By every measure the LMGA’s year-end events were a great success. The Annual Members’ Cup Tournament, a two-day Stableford competition, attracted 70 stalwarts who braved near arctic temperatures and stiff northerly November winds to compete. The Wednesday Plantation shotgun began at 1:15pm but most players were able to finish play and find their way back to the clubhouse without the use of flashlights, where a keg was tapped and substantial hors d’oeuvres were served. Friday’s golf was a morning shotgun on Palmetto.
The winner of Flight One was Mike Towson with 89 points, and Charlie Ryan with 87 points was close behind. Flight Two was won by John Palermo with 87 points, and Tom Stephens came in second with 81. Kevin Brandon claimed the Flight Three victory with a remarkable 103 points, and Mike Staman was the runner-up with 83. All winners were presented with lead crystal barware as trophies. In addition first place winners took home $200 in cash and second place winners won $100.
At its Annual Meeting that same evening LMGA officials presented a set of awards for the inaugural 2013 season. The LMGA Player of the Year reflecting the player accumulating the most player points over the season went to Mike Towson with 3300 points. Mike also collected a silver trophy box and $200 in cash. The Most Improved Player award was given to Kevin Brandon, and the 2013 King of Clubs award went to the Plantation Clubhouse.
In addition a special award for Volunteer of the Year went to Mike Staman who labored mightily throughout the year, designing and maintaining the LMGA’s website and sending out scores of email blasts to alert members to important developments.
LMGA’s founding board members also chipped in to award a special presentation to Rich Marr, the group’s vice chair and a driving force within the organization. Rich has been tireless in his organization efforts; prodding (some might say badgering) others to think big and to meet impossibly tight deadlines. Together with LMGA’s chair Dave Breithaupt, Rich deserves a great deal of credit for facing down skepticism and overcoming much inertia to create a vibrant men’s golf organization out of nothing, a group that is now approaching 250 members after only 9 months.
Association officials also announced early plans for 2014 including another Celebration of Masters Week; a reprise of the funBritish Open golf events and party; a 2014 version of the Battle at the Landings Pro-Am Event; and a new Landings Ryder Cup Competition at which the golfers from island’s four clubhouses will be pitted against one another. In addition there will be another full slate of inter-club home and off-island competitions with other golf clubs in the region.
Officers for 2014 are as follows:
Chairman Dave Breithaupt
Vice Chairman Rich Marr
Secretary Mike Staman
Treasurer Larry Brown
Tournament Chairman Mike Barber
Interclub Chairman Gene McDonald
Deer Creek Captain Geoff Ingham
Marshwood Captain Gary Anklowitz
Oakridge Captain Ken Ura
Plantation Captain Chris Knobloch
Social Chairman Bob Lindenschmidt
Communications Chair Jim Orr
Membership Chairman Bob Kulp
New Neighbors Chair Tom Crum
Rules & Handicap Chair Tom Lanahan
Technology Committee Chair Rick Cunningham