COLORADO SPRINGS. When St. Mary’s High School staff started planning the 44th Annual Golf Classic a few months ago, no one really knew what to expect. So much is different since March, as this year has brought changes to daily life that no one could have anticipated. Those changes have made it hard to use the metrics from past years to anticipate anything. So as the number of golfers continued to grow, the St. Mary’s staffers were surprised and excited.
All told, this year’s Golf Classic hosted 152 golfers, a record for the event that grossed more than $60,000 for St. Mary’s tuition assistance program. By all accounts, it was the biggest and most successful Golf Classic in the event’s history.
“We are thrilled that the St. Mary’s community turned out in force to drive us to our biggest event in the history of our golf tournament,” said Rob Rysavy, St. Mary’s president.
Indeed, it is the community that sets St. Mary’s High School apart in the sea of educational choices in southern Colorado. Alumni traveled from other states to participate in the event, and the generous sponsors once again showed up to support St. Mary’s mission. Mortgage Solutions Financial, helmed by Roy and Rob Clennan, once again signed on as the Event Sponsor for the Golf Classic, continuing their long-term support of not only this event but the school. Murphy Constructors also again partnered with St. Mary’s as the dinner sponsor. Numerous other businesses supported the event as team sponsors, tee sponsors, and supporting sponsors.
“We heard from our diehard golfers that quite a few charitable tournaments were either canceled, postponed, or were just unable to deliver a high-quality experience, so we were really committed to making this tournament as great of an experience as possible,” Rysavy said.
“I was delighted by the tournament, and I am also deeply grateful to all of our sponsors, especially Mortgage Solutions Financial and Murphy Constructors, for their dedicated support in making the day a reality.”
The competition at this year’s Golf Classic came down to the wire, with the top two teams actually tying in score and the winner being decided by scorecard playoff. This year’s winning team were all alumni, coming from as far as Virginia to participate. They were Andy Blackford ‘90, Courtney Eastlack’ 90, Jim Hamel ‘89, and Steve Smith ‘88.
Events Director Dr. Raquel Krasovec said she continues to be humbled and in awe of the St. Mary’s community. She and Rysavy said that the feedback they receive from the golfers each year is that the Golf Classic is a tournament they love to play both for its support of the school and it’s great venue at Kissing Camels Golf Course at Garden of the Gods Resort.
“The world seems to be in a bit of turmoil right now, so it was just a delight to give our community a chance to come together, play some golf, enjoy a beautiful day on an awesome golf course, and support this amazing school now in its 136th year,” Rysavy said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our Events Director, Dr. Raquel Krasovec, and our Advancement Director, Joe Trechter, for all their work in making this such an amazing event for our community.”
(Amy G. Partain is director of communications for St. Mary’s High School.)