This year's 23rd annual ND Foundation Golf, Tennis and Bocce Tournament was held on Monday, August 31, 2020. The golf portion of this year’s tournament was held at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility in Batavia, while the tennis competition took place on the beautifully refurbished tennis courts at Batavia Senior High School. A great time was reportedly had by all in attendance on this sun-filled, rain-free Western New York afternoon!
104 golfers and 17 tennis players participated in this year's successful annual event, the proceeds of which will be used to help prospective ND families with the tuition costs of a quality private high school education.
The 2020 Bocce portion of this year’s tournament was not held due to Covid-related concerns of prior participants. The Bocce competition will once again resume during next year’s 24th annual tournament!
A big word of thanks goes out to all alumni and friends of Notre Dame who either;
Participated in one of our events or made donations to support our annual fundraiser.
Served as Donald Bausch ‘60 Corporate level [$1,000] sponsors! Our 2020 sponsors included MTE Turf Equipment Solutions - Tom and Lynn Houseknecht, Dr. Russ Marchese, D.D.S. ’73, Kevin Smith ’87-Thunderhart at Sunny Hill Golf, Jerry and Carm Pellegrino ’69 Reinhart, Mark Snyder – Massive Testing and Balance and ND Kleps Family graduates: Tom Jr. ’80, Tim ’82, Colleen ’85 and Karen ‘89 - In honor of Thomas Kleps ‘57
Sponsored our annual event as one of this year’s 63 tee sign sponsors!
A special “shout out” goes out to current LeRoyan [and former Attican] Joel Jacquay ’57, an ND classmate of Tom Kleps, for being the most senior graduate tournament participant!
A special word of thanks goes out to Tournament Chairperson Jim Sutherland ’86, ND Advancement Office Coordinator Kate Edwards and ND Special Events Coordinator Kathy Antinore for the key roles they played in helping to coordinate this year's overall event. Thanks also are extended to Batavia AD Mike Bromley and the Batavia City School District for the use of their new courts as well as to Terry Hills Golf Pro Casey Brown and Restaurant and Banquet Manager Danielle Rotundo for their expertise and assistance on the day of the event at the golf course.
Tournament Chairperson Jim Sutherland ’86 recognized recently deceased longtime ND supporters Tom Casey, a 2003 inductee to the ND Athletic Hall of Fame in a “Supporter” capacity and Tom Kleps, Sr. ND’ 57 for their longtime dedicated support to Notre Dame High School and our Fighting Irish Athletic program. Recognition plaques were presented to Casey family members and to Kleps family members at this year’s tournament dinner which was held at the Terry Hills outdoor pavilion for Covid reasons.
Tom Casey was instrumental in organizing the initial ND Bocce tournament held at the Silver Lake Country Club in Perry. He and his wife Mary Kay [Callahan ‘64] are the proud parents of 7 ND graduates [Eileen ‘89, Kate’90, Bob ‘94, Ryan ‘95, Pete ’00 and twins Dennis and Andrew ’03.]
Tom Kleps, the parent of four ND grads [Tom Jr. ’80, Tim ’82, Colleen ’85 and Karen ‘89], was previously recognized for his support and regular attendance at ND sporting events at a prior ND Athletic Hall of Fame Induction program. He was instrumental in providing transportation to the late legendary ND Golf Coach Bill Sutherland’s ’67 Sectional Championship Varsity Golf teams.
2020 Award Winners
Winning teams/individuals for this year’s golf and tennis competition were as follows:
1st Place Overall Non- ND Foursome - Fritts – Lawley Insurance: Bill Fritts, Mark Fuller, Zack Fuller ’02 and Tracy Vogl ’79.
2nd Place Overall Non-ND Foursome – Freed Maxick : Paul Battaglia, Bob Tretter, Johnathan Tretter and Jared Thornton ’13.
1st Place Co-Ed Foursome: Mason LaCivita, Angelina LaCivita, Patricia Clark and Jesse Reinhart
1st Place ND Alumni Cup Foursome – Sanzo Beverage: Zach Goodsell ‘05, Bobby Martin ’94, Cam McDonald ‘10 and Arron “Red” McDonald ’13.
Putting Contest: Mason LaCivita
Closest to the Pin - Males – Bill Fritts, Females – Patricia Clark
Longest Drives – Males – Alex Burger, Females – Brenda Ianni.
1st Place Singles: Marjorie Fulmer
1st Place Doubles: Karen Hughes and Paul Hiscut
2nd Place Doubles: Marjorie Fulmer and Robin Johnson
2020 Tournament Committee Membership
This year’s Committee did an amazing job organizing this year’s tournament under the trying Covid conditions which we all continue to live through. “Zoom” meeting were held on a regular weekly basis in order to coordinate what turned out to be a very successful outing!
Chairpersons for this year's 23rd Annual ND Foundation fundraiser included:
Overall Tournament and Golf Chair: Jim Sutherland ’86
Tennis Chairperson: ND Board of Trustee Member Carm Pellegrino Reinhart '69
Bocce Chairperson: Charlie Messina '62
Additional 2020 Tournament Committee members included ND Advancement Coordinator Kate Edwards, ND Special Events Coordinator Kathy Antinore, ND Board of Trustee member Lynn Houseknecht, ND Principal Wade Bianco, and ND grads Jim Fanara ‘94, Jeremy Warner ’00 and Dr. Joe Scanlan ’65.
Our 2020 Tournament Committee would also like to recognize this year’s non-Committee volunteers Missy Rapone, ’99, Sue Woodruff and ND employees Shannon Plath and Lorie Fix for a job well done!
We hope to see everyone back for our 24th Annual ND Foundation Golf, Tennis and Bocce Tournament in 2021! Stay tuned to our ND webpage - www.ndhsbatavia.com - and Facebook pages, as well as upcoming ND online newsletters and e-blasts for more information about next year’s event date and location!
Thanks again for your participation in our annual tournament and support of Notre Dame High School’s tuition assistance program for families in need.
Go Irish! Dr. Joseph Scanlan