Course, one of Golf World Magazine’s Top 50 public courses, the tournament has grown. The tournament has had major community-involvement with over 20 community sponsors involved. Participants include UNC medical students, residents, faculty, alumni, family and friends. Now in 2013 the organizing committee has decided to donate proceeds from the tournament to the American Heart Association, a cause special to the class. This is an officially recognized UNC student organization.
2009: raised $4,000, 90 players
2010: raised $2,800, 92 players
2011: raised $4,000, 64 players
2012: raised $4,000, 56 players