2015 Tourney Recap

Thank you!

15th Annual Kernan Golf Tournament

Because of your partnership, the 15th Annual Kernan Golf Tournament Honoring Jim Ross was a tremendous success, raising over $130,000 in sponsorship and player contributions!  As proceeds from this year’s tournament directly benefit our hospital’s Adapted Sports Program, your generosity will truly help to make a difference each and every day.

Tournament Day  |  This Year's Honoree -- Jim Ross  |  Awards Dinner -- The Program  |   Awards Dinner -- The Results!  |  Thank You to Our Tournament Sponsors!  |  In Memoriam | Event and Foursome Photos

Event Photos

Foursome Photos

Tournament Day

The weather on the day of the tournament could not have been more perfect – blue skies, 79 degrees, with a gentle breeze.  We had the pleasure of welcoming a sold-out capacity of 132 golfers to the tournament, with a total of 155 players and guests joining us for both the morning Brunch, as well as the evening’s Hors d’oeuvres and Awards Program.  We listened to your request from last year and purposefully limited the number of players on the course for this year’s tournament in order to maximize the golfer’s experience.  Brilliant suggestion as the pace of play this year was ideal!

Golfers were able to participate in a Free Video Golf Swing Analysis in the morning, conducted by the General Manager of Bulle Rock, Rick Rounsaville; enjoy a complete sit-down Brunch; as well as compete during the day in multiple course contests and raffle opportunities.  A big Thank You to the following for helping to make the tournament play this year the best ever: 

  • Dennis Koulatsos, General Manager and Partner, Koons Ford of Baltimore, for the sponsorship of four Hole-in-One Prize Opportunities, including TWO cars this year!
  • Mike Wilmot, President and CEO, Wilmot Modular Construction, Inc., for the sponsorship of TWO separate $1,000 Grand Prize Raffles!
  • Julie Quick, principle of Blockhead Data Consulting, for sponsoring all of the tournament golf balls!
  • Chesapeake Hospitality, for the sponsorship of a multi-day hotel package at their hotel of your choice in America!

Tournament play began with Jim Ross, this year’s tournament honoree, hitting the Inaugural Ball from Charlie’s Tee, in honor of Charles B. Reeves, Jr.  You may read more about Charlie, as he was lovingly known, in the In Memoriam section below.

This Year's Tournament Honoree -- Jim Ross

It was a great joy to honor Jim Ross at this year’s tournament.  A consummate healthcare professional with more than forty years of senior executive leadership experience with community, academic and specialty hospitals, Jim joined the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) in 1990, continuing until his recent retirement in 2014.  When Jim retired, he was both the interim senior vice president/chief operating officer of the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System and special advisor to the president of UMMS.

Jim was the president and chief executive officer of the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, now known as the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, from 1994 until 2010.  During the early portion of his tenure as president, Jim oversaw the successful merger of Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital with Kernan.  He developed new programs in Pain Management, Sleep Care, Rheumatology, Urology, General Surgery and ENT; completed substantial facility renovations; as well as implemented a new patient care delivery system.  His continued skillful guidance through the years enabled Kernan to thrive and become the state-wide leader in rehabilitation, a distinction it carries to this day. 

Jim was abundantly beloved by all – patients and staff alike – during his presidency at Kernan.  His trademark infectious humor and warmth are well-known and valued to this day.  He has been, and continues to be, a treasured and great friend to our hospital.  

Award Dinner -- The Program

The Awards Dinner in the evening began with a special tribute to this year’s honoree, Jim RossDavis Sherman, last year’s honoree and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kernan Hospital Endowment Fund, as well as Bill Peck, co-chairman of our hospital’s Board of Directors, shared personal anecdotes regarding Jim and acknowledged his great contributions to our hospital.  At the close of their remarks, Jim paid tribute himself to Charles B. Reeves, Jr. 

Attendees at the Awards Dinner were then poignantly reminded through two stirring speakers of the real reason behind the Annual Kernan Golf Tournament – to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  Lori Patria, MS, OTR/L, UM Rehab & Ortho’s Director of Therapy Services, interviewed Bruce Hobbs and Ryan Major, two of our patients who are very actively involved in our Adapted Sports Program.

Bruce Hobbs

Bruce Hobbs

Bruce Hobbs experienced a stroke in January of 2003, losing the use of his left arm completely and leaving him with limited control of his left leg.  A few years later, he discovered golf through our Adapted Golf Clinics.  Today, Bruce not only plays for social enjoyment, he also plays competitively in several charity tournaments, including the North American One Armed Golfers Association (NAOAGA) Annual Championship. This past summer, Bruce made it to the semi-final round of the net division in this national tournament!

Retired Sargent Ryan Major

Ryan Major is a true Wounded Warrior.  Ryan stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Iraq the day before Veterans Day, 2006, losing both of his legs, as well as multiple fingers on each hand.  During his on-going outpatient therapy at UM Rehab & Ortho, Ryan  discovered the Maryland Mayhem, our wheelchair rugby team. Ryan has become an integral member of this elite and highly competitive touring team, recently being named “Best Mid-pointer” at the 2nd Annual Crab Pot Tournament, hosted one month ago  by UM Rehab & Ortho.

All proceeds from the 2015 Kernan Golf Tournament benefit our hospital’s Adapted Sports Program. The Adapted Sports Program focuses on helping patients “get back to living” after experiencing a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or amputation, or some level of physical limitation resulting from a chronic health condition. The program strives to help both our patients and members of the community maximize their potential, quality of life and overall health by achieving more than they originally thought possible. “Yes you CAN!” is stressed, while giving participants the resources, access and, most importantly, the confidence to pursue the things in life they enjoy the most.

Currently, the Adapted Sports Program offers wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby (home to the Maryland Mayhem), the Adapted Golf Program, and the annual Adapted Sports Festival, featuring over 12 adapted sports for participants to try. More information regarding the Adapted Sports Program can be found by visiting www.umrehabortho.org/adaptedsports.  

Awards Dinner -- The Results!

Of course, what would a tournament be without the results!  They were as follows:

Team Champion (score of 61)
$150 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate - PER PLAYER 
Jesse Masear
Tom Parker
Sandy Loys
Frank Loys 
Team Runners-Up (score of 62)
$100 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate - PER PLAYER 
Anthony Hawkins
Andy Berkowitz
Karen Berkowitz
Will Lynn 
Team 3rd Place (score of 63)
$75 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate – PER PLAYER
Bill Peck
Don Limburg
Dave Norman
Rick Borchers 
Putting Contest
Free Foursome at Bulle Rock
Bill Peck ("Holed it!")
Longest Drive
$100 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate – PER WINNER
Mary Hirsch -- Ladies', #11
Jerod Snedeker -- Men's, #8 
Closest to the Hole
$100 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate – PER WINNER
Mary Stuart McKenzie – Ladies’, 29’4”
Bill Peck – Men’s; 5’4” 
Straightest Drive
$100 Bulle Rock Gift Certificate
Don Limburg - #2, 0’6” 
Chesapeake Hospitality
Multi-night Stay at Hotel of Their Choice in America;
Pot of Gold
$145 cash PER WINNER
Bill Peck
Coleman Manning
Brad Verbosky
Bill Elliott
Grand Prize Raffle
TWO $1,000 Grand Raffle Cash Prizes – TWO Winners!
Bill Peck
Mike Wilmot
(Both Bill and Mike donated their winnings to the newly opened Hackerman-Patz House on our hospital’s campus!)


The evening concluded with a hearty THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and golfers, as well as the announcement of our 2016 Kernan Golf Tournament date as follows:

Please mark your calendars for the 16th Annual Kernan Golf Tournament!

Thursday, September 22, 2016!!!

Thank You to Our Tournament Sponsors

In Memoriam

This year’s tournament remembered two very special friends to our hospital …

Charles B. Reeves, Jr., Esq.

When one thinks of “Kernan Hospital” over the past several decades, it is impossible to not intertwine its history and success with the gifted leadership and legacy of Charles B. Reeves, Jr., or “Charlie” as he was lovingly known. 

Beginning in 1932, when Charlie’s father, Charles B. Reeves, Sr., became a member of the Board of Trustees for the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital, Charlie began his own relationship with the hospital.  As a small boy, Charlie would accompany his father on weekly visits, playing with the   pediatric patients in the hospital.  As his father subsequently became president of the Board of Trustees, Charlie would grow to follow in his footsteps, first with his own tenure as trustee (1959-1996), then president (1987-1996) of the Board of Trustees, and later as trustee (1974 – 2007) and president (1986 – 2007) of the Endowment Fund, the latter position which he held in emeritus until his passing. 

Charlie’s decades of visionary leadership were crucial to Kernan officially becoming a member of the University of Maryland Medical System.  His unwavering commitment to the mission and values of the hospital was instrumental in helping Kernan to become the largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation in the State of Maryland

On September 26, 2013, we were privileged to honor Charlie at the 13th Annual Kernan Golf Tournament, at Bulle Rock. The picture depicted is from that day.  Sadly, Charlie passed on June 27th of this year at the age of 92.  In Charlie’s honor, this year’s tournament marked the permanent establishment of “Charlie’s Tee”  - this year Hole #1 - from which the Inaugural Ball will always be hit to officially begin each tournament.  Charlie was loved greatly and is tremendously missed by all each and every day. 

Timothy Sanders, PGA

In memory of Tim Sanders, PGA Senior Golf Pro at Forest Park Golf Course in Baltimore, Maryland, who passed on May 11, 2015. 

Tim was dedicated to assisting golfers with disabilities either return to the game they loved, or embrace it as a new hobby. He assisted the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute’s Adapted Golf Program over the past 10 years, providing golf lessons for the Spring, Summer and Fall Adapted Golf Clinics to countless patients.

In addition to providing lessons to adapted  golfers at our hospital’s own practice tee, Tim made it possible to have a practice league for golfers with disabilities at Forest Park, where they could further hone their skills. 

Tim was generous with his time by also instructing the golf clinics at our hospital’s annual Adapted Sports Festival each September. He had a strong love for the game, as well as the golfer, and was able to connect with all of his players individually in a meaningful way.

Tim enriched the lives of all of our adapted golfers, as well as our staff, and is missed greatly.