NOBLETON, ON -- On September 21st, the King City Secondary School Alumni Association hosted the first, and hoped to be annual, “Case of Distinction” Classic golf tournament at the 27 hole Nobleton Lakes Golf Course. Playing 18 holes on a shotgun start, a “rogues gallery” of alumni foursomes and family took to the links on a dry yet cold and blustery day. With more than a hint of fall in the air, “the boys and girls of summers past” helped to raise north of $2000 toward ongoing up-keep and extension of the “Case of Distinction” honouring the accomplishments of former KCSS graduates.
A total of 44 participated, including 6 staff and 6 non-alumni. Of the decades represented, the greatest number came from the 70s (8), 80s (9) and 90s (11). According to Joan Johnson, “among the foursomes there were five father and son combos”. To which, one of the other organizers revealed that “many of the sons could be seen shaking their heads behind their fathers’ backs” while others in the crowd gasped laughingly at some of the crusty repartee they heard between participants (yes, that’s you, Justice Peter Tetley!). Ed “Edwina” Serjeantson was particularly delighted with the Boccia family and their level of commitment to the tournament’s success: “When Chris and Lisa couldn’t make it at the last minute, Dan brought the kids!”
The tournament finished with cocktails, dinner and an awards ceremony, reluctantly MC’ d by Tom Ellison (in Ed Serjeantson’s absence). Ellison spoke the praises of many, including Competition Winners of Note: the 1st Place Team (all from the seemingly frisky 80s, and now the foursome to beat in 2014): Kent Atkins, Mike Petersen, Graham Jones and Brian Sheardown; honours for the Longest Drive (Men) went to Ryan O’Neill; and Closest to the Pin, to Eliert Fraser and Jake van Willigen. During the post tournament wrap-up meeting, Ellison, in going forward, said he would much rather operate in the shadows next year (mmh ha), as the “great communicator”, thereby leaving the door open for the scintillating “bon mots” of Sarge as MC. Alumni are advised to stay tuned for emails and website postings regarding next year’s plans.
When asked what led members of the Alumni Committee members to consider a golf tournament over past events, Ellison indicated that the need for fund-raising is ever present, and attendance has been falling off at the reunions, where “a lot of people promise to be there in the lead up to the event, and fully intend to come, only to not show on the weekend of.” So the Committee thought a one-day event, in close proximity to family and friends still in the area, might re-invigorate interest; then in a view to include spouses, significant others and families, it was decided to extend the tournament to include a dinner and awards ceremony in the evening.
And why call it the “Case of Distinction Classic”? Well, right now there is a profound need to properly fund this installation in the KCSS lobby if the school wants to continue to honour the wide variety and noteworthy accomplishments of past and future graduates. Care and upkeep of the case has essentially fallen to the generous stewardship of John Peddle, and no one person should have to shoulder that financial responsibility. The tournament name currently represents the most recent focus of the Alumni Association’s fund raising endeavours, but as time goes on the organizers may settle on a more generic title. More to come.
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Mike Mazomenos, Virgil Gazzola, Matthew Paric, Ryan O'Neill
Gary and Eilert Fraser, Wade and Ed Serjeantson, Greg Betty
Ray Honey, Ron Delmas, Craig Honey, Peter Tetley
The van Willigen boys – Bazz, Jake, John and Andy
Steve Bewcyk, Fred Sadler, Rod Leonard, Don Brown
Jason DiCarlo, Nick Torkos, Chris De Simone
Ernie Bokma, Darla [Collins] Bokma, Wade Blyth, Ken Blyth
Graham Jones, Brian Sheardown, Mike Petersen, Kent Atkins
Danny, David, Brady and Heather Boccia
Craig Laing, Glenna Mitchell, Hugh Mitchell, Doug Comfort
Ron Craig, John Loy, Iain Craig, Scott Craig
Thanks to our Sponsors
• Ed Serjeantson
• Bazz van Willigen
• Iain Craig
• Rockford’s Bar & Grill (King City)
• King Brewery (Nobleton)
• KAARS Automotive (Nobleton)
• Dobson’s Corporate Imaging
• Arbour Restaurant (Nobleton)
• Tim Hortons (Nobleton)
• Rona Cashway (Schomberg)
• Martin Gerkes Orchards
• Glenn Dewhirst – Prism Creative Inc.
• Joe Sinopoli – Sinopoli Trucking
• Karl Davis – Nobleton Green Tractors
• Greg Betty – Intelliware Software Development
• David Cooke – David Cooke Wealth Counsellors
• Alf Budweth – Nobleton Feed Mill
• Danny Boccia – Pave-AL Limited
• Ken Orr – Orr & Associates Insurance Brokers
• Drew Morning – James Morning and Sons
• Rick Hampton – King Men’s Hockey League
• Neil & Scott Boynton – Boynton Sod Supply
• Ruth Patafio – ReMax
• John Peddle – Peddle & Pollard Barristers & Solicitors
• Mike & Karen Redman – Creatrix Transformational Solutions
Tournament Recaps by Year