Former U.S. President Gerald Ford said “I know I’m getting better at golf because I’m hitting fewer spectators.” Most of the spectators were fairly safe at the East Bay California Autobody Association’s (CAA-EBC) 27th annual golf tournament at Diablo Creek in Concord, CA,on July 20, a few errant balls did end up in water hazards, assorted sand traps, numerous bushes and just about anywhere else you might imagine.
About 100 golfers played 18 holes on a sunny day in the East Bay, while raising money for local automotive tech schools and networking with body shop personnel, vendors, friends and ringers. Using a scramble format, the day featured an eclectic mix of duffers, former stars, emerging standouts and a bunch of people yelling “Fore!”
CAA-EBC President Tiffany Silva saw some new faces and was pleased to see some old ones on the golf course, she said. “We saw quite a few new body shop people, and that’s always encouraging. We always expect vendors to attend, but when we see more body shops coming to this event, that makes us happy. LKQ brought a lot of their techs from the different yards and some of them had never played golf before, so that was excellent. We had a wonderful dinner after the tournament and the whole thing turned out well. We’re always looking to improve this tournament and we already have plans to make it even better in 2014.”
The winning foursome consisting of Richard Chen (Hertz Concord), Kashka Clay (Concord BMW), Jonah “The Kid” Ryan (TGIF Auto Body in Fremont) and Marcos Cortez (National Auto Parts) claimed that their score was 100% true and no one seemed to dispute it.
Gigi Walker, a CAA officer and a board member for many years, was ecstatic about the great turnout and the positive vibes created by the event. “This tournament is all about shops and vendors coming together to promote education for future collision repairers,” Walker said. “By raising much-needed funds for local auto body educational programs, this year’s group of golfers and volunteers came together not to just have fun, but also to support a great cause. We had a great time; the weather was exceptional and new friendships were built. I can’t thank our sponsors enough for seeing the future of collision repair as a part of their commitment to our industry.”
About $4,000 was raised for four local collision tech programs, including the College of Alameda, Contra Costa College, Eden Valley ROP and Mission Valley ROP. Golfers won raffle prizes and special thanks go out to all of the tournament’s sponsors, including Dublin Chevrolet that sponsored the tournament’s dinner and PPG that sponsored the day’s lunch.