RICHMOND, Va. – The Fifth Annual Janney Montgomery Scott & Allen Strange VCU Medical Center College-Am, hosted by Dr. Jim Neifeld, was the most successful in the tournament's history, VCU Athletics was pleased to announce this week.
The college-am, which helps to support the VCU Golf program, raised $12,000. Additionally, a special presentation was made by Dr. Jim and Ramona Neifeld in the form of a major gift, which will endow a golf scholarship, the Neifeld Family Scholarship for Golf.
"This continues to grow into one of the largest fundraising events to support the VCU Golf Team. The addition of Janney Montgomery Scott, thanks to local golf icon Allan Strange, increased the size and scope of the event significantly within the community and also shows signs of even greater growth in the future," said VCU Golf Coach Matt Ball.
Jim Neifeld and Coach Ball initially created the event as a way to connect doctors from the VCU Medical Campus to an enjoyable outing with the golf team, one which raised funds assist the program's budget. Ball hopes the addition of the business community at-large allows for further growth and for the event to become a major part of the team's operating budget.
"The Neifeld family, which has been a friend of the team for years, as well as all of VCU's teams, will now forever be connected to the program through this scholarship and one player will be on the Neifeld Scholarship every year," Ball said.
The tournament was played on Saturday, April 30 at Independence Golf Club in a "shamble" format. Prizes were awarded for first place and runner-up, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. Participants had the opportunity to play with a member of the VCU Golf team or a local club professional.
"It seemed a perfect fit for me and my company, Janney Montgomery Scott. Having played in the event a few times over the last five years, I decided last year I wanted to play a bigger role in support of golf at VCU. With Jim Neifeld's encouragement, the support of Janney, and VCU's staff leading the way, we achieved all of our original goals. Now, the fun part. Next year we plan on bigger and better, which means building on the success of our event and of the overall successes of the entire athletic program. Having been a student-athlete many years ago, nothing gives me more pleasure than to return the favor and support the student-athletes and overall athletic department at VCU."
DR. JAMES NEIFELD:
"This was started as an effort to bring the two campuses closer together and to increase communications between them. The first four years were successful and made money for the golf team, which enabled them to do things they might not otherwise have been able to do, but the tournament had not grown as we had hoped. The way to do that was to get a corporate sponsor, which we were fortunate enough to do with the aid of Allan Strange and Janney Montgomery Scott. This has helped bring in additional players and sponsorships, which resulted in our largest tournament so far. In this day and age when non-revenue sports need to generate all the funding they can obtain, and with the marked reduction in state funding for VCU (more than to other state institutions), this type of event can help keep successful programs successful and allow them to recruit outstanding student-athletes for VCU."
If you would like to help support VCU Golf, please contact Andrew Hartley at (804) 828-1726 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.