The inaugural WesternU College of Pharmacy Scholarship Golf Classic raised more than $13,000 for student scholarships, a strong start that is only expected to improve in coming years, according to College of Pharmacy (COP) officials.

From 2003 to 2012, WesternU COP partnered with the USC School of Pharmacy for a scholarship fundraising tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, California, with the proceeds evenly split between the two colleges. WesternU COP opted to begin doing its own tournament this year, and drew more than 90 golfers to Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon near Calimesa, California, on May 23, 2013, raising $13,500 in the process for the College’s general scholarship fund.

Golfers included private and corporate supporters of the College, individual and team golfers from all over Southern California, COP alumni, and WesternU faculty and staff. Several College of Pharmacy faculty also turned out for the post-tournament awards banquet and raffle.

“I have attended many golf fundraising events, but none have surpassed this inaugural Scholarship Golf Classic in terms of preparation, coordination, venue, and player satisfaction,” said College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson, PharmD, FASHP. “We owe so much to our planning team, our student volunteers and our amazing sponsors. I am already looking forward to next year’s event as we continue to expand our scholarship support for truly deserving students.”

Plans already are underway for the College’s second annual tournament next spring.