WHAT: St. Luke’s Foundation Heart Golf Classic

WHEN: Monday, November 2, 2015

WHERE: Golf Club of Houston

CHAIRS: David Argueta; William E. Cohn, MD; Clayton Trier

EMCEES: KHOU-TV Channel 11’s Darby Douglas

DETAILS: After a weekend of area tornados and flooding, more than 100 players and supporters were treated to beautiful weather at the St. Luke’s Foundation Heart Golf Classic. Triple transplant patient and retired school teacher John Guidry spoke about the “great hope” given him after two heart transplants and a kidney transplant. Heart transplant patient Ally Smith Babineaux, known as the “Bionic Bride” because after her surgery she was able to marry her sweetheart, also attended the event. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Heart Exchange Support Group, which helps transplant patients and their families.

This year’s awards went to:

      • First Place Net: Zach Daigle, Robert Perez, Brent Gibbons and Sam Beard
      • Second Place Net: Kelly Larkin, MD, Fernando Parra, Santosh Dixit, MD, and Bill Garden
      • Longest Drive - Women: Miranda Hadamik
      • Longest Drive - Men: Andy Juntunen
      • Putting Contest: Charlotte Jones, Tony Cormier, and Edmund Chidester

WHY: Every year more than one million Americans are diagnosed with heart disease. While advances in care over the past decade continue to dramatically improve outcomes, the reality remains that a diagnosis of heart disease can be devastating to a patient and family. The Heart Golf Classic was created to spread awareness about the demand for life-saving organ donations and to provide hope and assistance to patients in need and the organizations involved in these heroic efforts. Proceeds from the tournament go to the Heart Exchange Support Group at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

GUESTS: Mark Skolkin, MD; Clayton Trier; Kelly Larkin, MD and Fernando Parra; Charlotte Jones; William E. Cohn, MD; O.H. “Bud” Frazier, MD; Stephen Moore, MD; Darby Douglas, Bishop George Sheltz of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

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