Friends of Ti celebrate

TICONDEROGA The Friends of Ti Celebration recently held at the Ticonderoga Country Club attracted more than 500 people. Mike Hayes, George Mackey and Vic LaVallee served as co-chairmen. Events began with the Hayes Group $2,000 skins game held early in the morning. Marty Loughlin led the winners with $900. Rick Liddell and Doug Ross each took home $500. Marty Loughlin, Jr. won $100. Through out the day and early evening there were putting and chipping contests for golfers and non golfers alike. The Silver Dollar Shoot Out was very popular. A version of Deal or No Deal, golf style, was also popular. The 10th annual alumni golf tournament, with a field of more than 130, raised more than $11,000 for scholarships. With the support of the Friends of Ti, all the tournament proceeds and special sponsor donations went directly to the alumni fund. The alumni tournament kicked off with a Marine Corps color guard honoring former Marines Butch Gunning and Tom Cronan, as well as special forces member Lewis Sanders, Jr. Tom McKeown made the tribute possible. As the golfers enjoyed the tournament, the crowd was entertained by a strolling bagpiper and the aroma of two pigs roasting under the watchful eye of Charlie Granger. The Gourmet Gal and her staff added more food with special barbecue chicken. Altogether, over 500 people enjoyed the free food and entertainment provided by DJ John Mackey. All of the activities and food were privately-sponsored by Dieter and Miriam Schmidt and Michael and Sally Hayes. The numerous banners, other preparations and decorative touches on the course were provided by Jamie and Mickey Hayes and Dieter Schmidt. Sue Liddell, Heidi Fitzgerald and Carolyn Malaney handled the tournament scoring and prize distribution. Lew Sanders arranged for the color guard and the bagpiper. The Ticonderoga Alumni Association acknowledged Paul Ingrey and Mike and Mary Louise Coleman for their donations to the scholarship fund.

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