Record Breaking Piper Classic Special to the Record: Robbie Fisk
As predicted, the 6th Annual Piper Classic Golf Tournament raised the most money in its short history for its athletic programs at Alexander Galt thanks to a record number of golfers and hole sponsorships.
The tournament which honours the late John Haller, raised $8950 which was $1864 more than last year. The money raised will help pay for transportation, equipment, uniforms, photography, awards, bursaries and student athletes in financial need.
Upon registration the 102 golfers were given a polo golf shirt as a gift and treated to a nice lunch at the Milby Golf Club. Several golfers took part in the Subway putting challenge which was won by Adam Spirk, Gary Bowers and Michael King (the young grandson of Carol and John Haller).
The high winds kept the scores down, but the foursome of Chris Forsythe, Keith Kobelt, Jeff Cheal and Andrew Blanchard proved to be the best team on this day with a score of 10 to claim the Haller Memorial Cup.
Several hole challenges kept the golfers focused and having fun including a hole in one for $5000 that was sponsored by Solutions ID of Ian Warcup, Donny Reed and Anne Francis. Unfortunately nobody was lucky enough to hit the hole in one, but Kurtis Call won the closest to the hole. Mark Warnholtz and Melissa Welton won the longest drive contest for men and women. Danny Luce, Steve Groves and Zolton Ferenzi won other closest to the pin contests while Francois Bibeau won closest to the keg, which was sponsored by the Golden Lion and Pub.
Bob Halsall was the named as the tournaments first Honourary Chairman thanks to his 38 years of service and commitment to Galt Athletics as the Student Activities and Sports Co-ordinator. Halsall will officially retire on August 26 and will leave a legacy behind as a Galt icon.
After dinner 39 door prizes were drawn thanks to the gifts given from community members and businesses. The evening ended with a raffle in which six big prizes were drawn thanks to Glenn Abbey Golf Club, Haller Family, Bombardier, Riddell, Terry Smith and the Sherbrooke Phoenix Hockey Club. Former Lennoxville Mayor Doug MaCaulay was in attendance representing the Organix Foundation that matched the raffle funds of $1000.
In the end the real winners of the day were the student athletes of Alexander Galt thanks to the supports of its community members and businesses.
Big THANKS YOU to the 31 businesses that sponsored the Piper Classic.
Winners of last week’s Piper Golf Classic were (left to right) Keith Kobelt, Andrew Blanchard, Chris Forsythe and Jeff Cheal.