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Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:38

Santa Clara’s CAA 29th Annual Golf Tournament Attracts 80 Competitive Golfers

For some automotive vendors, body shop owners and employees, golf is a lost afternoon spent in the bushes, sand traps and water hazards. But for others, golf tournaments like the one held by the Santa Clara Chapter of the California Autobody Association’s (SCC-CAA) held at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, CA on June 27, it’s a great opportunity to network, imbibe, tell tall tales and even actually play some golf.

Famous golf names graced the annual tournament’s leader board, like Choi, Kim and Nelson. But, unfortunately, K.J. (Choi), Anthony (Kim) and Byron (Nelson)–professional golf stars of today and yesterday–weren’t in attendance. Instead, Ron Nelson (Enterprise’s Foursome #1), Yong Kim and Jae Choi (both in Annex Automotive’s Foursome #3), were all members of winning teams.

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There were 20 foursomes who enjoyed the great weather and won prizes on a beautiful northern California day. It was a paint jobbers’ war when a pair of them captured the tournament’s two top spots by playing strategic, skilled game on Cinnabar’s tough Lake and Canyon courses. The first place team was comprised of Mark D’Angelo, Rod Baker and Bob McKim, representing D‘Angelo’s Automotive Coatings. The second place team was comprised of Yong Ko, James Mariner, Jae Choi, and Brandon Rojas and represented Annex Automotive Finishes.

The tournament’s chairperson was once again Tobias Padilla from Hertz. “Tobias did an awesome job of pulling the tournament together, which is not an easy task,” SCC-CAA Past President and Treasurer David Mello said. “This is his second year as the chair of the event, and he really stepped up again this year and was our go-to guy all the way. Every successful tournament needs a person like Tobias and we’re grateful to have him. I should also thank our platinum sponsors–Hertz, PPG, 3M, and Enterprise Rent a Car and our gold sponsors–National Auto Parts, Last Call Marketing, FinishMaster, Carborundom and Lord Fusor.”

One of the tournament’s winners, Mark D’Angelo from the D’Angelo’s Business Group, was pleased to see a great turnout and all of the talented golfers on the course. “This event raises money for the chapter and offers a good opportunity to spend some time away from our businesses. I am happy to see more body shops participating and surprised to learn some of them are very good golfers.”

SCC-CAA President Randy Greenblatt was pleased about the tournament’s turnout and is anticipating a larger crowd in 2013.

“The tournament raises much-needed money for us help the chapter in several ways. The funds go directly into our operational budget, so that we can donate money to organizations like the Central County Occupational Center’s (CCOC) automotive repair school. We recently gave them $1,000 earmarked for operations and another $7,500 to completely build a vehicle in their classes. If the golf tournament will allow us to do things like that, it’s a win-win for the chapter and for great organizations like CCOC! The buzz this year was very positive, so I think we’ll get even more people to participate next year,” Greenblatt said.


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