BRATTLEBORO — An enthusiastic turnout by local golfers — 94 in all — and strong corporate support made Youth Services' 35th annual golf tournament a rousing success, generating over $15,000 to help underwrite the agency's programs.
The charity tournament, the first of the season to be held at Brattleboro Country Club, was sponsored by Headwater Precision LLC on July 22, an 86-degree day punctuated with a heavy evening thunderstorm, which held off until the tournament had ended and its signature Helicopter Golf Ball Drop had taken place.
The Richards Group team of Cathy Coonan, Rick Manson, Dave Anderson and Bill Pettengill won First Gross, with the Trust Company of Vermont team of Jack Davidson, Marilyn, Larry, and Chris Cassidy tying for First Net with the Dimension Fabricators team of Joel Patrie, Jimmy Hollar, Chad Contaldi and Tom Lentocha.
The UNFI team of Theresa Terault, Bill Roderick, Mike Lynch, and Bruce Kelley took Second Gross.
Terry Boyce won the prize for the Women's Longest Drive. Theresa Terault took Women's Closest to the Line, with Jen Perkins winning the prize for Women's Closest to the Pin at 28 feet, 3 inches.
In the Men's Division, Evan Chadwick took the prize for Men's Longest Drive. Andy Leblanc took Men's Closest to the Line, with Victor Morrison winning Men's Closest to Pin at 2 feet, 9 inches.
Youth Services' Executive Director Russell Bradbury-Carlin, together with board member Tom Nunziata, ran a putting contest which raised $230 for the agency. Bruce Kelley, Cliff Allard and Dan Richardson all putted two each, with Dan Richardson winning the pot through his name being drawn.
Erring on the side of precaution, the shotgun start was replaced with tee times spread out between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in order to maximize physical distancing. Hand sanitizer and face masks replaced other more traditional goodie bag items. Extra carts were made available to those who wanted them.
Although the banquet and silent auction were canceled to adhere to social distancing protocols, the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop was able to take place for the eighth year, thanks to the Renaud Bros, Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud and assisted by Shirley Renaud. Seventy balls were sold this year, which is a record, according to organizers.
A bucket of golf balls were dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club. The winners of the $3,000 cash prize were four staff of Youth Services who had split ball No. 6 between them. It landed 19 inches from the hole. Tom Nunziata (ball No. 59) and Larry Cassidy (ball No. 47) had the next closest balls.
Youth Services Corporate Sponsors include Pacesetters: Headwater Precision LLC, Brattleboro Subaru, The Richards Group, Presenter: Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors Sustainers: Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Edward Jones Investments, New Chapter, River Valley Credit Union, Swiss Precision Turning, Vermont Country Deli. Patrons: Brattleboro Area Realty, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Crispe & Crispe, David Manning Inc., Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Trust Company of Vermont Associate Sponsors: ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, Cota & Cota Oil Co., Market 32/Golub Foundation, Stevens & Associates, True North Granola, and W.W. Building Supply.
All proceeds from the tournament, which annually nets close to $15,000, will help support Youth Services' programs. Soon celebrating its 48th year helping local families thrive, Youth Services promotes the healthy development of nearly 1,500 local youth, adults and families each year.
For more information or to get involved in Youth Services, call 802-257-0361 or visit www.youthservicesinc.org.