‘Slice of Heaven’ tourney in memory of Bill Goguen


Northborough – The way Colin Adams sees it, the inaugural Slice of Heaven Golf Tournament is just the sort of thing Bill Goguen would sign up for and urge others to sign up for as well.

Unfortunately, especially for Bill's wife, Judy, and his 7-year-old son, Jason, the tournament is in Bill's memory.

Bill lost a valiant battle with brain cancer July 28.

"Bill would have loved to be involved in something like this," Colin said. "It would work for him on so many levels: helping others, the celebration of a life rather than a somber remembrance of it and the fact that sports is involved."

The Slice of Heaven Golf Tournament will be held Friday Sept. 5 at Juniper Hill Country Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Colin, who along with his wife, Sue, make up the tournament committee, are hoping to get 18 foursomes to participate.

The cost to play is $125 and includes the round of golf, a cart, lunch and a raffle, which includes items such as tickets to the Red Sox September series with Tampa Bay at Fenway Park, as well as gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses.

Proceeds of the tournament will go to the Jason Goguen Educational Fund, which was established just days after Bill's passing by some of his co-workers at National Grid.

Colin said, as of Aug. 24, that three foursomes remained for what he hoped would be a 72-player tournament.

"Since we didn't have that much time to put it together [about five weeks] for this year, we decided to keep it small," Colin said. "For next year we're planning on it being much bigger and better."

Colin met Bill about 12 years ago, when the pair worked together at National Grid. They quickly became close friends, their love of sports being the bonding agent.

"Bill loved all sports, including golf and soccer and he was a lifelong member of Red Sox Nation, but skiing was his thing," Colin said. "He was old school, with the ankles tight together – you could put a piece of paper between Bill's ankles on the top of the hill and it would still be there when he got to the bottom."

Colin said National Grid is serving as the Premier Event Sponsor and other local businesses helping out include Central One Federal Credit Union, Driscoll's Fresh Butchery, Lowe's Variety and Meat Shop, Shattuck Pharmacy and J.J. O'Rourke's.

"We had to get J.J. O'Rourke's involved," said Colin, who grew up in England. "Every week me and a bunch of my football buddies would go down there to watch the matches our favorite teams were in over in England, and every week Bill would come with us. I don't know that it was his favorite thing – after all, we had a rooting interest – but there he was screaming at the TV and rooting on our favorite teams."

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