Invitational 2018 Recap: Todd Kochanowski

This year’s Annual SDGCSA Invitational Golf Tournament 2018 circled back to one of San Diego’s best, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.  RSFGC has been the host site for this event in the past and always a favorite amongst our group.  Tim Barrier, the host Superintendent, played an instrumental part in keeping his club in the rotation for the SDGCSA’s annual premier event and we’re truly grateful for this. Tim and his staff were a pleasure to work with and extremely accommodating from start to finish.  As for the golf course conditioning, this GCM crew have something truly special going on here. I visited RSFGC for meetings leading up to this event and I can safely say this course is kept in tournament condition year round. Cheers to Tim Barrier, Kevin Carrol and their staff for their efforts.

For this year’s Invitational, the event planning committee, as well as the SDGCSA BOD focused on improving some of the challenges we’ve had in the past and feel the issues addressed helped with the overall flow of the event.  Items like scoring, event start time, speed of play, number of players and the number of contests being played amongst the group were all taken into consideration. Just as the invitation states: “This event may be one of the most important public relations opportunities our industry has to offer” –  this event is taken very seriously with every step of its planning.  For those that have been in So Cal for a majority of your career it’s always fun to see Pro’s, GM’s and other golf staff we may have crossed paths with over the years and continue this tradition with pride.

This year’s tee prizes had a hero behind the scenes and it is important that he is recognized. Mark Warren of Taylor Made helped facilitate the classy SDGCSA pullovers through Adidas, as well as logoed golf balls through Taylor Made. Mark made sure we were taken care of every step of the way and we’d like to thank him for his efforts!  For those that weren’t able to join us for the Invitational this year we purchased extra pullovers to sell.  If you have any interest in purchasing please reach out to Amy, as we have both men’s and women’s sizes still available.

Last but not least, it’s important that we recognize our winners from the event. For Low Gross Superintendent we had Stephen Sheffield.  Our Low Gross Professional went to Nikki Prichard.  Low net Superintendent/Pro was awarded to Randy Hopton and Chris Brown. Low net affiliate went to Albert Canedo, MSE Landscape Professionals. Team Low gross was awarded to Joe Neri, Nikki Prichard, Matt Banhart and Steve Montalto. Team Low Net went to Paul Zaremba, Tim Faucett, Javier Vargas and Dan Yeri. Congratulations on all team and individual efforts and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s 2019 Annual Invitational!

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