16th Annual Saints Alive! Shootout a Huge Success
June 20, 2012
A total of 31 foursomes enjoyed a fun afternoon of golf, interaction with coaches and student athletes and a post-round reception, dinner and auction at the 16th Annual Saints Alive! Shootout Monday at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Albany. The highly successful annual fundraising event raised more than $30,000 for the Sports Medicine Department supporting Siena's student athletes.
Following a hotly contested 18-holes, the event culminated with the annual shootout on the 18th hole. The foursome of Howard Foote '74, Dean Devito, Bob Jones and Michael Raymond `10 representing Prime Properties defeated the group of Jim and Mike Matteo, Kerry Furlong and Don Dugan in a sudden death chip-off to capture the shootout.
Raymond's chip came within three feet of the hole to seal it and win the foursome a suite at the Times Union Center for a Siena Basketball game plus a $150 food and beverage credit. The foursome represented men's basketball for the shootout and thus the program had $1,000 added to its budget.
New this year, fans were able to bid for 17 exclusive prizes from June 8-19 through the inaugural Saints Alive! online auction. The new format turned out to be highly popular as a record auction amount of $7,745 was raised for Saints Alive!, the athletic department's annual giving program.
The golf was highlighted by special appearances and promotions on each hole. Coaches and several student athletes were on hand to meet and greet the golfers. Popular games included "Beat the Coach" on hole 4 against men's basketball coach Mitch Buonaguro, "Buy a Tee Shot" on holes 9 and 12 against men's soccer coach Gareth Elliott and men's basketball assistant coach Ben Davis and "Hit or Miss" on hole 16 which gave golfers the chance to double their bet if their tee shot stuck to the green.
The low gross winners for the day were the foursome of Matt Dufort '89, Tom Huerter '91, Rich Van Buskirk and Tom Robillard. Additional winners included Kevin Bette and Carol Huban (closest to the pin - hole 4), Brian McCann (closest to the pin - hole 16), Tim Robillard and Carrie Hillenbrandt (longest drive - hole 5) and Michael Raymond '10 (straightest drive - hole 18).