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39th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament a Sunny Success

Posted May 26, 2007

winkler5.gif A bright, hot spring day at the Oak Ridge Golf Club in Feeding Hills, MA was the setting for the 39th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament, which raised more than $5,000 for the Alumni Golf Scholarship. Highlights of the May 25 event included a hole-in-one contest (no winners this year), many exciting raffle prizes, Friendly’s sundae cups, and a speech by last year’s scholarship recipient Stephanie Bibbo.

“It was a pleasure to meet you in person today,” said Bibbo, a junior sport management major. “Thanks to the Alumni Golf Scholarship, students like me are able to afford to come back to Western New England College each semester. Without your support I wouldn’t be able to move ahead with my future.”

The tournament’s winning foursome (pictured, left to right), with a score of 57, was composed of Robert Winkler G’02, James Winkler ’93, Max Winkler, Jr. ’91, and Max Winkler, Sr. To view a photo album/slide show of the tournament, click here.

The annual event provides golfers with the opportunity to get together with fellow alumni and family. Indeed, over the years, many foursomes have included relatives who also have something else in common: their alma mater. “We look forward to this every spring,” said Richard Moriarty ’78/G’84, who golfed with his father, George Moriarty ’56, his brother Donald Moriarty ’98, and his son, Steve Moriarty. “We call the tournament the Moriarty Family Open,” he continued. “It’s one of the highlights of the year.” George Moriarty, who turned 84 last March, recalled participating in the first Alumni Golf Tournament in 1969. It began to be a family affair in 1975, when he recruited Richard, then a freshman at the College, to tee it up at the tournament.

For some players, the day of golf “is a great excuse to get together with old friends,” said Frank “Chip” Dyer ’87. He and his golfmates, Mike Agro ’88, Mike Rumore ’95, and Tim Poole ’88, marked their 10th year in the tournament.

At the dinner following the round of golf, the tournament’s honorary chairmen, all members of the Golden Bear soccer team that won the 1975 New England NAIA Championship, were presented with a plaque in recognition of their dedication to the College and the Alumni Golf Tournament. This year’s honorary chairmen were Ed Lindsay ’78, Gary LaPerle ’75, Dan Boskey ’76, and Gary Webster ’77.

“When you go to the Western New England College website, you see the phrase ‘Exceed Your Expectations,’” said LaPerle. “That’s what it’s all about. As alumni, if we all pitch in, we’re going to help make this institution better and better every year.”

Incoming Alumni Association President Mat Nelson ’93 noted that the perfect weather, combined with a great group of alumni, made the tournament a total success. “Each year we are making an effort to better the tournament, and that was evident this year,” he said. “I want to thank the sponsors and all the golfers and I look forward to our special 40th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament next year.” The date of next year’s tournament is May 23, 2008.

The following organizations helped make the 39th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament possible:

Platinum Sponsor
Hampden Bank

Gold Sponsors
The Best of Health America
Liberty Mutual

A.A. Zebian Financial Services
Hayden L. Bradley ’64
Driscoll Photography
East Coast Tile
GBE Plus
Pease, Pease, Norris & Doty
Valley Communication Systems
Weathersfield Travel
Yankee Casting Co., Inc.


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