Driving for Dollars

NU/NSB golf tournament raises money for student scholarships

golfThe 10th Annual Norwich University/Northfield Savings Bank Scholarship Golf Tournament drew more than 100 participants to the Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt., for a spectacular day of golf in support of a worthy cause.

As in previous years, proceeds from the tournament go to support two $1,500 scholarships for two incoming freshmen from the Central Vermont area. This year's scholarship recipients are Suzanne Picard of Montpelier and Michael Wieliczki of Northfield.

Following a shotgun start, twenty-five foursomes drove, chipped and putted their way in a scramble format around the 18-hole, par-72 course. Along the way, teams competed in various categories, including longest drive, straightest drive, closest to pin, and putting.

scholarship winnersAl Flory, a commercial lender for NSB in Barre, emceed the "après-golf" portion of the event, which featured cocktails, a barbeque and raffle drawing on the clubhouse deck overlooking the 18th green. After thanking the tournament's many sponsors, Flory commented on the longstanding relationship between Northfield Savings Bank and Norwich University.

"This relationship is one that spans a long period of time, as we know," said Flory. "The golf tournament is only one example of the cooperation and spirit that exists between our two organizations."

NSB Chairman of the board John Nicholls took the microphone next, thanking Norwich University for being a loyal friend to the Northfield Community. He remarked that the Norwich University scholarships represent just one of many ongoing community service efforts that the bank is proud to sponsor every year in Central Vermont.

l-r, Schneider, Nicholls, and FloryPresident Richard W. Schneider, who, with his wife, Jaime, participated in the scramble, presented Nicholls and Flory with a beautifully framed certificate thanking the Northfield Savings Bank. Schneider noted that over the years the tournament has supported 16 Central Vermont freshmen who have chosen to attend Norwich.

"The bank plays an incredibly motivating role as philanthropists in our area, and we deeply appreciate their good works," said Schneider. "It impacts all of us."

Pat Sears of NSBSchneider then presented tournament organizer Pat Sears of the Northfield Savings Bank with a flying pig bank. The slogan "When pigs fly…" is central to the bank's new marketing campaign.

Lastly, President Schneider presented Sugarbush Resort Chairman Winn Smith with a framed certificate of thanks.

Schneider and Smith"Sugarbush is a great partner and resource in growing our local economy," said Schneider, "and they have done a fabulous job hosting the tournament this year."

The winning team in the men's division was the threesome of Roger Anton, Joe Keaney and Charlie Welch.

The winning team in the mixed division was the foursome of Ken Geider, Robin Nicholson, Bret Mugford and Jeff Fothergill.

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dweggler@norwich.edu, July 2004

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