Golfers raise funds to support students at the Annual Doug Sheppard Classic

New Paltz faculty, staff and alumni, local businesspeople, and friends of the Sheppard family came out for this year’s Doug Sheppard Classic SUNY New Paltz Golf Tournament on June 12 at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, New York.

“We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for a day of golf and to raise funds for our students,” said Lisa Sandick, program director for special events and sponsorships at SUNY New Paltz. “With the help of our generous sponsors, our community came together to further enrich the experiences of countless SUNY New Paltz students.”

“The Shep,” is held in support of the Fund for New Paltz, providing opportunities for students who require financial assistance to continue their college studies.

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.

2023 Honoree Joe Beichert

This year, the tournament honored Vice President and Owner of Timely Signs Joe Beichert, a lifelong resident of Ulster County who has supported The Shep since 2006.

Joe is active in the community and has served on the board of directors for the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Kingston Hospital Foundation. Joe currently serves as the first vice president on the board of directors for Wrap Around Community Services of the Hudson Valley (formerly Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County).

In addition to “The Shep,” the Fund for New Paltz 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 Alumni Reunion.

Learn more about the Annual Doug Sheppard Classic Golf Tournament online.