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The Hartnett Golf Classic

The Hartnett Golf Classic

A full field of more than 140 Jesuit alumni, parents, and supporters enjoyed a gorgeous day at the pristine Carrollwood Country Club golf course Monday (April 4) playing in the 44th annual Fr. Richard G. Hartnett, S.J. Memorial Golf Classic.

As it has since the late 1970s, the Hartnett Classic supported a worthy cause: Jesuit students with demonstrated financial need. Monday's event once again raised some $40,000 for the school's financial aid program!

The Meadow and Pine courses at CCC were in exceptional condition. As it has for years, the Gonzmart Family of Restaurants/the Columbia Restaurant served as the event's Exclusive Platinum Sponsor, and numerous other loyal sponsors supported the event. Please see below a full list of sponsors.

L-R: Rafael Rodriguez '02, Cory Keirn '02, Michael Stallings '02, and Casey Gonzmart '02 celebrate at Carrollwood CC on Monday. See a complete photo slideshow from the Hartnett Golf Classic below.

The $40,000 raised Monday directly benefits the 35% of Jesuit students who receive financial assistance. In large part due to events such as the Hartnett Classic, which generates funds through sponsorships, player registration, and raffle sales, Jesuit can provide so many with financial aid.

Bethsy Boggiano-Vargas, P '20, 22, '24 and Tara Runkle, P '21 once again served as the Mothers' Club's Hartnett Committee chairs. They, along with numerous Mothers' Club volunteers, Dads' Club volunteers, and Jesuit's Development Office, made the event operate smoothly and set the tone for a wonderful day.

The winning team Monday was the foursome of Brian Mezrah ’86, John Perez ’86, K.C. Finster ’89, and Mike Finster ’83. For the first time, a Senior Division was implemented at the Hartnett Classic, and the inaugural winners were a foursome from the Class of 1980: Harold Astorquiza, John Few, Bob Roddenberry, and Mark Rubio.

Please view below a large photo slideshow (coming soon!), and below that is a listing of the Hartnett Classic sponsors, additional winners at Monday’s Hartnett Classic, and the tournament history:




Exclusive Platinum Sponsor
Gonzmart Family of Restaurants/Richard Gonzmart '71            

Exclusive Ball Sponsor
Crespo & Associates, P.A. - Dr. Luis Crespo ’75

Exclusive Hat Sponsor
Al Dato ’60

Exclusive Coozie Sponsor
Allstate - Craig Arndt ’96

Hole in One Sponsor 
Reeves Motor Imports - Kim Rogers, P ’06      

Silver Sponsor       
Bay Food Brokerage - Chris Chatterton ’05

Silver Sponsor       
Ryan Cappy Law Office – Ryan Cappy ’93

Silver Sponsor       
TD Bank – Chris Papp ’98

Hole Sponsors
Diaz Fritz Group – Del Diaz ’74
Akerman – Les Joughin ’74
Corish Insurance – Trey Corish, P ’16, ’18, ’21
Brick City Eatery – Steven Parisi, P ’21
The Barbas Brothers – Rex ’69, Steve ’72 and Randy ’75
Richard M. Zabak ’72
Compass Real Estate – Odio and Lather Team



1st Place (56): Brian Mezrah ’86, John Perez ’86, K.C. Finster ’89, Mike Finster ’83
2nd Place (57): Stephen Parisi, P ’21, Chris Newcom ’97, Tom Gavin, Nick Rauseo
3rd Place (58): Grant Podsobinski ’04, Chris Hill ’04, Patrick Reid ’04, Ben Palmer

1st Place (60): Harold Astorquiza ’80, John Few ’80, Bob Roddenberry ’80, Mark Rubio ’80
2nd Place (64): Jim Burt 74, Ken Stephens 74, Les Joughin 74, Ray Charles

Closest to the Pin: Mike Finster 83
Long Drive: Aaron Eccleston
Most Spirited: Cory Keirn ’02, Casey Gonzmart ’02, Rafael Rodriguez ’02, and Michael Stallings ’02
Worst Score (76): Keirn, Gonzmart, Rodriguez, Stallings


Hartnett Golf 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 $40,000 annually, and for more than 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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