2010 Jim Keppel Memorial Golf Classic

17-Jul-2010 (at Green Pond Country Club)

The 2010 Jim Keppel Memorial Golf Classic was a huge success again this year. We had over 80 golfers and took in over $20,000. Special thanks to all the Sponsors, Golfers, the Jim Keppel Memorial Classic House Band She Said Sunday, the best band in the Lehigh Valley, and all of our volunteers. The weather was beautiful, sunny and warm with a breeze just when you needed it. And when there was no breeze the golfers kept cool with a cold beverage from our Beverage Cart girls, Chelsea Ludwick and Hemy Woellner. We know our crowd and the Beverage Cart brought in $590.

We opened the dinner with a stunningly beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Meghan Lydon. Meghan is Jim's 3rd cousin and recently won the American Idol competition at Disney World which puts her directly through to the regional auditions in 2011.

A very special thank you to our two Honorary Golf Chairmen, Tim Penna and Ryan Roeder. After dinner, both of them gave very emotional speeches to the crowd talking about their relationship with Jim.

In addition, the Master of Ceremonies and handling the auction was in the capable hands of Jack Kukoda who did his usual outstanding job. Jack was one of Jim's roommates at Yale and is currently a comedy writer in New York. The auction itself brought in $1,380 for the Foundation and much of it was due to the comic cajoling of Jack.

Overall Results:

Once again this was a hotly contested match and we were guaranteed to have a new winner of the Classic. Two teams were tied with a gross score of 60 so we had to go to match cards. The winners of 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place were:

1st Place: Yale—"The Bird"

Gross Score 60 (Match Card Front Nine: 29)

  • Jay Schulze
  • Joe Truhe
  • TJ Hyland
  • Matt Lewis

1st place winners—The Bird: Jay Shulze, Joe Truhe, TJ Hyland and Matt Lewis

2nd Place: Tom Keppel & Crew

Gross Score 60 (Match Card Front Nine: 31)

  • Tom Keppel
  • Tommy Keppel
  • Mark Keppel
  • Dave Petrie

2nd place winners—Tome Keppel & Crew: Tom Keppel, Tommy Keppel, Mark Keppel, Dave Petrie

3rd Place: Hesburgh—"The Dream Team"

Gross Score 61

  • Jim Hesburgh
  • Ted Hesburgh
  • Bill Kennedy
  • James Hesburgh

3rd place winners—The Dream Team: Jim Hesburgh, Ted Hesburgh, Bill Kennedy, James Hesburgh

Kep's Cup

The battle for "Kep's Cup" was one of the closest ever. Becahi brought "Kep's Cup" back home with a Gross Score Average for their 4 teams of 67.25, narrowly besting Yale’s 5 teams with an average of 68.8. Tim Penna and Paul Ardier have both vowed that Yale will win back the cup next year.

Kep's Cup Winner—Kyle Klinger

The other winners for the specialty contests were:

  • Closest To The Pin: Tony Gianonne
  • Longest Drive: Ted Hesburgh
  • Longest Drive Seniors: Jim Brown
  • Straightest Drive: Greg Haldaman
  • Pot 'O Gold: Jack Kukoda

Once again, Brenda and I want to thank all of you. It is always so gratifying for us to hear from everyone, talk with everyone and know that you are all here helping Jim's Foundation. God bless all of you.

And please mark your calendars as the 2011 Jim Keppel Memorial Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, July 16th. Hope to see you all then.

Next Golf Classic

Mark your calendars as the 2011 Jim Keppel Memorial Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, July 16th. Hope to see you all then.

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