About The Tournament

A few years back a group of guys from the Sunday Night Pick-Up Hockey League were looking for an excuse to get together during the summer and hang out instead of waiting till winter to see each other again.  A makeshift golf tournament was started as a round of golf at the local course and a potluck picnic back at one of the player’s home.  After one of our hockey brothers, Steve Formanek, passed away unexpectedly we thought it would be a good idea if everyone participating in the golf outing donated $10 towards the memorial scholarship his wife set up in his name.  With some very generous participants and without even breaking a sweat we were able to raise $1,000 for The Stephen A. Formanek Memorial Scholarship Fund offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Windsor High School in Windsor, CT.
After that year we decided to turn this golf outing into a real fundraising golf tournament to be able to offer more scholarships in Steve’s name.  The idea behind the tournament was to get the local hockey players and families, who aren’t necessarily golfers, out for a fun day in the sun while raising money for a good cause.  That is when we created the annual “Old Time Hockey” Golf Tournament benefiting The Steve Formanek Memorial Scholarship.  The tournament consists of a shotgun start best ball format with goodie bags and tournament tee shirts with hole sponsors and donors listed on the back.  We also include a raffle ticket with each goodie bag for donated prize raffle that follows the catered late lunch/dinner after the event.  100% of the proceeds and 100% of the hole sponsorships go directly into The Steve Formanek Memorial Scholarship Fund.
This year is the 10th year of the official tournament and we have been growing ever since the start.  Last year we had enough participants to close the course for the day and raise over $6,000 for the scholarship fund to provide scholarships for the class of 2019 at Windsor High School.  This year there will be three seniors whom are furthering their education through either trade school or college that will be receiving a scholarship check from The Steve Formanek Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Since 2010, we handed out over $46,000 in scholarships in memory of Steve Formanek.
This year’s tournament date is set for Saturday, June 15th 2019 at Airways Golf Course and Country Club in West Suffield, CT and will be a special year for the tournament.  We are honoring the untimely passing of a member of our tournament family, Chris House.  Chris was known to many and had been involved with the tournament since the beginning, a lifelong Windsor hockey goalie, a Volkswagen/Audi tech and enthusiast as well as a friend and brother to many of us.  Please help us honor him with a scholarship in his name this year.
With your help we would like this “little” tournament to continue to grow and be able to offer more scholarships in honor of a great friend.  We want to continue to offer a great value to the participants to encourage friends/hockey players that are not regular golfers the opportunity to come out and play with us.  We are looking for companies associated with the hockey, golf, motorcycle, construction and automotive industries as well as local business that are willing to either sponsor a hole or donate prizes for the fundraising raffle for all of our participants.  The hole sponsorships are a great value at $100 per hole, which goes directly to the scholarship fund.  Please take a look at the attached flyer for this year’s tournament and if it is something you or your company would like to get involved with please contact one of the tournament’s organizers (Jamie House, Tammi House or Stephanie Famiano).
  We appreciate the time you have taken to review this letter and want to reassure you your sponsorship or donation is going to a great cause.  We take great pleasure in being able to offer scholarships to Windsor High School students pursuing careers in the construction and automotive trades.

Why We Play

Steve Formanek

Stephen Angelo Formanek who passed away at the young age of 51 was a lifelong resident of Windsor, CT. Graduating from Windsor High School in 1970, he received his BA Degree in Industrial Arts and his Master's Degree in Audio Visual Arts at Central Connecticut State University. 

He taught Automotive Education at Wethersfield High School and at Fermi High School in Enfield. In 1979, he and his brother, Paul, opened Day Hill Automotive in Windsor. An avid dirt bike rider, he was a member of the New England Trail Riders Association, the Connecticut Ramblers Club and NESC. 

An active hockey player, he was a former Windsor High School Ice Hockey coach and a member of the Windsor Youth Hockey Association as a coach, referee and general manager. He also was a member of the Sunday Night Pick-Up Hockey League. 

Stephen was an avid snowmobile rider, Harley rider and an outdoorsman. Besides Day Hill Automotive, he was the owner of Cycle Works Off Road and a member of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Windsor Jaycees.

Chris House

Christopher J. House was a lifelong resident of Windsor and a graduate of Windsor High School, Class of 2001. After high school, Chris continued his education at Baran Institute of Technology where he studied to be a automotive mechanic. Chris worked on Volkswagens for most of his career and loved all types of cars.

While growing up in Windsor, Chris raced dirt bikes and enjoyed golfing with his brother and spending time with his friends and family. He also played lacrosse and ice hockey and enjoyed hanging out with his friends, the "Capen Street Crew". Chris was an animal lover and was especially fond of his cat "Jetta". In recent years, he renewed his passion for bikes and enjoyed taking trail rides on his mountain bike in and around Windsor.

An amateur photographer, Chris enjoyed taking photos of landscapes, sunsets, and the water along the Farmington River. Most of all, Chris will be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend who had a heart of gold and would do anything for his family and friends.