We celebrate the opening of the Keepers X Kampaign for 2017 with our annual Keepers Pro-Schmo on The Accounts Free Day, Sunday April 16th. Keepers will be playing in a low impact Two-Man Best Ball with a Virtual Pro score from Sunday’s final round at Augusta. Play begins with assigned tee times starting at 8:30 with 90% handicap from the Blue Tees on the South Course.
The Blue/Green Combo Tee option is available to players whose Handicap Index plus their Age is greater than or equal to 92. Booty for winners include Kash Sweeps to the top three and Keepers Kup Points for the top five finishing net team scores.
Using the time tested Keepers Random Eight Selection methodology players pick one of (8) pro partner’s scores from Sunday’s round at Augusta. The Pro’s hole-by-hole score is posted to par on the South Course and they play a virtual best ball between the Pro Partner’s gross score and the Keeper Schmo’s net score on each hole.
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There were 43 Keepers in the field when Dave “Newbie” Benson snuck up on everyone teaming with J.B. Holmes for a net 59 to win top honors. In an early season hint of what was yet to come, 2016 Kup Winner Moe “Kommish” Dweck came in second shooting net 60 with Henrik Stenson, who himself used this as a stepping stone to win his first major at the Open Championship later in the year.
There will also be a voluntary Players Pool Kash Kompetition-Pars or Better-for those who are interested in a side game. As is our tradition half the money in the Players Pool goes to fund our Folds of Honor/SMGA Wounded Veterans/Israeli Defense Fund Veterans kontributions at the end of the year.
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The Keepers celebrated our ninth year with 40 members and staff friends enjoying a lavish buffet of Hot Shoppes Kuisine. The fare included Mighty Mo’s, Teen Twists, Onion Rings, Orange Freezes, Root Beer Floats, and, of course, Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cakes. Awards were passed out, we had a poetry reading, and Trillium Rose and Brian Levenson ran an informative Q & A on the subject of mental management preparing for and playing the game.
It was a fun evening of reminiscing and giving each other a hard time. Exit polls showed there were no hanging chads and no disputed results we care to mention.
The Keepers once again have sponsored an appreciation kook-out for the Golf & Grounds and Golf Staff. The efforts of Pete’s staff who prepare and maintain our courses plus all the people who run the shop and stage, schedule, and administrate the first tee are instrumental in making our Woodmont golf experience the best in the metro area. Almost a dozen Keepers were on hand to schmooze and eat a bit char-broiled pleasures with over 80 staff members in attendance.
Pete, Adam I, Adam II, Andrew, Dan, among others manned the grills to prepare brats, dogs, burgers, chicken and beef fajitas to go with all the fixins for this great feast. Special thanks to Wanda and Anna who were responsible for shopping and preparing the food, including the superb secret marinate for the fajitas.
For The Keepers community service commitment begins close to home and we are glad to be able to do this special event each year. Woodmont provides a first rate golf course and golf experience to all of our members and we are blessed to have such a committed staff of people supporting this effort every day.
A special shout out to Adam Miller who has been the head guy overseeing the renewal of the South Course for the last few years. He is off to Bethesda Country Club where he will ply his talents as the head honcho of Greens and Grounds…..we wish him the best of luck in his new position.
As is our custom the end of the golf season means one last competitive hurrah in the form of the annual Woodmont Cross Country Event. This is a Four-Man Scramble Competition played this year as a shotgun starting at 10:30 am on Saturday October 29th across the Ghostbuster 11 as assembled by Dweck & Farrell Associates. Mish and Aire scanned the low Montrose foothills on the southern end of the property to discover 11 hidden gems to configure into this fine layout. Five par fours, five par threes, and one par fives make up an array of holes with the distinct feel of the Golden Age to challenge diehard players to play shots they never dreamed of. Fair, hardly…..Fun, certainly……this is a unique event you don’t want o miss.
The format is a step aside scramble with four tee shots on every hole. Each subsequent shot is played by three of the teammates. The player’s whose shot is chosen on the drive will step aside for the next shot and the other three play the approach. The player that has his shot chosen on the approach will now step aside with the first player back in the mix for the third shot on the hole. This continues until the ball is holed. All four guys return to play the tee shot on the next hole. The other abiding rule, to insure full participation in the team result, is that every player must have his tee shot chosen on one of the five par three holes on the card.
A team scramble handicap is calculated by the USGA suggested formula which is a black box calculation if there has ever been one. The team handicap is taken off the gross team score for the eleven holes (total par is 40 on the Ghostbusers 11) and sweeps prizes are awarded accordingly to the top finishers.
This event is open to all Woodmont golfers and you can sign up for this event through the Woodmont Website Golf Event Registration. Forward tees have been provided for gentlemen 70 or over with a 15.0 handicap index or higher and all the ladies in the field.
Only 11 holes? So what……Who Ya Gonna Call?
After the reset of the season long Keepers Kup Standings as of September 16th it will be a rough and tumble affair for the bragging rights of holding the Kopper Kup aloft as Champion Keeper Golfer for 2016. The top eight players in the Keepers Kup Standings when it is all done will collect serious sweeps with Kopper Vessels going to the top three in the final standings. There is also the day kompetition which awards a Silver Kup to the winner of the Keepers Kup Finale Event along with sweeps to the top three finishers in Saturday’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.
Remember you still have the Freudberg Championship to improve you position in the Kup Standings!
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:
Silver Trophy 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 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 3 for $40-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.
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Guys will play the front of the North Course with their (4) favorite clubs with 90% of their handicap.
Do I cover the two par threes…..can I hit something less than driver off the tees…..do I really need a putter…..what do I do if I hit it in a sand trap? All good questions.
This is always a fun event where creative planning on the clubs that will accompany you for the round is critical.
Keepers Kup Points to the top (5) finishers and Kash Sweeps to the top (3).
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On Wednesday August 3rd from 11 to 3 pm at Woodmont The Keepers will hold our annual First Tee Mentor Outing. This is a fun day of “being a grandparent” to 36 wonderful kids who will participate from the Greater Washington DC and Montgomery County First Tee Programs. The kids age from 8 to 17 but all share two things in common-they love golf and know how to comport themselves in a golfing environment.
We invite Keepers and All Woodmont Members to be a volunteer/mentor and help us run this terrific event. Separately anyone can make a donation through their Woodmont account to sponsor a kid for the event for $50-the full proceeds of these sponsorships will go to a Keepers donation to each of these First Tee Chapters.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer/mentor for the event sign up through this link
If you would like to support The First Tee programs you can commit to a sponsorship donation through this link
Come join us for the event…..you will be amazed what this First Tee Program does for these kids and what spending an afternoon with these refreshing young people will do for you.
The outing begins at 11 am with a series of clinics on the range and in the Sidney Harman Short Game area. Trillium and Staff will run the clinics and all you have to do as a volunteer is be supportive and lend a mentoring hand when needed. A picnic lunch with the kids from around 12:30 to 1:oo on the range is then followed by some golf when we take them out for four holes of real mentor time on the course. It all wraps up around 3:00 pm.
Some photos from last year’s First Tee Mentor Celebration