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2023 Desert Golf Classic

Golfers raise funds for the seminarian pilgrimage to the Holy Land, at the forty-first annual Desert Golf Classic.

by Editorial Team

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: 
First place:
Fr. Chas Canoy 
Brian Bastic 
Don Roe
Greg Pope 

Second place: 
Mario Simone
John Tersigni
Steve Sierawski
Michael Melfi 

Third place: 
Dr. William Grace
Ron Grace
Vince Finazzo
Colten Christensen 

Longest drive:
Dan Kujawa

Closest to the pin:
Dave Hall 

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

Bodman PLC

Daniel J. Kelly

Detroit Spectrum Painters

Dr. Ariel & Kelly Ponce

Guest House, Inc. 

Immaculate Conception - Lapeer | Rev. Brian K. Hurley

MOVE Communications

Ordination Class of 2019 | Archdiocese of Detroit

Dominic R. Pizzo | The Alan Group

Royal Oak Financial Advisors | Paul Erickson 

Simone Companies

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

Todd Stevens

by Editorial Team

Editorial Team

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Sacred Heart Major Seminary is a Christ-centered Catholic community of faith and higher learning committed to forming leaders who will proclaim the good news of Christ to the people of our time. As a leading center of the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart serves the needs of the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributes to the mission of the universal Church.