This event gave Dads and Seniors a chance to have a great team atmosphere and play with their Junior under very competitive conditions on a fun course. Dublin Ranch was a great venue to provide fun and challenge to Juniors as well as Seniors. Of course we all know who did better with the challenge.....and it wasn't anyone older than 14 years old!!!
A great time was had by all. With the format of 3 mandatory drives for Juniors, 3 mandatory drives for Seniors, and 3 best option, everyone participated in the outcome.
At the end we had 5 teams qualify for the playoff. Two who shot a NET 31 on a Par 33 course and 3 others who shot Par 33. This resulted in a 5 team playoff on hole #18 from 94 yards out with the JUNIOR hitting the first shot and then alternate shot thereafter. For Juniors below 11 who qualified, their shot was from 72 yards out. Congrats to Abhinav and Manoj Joshi, Rishab and Suhas Kulkarni, Kabir and Manpreet Gahra, Jai and Sandeep Bhasin, and Sonaali Gautam and Vineet Sharma for making the playoffs.........but that was just the start!!!!!
There was drama....drama....drama.......the Seniors definitely put the pressure on their JUNIORS with the shaky 2nd shots. It was up to the Juniors to come through with clutch putts. 3 of them made them, and two did not which meant the 3 PAR's moved on to a chipoff on #18.
Drama....drama....drama.........Congrats to Abhinav and Manoj Joshi, Rishab and Suhas Kulkarni, and Kabir and Manpreet Gahra for advancing to the Chip off.
With the JUNIORS making the chip, two of the chips were within one inch of each other. That left the final Junior to try to win it. He did not know what he had to beat. With a smooth stroke, he landed the ball delicately in the fringe from the fast downhill lie, and nestled his chip to within 18 inches. Who was this ICE MAN??? It was Rishab Kulkarni.....What a chip.
With that we had our FIRST ever 2014 JUNIOR/SENIOR champions.....RISHAB and SUHAS KULKARNI take home the first place trophy. A strong second was the team of KABIR and MANPREET GAHRA. Third place went to ABHINAV and MANOJ JOSHI. Congrats to our top 3 finishers!!!!!
The Closest to the Pin was locked down by our YOUNGEST player.....6 year old MEER JOSHI........Woo....Hoooo.......congrats to MEER for a great shot!!!!
But the fun and winning had just started as ICE CREAM and the RAFFLE was waiting for all in the Clubhouse. With iTunes gift cards, Game Stop gift cards, Golfsmith gift cards, balls, Baskin Robbins certificates, and much more, the RAFFLE had as much drama as the event, all enjoyed with a bowl of ice cream in front of them.
So what could be better than starting the day with Pizza, having some great golf on the course, a fantastic raffle, and top it all off with ice cream.
A great day for all and so much thanks to KAMAL AHLUWALIA, SANDEEP BHASIN, RAJ GAUTAM, and VINEET SHARMA for all the efforts in coordinating the event.
And a GRAND THANK YOU TO ALL who participated.
We made an announcement of the 2015 Schedule and format. It will be comprised of 3 events with the final event being a Junior Stroke Play Championship. You MUST have participated in ONE of the Two other events to qualify for the JUNIORS championship.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2015. Till then, make sure you practice, practice, practice.