Beautiful weather prevailed at Hamilton Farm Golf Club last Monday, drawing out 72 golfers for the 14th annual GSB Classic. It was a full day of golf, with many of the foursomes staying to play an extra nine holes on the par-three Hickory Course after finishing a round of 18 on the traditional Highlands course. In addition, this year 10 additional golfers came midday to take part in the first-ever GSB Classic golf clinic. After some pointers from Jenna, one of the golf pros from Hamilton Farm, all went on to play a round of nine holes as well. After a day on the course, veteran players and enthusiastic newcomers gathered in the clubhouse for cocktails and dinner.
Although no one made a hole-in-one this year, there were plenty of other accolades to go around. John Russo took the honors for closet to the pin. Longest drive was claimed by Steve Gattoni, P’21, ‘23 (men’s) and Katie Dahler, P’22, ’24 (women’s). First place (low gross) went to the four guests in Heather Althoff’s, P’24, foursome, and first place (low net) to the Steve Gattoni, P’21, ’23 foursome. Congratulations also to the winners of this year’s raffle baskets including guests John Braniff, Joe Charczenko and Chris Tedesco, P’26, ’28.
This year, the GSB Classic paid special tribute to Brian Kramer who passed away in December of 2018. Parent of Samantha '16 and Drew '20, Brian was an avid golfer, whose accolades included several club championships and an appearance at the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2007. At GSB, he served as a member of the golf committee and could always be counted on to raise the level of play at the GSB Classic. On and off the course, Brian exemplified GSB’s core values of courage, integrity, respect, compassion and excellence. Standing in for Brian at this year’s GSB Classic was Tara Kramer P ’16, ’20, who volunteered for the day, welcoming guests in the morning and drawing the raffle winners at day’s end.
In honor of Brian’s memory, a scholarship for need-based financial aid was created in his name. All proceeds from this spring’s GSB Classic will support the Brian Kramer Memorial Scholarship Fund. A very special thanks to all of the golfers, sponsors, committee members and volunteers who supported this year’s GSB Classic.