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 Kahootz-Alternate Shot Series Finale Fore 2018

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Some things are worth waiting for but we might have tested the merit of that wisdom. as it took us four months before we finally got the Final Fore of the Keepers Kahootz Alternate Shot Series in the books.

There were four battle tested teams that survived the first three matches in May, June, and July and were still vying for the super kool trophies and a piece of the $750 in sweeps in the final two matches held this month.  Points scored in these matches would determine the final order of merit for the prizing.

 

 

 

 

(Click to see the standings going into the Finale Fore)

The contestants for the Final Fore matches were:

Mike “Koach” Fisher and Ronnie “I Am Due” Rosenberg

Randy “Been There Before” Weiss and Mark “M.A.” Goldstein

Len “The Plumber” Goldman and Moe “The Kommish” Dweck

Steve “The Breeze” Lerman and Ron “Slow Glide” Edlavitch

The Plumber and The Kommish took the top prize by 1/2 a furlong

Giving six shots in the first of the Final Fore matches, Fisher and Rosenberg had their work cut out for them.  Closely kontested through the first six holes it was 3-3 heading to the 7th Tee.  There were no halved holes on the front side, in fact only two halved holes in the entire match.

But Mike and Ronnie started to assert themselves winning 5 of the next 7 holes from 7 to 13 taking kontrol of the match by four points.  Two forgetables on 14 and 15 gave Weiss-Goldstein some hope, but some forgetables of their own left them reeling and Fisher and Rosenberg closed out the match 11 to 7, setting a high bar to beat in the other match.

Tale of the tape from the first of the Final Fore Matches

In the second match Lenny and Moe volleyed back and forth with Steve and Ron through the front 8 making the mini-turn up 4 1/2 to 3 1/2.  But on the back 10, The Plumber and The Kommish put on a Ham and Egg Routine that would make any Waffle House manager proud as they did not lose a hole the rest of the way.

With two holes to play they needed to will a half and a win to break through the 11 point barrier and snatch the whole kitten kaboodle.  That is what they did, grinding out the win 11 1/2 to 6 1/2.

Dead Sea Scrolls account of Match 2 konfrontation…written in Aramaic

 

 

We set a Keepers record with 24 teams, 48 players kompeting in this year’s Alternate Shot Series.  This format is fast, furious, and fun and will undoubtedly be back for a fifth iteration next spring.  I am sure there are a couple of teams already chomping at the bit for another opportunity to be the Foursomes Champions of The Keepers.

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.

 

 

Woodmont Cross Country 2018

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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.

The round starts with a stunning look from the 2nd Tee on the South 150 yards across the landscaped ravine to a back pin on the North’s 4th Green

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.

“Project Runway” follows with a drive off the forward tee on #4 up and across the hill…final destination-350 yards away-is a waiting pin on the front of the 1st Green

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!!!

The final stretch may look familiar-it begins with the 470-yard 8th hole from the U.S. Open Qualifier played from the stealth competition back tee next to the 9th Green….the forward tee is played from a much more reasonable 350 yard distance.

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.

The day ends with a driveable Par 4 off the forward tee of the 7th….aim at the club house stairs and let the big dog eat…….

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”……

 

Downloadable Course Documents:

(Click to see the Google Course Routing Map)

(Click to see the Hole and Pin Information)

(Click to see the Complete Course Yardage Book)

 

Men’s Play For P.I.N.K. 2018

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Play for P.I.N.K is one of the biggest annual fund raising events run by the Ladies of Woodmont and the men have shown support for this effort the last two years with a Men’s Play For P.I.N.K. Tournament.

All those participating made a $50 donation to Play for P.I.N.K. which uses the proceeds to support Breast Cancer Research.  40 players participated this year, and The Keepers provided the Kash Sweeps Prizes for the low net scores of the event.

This year’s winner was Mike Selis who shot a 3-Under net score, followed by Kevin Bass who took second at 1-Under.  Here is the list of the Kash Sweeps Winners:

1st Place Mike Selis  3-Under  $100 Kash Sweeps

2nd Place Kevin Bass 1-Under  $70 Kash Sweeps

T-3rd Place Artie Aronoff, Jim Polsky, Sam Werner, and Harry Harrison Even Par $32.50 Kash Sweeps

Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s Men’s Play For P.I.N.K. that raised over $2,000 for this worthy cause.

 

 

Keepers Kup Finale 2018-Results

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The Golf Goddesses manipulated a few low pressure systems on our behalf and, as a result, we were able to get in the Season Ending Keeper Kup Finale over the weekend.  39 Keepers kompeted for the Kopper Kups, Piles of Sweeps, and some Kash Winnings.  This was no ride in the park as the North Course played long because of the recent rains and the rough was gnarly.  The day would prove to be a test of perseverance.

The Lead Dog going into the Finale was Marc “I am sticking with the Ping” Birnbaum who has had a tremendous run of form the last two months on the Keepers circuit.  If the challenge was not to come from the rest of the top five, Marc would have to grind out a competent round to hold his position and the Keepers Kup at the end of the day.  He did just that shooting 82 net 74 to tie 11th in the Finale and hold on to win the year-long kompetition.

Birnie…..the winner and new champion………

In a rabid come-from-behind wave from Lakewood expatriates, the top two spots in the Kup Finale went to Don Fisher and Howie Stein respectively.  Don shot a 73 net 67 on a very challenging course.  He was 3-Over through the first three holes but played the inward nine in 2-under 34 to take the top prize for the Kup Finale, the embroidered Keepers K Flag, and a bunch of sweeps.  This also vaulted him from 17th to 2nd in the Final Keepers Kup Standings which will earn him a Kopper Kup and more sweeps.

Don shot a scorching net 67 to win the Finale Event

 

Here is the evidence…..

 

Howie Stein, the reigning Keepers Match Play Champion, was almost Don’s equal shooting a 76 net 69 to take second place in the Finale and move up to 8th in the Keepers Kup Standings to grab the last spot in the Kash Sweeps Payoff Line.  Steve Keller had a 85 net 70 to take third in the Finale.

Howie has done a lot of Keepers pointing of late….

(Click to see the detail of the full field scoring)

 

The highlight of the day for five Keepers was the random drawing of the 50/50 raffle which paid off $145 per man.  Through the generosity of all who participated, we raised an additional $745 for beneficiary organizations to our Year End Military Donations-Folds of Honor, SMGA/Wounded Vets, Israeli Defense Wounded Veterans, and the Links To Freedom.

The single-digit raffle players….

 

Yesterday’s kompetition was a perfect ending to the Keepers 11th Season.  We appreciate the work of Konnor and the golf staff in helping put on this traveling circus all year.  Special thanks to all of you whose enthusiastic participation in our Keepers events through the year make the Keepers program something special.