13th Annual Golf Classic – Overwhelming Success!

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Thank you to everyone that supported our Thirteenth Annual Golf Classic. Our event was held July 13 at the Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown.  We can almost always guarantee beautiful weather, and this year was no exception.

Our event was kicked off with a message from John Normand, President of the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey (Legends). He gave special thanks and recognition to our perennial Gold Sponsor, St. Paul’s School of Concord as well as our Putting Sponsor, Club National of Nashua.

“We are extremely grateful to all the players (full-field of 132), sponsors, contributors (Gifts in kind) and volunteers that help make this event one of the best in the state, each and every year”.

More than 750 photographs taken by Matt Parker Photography can be viewed and or purchased for a nominal fee.

Listed below are our twelve Silver and sixteen Bronze Sponsors.

Silver Sponsors: Amoskeag Beverages, LLC – Bogacz Photography/Digital Media – Capital City Paving  – Gamache Enterprises – Granite State Financial – Morgan Self Storage – New Hampshire Distributors, LLC – North Country Tractor –  Northway Bank  – Pro Ambitions – Rowley Insurance Agency – Triplet Computers, LLC

Bronze Sponsors: Ackerson State Farm Insurance Agency – Arcomm Communications – Banks Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC – Christian Party Rental – Deco Limo of Boston – EVR Advertising – Fay’s Boat Yard – The Houston Family – Karr & Boucher PLLC – L. A. Brochu Inc. – Manchester 40+ Hockey League – Milford Lumber – PretiFlaherty – R & T Electric Inc. – Rene LeClerc Insurance Agency Inc. – Sleepnet

Gift In Kind: More than 100 businesses and individuals donated gifts in kind for the tournament. To view complete list, click on (Gifts in Kind)

In addition, John acknowledged one individual from the Class of 2018 who will be inducted October 21 at Concord’s Grappone Center at the Seventeenth Annual Legends of Hockey Induction Ceremony. With us today is Bob Gaudet Dartmouth College Men’s Hockey Coach who will be entering his 22nd season at Dartmouth.

The Legends will also pay tribute to the Manchester Regional Youth Hockey Association (MRYHA) and their history.

Volunteers
Our volunteers worked very hard all-day long keeping the registration, raffle and on course contests running smoothly. Many thanks again: to Dave Beauchamp; Dick Boucher; Dave Elliott; Jay High; Tom Mailhot; Wally Tafe; Dick Theriault; Jean Mathieu; Lee Hayes; Arlene Robbins and (Bob Vachon, Kathy Vachon, Monique Hopkins; Heather Jopson and Nick Lewis, all of Vachon Clukay). In addition the following board members got a chance to play, but also volunteered many hours to help make this event a great success. Dave Corriveau; Mike Gould, Jim Hayes; Lane Mabbett; Roland Martin; John Normand; Steve Mathieu and Dan Zapton.

This year, we introduced the memory of Boston hickory golf-club and golf ball maker G.S. Sprague (1870 – 1928).   Robert Sprague, is the great-grandson of Boston clubmaker G.S. Sprague, and portrays his great-grandfather joined us on Hole 6.  Each player had a chance to hit one of his 1912 mesh golf balls and see how well you like Mr. Sprague’s best hand-forged mashie irons “using only the best native New Hampshire hickory shafts”.

In addition, on Hole 4, board member Dave Beauchamp and Jen Lentz and her son Connor from the Rochester Youth Hockey Association helped raise money which will be used for necessary equipment for the upcoming season.  In addition, Rochester entered a team in the tournament.

We also added two new Hole In One prizes this year from Hole In One International.  On Hole 6, there was $5000.00 Cash and on Hole 16, a Hawaiian Vacation worth $3,000.00.  Those two, coupled with North Country Tractor of Concords’ riding John Deere lawn mower for the First Hole In One on Hole 4 “The Scott Citroni Hole” rounded out the big prizes.

Champions!
Congratulations to this year’s Champions. This year, the MRYHA team of Mike Desmond, Mike Bayer, Jason Bergeron and Scott O’Neil won the tournament on a match of cards as three teams posted 57’s.  Steve Wilson, Tom Rowell, EJ Chea and Dave Smith came in 2nd and Lee Blossom, Ryan Sahr, Mark Placy and Fletcher Sokul came in 3rd.

2018 Champions – Jason Bergeron, Mike Bayer, Mike Desmond and Scott O’Neil.

All Champions

2018 – Mike Desmond, Mike Bayer Jason Bergeron and Scott O’Neil
2017 – Lee Blossom, Ryan Sahr, JM Sahr, Scott Towle
2016 – Lee Blossom, Mark Placy, Ryan Sahr, JM Sahr
2015 – Rene LeClerc, Pete Ackerson, Steve Grzywacz, Dave Kuhman
2014 – Todd Philbrick, Tom Otto, Jim Corbett, Jerry Collins
2013 – Dick Dodds, John Dodds, Scott Peters, Dean Cashman
2012 – Chris Chisholm, Jim Hayes, Ray Martin, Pat McNicholas
2011 – Casey Kesselring, Jeff Graham, Mike Beliveau, Trevor Smith
2010 – Chris Chisholm, Jim Hayes, Ray Martin, Pat McNicholas
2009 – Mike Castagna, Paul Lemire, Doug Leppart, Doug Snyder
2008 – Chris Chisholm, Jim Hayes, Ray Martin, TJ Whitelaw
2007 – Mike Castagna, Mike Ladouceur, Johnna Lory, Rich Tombs
2006 – Ken Roberge, Mike McGinn, Glen Williams, Dwayne Robinson

On Course Contests
Longest Drive All # 1 – Fletcher Sokul
Closest to the Line #2 – Dwayne Robinson
Closest to the Pin # 4 – Mark Placy 2’1″
Closest to the Pin # 6 – Dennis Murphy 3’1″
Closest to the Pin # 13 – Tim Pratt 8’7″
Closest to the Pin # 16 – Steve Wilson 6’8″
Closest to the Pin #18 Second Shot – Rick Wayne 2’0″
Putting Contest Champion – Jim Lamp *
* In a putt-off against Tim Jamieson, Mike Martin and Lane Mabbett, Lamp was crowned Champion and took home $100 cash.

2019 Golf Classic
Mark your calendar now, for next year’s Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday July 12, 2019.  So grab your  teammates now, and plan on joining us!

2018 Golf Photos
More than 700 terrific photographs were taken by Matt Parker Photography and are available to view and or purchase.  If you have any questions contact Matt at mparker3011@gmail.com

2018 Induction Ceremony
NH Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon, honoring players, coaches, builders, and media representatives for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the sport of ice hockey in New Hampshire. If you’d like to join us and or sponsor this premier event, please contact Jim Hayes at hayes743@comcast.net

We also collect and display hockey-related artifacts in our on-line Museum of New Hampshire Hockey and we support the growth of the sport through various activities, including our youth hockey equipment donation program and our sponsorship and support of the NH High School Senior All-Star hockey games as well as All-State recognition for both New Hampshire high school and prep school teams.

We continue to search for artifacts and film from the old days. Anyone wishing to loan or donate artifacts is welcomed to do so.

Thank you in advance.

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