Thursday, October 24, 2013
The 7th Annual
George Von Elm Memorial Golf Tournament for Junior Golf
The 2013 George Von Elm Memorial Golf Tournament for Junior Golf report.
On one of those very beautiful fall mornings that we have in Los Angeles in late October, when the light is soft and the breeze is whispery, the George Von Elm Memorial officially teed off on the 10th hole of Rancho Park golf course. As the players moved away from Pico boulevard, they headed into the warmth and quiet of the amazing piece of land that Rancho is built on, and that we are incredibly lucky to have as a public golf course! And what's not to be happy about that?|
The best round of the day came from the dynamic duo of Alan Lipsky and Stan Moss Jr. Both are members of the RPGC and RPSGC. The two 'an's led the rest of the competitors off at 7:30 AM from the 10th tee. By lunch time they had polished up a respectable round of par, taking 71 strokes, and thereby winning the Gold Medal for 2013.
Close behind were ex-president of RPGC David Gautreaux and partner Victor Schwartz, who took the Silver Medal with a score of 73.
Rancho's Dr. Brian Cullen and guest Paul Campbell claimed the Bronze Medal with a 74.
When anyone shoots 59 it has to be magical, and this time it won the net Gold Medal! Joe Feldman played with the winners and wrote, "We knew early we were playing with the net winners. Rancho members Sasa Milivojevic invited Zach Orell who had no sleep the previous evening after working an overnight shift.He had this wide eyed excited look from the beginning which never left him. After watching Zach score two birdies early (missing a couple of others along the way) and then another two for a total of four birdies, I asked him, "Is this the round of your life?" To which he replied, "Absolutely! I never play like this."He was on cloud nine and we were right there with him!He shot a gross 76 with a 15 handicap and he and Sasa deservingly won 1st place low net."
Ronald O'Meara and Jim Cruse had an epic round and sadly only managed to score a net 60, snatching the Silver Medal.
Rancho's president-emeritus, Clarence Yim, and the lovely Linda, took the Bronze Medal with a net score of 62.
2013 GVEM Medal Winners - photos by Otto Hess
Quotes from the players
"As regards the GVE, I didn't play so well, so that was tough. But it was definitely a fun event and a pleasure playing with the other 3 guys whom I had never met before."
Ray Anzelc, SCGA Captain. MGA Co-Captain. Rancho Park Golf Club
"I notified Allan that we finished low gross in the GVE. Do we have to share the medal or will we both get one? Nice tournament as usual."
Stan Moss Jr., Rancho Park Golf Club Emeritus (1989,90,92 Club Champion)
"No 12 handicapper should play on the 14th hole from the blacks."
Otto Hess (Official Photographer, 2013 GVEM VII)
"I truly enjoyed the day at Rancho Park Golf Course and it felt good knowing the proceeds were going to support our local young persons through the Youth on Course program sponsored by the SCGA."
Joe Feldman, Rancho Park Golf Club Membership Chairman
"Loved the event (GVEM 2013)! Had fun, played golf at Rancho Park, nice goodie bag and raffle prizes. Thanks for lunch! Who raffles off 6 new Armani leather jackets, multiple sporting event tickets at one tournament plus all that tech equipment and more? The George Von Elm Memorial Charity tournament, that's who!"
Joe Feldman, RPGC Booster Chairman!
"I thought everyone had a great time and was surprised most stayed to the end. I thought the prizes were excellent."
2013 GVEM VII Offical Photo Slideshow
(Otto Hess and J Jones photos)
The Rancho Park Golf Club, 2013 George Von Elm Memorial Committee is grateful for all the support received from our sponsors, players, helpers, and the staff at Rancho Park golf course. Thank you; Bourget Bros., MK Diamond, Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills, Kingston Technology, Inland Stone, Jim Blank Apparel, SCGA Foundation, Mission Beverage, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, LA Golf Clubs.
GVEM VII Committee: John Jones, Clarence Yim, Robert Weisman, Leonard Bourget, Stephen Lewis, Matt Hodgen, Gonzo Paigen, David Wexler, Devesh Purohit. Volunteers, David Gautreaux and crew, Richard Agay, Otto Hess
2013 George Von Elm signs:
2013 GVEM VII Program -
2013 GVEM Flyer
Presented by the Rancho Park Golf Club, continuing the tradition of giving back to the community by supporting Junior Golf in Southern California. Since 2007 the George Von Elm Memorial has raised over $30,000 for the Junior Golf Program of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, and for the Southern California Golf Association Foundation's Youth on Course.
The Von Elm is a Two Player, BEST BALL competition (fourball stroke-play).
The Entry Fee was $ 100.00 per player, and included, tee time, cart, lunch, Mercedes Hole In One, par 3, and other prizes. Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals were awarded for low gross and low net winners, and the competition was open to all golfing members of the community.
|George Von Elm was the star of the original Rancho Golf Club in the 1920's, where he lead the team to the innaugeral Peter Cooper Bryce SCGA Team Play trophy in 1927. He was made a Life Time member of the Rancho Park Golf Club after the new course opened in 1949. Von Elm was also a member of the Los Angeles Country Club, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Lakeside Golf Club, and on the Permanent Masters list.|
|Playing for Rancho in the 1926 U.S. Amateur Championionship, he beat Bobby Jones for the title.And as a business man golfer in 1931, he played in the longest playoff in US Open history, losing by 1 stroke to Billy Burke after 72 holes!
George Von Elm appeared in hundreds of fundraising exhibitions for charity and was instrumental in initiating golf equipment donations in Southern California for children and war veterans during and after World War II. |
If you would like more information, or if you would like to Sponsor or make a Donation, or a Scrip, Cash, Silent Auction, or Prize donation, for Junior Golf at Rancho, please email here
|Rancho golf course #2 opened with the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship in July 1949, and continued as a championship golf course for seventeen Los Angeles Open's from 1955-1983, the Ladies PGA from 1978-89, and the Senior/Champions Tour from 1990-94, and the Los Angeles City Championships and the annual LAPD Police Tournament. The Von Elm is played on Rancho Park's nearly 7000 yard Billy Bell, William Johnson, George Von Elm & Johnny Dawson designed golf course. The historic layout will be played starting on the 10th hole, as it was for all Los Angeles Opens.|
The 7th Annual George Von Elm Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by Rancho Park Golf Club
2012 George Von Elm Memorial VI Summary
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