Davenport headlines Owl golf tourney

WESTFIELD – Westfield State University athletics will host the Ninth Annual Owl Club Golf Tournament on Monday, August 3 at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass.
This year’s guest of honor is Peter Davenport ’80. A former track and field athlete for the Owls, Peter has had a long and successful career in the grocery business, owning and operating two stores in New Hampshire.
“Peter is a great choice to be recognized as our Guest of Honor,” said Westfield State director of athletics Richard Lenfest. “He greatly helped spur the movement to name the track after his coach, Jerry Gravel, and has been a supporter and advocate for our program for many years. His business career provides a great example for our student athletes in demonstrating the opportunities they have for success after graduating from Westfield State University.”
All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Westfield State’s varsity athletics program. The tournament, which is popular with alumni, sponsors, parents and friends of the Owls’ program has sold out for each of the past five years, and is expected to fill again this year.
Westfield Bank is back as the lead sponsor of the tournament, and has generously supported the event for all nine years of competition.
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The tournament is a scramble format which offers a fun day of golf for all participants. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams, and multiple contests are held on the course, including closest to the pin and long drive competitions.
Back this year will be the “Greatest Hole in Golf History” which last year featured an air conditioned hospitality tent on the tee box, Bo’s Big Blackjack Table, hospitality from DonQ rum, a cash prize for closest to the pin on the second shot, and frozen yogurt for all participants after putting out.
The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf and cart, a BBQ lunch before the round, use of the practice area during registration, on-course hospitality and a steak and chicken buffet dinner after the round as well as a tee gift for all registrants. For those who don’t play, there is an option to attend the dinner and cocktail hour as well.
Davenport was elected to the Board of Directors of Associated Grocers of New England in 2008, and currently sits on the By-Law Committee and the Capital Structure Committee.
Additionally, Peter has helped fuel student success as part of the organizing group for the Dan Doyle Scholarship Golf Tournament for many years, which annually supports two student scholarships at Westfield State and is one of the Westfield State Foundation’s largest scholarship funds.
“The Owl Club golf tournament is our largest fundraising event to support Westfield State athletics,” said Dave Caspole, Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs and Media Relations, who manages the event. “The event helps our teams to travel to face the best competition, provides top-notch equipment and uniforms, support for the training room, instruction – it really touches all areas of our programs. Our Owl Club and Foundation Board members really help support this event and help us to provide a great experience for all of our student athletes.”
“Many of our players come back year after year to play in the tournament,” said Caspole. “We’re happy to see loyal alumni, parents, and sponsors year after year coming out to support our student-athletes. We really strive to provide a fun, high-end day of golf, and the tournament is open to anyone who would like to register.”
For more information on the tournament, participation, or sponsorships, please contact Dave Caspole at 413-572-5433.

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