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 had 20 teams of Keepers participate in our Third Annual Pinehurst Glenmorangie, a novel two-man format which blended a bit of Scramble and a hint of Alternate Shot into an original tasteful single malt offering.
Picking their own partners the guys had to hit their drives, swap balls for the second shot, and then pick the best result to play the rest of the way into the hole alternate shot. The objective for the day is low team net and, as in the previous iterations, it would take something in the mid-sixties to be in the money.
This year we put away the crayons and went full Silicon Valley with the state-of-the-art Golf Genius Electronic Scoreboard. Konsidering recent Woodmont escapades with technology this was no small feat.
Playing the New North Course at it’s full volume due to an overnight deluge, the play was very kompetitive with the winning margin being only one shot. Bobby “Jack Lalane” Fogel and Neal “The Nat Kloser” Bobys threw down a net 32 on the front nine and then put the foot to the floor with a net eagle on 11 and a birdie on 12 before finishing birdie-birdie on the last two holes for net 32 on the back on their way to the winning 64.
Finishing second were the duo of Allen “Kortoisone” Zweig and Yale “Ivy League” Kaplan with net 65. They torched the front side with five birdies for a net 31 but lost a little momentum with a net bogie on 13 before kompiling 3 birdies on the back for a net 65 total.
“Kaptin Keith” Eig and Alan “Don’t Mess With Me” Levine had a fine net 68 to take third, followed by Howard “USPS” Postal and Nate “Money” Greenbaum with net 69 for fourth. Two teams tied fifth at Net 70-Artie “Don’t Write Me Off” Aronoff and Daryl “Hall and Oates” Shapiro and Mike “I’m Buying” Selis and Mark “The Historian” Miller.
The Prizes (per man):
1st Place at Net 64 Neal Bobys/Bobby Fogel 300 Kup Points and $100 Kash Sweeps
2nd Place at Net 65 Allen Zweig/Yale Kaplan 200 Kup Points and $50 Kash Sweeps
3rd Place at Net 68 Keith Eig/Alan Levine 150 Kup Points and $25 Kash Sweeps
4th Place at Net 69 Howard Postal/Nate Greenbaum 100 Kup Points
T-5th Place at Net 70 Artie Aronoff/Daryl Shapiro and Mike Selis/Mark Miller 25 Kup Points
Thanks to the 40 guys who participated and to Konnor and his gang administration of today’s event.
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.
The Final Fore of the Keepers Alternate Shot Series was once again a smokey affair which pitted four two-man teams, well stocked with expensive cigars, against each other in a round-robin series of three 9-hole Alternate Shot Matches on the South Course to determine our Keepers Kahootz Champions for 2019.
The kompetitve instincts of the four teams making it into the Final Fore would make for a full afternoon grind to determine the champions. Marc “I have finally settled on a putter” Birnbaum and Howard “I want this kool trophy” Wollner dominated their kompetition in the three week night matches leading going to the Finale with 25 points. Yale “Ivy League” Kaplan and Michael “They love the sexy accent” Levy had 22.5 points to tie for second through the evening matches with the dogged pair of Harry “Stogie II” Harrison and Paul “Pablo” Cohen. Rounding out the Final Fore were Steve “What are we playing for?” Keller and John “Freaky” Friedson with 22 points.
After the first matches on the back of the South Harrison-Cohen took the early lead winning four holes in a row from 13 through 16 to notch a 5.5 to 3.5 win over Kaplan and Levy. The Birnbaum-Wollner vs Keller-Friedson opening match was a total Karch Kiraly affair with them trading holes from start-to-finish before prevailing 5 to 4. There was little momentum for any team going into the second stage of matches.
Turning to the front nine for the second matches Harrison-Cohen ceded the advantage on the first five holes to Birnie and Wolles but proved tough from six through nine scratching out a 4.5 to 4.5 split. Keller-Friedson started slowly as well, losing the first two, but found their keel on holes three through eight squeezing out a 5 to 4 win over Yale and Michael.
With 9 holes left it was anybody’s ball game……..
Harrison-Cohen 10 Birnbaum-Wollner 9 1/2 Keller-Friedson 9 Kaplan-Levy 7 1/2
The final matches returned to the back nine and two closely played matches left the final winner in doubt until the last putt dropped.
Birnbaum-Wollner fought hard against Kaplan-Levy with the match tied through the first seven holes. Fate turned in their favor with a win on the 17th and a half on the final hole that earned them a narrow 5 to 4 match win and the clubhouse lead at 14 1/2 points.
But would it hold up?
Keller-Friedson had ground to make up on the leaders and started out strong winning three of the first four holes to stake a decisive lead and buoy their hopes of taking home the hardware. Harrison-Cohen clung tightly to the wreckage avoiding lost holes from 14 through 17. But by the 18th tee, with the match score at 5 to 3 against them, the realization was at hand that Harrison-Cohen could not win enough points to catch the leaders but they could still be a spoiler in determining the champion. With Keller-Friedson in for bogie on 18, Pablo stoked a par putt that took an eternity and every dimple available on the ball before it tumbled into the cup to win the hole. The 5 to 4 winning result of this match left Doc and Freaky a mere 1/2 a point from a playoff for the title with Birnie and Wolles.
As predicted this turned out to be a three-plus cigar affair and the champions were determined by the narrowest of margins. Hearty congratulations to the Keepers Kahootz Champions.
The Final Fore Tally:
1st Place M. Birnbaum-H. Wollner 14.5 Points $150 Sweeps 150 Kup Points
T-2nd Place H. Harrison-P. Cohen 14 Points $90 Sweeps 90 Kup Points
T-2nd Place S. Keller-J. Friedson 14 Points $90 Sweeps 90 Kup Points
4th Place Y. Kaplan-M. Levy 11.5 Points $50 Sweeps 50 Kup Points
Special thanks to Konnor and staff for their adept administration of the Keepers Alternate Shot Series and these Final Fore Matches.
We had 27 short order chefs participating in this year’s Keepers Flap Jacks on a sultry summer evening on the North Course. Playing this unusual format that uses (2) Best Balls on the Odd Holes and (2) Not So Best Balls on the Even Holes it made sure that all three guys kept their attention on the pile of pancakes.
Top honors for the evening went to Iron Skillet and IHOP who showed the most kulinary kunning shooting 70 to win the team kompetition. Iron Skillet, led by Phil “Squeeze Play” Schulman, Mike “They All Kount” Selis, and Arnie “Fit as a Fiddle” Miller ,dominated the Best Ball holes at 5-under on there way to a winning performance. Through strong individual play of Steve “Latte” Lerman, Artie “Smoothie” Aronoff, and Ronnie “Frappe” Rosenberg, posting individual net scores of 35, 34, and 37 respectively, IHOP matched the winning total to share in the first prize points and kash sweeps.
Tied third at 71 were Team Huddle House-Jimmy “Short Order” Polsky, Larry “Kool Hand” Jacobs, and “Marquee” Mark Miller-and Team Dennys-with the brothers Don and Michael Fisher and Brian “No Violation” Fein.
In the Players Pool Kash Game of individual Low Net it was Mark Miller and Mike Selis tied first with Net 33 getting $40 each and Billy Burak and Artie Aronoff with Net 34’s tied third getting $20 each. We added another $110 to our Military Contributions for the end of the year thanks to the participation of 23 guys in this game.
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.
Today’s Keepers Beat The Pro pitted 48 Keepers against the Thursday U.S. Open scores from Pebble Beach of some of the world’s finest flat bellies in a man-on-man, no-holds-barred kompetition. Separated into American and National League Divisions by handicap range, the Keepers got 110% handicap on the South Course in a Stableford Scoring format where they gleaned 3 points for each hole they won and 1 point for each hole they tied. Seasoned pros like McIlroy, Rahm, Koepka, Garcia, and DeChambeau are still smarting from the experience.
In the American League Division Bobby “Jack Lalanne” Fogel put on a performance for the ages scoring 30 points against two-time reigning U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka. At 80 years young, the ageless wonder had 4 pars in 5 holes on the outward half shooting a gross 40. He backed it up with four more pars between 11 and 15 and threw in a natural birdie on the finishing hole winning 6 out of the last 8 holes on his way to a bookend 40 on the back nine. Bobby got 300 valuable Keepers Kup Points and $100 in Kash Sweeps shooting a dominating 80 off the Blue/Green Combo Tees on the zoysia.
Finishing second alone in this division was Alan “Swing Version 3.2 B” Levine who put the ack-acks on Martin “Luftwaffe” Kaymer with 27 points earning 200 Kup Points and $50 in Kash Sweeps. T-3rd were last year’s winner Jim “I Own This Event” Ackerman and Artie “On The Move” Aronoff who carded 25 points each against Brooks Koepka.
In the National League Division it was Bruce “Just Learning The System” Dubinsky who dominated Sergio “I Stink” Garcia shooting gross 42-48-90 on his way to 30 points. Bruce won 6 holes on the front nine to rack up 19 points and backed it up winning 16 and 17 to close out his victory and earn 300 Kup Points and $100 in walk-around sweeps. Eddie “Squeeze Play” Cohen and Arthur “Your Are Gonna Find Out I Can Play” Dubin scored 29 points each on Bryson “The Engineer” DeChambeau and Rory “I Got My Swagger Back” McIlroy for second place honors of 175 Kup Points and $40 Kash Sweeps each.
Thanks to Konnor, Grant, and the rest of the staff who set up and administered this afternoon’s festivities.