Alumni & Friends Gather at 2nd-Annual HVC California Golf Tournament



Hailing from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and points in between, nearly 100 Harvard Varsity Club members and friends enjoyed a fabulous day at the second-annual California Golf Tournament at MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles on Monday, March 4.

After collecting Vice Pro golf balls sponsored by Peter Chung '89/Summit Partners and stylish Johnnie-O golf shirts sporting the handsome HVC logo, players hit the driving range and putting green in anticipation of the 12:00 noon shotgun start. It proved to be a competitive day as two groups tied with 11-under par 61’s. Jeff Treut '02, Larry Doan, William Burge, and Peter Hagist bested Anthony Arnold '04, Adrian Pollner, James Esler, and Steven Cox in the card-off to be named the 2019 HVC Champions.

After golf, Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics, shared his thoughts on the day at the 19th-hole reception.

“This is what we’re trying to create. This camaraderie of Harvard athletes coming together, sharing stories, having a great time together,” said Scalise. “This is what it’s all about. This is the very best of Harvard Athletics right here in this room and you all should be really proud.”

“We want to spend a lot more time in California, your support has been just fantastic,” added HVC President Bobby Joyce ’87. “You’ll see us again in September for Harvard football versus San Diego. And we’re going to come back for the 100th anniversary of Harvard beating Oregon in 1920 Rose Bowl.”

The HVC’s trip to California kicked off with an All-Sport Reception hosted by Susan and Cory ’90 Thabit at their home in Irvine on Saturday, March 2. Guests enjoyed a view of the sunset over the Shady Canyon Valley during cocktail hour, passed plates, a family style BBQ, and hours of laughter and reminiscing.

The HVC will continue to expand its reach beyond Cambridge and Boston, encouraging alumni and friends of all sports to gather in support of Harvard Athletics.

Look for us next in Jupiter, FL for our first-ever Florida All-Sport Reception on Saturday, March 23.

Tournament Champions
Jeff Treut '02Larry DoanWilliam BurgePeter Hagist

Tournament Runners-Up
Anthony Arnold '04Adrian PollnerJames EslerSteven Cox

Women's/Mixed Champions
Wenjie Huang-Hyde '99Laura AhnAmy QuigleyBrad Quigley

Median Score
Keith Webster '87John Wang '88Bill Murphy '81Russell Riopelle '86

Long Drive (Men) - Kris Thabit '88
Long Drive (Women) - Laura Ahn
Closest to the Pin - Marty Caverly '89, Chuck Marshall '81
Putting Contest - Carmen Italia

-- Your Team for Life --

2019 Sponsors


Golf Ball Sponsor

Summit Partners
Peter Chung '89


Bar Sponsors

Greg Lee '87
Willie Alford '02

Chicks With Sticks - Women's Hockey '88
John '88 & Johanna '88 Boynton
Crimson Capital (Tiburon, CA)
Steve Malley '00 & JR Prestifilippo '00

NoHo '87 Ivy Football Champions!

Hole Sponsors

Steve Kaseta '78
Tony Cimmarrusti '81
Jim Callinan '82
Scott Collins '87

Fighters Heaven
Mike Madden '87
Pi Eta Speakers Series
Mike Madden '87
Rose Hotel
Mike Madden '87

Crimson Sponsors

Andy Freed '90
Doug Kinsey