On Monday, September 25, 149 golfers hit the green at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield for Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s forty-first annual Desert Golf Classic.
The crisp autumn day made for a wonderful day of golf for a worthwhile cause. The tournament makes possible the Desert Formation Experience, a thirty-day spiritual pilgrimage made every spring by first-year graduate seminarians, visiting the sacred sites of the Holy Land. This formation opportunity gives seminarians the opportunity to walk and pray in the very land where Jesus walked, taught, and worked his miracles.
Longtime tournament attendee, Brian Bastic of Diocesan Publications remarked, “Diocesan has been blessed to participate in and support the Desert Golf Classic for the past 7 years. The joy it brings visiting with the seminarians each year is invaluable. Having seen the ways Sacred Heart seminarians grow from year to year, Brian continued “To be able to see the men we met years back as Theology 1 students now being ordained to the Priesthood is special. I have great hope in the future of the Catholic Church after attending this event and getting the opportunity to converse with the seminarians. I continue to pray for all of our men in formation and hope they know the blessing they are to our team at Diocesan each year!”
The winners of the tournament were as follows:
Fr. Chas Canoy
Dr. William Grace
Closest to the pin:
Much gratitude goes out to these 2023 Desert Classic sponsors:
HOLY LAND: Ka-wood Gear & Machine Co.
TITLE: Knight of Columbus | Michigan State Council
EVENT: Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services
Golf Ball Air CANNON SPONSOR: AVL Creative LLC
LUNCH: RMW Productions, LLC
DINNER: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish -Plymouth, Weingartz & Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors
HOLE-IN-ONE: Terence & Judy Griffin, Robert W. Cadotte & Grunwell-Cashero Co.
A.J. Desmond & Sons
Auger Klein Allen Architects, Inc.
Alliance Catholic Credit Union
Jack & Denise Bertin-Epp
Daniel J. Kelly
Detroit Spectrum Painters
Dr. Ariel & Kelly Ponce
Guest House, Inc.
Immaculate Conception - Lapeer | Rev. Brian K. Hurley
Ordination Class of 2019 | Archdiocese of Detroit
Dominic R. Pizzo | The Alan Group
Royal Oak Financial Advisors | Paul Erickson
St. Andrew Parish - Rochester | Rev. Brian Cokonougher
St. Daniel - Clarkston | Rev. Craig Marion
St. Lucy Parish - St. Clair Shores | Fr. Jim Commyn
State COR Meeting Director Greg & Suzanne Brunson
Julie & Paul Tomasko
John A. Kullman
Rev. Salvatore Palazzolo
Edward J. Petersmark