Golfers raise $127,000 for Worcester State student scholarships

June 14, 2022
By: Deborah Alvarez O'Neil

More than 200 alumni and friends of the University came out for the Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament June 6 and raised a record $127,000 for student scholarships. The annual day-long event took place at two locations: Wachusett Country Club and Kettle Brook Country Club.

“We could not have asked for a better day in terms of sunshine, good spirits and great golf for an incredible cause,” said Jodi Briggs-Pickett, the executive director of development in University Advancement, which coordinates the event. “These dollars will go a long way to helping many hardworking students at Worcester State.”

President Barry Maloney, who played 18 holes at Wachusett, emphasized the importance of scholarships for Worcester State students.

“Our students come from Massachusetts and a lot of them are first-generation students in their families,” he said during the luncheon following the tournament. “These dollars provide a hand up in the form of scholarships.”

Over the past 25 years, the Foundation’s Golf Tournament has raised $1.5 million for the University. Mark your calendars to join the 30th Annual Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament next year on June 5, 2023.

Click here to see photos from this year’s event. Here are the winners of this year’s tournament:

Kettle Brook Winners:

Closest to the Pin Competition: Christine Coughlin (27’ 3”), Nando Maldonado (8’ 5”)
Longest Drive Competition: Christine Coughlin, Steven Ferraro ‘17
Overall 1st Place: Dana Perry ‘16, Christopher Hanson ‘16, Ed Peladeau ‘17, Steve Ferraro ‘17 (-15)
Overall 2nd Place: Mark Wagner, John Gentile, Ken Fitzpatrick, Mike Harney (-12)
Overall 3rd Place: Will Sjogren ‘22, Blake Thorne ‘22, CJ Callender ‘22, Christian Martinez ‘21 (-11)
Mixed Division – 1st Place: Marina Taylor, Drew Higgins, Andres Sherman, John Peculis (Fidelity, -9)
Women’s Division – 1st Place: Ann Zelesky ‘73, Rosie Naughton ‘05, Joyce Labonte ‘86, Christine Coughlin (-3)
Senior Division – 1st Place: Mark Williams ‘78, Fred Barry ‘80, Chic Tatreault, Jim Rosseel (-8)

Wachusett Winners:

Closest to the Pin Competition: Kelly Downs (25’ 5”), Keegan Kerr (6’ 6”)
Longest Drive Competition: Brianna Brosnan-Smith ‘16, Matt Tillo
Overall 1st Place: Peter Staiti ‘02, Ed Dumphy ‘00, Mark Gurski ‘02, Mike Kezierski ‘18 (Rockland Trust, -17)
Overall 2nd Place: Gregg Rosen ‘86, Jeff Rosen, John Salerno, Bob Salerno (NES Group, -16)
Overall 3rd Place: Christopher Kostiw, Jim Bertone ‘85, Matt Tillo, Brendan Hannen ‘11 (Berkshire Bank, -11)
Mixed Division – 1st Place: Leg Langevin, Mike Wiemer, Jay Watson, Steve Peretti (Phoenix Communication, -6)
Women’s Division – 1st Place: No teams in this division at Wachusett Country Club
Senior Division – 1st Place: Brien Cullen ‘77, Tom Anderson ‘78, Kirk Scotia ‘77, Rich Hamlin ‘77 (-11)

Photo: Steve Ferraro ’17, Christopher Hanson ’16, Ed Peladeau ’17, Dana Perry ’16 took first place overall at Kettle Brook. Photo by Wright Photo Studios

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