Former UMass hurler Matt Torra will again be the host for the seventh annual Conor Dillon Memorial Golf Tournament this October 1 at the Waubeeka Golf Links in Williamstown, Mass., with proceeds benefitting Pittsfield Little Leagues and the Girls' Softball League.
The tourney has donated over $40,000 in the past six years to fund the sandlot needs of local youth. Last fall, over $12,500 was raised and used to buy - among more traditional items like bats, balls and bases - a hot water heater and slush machine for the South Little League concession stand plus bullpen fencing, bleachers and a batting cage net for the West Little League. And, participants in the Girls Softball League this spring honed their batting eyes with the use of a new fast-pitch batting machine as well as a new soft toss system.
Besides the lights, lawn mowers, tarps, scoreboards and other initiatives to improve the local playing fields over the years, the tournament has also established a scholarship fund for students of the culinary arts - a passion of Torra's childhood friend Conor Dillon for whom the tournament is named.