Don Petty Memorial Golf Tournament


This website has been created to help keep Don’s memory alive, and to honor those who help keep his memory alive.


The first seven years of the Petty Open, funds generated were used to help Don's widow, Joyce, who was left without insurance. In 2007, a scholarship/campership program and Don Petty Award programs were established.  Since the passing of Joyce, funds realized help promote even more football camperships for Section X players or those with special needs.  


A big supporter of the Petty Open Memorial is Gouverneur's and Rutger’s Brian Leonard,

now playing in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Last year, 6 Football Scholarships ($250 each) to attend Brian Leonard’s Football Camp were awarded to:

Isiah Dillabaugh - Massena

Oden Robertson - St. Lawrence Central

Nolan Rufa - Ogdensburg

Hunter Yeardon - Canton

John Paul King - Malone

Mark Horne - Gouverneur


Also, $500 to help 15 year old Justin Preve – a young Malone athlete (football is his favorite sport), who successfully battled a very dangerous form of cancer, a huge tumor in his nasal sinus cavity, called nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He was back playing basketball with his doctor’s OK in February of this year!!! Hopefully he and his family will join us for The Petty this year.



            Don Petty Award Winners                          Petty Honorees, people who have contributed to

      2007 -- Sam Bradford - Canton                       Section X Athletics in various capacities:

      2008 -- Nick Howard - Potsdam                             2008 -- Pete Betrus & Norm Whyte

      2009 -- Cam Allyson - Ogdensburg                      2009 -- Louise Saunders & Abby Molnar

      2010 -- Jared Morrow - Ogdensburg                     2010 -- Mel Tomalty & Gerry Smilgin

      2011 – Shane Gould - Gouverneur                      2011 – Dave “Doc” Shea & Ken Cring

      2012 – Mitchell Gallagher – Malone                    2012 – Glenn Bissell & Rick Bearor



About the Tournament:

It is always held the LAST Thursday in June, (this year June 27th)


Purpose: To gather together as many sports-minded individuals as possible who want to spend a day honoring a former friend and colleague.  Golf and Petty stories abound, fun is guaranteed for all.


Cost: The cost is the same, and will continue to be the same as long as possible, $50 per player, broken out as follows:  $25 for golf and cart, $15 Don Petty Scholarship Fund, $5 Prizes, $5 Food. (Five food/drink tickets per player, no buffet this year.)



Tournament usually fills up fast!  Call Gerry Smilgin (315-386-8307) to enter a foursome.





Brian Leonard's Website   

Hole Sponsors 2011     Hole Sponsors 2010     Hole Sponsors 2009     Hole Sponsors 2008

Highlights from 2010 plus Campership/Scholarship Winners

Past Petty Participants


This website last revised: Friday, June 7, 2013

Ken Cring, Webmaster