The WGACSF hosted its 40th annual Caddie Scholarship Pro-Am at The Stanwich Club on Thursday, July 8th. A field of 46 teams participated in the event, though the conclusion was cut short due to inclement weather.
“Stanwich and its first-class professional staff–the clubhouse staff, golf staff, grounds crew–and it’s generous membership delivered exceptional hospitality for our Pro-Am participants,” said Director of the MGA Foundation and Senior Director of the WGACSF, Johanna Gavin. “We are disappointed to have suspended play due to inclement weather which prohibited many from getting the full “Witch experience,” but we are appreciative for the time spent with many of the Fund’s dearest friends and supporters in celebration of our 40th Pro Am during our 65th year.”
The day started off spectacularly, with the morning tee times going off without a hitch. Titleist and B.Draddy provided the items for gift bags which were given out to each golfer. The first group, which included Brian Mahoney and Tom Ott of the MGA, went off at 7:40.
There were various competitions during the event, including the Lexus hole in one hole, located on hole 13. A few golfers challenged the flag on the uphill 13th, but none were able to drive off the course in a brand-new Lexus.
Prizes were also going to be awarded to the team low gross, team low net and low pro scores. However, due to many groups not finishing their rounds those prizes were given away in a randomized raffle. Team Tamarack: Joseph Russo, Scott Scheinin and Mark Schultz, won the Titleist driver giveaway. Team Mount Kisco: Carl Sturges, Scott Lauder and Joe Bronzo were the winners of the Scotty Cameron putter. Team Darien: Ed Tuccio, Chris Lombardy and Nick Paolazzi took home the Titleist travel bag.
The event would not have been possible without generous sponsors. Neil A. Clark & Family sponsored the 40th Pro-Am. Scholarship Sponsors included: John F. Connor, Donald S. Dworken, M.D., Patrick McCormack & Family, Brooklawn Country Club and William Nardiello. The Program Sponsors were Jim Fahey, Ed Howard, Reid Howey, Manhattan Woods Golf Club Scarsdale Golf Club and Titleist and Jay Hill.
While the rain washed away the remainder of play, it did little to dampen the moods of the attendants. Those who got pushed off the course ended their day with drinks and lunch on the patio.
Proceeds from the Pro-Am directly benefit the WGACSF’s Caddie Scholarship recipients. The success of the event and the fund would not be possible without the continued and generous support of all involved.
“A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made this day possible,” said Gavin. “I know we weren’t able to finish the competition, but I hope everyone still had a great time. Thanks to Stanwich, our donors, the golf professionals, and everyone else who helped make this a special day. We look forward to our 41st Pro-Am next year.”