2017-07-13 / Sports

Barry Chouinard Golf Tournament Set for This Saturday

Bill Croney
The Northfield News
The Northfield Country Club will host the first annual Barry Chouinard Golf Tournament This Saturday, starting at 10 A.M. The tournament is named for Northfield philanthropist Barry T. Chouinard.
         “ Barry was a leader, philanthropist, businessman, neighbor, father, and friend who passed away in October of 2016. His many acts of charity have benefitted the communities and families around the community and state.
          “His friends and family have established a nonprofit organization along with a scholarship and golf tournament in his honor to perpetuate his spirit of philanthropy,” said Barry’s stepson, Jeremy Drown.
          “ The tournament will be an 18-hole, best ball, team tournament on July 15, 2017 with 10:00 amshotgun start with registration beginning at 9:00 am. All proceeds from the tournament and silent auction will support The Barry Chouinard Memorial Fund. We will accept all efforts in helping us make this event into as huge a success as Barry’s giving over the years,” Jeremy stated.
        Jeremy Drown wanted to honor the memory of his stepfather and help to fund the scholarship in his name. “The Golf tournament is a way to bring Barry’s friends, associates and family together to remember him. He did like to play golf but his health wouldn’t let him play in the last few years of his life. I thought this would be a good way to bring the community together to honor his memory and have some fun at the same time.
   “I started the Barry Chouinard Memorial Fund Inc. to give out an annual scholarship of $2,500 to a Northfield High School senior. The fund also gives out awards to local sports because Barry always supported them so much.
   “He loved the kids. I just wanted Barry’s memory to stay with the community. And it helps me remember him.
     “I get a lot of support from my family and friends, who are on the board. They are my sister, and brother- in- law, Shawna and Patrick Foran, Scott Amell, and Lawton Rutter.
     “The scholarship can be to any type of college- regular or technical. This first year we had three wonderful applicants. It was almost impossible to choose. My sister said that if Barry were here he couldn’t have chosen between them. Knowing Barry he probably would have given all three of them scholarships because they were so closely matched. It’s true he no doubt would have given all three of them scholarships.
   “The winner this year was Analiese Morvan. She is attending UVM and wants to become a veterinarian.
For now there is only one scholarship but that may change down the road.
   “We are going to be doing a chicken & mostacholi dinner at the country club afterwards and we will be giving away snacks out on the course. We are also giving out prizes. There will be a first place prize, a longest drive prize, a closest to the pin prize, and a 50/50 raffle as well as other activities.
   “We are hoping for a good turnout and that the weather cooperates. We are hoping for a good turnout and that the weather cooperates.
We have people coming from all over for the tournament.
Right now we have 8 confirmed teams (4-person teams as of last Friday) and we hope to have 11 or 12.
    “We have 17 volunteers helping out for the tournament.
We have a lot of good support from local businesses: Norwich University, The Northfield Savings Bank, Depot Square Pizzeria, The Northfield Legion (2 holes @ $100 per hole), and Tuck’s Repair are all sponsoring holes.
    “We are very appreciative for all the sponsors- and it’s not too late to sponsor a hole is anyone wishes to. There will be a food tent set up on the first tee and we will also have some pictures of Barry there as well.
  “ We did start a Facebook page about the tournament and people have posted stories about how Barry affected their lives and there has been some good feed back on that.
   “If all goes well we hope to realize $3,500 and all of that money is going to help fund the scholarship (first priority) and then the rest will be divided up to go to local organizations. We will have to wait to see just how the final numbers work out.
   “ Our major goal is to continue Barry’s legacy of giving back to the community, Jeremy Drown said.

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