The Stoker Classic is simply a collection of people that gather together to celebrate Thomas "Pop" Kane and James E. Farrell, Jr. through a golf tournament each August in Eagles Mere, PA. The Stoker is a one-day golf tournament with a blind draw format that matches up two partners for the lowest net score. The Founders, (Jim Shanahan, Sr., Jerry Huffman, Ron Giordano, Lou Pettito, Mark Farrell, Jay Bannon, Patrick Shanahan, Kevin Shanahan, Dan Leibovitz, Matthew Noel, Dan Hinckle, Michael Wiley and Brian Shanahan), started this tradition on August 12, 1995.
The tournament was named the Stoker Classic in honor of Pop Kane and his constant attention to "stoking" the fire, even in August with scorching temperatures on the mountain. Pop would stoke the fire from noon until late into the night each day. Thomas "Pop" Kane passed away on August 1, 1995.
As for Jim Farrell, he is the reason this group originally came to Eagles Mere and continues to come. Jim had a huge heart, a welcoming personality and a contagious smile that will be impossible for anyone to forget. Dad, Uncle Jim or Mr. Farrell as he was known, was famous for his spirit. He played in the event three times, and currently has two sons, two son-in-laws and even three grandsons that continue his legacy in the Stoker. In honor of him and his putting stroke, the James E. Farrell, Jr. Award is presented each year at the Stoker to the participant with the fewest putts during the round.