28th Annual Central Ohio IFMA Chapter Golf Outing a Success

     “Swing your swing,” Arnold Palmer so famously said. “Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in its imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did."

     And that’s exactly what Central Ohio IFMA golfers and their guests did June 16, 2017, at the Gold Club of Dublin as they participated in the 28th Annual Central Ohio IFMA Golf Outing.

     It was a day to remember.

     Crystal blue skies and warm summer breezes dominated this year’s event fraught with fades, fats and flop shots as Central Ohio IFMA members and their guests worked their way through 18 holes on their way back to the club house for an afternoon of fun and giveaways.

     The Golf Club of Dublin hosted the event for the fourth year in a row. Dublin, which is also home to Memorial Golf Tournament, has been welcoming Central Ohio IFMA Chapter members for a quarter of a century as they take a day to relax, network, and test their sometimes rusty golf skills, always ending the day with a smile.

   These year’s theme centered around the roaring ‘20s, with speakeasies, gangsters, and mug shots dominating the course. There were some games to play – and a few bets wagered. One bet that was a sure winner? Everyone had a great time.

     While the course challenged all Chapter golfers, four stood out as champions. For Steve Warrick, Brian Kessler, Barry Adams, and Brian Carpenter -- shooting a 55 -- it means bragging rights until next year. In fact, Warrick, Adams and Carpenter were part of last year’s winning team with an identical winning score of 55.

     In all, nearly 100 participated in this year’s event.

     Other winners included Terry Love for the Men’s Longest Drive (hole #10); Shawn Grinstead for the Men’s Closest to the Pin (hole #2); Elke Peters for the Women’s Closest to the Pin (hole #14); and C.J. Martin, winner of the putting contest – this year putted with the infamous “Billy Baroo” putter.

     Registration and warm-ups began at 7:00 a.m. amid the rolling greens and morning dew of the Golf Club of Dublin. The actual event got underway at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start and hole sponsors waiting to greet golfers at nearly every tee with an assortment of snacks, cold drinks, games, and raffle items.      

     At the conclusion of the event, golfers enjoyed a buffet lunch sponsored by the Central Ohio IFMA Chapter. Members and guests also held tight to raffle tickets with the hopes of winning a number of different prizes including various gift cards, an Indy 200 event package, golf bags, a putting wedge, pro-shop gift certificates, coolers, hats and more.

     Other sponsors included IFMA Central Ohio (breakfast, lunch and highest score); Schneider Electric (beverage cart); Roeherenbeck Electric, Inc. (first place sponsor and women’s closest to the pin); Cintas Corporation (second place sponsor); Legacy Maintenance Services (men’s closest to the pin); Scioto Services and Loeb Electric (longest drive sponsors); and Perry’s Window Cleaning (putting contest sponsor).      

     Dollars raised through the event will be used for the Chapter’s Scholarship Fund.

     The favored new stop this year? Thompson’s Building Associates with their on-site slider cart. Serving sliders hot off the grill, with all the fixings, gave golfers something to talk about all day – and a little extra energy to get them to the 19th hole.

     Other favored stops included a speakeasy sponsored by Brightview Landscape Services, where golfers got the chance to try their hand at blackjack and pose for mug shots; the Commercial Works tent where players worked their magic with “Yardzee” (just like Yahtzee, but bigger) and posed for photos with props; TNT Services where golfers could pose as a flapper or a dapper; and a 1920s gangster shoot out at the Scioto Services tent where Chapter members and their guests put their best aim on some fictitious nightclub operators and other shady characters.  

     Current Chapter President Matthew Butterworth took a moment at the conclusion of the event to thank everyone for their support over the years. Butterworth, along with Todd Kise (Vice-president), Diane Van Dyne (Treasurer), and Brian Leach (Secretary), were all sworn in for another year of service.

   Hole sponsors at this year’s event included Legacy Roofing Services, Legacy Maintenance Services, Power Connect, Ohio Custodial Management, Thompson’s Building Associates/ResQ24, Commercial Works, Brightview Landscape Services, Direct Energy Business, Scioto Services, Environmental Management Inc., TNT Services, Aetna Integrated Services, Ohio Custodial Management, Norwalk Concrete Industries, 1st Management Services, and SHYFT Collective.

         A special thanks goes out to the golf committee members: Charlie Snyder (chair), Kristin Peloso, Jess Hellmich, and Jacque Adams, for a job well done.

     This is the fourth year that the event was held at the Golf Club of Dublin, the centerpiece of the Ballantrae neighborhood -- a 640-acre residential community. Mother Nature cooperated with blue skies, warm temperatures, and no rain.

     Course designers Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry believe “the best golf is played in the most natural surroundings, and on golf courses that strive to be sustainable in the environment of which they are a part.”

     Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design has over 20 projects in progress across North America, Europe and Asia.