From the Newtown Bee
The Newtown Scholarship Association (NSA) hosted the 24th Annual Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble at Newtown’s two golf courses on June 20. Newtown Country Club and Rock Ridge Country Club hosted the event and there were two sets of overall winners.
With youth on its side the Newtown High School team won at Newtown Country Club. Representing Newtown High are sophomore Ryan Patrick, seniors Colin Patrick and Matt Davis, and junior Michael Myer.
With lots of talent and experience on their side, the team of Frank Gavel, Bob Watson, Chris Watson and Mike Johnson took home the championship at Rock Ridge Country Club. At last count prior to finishing 18 holes, the team had recorded 16 birdies.
The NSA has been successful for 42 years promoting The Jack Friel golf scramble, each year helping to raise funds contributing to its mission: to help put a college education within reach for every high school graduate living in Newtown. This year 54 students from the high school class of 2016 have been awarded need-based scholarships totaling approximately $108,000. That amount, coupled with the continuing aid to students already in college, brings the 2016 scholarship awards to a record $430,000.
Since 1937, NSA has awarded almost $5 million in financial aid to support the college education of the students in our community. These record numbers reflect the continuing and growing need among Newtown families for assistance to meet the cost of higher education. Participants of the Jack Friel Memorial Golf Scramble continue to make a difference with their participation in the golf tournament.