Winners and sponsors Golf Tournament 2021

Sister Stephanie and the Big Bees team

A drizzly day didn't dampen any spirits during the 3rd annual Benedictine Sisters Golf Tournament on August 16. “What a wonderful event,” said Mary Hoffman, third-time participant in the sold-out tournament held at Lake Shore Country Club in Fairview. “My team is already looking forward to next year, we had a great time!”

“We are so grateful for our many sponsors, we have listed them all below,” said Michelle Basista, Benedictine Sisters Development Office, who coordinated the tournament. “We raised over $82,000, mostly in sponsorships, and those funds help the sisters continue their good works and meet the ongoing needs of the monastery.”

This year many of the favorites from the first tournament were back—the pandemic limited last year’s tournament to golf only, no gathering. Sister Dianne Sabol and Oblate Margaret Kloecker returned to grilling hotdogs for the pre-shotgun start lunch, accompanied by Sister Mary Ellen Plumb’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.

A new prioress, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, took her first turn on the green at Putt with the Prioress. “I’m not a golfer,” she said, “but I enjoyed trying my luck with so many of our friends who came out to golf, and I actually sank more than a few putts!” Golfers who bested Sister Stephanie earned mulligans.

The banquet was back, along with the sung blessing that the Benedictine Sisters Schola (choir), directed by Sister Marilyn Schauble, offered for the golfers before dinner. Sister Susan Doubet, who served as emcee for the acknowledgements and awards ceremony, shared that it was the first time the group had sung together in a year.

Many volunteers contributed to the success of the tournament—more than 40 sisters plus oblates Margaret Kloecker and Mary Hembrow Snyder, SBA Alumnae Sue Zill, Cheryl Zingelewicz, Sue Chase, and her husband Marshall, and friends Judy Allison and Erie Carey. Tasks varied from preparing gift bags, running snack stations on holes, registering golfers, selling incentives, and cheering the golfers on as they rode by in their carts. Sisters Pat Lupo and Katherine Horan had a particularly important task, stopping traffic so golfers could safely cross busy Route 5. “It’s such a fun way to spend a day,” said Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes. “It’s more than a golf tournament to us, it’s about building relationships with people who support us and our ministries. Most of our golfers have a connection with us, friends or colleagues or family, and we enjoy this time to be with them.”

Included in a gift bag that each golfer received was a loaf of bread baked in the monastery kitchen by Cathy Bliss, a bottle of commemorative wine, a photo card by Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, and a bookmark featuring a golf poem written by honorary tournament chair, Sister Mary Lou Kownacki.

The 2021 Golf Tournament Program Booklet PDF file is here.

Save the date for the 4th annual Benedictine Sisters Golf Tournament: August 15, 2022

Congratulations to Winners:
First Place Women’s Team: Mary Hoffman, Mary Ann Hauser, Char Neizmik, Marlene Smith
First Place Men’s Team: Bob Murray, Jim Murray, Pat Kloecker, Joe Kloecker, Sr.
First Place Mixed Team: Robin Scheppner, Rodney Chiarelli, David Bertges, Laurie Root
Second Place Women’s Team: 5 Big Bees--Kathy Danch, Tina Delio, Sue Minarich, Irene Harrington
Second Place Men’s Team: Gary Seggi, Mitch Muzer, Nate Bundy, Toney Tupek
Second Place Mixed Team: Sister Barbara Jean Sever, Sister Joan Peine, Steve Bucha, Jim Sever

Longest Drive Men’s: Toney Tupek
Longest Drive Women’s: Maureen Schmidt
Longest Putt Men’s: Conor Dawley
Longest Putt Women’s : Melissa Grucza
Ring of Gold Winner #3: Sharon Buettner
Ring of Gold Winner #5: Ryan Lockhart
Ring of Gold Winner #11: Tom Tobin
Ring of Gold Winner # 18: Steve Bucha

Skins Winners:
Phil Persons, Ryan Lockhart, Kris Hess and Lynn McBrier
Gary Seggi, Mitch Muzer, Nate Bundy, Toney Tupek
David P. Sinneway, Jr., Brian Rigot, Damian Carnegie, David Sinneway III

HONORARY CHAIRPERSONS ($10,000)
• PNC Bank
• Betsy and Bill Vorsheck

MONASTERY BENEFACTORS ($5,000)
• Saint Benedict Academy Alumnae Association
• American Tinning & Galvanizing Co

MONASTERY PARTNERS ($2,500)
• Windsor Beach Technologies Inc
• Little Caesars/ Lynn and Dale McBrier
• Vicary Insurance Agency/ UPMC Healthplan
• Frontier General Contracting, Inc.
• Martha Hilbert
• Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company
• AVT, Inc.
• Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Murray Insurance LLC

MONASTERY FRIENDS ($1,000)
• American Tinning & Galvanizing Company
• Velocity Network
• Kownacki Family
• Gail Grossman Freyne
• Curtze Food Service
• Anonymous Friend
• Auto Express Superstore
• Bates Collision
• Rev. Msgr. James Sanner

MONASTERY COMPANIONS ($500)
• Jim and Darlene Feeney
• J. J. Agnello Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
• Knights of St. George
• Cleveland Benedictines
• Michelle and Pete Basista
• Bob and Linda Lentz

MONASTERY COMPANIONS ($250)
• Wilson and Doubet Family
• MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP
• Tennessee Backporch
• Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc.
• Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory
• 5 Big Bees
• Dahlkemper Landscape Architects and Contractors, Inc.
• TBaer Wealth Management
• Housing Authority of the City of Erie
• Steve and Kathy Danch
• Mayor Joe Schember in honor of his mother, Helen
• Erie Community Foundation
• Panache Salon and Spa
• Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory
• Amatangelo & Hersey
• Kathy and Dan Dahlkemper
• Erie Bank
• Cheryl Bough
• Mary Ozechoski
• Hagan Business Machines, Inc.

Donated Prizes and Other Gifts:
Lake Shore Country Club, Allegheny Beverage, Curtze Food Service, Emmaus Ministries, Erie Water Works, Tops Quality Market, Icing on the Lake, Walmart, Kathe Wilson, Mazza Wines, Mound Grove Golf Course, Penn Beer
Potter Screening Company, Signs Now, Printing Concepts

Thank you to Sister Ann Muczynski for her photography. Click an image below to start slide show.

Volunteer sign in
Volunteer sign in
Ready to register golfers
Ready to register golfers
Registration, incentive sales and lunch
Registration, incentive sales and lunch
Prioress Stephanie Schmidt gets a crash course in <br />putting from her sister, Maureen Schmidt
Prioress Stephanie Schmidt gets a crash course in
putting from her sister, Maureen Schmidt
Putt with the Prioress
Putt with the Prioress
Welcome to the 2021 Benedictine Sisters of Erie <br />Golf Tournament
Welcome to the 2021 Benedictine Sisters of Erie
Golf Tournament
Pre-lunch relaxing
Pre-lunch relaxing
Sister Dianne Sabol and Oblate Margaret Kloecker, <br />lunch grillers
Sister Dianne Sabol and Oblate Margaret Kloecker,
lunch grillers
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb's chocolate chip cookies <br />for lunch
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb's chocolate chip cookies
for lunch
Buying an arm of 50/50 tickets
Buying an arm of 50/50 tickets
Golfers Dan and Kathy Dahlkemper, seated, with <br />Sisters Linda Romey, Val Luckey, and Sue Doubet
Golfers Dan and Kathy Dahlkemper, seated, with
Sisters Linda Romey, Val Luckey, and Sue Doubet
Oblates Mary Hembrow Snyder and Janice Etchison
Oblates Mary Hembrow Snyder and Janice Etchison
Golfers Sue and Rick Clayton
Golfers Sue and Rick Clayton
Photographer Sister Ann Muczynski
Photographer Sister Ann Muczynski
Ready, set, golf!
Ready, set, golf!
Cart driver Erin Carey
Cart driver Erin Carey
Sisters Chris and Karen Kosin, Claire and Lucia Surmik <br />prepare gift bags for golfers
Sisters Chris and Karen Kosin, Claire and Lucia Surmik
prepare gift bags for golfers
Gift bags for all golfers
Gift bags for all golfers
Power point recognizes and thanks all our sponsors
Power point recognizes and thanks all our sponsors
Handing out gift bags
Handing out gift bags
The Benedictine Sisters sing a blessing for the <br />golfers before dinner
The Benedictine Sisters sing a blessing for the
golfers before dinner
Honorary Chairperson, Jim Stevenson, PNC Bank, <br />address the banquet attendees
Honorary Chairperson, Jim Stevenson, PNC Bank,
address the banquet attendees
Team Tobin
Team Tobin
Team PNC
Team PNC
Team PNC
Team PNC
Team SBA Alum Association
Team SBA Alum Association
Team SBA Alum Association
Team SBA Alum Association
Team American Tinning & Galvinizing
Team American Tinning & Galvinizing
Team Erie Community Foundation
Team Erie Community Foundation
Team Schneider, Schmidt, Zinsky
Team Schneider, Schmidt, Zinsky
Team Ursuline Sisters
Team Ursuline Sisters
Team Erie Bank
Team Erie Bank
Team Murray Insurance
Team Murray Insurance
Team Holy Trinity Society
Team Holy Trinity Society
Team Windsor Beach Technologies
Team Windsor Beach Technologies
Team Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company LLP
Team Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Company LLP
Team Tennessee Back Porch
Team Tennessee Back Porch
Team Vicary Insurance/UPMC Healthplan
Team Vicary Insurance/UPMC Healthplan
Team Highmark
Team Highmark
Team HBKS
Team HBKS
Team MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton
Team MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton
Team AVT
Team AVT
Team Clarke, Sabol, Daugherty, Liotta
Team Clarke, Sabol, Daugherty, Liotta
Team Dahlkemper and Feeney
Team Dahlkemper and Feeney
Team Dovetail Gallery
Team Dovetail Gallery
Team Amatangelo & Hersey
Team Amatangelo & Hersey
Team Frontier General Contracting
Team Frontier General Contracting
Team Hilbert, Eighmy, Dammeyer, Kacprowicz
Team Hilbert, Eighmy, Dammeyer, Kacprowicz
Team Curtze Food Service
Team Curtze Food Service
Team Hoffman, Smith, Neizmik, Hauser
Team Hoffman, Smith, Neizmik, Hauser
Team Big Bees
Team Big Bees
Team Maslar, King, Fogle, Whalen
Team Maslar, King, Fogle, Whalen
Team Kownacki
Team Kownacki
Team Scheppner, Hidey, Vella, Buettner
Team Scheppner, Hidey, Vella, Buettner