Published July 18, 2000
Volume 8, Number 7

GASIT Golf Tournament Lets Players Tee Off to Support Youth Scholarships

It's time again for the George A. Spiliotopoulos Invitational Tournament on August 4 at the Sunol Golf & County Club. The annual tournament, known by the acronym GASIT, serves to raise funds for college scholarships for high school graduates from Pleasanton. 

The tournament was started in 1971 by Spiliotopoulos, a colorful, exuberant man, and the well-liked owner of the landmark Cheese Factory on Main Street. This benefit tournament continues in the fine tradition of fun and fellowship that was set from the first one he organized to support youth scholarships and senior citizens' programs. 

When George died in 1985, his friends established a scholarship fund for the tournament which has grown and prospered. Since 1986, the tournament committee has awarded $150,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors of Foothill, Amador Valley, and Village high schools. 

Many local businesses contribute to the success of the event by sponsoring holes, becoming major sponsors, or simply sending their best duffers out to participate as players. Hacienda companies that are providing sponsorships this year include Goal Line Productions, Red Bear, Ruggeri - Jensen - Azar and Associates, and U.S. Bank.

"We're expecting 280 golfers to participate in the event, which is all we have room for," explains Joanne Wilson. "It's usually a sell-out, which means we raise a lot of money for the scholarships." 

A delicious lunch will for tournament participants will be provided by the Hungry Hunter. The day winds down with a barbecue sponsored by the Pleasanton Lion's Club at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

It's a great entertaining day for a very good cause. For sponsorship or playing information, call Joanne Wilson at (925) 227-9100.

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