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Thursday, 12 December 2013 17:27

FinishMaster Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Adolescent Mentor Group

On a sunny day in the City by the Bay more than 100 golfers representing every segment of the collision industry played 18 holes at Harding Park in San Francisco at the annual FinishMaster tournament on Oct. 9. This breathtaking TPC course is considered to be one of the elite municipal courses in the country, featuring pristine greens and lush fairways throughout. The annual Harding Park Tournament was originally hosted by the San Francisco chapter of the California Autobody Association, but when that chapter folded several years ago, FinishMaster took over the sponsorship to continue this tournament, now celebrating its 16th year.



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Halloween was still several weeks away, but most of the golf being played by this assemblage was frightening. When you get a mixture of decent golfers combined with duffers and even a few first-timers, it always makes for a fascinating day. No one was actually injured, although several egos were seriously bruised and a few wannabe golfers looked like small children, “playing in the sand and the water all day long” according to one body shop owner who also described his foursome as “the Three Stooges and me!”

The FinishMaster’s Harding Park Tournament is a non-profit event that raises money for Young Life, an organization that mentors adolescents and helps them to live more productive lives. Tournament sponsors included Axalta, PPG, Oak Distributors, 3M Company, Norton/Saint Germain, Putnam Buick Pontiac GMC of Burlingame, Last Call Marketing, Northstar, Transtar, Fiberglass Evercoat and DeVilbiss Air Company.

Putnam Buick Pontiac GMC of Burlingame once again sponsored a hole-in-one, featuring a new vehicle and FinishMaster also sponsored a hole-in-one offering a $10,000 cash prize. The car was never in danger, although many handicaps were and the ten grand will remain safe for yet another year.

First place for the tournament went to a foursome consisting of FinishMaster’s Regional Sales Vice President Mike Sheedy; John Moore, owner of Moore Buick in Los Gatos, CA; John Marshall, regional manager at Norton and Pete Stafford, who does not work in the collision industry, or in golf terms, he’s what’s called a “ringer.”

Special credit also belongs to Hostess Melissa Perez of FinishMaster, and of course, Regional Vice-President of Sales Mike Sheedy of FinishMaster who was also again the tournament’s director.

Perez was thrilled by the collision industry’s participation in the tournament and everyone was impressed by the condition of the course and the favorable weather, she said.

“This tournament always features people from literally every aspect of this industry and it’s a great chance to unwind and play golf on this amazing course in the most beautiful city in the world,” Perez said.  “We value the great relationships we’ve built over the years and it’s always a pleasure to see the same faces again. This year, we had more shops participating, which was nice. Special thanks go out to everyone who came a long way to be here, especially Darren Huggins with the Van Tuyl Auto Group, who came all the way from Texas to be here! It’s a unique tournament and we’re happy to be celebrating its 16th year.”

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