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Keepers Kontributions 2019

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A big part of our annual Keepers season is the kommunity service involvement of our organization supporting and promoting worthy causes at home and in our kommunity.  This year The Keepers have supported over a dozen causes through fund raising, outings, and direct donations to the tune of $21,500.

We received The First Tee Spirit Award for our decade long involvement through our Annual First Tee Mentor Outings

 

Over 35 kids and 15 volunteers participated with staff in this year’s First Tee Mentor Outing

 

We had close to 70 employees and members for the Staff Appreciation Kook-Out

Our charitable kommitment begins at home with our annual support of Woodmont activities through the Woodmont Employee Assistance Fund and the Keepers Greens and Grounds/Golf Staff Appreciation Kook-Out.  We also support many of the fund raising efforts of other Woodmont entities with donations and event support for Play For Pink, Alzheimers, and the Women’s Amateur.  Outside of the club The Keepers have raised money for donations to the The First Tee of Greater Washington, Hebrew Home ElderSafe Program, SMGA/Wounded Veterans, Folds of Honor Foundation, Links To Freedom Foundation, and the Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much to all of our members for their efforts in supporting the kommunity service initiatives of The Keepers.  We are exceedingly proud of our focus and kommitment to this part of the Keepers Mission each year.

(Click to read the thank you we received for our donation to Friends of Israeli Disabled Veterans)

(Click to read the thank you we received for our donation to Links To Freedom)

(Click to read the thank you we received for our donation to SMGA-Salute Military Golfers Association)

Keepers Last Supper-2019

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The Keepers 12th Season was celebrated with a festive evening of Hot Shoppes Fare and a fascinating presentation by Michael Cumberpatch, the head guy at the Mid-Atlantic Golf Association and the Metropolitan Washington Golf Association.  Besides enthusiastic consumption of the Hamburger Buffet, Teen Twists, Mac n’ Cheese, Root Beer Floats, and Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cakes, the 50 people attending got to hear Michael spin tales about his 20 years of overseeing the USGA Regional Qualifier at Woodmont, the long list of U.S. Opens and Senior Opens on which he has worked as a USGA volunteer, and his charitable work with the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cumberpatch had great slides and stories about his interactions with known and unknown pros during his years working the USGA events.  My favorite was the video he had of Tom Lehman’s fateful shot down the 17th hole at Congressional in 1997.

For the third year in a row Lehman had the 54-hole lead in our national championship. As he stood on the top of the hill at the difficult Par 4 staring down at a green hanging perilously over the water he had to have thoughts that a par-par finish would finally deliver him his first Major Championship.  Even without the accompanying Japanese commentating the agony on his face told it all as his soft draw turned into a petulant hook and the ball would not hold the bank sealing his watery fate.  The last image is Tom standing face-in-hat likely reciting Psalm 23 followed by the Mourners Kaddish.

Michael had lots of recollections to share of his times running the USGA Regional Qualifier at our place.  He had only the highest accolades for the golf and green staff at Woodmont and their ability to host these prestigious events.

We also managed to squeeze in handing hand out the hardware to the deserving winners of this year’s Keepers Kup, Kup Finale, Lead Dog, Alternate Shot Series, and Match Play.  A good bit of needling accompanied the presentation ceremonies.

The Kopper Kups were won by Howie Stein, Rich Greenberg, and Jon Bortz

The biggest haul went to Howie “The Quiet Assassin” Stein who won the Keepers Kup, the Finale Flag, the Lead Dog Trophy, and a Match Play Plaque for winning the Augusta Division in the Keepers Match Play.  But alas Howie could not join us to kollect the loot. Based on his net 62 performance in the Finale, Howie decided to test his game today with the tour pros playing with Artie and Susie Aronoff in the Pro-Am of the RSM Classic down at Sea Island, Georgia.  Not losing his touch Howie shot a tidy 75 to trail his pro Denny McCarthy by 5.  For those who care we will make sure this gets posted as a tournament score.

Howie, Susan, and Artie awaiting the call to the first tee at the RSM Classic at Sea Island

 

Howie Stein and Artie Aronoff won the Finale Event with a pair of mind boggling Net 62’s

Artie “The Sundance Kid” Aronoff you may recall shot the round of his life in the Finale to tie Howie’s Net 62 and grab one of these handsome embroidered flags.

Rich Greenberg accepts his 2nd place Keepers Kup

A former Kup Champion and Runner-up, Rich “Kojak” Greenberg took second in this year’s Keepers Kup with Jon “Majors Only” Bortz taking the third prize.

 

Vintage Alt-Shot Series Trophies in the hands of Howard Wollner and Marc Birnbaum

The Keepers Alt-Shot Series Final Fore went down to the wire once again this year.  Howard “Stogie I” Wollner and Marc “Fine Grind” Birnbaum needed all 27 holes to prevail by a half a point over three pairs of kualified applicants.  These super kool vintage trophies will now fill a spot in their trophy kollections.

 

The distinguished Keepers Match Play Vase went to Barry MInkoff

 

Barry and the booty

Now associated with Joe Namath, Mike Eurozine, and Buster Douglas for most momentous sports accomplishments, Barry “Mr. Klutch” Minkoff accepted the near Wedgewood Vase as the Keepers Match Play Champion for 2019. For the five of us who witnessed it live it was a gritty performance that we will not soon forget.  Howie Stein and Paul “Pablo” Cohen earned their plaques as the Augusta and Bethpage Black Flight Champions respectively.

Paul Cohen accepting the Bethpage Black Plaque for Keepers the Match Play

 

The Keepers received The First Tee Spirit Award for 2019

 

Konnor Farrell, Steve Keller, Steve Lerman, and Moe Dweck accepting the award

Ten years of holding our mentor outing with the kids of The First Tee of Greater Washington has helped form a tight relationship between Woodmont and The First Tee.  The Keepers were designated for the First Tee Spirit Award for 2019 an honor they bestow each year on an individual or group that embraces the principles of The First Tee Organization.  A group of us attended their Core Values Event in October to accept this kool plaque and once again witness the amazing grace and poise of the participant recipients of their annual awards.  The top award for the kids went to someone we know well, Sabrina Stecklein, a recent graduate of WJ and a freshman at the University of Maryland.  Sabrina has attended every one of the Keepers-First Tee Mentoring Outings since 2010.

All-in-all it was a fun evening of celebration.  Congratulations to all the big winners and special thanks to Konnor Farrell and his staff for their excellent stewardship of The Keepers 12th Season.

 

(Click to read Doc Kellers poetic rekall for the 2019 Season)

 

 

 

 

 

Keepers Klothing 2020

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The Keepers Kouture Kollection for 2020 is now on display in the Golf Shop TV Room for your viewing and size sampling.

This year’s kollection will include a smart looking FJ Tech Half-Zip Sweater, your choice of a matching Short-Sleeve Double Pinstripe Heather Grey Short Sleeve Golf Shirt or Solid Short Sleeve Golf Shirt, a Vintage Solid Workout Shirt, and your choice of a Sun-Protecting Safari Hat or a Keepers Baseball Hat.  All four items are covered through your Annual Keepers Fee.

Footjoy Kollection

Three hired guns show off the handsome Footjoy choices from this year’s Kollection

The Merino Wool Blend Sweater comes in a two-tone paneled combo of navy with grey.  The windproof layering under the wool makes it a perfect over piece on a chilly day during the shoulder seasons.  The 4-way stretch fabric fits all Keepers body types and provides unrestricted range of motion when you swing.  This piece is sized S, M, L, XL, and XXL.

The short sleeve golf shirts work well under the sweater and you can choose from the solid heather grey with a double navy pinstripe or the solid navy or white with contrast inner collar trim.   Choose from sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL (the Heather Grey w/Stripe and Solid White w/Navy come in XXXL).

There are two hats to choose from this year. For those looking for sun protection pick the Imperial Safari Hat that comes in khaki.  It has a mesh back which should provide kool komfort in the summer heat and comes in sizes M, L, and XL.  Or you can choose a Imperial Baseball Hat that is adjustable to fit all sizes of noggins.

The Imperial Workout Shirt is a soft blended material perfect for a work out in the Health Club, chores around the house,  or a walk with the dog.  Available in the vintage navy it is sized S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

If you would like to purchase a second golf shirt for $45 or a second hat for $20, just indicate that when you submit your choices.

Footjoy Tech Half-Zip Sweater

Tech Sweater showing the side ribbing and contrast sleeves

-Two-Tone paneled navy with grey Merino blend sweater knit

-1/2 zip ribbed collar with leather zip pull

-Ribbed side and 4-way stretch provides unrestricted range of motion

-Soft fabrication provides warmth and comfort

-Windproof paneling helps keep out the cold

-Zip chest pocket for who-knows-what

-Kontrast kolor Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve

-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Footjoy Short Sleeve Double Pinstripe Lisle Golf Shirt

-Heather grey with small navy double pinstripe

-ProDry Easy Care Performance Fabric-machine washable

-Three button placket with self collar

-Comfortable fit for layering

-Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve

-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL

Footjoy Short Sleeve Solid Lisle Golf Shirt

-Solid with contrast stripe inner collar-White w/Navy or Navy w/White

-ProDry Easy Care Performance Fabric-machine washable

-Three button placket with self collar

-Comfortable fit for layering

-Kosher K Logo on chest and Woodmont Golf Logo on left sleeve

-Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL (White w/navy only)

 

Imperial Safari Hat

-Khaki sun protecting nylon fabric (50+ upf)

-The Keepers logo embroidered on front panel

-Side mesh for kool komfort

-Adjustable and removable chin strap

-Sizes: M (7-7 1/8), L (7 1/4-7 3/8), XL (7 1/2-7 5/8)

 

Imperial Paneled Baseball Hat

-Diamond pattern performance material

-Navy performance fabric front two panels and visor with white mesh fabric on sides.  Fabric stripe down the back.

-Kosher K logo on front and “Est: 2008” on the back closure

-One Size Fits All

 

Imperial Workout Shirt

This T-shirt will have a small Kosher K on the left chest and a Keepers saying on the back

-Solid vintage navy 7″ screen print on front-Keepers K with “Keeping The Traditions Of Golf” around it

-Buttery soft tri-blend fabric-50% poly/25% rayon/25%combed spun cotton

-Sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL

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For your convenience we have sample sizes in all three categories of klothing items and the safari hat in the golf shop so you can stop in and try them on.  If this is your preference, please do this sooner then later so we can start to assemble our orders.

Otherwise, please verify the size selections for your items from the Keepers Klothing 2020 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   cfarrell@woodmontcc.com

Keepers Golf & Grounds/Golf Staff Appreciation Kook-Out 2019

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Once again The Keepers take great pleasure in sponsoring this annual kook-out for the Golf & Grounds and Golf Staff.  It is our opportunity to show our appreciation for 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, staging area and administrate the first tee.

Alejandro grilling the burger, brats, and dogs and Ana managing the preparation

 

Esteban cooking the savory fajita meat that Ana prepared with her tasty marinate

 

Corey, David, and Ana setting out the lavish buffet that included all the fixins

This year we served over 60 staff and administrators from the Greens and Grounds Dept and Golf Staff as well as a few visiting dignitaries.  Ana did her marination magic for the chicken and beef fajitas and Sergio made the salsa to go with it.  The fajitas, burgers, brats, and hot dogs were prepared by Esteban and Alejandro who manned the grills with the help of the senior Greens and Grounds Staff administrating the buffet.

Wanda, Corey, Kaptin Keith and Ryan chatting as the final preparations are put in place

 

The line at the buffet was shoulder-to-shoulder filling up plates with the delicious fare

 

Andy, Brian, David, and Shawn seem to be enjoying the home cooking

 

Jorge, Sergio, and Rafael appreciated the lunchtime treats

 

Lots of laughs between bites.  There was plenty of time to kibbutz and talk about their responsibilities and personal experiences working at Woodmont.

David and Howard talking ground cover with Anna, from the horticulture program at Montgomery College, who is doing her internship this summer at Woodmont.

 

Ryan, Kojak, and Billy B discuss the playoff pitching rotations of our Nationals

 

Anna and Lisa, the head of the horticulture department, were discussing the ongoing progress of the program that enhances the beauty of Woodmont every day

 

For The Keepers community service commitment always begins close to home. We are pleased to continue this annual tradition as a thank you to our Greens & Grounds/Golf Staff for everything they do.  The devoted efforts of these folks allow all Woodmont members to enjoy one of the finest golf experiences in our metropolitan area.

 

 

Keepers Last Supper 2018

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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.

One of the few times Tony actually got to field a question…..yes he thinks Tiger will win twice in the next year

 

Keepers in rapt attention to the details….

 

Except maybe Sol who was clearly focusing on the meal ahead…..Sol will be Sol…

 

Richard took a moment to remind Santa’s helper that he really wants a high end performance car for Hannukah…

 

Gary kollecting himself while he tries to identify the best players to play for him during his storied coaching career at Lafayette, Boston College, Ohio State, and, of course, Maryland where he won a National Championship!

 

What…another question for Gary!!

 

Tony did get his moments though…..informing us that it is unlikely that Bryce Harper is worth $400 million to the Nats…..or anyone else!!

 

Click to listen to minutes 5 to 15….Tony’s humble account of the Keeper Q & A Session…. from his podcast the next morning

 

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…….

All the food groups were covered…including 50 Shades of Chocolate

 

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.

 

David makes the pitch and distributes the chips….

 

Then of course it was time to give out the hardware from this year’s Keepers Kompetitions.

 

Konnor handled the duties of introducing the winners

 

Moe Mish and Len The Plumber took the Alt Shot Series by nose…

 

Howie Stein get a chuckle as Konnor presents him the distinguished Wedgewood Match Play Trophy

 

Howie had to beat load of single digit guys to win the Augusta Bracket before claiming the big prize

 

A nod and a wink from Rich “Kojak” Greenberg who won the Shinnecock Flight and finished second after his final’s match with Howie

 

 

Richard Goldstein dominated the Carnoustie Flight before losing to Kojak in the semis

 

Eddie Cohen took the extra base to win the Bellerive Flight before meeting Howie in the other semi-final match

 

Don Fisher stormed to victory in the Keepers Finale with a net 67….

 

 

Last year’s Kup Champion Paul “Pablo” Cohen recounts the length and breadth of the accomplishments of this year’s winner Marc Birnbaum

 

Marc “Birnie” Birnbaum dominating the last quarter of the season winning the Lead Dog Trophy as well as the kovetted Keepers Kup

 

The Kopper Hardware went to the year-long Keepers Kup top three-Marc Birnbaum, Don Fisher, and Howard Wollner respectively

 

Click to read Doc Keller’s annual poetic kontribution to the Keepers Last Supper

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.

Keepers Klothing 2019

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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

Drop Needle Sweater comes in Heather Blue, Navy, Grey, or Black

-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

Navy with White Print
Blue Marlin with White Print

-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

-Solid light weight tech fabric-machine washable

-Resists shrinking

-Tech construction permeates moisture away from your body

-Black w/ small Under Armour Logo on front and large Circle K Logo on back

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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   cfarrell@woodmontcc.com

Keepers Golf & Grounds/Golf Staff Appreciation Kook-Out 2018

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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.

 

Andrew Meulen, North Course Assist. Super, handled the Brats and Backed Beans

 

Corey Landon, South Course Assist. Super, responsible for well done burgers and dogs

 

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.

 

Freaky Friedson, Brian Pizzimenti, Rich Sussman, and Billy Burak taking in the grill smells

 

Ryan Severidt and Keith Eig sharing tales of Crows, Geese, and Coyotes.

 

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.

 

Lisa and Shawn sizing up their lunch selections

 

There was plenty of time to put faces to names and share some personal time with the Greens & Grounds and Golf Staff in attendance.

 

Golf Shop staff..Brandon Caiola in an early reveal of our Keepers FJ Sweater for 2019 and Jake Thompson lurking in the shadows behind the Mac n’ Cheese

 

Lots of eating and mingling as everyone enjoyed some relaxing down time together

 

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.