Washington, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosted its 19th Annual Golf Classic at Country Club of Fairfax in Fairfax, Va., October 24, 2022. A record of 65 golfers participated. Special guest George Veras, executive vice president of Productions & Media Ventures for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, led the Sports Presentation and Q&A. The Tournament Sponsor was Calamos Investments, represented by Paris Karasso, Senior Vice President, Senior Wealth Advisor. Leon Andris and Peter Bota served as Tournament Co-Chairmen.
“We are elated that our annual Golf Classic, now in its nineteenth year, continues to grow as we reached an all-time high in golfer participation”, AHI President Nick Larigakis said adding that “it continues to be a wonderful event for colleagues and friends to gather in friendly competition and to enjoy a thought-provoking discussion about the sports industry during the breakfast panel. We are grateful to our organizers, generous sponsors, and golfers who took the time to support AHI”.
The team of: Peter Marketos, Leif Ackerman, Marcus Malone, and Gustavo Leal captured first-place honors. Mike Gleeson, Rod Stanley, John Vaugn, and Justin Braden teamed-up to place second. The third-place team included: Eric Shuster, Tim Cropp, Chris Kane, and Steve Birnbaum. In the men’s competition, Mike Emanuel from Fox News earned Closest-to-the-Pin honors on Hole 13, while Nick Korompilas from Calamos Investments had the Longest Drive prize on Hole 14.
Larigakis expressed his appreciation to Tournament Co-Chairs Leon Andris, and Peter Bota, as well as tournament sponsor, Calamos Investments, under the leadership of Chairman and Global CIO John Calamos along with all additional sponsors and speaker George Veras.
VIP participants this year included three alumni members of the Philadelphia Phillies from the 1993 National League Championship team, Mike Emanuel of Fox News, a team from Monumental Sports, and Steve Birnbaum, former DC United team captain.