The Technical Meeting itself is a great place to work together for the
good of the industry. Participants can check their competitive natures
at the door and forget all about rivalries.
Well, they might check them at the meeting room doors, but nobody said
anything about the golf course. Or the tennis courts. The 2010 (held in
Sawgrass, a Mecca for both tennis and golf) provided some key
opportunities to gain (or regain) bragging rights -- which should be
good at least until next year's Technical Meeting (or at the very least,
the Winter Meeting). Here's a quick recap of the action.
Golf Tournament: Players Stadium Course at
This year's Golf Tournament was held on Friday, December 3 at the
Players Stadium Course at Sawgrass. John Welborn of Lee Tennis and Tom
Hinding of Hinding Tennis co-chaired the event, which drew a sell-out
crowd. (Missed out on this year's event and want to play next time
around? Book early).
The competition took place under sunny skies, but in cooler temps than
might have been expected of Florida. When the dust settled, the foursome
of Rob Werner (Sportsline, Inc.), Mark Brogan (Pro-Sport Construction,
Inc.), John Schedler (Atlas Track & Tennis) and Pete Smith (The
CourtSMITHS) had come in first. Second place went to the foursome of
Paul Nagle (Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.), Phil Schiavone (Nagle
Athletic Surfaces, Inc.), Serge Silva (Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.),
and Evan Veney (Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.).
Other awards were as follows: Closest to Pin: John Hanna (RSI Magazine)
for the men, and Isabel Wright Armacell, LLC for the women. Longest
Drive was won by Mike Smoak (Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.).
Tennis Tournament: Sawgrass Country Club
The soft courts of the Sawgrass Country Club were the site of this
year's Tennis Tournament, which took place on Saturday, December 4.
Randy Futty and Pat Hanssen (both of Lee Tennis) co-chaired the event.
Sunny skies prevailed for the afternoon event.
Players were divided into two groups: Red and Green. The Red Group
winners were Dan Wright (Sports Turf Company, Inc.) and Todd Dettor (FDC-The
Fast-Dry Company), with finalists Bill Bishop (Strassner Tennis Court
Bldrs.) and Ed Montecalvo (Lee Tennis).
The Green Group winners were Chris Allen (Aer-Flo) and Pat Hanssen (Lee
Tennis). Finalists were John Hanna (RSI Magazine) and Randy Futty (Lee
Itching for some payback? Need to establish bragging rights? Just want
to defend your title? There's more golf and tennis tournaments to come:
the Winter Meeting, scheduled for February 11-13 in the Bahamas, will
include both events, as will the next Technical Meeting, to be held Dec.
1-6 in Palm Desert, California. ASBA members will receive information
automatically, but others can request to be added to the list by
contacting the Association directly at 866-501-ASBA (2722), or by going
to the web site,