NORWICH – The Milford Academy Athletic Celebrity Golf Tournament and Legends Banquet got underway with a shotgun start, Thursday, June 24 at 12:30 p.m., at the Canasawacta Country Club.
Players took to the green for a full day of golf to show their support for both, the Milford Academy school in New Berlin, and for the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, in which this year’s proceeds benefited.
Up to 17 teams participated in this year’s event. Golfers, undaunted by a mid-day rain storm, rounded the greens throughout the majority of the afternoon.
“For it being our first year, we were pleased with the turnout and hope to see it grow year to year,” said Kathie Deiertein, member of the Chenango Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Chenango Memorial’s Auxiliary has donated $50,000 this year and has been an asset in the remodeling project getting underway inside the Maternity wing, which will include new fetal monitoring systems.
Special awards were given during the Legends banquet that followed the tournament. The Preferred Mutual team, who won the day’s event by four strokes, consisted of players, Chris Harris, Jeff Johnson, Nick Scarafile and Bernie Hughes. The winning team, who scored a 59, was presented with footballs that had been signed by the celebrity players and coaches that made up the night’s head table. Awards were also given for longest drive, closest to line and closest to pin.
Tom Sutton, Vice President of NBT of Norwich who MC’d the ceremony pointed out the importance of community partnerships such as the one Milford and the hospital have begun. Thursday’s event honored former Milford Academy players who have been selected for the Milford Academy Hall of Fame.