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 email@example.com
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
It is time for the Grand Daddy Of The All, the Keepers Kup Finale, payday in the Year-Long Keepers Kup Race for 2019. The Keepers Kup will come down to one last 18 holes of net kompetition to be held on the North Course on Sunday September 15th with morning tee times from 8:35 to 10:35. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to kash in from our final event of the year.
We will reset the season long Keepers Kup Standings as of September 12th, everyone playing in the Finale has a chance to get into the money. When the dust is settled, the top eight players in the Keepers Kup Standings will the big sweeps and Kopper Keepers Kups go to the top three in the Final Kup Standings. There is also the day kompetition which awards an Embroidered Keepers Flag to the winner of the Keepers Kup Finale Event along with sweeps to the top three finishers in Sunday’s round.
Going into the Finale Event the top five in the Kup Standings kontrol their own destiny-if they win the Finale Event they win the Keepers Kup. The top twelve in the standings going in can win the Keepers Kup with a little help from their friends.
Anyone playing in the Finale Event has a chance to move up into the top eight at the end of the day and kash in on the generous money sweeps for the year long kompetition.
Year Long Keepers Kup Prizes:
Kopper Trophies for the top three in the Keepers Kup Standings
Kash Sweeps- 1st $500, 2nd $350, 3rd 250, 4th $175, 5th $125, 6th 100, 7th $75, 8th 50
Keepers Kup Finale Prizes:
Embroidered Keepers Flag for low net of the day
Kash Sweeps- 1st $100, 2nd 50, 3rd $25 (3 low nets of the day)
Separately we will have a voluntary Folds of Honor/SMGA/IDF Veterans/Links to Freedom Players Pool opportunity for kash prizes. Half the money goes to the pool for our annual military charities donation and half goes to the winners.
It will be e a 50/50 raffle with four winning raffle tickets being picked from the Keepers bowl. The tickets are $15 each or 4 for $50-buy as many as you want. Remember half the money goes to the charities. You do not have to be present at the Finale to play the 50/50 raffle-if you want in on this you can mail a check made out to “The Keepers” to the Commish and he will mail you back your raffle tickets.
Don’t miss out of the fun….sign up through the Keepers Kosher K below.
Our last Keepers weekday event of the year turned out to be a bit of an existential affair. In Blind Pairs you pick your partner to play a 9-Hole Net Best Ball on the North Course not knowing your opponent until after the play is done.
The arbitrage began over a kook-out dinner when we picked opponents from the Keepers recyclable sack for a hole-by-hole match of cards for hole points (3 for each hole won and 1 for each hole tied).
For an added rub-of-the-green element there were bonus points available to the two balls closest to the pin in regulation on holes 2, 4, 6 and 8 (2 points for the closest and 1 for the second closest). Each teams total of match and bonus points would go toward determining the winners.
Alan Levine and Keith Eig, who shot a net 32 best ball, drew Neal Bobys and Monroe Brett out of the sack, who carded net 38. Once the cards were matched Levine-Eig had won 6 holes outright and tied another for a total of 19 match points. Kaptin Keith’s radar iron play on #2 and #6 added an additional 4 bonus points to give them a total of 23 points for a runaway win over the second place finishers.
A bevy of teams tied for second with 17 points. Howard Postal and Dennis Speisman bested Nathan Greenbaum and Chet Levine 17 to 8. Michael Levy and Yale Kaplan took the legal team of Greenberg and Greenberg 14 to 11 and added 3 bonus points for Michael’s sharpshooting on 8 and Yale’s second closest on 6 to reach the 17 point mark. Allen Schwartz and Rick Brecher got 16 points off of Rusty Minkoff and Billy Burak and added a bonus point for Terp Station’s second closest on #2 for their 17 points. Fifth place with 16 points went to Len Goldman and Moe Dweck who got 15 in their card match with Marc Fink and Arnie Miller and added a bonus with the Mishner’s second closest on the 4th hole.
It did take a while to work through all the kalkulations but by the time dessert spoons were resting komfortably the results were in.
Prizes Per Man:
1st Alan Levine and Keith Eig- 150 Kup Points and $100 Kash Sweeps
T-2nd Howard Postal and Dennis Speisman- 90 Kup Points and $25 Kash Sweeps
T-2nd Michael Levy and Yale Kaplan- 90 Kup Points and $25 Kash Sweeps
T-2nd Alan Schwartz and Rick Brecher- 90 Kup Points and $25 Kash Sweeps
5th Len Goldman and Moe Dweck- 30 Kup Points
Thanks to our Keepers Kroupiers Konnor Farrell and Grant Strawoet for adeptly managing this kompetition and the arbitration of the results.