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FWATA Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Wrap-Up

05This year’s annual FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego, basically just a driver and a good 5-iron away from the Town and Country Resort. Registration opened at noon with several golfers already lined up. After grabbing lunch and drinks and purchasing up to three mulligans per participant golfers took advantage of the the opportunity to warm up on the driving range and putting green, get a head-start on hydration inside the club house or simply catching up with fellow golfers. At 1 PM the tournament began with a shot-gun start, sporting 64 golfers on 16 teams – a sell-out for the second year in a row.

The tournament was loaded with fun and great prices. Two longest drive contests including a Hoola hoop challenge and a traditional longest drive. Warren Voice claimed the price for the men and Jennifer Parker for the women, winning each of them a gift donated by Brian Moore of DJGlobal. Each of the Par 3’s had a hole-in-one price opportunity, ranging from iPads to a brand new 2015 VW Jetta. Unfortunately it was a windy day which made the course play very difficult and nobody was able to claim the fame.

We were honored by the presence of NATA President Jim Thornton, President elect Scott Sailor, District 8 Director Carolyn Peters and Ruem Malasarn, FWATA Committee Chair.

Upon completion of playing 18 holes we concluded the day with a dinner and awards ceremony in which each participant walked away with a price. The Back-to-back winning team around Title Sponsor Dr Ian Duncan (Donn Ritter, Scott Wasem and Rick Kunkelmann, a Tournament Sponsor himself) won new golf bags donated by Nike. After this each team got to select a price of their choice, with the last place finishers getting first choice. I guess you could say that we embody the Olympic spirit of “The important thing is not to win, but to take part”. I want to mention that many of the prices were donated by our own … athletic trainers who are working with professional sports as well as companies that support our profession.

The ceremony was concluded with a live auction of MLB tickets donated by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anthony Reyes, AT of the San Francisco Giants.

In conclusion I’d like to thank all participants and sponsors who made the FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament a success. We were able to raise over $10,000 that went directly towards the nine scholarships offered by District 8. Our goal is to fully fund all scholarships through this event – we are almost there. If you wish to become involved, personally or through contact you may have, please contact us hope to see you in Kona. ~ Aloha

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