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Tournament Background


The Fr. John Berris Memorial Golf Tournament was first held in 1989. It has become an annual tradition celebrating Fr. Berris’ passion for life, the priesthood and, of course, golf. Fr. Berris was the St. Nicholas Parish Priest from 1967 until his retirement in 1981. An enthusiastic and inspiring priest, he continued to play an active role in our community until his passing in 1987. A man devoted to Christ, his family and our community, Fr. Berris genuinely loved life - and a good game of golf. Many of us recall his strong voice yelling “FORE!” on the course, his deep, velvety voice commanding our attention during Sunday liturgy and the glorious hymns of Pascha.

Fr. Berris was concerned about the growth of the church and the religious education of young men and women. In particular, he was strongly committed to helping students pursue the priesthood at Holy Cross School of Theology. Memorial donations given at the time of Fr. Berris’ death were used to establish a scholarship fund for these young students. To continue supporting future priests, the Memorial Golf Tournament started a year later. Proceeds from the annual Tournament benefit the Fr. John Berris Memorial Scholarship Fund and the St. Nicholas Building Fund. To date, the tournament, now known as the Father Berris Golf Classic, has awarded over $148,000 in scholarships and donated more than $91,000 to the St. Nicholas Building Fund.

Remembering in Our Prayers

Fr. John Berris Metropolitan Anthony Fr. John Asimacopoulos

Anthony Antone Hercules Andrianos George Berris

Marvin Blankstein Peter Brown Roy Cardellini

Chris Christie Georgia Christie Chris Corelis

Zerifia Corelis George Frangadakis Manos Frangadakis

Peter Gikas Harry Hadges Mary Hontalas

George Koukoutsakis Angelo Lygizos John Nicoletti

Sam Papageorge Joseph Pappas Theo Papas

Peter Pavlos Arthur Psaltis Bill Rodriquez

Joe Santiago Nicholas Smith Jim Tavernas

John Vasil Ken Yarak


   Scholarship Recipients

Alex Leong

Paul T. Paris

James T. Paris

Diocesan Student Aid Endowment Fund

John D. Tsaras

George Tsahakis

Earl J. Cantos, Jr.

George Hazlaris

Michael Kallas

Michael Diavatis

Simon Thomas

Demetrios Costarakis

Gregory Lemelson

Gary Kyriacou

Constantine Salmas

Justin Dargavel

Luke Palumbis

Costin Popescu

Peter Sotiras

Michael Tervo

Jason Zachos

Robert B. Garner II

Dean Brown

Justin Dargavel

Robert Fox

Daniel Kozmiuk

Christopher Lockwood

Demetrius Pandelis

Brandon Rodenbaugh

Gregory Rubis

Peter Siersbeck

Allan Boyd

Yianis Labriniades

Sotiris Vlavianos

Nikolaos Bekris

Tyrone Stephen Emery

Steve Parsons (deaconate)

Chris Claudatos (deaconate)

Jason Roll

Christopher Tsichlis

Steve Banki

Ian Dumitrascu

Christos Kanakis

Jason Schrik

David Singhiser

Mihai State

Joel Sullivan

Theodore Theodorou

Paul Truebenbach

Ion Coman

George Demas

Nebojsa Pantic

John Afendoulis

John Kocolas

Andrew MacLean

Ninos Oshaana

Matthew Swehla

Demetrios Wilson

John Boyer

Daniel Triant

Yianni (John) Smyrni

Kevin Edgecomb

Nicholas Mueller

Fr. Leo Schefe

Rondal Burkhart

Thomas Felactu

Christopher Retelas

Charleton Trumpower

Christopher Zaferes

Jason Ivey