Golfers Support SHU Scholarship Fund During 19th Annual Pioneer Open

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Nearly 100 golfers swung their clubs under picture-perfect skies Monday, June 2 to support the Sacred Heart University Scholarship Fund during the 19th Annual Pioneer Open. The tournament took place at the Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, Conn., where golfers enjoyed dinner, camaraderie and an awards presentation.

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The tournament featured a variety of special hole-in-one challenges. The four “closest-to-the-pin” winners of the day qualified for the JetBlue Challenge, a $50,000 hole-in-one shoot-out. And, Karl Chevrolet of New Canaan offered a 2008 Corvette as a hole-in-one prize.

The four contestants who qualified for the JetBlue Challenge were Jim Gilleran, Randy Baril, Dan Keane, and Chris Mitchell. While no one took home the $50,000 prize, Gilleran did take home the JetBlue Challenge trophy for being closest to the pin at the seventh hole with a measurement of 16 inches.

The tournament’s winning low-gross foursome, Bill Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Dennis Poster, and Robert Caserta, scored 61.

Rick St. Vincent, Mike Podwill, David O’Sullivan and Ron Baransky were the foursome with the winning low-net score, finishing the day with a 57.

The longest drives of the day were hit by Tony Coppola and Rick Smeriglio.

The Trustee Cup was awarded to SHU Trustee Bill Mitchell.

Official tournament sponsors included Petra Construction Corp., Lanese Construction Inc., Carpet King, Abbey Tent & Party Rental, and Oce. The Pioneer Scholarship Open dinner sponsor was Lenovo and the Anniversary Sponsor was FLIK.

The Pioneer Scholarship Open golf tournament raises valuable scholarship funds for deserving SHU students; 100% of the net proceeds from the tournament directly support the University’s Scholarship Fund.

Nearly 90% of SHU students receive some form of financial assistance, without which, college might not be possible.