MELBOURNE, Fla. — As the night closed on the 15th Annual Sporting Affair and Chopper Dropper the goal to raise dollars for athletic scholarships proved to be
another successful endeavor by the 2007 Sporting Affair Committee along with the support of the Florida Tech staff and volunteers held at the Suntree
This year’s committee consisted of Joe Flammio, Honorary Chairman; Brent Peoples, Chairman; D. Travis Proctor, Golf Chairman; Thomas G. Fox, Ph.D.; Bill
Jurgens; Brian Dailey; Rosalind Weiss; Richard Baney, M.D.; F. Alan Smith, Milo Zonka and Jennifer Neuhard.
The live auction and silent auction took place in the ballroom at Suntree, in what was most likely the best attendance of any Sporting Affair reception in
all 15 years. The place was wall-to-wall with supporters all having a great time enjoying the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as Bill Jurgens, Director of
Athletics, kicked off the auction along with the help of Florida Tech president Dr. Anthony Catanese. The auctioneer for the night was Panther alumni Bino
The day began with the 1:00 p.m. shot gun start of the Sporting Affair Golf Tournament. The top three teams received prizes for their top team finish with
the winners of the event being presented the “Flammio Waterford Crystal Trophy”. This year’s first place foursome was John Hopkins, Rob Sullivan, Dennis
Brady and Mike Poe with the low 51 score.
Florida Tech’s men head golf coach Pat Cappola led the second place team to a team score of 53 for the silver. Cappola’s foursome included Tony Bisignano,
George McLeod and Jack Corcoran. Coming in third place with a 54 score, which was won by a score card play off, was the foursome of Bryan Hatfield, Keith
Williams, Walter Wood and Keith Nickles.
The Chopper Dropper, sponsored by Brighthouse Networks, and Cocktail reception followed the golf outing with the Brevard County Sherriff’s Department
flying the Panther “Chopper” overhead for the 2,000 ball golf ball drop. At 6:15, all 2,000 balls were dropped in a very exciting fly over in the “Panther
Chopper”. This year besides the closest to the pin, there were also 12 other monetary prizes awarded to the next 12 closest golf balls.
Half of the proceeds raised by the “Chopper Dropper” golf ball sales went towards Florida Tech Athletic Scholarships while the other half was divided into
one $25,000 first place prize, one $10,000 prize, one $5,000 prize and ten $1,000 prizes.
ESPN radio hosted the Terry Bowden Show live via remote at Suntree with Terry Bowden again announcing the winners via the radio along being on hand to
judge the ball drop.
The winner and closest to the pin this year was Phil Farmer. Second place was Geoff Stam who won the $10,000 prize. Elaine Carlyle had the $5,000 golf ball
grabbing the final big ticket prize.
Ten lucky winners received $1,000 including Richard Richardson, Ed Scott, Jack Hartley, Sam McClure, Ann Armstrong, Fran Galey, Gayle and Jay Duncombe,
Carrie Black, Ron Bailey and Terese Svensson.
Svensson, a freshman women’s soccer student-athlete, contributed $50 dollars for her chance at a winner in all actuality helped pay for a scholarship that
would in turn help her receive an education at Florida Tech.
Following the “Chopper Dropper” ten golfers qualified for the Hole in One Million Dollar Shootout, sponsored by Berman, Hopkins, Wright & LaHam LLC.
Despite no winners of the Million Dollar Prize three contestants came close. Bruce Reeder was the closest, only about two feet away from the million dollar
shot. Coming in second was Mark McNally while Keith Williams came in third for the shootout.
Other winners for the day of golf included Monica Thomas, who won both the Ladies Closest to the Pin on Hole #5 and the Ladies Longest Drive on Hole #8.
Reeder, again was Closest to the Pin on the men’s side at Hole #16, while Bob Russell was the winner for the Longest Drive on Hole #4.
For more information on the Sporting Affair or Chopper Dropper contact Jennifer Neuhard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 674-8935. To view the release
with photos check out the pdf at http://gopanthers.fit.edu/uploads/_2007/SportingAffair2.pdf. More photos will come in the
form of a photo gallery at a later date located at the www.chopperdropper.com.
Chopper Dropper winners:
Name Ball # Amount
Phil Farmer #0907 $25,000
Geoff Stam #0175 $10,000
Elaine Carlyle #0052 $5,000
Richard Richardson #0107 $1,000
Edward Scott #0734 $1,000
Jack Hartley #0879 $1,000
Sam McClure #1764 $1,000
Ann Armstrong #0995 $1,000
Fran Galey #1072 $1,000
Gayle & Jay Duncombe #0030 $1,000
Carrie Black #0287 $1,000
Ron Bailey #0444 $1,000
Terese Svensson #1670 $1,000
Longest Drive Winners: Bob Russell and Monica Thomas
Closest to the Pin: Bruce Reeder and Monica Thomas
Million $ Shootout Runner up prize winners: (no hole in one awarded)
1st Bruce Reeder
2nd Mark McNally
3rd Keith Williams