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DiNapoli golf event scheduled June 13
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
By MIKE BURKE
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HOLYOKE - The sixth annual John A. DiNapoli Memorial Golf Tournament, an event that has raised more than $200,000 for local organizations, will be played June 13 at East Mountain Country Club.

The tournament is named for Patrolman John A. DiNapoli who was gunned down in the line of duty Dec. 22, 1999. The first tournament was held in June 2000 and money raised has benefited a number of local organizations such as the Greater Holyoke Boys' and Girls' Club, YMCA, Holyoke Catholic High School, Girls Inc., Holyoke Sports Legacy Committee and many other groups including Holyoke youth sports leagues.

This year's tournament will have two shotgun starts at 7 a.m. and at 1 p.m. because of the large number of players involved. There will be a dinner following golf at about 6:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House. Prizes will be awarded and drawings will be held.

Patrolman Andrew D. DiNapoli, son of the slain officer, is co-chairing this year's event along with Patrolman Gary G. Wagner.

One of the "gold sponsors" again this year will be the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Northampton Street with store manager Rob H. Thornton aiding the cause of the tournament.

"We love taking part in these community supporting events," Thornton said, "and the DiNapoli tournament helps so many groups we feel this is a very important part of that support."

The committee this year, besides DiNapoli and Wagner, includes JoBeth DiNapoli, John's daughter; Marybeth DiNapoli, Jim Whelihan, Edward Moskal, Michael McCoy, Mike and Kathy Lynch, Kendall Walsh, Beth and Jack Gonsor and Chris Ferriter.

Andrew DiNapoli said the committee still has some open spots for sponsors and players.

"Anyone who wishes to donate can contact Gary Wagner at police headquarters and he will answer any questions," Andrew DiNapoli said.

Besides being a big sponsor of the event, Stop & Shop will be selling lollipops to help support the golf tournament, Thornton said.

"My Dad was a great booster of Holyoke and especially the youth of the community and this tournament is aimed at helping organizations in the city with their programming and in any other way we can," Andrew DiNapoli said.
 
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