This year’s Tonari Gumi and JCCA Joint Golf Tournament saw some 100 golfers vie for cash prizes and bragging rights under clear blue skies and on the beautiful fairways of the Meadow Gardens Golf Course. Thanks to Meadow Gardens serving as our Title Sponsor, the Vancouver Shinpo and the JCCA Geppo/Bulletin as our Media Sponsors, Fujiya as our Gold Sponsor, and Jim Pattison Leasing and MNP LLP as our Silver Sponsors, this year’s tournament saw more than a 38% increase in golfers. Together with a host of other hole sponsors and raffle and silent auction prize donors, this year we had a big jump in the revenue earned towards the Tonari Gumi/JCCA “Making It a Home Fund” which is completing the funding of Tonari Gumi’s new home in Vancouver (please see the July Bulletin, page 11 for a full listing of all sponsors and donors).
This year we had four flights. The low gross winner for the Mens’ A Flight was Glenn Tanaka and Kenzo Kamiyama was the low net. The low gross winner for the Mens’ B Flight was Toshihiko Murakami and the low net was Jim Nakano. For the Callaway Flight the winner was Michael Richards, with Peter Cheng as the runner up. The Ladies Flight was won by Reiko Andrew and Louise Nakano was second. Winner of the longest putt contest was Glenn Zolnierizyk and three golfers, John Guzzo, Jeff Matsuda and Ray Ng, shared the prize as the best putters. In addition to being a great golf course, Meadow Gardens also boasts one of the best kitchens and the concluding banquet was ample testimony to this. Special thanks go to our Golf Tournament Committee Members, Shag Ando, Ed Teranishi, Derek Iwanaka, Mark Nagumo, Perry Nishihata, Ken Nishi, Katsuko Shioiri and Michael Yamamoto. Our volunteer team was also very special and the tournament wouldn’t have been the same without them: Winola Chu, Ryoko Hirokawa, Jane Iwaasa, Shogo Kido (our photographer), Tsubasa Koga, Ginny Lee, Lily Omae, Minako Shiba, Kathy Shimizu, and Gail Tamagi. Next year, we look forward to an even more successful tournament. Our special thanks to everyone in the community for supporting this tournament and making it the exceptional event that it has become.
Please click on the following link to view all photos from the Golf Tournament in our Flickr album:
2nd Annual Tonari Gumi & JCCA Joint Golf Tournament