Monday, May 4, 2015 was the inaugural Gregg Spierling Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert. Gregg was instrumental in organizing this annual “Dollars for Diplomas” golf tournament with all proceeds benefiting two organizations that he was passionate about: the CDAR scholarship fund and First Tee of the Coachella Valley.
Since this was the first annual in his honor and he was beloved by the realtor community and affiliates, the tournament was sold out with golfers and sponsors. My foursome registered early so we were ready for the shotgun, best ball tournament that started at 12:30pm. My office buddies, Cathy, Meg and Lucy, and I started on the 4th hole. It was sponsored by the YPN (Young Professionals Network) and in addition to jello shots, which we passed on, we could buy a drive from a golf pro and not take a stroke. Of course, we took advantage of the pro’s drive on a par 5 and eagled the hole.
It was a great start to a fun day. Each hole had a different sponsor and there were pulled pork sliders, tacos, snacks and all kinds of beverages. I could not pass on the margarita! It was a 3 par and if you got a hole in one, you’d win a car. My drive was good so I was the first women golfer to put my name on the closest to the pin board. It was early in the day to win with 13 feet from the hole!
My handicap was the highest for our team (lower the better in golf). Cathy, Meg and Lucy were great golfers with no fear. They had no problem hitting their balls 150 yards to get over the water. They definitely carried me on those holes. But I carried my weight and my drives were used on more than the 2 required holes.
It was a great bonding day too. My cart buddy, Lucy, is in her 60s and she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail by herself last year. She started in San Diego near the Mexican border and ended in upstate Washington near the Canadian border. It took her 6 months. That totally blew my mind. What an amazing mental and physical feat. So, I had no trouble having her walk to her ball while I drove away in the cart!
After the 18 holes, we had dinner, raffle and awards. And for the record, when we were near the 4th hole again towards the end of the day, we did go back for that jello shot!! Our team did good but didn’t place in the tournament. But I did win closest to the hole and received $100 to Armando Dakota’s Bar and Grill in Palm Desert. A good day that supported good causes.
The CDAR Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to high school seniors for close to two decades. A young lady who was a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship spoke at the dinner. She was the first one in her family to receive a college degree and she certainly had a lot of accomplishments and ambition. First Tee’s programs are instrumental in developing character and ethics in youth through the game of golf.
My foursome is geared up for next year. Between now and then I plan to decrease my index so we can rock the tournament!! I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, if you are interested in living at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert, please contact me. It is a great gated community with a challenging course and great views!