Around 50 Keepers and friends gathered at the Chatter Chabad in Chevy Chase for the Maariv Service and this year’s Keepers Last Supper Celebration. With the help of Reb Alan Bubes we were able to konvince Tony Kornheiser and Gary Williams to provide the evening’s entertainment with a Q & A kovering an array of topics of interest to our guys.
Tony and Gary handled a barrage of sports questions from our guys and the discussions lasted over an hour. Most interestingly it seemed that two-thirds of the questions were about Terp Basketball in particular and College and Pro Hoops in general, which meant the lions share of the responses were in Gary’s court.
The Chatter food was fabulous….including the crab cakes and pigs in a blanket, standards at all Jewish celebratory functions and a robust low-calorie dinner buffet and some sweeeeeet mini-desserts…….
After dinner we had an informal presentation of Woodmont’s hosting of the 2020 USGA Women’s Am from Double-D and Billy Burak. They discussed the rationale of the club in pursuing this prestigious event and the opportunity to support the effort through the 1913 Campaign. Over $80,000 has been raised already from Woodmont members with a goal of getting 150 families to support the effort. You can get more information on this campaign by reaching out to Ron Bubes and Joann DiMeglio, the committee chairs.
Then of course it was time to give out the hardware from this year’s Keepers Kompetitions.
All in all the Keepers Last Supper was a festive evening of celebration of our 11th Year of The Keepers. Special thanks to Konnor Farrell for all his work through the year. We also thank the folks at Chatter for hosting this event and Tony Kornheiser and Gary Williams for lending their expertise to the evening’s program.
Our Keepers fashion operatives have been busy at work assembling samples of the Keepers Kouture Kollection for 2019 and they are now on display in the Golf Shop TV Room for your viewing and size sampling.
This year’s kollection will include a handsome FootJoy Drop Needle Half-Zip Sweater, a matching FootJoy Diamond Print Short Sleeve Golf Shirt, an Under Armour T-Shirt, and a Keepers Hat and is covered through your Annual Keepers Fee.
The sweater comes in four colors for you to choose from-Grey, Black, Navy, and Heather Blue. It is perfect for an over piece on a chilly day or simply going out to dinner at Stanford Grill with your honey. This is sized S, M, L, XL, and XXL in all colors.
The golf shirt works well under the sweater and is available in two colors Navy w/White Print and Blue Marlin w/White Print. Choose from sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL (the Navy w/White comes in XXXL as well).
The Under Armour T-Shirt is a light weight tech material, perfect for a work out in the Health Club, some yard work in the garden, or for a nap in your lounge chair after pretending your were working in the garden. Available in the black it is sized S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.
If you would like to purchase an additional Sweater for $75 or a second Golf Shirt for $45, just indicate that when you submit your choices of colors in each piece.
Footjoy Drop Needle Half-Zip Sweater
-Solid with drop-needle pattern is smart looking yet casual
-1/2 zip collar with leather zip pull
-Soft fabrication provides warmth and comfort
-Easy care with virtually no wrinkling or shrinkage
-Kontrast kolor Keepers K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve
Footjoy Short Sleeve Diamond Print Golf Shirt
-Solid with small diamond print
-Easy Care Performance Fabric-machine washable
-Three button placket with stand up collar
-Comfortable fit for layering
-White Keepers Logo left sleeve
Under Armour T-Shirt
-Tech construction permeates moisture away from your body
-Black w/ small Under Armour Logo on front and large Circle K Logo on back
For your convenience we have sample sizes in all three clothing items in the golf shop until early January so you can stop in and try them on.
Please verify the size selections for your items from the Keepers Klothing 2019 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
This was The Keepers fourth time sponsoring this appreciation kook-out for the Golf & Grounds and Golf Staff. It is our opportunity to acknowledge 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 and stage, schedule, and administrate the first tee.
We had a solid attendance of close to 60 staff and Keepers for today’s tasty Kook-Out. The fare included your Kook-Out Standards-Brats and Kraut, Hot Dogs, and Burgers off the grill. We also sourced some fine Pork and Chicken Bar-b-que with delectable Cole Slaw and Mac n’ Cheese from Mission BBQ.
We had John Friedson, Billy Burak, Keith Eig, Moe Dweck, Norman Friedkin, Rich Sussman, Dan O’Neill (and Murphy) representing The Keepers and the Green’s Committee.
There was plenty of time to put faces to names and share some personal time with the Greens & Grounds and Golf Staff in attendance.
For our organization community service commitment always begins close to home. We are pleased to continue this annual tradition to thank our Greens & Grounds/Golf Staff for everything they do. Their devoted efforts allow all Woodmont members to enjoy one of the finest golf experiences in our area on a daily basis.
With the help of our good friend Steve Greiner, the PGA Professional who runs the Links To Freedom Program, a bunch of Keepers got to spend a delightful afternoon hacking it around the zoysia with six retired Military Veterans who have been associated with his fine program at Fort Belvoir.
Artie Aronoff, Steve Keller, Moe Dweck, Keith Eig, and Sol Gordon sponsored the visit of these vets and together we shared lunch, golf, and lots of big fish stories in a day of Keepers Kamaraderie.
Andy and David were gracious enough to have Woodmont comp the guest fees for these veterans to facilitate the afternoon. Special thanks to Konnor Farrell for being our liason to Steve and the Links To Freedom in arranging for today’s festivities.
Needless to say we have an increased appreciation of the kontribution these guys have made to our freedom and security with their personal sacrifices and dedication. Cedric, Tony, Dan, Jimmy, Marion, and Clarence certainly appreciated the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of Woodmont. Best part was we forged new friendships with a bunch of guys that can only come from missing three footers together “that we always make”.
Here is a grin for you!
And on his 87th Birthday too….hands of the golf goddesses at work.
So it was this week for one our most sagely Keepers when Herbie Cherner’s Callaway found the bottom of the tin on the 4th of the South. Of course he was wearing his smart looking Keeper’s Shirt which is only appropriate.
Congratulations Young Herbie!!
The year end celebration was a festive evening of Hot Shoppes Fare and swapping big fish tales from the Keepers X season. Besides the Mighty Moes, Teen Twists, Root Beer Floats, and Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cakes that were konsumed en masse, the 47 people attending got to hear about the Links To Freedom Army Rehab Program at Fort Belvoir from our guest speaker , the program director, Steve Greiner and his associate Jose Gonzales. This is one of the many organizations we support through our kommunity service initiatives that serve the needs of returning veterans and their families.
We also managed to find time to hand out the hardware to the deserving winners of this year’s Keepers Kup, Kup Finale, Alternate Shot Series, and Match Play. A good bit of well intentioned needling accompanied the presentation ceremonies.
Arthur Blitz loved his Keepers nickname. Fact is Arthur loved everyone’s nickname. Nicknames kind of set a fraternal tone that made The Keepers such a lure for him. He loved playing golf but loved the idea of sharing the experience of golf with friends even more.
To those who knew him well, Arthur’s appetite for reading golf, watching golf, and talking about golf was insatiable. For him The Keepers were a natural fit. Arthur was all in on The Keepers koncepts-komraderie, kompetition, and kommunity service. The traditions, etiquette, and rules of the game presented so many conundrums that stoked Arthur’s curiousity.
Arthur was intensely interested in improving his game and worked at it every day. The resiliency of his attitude on the golf course was something special. No matter what just happened, he was convinced that the next shot he was going to play would be his best shot ever. This positive enthusiasm was contagious and made it a joy to spend time with him on the course.
Our kommunity service initiatives had a special place in Arthur’s heart. Whether it was outings for the Wounded Veterans, a mentor day with First Tee Kids, or just raising money for worthy charities, he brought an infectious enthusiasm to everything we did.
For Arthur, golf with his buddies was as good as it gets. He was a regular on destination golf trips and this is how most of us got to know him-his warmth, intelligence, and devotion to his friends.
In the words of fellow Keeper Joe Baldinger, “Arthur was the quintessential sage old lawyer, low key, yet focused, golf competitor and all around kind and decent man. His passing does create a void in our band of golfers as he was a sterling character amongst a sea of tarnished individuals.”
More than anything, Arthur Blitz was our good friend and we will miss him.
There will be one less set of footprints in the dew laden fairways early in the morning, but we will hold in our hearts as a blessing the fond memories of him and of good times we spent together.