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The Hartnett Classic

The Hartnett Classic

The 39th annual Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic brought together more than 130 Jesuit alumni, parents, and supporters on a flawless Monday afternoon (April 10) for a great cause – Jesuit's financial aid program.

Carrollwood Country Club was in superb condition, and the event's longtime exclusive Platinum Sponsor, the Columbia Restaurant, closed the day with a sensational dinner of Paella, 1905 Salad, and Flan.

(Homepage photo: Frank Llende '82 watches as Anthony Riviere '82 putts on the Meadows Course at Carrollwood CC on Monday. See a complete photo slideshow from the Hartnett Classic below.)

The Hartnett-record total of more than $45,000 raised 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 chair Cindy Strady, P '19 and numerous volunteers made the event operate smoothly, setting the tone for a fabulous day.

A photo slideshow, the Hartnett Classic sponsors, event winners from Monday, and the tournament history are all listed below:

Jesuit High School thanks the sponsors who supported the 2017 Hartnett Classic!

Platinum Sponsor
The Columbia Restaurant

Ball Sponsor
AGW Capital Advisors 

Hat Sponsor
Mutual of Omaha Bank

Beer Cart Sponsor
Anthony Malafronte - My Tampa Agent

Coozie Sponsor
Craig Arndt '96 - Local Allstate Agent 

Towel Sponsor
Crespo & Associates Comprehensive Injury Care

Driving Range Sponsor
Batson-Cook Construction 

Closest-to-the-Pin Sponsor
JE Dunn Construction

Silver Sponsors
Bay Food Brokerage
Beach Products, Inc.
Diaz Fritz General Contractors
Francisco Llende '82 - Local Allstate Agent
Reeves Import Motorcars

Lunch Sponsor
Tastes of Tampa Bay

Hole Sponsors
Elizabeth & Richard Zabak ’72
Barbas Nunez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian, P.A.
Cory and Hurley Law Group: The Veteran's Lawyer
Paul J. Ferlita '61, CPA
James Kyle Golf Academy
Christopher J. Smith '82, P.A.
Gulfshore Sports Store, Inc.
Jim McNulty '68, Kevin McNulty '69
1950 Jesuit Basketball State Champions 
SOHO Cycling
Al Dato '60 
Parkland Builders Group
Drew Ben Hudgins, P.A.
Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort

Snack Shack Sponsor
Alessandri & Alessandri, P.A.

2017 Hartnett Classic
 golf contest winners:

  • 1st place team – Batson-Cook: Frank Nelson, Brady Harris, Ricky Guimont, Taylor Burt '08
  • 2nd place team – Team Babcock: Jeff Babcock '00, Jason Bell, Scott Saunier, John Schonewald
  • 3rd place team – Class of '96: Craig Arndt '96, Sam Komar, Jeff Kirk '96, Tyler Leban '96
  • Longest Drive - David Wertz
  • Closest to the Pin - Sam Komar

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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