WNY Optics Golf Tournament
WNY Optics Golf
WNY Optics Golf Tournament
Presented by:
Universal Photonics    Esco Optics

Robert "Bob" Novak Scholarship Fund of RACF

On December 6, 2014 we lost our dear friend and colleague Robert "Bob" Novak. He devoted hist time generously to support and grow the MCC Optical Systems Technology Program over his 37-year tenure.

Click here to learn more about the Robert "Bob" Novak Scholarship Fund of RACF

2015 Tournament Info

For the first year ever, both Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake are full! Dinner only and sponsorships are still available. Please be aware all registrations are time stamped and taken on a first come, first PAID basis. In the event of an overflow of Shadow Lake, we will also have tee time slots open at Greystone Golf Club which is the third sister course. For more information, please contact us at wnyopticsgolftournament@optipro.com.

Rental Clubs will be available by calling Big Oak golf center (www.bigoak.com) at 585-586-0614. Please contact us if you need us to pick them up for you the day before the tournament.

Universal Photonics and Esco Optics are pleased to present the 15th Annual WNY Optics/Photonics Golf Tournament on July 16th, 2015 at Shadow Lake & Shadow Pines Golf Courses

All proceeds benefit Golisano Children's Hospital

Last years tournament was a resounding success!
Together we raised $28,500. In our 14 year history we've raised over $198,500 for the hospital!


The WNY Optics tournament was started by Diane and Ron Schulmerich in 2000. The first contact they had with the hospital was when their daughter Amanda spent the first 8 weeks of her life in 1984 in the neonatal department at the Golisano Childrens Hospital as a premature infant. She dropped down to 2.5lbs while there and eventually over time , with world class skill, compassion, professionalism and of course a lot of prayers, the hospital staff saved Amanda’s life. Amanda grew into a normal active little girl until 1995 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. It was discovered in the orbit of her left eye. It was inoperable, this was Amanda’s second encounter with GCH. Amanda spent the next 53 weeks on and off going through an intense radiation and chemotherapy protocol at the Golisano Childrens Hospital. In those 53 weeks Amanda was never left unattended and received the utmost care and treatment through sunny summer days, family birthdays, Christmas and other holidays that most other children were enjoying at home with their families. While being treated at GCH the Schulmerichs discovered an entirely new family that consisted of the doctors, nurses, staff and other volunteers that make up the well oiled machine of GCH. The Schulmerich family eventually said farewell to the staff at GCH after 53 weeks and Amanda eventually returned to a normal life of a young teenager. The hospital saved Amanda’s life a second time.

The WNY Optics Golf Tournament was formed when Schulmerich family decided it was time to give back to GCH. Ron Schulmerich had experienced the comraderie and fellowship of the optics community first hand during Amanda’s stays in the hospital so it was only fitting that they organize a tournament comprised mostly of Rochester optics folks. The first tournament was held in 2000 and composed of 60 golfers on 15 teams and raised $560.00. So much fun was had that they decided to make the tournament an annual event (There was actually a hole in one scored that first year). Today the tournament is an annual event allowing optics and photonics organizations from around the world to gather in Rochester for the day of golf and fun. The WNY Optics tournament continues to grow with attendance by more than 300 people from 92 companies. We have raised enough money to name a room in the new Golisano Children's hospital, which will welcome the first patients on July 10, 2015.