From left: Jack May, former Detroit Tigers’ pitcher John Hiller, former Green Bay Packers’ trainer Pepper Burruss and George Ochs present checks for the Peshtigo High School Alumni Scholarships, Friday at Little River Country Club in Marinette

EagleHerald Sports Writer

MARINETTE—Little River Country Club hosted the ninth annual Peshtigo High School Alumni Pepper “Fore” Scholarship Outing on Friday.

The special guest for this year’s event was former Detroit Tigers Pitcher John Hiller. Peshtigo National Bank, Rennes Health & Rehab Center, & The Renaissance Assisted Living sponsored the event.

The Peshtigo High School Alumni Scholarship was established through PHS alumni George Ochs and Jack May. May said he and Ochs immensely benefited from everything Peshtigo had to offer and wanted to give back to the community.

The 2021 outing was nothing short of a success, resulting in donations of $15,000 and $160,000 to PHS Alumni Scholarships.

One of the best rounds of the day came from Team Tim Stauss. Team Stauss paired a 28 on the front with a 29 on the back nine for an impressive score of 55.

However, Team Stauss fell short of first place by two strokes after Team Ochs leveraged a strong 26-stroke front nine into a first place finish, shooting a remarkable 53 on the day.

The scholarship award ceremony, along with raffling off several prizes, ensued after the action on the golf course. Pepper Burruss, formerly the Green Bay Packers Director of Sports Medicine, announced the raffle and scholarship winners as the event’s master of ceremonies.

The recipients of this year’s PHS Alumni Scholarship include Kiana Kotecki, Autumn Tupper, Alexandra Mayhew, Luke McMahon, Kyle Goneau and Caitlyn Phillips.

Following the announcement of the scholarship winners, the Detroit Tigers legend Hiller hosted a “question and answer” session. Hiller was a 1968 World Series champion and the first Major leaguer to return to the “big leagues” after suffering a heart attack when he was only 27 years old.

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