A Shiny Piper Clas­sic

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Robert Fisk, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

The­morn­ing of Fri­day, June 28 did not look to be a very promis­ing day to hold a golf tour­na­ment as the rain came down in buck­ets for hours. How­ever John Haller must have been watch­ing over his fam­ily and friends on this day as the rain sud­denly stopped as the 90 par­tic­i­pants ar­rived for the 5th an­nual Piper Clas­sic Golf Tour­na­ment. With the sun shin­ing bright as ever the tour­na­ment was able to raise a record-break­ing amount of $7088.26.

The tour­na­ment was cre­ated five years ago to hon­our Haller as a long time teacher and coach of Alexan­der Galt High School who lost his life to can­cer. The tour­na­ment has raised over $23,000 in the last four years with all of the money go­ing to­wards the ath­let­ics pro­gram. This year the money helped to pur­chase new Nike uni­forms for field lacrosse, girls flag football and three soc­cer teams. Mike Everett from the Til­lot­son Foun­da­tion was in at­ten­dance to help un­veil three more new sets of Nike soc­cer uni­forms that its foun­da­tion do­nated $4000 to­wards.

Mike Grady and Matt Mcbrine con­trib­ute their usual part by sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets that raised $1505. Doug Ma­cAulay was on hand to rep­re­sent the Or­ganix Foun­da­tion that do­nated an­other $1000 to­wards the raf­fle as well. The big­gest prize was the tra­di­tional 52” tele­vi­sion do­nated by the Haller fam­ily fol­lowed by a Canada Games tick­ets and gift pack­age from Tom Allen. Chris Ljungkull do­nated a beau­ti­ful Tony Har­ris paint­ing and the Phoenix de Sher­brooke gave 20 sea­son flex tick­ets. Round­ing out the raf­fle prizes were din­ner for two and the Hovey Manor and a color printer from Tim Guild.

As al­ways lo­cal busi­nesses played a ma­jor role in sup­port­ing the tour­na­ment with gifts and whole spon­sor­ships. The Ath­letic Com­mit­tee would like to thank the fol­low­ing busi­nesses for spon­sor­ing a hole: We­bco Light­ing, Sub­way, Bishop’s Univer­sity Ath­let­ics, Swm Pein­ture, Ko­belt Trans­porta­tion, Grant Simeon Pho­tog­ra­phy, Glob­alex­cel, Pro Par, Opto Re­seau, Clarke And Sons, Provigo Len­noxville, Garage Par­adis Ul­tra­mar, Mini L’en­tre­posage Len­noxville, Me­canique Fletcher, Con­struc­tion Le­tourneau, Pilsen Restau­rant, Jeff Bean Ex­ca­va­tion, Café Mas­saw­ippi, Mu­nic­i­palite North Hat­ley, Au Vieux De­luth, Bruce Stod­dard, Cass Fu­neral Homes, Trevor Wright, Rea­gan Shel­don, Ma­gog Marine, Golden Lion, A.N.A.F. Len­noxville, North Hat­ley Le­gion.

The four­some of Karl Hunt­ing, Jeff Bray, Larry Brazel and Gary Bradley won the tour­na­ment in its in­au­gu­ral year and they did so again this year with a score of -14. The Milby Golf Club and staff un­der Guy Faucher did an out­stand­ing job in treat­ing all of the par­tic­i­pants with a high qual­ity golf course that is set to host the 2013 Canada Games in Au­gust.

We truly could not have asked for a bet­ter day as 55 par­tic­i­pants went home with great door prizes do­nated from lo­cal busi­nesses to end the evening, but the true win­ners are all of the stu­dent ath­letes at Alexan­der Galt.

There were lots of happy win­ners at the Piper Clas­sic Golf Tour­na­ment.

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