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Law School Golf Outing Gets New Format But Has Same Purpose

A new format with more prizes and more par 3 holes will highlight this year’s Law Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing.

The outing, set for Friday, September 24 at 1 p.m. at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, will once again have a scramble format with teams of four. But this year 9 of the 18 holes will be par 3s. The par 3 holes will feature hole-in-one prizes like a Super Bowl package for two, a Masters package for two and a Pebble Beach golf package for two.

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In addition, the winners of the closest-to-the-pin contests throughout the tournament will compete on a 19th hole for a $1,000 prize.

“I think it’s an exciting format,” says Lee Falke, who was one of the original tournament committee members and has one of the outing’s scholarships named in his honor. “Hopefully it will really bring more people out.”

The golf outing is part of Law Alumni Weekend on September 24-25, which includes an Education Law Symposium, Class Meet-Ups and a Monte Carlo Night.

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The goal of the new format is to raise more money for the two University of Dayton School of Law scholarships the outing supports, the Hon. Carl D. Kessler Scholarship and the Lee C. Falke Scholarship.

“I’m honored to be a part of it,” Falke says. “Hopefully we’ll be able to help some more UD law students.”

The outing started in 1990 through the efforts of the late Judge George J. Gounaris, who was fueled by his love of golf and his appreciation for his friend Judge Kessler.

Judge Kessler had served for many years as presiding judge and administrative judge of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

“Judge Kessler had the respect of everybody and was a great judge,” Falke says. “He was the kind of guy when he would talk he would take the wind out of your argument. His voice was penetrating. It was hard to disagree with him about anything.”

Starting in 2016 the tournament committee decided to also support a scholarship named in Falke’s honor. Falke attended the University of Dayton from 1948 to 1951. He did not attend Dayton Law because the school was closed at the time and wouldn’t reopen until 1974. But once it did return, Falke always felt an attachment to its students and graduates.

“At one time I was the Montgomery County prosecutor and I felt like I hired more UD Law graduates than anyone else in the country,” Falke says.

Falke says the outing has always been a popular way to have some fun and support the law school.

“I think it was a success from the beginning,” Falke says. “Law firms were donating. Lawyers in town wanted to play together and honor the law school. It was a happy combination of reasons why it was successful.”

Falke plans to tee it up again at the outing this year, as he has many times before, even if golf was never his favorite sport.

“When I was young I played football, basketball and baseball and thought golf was for older people,” Falke says. “Now that I’m old, I think it’s for younger people.”

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