September 30, 2009
More than 120 golfers teed off to raise funds for student
scholarships at St. John’s University’s sold out 2009 Alumni Golf
Outing at the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, NY on Tuesday,
September 29, 2009.
One of the
largest groups to attend the annual outing gathered early for
registration, brunch and the opportunity for a last-minute warm up
on the driving range and putting green before the day’s shotgun
start. Participants were in good spirits and enjoyed the day of
“Today’s event was absolutely wonderful,” said Richard Ziesig
'76C who was joined by his uncle Jim Kelly '51C from California.
“The weather was great; we got some wind which helped some of our
shots and actually knocked down some of our other bad shots so it
worked both ways coming and going,” he joked.
Golf Outing Committee member Scott Watson '81L who has a
longstanding love for St. John’s was proud to be part of this
event. “I grew up in Queens not that far from St. John’s,” he
recalls. “I was a bat boy for the St. John’s baseball team in the
’60s and I’ve attended St. John’s basketball games for many years.
Even though I did not attend St. John’s as an undergrad I did go to
the Law School so I feel like I’m part of the big St. John’s
Following an exciting day of golf, 150 alumni and friends
gathered for cocktails and an elegant dinner to recognize honoree
Paul J. Reilly ’79CBA, Executive Vice President Finance and
Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Arrow Electronics,
honored to be recognized and took the opportunity to encourage
others to support current students in any way they can, especially
given today’s economic challenges. “It’s an important time now
because not everybody can get the financial support they need,” he
shared. “Maybe we can give them another kind of support by
mentoring and counseling, appearing on campus, talking to students,
giving them a chance, even as unpaid interns, to get the business
The successful golf outing offered attendees a fun opportunity
to connect with each other while raising funds for scholarships.
“It was a wonderful event to engage St. John’s alumni in a great
day of golf but more importantly to fund the Long Island Alumni
Golf Outing Scholarship Fund,” said William Schaeffer '73CBA,
Director of Alumni Relations.
Attendees relished the lively atmosphere with their friends and
looked forward to future outings.
Robert Kalenka '84CBA, '91MBA said, “It’s great to catch up with
some old friends who I haven’t seen in quite a long time.”
”It was a good day for St. John’s and its alumni,” agreed
William Fontanetta '79SVC. “I look forward to coming back again