Men’s Niners 2024 Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon

Back row (left to right): Jim Wegman, Jack Baur, Ed Anderson, Bob Pender; front row (left to right): Lloyd Schaeffer, Jerry Richards, Len Dolins, Bob Deken (photo by John Schuler)

Jim Wegman, Publicity

The Men’s IronOaks Niners held its 2024 Fundraiser and Awards Luncheon at the Oakwood clubhouse on March 6. Here we honor the winners of our annual tournaments and award prizes to members, but the most important purpose is to raise funds for youth golf programs, and this meeting ensures that the great game of golf will thrive and grow.

President Anderson introduced the league members who make the league work so smoothly: Game Managers Bill Pender, Jack Baur, and Bob Cook; VP Jerry Richards; and our technical support specialist Bob Pender. The rest of the board and chairpersons are as follows: VP Len Dolins, Treasurer Bob Deken, Secretary David Mork, Special Events Chairman Jim Campbell, and Publicity Chairman Jim Wegman.

The program began with a PowerPoint presentation created by Bob Pender highlighting the events and activities of 2023 and introducing new features to the membership. Then we moved on to the fundraising. We were very pleased that Hamilton High golf coaches Steve Kanner and Jackie Walker were able to attend the luncheon. Coach Kanner was recently honored by his induction into the Arizona Hall of Fame.

Our Special Events chairman Jim Campbell and his team rounded up some great prizes to ensure a successful raffle.

Local Merchants and Supporters:

Pitta Souvli Mediterranean Grill

Cuisine & Wine Bistro

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

First Watch Restaurant

Black Bear Diner

Mod Pizza Restaurant

Brooklyn V’s Restaurant

Keegan’s Restaurant

Floridino’s Pizza

Rigatoni’s Restaurant

Nando’s Mexican Cafe

Victoria’s Nails & Spa

Venezia’s Italian Restaurant

Crust Pizzeria

Blue Star/IronOaks Concerts

IronOaks Stone & Barrel Restaurant

Jim Campbell, The Young Home Team

Staples Office Supplies

Ed Anderson, West USA Realtors

Christine Raney, Edward Jones Financial Services

Please visit these fine establishments and supporters and thank them for their help with the raffle.

The IronOaks golf staff: Director Eddy Renio and pros Kevin Marugame, Jan Roberts, and Tim Wilkins, golf lessons

League members added to the prize list: Bill Pender, liquor and golf balls; John Gaudioso, golf balls and a copy of his book; Jerry Richards, golf balls.

The $1,800 raised at the luncheon will be donated to the Hamilton High Girls Golf Team. This outstanding team was the 2022 AIA State Champions. We wish them success in their coming tournaments.

Club Championship:

Flight A: Lee Boudreaux, Flight B: Larry Swanson, Flight C: John Schuler, Flight D: Michael Kozak

Bill Slattery Low Gross Championship:

Flight A: Joe D’ Amore, Flight B: Lou Blas, Flight C: Mike Partridge, Flight D: Michael Kozak


President’s Award: Paul Wilde

Sharpshooters Award: Gary Russell

Most Improved Golfer Award: Jonathan Russell

John Pallace Award: Paul Wilde

Once again, we thank our generous sponsors and contributors for their help.