The Keepers will once again dedicate this First Tee Mentor Outing in honor of the memory of a good friend who avidly participated and supported these outings. This year we dedicate the outing to the fond memories we have of Gary Jonas to whom the community service aspect of The Keepers was always front of mind. We cannot help but think fondly Gary’s smile and enthusiasm interacting with the kids as we continue the tradition of the First Tee Mentor Outing in 2019.
In keeping with the our tradition, The Keepers will hold our annual First Tee Mentor Outing on Thursday August 15th from 11 to 3 pm. This is a fun day of “being a grandparent” to 36 wonderful kids from the Greater Washington DC 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.
Last year when we raised over $3,000 to donate to the First Tee Programs of Greater Washington through the generosity of the Woodmont membership. You can make a donation through your Woodmont account to sponsor a kid for this event for just $50. The cost of this event is totally underwritten by The Keepers, so the full proceeds of these sponsorship donations will go to The First Tee Of Greater Washington.
Woodmont Members can support The First Tee programs with a sponsorship donation by clicking below
Keepers and Woodmont Members can participate as a volunteer/mentor by clicking below
The outing begins at 11 am with a series of clinics on the range and in the Sidney Harman Short Game area. Woodmont 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 1:00 in front of the Golf Shop 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 action shots from the 2018 First Tee Mentor Celebration
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.
We just could not keep this out of the summer rotation, the Keepers Pinehurst Glenmorangie 2019 is our next full field event. This is a “Pinehurst Scotch” format that blends Scramble and Alternate Shot elements into an entertaining Two-Man Team Kompetition. You can choose your partner for this kompetition so go old school and make a few phone calls before you sign up. If you don’t have a partner sign up alone and we will find you a running mate.
The Pinehurst Glenmorangie will be played on Sunday August 4th with tee times from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on the New North Golf Course. There is a team handicap calculated with the USGA Formula for these type of events and it is based on each partners 80% course handicap on the North for the tees he will be playing. Team Handicap will be the sum of 60% of the lower handicap partner’s handicap and 40% of the higher handicap partner’s handicap.
The rules are quite simple:
A. Both golfers on the team hit drives.
B. They walk forward to their balls, but then switch balls for the second shot. Partner A hits Partner B’s ball, Partner B hits Partner A’s ball.
C. After the second shot they compare the results and select the ball to play on, picking up the other.
D. From the third stroke on they play alternate shot, based on who hit the last shot they choose, until the ball is holed.
E. Strokes on each hole are applied based on the team handicap to get a Net Score.
That is the Keepers Pinehurst Glenmorangie-hit drives, switch balls for the second shot, pick up the worst ball, and play alternate shot into the hole. This should play rapidly if you limit consultation on the alternate shots to two sentences (which is more than adequate for players of Keepers ability).
As we saw last year, what is kool about this alternate shot version is that to win you have to play the Par 3’s well, getting two balls on the green to give your team more opportunities for net birdies or better. The 5 Pars on the other hand are high pressure seeing that they are shot holes where a net par probably loses a shot to the field.
In last year’s second annual Pinehurst Glenmorangie we had to tip our tumblers to the team of Marc “Bucket List” Birnbaum and Howard “Stogie” Wollner who squeezed out a one shot victory with a net 65 over three other fairly kompetent teams.
Event Prizes Per Man:
Keepers Kash Sweeps: 1st-$100, 2nd-$50, 3rd-$25
Keepers Kup Points: 1st (300), 2nd (200), 3rd (150), 4th (100), 5th (50)
This is a chance to find alt shot nirvana and enhance your Kup Standings Position/Sweeps Balances at the same time.
Remember you can pick your own partner if you choose….just hit the Glenmorangie Logo below to sign up.
Our next Wednesday Night Pick-Up Game will be a delectable team affair on June 26th with assigned tee times from 4:35 p.m to 5:55 p.m. The Keepers will indulge in a 3-Man Team format we call Flap Jacks.
You can assemble three of your buddies for a team and enter them when you sign up below or you can sign up as an individual and we will place you on a team searching for top shelf kompetitive talent. The 9-hole kompetition will be on the North Course Gold Tees with 90% handicaps.
This unique team format counts two net scores on each hole. On the Odd Holes the team counts their two best net ball scores and on the Even Holes the team’s two not-so-best-ball scores will count. The total score of the two net balls counted on each of the nine holes is the team Flap Jack Score.
The point is simple….butter that griddle generously because every man’s score has a chance to matter on every hole.
Event Prizes Per Man on winning teams:
Keepers Kash Sweeps: 1st- $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $10
Keepers Kup Points: 1st (150), 2nd (120), 3rd (90), 4th (60), 5th (30)
There will also be a Voluntary Kash Players Pool Game for those who are interested. The Kash Game is net individual score for the nine holes. Please bring $10 cash if you want in on this game-half goes to the military charity pool and half to prize the top three individual net scores and ties.
To sign up as a Three-Man Team or as an individual hit the Kosher K below.
This year’s Keepers Kolor War “Varmints Revenge” will pay respect to the role these lovable kreatures play in the heart of all Woodmont golfers. The kompetition will be reconciled on Sunday May 19th with four teams of 12 players representing the Crows, the Gooses, the Deer, and the Coyotes in a full day of settling the score.
In a kollaborative Three-Stage Kompetition, Team Crows, Team Gooses, Team Deer, and Team Coyotes will vie for a pot of team Kash Sweeps as well as individual Keepers Kup points. Team Kaptains will be designated from those who sign up and a draft of the four Varmint teams will ensue under the careful scrutiny of the Federal Election Kommission. Handicaps in 2-Man matches provide a level playing field-using 80% for the course/tee being played.
Festivities begin Sunday morning with the First Stage Short Game Skills kompetition at The SID between 8:30 and 9:30. One player from each team will be grouped by handicap level to kompete in 4 short game skills. Each player will will have two shots at each skill target surrounded by koncentric circles worth 3, 2, or 1 point (2 extra points if you hole it). Total points for each player across the four skills will go toward team and individual points.
What follows is each player kompeting with a partner in two nine-hole 2-man Team Matches playing off 6 tee times on each course starting at 9:45. Second Stage is 2-Man Modified Alternate Shot with teammates playing a drive off each tee-selecting the best one-and then playing alternate shot until they hole out. Each hole is worth 4 points for a total of 36 available to a team in each match. Team points for the match will be split between teammates for their individual points in this stage.
Without regrouping the back nine Third Stage Match is 2-Man Best Net Ball with players getting 80% of their course handicap. Once again each hole is worth 4 points for a total of 36 available to a team in each match. Team points for the match will be split between teammates for their individual points in this stage.
The winners booty…..members of the winning team get $50 Kash Sweeps per person with $25 Kash Sweeps per person for the runner-up team. Individual points from matches will be tallied to determine the four team MVPs (top individual point totals) who get 200 Keepers Kup Points and a flashy MVP Medallion. Second and Third MVP for each team will get 100 and 50 Keepers Kup Points respectively.
In the League of Superheros Skirmish of 2018, it was Team Batman-Rick Brecher, Chet Levine, Nelson Cohen, Harry Harrison, Sol Gordon, Len Goldman, Steve Lustig, Billy Burack, Don Fisher, and Keith Eig-that prevailed for top team honors.
Come out and enjoy a raucous day of cheering for your teammates in our Keepers Team Kompetition……..slots are limited to 48 players so sign up now.
The Keepers Kahootz-Alternate Shot Match Play Series is one of our feature events of the year. It is a chance to step out of your comfort zone and prove your mettle in the game the Scots call Foursomes playing true alternate shot with a partner of your selection.
This folkloric kompetition is played over three weekday evenings over two months where you and a partner of your choice will play 18-hole Alternate Shot matches against other teams playing in the Series. This is a year-long competition but it is not single elimination so teams are guaranteed of at least three match opportunities over the Series.
Each evening starts at 5:00 in a shotgun start so we can get the 18-hole matches in before the sunlight is gone. Your team will get 80% of the average of your two handicaps on the course each night-Blue Tees on the South and Gold Tees on the North (Blue/Green Option for those who qualify).
This is true alternate shot-one guy drives on the odd holes, the partner on the even holes playing alternate shot all the way into the cup. It plays very fast as long as you don’t feel the obligation of apologizing to your partner each time you put him in a bad spot.
The scheduled three match nights are May 14th, May 29th, and June 11th.
You do not have to play all three nights to participate in this Series.
The 18-hole matches will be played for 1 point a hole-a total of 18 standings points available per team. For the purpose of the Series Standings we will only count the two best of three possible Two-Ball standing points performances for each team. This mitigates the effect on the standings if a team misses one Series event.
We will poll the teams the week before each scheduled Series Night to determine who is coming and set the matches accordingly. Keepers Points Payouts are garnered for the winner of each Alt-Shot Series match (50 Keepers points per man for a win and 25 per man for a tie).
The Final Series Standings will be based on your teams best two match performances after the three Alt-Shot Series matches-so you only need to play in two matches to have a chance to advance.
The top four teams in the Standings advance to the Final Fore for the championship playoff to determine the Keepers Kahootz Alternate Shot Match Play Series champion. The scheduling of the championship playoff will be left open to accommodate the four qualifying teams with a drop dead date of August 18, 2019.
Aside from Keepers Points for each series match win or tie, Keepers Kash Sweeps and additional Keepers Points will be paid out to each team in the Final Fore based on their finish after the championship dust settles. These ethereal trophies go to the winning team as well.
If you are interested please sign up early….field will be limited to 24 teams.
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Next up from the Keepers Schedule is our traditional Spring Four Club Event on Wednesday evening May 1st. With after work Tee Times from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., this is a 9-hole event where you play the front of the South with four clubs of your choice….and yes the putter is one of the four, unless you intend to “Keith” or “Billy” putt with your Sand Iron or Driver respectively. You get 90% of your handicap and the Blue/Green Tee Option is available for those who qualify.
This is always a fun event and your kritical thinking on club selection for the day is krucial to your success. This might require some on the ground research to determine exactly what four implements will best suit your distances on the front of the South.
Keepers Kup Points to the top (5)-1st 150, 2nd 120, 3rd 90, 4th 60, 5th 30
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 implements. Don’t get shut out of this fun and entertaining 9-hole game after work.
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With a name like “Throwback Threes” you might think the Woodmont Par Three Tournament this year was a compilation of replica holes of Ross, Raynor, Tillinghast, and MacKenzie of the “Golden Age of Golf Course Architecture”. But with holes named after things like Pet Rocks, Flip Hairdoos, Mood Rings, and Bell Bottoms it is more likely to harken back memories of those “Halcyon Days” of your youth.
The Woodmont Par Three has become one of the most popular events of the year as it attracts over 100 participants-men, women, and qualified juniors- to compete in two divisions based on total team handicaps. It will be played on Sunday April 28th with assigned Tee Times between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
This year the design firm of D & F Associates have fashioned 18 unique Par 3 holes from the Zoysia fields of the South Golf Course. With holes ranging 70 to 190 yards and two sets of tees on each hole, you will find approach angles into the greens from places you could not imagine. You have never seen your course look or play like this….these holes will challenge your creativity and the full array of arrows in your quiver.
Grab your buddies, your spouses, or your kids and assemble your own 4-Person Team to play in this Step-Aside Scramble format. The individual challenge is made slightly easier by the fact that your result does not have to count on each shot. To make the kompetition fun for everyone, we split the field into two flights based on the team scramble handicap assigned to each team. There will be Gross and Net Prizes in each flight once again this year.
As you can see below, it took excellent team play to take home the Monopoly Sweeps in 2018. For the Community Chest Flight the veteran crew of Gene Sachs, Matt Bergman, Andy Friedlander, and Steve Block took the gross prize with 43. The net winner in this division with 42.9 was the team of Joe Scheffres, Mike Bobys, Neal Bobys, and Paul Cohen. In the Chance Flight Rick Brecher, Nathan Greenbaum, Howard Isaacson, and Ron Edlavitch teamed up for 47 to win the gross and the team of Mike Fisher, Bernie Greenbaum, Ronnie Greenbaum, and Peter Jessel finished the “Greenbaum Sweep” and carded 44 to win the net.
Besides the sweeps prizes for all winners, there are serious Keepers Kup Points going to our guys in the top five finishing groups with Keepers. So gather some friends and sign up your four-person squad for Throwback Threes through the Woodmont Golf Registration portal by clicking the Peace Sign below.
The Keepers Kampaign for 2019 opens with our annual Keepers Pro-Schmo on Sunday April 14th where our guys will be playing in a low impact Two-Man Best Ball with a Virtual Pro score from Thursday’s round at Augusta.
Play begins with assigned tee times from 8:30 to 10:30 am with 90% handicap from the Gold Tees on the New North Course. The Blue/Green Combo Tee option is available to players whose Handicap Index plus their Age is greater than or equal to 92. Keep in mind that dependent on the weather, it is likely to be Cart Path Only that day.
We expect to have our customary large turn out so we will split the field into two divisions playing for two sets of prizes. The American League will be Keepers with Handicap Indexes of 14.9 or less and the National League comprised of those with Handicap Indexes of 15 or higher. Prizes for winners include Keepers Kash Sweeps to the top three and Keepers Kup Points for the top five finishing net team scores.
Using AI and our patented Keepers Random Eight Selection methodology, players pick one of (8) pro partner’s scores from Thursday’s round at The Masters. The Pro’s hole-by-hole score is posted to par on the North 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.
In 2018 we had a full tee sheet and four hungry Keepers, March Birnbaum, Phil Cantor, Steve Lustig, and Artie Aronoff, tied first in the American League Division with efficient Net 60’s to split Kup Points and Kash Sweeps. In the National League Division Gary Faigen teamed with a rejuvenated Tiger Woods to steal the top spot with Net 58 scoring 300 Keepers Kup Points and $100 in Kash Sweeps.
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 $20 entry toll goes to fund our combined military kontributions at the end of the year to the Folds of Honor Foundation, SMGA Wounded Veterans, Israeli Defense Fund Veterans, and Links To Freedom Program.
Field is limited to the first 48 Keepers who sign up, so don’t tarry….sign up by clicking the Kosher K below.
The Woodmont Cross Country is the anticipated klosure golf event of the Woodmont season. This year’s Four-Person Step-Back Scramble Competition, appropriately called the “Reality TV Rockville”, will be played on the North Course on Sunday October 28th with morning tee times on a newly assembled collection of holes by Dweck and Farrell Design.
Eleven original holes, wending about the North Course terrain, the likes of which you have never seen before. The Par 42 Course measures 3375 yards from the regular tee and 2515 yards from the forward tees. This strategic test includes five par fours, four par threes, and two challenging par fives, with a finishing stretch of holes that will convince you that “reality is much more interesting than fiction”. Fair, unlikely…..Fun, for sure……this is a unique event you don’t want to miss.
Forward Tees are provided to challenge the full skill set of all players. Gentlemen with a handicap index plus their age of 93 or higher and all the ladies in the field can opt to play the Forward Tees.
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 folks 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 hole in the round. You have been warned…..plan accordingly!!!
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 total for the eleven holes to get your event net score.
Sweeps prizes are awarded to the low gross and net scores in each flight. Up to three flights, assuming sufficient numbers in each category, that are based on the tee markers that your team members play from-Flight 1 all your players are playing the Regular Tees, Flight 2 you have players playing from both Regular and Forward Tees, and Flight 3 all your players are playing the Forward Tees.
This event is open to all Woodmont golfers and you can sign up for this event through the Woodmont Website Golf Event Registration.
It is only 11 holes but they are full of “Hard Knocks”……
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The Year-Long Keepers Kup Race for 2018 will come down to one last 18 holes of net kompetition for the bragging rights as the Keeper Golfer of the Year. It will be held on the North Course on Sunday September 16th with morning tee times from 8:35 to 10:35.
After the reset of the season long Keepers Kup Standings as of September 12th, everyone playing has a chance to get into the money. At the end of the day, the top eight players in the Keepers Kup Standings will collect serious sweeps and Kopper Vessels 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 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.
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 Freddom 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.