More Details on Bob Labbance Fundraiser

In an unprecedented collaboration, golf course architecture-related groups and societies have banded together to support a fund-raising event for New England writer Bob Labbance on June 23. The Vermont-based architecture and maintenance historian with over a dozen books to his credit is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The fundraising event will benefit him and his family. The event includes golf at Ekwanok Golf Club, Manchester, Vt., one of the country's historic courses, with a live auction to follow. Live music will be provided by Lloyd Cole.

The event tees off with a 9:30 a.m. registration followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Brunch and a barbeque buffet, followed by the auction, will take place after golf. The cost is $500 per person. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. All checks are payable to the Labbance Family Fund.

For more event-registration data, mail to:

Labbance Family Fund
P.O. Box 53
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Individual donations also accepted, sent to above address (donations/contributions are not tax-deductible).

Auction items will include rounds at the following courses:

Atlantic Golf Club, NY
Boston Golf Club (with architect Gil Hanse)
Canterbury, Ohio
Erin Hills, Wisc.
Fox Chapel GC, Pa.
Glen Club, Ill.
Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Kingsley Club, Mich. (with architect Mike DeVries) Lake of Isles, Conn.
Long Cove, SC
Long Shadow, Ga. (with architect Mike Young)
Mountain Lake, Fla.
National Golf Links of America
Norwood Hills, Mo.
Pacific Dunes, Ore. (with architect Tom Doak)
Renaissance Golf Club, Mass. (with architect Brian Silva)
Sanctuary, Colo. (with Jim architect Engh - or at any course of his to be arranged)
Secession, SC
Sevillano Links, Calif.
Southern Hills Plantation, Fla.
Sugarloaf Mountain Town & GC. Fla.
Tobacco Road, NC
Wintonbury Hills, Conn.
Yale GC, Conn.

Other auction items include:

Two tickets to 2009 U.S. Open
Masters Tournament memorabilia
Golf architecture books (signed)

Caddie services at Ekwanok by Tony Pioppi and Brad Klein will be auctioned in advance.
The event is co-sponsored by:

A.W. Tillinghast Society
American Society of Golf Course Architects
Donald Ross Society
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Golf Digest course raters
Golf Magazine course raters
Golfweek’s Best course raters
Seth Raynor Society
Stanley Thompson Society
Walter Travis Society
Wayne Stiles Society

The co-chairs are:

Brad Klein, Golfweek (860-243-3296;
Tony Pioppi, golf writer (860-344-8895;
Nancy Powers, Southworth Development
Chad Ritterbusch, executive secretary, ASGCA

Accommodations (on your own) can be reserved at:

Equinox Resort (  

Manchester-area hotels, inns and B&Bs (