People who play golf are well aware of the benefits of technology, with new generation drivers coming out every year and improved balls that fly farther and stop faster. The Davis Health System Foundation golf tournament allows participants to put their cutting-edge clubs to work raising money for one of the latest medical advancements.
Attendees also will be able to interact with a very special guest, legendary West Virginia University quarterback Fred Wyant.
"This year, funds raised by the golf tournament will be applied to a new, exciting initative that benefits our entire region," said Dan Bucher, special projects coordinator for Davis Health System and the Davis Health System Foundation. "Davis Health System is significantly expanding its telemedicine capabilities. Through the use of real-time audio and visual links, physicians of Davis Memorial Hospital may provide consultation and diagnostic services to patients that may be located many miles away in rural clinics or nursing homes.
"This is a huge benefit to patients in reducing the time, hazards and inconvenience of traveling long distances to receive services," he added.
The seventh annual tournament is scheduled for Friday, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:30. Although many teams already have signed up, some openings remain. For more information or to register, call Jennie Raines at 304-630-3043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch and on-course contests. Allegheny Insurance is the major sponsor for the tournament. Additional support comes from Frontier Communications, RPA, Benefit Assistance Corp. and Smith Backhoe, plus numerous tee and green sponsors.
A special addition this year will be the appearance of Fred Wyant, who played quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1952-55. Wyant, who was inducted into the WVU Hall of Fame in 1994, was 30-4 as the team's starting quarterback and led the Mountaineers to the 1954 Sugar Bowl.
The Weston High School graduate remains the only quarterback to lead WVU to three consecutive victories over Penn State (1953, 1954, 1955) and later worked as an NFL official for 27 years.
"Fred Wyant is a great West Virgnian, and we're incredibly appreciative that he is willing to help the Davis Health System Foundation," Bucher noted. "Fans will really enjoy spending time with this Mountaineer legend."
Previous Davis Health System Foundation golf tournaments raised money for The Davis House, which now provides free, family-friendly lodging for patients undergoing cancer treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center.
"By supporting this tournament, you become our partner in serving the health care needs of this and neighboring communities," Bucher said. "It really is a great time for a great cause."
For more information about the Davis Health System Foundation, visit www.dhsfoundation.com.