Kessel Klassic golf outing planned to benefit scholarship


The annual Kessel Klassic Golf Outing to benefit the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Memorial Scholarshipwill be held Friday, July 11. 

            The event will take place at the Pennhills Club in Bradford. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start to the golf outing set to begin at 10 a.m. An awards dinner will follow.

            The Jeffrey Brian Kessel Memorial Scholarship was established at Pitt-Bradford by Ann and Dick Kessel. Jeff Kessel died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 41.

            Kessel graduated from Pitt-Bradford in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies. He was a cousin of Dick Kessel and worked for his business, Kessel Construction Inc., for 12 years, the last six as general manager.

            Jeff Kessel was a dedicated community volunteer and leader, serving as mayor of Limestone, N.Y., from 1989 until 1999, when he was named Limestone’s Man of the Decade. Also in 1999, he received the Cattaraugus County (N.Y.) Community Leadership Award.

            Since it was established in 2003, the Jeffrey Brian Kessel Scholarship has helped 30 students with grants of more than $1,000 each. Recipients during the 2013-2014 academic year were Paige Himes, a junior human relations major from Bradford; Nicolette Kellogg, a junior criminal justice major from Cuba, N.Y.; Morgan Mader, a junior sociology major from Ridgway; and Megan Mesler, a junior criminal justice major from Shinglehouse.

            All proceeds from the golf outing will benefit the scholarship fund, which is expected to pass $100,000 in total support this year. More than $3,400 in prizes will be available.

            The outing is open to the public. The $150 cost includes breakfast, greens fees, cart rental, lunch, drinks and prime rib dinner. The cost for the dinner only is $75. Reservations should be made by July 3.

            Sponsorship packages are also available.

            For more information or reservations, contact the Pitt-Bradford Office of Institutional Advancement at 814-362-5091 or visit