2014 Peterite Golf Classic—Charity Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Peterite Golf Classic charity golf tournament organized by St. Peter’s College OBU of Washington D.C. (SPCOBUWDC) was held on May 17th at Virginia Oaks Golf course in Gainesville, Virginia. The event was conducted by the PGA staff of Virginia Oaks and was well attended by players and guests. The awards presentation followed the buffet lunch.
Since the inaugural PGC in 2012, SPCOBUWDC has donated over 10,000.00 USD to different pediatric charities. The two beneficiaries of this year’s PGC will be St. Peter’s College Career Guidance Center in Colombo 4, Sri Lanka, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, USA.

As in past years very attractive prizes were offered by SPCOBUWDC to any of the hole-in-one winners with the marquee prize being a Nissan 350 Z coupe. There was also a $100,000.00 hole-in-one shootout prize to the raffle ticket winner. In addition, each registered player had the option of mailing in a coupon for two free golf clubs.

 

The PGC Open winners and Sri Lanka School Tournament Winners –  PGC Open

 

1st. Place – AOL#2: Score 60 (Paul Repola, Andrew Braksator, Mike Heffner, Mario Hoo)

2nd. Place – AOL – A&F: Score 64 (Joe Bobek, Michael Johnson, Brent Penfield, Nate Switzer)

3rd. Place – TEAM COSTELLANOS:Score 64 (Dino Tortorelli, Jay Bardon, San Sridharan, Jorge Castellanos)

 

Sri Lanka School’s Tournament

1st. Place – St. Peter’s College – Gold: Score 69 (Dakshi De Silva, Erik Somasundaram,Trevor Somasundaram, Gaddafi Ismail)

2nd. Place – Royal College: Score 70 (Khattab Markar, Logan Thiran, Namitha Jayatilake Suma Samaranayake)

3rd. Place – Wycherly International: Score 72 (Vasanth Dhanaraja, Radesh Menon, Amirtharaj Dhanaraja, Nirushan Sathi)

 

PGC Winners

Senior Mens Long Drive – Trevor Somasundaram

Senior Ladies Long Drive – Dr. Seemah Rajapaksa

Mens Long drive – Erik Somasundaram

Ladies Long drive – JoAnn Jony

Closest to the pin Men – Bill Johnson

Closest to the Pin Ladies – No winner

 

Peterites gathered at Madusha’s place on 6th September for some good food, company, and a sing along

 

Donation of School Books to the Children of Non-Academic Staff at St. Peters

 

The SPCOBUWDC has been donating books to the children of non-academic staff of College over the last few years. Supporting the neediest of all Peterites is a matter the Old Boys deem of utmost importance; College personnel such as Lal, Manikkam, and Soma who took care of the Petrites during their young ages are some of the recipients of these gifts.

SPCOBUWDC has undertaken this project to donate books annually to this deserving cause.

The Annual Pilgrimage to the Garden State

Much like in previous years, a band of brothers from the SPCOBUWDC and family members made their way up to the Garden State (NJ) in June of this year. They joined up with Peterites from the Tri-State area (NJ/NY/CT) to compete in the East Cost Cricket Festival organized by the Ananda College Old Boys’ Association of the East Coast. The Peterites had their sights set on the Col. Henry Steel Olcott trophy.  After a late night drive on the 20th, the six players from the DC area (Ajantha P., Dakshi D., Dilan M., Hiru P., Madusha P., and Shiran M.) and the four players from the Tri-State (Sharontha F., Michael J., Mario H. and Anton R.) followed by more than a dozen other Peterites, family and friends arrived early on Saturday the 21st at Tall Timbers Park in South Brunswick New Jersey to take another shot at the championship that had been elusive in the past few years.

The music was on and we were already in a great mood even before the first match. It was a perfect day for cricket. Peterites faced the Royalists first. Always a formidable group, were determined to turn the tables following their defeat to the Petes in 2013. They came out swinging with a talented team and succeeded.  They scored a quick 51 in their five overs and dismantled our boys with two quick run outs. Despite the terrible defeat, always true to our nature, the party went on.

Then came Maris Stella. This was a close game to say the least. Maris Stella, batting first, put up a respectable score of 49 in their five overs. The Peterites seemed up to the challenge in the early overs. Despite the Peterites’ resilience, ultimately, the Maris Stella bowling side was able to restrict the Peterites to 47 in their five overs. Then it was time for some great Sri Lankan food. Kottu, hoppers, chocolate cake etc., and the beverages to match. The party went on. The final game was against the Thomians. The eventual champions were simply unbeatable that day. They were able to limit our boys to a low 35 and reach that goal within three overs. Even though the hopes of reaching the finals had once more eluded us, everyone had a great time, represented our alma mater with pride, and departed with vows to come back in 2015.

It is important to thank all Peterites from the tri-state area, the families, and friends that joined and supported us. We are truly indebted to them for enabling us to re-live memories from our college days.

Teacher’s Day Fundraiser

Lending a Hand….

Keeping true to our tradition of close to a quarter of a century, SPCOBUWDC was able to financially support a few projects at college in 2014. One such project was the Teacher’s Day events organized by the The Old Peterites Group of 87 – 92. Through the generous donations of many of our members we were able to make a contribution of $570.00 toward the project this year. This is the second time SPCOBUWDC has donated funds to the Teacher’s Day project, as we feel that these types of programs are essential for our students to receive the best possible education and schooling experience. This enables us to show our appreciation to the invaluable service provided by the teachers and also help in recruiting and employing high quality teaching staff.