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36th Annual Don Atwater Invitational (DAI) Event

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35th Annual Don Atwater Invitational (DAI) Event

The 35th DAI Golf Tournament and Banquet held on June 8th at the Diablo Hills Golf Course and Banquet facility.  Ken Main did a great job organizing and coordinating this wonderful event.  Ken and his committee of Pat Hoy, Ray de Wit, Dave Perkins and Mike Frey did a superb job.  The Turnout was great with 24 golfers joined by 12 guests for the yummy buffet banquet including Peppercorn Beef Tips, Lemon Herb Chicken, Sauteed Vegetables and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The day started with a highly challenging Putting Contest organized by Dave Perkins. The Putting Event was won by: Ray de Witt.  Other contest winners included: Longest Drive: Pat Hoy; Closest to the Pin: Arte Chan; Individual Low Gross: – Ray de Witt; Individual High Gross: Glenn Gilman; Individual Low Net: – Ray de Witt…….super day Ray !!!  Following the wonderful meal, Ken Main  recognized the events  contest winners and Pat and Janet Hoy handled the door prizes for various items which were donated by people/organizations including: Rocco’s Pizzaria, Muscardini Winery, Golf Mart, Diablo Hills Golf Course and Buttercup Grill and Boundary Oak Golf Course.  A great time was had by all!!!  Plan to join us for the 36th Annual DAI Tournament (venue to be determined) to be held in mid-2024 !!

Following are photo collages from the event…

34th Annual Don Atwater Invitational (DAI) Tournament

A very successful 34th DAI Tournament and banquet held on June 9th at the Rossmoor Creekside Golf Course and banquet facility.  Ken Main did a great job organizing and coordinating this very wonderful event.  Ken and his committee of Frank Kilarr, Ray de Wit and Mike Frey did a superb job.  The day started with a highly challenging Putting Contest organized by Phil Philpot.   The Putting Event was won by: George Vogt.  Other contest winners included: Longest Drive: Gary Nicholson; Closest to the Pin: Frank Kilarr; Individual Low Gross: – Steve Schramm; Women – Margaret Batesol; Individual Low Net – 1st -Mike Frey, 2nd – Bud Grisanti, 3rd – Jack Schweitzer.  9 guests joined the 27 golfers and the 36 of us enjoyed a wonderful time of socialization and dinner.  Prior the wonderful meal catered by Simple Elegance, Ken Main 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.  A great time was had by all !!!  Plan to join us for the 35th Annual DAI Tournament to be held in mid-2023 !!

Following a photo collage from the event…

 

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.

Don

A RECAP OF THE ANNUAL TOURNAMENT WITH MEMBERS OF SIR BRANCH 8.

#YEARVENUECHAIRMANGOLF CHAMPIONPUTTING CHAMPION
121999Chimney Rock, NapaD. AtwaterLes HopkinsBob Williams
132000Northwood, Rio NidoD. AtwaterLes HopkinsJ. Theodorelos
142001Oakhurst, ClaytonLes HopkinsLes HopkinsBob Sapp
152002Springtown, LivermoreBob WilliamsGuest Ernie Sherne??
162003Grayson Woods, P. HillErnie SherneDon AllenDave Perkins
172004Diablo Hills, W.C.Don AllenNick AvianiRon Smith
182005Northwood, Rio NidoDave PerkinsHarold JohnsonRalph Bagdonas
192006Grayson Woods, P. HillH. JohnsonTom WhalenDon Allen
202007Forest Meadows, MurphyR. BagdonasJoe WilliamsonNo Contest
212008Brentwood, BrentwoodLes FoleyTom WhalenDon Allen
222009Northwood, Rio NidoJ. WilliamsonTony Gilman??
232010Monarch Bay, S. LeandroLarry LangeAlan EnsignJim Andrews
242011Forest Meadows, MurphyM. AndersonDarryl SweetlandJoe Williamson
252012Las Positas, LivermoreAlan EnsignLeo BarrellaVic Esposito
262013Northwood, Rio NidoPhil PhilpotJim AndrewsDick Brooks
272014Las Positas, LivermoreP. PhilpotWally FreemenDon Moller
282015Northwood, Rio NidoP. PhilpotDick HallRon Philpot
292016Las Positas, LivermoreP. Philpot Fred Nelson
Bill Bargenquast/Dick Hall
 
302017Diablo Hills, W.C.P. PhilpotKen MainDon Atwater
312018Diablo Hills, W.C.B. BrownGordon Batesole 
322019Diablo Hills, W.C.P. PhilpotRich KnowlesRich Knowles
 2020None – Covid year   
332021Rossmoor W. C.P. PhilpotRay DeWittKen Main
342022Rossmoor W. C.K. MainSteve SchrammGeorge Vogt
352023Diablo Hills, W.C.K. MainRay de WittRay de Witt
      
      

 


Last Update: 06/14/23 MLF