Area Kids Real Winners from Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament
Since its humble beginnings 17 years ago, the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) golf tournament has continued to provide financial support to a worthwhile charity.
This year’s tournament, held once more at the Towanda Country Club on Wednesday, July 13, proved to be a major fundraiser.
According to Larry Roberts, the tournament organizer since its inception, over $11,000 was raised, thanks to the 19 foursomes that competed and the support of many corporate and individual sponsors.
Three Wyalusing-based businesses once again served as primary corporate sponsors for the event.
The Kilmer Group, Peoples State Bank and Tuscarora Wayne Group of Companies have co-sponsored the event for the past seven years. The Kilmer Group has been on board since the second year of the tournament.
“When we first started out 17 years ago,” Roberts explained, “we had nine foursomes and we made $1,000.
“Sixteen years ago, I talked Mike Kilmer into sponsoring us and I haven’t let them escape,” Roberts joked.
Kilmer, in brief remarks, thanked the many golfers and supporters of the tournament who have returned year after year. He also took the time to salute Roberts for his efforts through the years.
“Larry needs to be thanked,” Kilmer said. “This tournament wouldn’t happen without him.”
That was a sentiment that T. Thompson, speaking for Peoples State Bank, echoed.
“Larry and (Debra) Roberts do an unbelievable job,” he said.
Todd Salsman, speaking for Tuscarora Wayne, noted that it was an “honor” to support the tournament. He also recognized the Big Brothers Big Sisters tournament committee.
Roberts, during his opening remarks also thanked his wife, Debra, who does much of the background work such as putting together the tournament advertising booklets and other necessary tasks.
He also recognized several other volunteers who helped out with the event. He too acknowledged the long-time players in the tournament.
On the course, the team sponsored by Century Farms, LLC—Jerry Shaffer, Steve Smith, George Hugo and Robert Hugo—won the first-flight title, by tiebreaker, with a score of 62. Tuscarora Wayne was second, also with a 62.
In the second flight, Wyalusing Lions 2, with Ed Astare, Frank Kinney, Jim Smith and Marshall Dawsey on the roster, was the winner with a score of 65. A team representing Wyalusing Area School District was second with a 65.
Cargill won a tiebreaker to defeat Highland Realty for third-flight honors. Both teams finished with scores of 71. Cargill’s roster included John Coulture, Greg White, Denny Meek and Dale Farr.
Several individual male and female awards were presented following the roast beef supper in the TCC clubhouse.
Josh Mussman and Allison Paulson won for closest to the pin on No. 2. George Wynne took closest to the pin honors on No. 14. Jim Philippi and Tari Trowbridge were closest to the hole on No. 16. No woman hit the green on No. 14.
Trowbridge and Jim Chadwick had the longest female and male drives, respectively, on No. 9.
Philippi and Deb Hults were closest to the line on No. 15.
No one won the Pot ‘o Gold prize.
Chadwick won the 50/50 drawing.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County, which serves Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Tioga County, NY, currently supports school- and community-based matches in the four-county area.
Nationally, BBBS is the largest and most effective child-mentoring program.
Its one-to-one mentoring relationships have been shown to reduce school dropouts, increase positive relationships with peers and parents, diminish the likelihood of alcohol and illegal drug use and decrease the likeliness of engaging in bullying.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County, call (570) 265-3009 or toll free at 1-866-344-BIGS (2447). The website is www.bbbsbradco.com.