Golfers Support Scholarship Fund During 21st Annual Pioneer Open

News Story: June 1, 2010
From left are Jim Morley, President Cernera and Larry Foley

Nearly 100 golfers swung their clubs under picture-perfect skies Monday, June 7, in support of Sacred Heart University’s Scholarship Fund during the 21st Annual Pioneer Open. The tournament, which raised over $150,000 for scholarships, took place at the Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, Conn., where golfers enjoyed dinner, camaraderie and an awards presentation.  The event this year was co-chaired by University Trustees Larry Foley of Southport, CT and Jim Morley of Newtown, CT.
The tournament’s winning low-gross team, Bill Mitchell of Westport, CT, Chris Mitchell of Huntington, NY and Dennis Poster of Westport, CT, scored 63.

Golfers warmed up
on the putting green at Rockrimmon Country Club.

Neil Garland of Enfield, CT, James Lynch of East Hampton, CT, Chris Elsberry of Bridgeport, CT and Jared Groneman of Stamford, CT were the foursome with the winning low-net score, finishing the day with a 48. Second low-net went to Leonard DiCostanzo of Fairfield, CT, Sal Fratino of Wilton, CT, Sloane Googin of Stamford, CT and Syd Gordon of Wilton, CT.

The longest drive of the day, a distance of 285 yards, was hit by Sloane Googin.

Official tournament sponsors included Trustee Jim Morley, who sponsored the $100,000 Hole in One competition; Enviroguard, which sponsored the Power Drive competition; Eastern Land Management, Ram Building Group, and Pavarini Construction, corporate sponsors; and Abbey Tent and Party Rentals, and Chartwells, the dinner sponsors. Other sponsors included All American Waste, and Neopost USA, beverage carts; Keating Associates, driving range; MacKenzie Service Corp., putting green; and Ashley Roemer ’11, rule sheets. 

The Pioneer Open golf tournament raises valuable scholarship funds for deserving SHU students; proceeds from the tournament directly support the University’s Scholarship Fund.  Nearly 90% of SHU students receive some form of financial assistance, without which, the Sacred Heart experience not be possible.

To watch a photo slideshow from this event, click here.