Van organized the 4th Annual Peter French Memorial Golf Tournament. It was held again at the Jamestown, RI Golf Course, with eight teams of four playing "best ball" format. Defending champs "Who's Your Caddie" were considered the favorites but it was two other teams who tied for the lead after nine holes. A tie-breaking putt-off was held at the putting green with "The Dongs" (Travis, Brian, Ian, and Brett) emerging as the new champions. A cookout was held at the course immediately following the tournament for all the participants. In addition to the BBQ, there was a Beirut tourney and a raffle for 4 floor seats to a Celtics game (thanks to Julie DelMastro!). All proceeds went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation. The weather was perfect and the all the people who came down to Newport to participate made it a great day. We look forward to doing it again next year.
Chris organized and directed HoopFest 2005: Love To ComPete, a 3 v 3 basketball tournament at the newly renovated outdoor courts in Winchester. Players came from all over the Greater Boston area to compete in the two divisions - Boys' High School and Men's Open.
After a very competitive day of basketball, the Men's Open champions were Brian Keefe (WHS's all-time leading scorer), Quinton Dale (current WHS varsity coach and former Northeastern star), and Jason Noel and Mike Williams (two of Bryant College's all-time leading scorers). The Boys' High School champions were Mike Marinella, Freemon Romero, Sam Davidson, and Sal Abdo (a collection of St. Mark's players). The 3-Point Contest was won by Jeremy Currier (a former New Hampshire High School State Player of the Year who led the nation in 3-point shooting while at Endicott College) and the Free Throw Contest was won by Mansfield's Mike Vaughan.
Friends of Peter who put in a lot of effort recruiting players and also playing in the event were Brian Keefe, Kirk Minihane, Jamie Morrison, and Quinton Dale (Pete's WHS coach). All proceeds from the tournament (just under $1,300) went to the Peter French Memorial Foundation.