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Game on in Palm Desert

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.

Golf Tournament

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, California).

Closest to the Pin prizes went to John Hanna (Racquet Sports Industry Magazine) and Meghan Taylor (M-F Athletic Company, Cranston, Rhode Island)

Tennis Tournament

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).

Awards were presented to all winners at the closing dinner at the Technical Meeting.

Itching for some payback? Want to showcase your skills or defend your title? You'll get your chance at the Winter Meeting, to be held Feb. 24-26 in Aruba. Information on the meeting is available now at

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