Title: RMAG/DGS Golfers Rock the Omni!: 344 Players Enjoy a Great Course on a Great Day
Author: Jeff Ware
Publication: The Outcrop, September 2002, p. 12-13
What a great way to start off a golfing partnership! On Tuesday July 9th, the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club hosted the RMAG/DGS Golf Tournament for the first time, but certainly not if the golfers have any say in the matter. The Omni is best known for hosting the Sun Microsystems/John Elway Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament on its 27 championship holes. A few weeks after that event, they rolled out the red carpet for the Rocky Mountain oil & gas community.
Curbside service, bottled spring water, GPS range finding, excellent and elegant facilities and surroundings … the people that run this place know how to treat a group of golfers. Overwhelmingly, players, committee members and volunteers enjoyed the course, the clubhouse and the food. What few minor hitches there were have been identified and are already solved, so look for an even better event in 2003!
Although Raccoon Creek served us well for 3 years, the move to the Omni was made necessary the growing popularity of the tournament, and the desire to allow all interested parties to participate. Last year, the tournament was maxed with 288 golfers (144 morning players and a like number in the afternoon), and many more had to be turned away. This year, with an extra nine holes available, there were 184 players in the morning round and 160 in the afternoon.
Two entities that certainly enjoyed the tournament are the respective scholarship funds of the RMAG and the DGS. Player participation/generosity at the scholarship holes, the putting contest, and the club throw helped raise a substantial sum that will be passed along to some deserving young geoscientists. Augmenting the contest income, sales of those sharp-looking blue golf shirts helped bolster the scholarship funds, too. Each shirt purchased put over $13 into the scholarship fund, and the plan is to offer similar garments with a similar benefit next year. This year, 36 shirts were delivered on tourney day (ordered and pre-paid before the event only!), and hopefully that can be improved upon next year.
Door prizes galore were distributed to lots of players, whether they were on a first place team or a last place team. Over three dozen clubs, a half a dozen bags, pull carts, balls, gift certificates. flashlights… it was almost hard not to win something (unless you left before your name was called, ’cause if you aren’t there, you don’t win)! Cash prizes for long drives, long club throws and the like were also available.
Speaking of winning.. .congratulations to your new RMAG/DGS champs, the team of John and Alexandra Beury, Gary Casteel, and Chuck Rose. They shot a smooth 58 in the morning round, beating two afternoon teams that scored 59’s. Better luck next year to Brian Blome’s team, as well as Dwight Mackie’s. Full results are posted on the DGS website, http://www.denvergeo.org.
Last but not least, a few words of appreciation are in order. First, the staff at the Omni did a great job of setting up our day at the course and doing all the little things that make an event of this size run smoothly. The catering crew is most certainly deserving of kudos, too. They put out a great spread for a big group, which can’t be an easy task. If you ever need a place to play a little recreational golf or maybe put a business foursome together, try the Omni, and tell them that you came back because you enjoyed the RMAG/DGS tournament so much.
Without a doubt, the tournament committee, listed below, did a big job this year. When you are trying to set up an all-day, 344-person party revolving around an unfamiliar golf course, it takes a solid effort from a group of good people with good attitudes. This was also true for the tournament day volunteers.
See you all at next year’s tourney, and be sure to take a minute ta review the committee members, volunteers, and sponsors listed on pages 14-17, and tell them ‘THANKS” when you get a chance.
Be sure to check out all the tournament photos and results on the DGS website: http://www.denvergeo.org