The seventh edition of Western University of Health Sciences’ annual Towne & Gown Golf Classic raised approximately $26,000, increasing the endowment total for student scholarships to about $160,000.

The money raised will add a seventh scholarship to be awarded next year to deserving students. Six scholarships were awarded from the endowment this year.

Click to view a slideshow of WesternU’s Towne & Gown Golf Classic.

Tournament sponsor T.F. Chen, DDS, underwrote all green fees, carts, lunch and dinner for dozens of enthusiastic golfers who participated in the scramble-format tournament on June 12, 2017 at Glendora Country Club.

Bryan Montoya won the helicopter golf ball drop prize. More than 150 numbered golf balls were dropped from a hovering helicopter, and Montoya’s ball landed in the hole.

Joining Dr. Chen as Towne & Gown sponsors:

  • Tournament Golf Shirt Sponsor: Mutual of America
  • Platinum Sponsor: McKesson
  • Platinum Sponsor: Hong-Shue Chen, MD
  • Platinum Sponsor: Samaritan Health Services
  • Gold Sponsor: Inter Valley Health Plan
  • Silver sponsors: ABC Pharmacy, Advanced Office and Bank of the West
  • Longest Drive sponsor: Williams Sign Co.
  • Straightest Drive: Williams Sign Co.
  • Closest to the Pin: Inland Pulmonary Group
  • Hole in One sponsor: Symes Cadillac of Pasadena
  • Beverage sponsor: DoubleTree, Claremont
  • Beer sponsor: MillerCoors, Irwindale

Following the dinner reception, the three teams with the lowest gross scores were awarded trophies:

First Place: Jason Lim, Felix Tsui, Vincent Hsieh and Harrison Wu

Second Place: Kenneth Hernandez, Ralph Morales, Fernando Escobedo and Fernando Guzman

Third Place: Dr. Thomas G. Fox, Dr. Robert Hasel, Hong-Shue Chen and Simon Chang

Three teams were awarded trophies for having the highest gross score, or reverse Stableford:

Third Place: Tim McPheron, Jeff Keating, Thomas A. Fox and Bill Burrows

Second Place: Al Desrosiers, Dana Lampi, Tom McDonald and Mark DeWoskin

First Place: Dr. Phil Nelson, Doris Nelson, Dr. Steven Friedrichsen and Matthew Tapping


WesternU Vice President for University Advancement Diane Abraham, PhD, CFRE, took home a trophy for longest drive – she drove the beverage cart around the course. Along with WesternU Provost and COO Gary Gugelchuk, PhD, the pair carried on the tradition established by WesternU President Emeritus Philip Pumerantz, PhD, and former Board of Trustees member John T. McGwire, DDS.