New blood invigorates Foreign Administrators and Retirees Tournament of Sport
Old Principals die hard; newcomers have a blast
Forget the Olympics. This is where international teachers want to play. In 2016, five new golfers helped the XXIInd iteration of the Foreign Administrators and Retirees Tournament of Sports (the acronym is probably fairly obvious to you?) to a robust 20 golfer tournament, held at the Country Club of New Hampshire in July, reports Gail Schoppert.
In addition to the usual suspects the field included Myron Buck, the Head of Ed. Tech at the International School of Ouagadougou, who came directly from a five-day canoe trip in Maine to team with international school veteran Alan Conkey to win the two person scramble on the second day. Conkey was coming off a trip himself – a month long journey from Florida to Oregon and back in his little BMW convertible with his golf clubs belted in the passenger seat.
Also new to the field were Peter and Anne Johnson, who spend their winters in Florida and their summers running Fore U Golf in New Hampshire. Peter is a former math teacher turned entrepreneur and both swept their way to prizes, Anne winning longest drive on the first day and longest putt on the second and Peter teaming with AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education) Hall of Fame member Larry Jones in a tie for second on the final day, as well as finishing second as an individual on day one.
Jones had brought along his college roommate, Butch Snook, who, while not an educator, had visited Larry in Surabaya, and has an appreciation of what we do in international schools.
Returning to the fold after a number of years was veteran IS Director John Johnson, who also brought a player who entered under the category of GAS (Guests and Spouses), a friend from high school, Tom Fisch, who teamed with Peter Deminico, an IS Bangkok alum, to tie for second on day two.
In addition to these five splendid newcomers, the field included Alan and Ryan Conkey. Alan won his usual three prizes, taking low score on the first day with an 82 and teaming with M. Buck to shoot an even par 72 in the final round – a record score.
Alan also won longest putt on day one while Ryan won closest to pin on day two. He teamed for the scramble with Gail Schoppert, the world’s longest serving consultant and former school Head, to shoot an excellent 75–alas one shot out of the money.
David Buck, who has been to virtually every one of the longest running tournament for international school types, finished third on day one with a fine 86. Joe Harned, who taught for a number of years in Bangkok, took closest to pin on day one, and Michael Foxall, formerly of New Delhi and Ankara, scored longest drive on the final hole of the event.
Also attending were: Bob Ater, veteran of many years as a Director in Europe, Africa and South America, Paul Deminico, a prominent former Director who works with ISS, Joe Ferrissi, a veteran attendee; John Heard, former Principal and Director who now works in Accreditation Services for CIS, Jim Kerrigan, former Business Manager in Prague and Beijing and Jeff Schoppert, an ISKL alumnus, who along with the younger Conkey and the younger Deminico, plays in the category of ODOR (Other Dependents or Relatives).
Country Club of New Hampshire has usually been played as the second day course but this year it hosted both days, to the unanimous approval of the participants.
Not only is it a fine course, but the presence of a modest on-site motel makes it very convenient for those who travel in, and the food is excellent. Plans are already being made for the same format next year.
Sponsors and fundraising
TIE, with the support of recently retired Forrest Broman, once again sponsored the prizes for the tournament, and Search Associates, courtesy of John Magagna and Jim Ambrose, picked up the tab for the Awards Luncheon. These sponsorships, plus gift prizes by several of the golfers, enabled the tournament to continue its support of The Children of Haiti Project to the tune of $740.
Anyone interested in playing next year should email Gail Schoppert at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to set a new attendance record by topping 24. More ladies are most welcome. The golfers represent scores of international schools and hundreds of years of service. Once again this year’s group was delighted with the comradeship, the fun, and – for most – even the golf!