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FWATA Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

With the temperature at a comfortable 71 degrees and a mild breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean, it was a perfect day to host this year’s FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament in San Diego, California. A record setting number of 73 were sent off and wished well by FWATA’s Managing Board Members for an early afternoon shotgun start. This year’s tournament champions came in 16 under par (for the non-golfers, that is very good) and won beautiful Nike Golf Departure Cabin Rollers. The team was composed of Rick Kunkleman, Donnie Ritter, Steve Caldron and Don Presser all from Visalia, California. The “Closest to Hole” prices, winning 2 tickets to Le Reve in Las Vegas went to Mike Miller and Alison Aubert. The 50/50 Hole Contest was won by Todd Babcock and the Longest Drive by Frank Casares and Adrienne Wilson. All other participants also won prices ranging from golf attire, Foobags to golf balls. The tournament raised $20,336.07 enough money to sponsor the 11 scholarships that are given out by FWATA, surpassing last year’s fundraising effort. Other than the golfers, who made this event another success, a big shout-out belongs to our sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor:

Townsend THUASNE USA, Kurt Townson

Title Sponsors:

Advantage Group Staffing INC. – Joe Smith

All State Insurance – Rick Kunkleman

California Athletic Trainers Association

Ian Duncan MD

KAS-COT FARMS, INC – Alicia Holland

San Joaquin Valley Colleges – Mark Perry

Visalia Breakfast Rotary Club

West Gate Development Group – Samer Sabbah

Tournament Sponsors:

Core Physical Therapy – Bryan Pacillas

Don Schengel MD

Henry Schein

Lagomarsino Group – Fred Lagomarsino

Mueller Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Associates – Visalia, California

ProPT – Todd Martin and Ronnie Eynaud

Student Insurance – Marie Martinell

We would also like to thank our 27 Tee – and 8 Product Sponsors (please refer to photos gallery for each sponsor) without whom we couldn’t guarantee as much fun, and, most importantly, raise money for scholarships for the future in athletic training.

We are looking forward to seeing everybody at the Kona Country Club in Kona, Hawaii on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Registration will begin at 12noon with a shotgun start at 1pm.

2019 FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament Results

1st Place Team              Clostest to the Hole                  Longest Drive                 50/50 Hole

Rick Kunkleman                  Mike Miller                          Frank Casares                Todd Babcock

Donnie Ritter                     Alison Aubert                         Adrienne Wilson

Steve Caldron

Don Presser

Also a special thanks to all of our volunteers….

College of the Sequoias Students:

  • Jordan Asuncion
  • Humberto Montes
  • Dalila Palacios
  • Jason Da Silva
  • Jizzelle Fernandez
  • Isaiah Botello
  • Jacob Canizalez
  • Marianna Flores
  • Mixsari Barreto
  • Victoria Gutierrez
  • Wyatt Gilbert

California State University Long Beach Student:

  • Chris Snow

Certified Athletic Trainers:

  • Dennis Goebel, ATC
  • Anja Goebel, ATC
  • Lisa Lorenzi, ATC
  • Sergio Contreras, ATC
  • Mike Collins, ATC


2019 Golf Tournament Photo Gallery

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