"Can it get any better than this?" was the question many IFMA members, associates, and friends were asking themselves the afternoon of September 15th following IFMA's Fifth Annual Golf Tournament.
It must have been the prettiest day of the month, or maybe it just felt that way, because everything just seemed to go right.
Tulsa's Chapter of the International Facility Managers Association has done it again. For five years they have hosted the premier fall tournament benefiting the Little Light House, the National IFMA Foundation, and our local chapter of IFMA. The proceeds are divided equally each year. "Our first priority is to give something back to our community through support of the Little Light House and Tulsa area kids", tournament sponsorship chair, Ross Phippen explains. Funds given to IFMA enable the top-notch organization, both nationally and locally, to continue providing the best programs and resources available to some of the hardest working business people in corporate America today - Facility Managers. This year's donation to the Little Light House is expected to be around $3,000.
The tournament was held at Whitehawk Golf Course in Bixby, Ok. for the fourth straight year. The course and facility were in great shape, and you cannot beat the incredible service and professionalism we have experienced out there. The staff at Whitehawk even had a hand in helping to come up with the unique and unusual format we used successfully, for the second time in this years tournament. It is called a "Mystery Scramble" and it is designed to allow participants to play with the partners of their choice, but after the round, players, each keeping their team score, are scrambled by blind draw and matched with mystery partners. Prizes are awarded based on the mystery team scores. This format removes the competitive focus from the tournament and allows everyone to meet new people and broaden their circle of friends in the organization.
Speaking of awards, congratulations to all the winners of this year's tournament! Four $100 gift certificates were given to first place team members. The second place team received $75 gift certificates and this year, twelve players were awarded $50 gift certificates for a three-way-tie in third place. Just to be sure the prizes are plenty and spread out among all participants, it has been an IFMA tournament tradition to award $50 gift certificates to last place team members as well. Other prizes included (2) Men's Longest Drive and (2) Women's Longest Drive certificates at $100 each and (4) Closest-to-the-Pin certificates at $100 each. Door prizes included a traveling golf bag, DVD player, golf cooler, binoculars, turkey fryer, and many other great gifts (not to mention first-rate goodie bags for all players).
The many loyal sponsors, players and volunteers who participate year after year make all these wonderful prizes and donations possible. And each year we gain new involvement. (If you have not been involved in the tournament in the past, we will be looking for you next year.) Many, many thanks to all who participate - you are the best!
So, can it get any better than this? Each year it gets harder and harder to better an already great tournament, but we think so. Planning has started for next year's tournament and there are already surprises in store. There is always room for more great ideas and involvement and it is a perfect opportunity to get in at the leading edge of tremendous event with awesome people for an excellent cause and have a lot of fun in the process.