Fun on the links benefits students scholarships


Thursday, September 19th, 2013
By: Cynthia McMullen
The namesake team (from left): Victor Yanchick, Rob Van Pelt, Don Brophy and Gretchen Brophy.

The namesake team (from left): Victor Yanchick, Rob Van Pelt, Don Brophy and Gretchen Brophy.

 

More than 80 School of Pharmacy alumni, faculty, students and friends gathered Sept. 4 at Brickshire Golf Club in Providence Forge for the first Yanchick Invitational Golf Tournament, dinner and raffle.

It’s actually the tournament’s 20th year; students suggested that it be renamed to honor and celebrate Dean Victor Yanchick’s 18 years of service to the school as he nears retirement.

“Throughout the years, Dean Yanchick has always contributed so much to Kappa Psi that we wanted to find a way to honor his legacy here at the school,” said Travis Henschel, regent for the VCU’s Theta chapter of Kappa Psi.

The pharmaceutical fraternity hosts a golf tournament each spring, Henschel said. “But we thought by getting involved with the fall scholarship tournament, it would create a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation to the dean.” To that end, the tournament name was changed, and Kappa Psi had a custom T-shirt designed for the tournament that included a caricature of the dean.

The winning team (from left): Alex Smart, Phil Cerreto, Jon Hewitt and Michael Tizard.

The winning team (from left): Alex Smart, Phil Cerreto, Jon Hewitt and Michael Tizard.

“As a member of Kappa Psi, I am honored and pleased that the brothers decided to name the tournament after me,” said Yanchick. “I hope it continues to grow because it means so much for me to raise money for pharmacy student scholarships.”

Seventeen teams, about one-third of which comprised students, vied for first place under a beautiful, late-summer sky. Congratulations go to Phil Cerreto, Jon Hewitt, Alex Smart and Michael Tizard, whose skills on the green earned top honors for their team. Perhaps special kudos are in order as they all are first-year Pharm.D. students.

The tournament generated $10,852 in sponsorships, players’ fees and raffles. Proceeds will benefit pharmacy student scholarships.

Thanks go to Yanchick Invitational sponsors EPIC, Walgreens, Rite Aid and VCU Alumni. Raffle prizes were donated by most of the school’s student organizations as well as by Lee’s Golf Club, The Signature at West Neck, Bay Creek Resort and Club, Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Cahoon Plantation, The Jefferson Hotel, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the Tobacco Company, Buz and Ned’s, Cheesecake Factory and Comfort.