The Keepers have decided it would be appropriate to name this First Tee Mentor Outing in honor of the memory of our good friend Arthur Blitz. To Arthur the community service aspect of The Keepers was paramount in his mind and his enthusiasm for this particular event every year was resolute and infectious. We cannot help but think fondly of his smiling face and grandfather hugs of the kids as we continue the tradition of the First Tee Mentor Outing in 2018.
In keeping with the our tradition, The Keepers will hold our annual First Tee Mentor Outing on Wednesday August 1st 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.
As we have in the past, we invite Keepers and All Woodmont Members to be a volunteer/mentor and help us put on this awesome event.
Last year when we raised over $2,000 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 2017 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.
The field of Keeper short order cooks kompeting in today’s Ham and Egg Kompetition faced some really Bobby Flay performances by the top three finishers.
Playing on a hot but clear day on the North Course Marc, “I am not shopping for a putter anymore” Birnbaum and Howard “Stogie” Wollner threw a well done side of hash browns on the plate with a sizzling Net 65 Ham and Egg score. They had 4 birdies in the first 10 holes without using a Flip but a bogie on the 12th looked like it might be their undoing. They steadied with a birdie on 15 and then put the foot to the mat with a birdie on 17 and a 3 for 2 eagle on the new 18th, using their second cherished Flip. Going 4-under the last 4 holes they post what would be the winning score of 65 as the first group in.
The Fisher Bros. (Mike and Don) put real pressure on them on the way to a second place net 66. Using their first Flip wisely on the Par 5 3rd, Mike made an eagle net double eagle to fire up the grill. They employed their second Flip two holes later to use Don’s net birdie on the Par 5 5th. Coming down the stretch, they made net eagle on the 15th and birdied the 17th to get to 66 and second place money.
Dave “My game is back” Wexler and Jim “Security” Ackerman played klassic Ham and Egg golf with net eagles on 5 and 10 to go with net birdies on 1, 3, 14, 17, and 18 taking third place with a net 67.
The teams of Arnie Miller-Rich Sussman, Harry Harrison-Kolman Apt, and Steve Lustig-Joe Baldinger tied 4th with a net score of 2-under 70.
The Kup Points and Kash Sweeps per man are indicated on the Results Chart at the top of the page.
In the Players Pool Kash Game it was an individual low net kompetition. Howie “I won’t ask that again” Stein shot a fine net 68 to take home the top prize of $80. Marc Birnbaum and Rich “Rounding into form” Sussman were second at net 70 for $60 kash each. Tied third at net 71 were Jim Ackerman, Jon “Now you see your partner, now you don’t” Bortz, and Harry “Swagger” Harrison for $30 kash each. We raised an additional $310 for our Military Charity Players Pool through the Kash Game.
Thanks to all the guys who participated in today’s kulinary adventure.
Our next full field event is on Sunday July 15th where you can team up with a partner of your choice and test your grilling compatibility in the Keepers Two-Man Ham and Egg format. This is an entertaining game where you and your partner count your net score on every other hole.
Ham and Egg Rules:
It starts out that the Ham (Pard A) score counts on the odd holes and the Egg (Pard B) score counts on the even holes. But there is a twist (with The Keepers there is always a twist). Twice during the round, if circumstances warrant it (maybe Pard A left three in a row in the bunker and it is a Ham hole), before you get to the next tee you can “flip” the order and use the partner’s score instead. Once you do that the Ham n’ Egg score sequence changes from that point on. You can only flip to save your bacon twice during the round so flip carefully….it is like saving your purchased mulligans….you might need it on the 18th hole.
There will be morning tee times on the North Course from 8:00 to 10:00 am using 80% of your individual handicap playing for the Low Net Team Score for 18 holes. You can pick your partner if you choose when you sign up through the Kosher K below. If you do not have a partner in mind when you sign up, Watson will be glad to make a pairing for you from others unattached.
We will also have a Voluntary Players Pool Kash Game, so bring $20 kash if you are interested. Top five guys, Individual Low Net for the day, with kash prizes.
This year’s weekend Keepers Kolor War was cancelled due to seasonably inclement weather conditions. We have brought back a slimmed down version of our annual Team Kompetition called Keepers Kolor Skirmish to be played on Tuesday June 26th starting at 3:30 pm. This will be a shotgun start beginning at 4:00 pm which will allow all kompetitors to finish at one time so we can chow down and kalculate the results of the team and individual kompetitions.
Depending on sign up it will be three or four teams representing our boyhood super heros. The teams will be kompiled by the Tournament Kommittee based on the handicap indexes of all the entrants in proper handicap rotation to insure team balance. Kaptains will be selected from each team based on leadership karacteristics and a small bit of kommittee bias.
The kompetition of the day will be threesomes or foursomes of one representative from each team of similar handicap playing the Almost Skins format. If foursomes, each hole the guy with the lowest score gets 7 points, second gets 5 points, third gets 3 points, and fourth gets 1 point (5-3-1 if we play threesomes). Total points for each player is his contribution to the Team Total and it is his individual total as well.
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 will be tallied to determine the team MVPs (top individual point totals) who get 200 Keepers Kup Points and a Team Bobblehead Trophy and Bronze MVP Medal for their efforts.
Last year, in Keepers Kolor War-Battle of the Mount Rushmore Presidents, it was the Team Teddy-Mike Fisher, Norman Freidkin, Paul Cohen, Kaptain Howard Wollner, Artie Aronoff, Ronnie Greenbaum, Ronnie Rosenberg, Bill Artz, Bob Cook, and Jimmy Polsky-that won in a sweep with 504 electoral votes….there were no hanging chads!!!
Come out and enjoy our raucous after work evening of Keepers Team Kompetition……..Slots are limited so sign up early.
Our next full field offering will be held on Saturday June 16th with our annual Beat The Pro Klassic. This is unique individual virtual match play kompetition against one of the prominent pros playing at The Memorial this year. Each Keeper will pick through our proven random selection process one of eight pro scores from the Sunday rounds at Muirfield Village matched to par on the North Course.
The kompetition will be played on the bent grass fairways of the North Course with tee times each Keeper requests that Saturday morning through the Woodmont Lottery Tee Time System. You do not have to play that day with only Keepers, just make your tee time with your regular group on the North Course and we will take care of the rest.
Maybe you get into a fling with you-know-who?
Using 110% of their handicap it will be a hole-by-hole match against their virtual pro for Stableford-like points. For every hole the Keeper beats his pro he gets 3 points for pushed holes he gets 1 point. The total points for the 18 holes is his Beat-The-Pro score for the day.
Even with 110% Handicap picking Rory would present a sizeable personal challenge
In 2017 Jimmy “Bam Bam” Polsky made it a two-peat for this event when he lashed Marc Leishman for 36 points to win the American League division. Jimmy did the same thing to Bill Hurley III in 2016 for top honors. “Horses for Courses” so to speak. Don “Thank You Koach Fisher” Rogers won the National League division when he dominated Hideki Matsuyama with a 31 point showing.
Top Finishing Keepers Goodies In Each Division:
1st Place 300 Keepers Points and $100 Kash Sweeps
2nd Place 200 Keepers Points and $50 Kash Sweeps
3rd Place 150 Keepers Points and $25 Kash Sweeps
4th Place 100 Keepers Points and a knuckle five
5th Place 50 Keepers Points and a “atta boy!”
Please Note: We do not have a block of Keepers Tee Times for this event.
Once you sign up for the event through the Kosher K below you will make your own grouping and tee time request on the North Course through the Woodmont Website for Saturday morning June 16th which will be available starting Wednesday June 6th.
The system, with the help of Keeper Elves, will then give you a tee time for your grouping that morning. You do not have to play with just Keepers…..a scorecard for each Keeper participant will be waiting for you in the shop…….this is gonna be fun…..don’t miss your chance to BEAT THE PRO!!
The Keepers Kahootz-Alternate Shot Match Play Series is one of our unique 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 Wednesday evenings over three 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 23rd, June 13th, and July 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. As an incentive to play in all three matches, any team that wins all three of their matches will have a valuable 2 points added to their Final Series Standings Total used to determine the Final Fore Playoff Participants.
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.
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.
You can sign up you and your partner through the Keepers K below. If you do not have a partner sign up alone and the Keepers Match Making Machine to assign you a pard.
Next up for The Keepers is our slightly reinvented 5-Club event on Wednesday evening May 9th. 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 North with five clubs of your choice….and yes the putter is one of the five, unless you intend to “Keith” or “Billy” putt with your Sand Iron or Driver respectively.
But there is a twist…..there is always a twist. The course on which you will kompete is a variegated set of tees we affectionately call the “Keepers Kourse”. The play from these diabolically selected tees make negotiation shot sequence a bit unfamiliar, to say the least.
For example, you will play #1 on the North from the Blue Tee at 395 yards, #2 from the White Tee at 145, #5 as a Par 4 from the White Tee at 380, #8 from the White Tee at 285, and the home hole, #9, from the Qualifier Tee just inside I-270 as a five par at 440 yards. Those players who kualify for the Green Tee Option will play the same course but with a shorter selection of tees.
The distance adjustment caused by varying teeing position puts a whole new spin on picking your clubs of the day. Do my club choices cover the two par threes (from tees that I am not used to)…..Do I need driver now since I am playing the tips on some holes and the forward tees on others…..do I really need a putter or can I putt with a field club…..what do I do if I hit it in a sand trap?
All good questions that a thoughtful Keeper must konsider.
This is always a fun event and your kreative planning on the clubs that will accompany you for the round will be kritical.
Through the two links below you can get a printable scorecard, with all the details, to facilitate proper planning and maybe some practice play in preparation for the event. If you kualify for the Green Tee/Rule 92 Option make sure to pick the proper link for that card.
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. Sign up now through the Kosher K below.