Golfers joined together at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan, on Monday, September 26, for Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s fortieth annual Desert Golf Classic.
The event 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. The trip concludes with a visit to the city of Rome that includes a Wednesday audience with the Holy Father.
Despite the rain and cooler temperatures, the golfers prevailed with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m., golfers enjoyed lunch and beverages on the course throughout the day, and were awarded various prizes, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, and Closest to the Pin contests, along with 50/50 and other raffles. A strolling reception and program followed the day of golf. The first place team included Brian Bastic, Greg Pope, Don Roe, and Rev. Chas Canoy. Closest to the Pin and winner of the coveted Cardinal Dearden Cupu went to Rev. Scott Thibodeau, and Longest Drive was won by Rev. Chas Canoy.
Much gratitude goes out to these 2022 Desert Classic sponsors:
Holy Land Sponsor
- Ka-wood Gear & Machine Co.
Knight of Columbus - Michigan State Council
Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services
Jack & Denise Epp
Wm. Sullivan & Sons Funeral
Individual Hole Sponsors
A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home
Corporate Travel Service
Guest House, Inc.
The Terry and Karen Larkin Family
In Loving Memory of William “Bill” Madek, Jr.
National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica
Ordination Class of 2019 - Archdiocese of Detroit
Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Msgr. Todd Lajiness
QMI Group, Inc.
St. Daniel - Clarkston, Fr. John Bettin
St. Anne Parish - Ortonville, Fr. Craig Marion
St. Lucy Parish - St. Clair Shores, Fr. Jim Commyn
St. Margaret of Scotland, Fr. Ron DeHondt
Julie & Paul Tomasko
Rev. Donald Archambault
Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny
Robert A. Babinski
If you would like to support the Desert Formation Experience, you can make a donation or learn more about hosting a Desert Meal. Contact Emily Berschback, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.