By Keith McShea
The fifth Tom Borrelli Memorial Award Golf Tournament presented by the Buffalo Bandits will be held Monday, July 1 at Holland Hills.
It is not only our annual major fundraiser for the Borrelli Scholarship Fund but it is also the forum for the presentation of this year's awards.
The Borrelli Award will be presented to the top senior boys player and top senior girls player in Western New York. Last year's award went to Josh Babcock of Hamburg. Previous boys winners have been: Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park), Chris Kane (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) and Brian Sullivan (Bishop Timon-St. Jude)..
It is the third year for the girls award. Spring Sanders of Nichols won last year, following Julia Suriani of West Seneca East.
Last year, the "Ox" Awards were added -- again, one to a boy player and one to a girl player. The "Ox" Awards go to a player that displays the talent, versatility, hard work, dedication and toughness displayed by Tom Borrelli -- whose nickname was "Ox" -- in his work as a reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. Last year's first recipients were Nate Gowen (Amherst) and Amanda Obenshain (Hamburg).
Coaches and lacrosse fans: Your nominations for the top senior players as well as for the "Ox" Awards should be sent to [email protected] Nominations can be sent in now; the latest we will accept them is Monday, June 10 (the first Monday after the end of the high school lacrosse season).
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The awards are our way of honoring our late coworker and friend Tom Borrelli, who was a fan of all high school sports, particularly lacrosse. He was an award-winning reporter as he covered the Bandits of the National Lacrosse League; the league gives out a media award named after Borrelli.
Borrelli died in 2008 following a fall at All High Stadium, where he was covering a high school football game.
The first four golf tournaments have been a great celebration of Tom's memory and a tribute to the best in high school lacrosse. We're looking forward to seeing many familiar faces and having another enjoyable event.
To reserve your spot -- preferably in a foursome -- email Bob Dicesare at [email protected] as soon as possible. Spots always fill up very quickly.
** Here are the golf details: It is a 10 a.m. shotgun scramble. The cost is $100 per golfer. Price includes golf, cart, lunch at the turn, dinner, one-hour open bar, a souvenir gift and another chance to hear several News reporters lie about how well they played. There will be prizes, auctions, raffles and drawings. Golfers who want to play with News staffers can do so at a higher cost. There is limited space for dinner-only guests at a cost of $25.
** We are also seeking donations from local businesses -- items which can be auctioned off or which can be given out as prizes (such as gift certificates). Businesses interested in donating can email Dicesare at [email protected]. We have a tax identification number we will provide to donors.
** Another way that local businesses or organizations can help support the event is through an advertisement in our souvenir program. We are selling full-page ads for $100, half-page ads for $60 and quarter-page ads for $30. Those interested in taking out ads should contact me at [email protected].
Checks are payable to the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award and Scholarship Fund. They should be mailed to: Tom Borrelli Memorial Award, c/o Sports Department, The Buffalo News, Box 100, One News Plaza, Buffalo, 14240.
For those who are golfing, please include with your check the names of golfers, dinner guests and a phone number.
Thanks very much for any generous donations and please spread the word.