The 38th annual Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic brought together more than 120 Jesuit alumni, parents, and supporters on gorgeous Monday afternoon (April 11) for good times and a great cause – Jesuit's financial aid program.
Carrollwood Country Club's Meadow and Pine courses were in immaculate condition, and the event's longtime exclusive Platinum Sponsor, the Columbia Restaurant, applied the finishing touch with a sensational dinner of Paella, 1905 Salad, and Flan.
(Homepage photo: Mike Callahan '70 drives one down the middle Monday on the Pine Course at Carrollwood CC. See a complete photo slideshow from the Hartnett Classic below.)
The money raised – $36,495 – directly benefits Jesuit students with demonstrated financial need. More than 25% of all Jesuit students receive financial assistance, in large part due to events such as the Hartnett Classic, which generates funds through sponsorships, player registration, and raffle sales.
Mothers’ Club Hartnett Committee co-chairs Carolyn Musselman, P '17 and Carol Perillo, P '16 and a host of volunteers made the event operate smoothly, setting the tone for a wonderful day.
A photo slideshow and the event winners from Monday are below, as is the tournament history.
Jesuit High School thanks the sponsors who supported the 2016 Hartnett Classic:
The Columbia Restaurant
Crespo & Associates Comprehensive Injury Care
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Beer Cart Sponsor
Anthony Malafronte - My Tampa Agent
AGW Capital Advisors
Bay Food Brokerage
Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors
Reeves Import Motorcars
Tastes of Tampa Bay
Elizabeth & Richard Zabak ’72
Barbas Nunez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian, P.A.
Cory and Hurley Law Group
Krista Maddox - Smith & Associates Real Estate
Paul J. Ferlita '61, CPA
James Kyle Golf Academy
Tower Radiology Centers
Pepin Distributing Co.
Snack Shack Sponsor
Alessandri & Alessandri, P.A.
2016 Hartnett Classic golf contest winners:
- 1st place team – Jeff Babcock '00, Michael Fernandez, Ryan Keel, Scott Saunier
- 2nd place team – Trey Corish, P '16, '18, Chris Goedeke, P '17, Mitch Campbell, P '17, Matt Pope
- 3rd place team – Jared Wrage '04, Nick Esposito '04, Tyler Wrage '01, Keith Meehan '04
- Longest Drive - Mike Finster '83
- Closest to the Pin - C.J. McManus
Hartnett Classic History
Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. dedicated 62 years of his life to Jesuit High School. He was a graduate of the Class of 1930, a Jesuit priest, teacher, alumni chaplain, school archivist, and historian. In 1979, Jesuit’s Alumni Association established the annual Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Golf Classic to raise money for the school’s financial aid program for needy students. The tournament’s original organizers included James J. “Buddy” Clark ’38, Manuel Corral ’37, Victor DiMaio ’42, Sam Ferlita ’38, and Sal Urso ’44. Their intent was to bring together Jesuit alumni and friends to benefit the Fr. Hartnett Endowment Fund, and as a way of honoring Fr. Hartnett’s lifelong commitment and service to Jesuit High School. The Classic now raises more than $30,000 annually, and in its nearly four decades has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Jesuit's financial aid program. Fr. Hartnett passed away in 2004, but his legacy and impact on the school lives on in the minds of thousands of Jesuit alumni, and with the annual Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic, which is believed to be the Tampa Bay area’s longest continuously running charity golf event.
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