They’re billing it as the “4th Annual UWGB Convocation Open” (some call it Divotfest) to be held the day after convocation on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Shorewood Golf Course, and it is fun. The format for this social outing is a three-or-four person scramble that allows golfers of all abilities to participate and meet others in an informal setting. The event is open to faculty, staff, and retirees, with the teams being selected by the Planning Committee, chaired by Steve Meyer along with Joe Schoenebeck and John Katers. Chancellor Miller has once again been invited to hit the ceremonial first ball at 1 p.m., with tee times to follow. (If the Chancellor is unavailable, organizers are trying to get Brett Favre, who seems to be everywhere around Green Bay, these days.) Anyway, what better way to prepare for the upcoming semester by taking a half day of vacation and commiserating with others while enjoying a round of golf for $10 ($15 if taking a cart)? Please contact Joe Schoenebeck by Friday, Aug. 21, to reserve your spot in the outing. Non-golfers are encouraged to stop by later in the afternoon for refreshments and conversation.
A nice mix of faculty, staff, retirees and friends of the University took part in the Third Annual Convocation Open, held Thursday (Aug. 28) at the campus Shorewood Golf Course. Play commenced with Chancellor Gary Miller hitting the ceremonial first ball. Chancellor Miller was also on hand to provide his putting acumen to groups on the first green. Winning the competition at two under par was the team of Sue Bodilly, Joe Schoenebeck, and Bill Shay. Hole prize winners for the event were as follows:
Shortest Drive on #1 — Joan Keberlein (longest shortest drive in Open history)
Closest to Pin on #2 — Tom Barry
Longest Drive Men on #4 — Fred (Sandbagger) Kennerhead
Longest Drive Women on #9 — Karen Opolka
Longest Putt Men on #5 — Ron Starkey
Longest Putt Women on #7 — Cris Nelson (shortest longest putt in history)
Closest to right front bunker on #6 — Reb Przybelski
With the help of Chancellor Gary Miller’s putt on the first green, the team of Sue Bodilly, Joe Schoenebeck and Bill Shay, captured a two-under par victory at the 3rd Annual UWGB Convocation Open, yesterday (Thursday, August 28). Participants included faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and friends. Chancellor Miller hit the ceremonial first ball off the first tee at Shorewood Golf Course, and was on hand to provide his putting acumen to groups on the first green before heading to the Campus Welcome activities.
Hole prize winners for the event were as follows:
Shortest Drive on #1 Joan Keberlein (Noteable: It was the longest shortest drive in Convocation Open history)
Closest to Pin on #2 Tom Barry
Longest Drive, Men on #4 Fred (sandbagger) Kennerhed
Longest Putt, Men on #5 Ron Starkey
Closest to right Front Bunker on #6 Reb Przybelski
Longest Putt Women on #7 Chris Nelson (shortest longest putt in Convocation Open history)
Longest Drive Women on #9 Karen (ringer) Opolka
A special thank you to Associate Professor Steve Meyer (NAS) for donating jars of his University famous salsa as door prizes.
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Photos by Sue Bodilly, Marketing and University Communication
Organizers tell us that approximately 30 golfers have signed up for the Third Annual UWGB Convocation Week Open to be held next Thursday, Aug. 28. Tee times start immediately following the ceremonial opening tee shot at 1 p.m. There is still time to sign up. Send your name and golf handicap information to Joe Schoenebeck by noon this Friday (Aug. 22). As a reminder, greens fees are $10. Non-golfers are welcome to stop by later in the day to socialize.
Our faculty and staff colleagues organizing the Shorewood golf outing for the afternoon of Aug. 28, the day after Convocation, say they’ve had a good number of early signups, but there’s always room for more. The event is open to faculty, staff and retirees. The planning committee consists of Kelly Franz, John Katers and Joe Schoenebeck. Please contact Joe if you’d like to reserve a spot for the very reasonable $10 greens fee. Non-golfers are welcome, as well. For details, see our previous post.
They’re billing it as the “3rd Annual UWGB Convocation Open” to be held on the afternoon of Thursday, August 28, at the Shorewood Golf Course. The format for this social outing will be a three-or four-person scramble. Golfers (duffers, sandbaggers) of all abilities are encouraged to participate and meet others from the UW-Green Bay community in a less formal setting. The event is open to faculty, staff and retirees, with teams selected by the Planning Committee that consists of Kelly Franz, John Katers and Joe Schoenebeck.
Tee times start at 1 p.m., so if you can afford to take vacation for the afternoon and the very reasonable $10 greens fee ($15 if riding), they would love to hear from you. Please contact Joe Schoenebeck by noon August 22, the preceding Friday, to reserve your spot. What group will dethrone last year’s championship team of Tom Barry, Karen Opolka, and Patrick Forsythe? Chancellor Miller is tentatively scheduled to hit the ceremonial first ball to open the day’s activities. Non-golfers are also welcome to stop by Shorewood for refreshments and casual conversation later in the afternoon.
In a tightly contested event with all teams within five strokes, Tom Barry, Karen Opolka and Patrick Forsythe emerged as winners of the 2013 Convocation Open. They tied at 35 (for nine holes) with Chuck Wiseman, Susan Barry and Jeff Gross, but won on a tiebreaker. The Aug. 29 outing was the second annual occurrence of this friendly faculty/staff/retiree tournament during Convocation Week. We’ve got photos, along with names of the long drivers, best putters and more – click here.
In a tightly contested event, with all teams within five strokes, Tom Barry, Karen Opolka and Patrick Forsythe emerged as winners of the 2013 Convocation Open. Their score of 35 was matched by Chuck Wiseman, Susan Barry and Jeff Gross, but the first hole proved to be the decisive tiebreaker, with the winning team recording a par. The Aug. 29 outing was the second annual occurrence of this friendly faculty/staff/retiree tournament during Convocation Week, a few days before the formal start of the school year. In a stunning turn of events from 2012, when he hit a tremendous drive off the first tee, UW-Green Bay’s smooth-swinging chancellor, Tom Harden, hit a ceremonial first ball that… well… there was little doubt that 2012 “short drive champion” John Arendt would avoid recapturing his title. (Video of Harden’s opening drive was not made available to the media.) Other event winners were Rick Warpinski (long drive – men), Sue Bodilly (long drive – women), Jake Jacobson (closest to the pin), Patrick Forsythe (closest to the bunker), and Pat Przybelski and Trudy Jacobson (long putt). Thanks to the staff at Shorewood Golf Course and all who participated… organizers and participants look forward to seeing you again next year.
Saw a blurb in the Appleton newspaper recently that mentioned the golfing exploits of a couple of University Union employees: Lee Reinke of Brillion and Rick Warpinski of Green Bay combined to finish ninth and lead area players at the WSGA Net Partners event at The Golf Course at Branch River in Cato. Read more.
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‘The Open’ — Also, here’s a reminder that convocation week isn’t complete without the “2nd Annual UWGB Convocation Open” to be held the afternoon of Thursday (Aug. 29) at our very own Shorewood Golf Course. It’s a social outing open to golfers, semi-golfers and committed non-golfers, as long as you’re faculty, staff or retiree. See details.
They’re billing it as the “2nd Annual UWGB Convocation Open” to be held the day after convocation on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 29, at Shorewood Golf Course. It’s a three- or four-person scramble, open to faculty, staff and retirees Please contact Joe Schoenebeck by noon Aug. 23, the preceding Friday, to reserve your spot, as this event will be limited to the first 40 participants. Non-golfers are welcome to the casual reception. See details.