This season the Hobart College golf team carried a special bag with them at each tournament adorned with the name of Master Sergeant Steven Edward Auchman, United States Air Force. The Statesmen will now auction off the bag through the athletics website and the funds raised will be donated to Folds of Honor.
Fourth-year Head Coach Ken Dougherty, through the Golf Coaches Association of America, signed his team up for Folds of Honor, a program that provides collegiate golf teams with the opportunity to honor fallen or severely wounded American service personnel.
“We were very proud to carry this golf bag to honor Master Sergeant Auchman,” Dougherty said. “When I saw the Folds of Honor presentation at the GCAA convention, I knew it was a cause our team would embrace. We’re looking forward to giving back to Folds of Honor through this auction, to help families through scholarships and other assistance programs.”
Of the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Folds of Honor seeks to meet this need by providing annual educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty.
The auction for the bag is live now and runs through June 15.
Auchman was born in nearby Auburn and graduated from Waterloo High School. He enlisted in 1985. Auchman was stationed at several bases across the country and served abroad in Italy, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq. In October of 2004, he was deployed to Iraq with the 5th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron. On Nov. 9, 2004, Auchman was killed during a mortar attack on his forward operating base in Mosul.
Auchman’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (3 devices), Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (5 devices), National Defense Service Medal (1 device), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Auchman is survived by his wife of more than 16 years, Jennifer, two sons, Brian and Eric, and his twin brother, John.
This year the Hobart golf team competed in 11 tournaments as a team. Hobart earned a season-best third place finish at the Nazareth Invitational.