Golfers Roll the Dice and Come Up Birdies at Jesuit Golf Classic
What looked like it might be a washout turned out to be a beautiful morning of golf for participants in the 2015 Jesuit Golf Classic. Most afternoon players finished about 14-15 holes before lightning forced course officials to stop play. More than 210 Blue Jays and Jesuit supporters ignored the elements on Friday, April 10 to play the challenging Jack Nicklaus-designed course at English Turn Golf and Country Club.
The winning foursomes were determined using a Jesuit-inspired (and English Turn approved) innovative handicap scoring system that divided golfers into three flights based on how they finished.
The morning round, consisting of almost 100 golfers, was won by George Sins and Regan Leopold of the Class of ’94, Al Sassi, and Robert Emmett ’09. The winning foursome shot a blistering 17-under-par 55. Their card showed only two pars, a string of birdies, and an eagle on the course’s signature hole, the par-five 15th island green.
The foursome of Sid Candies, Rick Chanove ’89, Phillip Lee, and Chris Watermeier ’89 took second place. Quinn Vorhaben ’96, Harry Vorhaben ’65, Bill Weed ’65, and Al deBaroncelli finished third.
The afternoon round was won by Mike Pizzitola and Sean Hardy from the Class of 2002, Ryan Peters ’06, and Phillip Kelly ’04. They carded a 16-under-par 56.
Second place in the afternoon went to the foursome of Paul Stahls ’94, and Ryan Plummer, Steven Serio, and Matt Stahls from the Class of 1996. Donnie Ellis ’88, Mike Ellis ’95, Rich Vanderbrook ’87, and Josh Keller ’96 finished third.
The Class Cup, presented to the low-scoring foursome of alumni from the same class, was awarded to a quartet from the Class of 1989: John Holmes, Patrick McGoey, Garrett Morris, and Todd Tournillon. They recorded a 10-under-par 62. The Class Cup was established in 2012 and always jump starts a spirited competition among classes. Past winners include teams from 1992 (2012), 1987 (2013), and 1995 (2014). All four tournaments were played at English Turn.
The longest drive contest (hole #14) was won by Matt Bonilla ’02 (morning) and Wiggins Edrington ’92 (afternoon). George Joint ’68 (morning) and Jimmy Holmes ’83 (afternoon) won the closest to the hole competition (hole #8).
Jesuit thanks 2015 Golf Classic chairman Bill Hare ’90 and his committee: Beth Bares, Br. Billy Dardis, S.J. ’58, J.P. Escudier ’95, D.J. Galiano ’07, Mat Grau ’68, Eddy Hayes ’90, Vinson Knight, Mike Rodrigue ’71, Krista Roeling, Wendy Schneider, Cherie Turk-Adler, and Mike Whitsell. A special thanks to Anne Barnes for coordinating a blue and white army of volunteers.
Finally, thanks to the Class of 2006 — Jeff Ganucheau, Ricky Becnel, James Linn, John Pivach, and Vincent Scelfo — for barbecuing hamburgers, chicken, and hot dogs for the lunch crowd.