Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic -- 2017

2017 Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic
September 18, 2017

Bobby Bonds Memorial Golf Classic benefits local scholarships

The Country Club of Waterbury hosts the Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic every September. Founded by Dr. James Gatling, New Opportunities' President and CEO, the popular golf tournament benefits local scholarship funds.

Proceeds of the tournament benefit the organization’s Afro-Latin-Indian Scholarship Fund. Since 1985, New Opportunities has presented hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. Although the scholarships are funded through donations and other efforts, the Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic has remained the primary fundraiser for these awards.

Bobby Bonds is still remembered for the spectacular season of baseball he played in Waterbury during his minor league stint with the Giants in the mid-60s. He founded the tournament as a way of saying thank you to the region that fostered his professional baseball career.

Bobby Lee Bonds was born in Riverside, California in 1946. An outstanding athlete in high school, Bonds was signed by the San Francisco Giants, then the team of Bonds’ idol and baseball great Willie Mays, as “an amateur free agent” in 1964. After a stint in the minors which included his stellar year in Waterbury, he debuted with the major league San Francisco team as a right fielder in 1968. In his very first game on June 25 of that year he hit a grand slam home run, one of only four players to ever do so in their premiere game.

During his career Bonds also played with the New York Yankees, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs before retiring at the end of the 1981 season. He was five times named a member of the 30-30 club and led the league twice for runs scored. He was designated as an All-Star player three times, and three times won the Golden Glove. Bonds was also once named MVP of the All-Star team.

In 1993 and 1994 he served as a coach for the New York Yankees and was thus able to mentor his son, another record-breaker, Barry Bonds. Remembered and honored not just for his athleticism but also for his humanity, Bobby Bonds died in 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

For more information, call New Opportunities at (203) 575-4290 or email Golf [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.

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