The Community and Bresee Support Piper Classic In A Big Way
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.
The winners: left to right: Chris Forsythe, Andrew Blanchard, Glenn Faucher and Kobelt. Keith Our honourary chairman Mike Bresee.