14th Annual Patriot Classic

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Jun 15, 2016
Patriot Classic 2016
It was a beautiful summer day to raise scholarship money for the students of the University of Valley Forge (UVF). The 14th annual Patriot Classic Golf Tournament welcomed 86 golfers on June 2, 2016, to the Kimberton Golf Club in Phoenixville for a day of golf and fellowship.

UVF staff and faculty, alumni, supporters and Phoenixville community members spent the day reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and playing a round of golf. UVF alumus Joe Terreri ’06 is the pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Royersford, Pennsylvania, and remembers fondly his time at UVF. “I’ve always had a good relationship with UVF so I’m really blessed to be close by,” he said. Bob Fisher is a parent of three UVF alumni and continues to stay connected to the university through the Patriot Classic. 

For community member George Carter, UVF impacted his personal life when three UVF alumni became leaders in his church, River of Life Church in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He has participated in the Patriot Classic from the beginning. Former UVF professor Phil Baker, who taught youth ministry from 2004–2014 was present at the outing and stays connected to the university. “I still have many dear friends on the faculty and others who were previous students.”

The golf tournament also became a family affair as father and son, Keith ‘73 and Kevin ‘00 Holt, golfed together. Keith is a pastor at First Assembly of God in Carney’s Point, New Jersey, and plays in the tournament every year with a group of men from his church. “This is for a great cause, scholarship money, and we have a lot of fun,” he said. “My son and son-in-law are here, and I’ll be able to see some other people I know. You don’t have to be a great golfer; we come and make a lot of great memories.”

This year’s winning foursome with a final score of 56 was Greg Hubbard, John Neiswender, Emmett Lien and Dale Reppert from Glad Tidings Church in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. The runner-up foursome was Bryon Brinson, Matt Young, Nick Brinson and Aaron Stewart. Arin Nicholson from Hope Fellowship won the longest drive competition and the men's straightest drive competition. Denise Dryburgh from C. Raymond Davis & Sons won the women's straightest drive competition. Robert Brandhorst Sr. won closest to the pin.

Due to the support and generosity of the golfers, the event raised $13,000. The funds raised will provide financial support through scholarships to future deserving UVF students. In the past 14 years of the Patriot Classic's history, over $117,000 in scholarship funds have now been raised. The university is grateful to the Legacy Club members – those golfers who have given their financial support to this event for 10 years or more.

Mark your calendar for next year’s Patriot Classic golf tournament set for Thursday, June 1, 2017.