Knights of Columbus holds charity golf tournament

Aug 16, 2022

LAKEVILLE — The Dartmouth Knights of Columbus held its Annual Golf Classic fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Back Nine Club in Lakeville.

The fundraiser, the group’s biggest money maker of the year, will benefit a number of local organizations, including: Child and Family Services, Solanus Food Pantry, Sister Rose’s House, Veterans Transition House, the Dartmouth Council on Aging, Meeting Street, and My Brother’s Keeper.

“This is the one we count on the most,” said Paul Couto, the grand knight of the Dartmouth Knights of Columbus.

The event also included dinner and a raffle after the tournament.

Couto said overall, the event was a success.

“We’re very happy,” he said as the last teams made their way back to the clubhouse after the tournament. “It’s a beautiful day, so it seems like everyone had a good time.”

He added that the group has enjoyed holding the event at the Back Nine Club, a par-three course, as it is quicker to play than larger courses.

“We like it here,” he said. “In three hours you’re in and out and people aren’t exhausted because it’s a small course.”

The tournament featured 67 golfers grouped in teams of up to four.

The event was run as a scramble, meaning that after all members of a team took their shots. A team could decide which was best and the rest of the members would pick up their balls and drop them in the same place as the best one.

Scores ranged from 61 down to 46 for the winning team, which was composed of Rick Jalbert, Dan Sullivan, Carol Lawton, and Matt Dumas — a last minute fill-in.

Jalbert said the team played great and each had their strength within the group.

“I’ve been playing golf for 40 years and it was the craziest day I’ve ever seen on a golf course,” he said. “People just kept making putts.”

Jalbert added that at one point the team made five birdies in a row.

“We all did our part, everybody had their role,” said Lawton, adding, “I’ve never laughed so much.”

In addition to the scramble tournament, the event featured a “closest to the pin challenge” on three holes, where golfers could try their luck at landing their tee shots as close to the hole as they could.

The winners were John Silva on hole 7 at 6’10”, Mike Wedge on 14 at 11’, and Joe Martino on 18 at 6’5”.