Men’s Niners 2023 Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon

John Gaudioso, Bob Clark, Bill Pender, Jim Wegman, Jack Baur, Len Dolins, Ed Anderson, Lloyd Schaeffer, Bob Deken, Bob Pender, Jerry Richards (photo courtesy of Ed Anderson)

Jim Wegman, Publicity

The Men’s IronOaks Nine Hole Golf Association held its 2023 Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon at the Oakwood clubhouse on March 1. League President Ed Anderson called the meeting to order at 11:15 a.m. This meeting has two purposes. The first purpose is to honor the winners of our two annual tournaments and award prizes to members for their special achievements during the past year. The second purpose is to raise funds for youth golf.

President Anderson introduced the various league members who make the league work so smoothly: Game Managers Jack Baur, Bob Cook, and Jerry Richards, led by Bill Pender (player advocate/tournament chairman); Bob Pender (our technical support); VP Len Dolins; Treasurer Bob Deken; Secretary David Mork; Special Events Chairman John Gaudioso; and Publicity Chairman Jim Wegman.

President Anderson introduced President Emeritus Lloyd Schaeffer and presented Lloyd with a gift for his four-year leadership of the league.

Our second purpose: The Men’s Niners recognize the need to support the efforts of young golfers. Our members know that the future of the game depends on the young golfers who play today. Support for these young men and women ensures that the game will thrive.

The program began with a super PowerPoint presentation, created by Bob Pender, highlighting the events and activities of 2022 and introducing new features to the membership. Then we moved on to the fundraising.

Special Events Chairman John Gaudioso outdid himself this year and collected numerous prizes to ensure a successful raffle.

Local Merchants and Supporters:

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant

First Watch Restaurant

Black Bear Restaurant

Phuket Thai Restaurant

Brooklyn V’s Restaurant

Keegan’s Restaurant

Floridino’s Pizza

DC Steakhouse

Rigatoni’s Restaurant

Macayo’s Mexican Restaurant

Jeremiah’s Italian Ices and Desserts

IronOaks Stone & Barrel

Jim Campbell, Young Team Realtors, Stone & Barrel gift card

West USA Realtors, Ed Anderson

Please visit these fine establishments, and when you do, thank them for their help with the raffle.

IronOaks Golf Staff: Director Eddy Renio, golf lessons; Pro Kevin Marugame, golf lessons; Pro Jan Roberts, golf lessons; IronOaks Pro Shop donated a range practice token card.

League members added to the prize list: Bill Pender, golf balls; John Gaudioso, golf balls, copies of his book Smoky’s Adventure, and a contribution to the fundraiser.

Our special guest, Hamilton High Huskies Boys Golf Team Coach Kanner, graciously provided gifts with the team logos and a Huskies head cover.

All the funds raised at the luncheon will be donated to the Hamilton High Girls Golf Team. This outstanding team is the 2022 AIA State Champion.

Tournament Winners:

Bill Slattery Low Gross Tournament: A Flight: Terrill Simmons, B Flight: Jack Baur, C Flight: Jim Wegman, D Flight: Paul Wilde

Club Championship: A Flight: Lloyd Schaeffer, B Flight: Tom Walker, C Flight: Gaylord Lind, D Flight: John Gaudioso

Special Awards:

John Palace Award for Most Games Played: Peter Gerdik

Most Improved Golfer (tie): Jim Johnson, Bill Flinn, Peter Gerdik, Bill McConnell, Gary Russell, Stan Posey, Paul Wilde, “Sharp Shooter” Tom Reale