On Wednesday, September 20, Meridian Jet Center was proud to support the 29th Annual Ed Furst Sr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing, which was held at the beautiful Crystal Springs Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. Meridian was a proud hole sponsor, while also sending a foursome of golfers to represent the company. The event drew 112 golfers, and included a 4-person scramble, lunch, dinner, and an awards reception following the tournament.
The golf outing traditionally follows the first Teterboro PAMA meeting of the season, which was held the previous evening at Graycliff Restaurant in Moonachie, NJ. The Meridian team included John Langschultz (VP of Maintenance), Bob Kennedy, (Jet Center Sales), Kirk Stephen (Director of Marketing), and Gino DiMartino, Account Manager with Aerotek Aviation. While the foursome did not win the tournament, they did take home the award for ‘Most Honest Team’, finishing the round with a ‘respectable’ score of 80 (+8 over par). The winning team was Dassault Falcon Jet (Wilmington, DE), with a final score of 57 (-15 under par). The second place winner completed the round -11 under par, and third place winner had a final score of -8 under par. Most of the other teams finished somewhere in between.
Meridian has been a longtime sponsor from the very beginning, over 28 years ago. John Langschultz has been on the golf committee for the entire 28 years. The PAMA golf outing was renamed after Ed Furst, Sr. passed away suddenly in 2001. Today, his son, Ed Furst, Jr. organizes the event each year. This year, Meridian employee Connor Furst, grandson of Ed Furst, Sr., played among the group and finished second in the longest drive contest with a 296 yard drive. Not bad for 16 year old!
The annual golf outing is hosted by the Teterboro Chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, and provides educational opportunities to students attending the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in conjunction with FlightSafety. According to chapter President Ed Furst Jr., “The PAMA chapter has had a long-standing relationship with the school. Every student benefits from the latest donation by PAMA and FlightSafety. The chapter is leasing FlightSafety’s popular Principles of Troubleshooting training program for the school for a three-year period. Each year we would donate scholarship funds to one or two students – but our board members were looking for something that would benefit the whole student body.” Teterboro PAMA and FL Aviation based in Morristown, NJ, had established the scholarship in memory of Tom Geiger, former Director of Maintenance at FL Aviation. The golf outing helps to raise the funds needed to keep the program going.
John Langschultz says, “We are proud to participate in this event because it positively impacts all of the students. Since these young men and women are the future of our industry, we all benefit in the long run. It’s really a great cause.”