Alumni, parents, corporate sponsors, and friends have continued the annual tradition of the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic since 1987. In that time, over $2 million has been raised through the outing in support of the scholarship program at Archbishop Molloy High School. These scholarships have impacted many bright young men and women. Whether signing up as a single golfer or a foursome, reserving a sponsorship package, purchasing a journal ad or raffle tickets, volunteering, or making a tax-deductible donation, you make a significant difference in the lives of our students. Follow the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic on Facebook
The 32nd Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 7, 2018! Join us at Plandome Country Club, North Hills Country Club, or for the first time in the history of our outing, a third course: North Hempstead Country Club! By signing up you can expect to enjoy a full day of golf, gourmet meals, refreshments, prizes, and much more. Your participation will support the scholarship program at Archbishop Molloy High School, which will directly benefit deserving young students in need. Invitations will arrive in mailboxes in early February 2018, but a digital invitation is available by clicking the image in the right column on this page. For information about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation, please contact Matt Rizzotti '04 (email above). In addition, you may also contact Matt if you are interested in joining our Golf Board. We look forward to seeing our community on the greens in May!
New Record! Over $185,000 Raised at 31st Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic
by Joe Sommo ’03 | Alumni Communications Director
May 1, 2017, proved to be a banner day for the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. We’ve tallied up the final numbers from the 31st installment of Molloy’s largest all class reunion, and the results are incredible! Together, with the support of alumni, family members, friends, and corporate sponsors, Molloy raised over $185,000 for its scholarship program. This sum marks a new record for the Stanner Golf Classic, and over $35,000 more than last year’s total. “This was a collaborative success,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “Our community has stepped up every year to help our outing prosper and our scholarships grow, but this year everyone went above and beyond to make a difference the lives of our students. Words can’t express how grateful we are for everyone’s generosity.”
It was a beautiful day at North Hills and Plandome Country Clubs, with over 300 golfers teeing up. Each golfer received complimentary tees, ball markers, golf balls, and a new Dri-Fit quarter-zip shirt. Prize holes, food, and beverages throughout the courses enhanced the experience, while a cocktail reception with an oyster bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres welcomed golfers back to North Hills clubhouse after their games. Dinner included a full buffet with lobster, hot dishes, pasta and carving stations. The dinner portion of the program also included silent and live auctions, which saw every item claimed. Live auction prizes included golf at Fishers Island Club, a week at Mount Snow, VT, and a five-star gourmet dinner prepared by Molloy’s on President Karsten. Silent auction prizes included concert, sports, and Broadway tickets, salon treatments, golf at private courses on Long Island, baskets of cheer, a Molloy gift basket, and much more. After the live auction, winning raffle tickets were drawn. The winning tickets are as follows: 1st Prize (Super Bowl): Ticket #000541 | 2nd Prize (Las Vegas): Ticket #035708 | 3rd Prize (55” TV): Ticket #013207.
Highlights of the dinner program featured remarks by our 2017 Golf Chairman, Paul Krische ’81, and Honorary Chair, Mr. Lou Carnesecca ’43. Paul expressed his deep appreciation for his alma mater. A Senior VP at Capital One Bank, Paul has always found time in his busy schedule to volunteer at Molloy or Esopus and participate in alumni events. He ended his speech on an emotional note, reminding everyone that the Stanner Golf Classic is about “helping more kids attend this great school.” Paul was right on the money, as two eighth grade students who will attend Molloy this fall and be awarded scholarships thanks to the Stanner Golf Classic were in attendance at this year’s golf dinner. Mr. Carnesecca spoke off the cuff and attributed much of his success in life to the Marist Brothers. “They gave me my first shot. Without them, where would I be? They are tremendous people, and it was and is a tremendous school.”
Also of note, this year’s event hosted the first alumnae foursome in Stanner Golf Classic history. Congratulations to Jessica McEntee ’05,Christina Rizzotti ’04, Carissa Jordan ’04, and Keri Jetter ’04, on this amazing milestone (pictured left to right)!
Molloy would like to thank all of our golfers and corporate sponsors for their participation and charity. Thank you to our Golf Board for your tireless efforts to address all the fine details and recruit our sponsors. Many thanks and congratulations are also due to Alumni Development Officer Matt Rizzotti ’04 for his impeccable planning in support of this year’s event. Special thanks are extended to this year’s Chairman, Paul Krische, and Honorary Chairman, Mr. Carnesecca. It is no coincidence that the Stanner Golf Classic enjoyed a record day under your leadership. We would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave of their time to ensure that each course was adequately staffed. Your contributions were crucial to the success of the event, and we can’t thank you enough for spending your “May Day” with us.
We leave you now with a few important items. First, if you haven’t already, please consider downloading this year’s digital Golf Journal (button below), which contains information about the history of the Stanner Golf Classic as well as this year’s outing. The Journal also contains many ads from Stanner-owned or Stanner-friendly businesses that we encourage you to explore and work with. Second, please take a few moments to view the video tributes dedicated to our Chairman and Honorary Chairman. The videos are embedded below. Special thanks to St. John’s University and the Krische family for their contributions to these productions (Videos produced & edited by Joe Sommo). Third, be sure to check out a full photo gallery on Facebook (with small sampling below).
Once again, thank you to all who helped make the 31st Annual Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic a record-breaking day. We look forward to another wonderful day for our school on Monday, May 7, 2018.
In the spring of 1987, 25 men representing the faculty and alumni of Archbishop Molloy High School gathered at Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville. Jim Kinnier, Joe Smith and John Gibbons, also known as “The Three Amigos,” joined alumni from the classes of 1978 and 1979, including Charlie McBride, Joe Howard and Jerry Betts, and set out with a now famous cooler of beer in their golf cart. Initially just a casual outing, the group later realized that this type of event would have been the perfect opportunity to bring more alumni together to support Molloy and its students. They gathered again in 1988 and saw attendance double and money raised. It was clear that a successful annual fundraiser had been born.
Jim Kinnier, the Alumni Director at the time, organized a committee of alumni, faculty and friends to recruit corporate sponsors and recruit golfers to get the outing off the ground. Jim handled the particulars, John Gibbons forged a classy journal to recognize sponsors, and Joe Smith took on the raffle and auctions. An annual chairperson was established to serve as the “MC” for the event, while an honorary chairperson would recognize a loyal member of the Stanner community. Some of the most influential honorary chairs over the years include former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly ’59 and New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey ’61. Today the committee, known as the Golf Board, comprises of alumni, faculty, and parents. Together they work diligently to recruit new golfers and corporate sponsors and to ensure that each aspect of the outing meets a standard that reflects Molloy’s deepest traditions.
In 2008, Tom Bradley ’74 established the John Gibbons Alumni Golf Trophy in honor of the late teacher and outing co-founder. The trophy would be awarded to the foursome from each course (which must include at least one alumnus) with the lowest score. The Stanner Golf Classic has grown each and every year, with new and familiar faces alike making an impact.
Thanks to the efforts of the golf board, particularly Jerry Schumm ‘68, Gino ‘81 and John Fazio ‘87, Bill Rose ‘96 (Honorary), Lou Milo ‘76, and the late Joe Gordon ‘64, corporate sponsorship has been a big part of making the day a success. Today the Stanner Golf Classic annually hosts over 250 golfers between two private courses on Long Island.
The generosity of our community has helped Molloy raise over $2 million in scholarship support since “The Three Amigos” first established this important tradition.
Thank you for your continued support of the Jim Kinnier Stanner Golf Classic. Your participation directly impacts students in need, and we are so grateful for your generosity. We would like to share with you a video that was presented during our golf dinner program on May 2nd, 2016. The video features Liam, Sarah, Emily, Jake, and Jillian. These five students represent just some of our scholarship recipients, as well as the many stories that move us every single day. Please take a moment to hear their stories. Thank you again for your support of Archbishop Molloy High School. Click below to view.