Golfers Brave the Rain for Scholarships at Pioneer Open

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The rainy morning didn’t deter Sacred Heart University Scholarship Fund supporters who braved the weather for a great day of golf at the 18th Annual Pioneer Scholarship Open on Monday, June 4th. The tournament took place at the Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn. The skies cleared up for a sunny ending, as the 110 golfers enjoyed dinner, camaraderie and an awards presentation.

“For a Catholic university, if you believe in miracles—with the way the day started and the way the day ended—somebody was looking out for us,” said Pioneer Open committee member Rick Motasky. “It was a fabulous and successful day for the spirited at heart.”

The tournament featured two 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 2007 Corvette to the lucky golfer who could make a hole-in-one shot on the 11th hole.

The four contestants who qualified for the JetBlue Challenge were Seth Dayton, Tom Turbo, John Shanley and Ron Basagsky. While no one took home the $50,000 prize, Dayton did take home the JetBlue Challenge trophy for being closest to the hole in the shoot-out.

The tournament’s winning low-gross foursome, Mark Appelberg, Lou Regina, Matt Damico and Guy Yocum, scored 63.

Rick St. Vincent, Mike Podwill, Vic Flagello, and Kevin Mallory were the foursome with the winning low-net score, finishing the day with a 57.

The longest drive of the day was hit by Seth Dayton.

The Trustee Cup was awarded to long-time SHU Trustee Bob Matura.

Official tournament sponsors included Petra Construction Corp., Lanese Construction Inc., E-Lite Technologies, and LENOVO. The Pioneer Scholarship Open dinner sponsor was Keating & Associates.

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. Last year, the tournament raised $75,000 to benefit the student scholarship program at Sacred Heart University.