This year we moved our typical Monday tournament to a Tuesday and returned to our favorite location, Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, for our Annual Jim Nienow Golf Tournament.
The morning began with overcast skies and the temperature a humid 65 degrees. An annual tradition, committee members met to assemble bags and set up registration areas. But it didn’t take long to see mother nature wasn’t going to cooperate with us as we started the day, as grey clouds and rain began rolling in. After a bit of a scramble, we managed to find another area to arrange registration near the covered patios.
Needless to say, the initial weather frenzy wasn’t exactly in our plans, especially since we secured The Laker Girls as tournament guests for the first time!
Bill Bauer and Ross Riddle checked in golfers, who made their way through the line and were greeted by President Lang and Brandon Riddle selling tickets for our scholarship fund. Every participant was also greeted by the official Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders! Our loyal and returning Prime Sponsor CERTAINTEED made sure each attendee received a hefty bag full of personalized items such as hats and golf balls. WESTERN COLLOID hosted the continental breakfast with personalized coffee cups and warm, fresh Dunkin’ Donuts.
Meanwhile, the 9th Annual Don Banks Putting Contest was underway with Julio Gonzalez of CHAPMAN COAST ROOF who coordinated the event just like Don would – with a smoky cigar in hand!
TROPICAL ROOFING PRODUCTS picked up the Lunch Sponsorship again this year. Players were able to grab their lunch as they packed into their carts for a 10:45 a.m shotgun start.
This year we had to close our tournament registration early as we had 154 players! We were able to make arrangements with the club for the overflow of devoted participants. The tournament went smoothly and was on schedule – and the rain had cleared out!
Another tradition we’ve looked to continue over the years is putting vendors on the holes and offering tee box sponsorships. We
had O’HAGIN MANUFACTURING back with games, balls, cold drinks and a 1k Hole-In-One Sponsorship. New this year were MALARKEY ROOFING PRODUCTS STEEP & LOW SLOPE, TAX FINANCIAL GROUP and SKYCO SKYLIGHTS DISPLAYS with lots of goodies and beverages. We also welcomed back NATIONAL COATINGS and APOC.
Although still cloudy, our afternoon weather ended up being warm and sunny without a raindrop in sight! Golfers played smoothly, managed to stay on track, and afterwards filed in to enjoy the BBQ buffet full of hearty BBQ ribs and grilled BBQ chicken. Committee members Steve, Ross, Bill, and Jeff made sure to keep the excited crowd entertained by raffling items during dinner and throughout the entire event. As usual, President Lang invited participation from the audience in our raffle. He had guests select tickets and even let them choose their own items!
APOC returned as our Grand Prizes Raffle Sponsor. They purchased large electronics, Apple products and so much more. The tickets were sold during registration and guests had the opportunity to select the items they wanted to win. President Lang also purchased an array of prizes. Every corner of the dinner room was full of electronics, travel items and even kitchen products! In addition, Oak Creek again offered their generous contributions of player memberships and golf vacations. Our raffle is an important source of income for our scholarship fund, so all of the support tremendously helped that effort!
Tournament winners were announced and received unique engraved, crystal awards hand selected by Committee member Bill Bauer.
Our manufacturers took 1st place this year: Todd Bright, Ben Corralejo, Chris Erickson and Tommy Garcia, Congrats! Lang Roofing came in 2nd place. (You can find a complete list of winners at the conclusion of this recap).
During dinner, a Scholarship award was presented to Wyatt Christiansen’s parents (United Contractors). Many of our scholarship students are back in school, and with the tight dinner schedule it is almost impossible to have the entire group present at dinner. To learn a little more about each of our 19 scholarship recipients and read their letters to RCASoCal, visit our Scholarship page here.
This year’s awarded scholarships totaled $21,000!
Since 1993 we have recognized the achievements of 161 students. Over the last eight years, we have awarded over $180,000 to deserving scholars!
Special thank you to RCI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER for their annual contribution to our scholarship fund. We appreciate your support!
You can read about each of our scholars and view our tournament sponsors here. Thank you to our sponsors for their support!
All sponsors were entered into a “Sponsors Drawing” for a table at our Annual Christmas Party on December 7, 2016 in Seal Beach. This year’s winner was WORLD OIL Corp.
Once again, this tournament would not be possible without the dedication and passion of the committee members who spend countless hours volunteering their time to ensure it’s a successful, sold out event. They accomplish their goal every year! We are thankful for Co-Chairs Ross Riddle (South Coast Shingle) and Steve Lang (Lang Roofing), and Members Bill Bauer, (CertainTeed), Jeff Meinhart (Roofmaster), Rudy Berumen (APOC), Frank Paour (JB Wholesale), Bruce Radenbaugh (Biltwell Roofing) and Julio Gonzalez (Chapman Coast Roof).
We are also thankful for the hard work of our staff members – Rebecca Keeley for all her work pre-tournament, on tournament day, and post-tournament, and Simone Youngblood for all her work on all of our tournament communications.
Thank you to the companies who continue to support our scholarships by attending our tournament. Your participation enables us to keep the scholarship program alive. We hope to see you next year!
– Julie Cisneros, RCASoCal Executive Director
27th Annual Jim Nienow Golf Tournament Winners
Closest to the pin: #3 Mark Cura 6’5″
Closest to the pin: #11 Gene Smith 5’9″
Closest to the pin: #17 Rod Ray 5′
Straightest Drive: #13 Alfredo Barrios
Long Drive: #4 Andrew Larson
Long Drive: #15 John Hudspeth
Putting Contest Winner: Marc Kearns
4 Tied at 14 under 57 By scorecard playoff
3rd Place Team: Team 6C
Jason Aceves, Jesus Burrola, Lenny Fotopoulos, Jason Taylor
2nd Place Team: Team 9A
Bruce Beutler, Marc Kearns, Steve Lang, Ryan Lang
1st Place Team: Team 7B
Todd Bright, Ben Corraleio, Chris Erickson, Tommy Garcia