2019 Recap

84th Annual Golf Classic

The Club at Bond Head

Following a robust and productive discussion at the Fathers meeting, the event kicked off with the ceremonial tee shots from the oldest and youngest participants. For the first time, Gino Luciani had the honours for the Fathers, joining young Ethan Burkholder in knocking their drives straight and long.

As a special treat, players arriving at the 9th tee deck were greeted by Dennis Maruk, a 15-year NHL veteran who had back-to-back 50 and 60 goal seasons with the Washington Capitals in ’80/81 and ’81/82. A small donation bought three shot attempts at a hockey net 25 yards away, using a hockey stick and golf ball. “Goal” scorers were given a raffle ticket for prize draws during the banquet. It was a great reminder to focus on fun, especially since the pin placements and super fast greens were a constant reminder that the Golf Gods can be cruel.

Event Summary

Following the round, the banquet kicked off with Maruk sharing stories, answering questions and giving his candid thoughts on topics such as the best players, the toughest arenas, the state of the game (and players) today.

In a somber and reflective moment, Richard Luciani led the group in a moment of silence to reflect on the recent tragedy that affected the Lorry Parker family and caused them, and longtime friends and FATS brethren Siemms family, to miss the event on short notice. Other recent family losses were mentioned during the introductions, with a reminder to honour loved ones and cherish family traditions.

For the first time in many years, there were no New Families to shower with the traditional whoops and cheers. Instead, that enthusiasm and appreciation was directed at the longtime participating Hisey family, who announced during the family introductions that Sam Hisey would be putting away the clubs, bringing their 22 year tradition to a close.

For the second year in a row, the Snyder family made the trip across the border to play in the event, hailing from Philadelphia, PA. By random draw, they went home with 4 signed copies of Adam Hadwin, a rising star Canadian golfer on the PGA Tour. They hinted that if, as anticipated, the 2020 event is held in/around Niagara Falls, they may have another US-based team making the trek across the Niagara River.

The event concluded with the handing off to the Bulter and Golfi families, who stepped up on short notice and committed to co-hosting the 2020 event.

2019 Scramble Recap

The optional Family Scramble/Practice Round was held on Thursday, August 15th, a day that featured both blue skies and drizzly rain. The format allowed multiple attempts at the same putt, which was especially welcome given the fast conditions and tricky pin placements. In the end, the Lancasters took the event with a -13.

2019 Award Winners

Low Gross
Score of 318
Ken, Mike, Cam, Chris
Low Net
Score of 294
Closest to the Lauers
Score of 417
Tom, Jordan, TJ, Quinlan
Closest to the Coyles
25 Consecutive Years
Michael, Jason, Ryan, Brandon
Closest to the Line - Fathers
Bruce Waite
Closest to the Line - Sons
Mark Nishikawa
Closest to Pin - Fathers
Jim Davis
Closest to Pin - Sons
Luke Snyder
Family Scramble
Score of -13
Ken, Mike, Cam, Chris
Host Family (2019)
Luciani Family

2019 Family Photos

6th Year
25th Year
Howard (12th Yr) & Chris (7th Yr)
10th Year
14th Year
12th Year
10th Year
2nd Year
8th Year
22nd Year
17th Year
13th Year
Lauer (Geof)
20th Year
Lauer (Ralph)
20th Year
25th Year
7th Year
36th Year
11th Year
35th Year
2nd Year
4th Year
31st Year
Host Family - Luciani
Featuring Dennis Maruk (NHL Alumni)
Geof & Ralph (Brothers/Sons - now Fathers)
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