The Hobart College golf team raised $750 for Folds of Honor through an online auction. In every tournament during the 2014-15 season, a Statesman carried a bag embroidered with Master Sgt. Steven Edward Auchman, U.S. Air Force and then that bag was auctioned off to support Folds of Honor’s scholarship fund.
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, as well as four siblings, his twin brother, John, brothers, Robert and Rick, and sister, Lisa.
Tom and Sarah O’Connor, both members of the Colleges’ Classes of 1995, placed the winning bid and generously donated the bag to Jennifer Auchman.
“We felt it was fitting for the Auchman family to have the bag,” Tom O’Connor said. “It’s a wonderful tribute to an American hero.”
Tom O’Connor played golf and basketball for the Statesmen, serving as the golf team’s captain as a junior and a senior. He was named Hobart’s most improved golfer following the 1993-94 season. A loyal member of the Statesmen Athletic Association, O’Connor has endowed the most improved award and the honor now bears his family name, the O’Connor Golf Award. He is currently a member of the SAA Board of Directors.
Sarah Daniels O’Connor helped the William Smith lacrosse team to a four-year record of 62-5 with four consecutive NCAA championship game appearances. A three-year starter in goal, she amassed a Heron record 658 career saves. Daniels O’Connor is second on the William Smith all-time list with 47 career wins (47-4), fourth in career save percentage (.605), and sixth in career goals against average (8.51). She was named a second team All-American following her senior season. Daniels O’Connor is currently a member of the Heron Society Board of Directors.
“It was an honor for the team to carry on Master Sergeant Auchman’s memory,” Hobart Head Coach Ken Dougherty said. “I’ve kept in contact with Jenny Auchman, and Steven’s brothers and sister through this process, and they were very thankful that we honored Steven this way. Jenny, Brian and Eric were surprised and extremely pleased when Tom and Sarah O’Connor graciously gave them the golf bag. I’m also grateful to Tom and Sarah for their kindness, generosity and support. It did not surprise me when they gave the bag to the family.”
Through a program organized by the Golf Coaches Association of America to honor fallen or severely wounded American service personnel, Dougherty partnered Hobart with Folds of Honor, a charity that provides educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while on active duty.
“Ken and the team supported a great cause this year and we wanted to do what we could to help support their effort,” O’Connor said. “Folds of Honor is doing amazing work supporting the military families of our country.”