MBTA members raise $23,000 for Infrastructure Development Fund
MBTA members couldn’t have asked for better weather – or a better reason – to hit the links. The occasion was the 16th annual MBTA Infrastructure Development Golf Tournament, July 19 at the Augusta Country Club in Manchester.
The event was a sell-out, with 36 teams and 144 golfers heading out for a day under warm blue skies. It is a popular event in the MBTA annual calendar, a chance to take a break and catch up with friends and colleagues. It also is for a good cause. Founded in 1996, the golf tourney is one of the primary fundraisers for the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund that supports the organization’s efforts to educate the public about the need to invest in the state’s transportation infrastructure. This year MBTA members raised more than $23,000 for the fund. Tournament Chair Tim Folster of Sargent Corp. offered those gathered at the post tournament reception a little history of the event, noting that the first annual tournament netted less than one-third of 2012’s tournament proceeds.
“This is our 16th golf tournament . . . our first couple of years we were at the Falmouth Country Club, and Earle Cianchette was the board member who was the force behind it,” said Folster. “Since then, many others have stepped up to be part of this effort, including many who are here today. We are pleased that the MBTA Infrastructure Development Fund– despite some turmoil in the stock market – has grown considerably. Currently our funds exceed $650,000 with a goal of $1.1 million. . . And this event is our biggest fundraiser toward that goal.”
Folster said the goal is to have the fund be self-sustaining, so MBTA can provide seed money for educational campaigns through the fund’s investment earnings.
The event is also a chance for members to show their competitive side, and a lucky few went home with prizes and the admiration of their friends and colleagues. This year the team from The Rowley Agency and Mattingly Products Company – Gary LaPierre, John Harbottle, Phil Mattingly and Randy Clark – took top honors with a low gross score of 58. Jon Whited of Whited Ford led his team to second place with a 61 score. Also playing with Whited were Joel Cummings of Auburn Concrete; Felex Lincoln; and Rick Shrep of Preferred Pump & Equipment.
The top women’s team included Sue Grondin, Bette Grondin and Bess Hey from R.J. Grondin & Sons and Joan Hall from George C. Hall & Sons. The top mixed team included Reggie and Ellen Pratt from Pratt & Sons and Dick and Rhonda Cousens.
The team from Old Castle Precast and T Buck Construction took top honors in the low net category with a score of 50.2. That foursome included Adam Foster and Ryan Maceachern from Old Castle; Alan Cobb from T Buck Construction; and Mike Redmond from MaineDOT. The second place low net team was the foursome from Chadwick-BaRoss, including Al Bridges, Brent Matchett, Dave Sickles and Jacob Adams. Their score was 56.6.
When it came to individual achievements, the tournament featured a new prize category – that of “Straightest Drive.” Bette Grondin and Varun Avasthi were the winners of that prize. Individual winners also included Skip Brown and Bob Bates for putting. Bill Grealish, Ryan Hazelton and Paul Pottle were the winners of the Casino Hole prize. Their names were from all who participated in the Casino Hole drawing by paying $5 and also landing on the green.
Joan Hall was the big winner of the day. Not only did she play on the winning women’s team, she also won the 50/50 drawing, taking home $565 dollars (an equal amount went to support the MBTA Educational Foundation).
- First Place / Low Gross (58 score) – Randy Clark, John Harbottle, Gary LaPierre, Phil Mattingly
- Second Place / Low Gross (61) – Joel Cummings, Felex Lincoln, Rick Shrep, Jon Whited
- First Place/ Low Net (50.2) – Alan Cobb, Adam Foster, Ryan Maceachern, Mike Redmond
- Second Place / Low Net (56.6) – Jacob Adams, Al Bridges, Brent Matchett, Dave Sickles
- Top Women’s - Sue Grondin; Bette Grondin; Bess Hey; Joan Hall
- Top Mixed – Reggie Pratt; Ellen Pratt; Dick Cousens; Rhonda Cousens
- Straightest Drive / Men – Varun Avasthi
- Straightest Drive / Women – Bette Grondin
- Closest to the pin – Joe Rollins
- Casino hole Drawing winners – Bill Grealish, Ryan Hazelton, Paul Pottle ($200 each)
- Putting contest – Bob Bates; Skip Brown ($75 L.L. Bean Gift Certificate)
- 50/50 Drawing – Joan Hall ($565 prize)
- Raffle – Bob Leland ($50 Home Depot Gift Card); Terry Buck ($25 Home Depot Gift Card)
Golf Committee & Volunteers
Chair: Tim Folster, Chair, Sargent Corp.
Committee: Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction; Greg Dore, Town of Skowhegan; Jim Hall, George C. Hall & Sons, Inc.; Jim Hanley, Pike Industries; John Harbottle, The Rowley Agency; Doug Hermann, Wyman & Simpson, Inc.; Larry Hutchins, Hudson Asphalt Group; Mike Marriner, Marriners Paving; Tom Martin, NITRAM Excavation & GC; John Paradis, Nortrax; Larry Roberts, The Louis Berger Group; Joe Rollins; and John Wardwell, The Lane Construction Corp.
Volunteers: Chris Bales, Greg Dore, Michelle Ibarquen, Don Lunn, Pam Rogers, Jim Letteney, Peter Piattoni, Brad Kaherl.
The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Wyman and Simpson, Inc.
Lunch & Beverage Sponsors
Anderson Equipment Company
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
T. Y. Lin International
Unique Paving Materials Corp.
Berkley Surety Group
Ted Berry Company, Inc.
H. O. Bouchard, Inc.
Ciment Quebec, Inc.
Concord Coach Lines
CONTECH Engineered Solutions LLC
Dearborn Brothers Construction, Inc.
Down East Emulsions, LLC
HP Fairfield, LLC
Grace Construction Products
R. J. Grondin & Sons, Inc.
A. H. Harris & Sons, Inc.
Jordan Equipment Co.
K & K Excavation
Macdonald Page & Co LLC
Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
McGoldrick Bros. Blasting Services, Inc.
Pike Industries, Inc.
E. J. Prescott, Inc.
Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Skillings Shaw & Associates
Whited Peterbilt of Maine
Willis of Northern New England