33rd Annual Don Atwater Invitational (DAI) Tournament
The 33rd DAI Tournament and banquet held on July 22nd at the Rossmoor Creekside Golf Course and banquet facility was a huge success. Phil Philpot and his committee of Frank Kilarr, Ray de Wit and Mike Frey did a superb job of organizing and coordinating a very successful event. The day kicked off with a highly challenging Putting Contest organized by Phil Philpot, which was won by: Men – Ken Main; Women – Marilyn Steichen. Other contest winners included: Longest Drive: Men – Buddy May; Women – Marilyn Steichen; Closest to the Pin: Men – Ray de Wit; Women – Mardee Lockwara; Individual Low Gross: – Ray de Wit; Women – Mardee Lockwara; Team Low Net – Margaret Batesole, Mardee Lockwara, Ray de Wit, and Mike Frey. Guests joined the 18 participants and the 24 of us enjoyed a wonderful time of socialization and dinner. Prior the wonderful meal catered by Simple Elegance, Phil Philpot and Ray de Wit recognized the contest winners and held a raffle for various items which were donated people/organizations including: Rocco’s Pizza, Muscardini Winery, Rossmoor Golf Course, Diablo Hills Golf Course and Boundary Oak Golf Course. It was a great time…plan to join us for the 34rd Annual DAI Tournament in mid-2022 !!
Following are a few photos from the event…
32nd Annual Don Atwater Tournament
June 6th, 2019
The 32nd Don Atwater Invitational held at Diablo Hills Golf Course was a huge success. Frank Kilarr organized a highly challenging Putting Contest which was won by: Men – Rich Knowles and Women – Millie Hersch. Other contest winners included: Longest Drive: Men – Rich Knowles; Women – Sue Derby; Closest to the Pin on #4: Men – Stan Johnson; Closest to the Pin #7 (2nd Shot): Men – Ken Main; Women – Sue Derby; Individual Low Gross – Rich Knowles; Team Low Net – Tom Kerns, Mike Anderson, Glenn Gilman and Mike Frey. The 26 participants were joined by guests and the 34 of us enjoyed a wonderful time of socialization and dinner. Following the wonderful meal at The Greenery Restaurant, Phil Philpot and Frank Kilarr recognized the contest winners and held a raffle for various items which were donated people/organizations including First Tee, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sharon Brown. It was a great time…plan to join us for the 33rd Annual Tournament in June 2020; put it on your calendar now !!
Following are a few photos from the even
What is a “DAI” one might ask? Because you did, here is the information to enlighten you as reprinted from the original author, Don Atwater.
HISTORY OF DON’S INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
1986 – 2021
As Don’s 27th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament was the last event, let me share some history with you. First year was 1986, my first year as a single man. At the time I had been following another golf tournament called a “clambake”. I decided if Bing Crosby can have his own golf tournament, then so can Don Atwater. I liked Bing’s location, but it was difficult to reserve a starting time at Pebble Beach for nine holes. But we did find a course a few miles away loaded with ice plant and a million-dollar view called Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course. Golf tournaments require planning and since my request for reservation six months in advance was denied, a few of us got on the phone at 6:00 AM a week before we planned to arrive. Three foursomes, including those of us who brought a lady golfer made the first tournament. Having ladies participate or at least travel with us was a winning decision.
1987 a few friends followed me to Brooktrails near Willits for the first annual golf tournament. Getting away in the early days had its appeal, so some tournaments were held some distance away from home. They included, Wawona in Yosemite Park, Nevada County in Grass Valley, Deep Cliff in Cupertino, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Valley Gardens in Scotts Valley, Sebastopol GC in Sebastopol, Benbow Inn in Garberville, Northwood at Rio Nido, and Forest Meadows in Murphy’s. We made a return to Pacific Grove for our 10th annual. It was in 1999 that this tournament included a few of my new SIR friends in Branch 8 and probably in the last 10 years included only SIR members and their spouses/friends.
I’m not sure I’d call this an ego trip as many hours were put into planning and organizing these events. However, I found pleasure in having many friends assist in various ways. And I enjoyed playing with the golf rules in an attempt to make the games more equitable for golfers less talented than others. Team play, putting contest, ladies’ participation, picnic lunches and other activities hopefully added interest to the event.
Knowing that the NINE HOLE GOLF group of SIR Branch8 will carry on with this tournament in the years to come is satisfying and gratifying. I’m looking forward to being a participant and enjoying the camaraderie with SIR friend and guest that have made this tournament a favorite.
Below is a recap of the tournaments and champions since SIR Branch 8 members started attending. Reply if any clarification on any of the data is desired. And thanks for being a participant this year.
A RECAP OF THE ANNUAL TOURNAMENT WITH MEMBERS OF SIR BRANCH 8.
|#||YEAR||VENUE||CHAIRMAN||GOLF CHAMPION||PUTTING CHAMPION|
|12||1999||Chimney Rock, Napa||D. Atwater||Les Hopkins||Bob Williams|
|13||2000||Northwood, Rio Nido||D. Atwater||Les Hopkins||J. Theodorelos|
|14||2001||Oakhurst, Clayton||Les Hopkins||Les Hopkins||Bob Sapp|
|15||2002||Springtown, Livermore||Bob Williams||Guest Ernie Sherne||??|
|16||2003||Grayson Woods, P. Hill||Ernie Sherne||Don Allen||Dave Perkins|
|17||2004||Diablo Hills, W.C.||Don Allen||Nick Aviani||Ron Smith|
|18||2005||Northwood, Rio Nido||Dave Perkins||Harold Johnson||Ralph Bagdonas|
|19||2006||Grayson Woods, P. Hill||H. Johnson||Tom Whalen||Don Allen|
|20||2007||Forest Meadows, Murphy||R. Bagdonas||Joe Williamson||No Contest|
|21||2008||Brentwood, Brentwood||Les Foley||Tom Whalen||Don Allen|
|22||2009||Northwood, Rio Nido||J. Williamson||Tony Gilman||??|
|23||2010||Monarch Bay, S. Leandro||Larry Lange||Alan Ensign||Jim Andrews|
|24||2011||Forest Meadows, Murphy||M. Anderson||Darryl Sweetland||Joe Williamson|
|25||2012||Las Positas, Livermore||Alan Ensign||Leo Barrella||Vic Esposito|
|26||2013||Northwood, Rio Nido||Phil Philpot||Jim Andrews||Dick Brooks|
|27||2014||Las Positas, Livermore||P. Philpot||Wally Freemen||Don Moller|
|28||2015||Northwood, Rio Nido||P. Philpot||Dick Hall||Ron Philpot|
|29||2016||Las Positas, Livermore||P. Philpot||Fred Nelson|
|Bill Bargenquast/Dick Hall|
|30||2017||Diablo Hills, W.C.||P. Philpot||Ken Main||Don Atwater|
|31||2018||Diablo Hills, W.C.||B. Brown||Gordon Batesole|
|32||2019||Diablo Hills, W.C.||P. Philpot||Rich Knowles||Rich Knowles|
|2020||None – Covid year|
|33||2021||Rossmoor W. C..||P. Philpot||Ray DeWitt||Ken Main|
Last Update: 08.16.21.FPK