“So what are some of the memorable occurrences on the course from year’s past?” the Key West Weekly probed this year’s event emcee, Sunrise Rotary President Steve Robbins.
“Hmmmm. I don’t know as far as on the course,” he jogged his memory, “But, my brother-in-law got his wife pregnant after last year’s tournament! We drank all day. Went to the American Legion and kept drinking…”
A Sunrise Rotary Golf Classic cherub was the top prize from 2009, and it’s no wonder. Key TV’s Kim Works, Sunrise Rotary charter member took her place passing out free mimosas and bloody maryies to anyone with a tee tucked behind their ear and stogie hanging out of their spout starting at about 7 am.
“We bring all of our extra attractions; green beans, hot stuff,” Works said. “Next thing you know, everyone wants screwdrivers and salty dogs. By the time they tee off, they have two or three drinks in them. It’s a blast!”
“Free Bloody Mary’s! Sign me up!” was what one local middle school teacher gushed after learning of the tourney and its beverage cart details. The classic is a birdie in her book. Not only will she be havin’ fun teeing it up on the course with a Vodka-vegetable cocktail to start her day, all of the money raised from green fees and sponsorships pads goes to the Key West High School Scholarship Fund.
“We’re raising money for the students here,” emphasized Bruce Woodard, of Keys Energy Services and chairman of this year’s event. “Every dollar from this tournament will be handed out to the graduating seniors. We give out $18,500 every year through nine scholarships. The proceeds from this tournament are what allows us to do that.”
The other beauty: any team can win.
Robbins adjusts the green, felt hat on his head and explained, “We have a three-flight system, 36 teams of foursomes. There are flights 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36. If you’re the lowest score in your flight, you’re number one.”
The winner walks away with cold hard cash – $600 for each flight totaling $1800!
“So,” he continued, “there’s no use in cheating. You don’t know if you’re going to be the thirteenth score. Cash for first place, second scores hotels and we have restaurant certificates to round out the third place winners.”
Bruce jumped in, “Stan (Rzad) gets nervous if we hand out too much cash. That’s why we have other prizes.”
Sandeep Singh, prize person and owner of the famed Pegasus Hotel on Duval is positive about the idea of giving away a green jacket, so the champ can flaunt around the island’s thick foliage.
“Isn’t it too late to order that,” he questioned the suggestion meant to mimic the Master’s.
People are pledging other prizes like a Sunset Watersports adventures for two, two-night hotel stays and gift certificates for your favorite eateries like Duffy’s, Pisces, and The Commodore.
“I know everyone wants bourbon and vodka. I’m working on that,” Singh assured. “If they win, they’re happy regardless of the prize. A six-pack will be fine.”
The teams tagged to take the loot after the shotgun start:
“The Formidable Foursome” – Doug Carter, the club pro and his posse
“The Ron Demes’ Do-Overs”, Jim Brooks and Captain Pat DeQuattro
“They might be shootin’ for last place,” Robbins pointed out.
“Yeah. DeQuattro’s new. We know he can run. We’re not so sure about his golf game,” Woodard added about his new Rotary buddy.
Keys Energy, Premier Beverage, and the Weekly Newspapers all have teams signed up and ready to go.
“I have a golf bag that hasn’t even seen the course yet,” Jason Koler, Weekly Newspaper publisher boasted. “But, this tournament is the perfect ending to our weekend of revelry.
We’ll just head down after we close the Monkey for some Keys-wide Rotary fellowship. I heard Scholl’s going to be in Rhode Island commissioning his son, so that stinks.”
“I’ll be on the driving range this weekend,” Jackie Gwidt exclaimed after her third glass of wine. “You guys are all going down! Me, Rodger (Levering), Bob (Sexton) and Bob’s nephew are gonna win!
“What are you wearing?” asks the anonymous middle school teacher.
“Anything madras and flip-flops will work,” Steve suggested, encouraging the novice.
“No bare feet. We’ll start serving hotdogs and hamburgers at about 8 am. There will be a Cuban pork-pulled lunch at the end.”
Woodard reminded everyone of the important essential, “Water, we’ll have lots of water, but drink some the night before.”
Even the last place team walks away a champ with free golf lessons from the Key West Golf Course.
The only person who will be missing is Steve’s brother-in-law.
“Well, he has a new baby. He’ll be here in April.”
Gear for Your Golf Bag
Historic Cigar Alley has Essentials
Cigars at the clubhouse will set you back $15! So, we’re sending golfers to the Historic Cigar Alley for all of the golf bag essentials. Co-owner Becky Andrews says they literally have hundreds starting at just $4.
“There’s no research as to why cigars are customary on the course. This is just one of those things that go hand-in-hand.”
The Alley is outfitted with cutters and wind-resistant lighters with double and triple flames perfect for the course. The Vector comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Rocky Patel, La Flor Dominicana, C.A.O., Romeo Y Julieta Cohiba Red Dot are some of the brands you can buy at Historic Cigar Alley.
You didn’t hear this from us, but when a Miller Lite won’t do, you can stick Flying Dog, Rogue or even a Schlitz in your bag to stave off the thirst. The Cigar Alley carries nearly 20 handcrafted beers.
No business, conference, or girlfriend/boyfriend calls will be accepted during this Sunday scramble spectacular in the name of KWHS Scholarships!