By Ed Attanasio
On October 19th, 108 golfers of all skill levels attacked Harding Park in San Francisco, a beautiful course that was immaculately maintained in preparation for the Schwab Cup Championship held several weeks later. The 14th Annual Harding Park Tournament brought body shops, insurers, vendors and supporters of the Northern California collision industry to enjoy a sunny day of golf, including networking and 18 holes of fun, followed by a dinner and prize giveaways.
Sponsored by FinishMaster, the Harding Park Tournament is a non-profit event that raises money for Young Life, an organization that mentors adolescents and helps them to be better people. Other sponsors contributing to the tournament were DuPont, PPG, BASF, Oak Distributors, 3M Company, Norton/Saint Germain, Putnam Buick Pontiac GMC of Burlingame, Fiberglass Evercoat, LKQ, Last Call Marketing and Enterprise Rent A Car.
Putnam Buick Pontiac GMC of Burlingame sponsored a hole-in-one, featuring a 2012 GMC Truck as the prize and FinishMaster also sponsored a hole-in-one offering a $10,000 cash prize. Since no one even came remotely close to sinking an ace on either hole, the car and money are still extremely safe and should remain so for many years to come.
First place for the tournament went to Yong Chun Ko from Ks California, with James Berringer and Jeff Parker. The second place team consisted of Pat Bethel and Justin Lamonica. Ko is quickly becoming a collision industry golf icon, capturing first the Santa Clara County CAA’s tournament and now this event.
Tournament volunteers included Natasha Theiss of 3M, Doug Rogers of 3M and Jeff Vail of Norton Abrasives. Special credit also belongs to Melissa Perez of FinishMaster, and of course, Mike Sheedy of FinishMaster, the Tournament’s Director.
Sheedy was thrilled by the turnout, the manicured course and the weather, but most of all he values the camaraderie surrounding the tournament.
“I think almost anyone will agree that the best part about our tournament is that all segments of the industry are represented,” Sheedy said. “Each year, shop owners, insurers and vendors from various companies all put business aside and come together for a day of fun. This tournament is a non-profit event to raise money for charity and this year the funds were raised to support Young Life. It’s nice that people look forward to the tournament every year- we have a lot of the same players that attend annually and that’s great!”