St. John's Announces Inaugural Golf And Tennis Classic

RSVP by Monday, Sept. 24.

Sept. 18, 2012

QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's Red White Club announced the date of the inaugural Golf and Tennis Classic, held in support of St. John's women's athletics, for Monday, Oct. 1, at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington, N.Y.

Supporters of St. John's Athletics will be able to purchase foursomes for the event, as well as attend a special dinner ceremony in the evening. As part of this special exhibition of the great accomplishments and endeavors of the various women's sports teams at St. John's, the current St. John's women's golf and tennis teams will be on hand to provide individual lessons to interested fans.

Throughout the day, many of the other highly accomplished St. John's women's sports programs will be showcasing the various aspects of their teams that makes St. John's one of the most competitive athletic departments in the country, both on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

The Golf and Tennis Classic committee selected honorees from a field of alumnae who have notably contributed to the tradition and success of the women's athletic programs at St. John's. The committee is chaired by St. John's alum Catherine Camera, Class of '65, whose wealth of experience and talent has propelled the search for the honorees and the energy surrounding this inaugural event.

During the dinner portion, the four alumnae are from each of the University's founding women's sports - women's swimming standout Nan Doherty, women's tennis legend Barbara Perry, women's fencing great Joan Sheridan La Barge and trailblazing women's basketball player and assistant coach Kathy Meehan.

Nan Doherty, Class of 1978, was a versatile swimmer that contributed to the inaugural swimming team at St. John's in an assortment of events. She currently is the principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, N.Y.

As a co-captain for all four of her years in Queens, including her senior season when she led her team to a fourth place finish at the 1978 National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association Championships, Joan Sheridan LaBarge, Class of 1978, is one of the most heralded fencers in St. John's history. She is now entering her seventh year at Working Mother Media where she holds the position of Vice President/Group Publisher.

As a member of the first two St. John's women's tennis teams, Barbara Perry, Class of 1976, led the squad to a 28-12 record through the first two years of the program's history. Today, Perry is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Freedom of World Team Tennis.

Few people have done more for women's athletics at St. John's than Kathy Meehan. Currently in her 37th year of service at the University, Meehan was a member of the first women's basketball team in school history. As Associate Vice President for Athletics and Senior Women's Administrator, Meehan oversees Internal Relations, Title IX compliance, human resources and enforcing the student-athlete code of conduct.

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX," said Meehan. "In my opinion, there's no better way to celebrate that landmark legislation than holding our first major fundraiser for women's athletics here at St. John's."

Also being honored at the event will be recent graduate and four-time track and field All-American Priscilla Frederick and current student Dagmara Wozniak, a two-time Olympic fencer for Team USA.

Frederick, Class of 2011, recently tied for seventh at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. where she matched her career high jump of 1.84 meters, wrapping up an impressive four years in the Red and White. During her time at St. John's, Frederick won the high jump at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships and the 2010 ECAC Outdoor Championships. Frederick also holds both the school indoor and outdoor records for the high jump.

Wozniak was one of three St. John's current or former student-athletes to represent the University at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She fenced in the women's sabre event in London, placing eighth while competing on a torn Achilles tendon. Wozniak is a currently still at St. John's and set to graduate in 2013.

The event will also feature a tribute to the teams behind the teams, the support groups that enthusiastically promote St. John's spirit: band, cheerleading and dance teams.

Also on hand will be St. John's basketball legend and 2011 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Mullin. Mullin is St. John's all-time leading scorer with 2,440 points and helped lead the Redmen to the 1985 Final Four. After his time in Queens, Mullin went on to play in the NBA for 16 seasons, compiling 17,911 points and was a five time NBA All-Star.

To partake in this historic event, please RSVP by Monday, Sept. 24. Spaces are available for a variety of packages, including foursomes, dinner and specialized lessons. For detailed event information please click here. To register online, please visit www.stjohns.edu/golfandtennisclassic.

For more information, contact Mary Pat Beirne, Associate Director for Athletic Development, class of '81 and `85 at 718-990-1873, or at beirnem@stjohns.edu.

Check out continued updates on the honorees including testimonials and photos by visiting www.redstormsports.com/boosters/golf-and-tennis-classic.html.

Follow all St. John's athletic programs on Twitter (@StJohnsRedStorm) and use the #stjgtc hashtag to join the conversation.

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