April 26 - 27, 1997
Neither wind, nor rain, nor…I hope that the Post Office will forgive us for using its motto to talk about the 1997 golf tournament. However, the Hombre staff and the 124 golfers who participated in the tournament exemplified that motto the weekend of April 26 and 27, 1997.

Saturday was cloudy and overcast, and it was threatening rain for the shotgun start of the third annual event. Regrettably, the rain did not hold off, and when it began it looked as if it would never quit. Most, if not the entire field, got in at least 9 holes, and while the round was canceled for the official tournament, the prizes set aside for the various were awarded on Sunday.

Sunday’s weather forecast was a little better that Saturday’s. But still not real encouraging. The Hombre Staff had the weather radio and the weather channel on, their fingers crossed, and more than a few prayers were said. The best part is that it worked! Despite a 45-minute rain delay, everyone completed his or her round.

Immediately following golf, the steak dinner was held in the Hombre Clubhouse. Chairs and tables were set up in every nook and cranny, and despite the weather (the rain had returned) the food was served and the prizes were awarded. As usual, both were outstanding.

Prizes were worth over $13,000, most, of which were donated by businesses friends, and family for the event. As in the past, everyone who participated received a souvenir golf hat, and a “goody bag” containing balls, tees, and a Reebok water bottle. In addition, the number of door prizes almost exceeded the number of players. Everyone left with a great prize. John Friess won the grand prize of a Three-day Golf Package for Two.

The real winners amid all the fun of this outstanding weekend, beginning with the pizza party at Chuck and Judy’s, the rounds of golf at the course and ending with the awards banquet, we need to reflect on what this tournament is really about. Chuck, Judy, and the boys have chosen to remember Jeff in a unique way, all the proceeds go to Advocates for Children. Administrative cost is practically not existent because most of the prizes and, more importantly, the time of many people are all donated. As a result, this worthwhile charity was presented with a check for over $10,800 at the conclusion of the festivities. Many, many children are the beneficiaries of this event.

1997 Check for $10,800

Last but not least, congratulations to the winning team of:
Bud Berberich, Ralph Abney, Bob Berberich, and Rob Glover

Saturdays Shoot-out was cancelled because of bad weather.

In addition special prizes were awarded to the following:

Closest to the pin Saturday
#7- Vince Widger
#11-Bud Berberich
#13-Tom Sanford

Closest to the pin Sunday
#7-Rob Glover
#13 Jeff Worley

Longest Drive Saturday:
Women - #10 Marilyn Bavetta
Men - #14 Bob Brown

Longest Drive Sunday:
Women - #10 Mary Klunk
Men - #14 Tom Sanford

Closest to the Pin Second Shot:
Saturday, Chuck Petty
Sunday, Ken Frain

Hole in One Prize:
No Winner
Written by Tom Dean