2011 Mariner Classic “Texas” Golf Tournament



THE WOODLAND, Texas — The 2nd Annual Mariner Classic Golf Tournament “Texas Style” sponsored by Tidewater was held at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course in The Woodlands, Texas on Monday.

This year’s tournament featured 188 golfers and a beautiful sunny afternoon. Tournament Director Craig Dagan comments “Our 2nd annual tournament in Texas was another huge success. The hospitality of the folks in Houston was tremendous and we already look forward to next year’s event. ABS was our title sponsor for this year’s event, and MMA alum Bob Somerville was instrumental in making that all happen. Many thanks go to Bob, ABS, and the rest of our sponsors. The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course is a great golf course with exceptional banquet facilities, and we are very excited about being associated with them for our event.”

The group of John Paulsen ’86, Wayne Norton ’86, Shawn Longfellow ’86, and Mike Sturtevant ’86; pictured above) had the best score of all of the alumni groups. The day featured a 50′ putt for $10,000, golf shoes for all participants, as well as tremendous raffle items.

Proceeds from the tournament are used to help provide the student-athletes at Maine Maritime Academy with a quality NCAA division III experience and in particular we are earmarking a good portion of the proceeds towards our new Hall Of Fame room. The generous support offered by all is very much appreciated. “It never ceases to amaze us how many friends of Maine Maritime and the maritime industry come out to support these events. We are extremely grateful for all of the support provided, especially from the 27 sponsors for this year’s event. The Texas alumni chapter is a fabulous host for our event, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year. This tournament was a clear indication of the generosity and camaraderie of all the companies involved in the maritime industry. We had Kings Point, SUNY Maritime, Cal Maritime, Texas Maritime, and Maine Maritime graduates here to support our cause” states Dagan.

Maine Maritime Academy athletic director Eric Sabean echoed Dagan’s sentiments when he commented to the gathering, “On behalf of our student-athletes, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament. It is because of your generosity that we can maintain and enhance the experience that our student-athletes have at MMA.”

The 2011 sponsors:

ABS – Bob Somerville
Faststream Recruitment – Craig Johnson
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. – Jack Berglund and Steve Durrell
World Fuel Services – “Bunker” Joe Gowen
L&R Midland – Bill Rocha
Tidewater – Bill Scott
Tesoro – Tim Plummer
Bay Delta Maritime – Steve Ware
OSG – Morten Arntzen and Eric Smith
Valve Solutions – John Paulsen
ACES Marine – Steve Clements
A-WAY-OUT Bailbonds – Peter Perrault
Ameriforge – Rob Marchitello
Houston Pilots – Sherri Hickman
Sherri Hickman Inc. – Sherri Hickman
Telemar- Jack Caravello
GL Group – Steve Gumpel
America United Marine Corporation – Peter Lombard
Crowley – Mike Gasparo
Foss – Paul Gallagher
ABB – Jerome Schotts
Excelerate Energy – Ed Scott
Frost Technology – Scott Frost
L&L Oil – George Leiato
Wartsila – Leo Schnellmann
Harley Marine – Harley Franco
Moran Shipping – James Black

For more information on the annual Mariner Classic Golf Tournament, please contact Craig Dagan at 326-2372 or [email protected]

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