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Fun meets work at Golf Classic

June 24, 2011|By Ruth Sowby
  • Feeling good after a day of golf are, from left, Manny Mashhoud, representing the Golf Classic Grand Sponsor BB&T, and Tournament Chairman Mike Haney.
Feeling good after a day of golf are, from left, Manny Mashhoud,…

Foundation members of Glendale Community College are still at work, even when the semester is over. But each year they combine fun and work for their annual Golf Classic. This year marks the 29th year of golfing for dollars. On June 13, more than 130 golfers hit the links at the Oakmont Country Club.

Foundation member and Golf Classic Chairman Mike Haney scored a hole in one with his pick of hardworking committee members. They include Foundation Executive Director Lisa Brooks, Pat Crouch, John and Michael Davitt, Rick Dinger, Ruben Esparza, Barbara Jordan, Mike Kulpa, Alex Leon, Mark Richardson, Eris Sahakians and Jim Sartoris.

Coaches from the college men’s and women’s golf teams were on hand to offer tips. Coach Greg Osbourne was kept busy with golfers who needed a few extra “atta boys.” One of the golfers confident enough to go it on his own was Chuck Bistagne, son of community volunteer Wanda Bistagne. The Bistagne Brothers funded a student scholarship.


For the second straight year, BB&T Knight Insurance Services was the Grand Sponsor, represented by Glendale resident Manny Mashoud. After a day of golfing, Mashoud and other participants drove their golf carts to the club, looking forward to an evening of more activities. A buffet dinner of prime rib with all the trimmings fed the hungry golfers and their guests.

A raffle and live auction followed dinner. The “Sports Extravaganza” package was the most popular. It was full of a 42-inch flat-screen TV, Lakers tickets for the 2011-12 season, Kings tickets in a luxury box, Dodgers tickets and four USC tickets with parking. The total value was $2,500. Haney, Tom Rosa, Liz Chai-Chang, Mike Davitt and Chet Williams were the generous donors of the package.

According to Brooks, the expected gross from the Golf Classic will be more than $100,000. Funds raised will help student athletes and other students through scholarships and campus programs that help students succeed.


Glendale Community College was also represented at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce “Celebrating the Future” 2011 Gala. The Embassy Suites Diamond Ballroom was the sparkling setting for some 200 chamber members and their guests on June 17.

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