N.C.C.S. Golf Tournament raises over $1,600

The first-ever Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Golf Tournament was held Saturday, July 19 at Cassadaga Country Club and raised over $1,600 for the school’s tuition assistance program.

“I wanted the funds to go to the tuition assistance program so that more kids can get the kind of education that I was lucky enough to get,” tournament organizer Stefan Gestwicki said. “That school was a huge part of making me the person I am today and it would be a travesty if it ever shut down like so many of the schools in the Buffalo area.”

A full slate of 10 teams competed in the four-person scramble despite rains that didn’t relent all day.

Through the generosity of individuals, families and local businesses, the event also featured a very successful raffle with items such as autographed baseballs, bottle of wine, sports tickets, gift certificates and a whole lot more.

“I was blown away by the support of local businesses when I asked for donations,” Gestwicki added. “Our raffle table was beyond anything I envisioned when planning this tournament. I can’t thank everyone that made this possible enough.”

The school’s principal, John Georger, played with a foursome that included his father and his brothers and won the event with a score of 10-under par. N.C.C.S. alum Dan Struzynski led a team that was 9-under par, one stroke off the lead. The top mixed-gender team was Jack Dugan, Scott Hazelton, Brianne Hazelton and Michelle Helmer at 7-under par.

The long drive for men was recorded by Scott Hazelton while Amanda DeGolier took the honors for women.

“Everyone says that the first year of a tournament is always the hardest,” Gestwicki concluded. “It was an awful lot of work, but if it means that even one more child can attend N.C.C.S. then it will be well worth it.”

To stay up-to-date with the tournament’s plans in the future, be sure to like the Facebook page “N.C.C.S. Alumni Golf Tournament.”