The Golf Goddesses manipulated a few low pressure systems on our behalf and, as a result, we were able to get in the Season Ending Keeper Kup Finale over the weekend. 39 Keepers kompeted for the Kopper Kups, Piles of Sweeps, and some Kash Winnings. This was no ride in the park as the North Course played long because of the recent rains and the rough was gnarly. The day would prove to be a test of perseverance.
The Lead Dog going into the Finale was Marc “I am sticking with the Ping” Birnbaum who has had a tremendous run of form the last two months on the Keepers circuit. If the challenge was not to come from the rest of the top five, Marc would have to grind out a competent round to hold his position and the Keepers Kup at the end of the day. He did just that shooting 82 net 74 to tie 11th in the Finale and hold on to win the year-long kompetition.
In a rabid come-from-behind wave from Lakewood expatriates, the top two spots in the Kup Finale went to Don Fisher and Howie Stein respectively. Don shot a 73 net 67 on a very challenging course. He was 3-Over through the first three holes but played the inward nine in 2-under 34 to take the top prize for the Kup Finale, the embroidered Keepers K Flag, and a bunch of sweeps. This also vaulted him from 17th to 2nd in the Final Keepers Kup Standings which will earn him a Kopper Kup and more sweeps.
Howie Stein, the reigning Keepers Match Play Champion, was almost Don’s equal shooting a 76 net 69 to take second place in the Finale and move up to 8th in the Keepers Kup Standings to grab the last spot in the Kash Sweeps Payoff Line. Steve Keller had a 85 net 70 to take third in the Finale.
The highlight of the day for five Keepers was the random drawing of the 50/50 raffle which paid off $145 per man. Through the generosity of all who participated, we raised an additional $745 for beneficiary organizations to our Year End Military Donations-Folds of Honor, SMGA/Wounded Vets, Israeli Defense Wounded Veterans, and the Links To Freedom.
Yesterday’s kompetition was a perfect ending to the Keepers 11th Season. We appreciate the work of Konnor and the golf staff in helping put on this traveling 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.