14th Annual Business Council Member Golf Classic

July 19, 2022

The Otesaga Resort Hotel
National Baseball Hall of Fame



Join fellow golf and baseball enthusiasts for The Business Council’s 14th Annual Member Golf Classic! Attendees will experience unrivaled play on the beautiful Leatherstocking Golf Course, the world-class hospitality of The Otesaga Resort Hotel, mingle with our former professional baseball player, and experience American history at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, all in Cooperstown, New York.

Following a day of golf, competition and camaraderie, relax and network at The Otesaga during our awards dinner. Then, join our state’s business leaders on a quaint trolley ride from The Otesaga to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There, you will be treated to a first-class dessert reception, private access to the Hall of Fame Gallery, and hear from our guest of honor, Goose Gossage!

Guest of Honor

Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage (born July 5, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 22 seasons from 1972 to 1994, for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.  The nickname "Goose" is a play on his surname.  Although otherwise known as "Rich" in popular media, to himself and his friends he goes by "Rick".
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was one of the earliest manifestations of the dominating modern closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball.  He led the American League in saves three times and was runner up twice; by the end of the 1987 season, he ranked second in major league history in career saves, trailing only Rollie Fingers, although by the end of his career his final total of 310 had slipped to fourth all-time.  When he retired, he also ranked third in major league history in career games pitched (1,002), and he remains third in wins in relief (115) and innings pitched in relief (1,556); his 1,502 strikeouts place him behind only Hoyt Wilhelm among pitchers who primarily pitched in relief.
Gossage is the career leader in blown saves (112), three more than Rollie Fingers.  From 1977 through 1983, he never recorded an earned run average over 2.62, including a mark of 0.77 in 1981, and in 1980, he finished third in AL voting for both the MVP Award and Cy Young Award as the Yankees won a division title.
Respected for his impact in crucial games, he recorded the final out to clinch a division, league, or World Series title seven times.  His eight All-Star selections as a reliever were a record until Mariano Rivera passed him in 2008; he was also selected once as a starting pitcher.  He now works in broadcasting.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. 
Gossage lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife Corna, and is active in the community promoting and sponsoring youth sports.  His three sons Jeff, Keith and Todd also live in Colorado and enjoy hunting, fishing and golf with their dad.  In 1995, the City of Colorado Springs dedicated the Rich "Goose" Gossage Youth Sports Complex, which features five fields for youth baseball and softball competition. Visit www.goosegossage.com



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Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m.
Registration | Leatherstocking Golf Course
11:30 a.m.
Lunch | Clubhouse Patio
12:30 p.m.
Shotgun Start (scramble format)
6:00 p.m.
Dinner | The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Dessert Reception | Baseball Hall of Fame
Featuring Goose Gossage


At this time, the Golf Tournament is Sold Out. You can still purchase tickets to attend the Dinner on Tuesday evening. If you are interested in playing Golf please contact Maribeth Riley.


Sponsorship Opportunities

From tee signs to scorecards, from trolleys to ice cream – there’s something for everyone when it comes to sponsorship opportunities this year. Our diverse menu of sponsorships provides you with a plethora of opportunities to give your business tremendous exposure. Put your name and logo on all the golf carts or even the souvenir photo frames!

Take advantage of the Bogey-Foursome discount and get a tee sign and flag. Foursome discount includes lunch, carts, greens fees, and evening events for all four golfers. Bring your clients or colleagues.

Our members come from all across the state and represent all industries. No other organization gives you the opportunity to spend time with the caliber of members that we do. Whether it’s lunch, photos, wine at dinner, or the transportation to the Hall of Fame, your sponsorship matters and makes a big impact.


Evening with TBA
Sit with our guest of honor and be recognized at our awards dinner. Introduce the guest of honor at the dessert reception.


Dinner Sponsor
Recognition as a sponsor of Dinner. Opportunity to sit with our guest of honor at the awards dinner.


All guests will thank you for providing them with lunch before they hit the links.


Beverage Cart
Cold beverages on the course are a major part of any productive round of golf!


Photo Booth
Help golfers capture lasting memories by sponsoring our photo booth!


Dinner Slide Show
Everyone will see your logo while looking for their pictures from the day!


Recognition as a sponsor for the Networking Reception. (co-sponsorship)


Everyone will have a scorecard in their cart all day, why not go along for the ride?


Wine @ Dinner
After a long day on the course, guests will unwind with a nice glass of wine thanks to you.


Ben & Jerry's
What better way to help everyone cool down than by providing them with ice cream on the course?


Promotional Giveaway
Give each golfer a special gift with your logo! Golf towels or golf balls are just a few ideas that every golfer will love getting.


Golf Carts
Your logo front and center on every golf cart used throughout the tournament. 


Hydration Station
When guests need a drink of water before hitting the links, it's your logo they'll see.


Registration Tent
Every guest has to check-in! Great way for your company to get solid exposure.


Be our transportation sponsor as we head to and from the Hall of Fame after dinner. 


1st or 10th Flag or Tee Sign
The 1st & 10th greens are an ideal place to display your logo!


Tee Sign
Your logo will be featured on the tee box (Exact hole TBD). 


Your logo will wave proudly in the wind on one of the Leatherstocking's beautiful greens.


Have a sponsorship idea or question? Contact Maribeth Riley for more information.

Hotel Information

The Otesaga Resort Hotel

60 Lake St.
Cooperstown, NY 13326
  • At this time our room block has passed the deadline to make a reservation at our Group Rate. You may contact the hotel directly for assistance in making a reservation at the prevailing rate based on availability.


Contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or 800.358.1202

Our Sponsors

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