Salem State invites participation in 15th annual golf tournament in support of commonwealth honors program

Greg Mello and Dennis Drinkwater

Salem State University will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its annual golf fundraiser in support of the honors program at Salem State on July 11 this year. One of the more popular and well-regarded golf outings on the North Shore, the tournament is capped at just 25 foursomes and gives the sport’s aficionados a rare opportunity to play the exclusive Kernwood Country Club course.

Those not wishing to play, as well as businesses and other organizations, can support student success in additional ways by sponsoring a hole or tee sign. Included in the day’s festivities—which always draw a loyal and energetic field from throughout the region—are a barbeque lunch, a buffet dinner and a live auction.

Among the sports items being auctioned off at this year’s tournament are a variety of Red Sox packages in exclusive corporate boxes and suites, three tickets directly behind home plate and two seats in the Black Brook Realty Suite for the Patriots home game of one’s choosing.

Regional businesses that have already signed up foursomes for the July 11 event include Staples, Giant Glass, Cranney Companies, Liberty Mutual, North Shore Bank, and Community Counseling Service Co., LLC.

The university invites interested golfers and sponsors to contact Lisa McFadden at 978.542.7554 or via email at Further information is available at

The Salem State Honors Program fulfills the university's commitment to provide a stimulating academic environment and a more challenging curriculum to students whose abilities and previous performance are demonstrably higher than the norm. The program enables motivated and talented students to work with the university’s most accomplished and enthusiastic faculty.

The annual honors golf tournament makes a tremendous difference in the success of students enrolled in the program by providing increased scholarship aid and support for student leadership retreats. Proceeds from last year’s golf tournament supported a number of exceptional independent research and learning opportunities.

Photo (from left): Georgetown resident Greg Mello, owner of G. Mello Disposal Corp., and Giant Glass president Dennis Drinkwater, whose company sponsors the Salem State University Honors Golf Tournament, look forward to another great day of golf for a good cause at Kernwood on July 11.