In terms of pride and bragging
rights, you can't get much more intense than a college bowl game --
unless you're at the ASBA Technical Meeting when the golf and tennis
tournaments come around. This year was no exception, with members and
guests bringing their "A" game to Palm Desert.
Before the meetings started,
before the exams, before just about everything, members and their guests
were teeing up at the Dunes Course for ASBA's annual golf tournament.
Co-chairman of the event, John Welborn (Har-Tru Sports, Charlottesville,
Virginia) and Tom Hinding (Hinding Tennis, West Haven, Connecticut) ran
the event, which took place on Friday.
The first-place foursome was
made up of Eric Fisher and Noel Gilstrap (both of Atlas Track and
Tennis, Tualatin, Oregon), John Gleason (Mateflex Corp., Utica, New
York) and Bruce Miller (Fisher Tracks, Inc., Boone, Iowa). Second place
went to the foursome of Chris Chisam (Beals Alliance, Folsom,
California), Meghan Taylor (M-F Athletic Company, Cranston, Rhode
Island), Rob Werner (Sportsline, Inc., Exton, Pennsylvania) and Brian
Jaeger (Sportsfield Specialties, Inc., Delhi, New York).
Honors for Longest Drive went to
Alex Dowe (American Recycling Center, Owosso, Michigan) and Vicki
Sullivan (spouse of Chris Sullivan, Verde Design, Inc., Santa Clara,
Closest to the Pin prizes went
to John Hanna (Racquet Sports Industry Magazine) and Meghan Taylor (M-F
Athletic Company, Cranston, Rhode Island)
The Desert Springs tennis courts
at the host hotel, the J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa were the site of the
hotly contested tennis tournament. All matches were played on Saturday,
just prior to the Opening Reception. Pat Hanssen of Har-Tru Sports in
Charlottesville, Virginia, organized the event.
Winners of the Red Division were
David LaSota (D.W. LaSota Engineering, Inc.) and Patrick Walker. They
beat John Welborn (Har-Tru Sports, Charlottesville, Virginia) and Rick
Dougherty (Star-Trac Enterprises, Southfield, Michigan) in the finals.
John Hanna (Racquet Sports Industry Magazine) and Pat Hanssen won the
blue division beating Bob Diller and Lee Sponaugle (Sport Court of Salt
Lake City, Utah).