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A Day at the Links to Support Seminarian Formation

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

by Editorial Team

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.

Title Sponsor

  • Knight of Columbus - Michigan State Council 

Event Sponsor

  • Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services   

Giveaway Sponsor

  • Weingartz

Reception Sponsors

  • AKA Architects 

  • Jack & Denise Epp

  • Wm. Sullivan & Sons Funeral 

Individual Hole Sponsors

  • A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home

  • Bodman PLC

  • Corporate Travel Service 

  • Guest House, Inc.

  • Dan Kelly

  • 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

  • Simone Companies

  • 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

Eagle Sponsor

  • Rev. Donald Archambault 

  • Msgr. Patrick Halfpenny

Hole-in-One Sponsor

  • Paul Erickson

  • Robert A. Babinski

Birdie Sponsor

  • Bobby 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, for more information.

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.