June 3, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No one could have asked for more perfect weather conditions when Monogram members and their guests hit the links for the 2014 Monogram Club Riehle Open at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course on Thursday, May 29.
Held annually, the golf outing is named in honor of the late Rev. James Riehle, C.S.C. (’49), longtime Monogram Club Executive Director and athletics department chaplain, who passed away in 2008.
Beginning with a noon shotgun start, the 18-hole scramble featured more than 20 foursomes comprised of Monogram winners, Notre Dame athletics department staff members, and guests, including many alumni and classmates back to celebrate during the University’s reunion weekend festivities.
Several current and former Monogram Club board members also competed in the event, including past president Dick Nussbaum (’74 & ’77, baseball), first vice president Kevin O’Connor (’89, lacrosse), Mike Heaton (’68 & ’71, football & golf), Kerrie Debbs (’89, golf), Chris Stevens (’74, basketball) and Rick Pullano (’79, baseball).
Golfers enjoyed Einstein Bros Bagels box lunches before the outing, as well as Papa John’s pizza, Ruth’s Chris sliders, and treats from Gigi’s Cupcakes while on the course.
The afternoon wrapped up in the Warren Golf Course Clubhouse, with a cocktail reception and awards presentation emceed by manager for Monogram/football alumni relations Reggie Brooks (’93, football). As always, the outing included a number of friendly team and individual competitions. Prizes included adidas gift cards and a Keurig coffee maker.
Classmates Greg Szatko (’74, football), Duke Scales (’74, football), Ken Wolbeck (’74, basketball) and Tom “Big-T” Ross (’74, football) led the charge with a round of 54 (-18) to earn first place honors. It was a special weekend for the Class of 1974, as the group celebrated its 40th reunion.
Wolbeck also won the longest drive competition for his shot on the 5th hole.
Carding a round of 56 (-16), Jay Standring (’70, football), John Gasser (’70, football), Tim Sweeney (’70) and Joe Claffy placed second, while Brian Donohoe (’97, golf), Bert Cooper, Michael Donohoe and Joe Farrell rounded out the team awards with a third place finish, also shooting a 56.
Closest to the pin winners were Phil Johnson (’79, football) and Ted Carnevale (’79, soccer) for their shots on the 9th and 14th holes, respectively. Johnson received a share of the 50/50 raffle, while Carnevale took home the Keurig machine.
Competing in his first Riehle Open, Monogram Club Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) welcomed guests to the cocktail reception, and thanked them for participating in the event. He noted that it had been an exciting few months since returning to campus in March, and joked that he hoped to be in contention for a prize at future Club golf outings.