Great weather, lots of golfers and generous prizes make WANADAs Open another hit

Great weather, lots of golfers and generous prizes make WANADAs Open another hit

The 2013 WANADA Open was again graced with perfect golf weather, with the Lansdowne Resort providing the ideal setting for a day of friendly competition, networking and memorable moments. Launching the shot-gun start for golf was Open Chairman Tony Santy (left)

The WANADA Open hosted 148 golfers on two championship courses and more than that attended the reception and awards banquet. Prizes were given for various sporting skills; and in the case of the dinner door prizes, for good luck.

The Albatross Skills Program

Once again, the Albatross Challenges let golfers ply their skills with the ever popular Lob Wall, Glass Blast and the Money Putt (for $2,500). The finalists for the Money Putt were Alan Tilles of Shulman Rogers and Bill Pilkington of CARFAX, neither of whom sunk the putt to win the purse. Eight golfers succeeded in the Glass Blast challenge

Maryland foursome takes WANADA Cup

In the Match Between the States, foursomes from Maryland and Virginia again competed for the coveted WANADA Cup Trophy.

Calculations were done to determine the low average team scores, and this time the Maryland team won, with an average score of 65. The winning team, pictured at right, represents the first foursome from Maryland to win since the Maryland/Virginia competition began four years ago.

General WANADA Open Golf Tournament Winners

[I]Greg Norman Course (Primary Course)[/I]

Winning Team from M&T Bank

Scott Worthing, Conrad Rickers, Jim Frank and Jeff Hetzner

Second Place Team from Chevy Chase Cars and Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell John Bowis, Chevy Chase Acura Sam Weaver, Chevy Chase Nissan Jim Tortorella, Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell Pete Reilly, Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell

Third Place Team from Wells Fargo Dealer Services Steve Reynolds, Harry Neller, Tim Raymond, Jeremiah Hill

Jones Course (course with only one set of winners)

Low Team Score Peter Kitzmiller and Travis Martz, Maryland Automobile Dealers Association and Bob Loughlin, ABC7/News Channel 8

Specialty Golf Event Winners

[I]Greg Norman Course[/I]

Closest to the Pin, Hole 9 White – Dale Spink, BB&T, 25 feet Blue – Eric Schnurr,, 10 inches Green – N/A

Closest to the Pin, Hole 17 White – Jim Tortorella, Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell, 16 ft. 6 inches Blue – Keith Fralin, Ourisman of Virginia, 4 inches Green – M.J. Long, Long & Foster, 20 feet

Longest Drive, Hole 8 White – Dale Spink, BB&T Blue – Conrad Rickers, M&T Bank Green – MJ Long, Long & Foster and Beck Hare, GBS

Longest Drive, Hole 18 White – Gary Little, Mercedes Benz of Arlington Blue – Chuck Jackowski, Ourisman of Virginia Green – MJ Long, Long & Foster

Jones Course

Closest to the Pin, Hole 7 White – Peter Kitzmiller, Maryland Automobile Dealers Association

[I]B&R Challenge[/I]

Once again B&R Associates sponsored the Hole 9/par 3 competition where qualifiers joined in a special cash drawing. Four of the group of skilled golfers were picked at random, whereupon the audience at the awards banquet leveraged up the purse to $800. The last man standing was John Devine, US Trust/Bank of America who is pictured to the right with Tom Parsons of B&R Associates.

[I]Tennis Clinic[/I]

And for the non-golfers, but sports minded, there was a tennis clinic (pictured right) with the Lansdowne pro and free play all afternoon. The resurgence of interest in tennis signals the return of a WANADA Open tennis tournament in the future. The seven players additionally got a tennis gift bag and an iTunes gift card.

[I]Door Prize Winners From the Banquet[/I][

$1,500 gift certificate, Best Buy Melanie Funkhouser, Fair Oaks Motors

$1,000 gift certificate, Best Buy Paul Smyth, Lindsay Chevrolet

Lansdowne overnight package for two including a round of golf

Hwan Kim, Lindsay Lexus

Taylor Made RBZ Three Wood James Welch, DARCARS

Callaway Forge wedge Sam Weaver, Chevy Chase Nissan

iPad Chuck Jackowski, Ourisman of Virginia.

Bose headphones Keith Fralin, Ourisman of Virginia

iPod and iTunes gift card Chip Doetsch, Apple Ford

Oakley belt strap and buckle Patrick Huckabay, Euro Motorcars

Cutter & Buck Drytec shirt Shawn Lynes, Sheehy Ford Nissan Subaru of Springfield

Nike Dri-fit golf shirt Frank McCarthy, Sheehy Ford Nissan Subaru of Springfield

Nike Dri-fit golf shirt and Titleist hat Sean Worthy, DARCARS

Wine Basket

Joe Shine, Sheehy Ford Nissan Subaru of Springfield

Hydro Flask Jim Higgins, Jr., DARCARS

Titleist golf glove John Bowis, Chevy Chase Acura

[I]50/50 Drawing F.B.O. ADEI nets $750 to the winner[/I] This years winner of the Opens 50/50 cash contest, Joe Shine, Sheehy Ford Nissan Subaru of Springfield, won $750 in cash. Another $750 went for the benefit of WANADAs educational foundation, the Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI). Mr. Shine, pictured right, with his 50/50 cash prize was also the winner of an elaborate wine basket.

[I]Grand Prize Drawing![/I]

This years Open Grand Prize was a Nemacolin Woodlands Resort $2,500 gift certificate won by Dan Ierace, Ourisman Automotive of Virginia. Pictured at right is last years Open Grand Prize winner, Chip Doetsch of Apple Ford/Lincoln, presenting Mr. Ierace with the $2,500 gift certificate to Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania.

Special Prize Drawing for Kindred Line Members

[I]In recognition of Kindred Line support of WANADA dealers[/I]

Lansdowne overnight package for two including a round of golf Dave Ravasage, B&R Associates

Ping Putter

Corky Crovato, BG Product Services


In keeping with longstanding WANADA Open tradition, winners of all Luck-of-the-Draw banquet prizes must be present, in person, to win.

[U]Thank you to the 2013 WANADA Open sponsors and organizers[/U]

A big thank you(!) to the many sponsors who made this years WANADA Open program possible.

[I]Activities and Evening Sponsors[/I]

Lunch – Capital One Auto Finance,, Kaiser Permanente, SunTrust Bank

Cocktail Reception – Dealer Track Registration and Titling Services, US Trust/Bank of America Private

Wealth Management

Dinner – The Washington Auto Show

Music – SunDun Office Refreshments

Golf Carts – Chesapeake Petroleum, JM&A Group

Door Prizes – ABC7/News Channel 8

Grand Prize – WorkForce Tactix, Inc.

Golf Towels – CARFAX

Golf Balls – Chesapeake Contracting Group

Registration – Penney Design Group

Beverage Carts – BG Products, Charapp & Weiss, LLP

Albatross Skills Challenge – Automobile Technician Development Program

Bag Drop – Zurich Direct

Pin Location Flags –

Putting Green – CARFAX

Sign Sponsor – Hargrove

Hole-in-one Sponsorship – $10,000

RBC Wealth Management

Hole-in-one Sponsorship – 50-inch plasma TV

B&R Associates

Hole-in-one Sponsorship – iPod Touch

Injured Workers Insurance Fund

Hole-in-one Sponsorship – Ping woods and bag

The Washington Post

Driving Range – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, PC

Transportation of prizes and other materials”Fitzgerald Auto Malls

Hole sponsors

Assurant Employee Benefits, BB&T, BMO Harris Bank, Byrne Software Technologies, Capital One Auto Finance, CareFirst, Comcast Spotlight, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Group Benefit Services, Hamilton & Hamilton, PDP Group, PNC Dealer Finance, Pomerance & Associates, PPC Lubricants, Yoffe Exposition Services

WANADA Open Organizers

The success of the WANADA Open also was brought about by the energy and boundless imagination of Tony Santy of Chesapeake Petroleum and his Special Events Committee: Dwayne Cannon, JM&A Group; Bob Hydorn, Fitzgerald Auto Malls; Jennifer Parsons, DARCARS; Pete Reilly, Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, and Sam Weaver, Chevy Chase Nissan.

In addition to the aforementioned WANADA leadership, this years Open was assisted by the planning and hard work of WANADA staff, notably Kristina Henry and Ralph Frisbee, who were supported by Ana Campos, Huda Farooq, Trish Frisbee, Xavier Hodge, Andrea Holmes, Joe Koch, Ed Mullaney, & Katy

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