Alumni golf tournament will fund new weight room
When he was hired as the Douglas High football coach last month, Ernie Monfiletto said he was distinctly interested in carrying on the deep and storied tradition of the Tiger football program.
While that’s certainly still his plan, he’s also establishing the first of what he hopes will become a new tradition this summer.
The Douglas football program will host its first alumni golf tournament June 16 at the Genoa Lakes resort course.
Monfiletto said the tournament, which will be open only to former players, coaches and family of both, has been an idea that’s been kicked around for the past several years.
“We’ve talked about it for a while,” he said. “It just seems like a good way to celebrate having the alumni in at one time.
“We see the alumni quite a lot, but it seems like we never get to see them in one place. We just want to bring as many old players as possible back and share some good times and stories with those guys.
“It’s a great opportunity to share some laughs and raise some money in the process.”
Cost for the tournament will be $100 per person or $400 per foursome prior to May 1. A T-shirt and dinner will be included for all participants. Shot gun start will be at 1:30 p.m. with a tri tip and chicken dinner at the Genoa Town Hall following the tournament.
Hole sponsorships will also be available for $100. The tournament field is limited to 144 spots, or 36 foursomes. Monfiletto said he anticipates a full slate of participants the first time out.
“The response already has been great just from word of mouth,” he said. “This is something the alumni has been asking for for quite some time.
“I think it is a positive thing – something we can do to celebrate the people who have walked through these doors and put the time into establishing this program. On the same token, it gives them an opportunity to give back and help contribute.”
The funds raised from this year’s tournament will go toward an overhaul of the school’s weight room.
Monfiletto said he is hoping to replace the 12 single-station racks currently employing the weight room with nine double-station Olympic stations.
He bid the project out and Sampson Equipment out of New Mexico came in with the most competitive bid at around $56,000.
The Douglas High All-Sports Boosters have donated $10,000 toward the project, the senior class of Block D voted to make a donation of $10-15,000 for their parting gift and the football program plans to match $15,000.
Monfiletto said he hopes the proceeds raised from the tournament will cover the remaining cost.
“We’ve had a great weight room for a long time,” he said. “I think this is an opportunity to elevate what has already been established in that room, and generate some new pride in that room not only for football but for all the other sports at the school.
“It’s a project that services all the athletes at the school,” he said. “The majority of the sports already use that room, and the new equipment will benefit them greatly with the improvements.”
Aside from being able to cycle through more athletes at a time – the room can keep up to 54 athletes at a time active compared to the 36 at a time it services now – Monfiletto said the new equipment will provide an additional level of safety for the students.
“That’s our No. 1 priority,” he said. “We’re looking at a serious upgrade in facilities. Each station will have a rack on either side. On one side you can do your bench, squat and seated lifts. On the other, you have the platforms where you can do all of the Olympic lifts. Each station can accomodate two groups of either two or three. There are bumper plates on the platforms which are rubberized plates that you can drop the weight on the ground and not risk breaking it.”
Ultimately, Monfiletto hopes to have the new equipment installed by this summer.
He also said, with the alumni tournament becoming an annual tradition, he hopes to have one big project to tackle every year.
Next up, for example, would be building a new press box at the Big George Sports Complex.
Currently, the room is undersized, allowing only enough space for a scorekeeper, public address announcer and a spotter. The two coaches boxes can accomodate only two seats.
“Frankly, it kind of resembles something out of the Beverly Hillbillies right now,” Monfiletto said with a laugh. “It’s unfortunate because we have this state of the art facility to go with it.
As a school, it’s something I don’t know how much it’d even cost to replace, but it’s something that’s out there that we’d want to do.
“Then there’s always maintenance in the football program with the equipment. Safety is our first priority, and whether it is the weight room or equipment, there are always things you can improve. There are plenty of things with technology and communications or video that we could take care of too.”
Anyone interested in playing in the tournament, sponsoring a hole or making a flat donation to the project can reach Monfiletto at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at the high school at (775) 392-1533.