Tournament History

The first annual tournament was held in April of 1995. We chose the month of April, as this month is designated as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month”. Much planning went into the tournament, the format, prizes, awards, functions including golf and social events.

The goal of the tournament was to:

  •    Include as many family members, relatives, and friends as possible.
  •    To have an event that was fun and enjoyable.
  •    To have everyone participating receive a prize.
  •    Most importantly to raise money for needy children

The following is the tournament format;

Friday Night All golfers and guest were treated to a pizza party at The Berberich home. This has since been changed (thanks to Carl Anderson) to a boat cruise on St Andrew Bay on Carl’s glass bottom boat; it has been a truly enjoyable experience the past two years.
Saturday The golf begins with introduction of the players at 7:00 a.m. and golf beginning at 8:00 a.m. (18 hole scramble format)
Saturday Afternoon The Jeff Berberich Shootout (which the last three years was sold for a $1000 donation and sponsored by a local restaurant owner, (Roy Centanni) open to the first ten shooters with $50. There were two divisions an A player and a B player division, and last year we added a senior Division. This produced more money for the “kids.” The winners receive cash and a trophy for their efforts.
Saturday Evening The Berberich’s (Judy and Chuck) with the help of several volunteers, prepared dinner for all the Berberich Family and guest from out of town. This tradition with the upcoming 2001 tournament has had to be revised, as the tournament has gotten so large, that this became to much for the Berberich Family to have at their home.
Sunday Morning Memorial Mass at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, in Memory of Jeff, attended by family and many, many friends. It is a highlight of the weekend for our family.
Sunday Noon Final 18 holes of golf begin and at the conclusion of the golf, everyone is treated to a steak cookout with all the trimmings, prepared by and served by the Hombre Staff. During the dinner, we have a “reverse drawing” with each golfer receiving a prize; the final four or five names drawn receive the “grand prizes”, such as a week’s vacation including airfare provided by R.C.I. Vacations and Northwest Air Link.
Sunday After Dinner Tournament winners are presented with their prizes and gift certificates. The winning team is presented with a 16 inch carved glass trophy to be retained for one year. Following the presentation of the trophies are the two most important events of the tournament. The check presentation to the charity of choice by the Berberich Family, and finally the Jeff Award, presented to the person or persons who make a significant contribution to the tournament.