Sponsors and participants truly out did themselves this year in support of the 27th Golf Classic fundraiser. A total of $88,015 was raised for the CU Succeed Youth Bursary program in 2019. A donation after the tournament (and adjustments to the final bill) pushed our numbers even higher than we had previously announced.

Chef John Cirillo instructing

We had a full house. There were 144 registered golfers and 16 registered to attend the cooking class at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy. Those cooking learned how to properly sharpen knives and filet a Cornish game hen. They they set about preparing a meal. The created fresh Thai salad rolls, mushroom risotto, stuffed chicken breast with quinoa, corn & spinach, gratin potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and for dessert – stick toffee pudding. Are you hungry yet?! As the cooks returned to the golf course for dinner, the meals they prepared were donated to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Elisa House (who sent an email being most appreciative).  View the cooking photos.

Get this cart off of me!

Markland Wood Golf Course did a great job hosting the golfers under beautiful sunny skies and a temperature of 22 Celsius. Our golfers are not in a rush to get around the course even with the scramble format. Lots of networking and having fun. Being a private club, we are not able to start the shotgun start before 1 pm. Happy Hour began at 6:15, but even with five and a quarter hours, some of our golfers had yet to finish 18 holes. Something we will be looking at for 2019. And yes, there will be a second beverage cart next year!

Michaella – Guest Speaker

Thank you to our volunteer, guest speaker and 2107 CU Succeed Youth Bursary recipient, Michaella Pilon. Michaella gave a passionate speech detailing the impact the bursary had on her school year expenses, and the challenges of her father’s passing last year. Not many dry eyes in the room. Michaella brought thanks to all involved in this fundraiser on behalf of past bursary recipients, and those yet to be awarded.

Donna Sheppard from Tandia won $540 in the 50/50 draw. Justin Wendland from D+H won the putting contest. Bernie Muise, new to Satori Consulting won closest to the line men, and Mary Benincasa from PACE was closest to the line on the women’s side. Closest to the hole winners were Sara Carnegie from Central 1 and Reg Sonnenberg from PenFinancial Board. While not an “official contest” this year we did have to recognize Kathy Clark, Sandy Alward, Donna Sheppard and Joe Agro from Tandia as the best dressed team.  The Most Honest Team was awarded to Vijay Chandak, Alex Golitsis, and Kevin Morton. While not a prize category, low gross of 62 went to Peter Godec, Scott Cochrane, Mohamed-Ali Kessentini, and Marco Antico. View the golf photos.

Mark your calendar for Monday June 10, 2019 when we get to do it all again.

Sincerely, a big THANK YOU to our Title Sponsor Fiserv, our Palladium Sponsor CUMIS, and all our Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors, as well as our hole sponsors and everyone who participated. See the full sponsor list here.