The 2011 Tournament will be held Monday, June 20 at Worcester Country Club.
Record total in excess of $100,000 is raised at 2010 Tourney
The Father Bissonnette Invitational (FBI) golf tournament set a new fundraising record, eclipsing $100,000 for the first time, at the 37th annual event, held on the first day of summer at Worcester Country Club (WCC). Proceeds benefit the College’s Athletics Department and general scholarship fund. More than 120 golfers – including alumni, friends, trustees and sponsors – enjoyed a barbecue lunch on WCC’s outdoor patio before teeing off on the historic course. Designed by Donald Ross, WCC is the only course in the United States to have hosted both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open Championships and the Ryder Cup. After 18 holes, guests were treated to a delicious dinner and participated in the silent and live auctions, where numerous vacation, golf and sports packages were available.
Two-time Massachusetts Amateur Golfer of the Decade Frank Vana Jr. ’86 provided golf tips at driving range prior to tee time. President Francesco Cesareo welcomed the crowd, and he and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Ryan thanked participants for their support. Special thanks to FBI Planning Committee Chair Diane Erickson Brazelton ’77, vice chair Greg Post ’89, Jan Fuller P’92, Lionel Lamoureux ’68 and the committee, as well as guest auctioneer Len Brescia.
The low gross score of 65 was posted by the foursome of Joe Miller, Jeff Johnson, Jason Barrows and Robin Rhodes while Austin Joyce ’76, Doug Mellis, Tony Vigliotti and Alissa Burke teamed for the low net total of 49. Jason Barrows and Emily Carter were the winners of the closest-to-the-pin contest.
Silent and live auction prizes included getaway trips to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT; tickets to the Notre Dame football game vs. Army at Yankee Stadium, as well as Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics games; autographed Red Sox jerseys and sports memorabilia and golf packages. The raffle board awarded more than 50 prizes, ranging in value from $50 to $300. Sam Stewart narrowly missed an opportunity to sink a 50-foot put on the 18th green for $10,000.