Youth Services’ golf tournament celebrates with strong community, corporate support

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. —A good turn out by local golfers —84 in all — and strong corporate support, made Youth Services’ 3rd Annual Golf Tournament a success, generated over $15,000 to help underwrite the agency’s programs. The tournament was held at the Brattleboro Country Club on July 26, a sunny day.

Gail Bourque and Timm Harris measure helicopter golf ball drop. Photo provided

The team of Mike Cersosimo, Wayne Wright, Bruce Davis, and Dan Zumbruski from Cersosimo Industries won First Gross, with the PCL team of Steven Shortridge, Adam Sidelinger, Guy Lindholm and Keith Clark finishing First Net.

The Brattleboro Food Coop team of Sabine Rhyne, Bob Lyons, Jeff Houle and Tracy Sloan took Second Gross with the GS Precision team of Norm Schneeberger, Maggie Aldrich, John Lynde and Chris Worden taking Second Net.

Debbie Boyle won the prize for the Women’s Longest Drive. Tammy Bischof took Women’s Closest to the Line with Stephanie Huestis winning the prize for Women’s Closest to the Pin.

In the Men’s Division, Nate Winter took the prize for Men’s Longest Drive and Men’s Closest to the Pin. Jeff McAllister took Men’s Closest to the Line.

Youth Services’ Board member Timm Harris and staff member Gail Bourque ran a Putting Contest, which raised $195 for the agency. The winner of the Putting Contest was Potter Stewart Jr.

The Tom Heydinger Award, named after a long-serving chairman of the golf tournament, was awarded to Craig Bengston for over a decade of dedicated services to Youth Services’ golf committee.

During the banquet, sponsored by GS Precision, there was a silent auction and raffle over 40 items and services were raffled thanks to the generosity of local businesses who has supported the fundraiser with gifts in kind.

A special feature was the fifth year Helicopter Golf Ball Drop thanks to the Renaud Bros, Inc. helicopter, piloted by Mike Renaud and assisted by his wife, Shirley. Individuals did not need to be part of the tournament to buy golf balls nor needed be present at the drop to win. Buckets of golf balls were dropped from 20 feet on the fairway at the Brattleboro Country Club, with the winner of the $3000 cash prize being Trust Co. of Vermont, who donated the winnings back to Youth Services. Melanie Boese was the winning bidder on the 10-minute helicopter ride.

Youth Services Pacesetters sponsors are G.S. Precision; Brattleboro Subaru; and The Richards Group. Sustaining sponsors are Brattleboro Savings & Loan; Clear ChoiceMD Urgent Care; Edward Jones Investments; H & R Block; New Chapter; River Valley Credit Union; People’s United Bank; Swiss Precision Turning; TransCanada; Twombly Wealth Management; Vermont Country Deli and VSECU. Patron sponsors are Brattleboro Retreat; C.E. Bradley Laboratories; Chroma Technology; Crispe & Crispe; C & S Wholesale Grocers; David Manning Inc.; Green Mountain Tents; Phillips, Shriver, Dunn & Carroll PLLC; Trust Company of Vermont; and Rolls Royce Nuclear. Associate sponsors are Cota & Cota Oil Co; Hazel Restaurant; Putnam Insurance; True North Granola and W.W. Building Supply.

All proceeds from the tournament helps support Youth Services’ programs. Now celebrating its 45th year helping local families thrive, Youth Services transforms lives and inspires futures of more than 1500 local young people and families each year.

For more information or to get involved in Youth Services, call 802-257-0361 or visit

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