SCC Sports Information
While many things change at breakneck speed these days, some things fortunately stay the same year after year. One of those constants is the quality of the St. Catharine College Celebrity Golf Classic, held the second Saturday of August each year.
“Another great tournament,” exclaimed St. Catharine President William D. Huston after the 19th annual tournament concluded. “It was as good as we have ever had thanks to the continued support of all of our friends and volunteers. I am humbled every year to see how many people are willing to give up a Saturday to keep this as one of the top fundraising tournaments in the state.”
Again, fundraising, which provides money for student scholarships, was at the forefront of the weekend that began Friday night with the reception and auction. Tournament chairman Robbie Polin credited a number of people for the success of the auction and the entire golf weekend.
“The auction of celebrities went really well Friday,” said Polin who has volunteered to chair the tournament for the last 12 years. “I’d like to thank all of those celebrities who came to play as well as all of those from the college who volunteered both Friday and Saturday. It takes a lot of people to make it work. St. Catharine Farm stays all day every year to provide food, and the staff at the golf course (Lincoln Homestead State Park) is a tremendous help each year. I’d like to thank all of the teams, the hole sponsors and all of those who donated auction items and prizes.”
One more thing that has been fairly constant of the tournament over the years has been the winning team. In that respect things were back to normal for the team of Joe Jones. After finishing second last year, Team Jones got back to the winner’s circle again this year, making it six first-place finishes in the last eight years. With a winning score of 53 (18 under par) the Jones team had to survive a scorecard playoff to top the Toyotomi team that also finished at 53. Blandford Insurance Services was just one shot back at 54 to take third place low gross.
Taking first place low net was Beechfork Services, LLC & Save-A-Lot who carded a net score of 47.6. The Nally & Haydon team took second low net at 49.2 and Springfield State Bank was third with a net score of 50.
But in the end, as President Huston related, the real winners will be the students at St. Catharine who will benefit from the weekend of golf and fundraising. “A lot of the credit goes to our friends and golf committee who raise this money for student scholarships. Chuck Polin, Sam Wheatley and Robbie Polin have been volunteers on the tournament committee since it started 19 years ago. Next year will be our 20th year so we are planning some real special surprises.”
One thing that won’t surprise anyone is the quality of the event that has endured now for nearly two decades.