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Tuesday, December 12 News

Spada golf tournament raises funds for foundation

The second annual Timmy Spada Memorial Golf Classic has announced the success of its recent tournament.

The event, held at River Oaks in Sherman, raised $15,000, much of which will be donated to the official beneficiary of the event, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Event activities included a dinner reception and auction.

Golfers competed in the tournament, which was won by a group from Boston — Christopher Holmes, Sean Gorman, Adam Feinstein and Mike Briggs — who scored 13 under par with a 58 (on par 71).

The long drive challenge was won by Joe Casanova of New Milford, who hit a drive estimated at 305 yards. The closest-to-the-pin challenge was won by Jimmy Purdy of New Milford, with a tee shot landing 4 feet, 10 inches from the hole.

A 2017 Jeep Wrangler was up for grabs for hitting a hole-in-one, courtesy of Wetmore’s, but nobody won the challenge.

Other notable finishes in the golf tournament include the second-place group (and top-placing Connecticut team) that scored 11 under par: Joseph Ernst, Justin Ernst, Jeremy Ernst and Ryan Poeti. Last year’s champions came in a tie for third place at 9 under par: Greg Kaiser, Ryan Kaiser, Matt Gambone and Tom Gambone.

At the dinner reception, Connecticut State Representative Bill Buckbee, R-New Milford, was presented as the tournament’s annual honoree, an accolade earned due to his long record of charitable and public service to the New Milford community.

Danbury Police Detective Jim Lalli and last year’s honoree, Jim Spada, presented the award to Buckbee.

Buckbee presented Myke Furhman of New Fairfield, the president of the Timmy Spada Memorial Foundation, an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly to honor his founding of the Timmy Spada Memorial Foundation.

In Furhman’s keynote speech, he announced that the foundation will hold a second event this year, the Spada Bowl Flag Football Championship. One beneficiary of the event will be the John Pettibone Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will present a Tim Spada Scholarship to a New Milford student.

The foundation was established earlier this year to honor Tim Spada, a New Milford resident who took his own life over two years ago. Spada was a New Milford High School athlete and was the school’s starting quarterback for four years.

This year's beneficiary was chosen to receive funds in order to battle brain diseases, promote suicide prevention and to raise awareness and fight the stigma that comes with behavioral disorders.

For information, visit www.timmyspada.org.

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