The season’s first big tournament is in the book. First Place in the 2013 Fall Classic has been claimed by the team of Jeff Smith, Gene Kloeckner, Mike Wentrup and Greg Nelson. They edged out the team of Mike Nichols, Howard Jones, Julian Fruhling and Gerry Bloch by one slim stroke. Buck Grier, Gary Reibman, Don Coolidge and Al Cozzi finished third. Congratulations to all.
The weather was absolutely perfect. The course was in good shape especially so soon after the over-seed. All golfers – some more than others – had a good time. Some great images
There were some interesting discoveries made during the course of this event. I learned that Gerry Bloch can make thirty foot putts whenever he pleases. He just doesn’t always want to do so; he feels that would be showing off. Julian Fruhling routinely uses the flagstick to stop his trap shots. Bryan Noonan’s caddie can’t read putts after the fifth green. Nick De Santis’ fairway swing improves after his eighth shot. Buddy Stein doesn’t play two nines; he does two shows. Jerry Whalen’s swing was created using spare parts from the TaylorMade factory. John Gruenhagen gives golf lessons to Charles Barkley. But by far and away the most amazing fact discovered during the Fall Classic is that Anthony “Mr. Stick” Arvidson actually uses magic clubs. Check out the iron he used during this swing. I can assure you that I have no clubs in my bag that light up without being plugged in. Where can I buy some of these?
The 2013 Gus Williams Memorial Tournament was a rousing success. Approximately 100 golfers from Arizona and Colorado converged on Gainey Ranch Golf Club to celebrate the memory of Gus and his love of kid’s sports. The Arizona Foundation and Gus Williams Charity received a big boost from this year’s event with a contribution of $11,600.
Playing conditions were great and the team of Rick May, Matt Binzler, Mike Steele and Jimmy Stewart took home first place in a fun day of golf. The real winners of the tournament were the kids of Arizona that will benefit from the contributions to ball fields and sports equipment. These were things that helped Gus grow up to become the leader he was and he was determined to give back to society those things that he received growing up in an orphanage.
A big thank you to all those who played and to those who were unable to play, but that made generous contributions to the charity. Gene Kloeckner, Dan Zinda, Laurence Rosen, Howard Garr and others all chipped it to make the event a great success.
It looks so familiar. It’s almost as if I’ve seen this all before. [Cue the music] You’re entering . . .The Gainey Zone. The Presidents Day Tournament had a spectacular turnout with those on the waiting list only hoping to get into next year’s event.
They say lightning can’t strike the same place twice. Tell that to those that watched Dave Inman and Jim Stamatis walk away with another first place finish barely a week after their victory in the Member/Member tourney. They carded a 16 under par 56 to capture the men’s division title. Joel Temple and Bruce Partridge were right on their heels with a 57. Third place was shared by three teams. Scorecard play-offs settled the tie and third, fourth and fifth went respectively to Jim Gabriel and Dan Hourihan, Pat Collins and Howard Garr, and Dennis Kildare and Don Coolidge. The six and final “money place” went to the fine team of Howard Jones and Mike Forde clearly the class team of the field.
In the couples division, Dick and Jane Theissen played spotlessly to take the title. Don and Sue Thomas finished second. Duke Nguyen and Lien Le grabbed third place. Kwami Lassiter (super nice guy – should join the club) and Carie Welsh captured fourth beating Chris Balakas and Sandi Michalek in a scorecard playoff. The sixth spot went to Mike and Traci Tope.
The golfing stars must have been aligned because there were numerous chip-ins, long putts canned and otherwise amazing shots. I guess it could have just been because the tournament was played in [cue the music again] . . . The Gainey Zone.
A special thanks to our generous tournament sponsors: Tom and Barbara Holcombe, Bob and Mary Kay Stephens, Frank and Barbara Becker, Bruce and Marcia Plankinton, Rick and Gail Taylor.
It was a spectacular day for golf in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Men’s Golf Association couldn’t have had better weather or a finer course for the second big tournament of year, the 2012 Holiday Classic. When the scores had been tallied the team of Bernie Katchen and John Goesling edged out Howard Walger and Rick Schok. Tom Hansen and Bryan Noonan came in third narrowly missing the title. Scott Thompson and Jim Gabriel claimed fourth followed by the team of Brian Williams and Mike Steele. Dennis Kildare and Jay Yourk took the final spot in the money just edging out Steve King and Bill Petsas and the other thirty-five teams between them and the trophy.
The entire photo gallery from the tournament and the antics following can be found by looking at the right-hand column of this page and clicking on “Tournament Pictures”. Our spy-cam was hard at work in the Member’s Grill following the golfing action. Those requesting the original copies of their photos may pay in cash, credit card or monthly installments. It sounds suspiciously like blackmail, but it’s simply a concept called “dark marketing”.
Some of the awards not awarded include, (1) “Tallest Team” of Steve King and Bill Petsas, (2) “Iconoclast of Fashion”, Mike Steele, (3) “Patriotism Award”, Chris “What a country” Balakas, (4) “Coldest Beer”, Carie, (5) “Best Moustache”, Laurence Rosen, (6) “Best Winner’s Smile”, John Goesling, (7) and “Most Deserving Non-Winners”, Jim Woods and Howard Jones.
Dinner & Special Holiday Entertainment $50 Per Person | $100 Per Couple (Made payable by cash, check or credit card to the MGA Charity) *Includes event and food, drink specials will be available and charged to your member account.
Donations of time, money and silent auction items are being accepted. Please direct all inquiries to Dave Inman (480.951.9133) or Mike Miller (480.483.3646) to help.
All donations to the MGA charity event are tax deductible and are payable to: Gainey Ranch MGA Charities Tax ID#: 83-0404497
Space is limited, so reserve early.
The first 180 people to reserve will be seated in the Ballroom. Overflow, if any, will be in the Member’s Grill.
Register online or contact the Gainey Ranch receptionist at 480.951.0022 to pay by check.