The rain held off until every last box was loaded up and headed back to Everyday Blessings.
Eighty-six golfers were checked in, loaded up and ready for the Shot Gun start at 9am at The Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio (FL not TX). Rich Stroud, Executive Director, welcomed everyone and Tim Baker, TBGCC Head Golf Professional, gave the tournament rules before all the golfers headed out at 9am. Raffle & Silent Auction items were plentiful, along with a special addition of items by MHM/Jeff Siegel. Thank you to all the businesses that donated items for this event. A delicious buffet lunch of tossed salad, sweet & sour ribs, cashew chicken stir fry, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes & dessert by Chef Russ Nienhouse was served once all the golfers were in. Following lunch, awards were handed out to the following foursomes & individuals:
Best Overall Score of 60 – Team Hess (Gino Hess, Scott Jarrell, Garrett Primer, Jack Garrison )
2nd Place with a score of 61 – Team Sestak (Wyatt Meyer, Craig Norton, Bill Sestak, Scott Sestak). We had a tie for 2nd place and the Scorecard Playoff Method was used to break the tie.
Dead Last (and Proud of it) – Team CJ Management & Consulting, LLC (Chris Card, Shawn Reid, George Wallace, Danielle Berche)
Longest Drive (Men) – Mitchell Lampiasi
Longest Drive (Women) – Merrilee Kittelstad
Closest to the Pin (Men) – John Corrigan
Closest to the Pin (Women) – Merrilee Kittelstad
Rodney Dangerfield Award – James Rogers, Shane Foote, Colin Clark, Don Courtney
A huge thank you goes out to Williams Automotive Group (Wesley Chapel Toyota, Wesley Chapel Honda & Tampa Honda) this year’s Title Sponsor and Putting Contest Enthusiasts among other things. Other supporting sponsors were DealActivator (Island Warriors), Clark Construction (Tribesmen), Dallas 1 Corp (Tribesmen), BrightHouse Networks (Tribesmen),CJ Management & Consulting LLC (Island Luau), Eckerd Youth Alternative (Island Luau), & North Pointe Church in Land O’Lakes (Island Luau). Hibiscus Tee Box Sponsors were 25 Cent Walk In Bingo, Axiom Business Consulting, LLC, MWI Corp, Ferguson Waterworks, Progressive Employer, The Rogers Family in Lakeland, Clayton, & The Creekside Hackers. Two new additions to the tournament were the Closest to the Pin Sponsor Hammerfist Krav Maga and Longest Drive Sponsor IERNA’S HEATING & COOLING. Beverages were donated by Yuengling and Pepin Distributing. Goodie bags were donated by Support the Troops.
Thank you to Tim Baker, Banquet Coordinator Mary Fleites, Kacie Ruggles, and the staff at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club for being a great host again this year. You always make our job a lot easier. And to our wonderful volunteers (Paige, Scarleth, Ryan, Logan, Chris, Sharon, Jaden, Eli, Chichi, Ethan, Aby & Naty) who donated their Saturday to help us out, thank you, thank you, thank you.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year!