Golf is a difficult game, but running a body shop is even harder. So, logically you would think that playing golf would be an easy task for people working in the collision industry. Evidently, it’s not the case.
Golf balls were raining down like sunshine on a beautiful day when the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association hosted its 18th Annual Golf Tournament at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, California in late August. The only problem was—most of the balls were landing in the bushes, on golf paths and in surrounding trees.
With 75 golfers primed to attack this beautiful course overlooking Coyote Canyon, body shop personnel, vendors, industry icons and friends were quickly humbled by the course’s undulating greens, tight fairways and bottomless bunkers. Cinnabar Hills is an award-winning course consisting of 27 holes, but 18 were more than enough for the participants, according to Rob Snow, SCC CAA member and former officer.
“It’s not about the golf, fortunately,” said Snow, who owns Monterey Collision in San Jose. “It’s about hanging out with people you respect and work with. Getting a nice crowd for this tournament is a big deal and maybe it tells us that we’re coming out of this recession and looking for better days.”
Tobias Padilla from Hertz was the main force behind the event. “It was a strong turnout and everyone had a great time,” Padilla said. “We all work very hard in this industry, so when we get a whole day to enjoy a sport like golf, it’s a much-needed break. The people at Cinnabar were great and I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make it a big success.”
The biggest Tiger Woods-like moment of the day took place when Young Ko, the owner of KS California Auto Body in San Jose nailed the closest to the pin, when his ball landed less than a foot from the 17th hole. The modest gallery (three squirrels and a pigeon) gasped at the majestic shot and Ko is undoubtedly still talking about it.
Ko’s name also appeared in the victorious foursome that captured the tournament, with Vince Rojas from Annex Color & Supply, associate Jeff Parker and Joe Bugisle from BASF. With a good share of birdies sprinkled in with a passel of pars, this foursome took the title and walked away with the coveted title.