Watch the Birdie: Doug Sheppard Classic golf tournament celebrates 20th year

Golfers and friends of SUNY New Paltz fought through some early rain to make the 20th annual Doug Sheppard Classic one of the most successful in recent memory.

Dozens of competitors turned out at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, N.Y. on Monday, July 23, to reconnect with old friends and play 18 for a good cause.

Participating teams represented New Paltz faculty, staff and alumni, local businesspeople, and friends of the Sheppard family, with prizes awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, as well as the longest drivers and the closest drive to the pin.

  • 1st Place: Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess-Ulster Plumbers and Steamfitters Union – 56
  • 2nd Place: LVM Architects/Fellenzer Engineering – 60
  • 3rd Place: Kevin Moore Team – 61
  • Closest to the Pin: Ray Van Voorhis – 4’1″
  • Longest Drive: Yale Hughes (men), Meghan Doulin (women)

“The Shep” raised more than $60,000 this year for the Fund for New Paltz, which enhances student life and learning at the College and supports students who require financial assistance to achieve their educational dreams.

The Fund also helps bring a range of notable personalities to campus for the SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series, and helps continue College traditions and landmark ceremonies including Convocation, Commencement and Reunion.

The 2017 Doug Sheppard Classic was made possible thanks in large part to the generosity of the following major sponsors:

Campus Auxiliary Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Sodexo, Follett, Architecture+, The Chazen Companies, Local 21, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Timely Signs.

About the Doug Sheppard Classic
The tournament is named in memory of longtime professor, administrator and coach Doug Sheppard, who died in 2008. Shep, as many knew him, was New Paltz’s golf coach for 32 years and an avid player, a familiar fixture at local golf courses and tournaments.

More information about “The Shep,” including photos and video from this year’s tournament and complete sponsorship information, is available online.