BOOMERANG AWARDS DINNER
Member-guest tournament dinner: 212 members and guests who played in the Boomerang Golf Tournament at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club were entertained Saturday at the awards dinner. The menu featured salmon and beef tenderloin. Table decorations featured LED lights under each table and vases with white shades and LED sprays.
Music: Jam Wowz Band played during the evening.
Program: Head golf professional Tim Fleming announced the winners and the golf staff handed out trophies.
Winners: The 18-team winners and their flights include: Cooper Johnson and Don Robert Johnson, Oakmont Flight; Ran Oliver and Ryan Cole, Merion; Jon Virostek and Ronald Hill, August National; Bobby Hall and Matt Stonecipher, Muirfield Village; Chip Keating and Dave McKenney, Prairie Dunes; David Feroli and Gary Shaffer, Pine Valley; Daniel Reineke Jr. and Seth Vannatta, Seminole; Allen Clark and Sammy Garcia, Cypress Point; Michael Nichols and Court Roueche, Pebble Beach; Bradley Gawey and Mark Scott, Crystal Downs; Aaron Horton and Brooks Walker, Medinah; Chris Dobbins and Chris McGuire, Shinnecock Hills; Cary Amundsen and Mark Hagan, Fishers Island; Jerry Scott and Todd Summers, Pacific Dunes; Brad Haines and Randy Davis, Winged Foot; Doug Fellrath and Kelly Griggs, Sand Hills; John McCaleb and Steve Peterson, Oakland Hills; and Brandt Vawter and Matt Whitaker, Baltusrol.
BOOMERANG POOL PARTY
Event: Tables for guests were set outside at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for the pool party and food tables were set up under tents. Driftwood centerpieces held candles, sand and seashells, as well as LED globes. Grass skirting was on the buffet tables. Guests wore colorful leis.
Special drinks: Mai tais, Singapore slings and pina coladas were served in tiki cups as guests arrived, and a margarita machine was available.
Dinner: Five food stations offered a variety of dishes, including Polynesian fish tacos, coconut-crusted crab cakes, a sushi platter with seared tuna, marinated and grilled lobster tail, a pit-roasted pig, sugar cane smoked rib-eye steak, mini-taco salad bowls, passion fruit creme Brule, coconut and mango rice pudding, pina colado bites, key lime bites, caramelized banana pudding and green tea Panna Cotta.
Other activities: There was a stag party for the men on Wednesday night as well as a reception, dinner and fashion show at Balliet’s for the women.
Event: The Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur Tournament was held at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club. The first day was a welcome reception where pairings were posted. Other activities during the week of qualifying rounds and match play included a cocktail reception, dinners and a special awards ceremony and banquet.
Golfers: Among the golfers were Hally Leabetter, Caroline Goodin, Jade Staggs, Samantha Stewart, Nan Dyer, LeeAnn Fairlie, Jessica Schiele. Diane Wheat, Chrissy Bagwell, Elaine Davis, Jennifer Hays, Allison Sell, Abby Thompson, Maci Arrington, Ann Cowan, Emma Allen, Erika Salinas, Jennifer Hoyt, Kailey Campbell, Carolyn Martin, Jayde Panos, Reagan Barnes, Kina Boone, Anna Mikish, Katie-Lee Wilson, Kathlyn Smith, Kathy West, Becky Masoner, Jaime Branch and Taylor Neidy.
Winners: Eleven states in the field represented country clubs and colleges from all the Southern states. Oklahoma had 32 players and 11 Oklahomans went home with silver. Two of those were qualifying round awards.
Jayde Panos was the finalist after playing 18 holes with Mika Liu. Chrissy Bagwell won Senior Medalist in the special awards of the qualifying round. Chelsea Burney, Amarillo, Texas, won the Low Net trophy with a net 68, a special qualifying round award.
Party: A graduation party honored Gabrielle Hefner as she graduated from Oklahoma Christian School. Her parents, Carol and Robert Hefner IV, were hosts in their home. Guests included fellow graduates, family members and friends.
Decorations: Crimson and cream roses were on the tables and a University of Oklahoma-themed candy bar was featured to highlight her college choice of OU, where she will be in the President’s Leadership Class.
Guests: At the party were Piper and Brian Link, Pat and Ray Broadfoot, Susie and Tricia Kemp, Iman Berglan, Lynn and Sam Coury, Carey Sue and Ricardo Vega, Beckie and Robert Potts, Lisa and Scott Munz, Jeanean and Bruce South, Joan White, Julie and Mia Solheim, Brady Skinner, Evan Welch, Caleb Cato, Graham Turner, Alec Plourde, Madeline Miller, Tristan Newbold, Bailey Wilson, Ali and Jessi Standard, Andrew Ungerecht, Hailey Stoll, Brett Herrin, Blake Franklin, Caitlin Arnold and Grace Cloutet.
OKLAHOMA FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE
Occasion: Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence members honored 100 of the state’s top public high school students and five Oklahoma educators at the 28th annual Academic Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. Jami Rhoades Antonisse was chairman.
Theme/speakers: “Learn, Serve, Connect” was the theme of the banquet, and Harvard professor and author Robert D. Putnam was keynote speaker. Founder and chairman of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, David L. Boren was master of ceremonies. About 1,000 people attended.
Entertainment: The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra played.
Teaching awards: The foundation’s Oklahoma Medals for Excellence Awards in Teaching went to Cheryl Tate, Donna Gradel, Emily Dial-Driver, Katheleen R. Guzman and J. Michael McClaren. Each received a cash award and a glass sculpture.
Scholarships: Student All-State Scholars received cash and medallions. They are from 79 schools in 70 Oklahoma school districts. There were 567 nominations.