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Kennedy Golf Classic a hole in one

Kennedy Catholic’s 11th annual Golf Classic was a rousing success.

The day featured beautiful weather and a total of 158 golfers participated on Thursday, Oct. 2 at Centennial Golf Club in Carmel.

“We had a tremendous day,” said Father Mark G. Vaillancourt, president and principal of Kennedy Catholic. “I always see the golf outing as a great community builder. It brings back parents, alumni and then it blends them with current students and teachers. We’ve been very successful at Centennial because we’ve opened the venue up now to use all 27 holes. We have found that it’s a day that people look for to set on their calendar to come back. So they come back with anticipation of having a good day. God blessed us with great weather and we had great participation from local communities with the gifts that they’ve given us.”

The golf outing was played in honor of Lawrence Gulley, a 1984 Kennedy Catholic graduate, who passed away in April. Gulley, known to many as ‘Larry Legend,’ had a four-some spot left open for him in a group comprised of his close friends and Kennedy alum Thomas Baker, Art Weisgerber and Bryan Parkhurst.

“He was a person that pulled everyone together and enjoyed every moment of this,” Baker said of Gulley. “He made this more fun than any of you guys could believe. All we did was bust each others’ chops for five consecutive hours every year and he looked forward to that more than anything else.”

With an impressive score of 54, the overall tournament winners were a group comprised of Kennedy Catholic students: Christian Spano, Ray Spano, Mike Donnelly and Armando Barquin.

The second place team totaled a 58 and featured John Viniello, Stacy McGratty, Lisa Delzio and Mark Delzio.

The drawing for Kennedy Kash took place at the dinner and the first place winner was Julie Salicrup, who collected a total of $15,400. A total of 443 tickets were sold.

Also at the dinner, there was an auction and a variety of wonderful gifts such as golf bags, clubs and more were raffled off.

“Something like the golf outing is a big day for us not just for the community, but also for the funds that it raises,” Father Vaillancourt said. “We’re excited that this year, we’re really pushing all of our fundraising efforts behind the track program. When we have a good day like yesterday, I know that the track is a certain reality.”

For the first time in the tournament’s history, a female four-some of Kennedy faculty was put together and was comprised of Arlene O’Rourke, Noreen Violante, Ellen Kelly and Ines Wilhelm-Boston.

“We felt that it was so important to support Kennedy and simultaneously add some female flair to the day,” Kelly said. “I think there’s a little Mary Queen of Scots in each of us!”

“As Father Vaillancourt said in his blessing, it truly was a day to share with others who hold Kennedy so dear,” Violante said.  “A gorgeous fall day, lovely dinner, and a chance to bond with faculty, staff and students — what more could one want? There was tons of laughter, encouragement, support and fun.  I especially loved seeing our students outside of the classroom and sharing the day with them. ”

To view a gallery of photos from the golf outing, please CLICK HERE!

Closest to Pin Winners

5 Meadows:  Mark Delzio – 3’2”

5 Lakes: John Baranello – 5’5”

5 Fairways: Stacy McGratty – 12’3”

Longest Drive Winner – Men

Dan Beyrer

Longest Drive Winner – Women

Stacy McGratty

Putting Contest Winner

Christian Spano

Making it Fantastic “Most Honest Golfer”

David Doner – 80

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