Oct. 7, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's baseball program celebrated a festive Alumni Weekend October 4-5 with hundreds of alums and friends of the program coming together to support the Wildcats.
The weekend began with the 18th annual golf outing on Friday, October 4. This year's event was held at the pristine Glenview Park Golf Club with more than 90 golfers hitting the links on a warm fall afternoon. The foursome of Tom Dodge, Andy Dingle, Jim Robinson and Ron Rolighed shot an event-best 15-under-par to earn bragging rights for the year.
The golf outing also featured several contests on various holes. There was a longest drive test at the fifth hole. In the 55-and-over division, Spencer Hoffman edged out Alan Jahns and volunteer assistant coach Joe Keenan to claim the title. In the 54-and-younger group, George Kontos of the San Francisco Giants won the crown.
There were also four closest-to-the-pin winners. Frank Ressa was the winner on the sixth hole, while the aforementioned Robinson had the closest approach on the ninth hole. Rich Sexton was nearest to the cup on the 10th hole and Perry Walker held the distinction on the 17th hole.
Following an afternoon on the course, the participants migrated to Wildfire at The Glen Town Center for dinner, drinks and plenty of laughs.
Saturday morning provided the chance for alums new and old to dust of their gloves and head to Rocky Miller Park for the 27th annual alumni game against the 2013-14 Northwestern Wildcats. Before the game, a home run derby was held with 2011 graduate Chris Lashmet winning in an extra round over 2012 graduate Geoff Rowan.
The 'Cats handled their forefathers with ease on the diamond, winning the seven-inning contest by a score of 15-0. NU's Kyle Ruchim
belted a two-run home run in the second inning. Zach Jones
, Jack Livingston
and Antonio Freschet
all clubbed RBI doubles in the ballgame.
On the mound, Northwestern held the Alumni squad hitless through 7.2 innings until Alex Seyferth scratched out a single to center field off Jack Quigley. The alumni requested the ball as a souvenir on Seyferth's behalf and a smiling Quigley happily obliged.
After the game an overflow crowd stuck around Rocky Miller Park for a postgame tailgate for more food and fun leading up to Northwestern's gridiron clash against Ohio State.
The Wildcats would like to thank Bud Pohlman of Rose Packing for supplying the food for the tailgate barbeque, as well as Joe and Shay Hietpas, Lakeside Orthopedics, Eric Mogentale and Stamos and Trucco, LLP for generosity throughout the weekend.
Mark your calendars now for Alumni Weekend 2014, which will be held October 3-5, 2014. That coincides with NU's first Big Ten football game of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers.
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