Skies were cloudy and there was a chill in the air on Sunday at the annual Children’s Benefit Golf Tournament at Farm Neck, a major fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands.
Twenty teams of five golfers competed to have their names engraved on the Joseph Robichau winner’s trophy, and to take home contest prizes donated by local businesses. Post-play, participants were treated to a luncheon prepared by the Farm Neck Café.
The team of Nick Costello, Kyp Cooperrider, Mike DeBettencourt, Scott Merrit, and Ben Dwane took first place with a score of 54.3. Coming in second with a score of 54.7 was the team of Joseph Forte, Chris Mayhew, Kaitlyn Marchand, Mason Jeffers, and Jack Murray. Taking third place was the shorthanded team of Ray LaPorte, Mike Cassidy, Trevor Scanlon, and Jimmy Maseda, with a final score of 55.7.
“Of all the years I have played in the tournament, this year was the most enjoyable for me,” commented Joe Forte, president of the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, in a press release. “I had the pleasure of playing alongside four talented members of the high school golf team, and had a great time.”
Peter Gillis, the youngest golfer in the field, was awarded the A. Donald McGrath Youngest Golfer Award, which is presented annually in memory of Mr. McGrath, who was an avid golfer and supporter of the Island’s youth.
The tournament raises nearly $35,000 annually.