The Com­mu­nity and Bresee Sup­port Piper Classic In A Big Way

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Robert Fick, spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Ev­ery year the Piper Classic gets more and more sup­port from the com­mu­nity and this year was no ex­cep­tion. A sold out crowd off 145 golfers par­tic­i­pated in the 8th edi­tion that helped raise $22, 503.74 for the ath­let­ics pro­gram at Alexan­der Galt High School. The event is in me­mory of John Haller who taught and coached 32 years at Galt, but lost his bat­tle with can­cer June 28, 2007. As al­ways, the Haller fam­ily was in at­ten­dance.

Af­ter pick­ing up their reg­is­tra­tion gift the golfers helped them­selves to a de­li­cious brunch. Honorary chair­man Mike Bresee of­fi­cially opened the event with a cer­e­mo­ni­ally tee shot at 1:00 un­der a bright sun and 31 de­grees. Bresee at­tended Galt when it opened in 1969 and grad­u­ated in 1974 af­ter play­ing foot­ball, hockey, bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball and bad­minton. He made many friends along the way and he has stayed in con­tact with most of them ever since. They have be­come known as “The E.T. F.C. Boys” and do­nated thou­sands of dol­lars to Piper Ath­let­ics. Over the last twenty years Bresee has also made sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to Galt ath­let­ics. In his speech Bresee ac­knowl­edged many of his coaches who were in at­ten­dance along with his friends that helped set the foun­da­tion for who he has be­come to­day and events like this are his way of giv­ing back. As a mo­mento, the ath­letic com­mit­tee pre­sented Bresee a throw­back paint­ing of his high school days from Trevor Mck­in­ven.

The golfers tested their skills and luck with sev­eral clos­est to the pin con­tests, long­est drive and a chance at hole in one for $15, 000 worth of BRP Ev­in­rude prod­ucts. They were also treated to a bag of cheese from Lai­terie Coat­i­cook.

Dur­ing din­ner 50 door prizes from busi­nesses and alumni were ran­domly given out and fif­teen ma­jor gifts were drawn through a raf­fle that helped raise more funds. Jeff Good­sell ac­tu­ally won three ma­jor raf­fle prizes, but do­nated them all back and put them up for an auc­tion that raised even more funds.

The team of Chris Forsythe, Keith Ko­belt, Glenn Faucher and An­drew Blanchard won the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment with a score of -15. Of course the real win­ners of the day was the Alexan­der Galt Ath­let­ics pro­gram and its 300 stu­dent ath­letes it sup­ports ev­ery year with uni­forms, equip­ment, trans­porta­tion, bur­saries and much more.

A spe­cial thank you to Guy Faucher and his staff at the Milby Golf Club for host­ing us with a course in im­mac­u­late shape, great ser­vice and food. Thank you to ev­ery­one that par­tic­i­pated and or do­nated money and gifts. Galt is truly for­tu­nate to have such a large sup­port­ive com­mu­nity and alumni.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

The win­ners: left to right: Chris Forsythe, An­drew Blanchard, Glenn Faucher and Ko­belt. Keith Our hon­ourary chair­man Mike Bresee.

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