Goucher’s Blue & Gold Society hosted its annual Golf Outing this week under sunny skies at the exclusive Hillendale Country Club. The event, which raises money for Goucher Athletics, drew in over 100 participants this year including alumnae/i, parents, and other Goucher community partners.
“The Blue & Gold Golf Outing is one of the biggest single fundraisers that we do,” said Greg Permison, Assistant Director of Annual Giving. The money goes toward all sorts of Goucher athletic expenses. “Training trips, championship rings –this year we’ll have to buy rings for the Equestrian team again,” Permison added, smiling.
When it comes to competition, the Golf Outing is a casual tournament. Each team plays with “best ball rules,” meaning that each team member tees off, and everyone starts from where the best shot landed. “That way, if the first guy makes a perfect shot, and the rest of us end up in the sand traps, we pick up our golf balls and join him,” Permison explained. There are plenty of awards given out after the tournament as well. At the end of the day, prizes are given out to players for various accomplishments, such as best long drive, getting closest to the pin, or a hole-in-one. “No one ever wins the hole-in-one prize,” Permison said, laughing.
All participants come to support Goucher, but it’s the fun of golfing with buddies that really draws them. “I love being out on the field,” said Tom Rose ’95, ’00. Rose and Permison were on the same team, and although they didn’t win, Rose didn’t hold it against him. “I had a wonderful time with Greg and the others,” he said, before adding, “We were 10 under par, which isn’t too bad.”
This year’s fundraiser was a success, but the Blue & Gold Society is already looking to next year. “Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Golf Outing,” said Permison. “I think that’s going to be our biggest one yet.”
– Ke’Aun Charles ’15