SUNY Potsdam Golf Classic Nets $93,000 for Scholarship Fund


The team sponsored by CKON Radio, Hogansburg, entering for the first time, won the SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic. L to R: Timmy Thompson, Victoria Thompson, Julia Back-Skidders, Andy Cook, Jeremiah Wood, Cole Cree.

Sponsors and players at the 23rd Annual SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic on Sept. 8 broke last year’s record for proceeds to the scholarship fund by raising $93,000.

“It was a great day for everyone,” said Vicki Templeton-Cornell, vice president for College Advancement. “Golfers had a beautiful day to golf, sponsors and businesses had a great opportunity to meet and interact with our student scholars, and the students had a chance to thank the sponsors for their generosity.”

Last year, the event raised $85,000, which was a part of almost $2.3 million in scholarships awarded to 960 recipients.

Northland Associates, this year’s title sponsor, endowed a scholarship, and the recipient this year, Michael Talbot, was the student speaker at the awards ceremony following the tournament.

Other major sponsors this year included Renzi Foodservice, Honeywell, Casella Waste Services, J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corporation, Mach Architecture & Engineering, Inc., SYSCO Albany, Time Warner Cable Business Class and Usherwood Office Technology.

“This tournament wouldn’t be what it is without the more than 100 sponsors that we have at all levels, as well as the many volunteers who assist in the organization and operation of the tournament,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “We will continue our mission to raise awareness and funds for student scholarships.”

The team sponsored by CKON Radio in Hogansburg was the winning Summit Flight team. Members of the team included Andy Cook, Julia Back-Skidders, Victoria Thompson, Cole Cree, Timmy Thompson and Jeremiah Wood.

The overall winner in the women’s flight was the team of Margaret Dwyer, Karen O’Brien, Mary Scott, Joyce Doran, Barb Nagel and Kim Bradshaw.

Work on the 24th Annual SUNY Potsdam Scholarship Golf Classic will begin in October, and the 2012 title sponsor spot is still available at the present time. Businesses interested in sponsorship can contact Ellen Nesbitt in the Office of College Advancement at (315) 267-3403 or

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Established in 1986, the Potsdam College Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stewarding the continued growth of private giving in support of SUNY Potsdam. Its mission is to ensure a quality future for the College and its people, by establishing endowments to support scholarships and programs to ensure campus needs are met.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.