We begin the Keepers 2020 Kampaign with a unique event in keeping with the spirit of the kurrent konditions. It is called the Keepers Kovid 7 Klub Challenge which asks you to navigate the 18 holes on the New, New North Course with a “half set” made up of your choice of your favorite 7 clubs.
You get 100% of your course handicap on the North and can play your round between Wednesday May 27th and Sunday May 31st. You do not have to play with other Keepers-make your own tee time and play with anyone you like.
As is our custom in full field events we will split the field into two divisions-American (Handicap Index 15.0 and below) and National (Handicap Indext of 15.1 or higher) and there will be prizing for low net finishers in each bracket.
It is your job to designate your 7 clubs for the day before you head to the first tee and play all the shots of the day with those implements. Keepers Honor Kode prevails so it is up to you to komply faithfully with the rules of the day.
Success in this event relies on kritical thinking on club selection as you plan for the day. The par 3’s are likely to draw your attention as you pick your clubs but it is the approach shots on the 10 par 4’s that probably matter more.
Please sign up for the event through the Kosher K link below between now and Tuesday May 26th at 6 p.m. Since we do not have a block of tee times for the event, it is up to you to make your own tee time request on the North Course through the Woodmont Tee Time System.
When registration closes on Tuesday we will email you a list of the two divisions, what tees you are to play from, your course handicap from that tee, and a blank scorecard you can use for the event. Once you have completed your round please tally your Gross and Net Scores, shoot a photo of the card, and email or text the image to me to post on the event scoreboard. You can email me at email@example.com or text me at (301) 379-1533.
Event Prizing Top Scores In Each Division:
Keepers Kup Points to the top (5)-1st 300, 2nd 200, 3rd 150, 4th 100, 5th 50
Kash Sweeps to the top (3)-1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd $25
This event challenges you to play outside your komfort zone, but you may be surprised how effective you can be if you pick the right clubs. Don’t get shut out of this fun-register through the link below and then put in your tee time request on the North Course for play from May 27 through May 31st.
Sign up now through the Kosher K below:
Click Keepers Gavel Below To See Who Is Registered For the Keepers Kovid 7 Klub Challenge:
A big part of our annual Keepers season is the kommunity service involvement of our organization supporting and promoting worthy causes at home and in our kommunity. This year The Keepers have supported over a dozen causes through fund raising, outings, and direct donations to the tune of $21,500.
Our charitable kommitment begins at home with our annual support of Woodmont activities through the Woodmont Employee Assistance Fund and the Keepers Greens and Grounds/Golf Staff Appreciation Kook-Out. We also support many of the fund raising efforts of other Woodmont entities with donations and event support for Play For Pink, Alzheimers, and the Women’s Amateur. Outside of the club The Keepers have raised money for donations to the The First Tee of Greater Washington, Hebrew Home ElderSafe Program, SMGA/Wounded Veterans, Folds of Honor Foundation, Links To Freedom Foundation, and the Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans.
Thanks so much to all of our members for their efforts in supporting the kommunity service initiatives of The Keepers. We are exceedingly proud of our focus and kommitment to this part of the Keepers Mission each year.
The Keepers 12th Season was celebrated with a festive evening of Hot Shoppes Fare and a fascinating presentation by Michael Cumberpatch, the head guy at the Mid-Atlantic Golf Association and the Metropolitan Washington Golf Association. Besides enthusiastic consumption of the Hamburger Buffet, Teen Twists, Mac n’ Cheese, Root Beer Floats, and Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cakes, the 50 people attending got to hear Michael spin tales about his 20 years of overseeing the USGA Regional Qualifier at Woodmont, the long list of U.S. Opens and Senior Opens on which he has worked as a USGA volunteer, and his charitable work with the U.S. Armed Forces.
Cumberpatch had great slides and stories about his interactions with known and unknown pros during his years working the USGA events. My favorite was the video he had of Tom Lehman’s fateful shot down the 17th hole at Congressional in 1997.
For the third year in a row Lehman had the 54-hole lead in our national championship. As he stood on the top of the hill at the difficult Par 4 staring down at a green hanging perilously over the water he had to have thoughts that a par-par finish would finally deliver him his first Major Championship. Even without the accompanying Japanese commentating the agony on his face told it all as his soft draw turned into a petulant hook and the ball would not hold the bank sealing his watery fate. The last image is Tom standing face-in-hat likely reciting Psalm 23 followed by the Mourners Kaddish.
Michael had lots of recollections to share of his times running the USGA Regional Qualifier at our place. He had only the highest accolades for the golf and green staff at Woodmont and their ability to host these prestigious events.
We also managed to squeeze in handing hand out the hardware to the deserving winners of this year’s Keepers Kup, Kup Finale, Lead Dog, Alternate Shot Series, and Match Play. A good bit of needling accompanied the presentation ceremonies.
The biggest haul went to Howie “The Quiet Assassin” Stein who won the Keepers Kup, the Finale Flag, the Lead Dog Trophy, and a Match Play Plaque for winning the Augusta Division in the Keepers Match Play. But alas Howie could not join us to kollect the loot. Based on his net 62 performance in the Finale, Howie decided to test his game today with the tour pros playing with Artie and Susie Aronoff in the Pro-Am of the RSM Classic down at Sea Island, Georgia. Not losing his touch Howie shot a tidy 75 to trail his pro Denny McCarthy by 5. For those who care we will make sure this gets posted as a tournament score.
Artie “The Sundance Kid” Aronoff you may recall shot the round of his life in the Finale to tie Howie’s Net 62 and grab one of these handsome embroidered flags.
A former Kup Champion and Runner-up, Rich “Kojak” Greenberg took second in this year’s Keepers Kup with Jon “Majors Only” Bortz taking the third prize.
The Keepers Alt-Shot Series Final Fore went down to the wire once again this year. Howard “Stogie I” Wollner and Marc “Fine Grind” Birnbaum needed all 27 holes to prevail by a half a point over three pairs of kualified applicants. These super kool vintage trophies will now fill a spot in their trophy kollections.
Now associated with Joe Namath, Mike Eurozine, and Buster Douglas for most momentous sports accomplishments, Barry “Mr. Klutch” Minkoff accepted the near Wedgewood Vase as the Keepers Match Play Champion for 2019. For the five of us who witnessed it live it was a gritty performance that we will not soon forget. Howie Stein and Paul “Pablo” Cohen earned their plaques as the Augusta and Bethpage Black Flight Champions respectively.
Ten years of holding our mentor outing with the kids of The First Tee of Greater Washington has helped form a tight relationship between Woodmont and The First Tee. The Keepers were designated for the First Tee Spirit Award for 2019 an honor they bestow each year on an individual or group that embraces the principles of The First Tee Organization. A group of us attended their Core Values Event in October to accept this kool plaque and once again witness the amazing grace and poise of the participant recipients of their annual awards. The top award for the kids went to someone we know well, Sabrina Stecklein, a recent graduate of WJ and a freshman at the University of Maryland. Sabrina has attended every one of the Keepers-First Tee Mentoring Outings since 2010.
All-in-all it was a fun evening of celebration. Congratulations to all the big winners and special thanks to Konnor Farrell and his staff for their excellent stewardship of The Keepers 12th Season.
This year’s kollection will include a smart looking FJ Tech Half-Zip Sweater, your choice of a matching Short-Sleeve Double Pinstripe Heather Grey Short Sleeve Golf Shirt or Solid Short Sleeve Golf Shirt, a Vintage Solid Workout Shirt, and your choice of a Sun-Protecting Safari Hat or a Keepers Baseball Hat. All four items are covered through your Annual Keepers Fee.
The Merino Wool Blend Sweater comes in a two-tone paneled combo of navy with grey. The windproof layering under the wool makes it a perfect over piece on a chilly day during the shoulder seasons. The 4-way stretch fabric fits all Keepers body types and provides unrestricted range of motion when you swing. This piece is sized S, M, L, XL, and XXL.
The short sleeve golf shirts work well under the sweater and you can choose from the solid heather grey with a double navy pinstripe or the solid navy or white with contrast inner collar trim. Choose from sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL (the Heather Grey w/Stripe and Solid White w/Navy come in XXXL).
There are two hats to choose from this year. For those looking for sun protection pick the Imperial Safari Hat that comes in khaki. It has a mesh back which should provide kool komfort in the summer heat and comes in sizes M, L, and XL. Or you can choose a Imperial Baseball Hat that is adjustable to fit all sizes of noggins.
The Imperial Workout Shirt is a soft blended material perfect for a work out in the Health Club, chores around the house, or a walk with the dog. Available in the vintage navy it is sized S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.
If you would like to purchase a second golf shirt for $45 or a second hat for $20, just indicate that when you submit your choices.
Footjoy Tech Half-Zip Sweater
-Two-Tone paneled navy with grey Merino blend sweater knit
-1/2 zip ribbed collar with leather zip pull
-Ribbed side and 4-way stretch provides unrestricted range of motion
-Soft fabrication provides warmth and comfort
-Windproof paneling helps keep out the cold
-Zip chest pocket for who-knows-what
-Kontrast kolor Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve
-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Footjoy Short Sleeve Double Pinstripe Lisle Golf Shirt
-Heather grey with small navy double pinstripe
-ProDry Easy Care Performance Fabric-machine washable
-Three button placket with self collar
-Comfortable fit for layering
-Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve
-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL
Footjoy Short Sleeve Solid Lisle Golf Shirt
-Solid with contrast stripe inner collar-White w/Navy or Navy w/White
-ProDry Easy Care Performance Fabric-machine washable
-Three button placket with self collar
-Comfortable fit for layering
-Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve
-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL (White w/navy only)
Imperial Safari Hat
-Khaki sun protecting nylon fabric (50+ upf)
-The Keepers logo embroidered on front panel
-Side mesh for kool komfort
-Adjustable and removable chin strap
-Sizes: M (7-7 1/8), L (7 1/4-7 3/8), XL (7 1/2-7 5/8)
Imperial Paneled Baseball Hat
-Diamond pattern performance material
-Navy performance fabric front two panels and visor with white mesh fabric on sides. Fabric stripe down the back.
-Kosher K logo on front and “Est: 2008” on the back closure
-One Size Fits All
Imperial Workout Shirt
-Solid vintage navy 7″ screen print on front-Keepers K with “Keeping The Traditions Of Golf” around it
-Buttery soft tri-blend fabric-50% poly/25% rayon/25%combed spun cotton
-Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL
For your convenience we have sample sizes in all three categories of klothing items and the safari hat in the golf shop so you can stop in and try them on. If this is your preference, please do this sooner then later so we can start to assemble our orders.
Otherwise, please verify the size selections for your items from the Keepers Klothing 2020 line and let us know in the golf shop or by email so we can update our order with your preferences.
You can email Konnor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again The Keepers take great pleasure in sponsoring this annual kook-out for the Golf & Grounds and Golf Staff. It is our opportunity to show our appreciation for the year-round efforts of Ryan’s staff who prepare and maintain our beautiful courses as well as all the people who run the golf shop, staging area and administrate the first tee.
This year we served over 60 staff and administrators from the Greens and Grounds Dept and Golf Staff as well as a few visiting dignitaries. Ana did her marination magic for the chicken and beef fajitas and Sergio made the salsa to go with it. The fajitas, burgers, brats, and hot dogs were prepared by Esteban and Alejandro who manned the grills with the help of the senior Greens and Grounds Staff administrating the buffet.
Lots of laughs between bites. There was plenty of time to kibbutz and talk about their responsibilities and personal experiences working at Woodmont.
For The Keepers community service commitment always begins close to home. We are pleased to continue this annual tradition as a thank you to our Greens & Grounds/Golf Staff for everything they do. The devoted efforts of these folks allow all Woodmont members to enjoy one of the finest golf experiences in our metropolitan area.
Sunday’s Keeper Kup Finale makes it evident that the Keepers Estuary has been subject to global warming as the scoring indicates our little habitat was in a full boil with some folkloric performances. This event historically takes net 67 to 69 to take home the Keepers Flag-only Doc Keller has bested that in a Finale in the last seven years.
This year three Keepers moved the line like Bob Beamon at the 1968 Mexico Olympics creating a standard that might just take another 21 years to replicate. And Rockville doesn’t even have altitude in to explain this.
The early torrid pace was set by Howard “Stogie I” Wollner who carded a 41-38-79 for Net 65. Howard has spent the last month working through some swing and mental iterations with his team that have apparently kicked in. Four birdies in a five hole stretch from 10 to 14 on the inward nine had Howard sitting comfortably at the scorer’s table working on his acceptance speech.
Artie “The Sundance Kid” Aronoff ruined that with a 35-39-74 for Net 62 that set a bar no one would have ever dreamed of. As you can see below his 35 on the front nine included birdies on 4, 6, and 8 before moving into cruise mode with six pars on the back on the way to a career best score of 74.
Howie “The Quiet Assassin” Stein already had the Lead Dog Trophy in hand going into the Finale and was determined to finish the job properly. The word spread like a wild Komanche grass fire that he had five birdies in the outward half to make the turn at 4-under par. Not leaving anything to chance Q.A. birdied the two three-pars on the back to couple his 34 with 36 for a Gross 68 that bested the entire field’s Net scores except the aforementioned duo. His Net 62 tied Sundance and nailed down the Year-Long Keepers Kup by 42 furlongs with a total of 4780 Kup Points.
The rest of the field actually played at a normal Finale clip. Kevin “I’m All Better” Bass shot net 69 followed by Steve “I Finally Got My Range Swing to the Course” Lerman with net 70, Paul “Pablo” Cohen with Net 71, and Don “The Don” Fisher, Rich “Kojak” Greenberg, and Jon “Majors” Bortz with Net 72’s.
As you can see below the winning spoils were quite lucrative for the top eight Keepers Kup Finishers as well as the Finale Top Three.
Our 50/50 raffle random drawing made four Keepers happy paying off $210 per man. Through the generosity of all who participated, we raised an additional $900 for beneficiary organizations to our Year End Military Donations-Folds of Honor, SMGA/Wounded Vets, Israeli Defense Wounded Veterans, and the Links To Freedom.
Sunday’s kompetition was a fitting ending to the Keepers Season. We appreciate the work of Konnor and the golf staff in helping put on this three-ring circus all year. Special thanks to all of you whose enthusiastic participation in our Keepers events through the year make the Keepers program something special.
The Keepers Match Play is a season long haul, four months of grueling individual matches in three divisions based on handicap range. It is a simple formula, win and move on. By the end of August the Augusta, Bethpage Black, and Pebble Beach divisions had all seen their share of nail biters and extra hole matches but it eventually came down to a Final Three to play for the koveted, quasi-Wedgewood, Keepers Match Play Trophy.
In the bracket championship matches in August, Howie “The Quiet Assassin” Stein edged out Marc “Fine Grind” Birnbaum in the Augusta Division. Paul “Pablo” Cohen took out Marc “The Bronx Bomber” Fink in the Bethpage Black Division. Barry “How Did I Get Here” Minkoff outlasted Ronnie “Clean and Green” Greenbaum to win the Pebble Beach Division. So the stage was now set for the Keepers Match Play-Final Three in early September.
This titanic struggle was played on the North Course on a steamy day as an Almost Skins 5-3-1 Match Format where the best net score on a hole earns the player 5 points, second best net score 3 points, and not so best net score 1 point. Total points for the 18 holes is the Match Play Champion for 2019.
Bountiful Kash Sweeps, a bunch of Keepers Kup Points, and the slick trophy were on the line today. The course conditions were a bit soft and the greens, by North Course standards, were disarmingly slow. This was a two-edged sword, the downhill putts did not trundle six to eight feet by as they will do on any given Sunday and the uphill putts often left the guys with a nerve racking, furry five-footer which never seemed to have enough enthusiasm to go in.
It was obvious from the opening holes that he who made putts won big points and he who missed putts would be disappearing in the rear view mirror. Barry picked up his new moniker, “Mr. Klutch”, when he bagged a 25-footer across the 3rd green to make an unlikely par-net-birdie to grab the lead for the first time. Against all historical precedence, he never relinquished that advantage the rest of the way.
There was plenty of parrying the rest of the front nine but lack of consistent putting kept any of them from establishing a sizeable advantage. There were two balls in regulation on both 6 and 7 but there were only two pars to show for it. Howie hit a monster drive on 8 to about 75 yards and put a lawn dart to three feet to make the only natural birdie on the front side. But 9 rendered a full house-a bogey, a double, and a triple-with more sloppy green side play. At the halfway point Barry led 31 to 25 and 25 for the other two.
The inward nine started with a flicker of hope for the Silent Assassin as he made the Sportcenter Top Ten with an unbelievable recovery from the face of the cross bunker on #10, hitting it to 18 feet and draining the putt for another birdie to pull within 2 points of the lead.
But Pablo was having none of this, he laced a drive to center, an approach to the back on the 11th green and two putted for a winning par to get himself to just one point behind.
Mr. Klutch used the advantage tee on 12 to his advantage and followed a massive drive with a steady hybrid approach and two putts for a 4 net 3 to reclaim a 4 point advantage.
Two three-putts on 13 after hitting the putting surface and a gaggle of net bogies on 14 left the spreads pretty much as they were. More shadow boxing on 15 and 16 and the match moved to the pivotal 17th Tee with all kompetitors within 5 points-Barry 50-Howie 49-Paul 45. Stroking on both of the final holes Barry and Paul had to feel pretty good about things, but then there is that little wet penalty area that fronts the green that would have to be contended with. The plot lines and neck lines were thickening.
Pablo was the first to strike following a solid drive to 105 out on 17 and heeded advice of counsel to hit his short iron safely 35 feet behind the dangerous front right pin. Knowing a 4 for 3 was in the offing, Howie hit the shot of the inward half when he stuck his 85-yard approach 7 feet behind the cup making a natural birdie a real possibility. Barry hit his approach in the water but but from a drop some 75 yards out he kovered the flag to 3 feet to steal a bogey net par which would earn him some valuable points. Pablo handled the downhill approach putt to kick-in range and when Howie failed to convert his birdie putt the three were off to the final tee with the score line: Mr. Klutch 52-Q.A. 51-Pablo (a.k.a. Yosemite Sam) 50.
This is where Barry solidified the new moniker, he smashed his tee ball from the forward tee to 125 in the left Billy grass and then carefully managed his approach to the front right fringe 75 feet from the hole. Both of his kompetitors foozled at least one shot on the way to the green and by the time the putting was to transpire Barry was sitting 5 feet above the hole with only a two-putt needed for the bogey-net-par which would seal the deal. True to form Barry turned to me at this point and said, “At least I am not coming in third”. Now that is konfidence for you.
The rest is history, Mr. Klutch did indeed make the net par to win the final hole outright.
Game-Set-and Match with 57 points.
Kongratulations to all three guys….it was a spirited and feisty afternoon of golf and a deserving champion emerged.
The final takeaways from this year’s Keepers Match Play were:
1st Place Barry Minkoff-(57) Points $300 Kash Sweeps and 200 Kup Points and the Match Play Trophy
2nd Place Howie Stein-(54) Points $200 Kash Sweeps and 100 Kup Points
3rd Place Paul Cohen-(51) Points $100 Kash Sweeps and 50 Kup Points
Tied4th Marc Birnbaum, Marc Fink, and Ronnie Greenbaum $50 Kash Sweeps and 25 Kup Points