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Alumni golf scramble raises record $6800; photos; list of sponsors

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The youngest golfer in the field, 10-year-old Tiger Hubbard, sets up a birdie opportunity on 18 for Team Habsco.
8/23/2011 —



Bolstered by two new sponsors and a field of 21 groups, the Alle-Kiski Society raised a record $6,800 at its Aug. 12 Alumni Golf Scramble at the Links at Spring Church. The total doubled the previous record of $3,400 that was set in 2005. Last year the outing brought in $3,200.

The Burrell Group Inc. and its subsidiary, Westmoreland Insurance Services, sponsored the post-tournament dinner, and LaRusse Distributing Co. sponsored the on-course beverage cart. In addition, 18 individuals or businesses signed-up as tee sponsors, including 12 sponsors who also brought a foursome to the outing.  Those sponsorships helped to swell the field to a record 83 golfers. There were seven groups from the New Kensington campus, the most since the event was established in 2000 by Bill Salem, former president of the society.

Kerry Kelly, current president of the society, attributed the 100 percent increase in profits to the additional support from the campus and the community, as well as the venue.

“The Alle-Kiski Society was able to double our proceeds because of the turnout by faculty and staff and the alumni and business community,” said Kelly, who was elected to a two-year term in June. “We hope to build on these relationships and continue to grow the tournament. The Spring Church course was in great shape, and the staff was well organized and very accommodating.”

Roger Heasley, captain of the Gotham Rogues, sinks the birdie putt on the nine
enroute to a 10-under and a fourth-place finish.

Fundraising and foursome totals weren’t the only standards to be eclipsed. For the third consecutive year, a new tournament scoring record was established as Minuteman Press of Lower Burrell posted a 16-under to capture the 2011 Alumni Scramble title. The winning team, Tony Colecchi, Anthony Giotto, Bob Sciullo and Dennis Colecchi, cleared the field by three shots and bested last year's total by one.

Proceeds from the scramble are earmarked for the "Alle-Kiski Society Endowed Scholarship" at Penn State New Kensington that funds yearly awards to campus undergraduates. For the 2011-12 year, the society will award $3,000 in scholarships to five students. Since 1998, $33,000 has been awarded to 43 students.

And in an effort to boost the amount of scholarship money in the future, the society has pledged $25,000 to increase the principal of its endowment from its current total of $51,000 to $76,000 during the current University-wide fundraising effort, "For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students."


Photos of the event are available on the society's facebook page and the campus' gallery on SmugMug. The 13th edition of the Alumni Scramble is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, at the Links at Spring Church.

For photos and a list of sponsors and golfers, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43777.htm#NEWS43777 online.

For photo sampler of the outing, visit the Alle-Kiski Society, Penn State Alumni Association facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penn-State-New-Kensington/86093795729#!/media/set/?set=a.235396916502833.60288.172113656164493

To view all photos of the outing, visit the campus gallery on SmugMug, http://psnk.smugmug.com/Events/Alumni-Golf-Scramble/18549414_xm6RDZ#1432280155_RjMqQWS


Burrell Group Inc./Westmoreland Insurance Services

LaRusse Distributing Co.

Moret Construction Co., Anthony Moret,
J & L Installers Inc, Jerry Johns and Lorri Wildi
All About Eyes, Michelle Polimadei,
Trib Total Media: Valley News Dispatch, Jeff Domenick
PSNK Chancellor's Office, Kevin Snider
Minuteman Press, Tony Colecchi
AutomatedLogic, Bob Gutnic
Mike Bonk Grill & Barry's Sports Bar, Vietnam Vets
Sodini and Co., Bob Sodini
DJ Double K, Kerry Kelly
Pat Ostien, EMET 2005
Habsco Corp, George Hubbard,
Michael Burgart, Tax Accountant and Janet Valasek
Industrial Automation & Control,
Doc Mueller
AXA Advisors, Stuart Valen
PrepTech, Barb Arnold
Monticello Mortgage Co, Rick Monti, Angelo DiCello
Valos Candy Co., John Mandak

Pittsburgh Zoo, Dr. Barbara Baker
Larry and Sudee Pollock, Alumni
Penn State Golf Courses, Joe Hughes, Golf Professional
Anytime Fitness-Natrona Heights, Bill Keller
The Links at Spring Church, Al Frantik and Stacy Pasternak
Penn State New Kensington Faculty
Jack Rupp
, Alumnus
Eric Felack, Chief Photographer, Valley News Dispatch
Athletic Department, Penn State New Kensington, Dave Murray, Athletic Director

GOLF FOURSOMES (Tee Assignments)

Minuteman Press (2)

Tony Colecchi, Anthony Giotto, Bob Sciullo, Dennis Colecchi

AutomatedLogic (3B)
Bob Gutnic, Jeff Overman, Bob Stokes, Cory Bushman

Mike Bonk Grill and Barry's Sports Bar (3A)
Mike Bonk, Barry Farina, Nick Farina, Bob Funkhauser

Habsco Corp (11) 
George Hubbard, Barbara Hubbard, Tiger Hubbard, Dave Randolph

Trib Total Media, Valley News Dispatch (7B)

Michael Aubele, Roger Parsons, Dave Williams, Bill Beckner

Gotham Rogues (9)
Roger Heasley, Ed Sullivan, John Ahr, Bob Hendricks

Development (16)

Donna Speer, Terry Speer, Barbara Baxter, Don Crosby

Sodini and Co (12)

Bob Sodini, Brad Walters , Dan Walters, John Peters

Business Services (6)
Jason Bush, John Luchini, Luke Taiclet, Kirk Urey

McClure Johnston (5)
Dan Obriot, Rick Fetterman, Vern Shoemaker, Darren Mull

Academic Affairs (13)
Arlene Hall, Cindy Funk, Dave Huggins

Chancellor's Office (10)
(2008 champ)

Kevin Snider, Dave Murray, Steve Molitierno, Greg Soxman

AXA Advisors-I (15A)
Jerry Bahnak, Larry Petrillo, Herman Demao, Ken Burgun

AXA Advisors-II (15B)

Bob Long, Larry Garvin, Mike Polimadei, John Dolmajer

AXA Advisors-III (14)

Stuart Valen, Fred Polimadei, Ron Redner, Jerry Eisaman

DJ Double K (7A)
(2009 champ)
Kerry Kelly, Chris Broberg, Ryan Wilson, Cory Stump

Flexmar Coating (8)

Jack Bracco, Chuck Weston, Pat Ostien, Chet Howell

Industrial Automation & Control (17)

Jeff Bishop, Anthony Balsamico, Jeff Hessom, Luke Solomon|

Burrell Group/Westmoreland Insurance Services (1)
Andy Baxter, John Popies, Tim Adams, Scott Seapker

Monticello Mortgage Co. (18)
Rick Monti, Ricky Monti, Angelo DiCello, Mike Matyrs

PSNK Public Relations (4)
(Defending the Title)
Bill Woodard, Bill Christy, Bill Keller, John "Bill" Mandak

A record-setting day. Twenty-one groups set a participant record; 16-under by Minuteman Press of Lower Burrell set a scoring record; and $6,800 set a fundraisng record.


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