A Shiny Piper Classic
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.