PICTURED ABOVE (from left to right): James Butler, Howie Dallmar, Dave Mahar, Stefan McGovern
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The 2012 edition of the Menlo College Athletics Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser was easily one for the ages. For the second straight year the Tournament took place at it's new home, Coyote Creek Golf Club in Morgan Hill, and with the unbeatable combination of the Club's extraordinary staff coupled with the Menlo Athletic Department, the event ran as well as it ever has.
For the fourth consecutive year Ted and Dino Siotos took part in the winning foursome, while John Siotos and Markus Tarling rounded out the championship group for the second straight Tournament. The foursome of Tom, Scott, and James Walsh along with Wes Payne finished in second, and the combination of Menlo Head Golf Coach Bill Imwalle, Don Shaw, and Oak golfers Cody Grimes and David Moore took home a third place mark. Jeff Janakes topped out in the events longest drive contest, while Wally Funk and Jason Sevigny found themselves as the two winners of the closest to the pin challenge.
This year's Tournament featured incredible participation from Menlo's exceptional student-athletes. For the second straight year at Coyote Creek each team had the responsibility of putting together some form of entertainment at a respective hole on the course. As golfers passed through their round of 18, they had the pleasure of having a chance to guess their swing speed to win a vintage Oaks baseball jersey, throw a football through an accuracy net for top-notch Menlo gear, and chip a ball into a mini-basketball net to take home official Oak Basketball t-shirts.
The exciting "Four Player Scramble" format along with the extra participation at each hole brought a whole host of Menlo alumni to this year's Tournament. The department was excited to welcome a number of newcomers to the event, which included a multitude of recent baseball and softball players.
Prior baseball players' Robbie Nelson ('09), Joel Hull ('11), and a member of this year's squad in Chris Cleary ('12) took part in the action, while former Lady Oaks' Becky Knecht ('01), Carly Henderson ('03), and Malia Baxter ('03) shot a round of 18 as well. Only Baxter has previously played in a Menlo Athletics Tournament, in what looks to be a promising trend of recent graduate participation.
As afternoon met evening and participants turned in their final scores, the day ended with a night of dinner and awards with many in attendance coming away with tremendous raffle prizes. The entire Menlo College Athletic Department would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, raffle prize donors, and golfers for making this year's Tournament one of the best to date.