Thirty-six foursomes (144 golfers) came together on June 17th at the beautiful Tournament Players Club in Valencia (TPC Valencia) to support the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation's efforts to fund crucial and life-saving legal services at its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
For many players, it was their first opportunity to play 18 holes on a PGA-certified course and claim bragging rights as the best golfer in their firm or in the Los Angeles legal community for the day.
As part of the day's event, golfers competed in several skills challenges along the course including a Million-Dollar Hole-in-One; a 50' putting contest (worth $2,500); a Hole-in-One on the 9th Hole; closest to pin; longest drive; straightest drive; and low net and low gross team prizes.
While no one made the Million-Dollar shot-of-a-lifetime, the winners of the low gross were the foursome of Eric McDonough, Zach Kuperman, Kirk Johnson, and Richard Chisholm, with a score of 59, and the winners of the low net were the foursome of Harry Field, John Winkleman, Tony Schumacher, and Tom Kovar with a score of 65.
Not all of the day's action occurred on the greens, with some of the "biggest scores" coming during the silent auction when Patrick Ivie of Kurtzman, Carson Consultants placed the winning bid on a round of golf for three with former Olympic and World Championship Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Other silent auction prizes included a day of racing for two at the Allen Berg Racings Schools; a round for three at the Olympic Club in San Francisco; Hollywood Bowl box seats for the LA Philharmonic, and much more.
The Foundation also held a raffle featuring great prizes including a round for four at MountainGate Country Club; a round for three at Wilshire Country Club; a round for four at TPC Valencia; and a two-night stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, among many other great items.
But perhaps the biggest draw of the day was the cool and refreshing Wiki Wiki Shaved Ice station that offered a cold and refreshing stop near the 9th hole on the course. Several golfers were seen looping back in their carts to get a second, and sometimes third, shaved ice.
This year's charity golf tournament was the most successful in the four years the event has existed and raised more than $40,000 to support LACBA's public service projects: AIDS Legal Services, Domestic Violence, Immigration Legal Assistance and Veterans Pro Bono, along with the Center for Civic Mediation.
The program was such a great success due to the hard work and leadership of the golf committee, which included co-chairs Eric McDonough and Harry Field, and committee members Mark Cramer, Mark Kachner, Brianna Busch, Leigh Abrams, Alison Beanum and Foundation Director Ann Marie Bedtke.
We would also like to say a special thank you to our title sponsor First Republic Bank, and other sponsors Seyfarth Shaw LLP, KCC, McGladrey LLP, Preferred Home Builders Inc., Arnold & Porter LLP, Orange Legal Technologies, Westmount Asset Management, Squire Sanders, Advanced Discovery and Sammy Davis Photography for helping to make this the most successful Foundation golf tournament to date.
(Photos courtesy of Sammy Davis Photography)