A tee off to education

by Crystal Gottfried, Staff Writer

More than 150 golfers came together for the 2nd Annual Guadalupe Valley Telecommunications Cooperative's (GVTC) Charitable Partnership Golf Classic at River Crossing Country Club on May 1 and raised at least $80,000 for the Comal Public School Foundation's classroom grants to teachers program in the Comal ISD.

"We are delighted to be able to work toward a common goal of providing financial resources to teachers," says Ritchie Sorrells, CEO of GVTC. "Thank you to the major sponsors who rose to the occasion and made our second year even better than our first year."

"Because of GVTC's incredible title sponsorship again this year," says Klaus Weiswurm, president of the Comal Public School Foundation, "the Foundation will once again name three $5,000 teacher grants after GVTC in the fall."

Engraved prizes were awarded to the teams with the best score. The Fugro Consultants team of Jesse James Leija, Rob Reyes, Thomas Bloxham, and Ron Graham won first. Taking second in the tournament was the team from the Law Offices of David Fritsche - Bob Griffith, Darrell Wingfield, David Fritsche, and Kurt Seidel. Third place went to the team from Sumitomo Electric - Barrett Mills, George O'Neal, Kevin Craddock, and Verno Yow.

Contest winners were Stephen Haynes, putting contest; Ken Dracoulis and Mark Gitter, closest to the pin; and Danny DeBruyn, closest to the line.

A hosted reception at the country club, and a sumptuous banquet followed the day's play with live entertainment from the band "Fore of a Kind." Numerous door prizes and raffle prizes were given away to players. Greg Simmons of KSAT-12 and local TV celebrities Bill Dante and Albert Flores handled the evening's prize giveaway.

Diamond sponsor was Occam and Platinum sponsors were The Berry Company, John Staurulakis, Inc., KGB Texas, Optical Solutions, and Power & Telephone.

Gold sponsors were Commsoft, Hampton Group, and ISPN. Silver sponsors were Alltel Supply, Atlantic Risk, Bentley Systems, Frost Bank, Steve Havel - Smith Barney, Law Offices of R. David Fritsche, MK Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, PBK Architects, Pinnacle Business Systems, Retirement Horizons, Scientific Atlanta , SHW Group Architects/Riata Financial, Sumitomo Electric, Sutherland Communities, and Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge, P.C..

Bronze sponsors were Curtis Blakely, DF Countryman, Fugro Consultants, ITM, and Munters. Foursomes were SchooLife, Security General International, Ltd., Sprint North Supply, Tyco Electronics, United Central Control, and WOAI.

Other sponsors were Sage Advisory (Dinner), Siemens (Golf Caps), Commsoft (Beverages), Sprint North Supply (Goody Bags), Texas Hills Bank (Band), TexStar Mobile Concrete (Lunch), Wittigs (Door Prize), Wells Fargo (Door Prize), Alternative Benefit Solutions (Putting Contest), Rep Comm (Driving Range Sponsor), Metavante Corporation (Trophies), David Weekly Homes (Gift Sponsor), and ETI Software (Gift Sponsor).

Hole Sponsors were Pfluger Associates, Centris, Herndon Concrete, Universal Electronics, Staffing Solutions/Employee Bridge, Richards, Elder, Srader, Phillips & McLaren, LLP, Harding Road Boring, Inc., Sandstone Communications, Tri-Ed Distribution, Wells Fargo, 3M, Bill Burnet, Amazon, Alfred Riedel Construction, and Titan Solutions.

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