2009 Oakley/Corona Vegas Pro-Am
Vegas baby, Vegas. The 2009 Oakley/Corona Vegas Pro-Am went off this year thanks to a great effort by Oakley sales crew Kirk Schultz and Paul Hymas along with Yogi Ybarra, Mark Masanovich, Elysia Sheldon, Keith Leisher. The tournament was played on the Sun Mountain Course at the beautiful Paiute golf club. The impeccable greens and tight fairways were home to 150 regional pros and local and national golf accounts last Tuesday. Rounding out the crew were Oakley golf team members Ricky Barnes, Parker McLoughlin, and Charley Hoffman as well as Oakley volleyballer Sean Rosenthal. Luke Walton from the Los Angeles Lakers and Richard Jefferson from the San Antonio Spurs also tee-ed it up in true Oakley fashion. All of our pros helped bring exceptional fire and took the event to a higher level.
Registration began at 10am where golfers were greeted by 12 female caddies who were auctioned off via silent auction. The caddies sported the freshest Oakley women’s tees and glasses. After golfers placed their bid on the caddy of their choice, they dined on delicious bbq and sipped on ice cold coronas which helped battle the Vegas heat. Each player received a VIP tour of the Oakley rolling lab as well as a goody bag filled with great Oakley products.
After a fun round of golf, everyone headed to the club house for the awards presentation. In the end, professional David Smith from Canyon Gate golf course won with a score of 67. Oakley’s own Bobby Schultze took second place with a score of 69 and a tie for third went to a card off between Todd Hajduk from TPC Canyons in Vegas and Brad Church from The Wynn Las Vegas, both with a score of 70. Pro Mark Cowee from PPC canyons won the Oakley Challenge while amateur Gary Scott took the prize. The Oakley Money Ball Team portion was won by the team from Santa Rosa CC headed by professional Mark Quintel. Long drives were shot by professional David Smith from Canyon Gate golf course, amateur Eric Bonaguidi., and ladies amateur Megan Pura. Closest to the pin awards went to Del-icious (Jason Sakamoto’s guest) as well as Tiger Helgelein (corona holes) and Mike Peregrina and Brian Nystrom (oakley holes).
Following the awards ceremony at the course, everyone headed back to the Oakley Villa at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. It was here were things really got cracking. There was a mock NBA draft for flip cup teams that went down in the hot tub where team captains Luke Walton and Oakley golf team manager Al Janc’ selection skills were tested. Luke’s squad consisted of first round pick Ricky Barnes, volleyer Sean Rosenthal, and AVP emcee Chris Mcgee along with Richard Jefferson. Al’s squad consisted of golfers Parker McLauchlin and Charley Hoffman in addition to two other Oakley sports marketing personnel. Once the squads were assembled, the teams headed to the dining room where the flip cup playing field was assembled. After going down 0-2 in the 5 game series, it was Al’s crew who came out on top. In the tie break game, Richard Jefferson made a crucial mental error and touched his cup as it was about to flip to perfection. A slight scuffle broke out and a penalty flip was awarded to Parker McLauchlin. Parker, with all the pressure of a million-dollar championship putt on the line, flipped the cup with ease and sealed the deal: it was Al’s team who would reign as Oakley 2009 Vegas Pro Am flip cup champions.