By Wendy Sarubbi | April 30, 2015 12:05 pm

Golfers and tournament organizers called April 27’s scholarship fundraiser the “best Med School Classic ever” as 120 players enjoyed the links at the Lake Nona Country Club and raised more than $38,000 for UCF College of Medicine M.D. Scholarships.

This year’s classic was the third in medical school history, with golfers delighted at the comfortable 85-degree temperatures, shade and lack of rain. Jim Warmus, a principal at the Averett Warmus Durkee CPA firm, and Dan DeCubellis from the Carlton Fields Jorden Burt law firm founded the tournament in 2012 and said they couldn’t be more impressed with the event’s growth, which this year had the most participants and raised the highest proceeds to date. “I’m seeing more and more support for the College of Medicine as people get to know about the event,” DeCubellis said of the sold-out tournament. “The college benefits everyone in the community. We want to see them be able to attract the very best students.”

After the 18-hole tournament, DeCubellis and Warmus presented a giant $38,000 check to Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and medical school dean. “This community continually exceeds my expectations,” Dr. German said as she thanked supporters. “I set the goal high, and you all just keep doing more.”

She also introduced to the crowd first-year medical student Trevor Getz, who received a Med School Classic scholarship this year. “The reason I had so much confidence in a relatively new school was because I could see an almost tangible support from the Lake Nona and the Orlando community,” said Getz, a former college tennis player who golfed in the tournament and is thinking about a future in sports medicine.. “I can promise we’ll work hard to continue to make UCF College of Medicine one of the premiere medical schools in the country.”

To date, the Med School Classic has raised more than $100,000 to support M.D. scholarships at UCF. Organizers say their efforts are based on a desire to support the next generation of physicians in our community. “We hope that these medical students will stay in Central Florida and take care of our kids and grandkids, after having such a good experience at the college,” said Warmus.

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