Friel tournament keep kids on course; 38th annual Boys & Girls Club event draws hundreds

NASHUA – The 38th annual Friel Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua was held on Sept. 7. Held in memory of Jeanne and Phil Friel, the family has donated the use of both courses at Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson since 1978. Two hundred and fifty golfers came out to enjoy a fun day of golf in support of the club and kids. Proceeds from the day’s event will fund youth development programs, helping the club continue its efforts toward assisting at risk youth in the Nashua area to become productive citizens in the community.

The tournament received support from Tulley Automotive Group, the Friel Family and the Demoulas Foundation. Thanks to more than 85 sponsors, the funds raised go directly to Club members.

"Tens of thousands of children have been helped by the funds from this tournament and over $3.8 million has been raised as a result of this tournament and its players over the past 38 years. These funds that we raise today help the club directly impact members by providing the opportunities to succeed academically, experience healthy lifestyles, attain good character and become active citizens," said Ryan Friel, co-chair. "We appreciate all of the companies, sponsors and golfers who have helped us to support these goals this year."

Tournament winners included – Women’s Division: Liz Friel O’Brien (Gross) and Marty Thebodeau (Net); Men’s Division: Ryan Friel (Gross) and Chris Yianopoulos (Net); Senior’s Division: Paul Villemaire (Gross) and George Behrakis (Net); Scramble winners: Tom Shaughnessy, Lee Sanders, Chris Riley and Beau Chivay; Closest to the Pin winners: John Timmeney and Brad Brown; Longest Drive Winners: Lee Sanders, Liz Betz, Brendan Porter and Liz Friel O’Brien. The Putting Contest was a tie between Chris Riley and Joe Ezekiel. Congratulations to our sports raffle winners – Grand prize, Paul Denner; Second prize, John Femell; Third prize, Cassi Stellos; Fourth prize, Tim Calnan; Fifth prize, Michael Besserer; and Sixth prize, Paul Michaud. We’d also like to celebrate our helicopter drop winners: Grand prize, Larry Gross, Second place, Ryan Donahue, Third place, Steve Midgley, and furthest away winner, John Geary.

Leadership sponsors included BNY Mellon, C & M Machine Products, Cross Insurance, Eastern Bank, Eaton & Berube Insurance, Enterprise Bank, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Getinge Group, Liakos Companies, Lowell Five Bank, People’s United Bank, RE Marble & Granite, Roedel Companies/Courtyard Marriott, and Triangle Credit Union.

The Jeanne and Phil Friel Award, given annually to recognize longtime supporters of the club, was awarded to George Katis. A supporter of the tournament and the club for more than 31 years, George is not only committed to the kids, but also our community. We are grateful for everything he does to keep our kids and Nashua on course.

Special thanks to employees from Daniel Webster College, Residence Inn, Enterprise Bank, Citizens Bank and Triangle Credit Union who volunteered their time to run various contests and opportunities throughout the day. Next year’s event, the 39th annual tournament, is scheduled for Sept. 6, at the Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson. Please contact Bridget Cooley at the club if you are interested in sponsoring, participating or volunteering in next year’s tournament at 883-0523, ext. 228, or

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua