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Bill Bamonto, center, takes part in the event with his four grandchildren, from left: Ethan, Kobe, Grant, and Cole.

On Friday morning, the 12th annual Dunkirk-Fredonia-Cardinal High School Golf Tournament kicked off with over 140 people participating. But this year’s event comes with some changes.

For example, Shorewood Country Club professional Jack Schubert died in May, and tournament organizer Bill Bamonto said everyone was playing golf in his honor. Schubert’s daughter, Irene Schubert Russell, served as the event’s guest guest, and the sixth hole was marked by Schubert’s tribute.

On hole number 6, there will be a big sign there that will say ‘Take a cold one on Jack,’ Bamonto said. “Jack was very famous for buying everyone’s drinks. So, we are going to serve Arnold Palmer’s non-alcoholic, which was one of his favorite drinks, in that hole.”

But this year’s event also marks the end of Bamonto’s tenure as event president. While he will still be heavily involved in the future, Bamonto is hoping someone will step up to the plate to take his place so that the tournament can continue. He added that the rest of the board of directors will remain in the position, he just needs someone to replace him. Although he thinks of a few people, nothing is firm yet.

“I hope someone will come forward to help,” Bamonto said.

Participants in the Dunkirk-Fredonia-Cardinal Mindszenty Championships on Friday. Photography by Anthony Dolce

Since this was the last time he would take charge, Bamonto decided to make it a family event. For the first time, he attended all his three daughters and all his grandchildren. His four grandchildren played golf as a team on Friday, making them the first grandchildren’s team to take part in the tournament.

Bamonto started the event with eight other guys in 2009 as a way to see their friends once a year, and it has grown from attracting 30 people to the more than 140 they’ve had on Fridays, and while the future of the event is somewhat compromised, there’s no denying the success of the event. The event or money raised for various charities over the years, including Dunkirk-Fredonia Little League, Girls Softball, and Summer Camp is Better Than Others. In the 10 years they have raised funds, including this year, a total of $65,000 has been raised for these various groups.

After the tournament, there is always a cocktail hour for people to participate in, including those who haven’t been to the golf tournament, followed by an awards banquet where prizes are handed out. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas served as the honorary initiator alongside Irene Schubert Russell.


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