Three Groups Compete at Annual Mesiti Cup Golf Tourney

Submitted by John Goglia

The seventh annual Mesiti Cup Golf Tournament was recently held on Tuesday, June 20, at the Windham Country Club in Windham featuring team from Londonderry 55-Plus Communities.
Other than a couple of rain drops at the start and end of the golfing it was a fun day where Londonderry seniors were able to share a good time.

Photo by Joanne Flynn, owner of Windham Country Club

The participants taking part in the scramble format were residents of The Nevins, Cross Farm and Hickory Woods, all “Over 55” communities in built by the Mesiti Corporations.
Unfortunately, Tony Mesiti the founding developer passed away several years ago, and now family members are carrying on his legacy as developers of various projects in and around NH and Massachusetts.
John Kalanzakos, Tony’s brother-in-law participated in the tournament for the first time as a new member of the Cross Farm Community. It must have been difficult for John K” to remember all those who have bought houses from him going back about 20 years but it seemed like he did a commendable job in greeting everyone.
This was the seventh year of the tournament that was originally initiated in 2017 to bring some of the Londonderry “Over 55” communities together in a friendly atmosphere.
In the men’s division, Hickory Woods came away with the trophy with an average score of 67.60 (almost 6 under par). Cross Farm placed second with an average score of 70.22 and The Nevins finished third with an average score of 70.75.
This was the fourth time Hickory Woods has won the trophy. The Nevins has won it twice and Cross Farm who have only been participating since 2021 has won it once. No team has ever won back-to-back years, yet!
The organizing committee for this year was comprised of individuals from each of the three communities: Alan Haroian and Tony Violanti from Nevins as host community; Paul Hallee, Rick Engler and Darlene Ducharme from Cross Farm; Martin Meehan, Mary Ferris and John Dalbenzio from Hickory Woods. The communities rotate the host each year. Cross Farm hosted for the first-time last year (2022) and Hickory Woods will host next year’s tournament.
Prizes were funded by entrance fees and the usual donation by the Mesiti Companies. A buffet luncheon and awards ceremony followed the golfing and was hosted by Joanne Flynn, owner of the Windham CC. Top scoring teams for each community were: Cross Farm – Charlie Clifford, Jim Hermete and Dick Ducharme (63); Hickory Woods – Martin Meehan, Jay Fallon and John Goglia (66) and Nevins – Tony Violanti, Art Nielsen, Don Nikola and Jim Spies (66).
The women decided on a non-competitive format but many of them received gifts from Windham CC for various outstanding achievements during the round. During lunch a 50/50 raffle was held raising $241.00 for The Liberty House in Manchester.
This was the largest outing in the 7 year history of the event with 84 participants and we hope to have even more next year. It is surprising to see that many people who have been Londonderry/Derry area residents for decades have stayed in this area and are enjoying life in these senior developments which have seen tremendous growth and acceptance in the last 20 years.
This is a great way for our seniors to get out for a day of fresh air, exercise and to have fun whether they are avid golfers, hackers or just willing to try. Each year the three communities encourage new and existing residents to get involved in organizing the tournament and bring in fresh ideas and perspectives to make it a more enjoyable time for everyone. Thanks to all who contributed and to all who participated.

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