The weather warmed up briefly and the rain clouds stayed away for the day and 18 groups of golfers (71 total) had another wonderful day at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club for our annual Scholarship Golf Outing. This year’s scholarship winners were able to spilt a little over $2000 between them. The winners this year are 1) Audrey E. Hesson from Monroe, MI who is majoring in Architectural Technology at Ferris State University (FSU); 2) Cheyenne J. Liabenow from Greenville, MI who is majoring in Architecture at Ferris State University (FSU); and 3) Eric R. DeJong from Ada, MI who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech University (MTU) up north in Houghton, MI in the Upper Peninsula. Of these three winners, only Eric was able to participate in this year’s outing.
Let me tell you a little about Thornapple Pointe Golf Club. The golf course is sandwiched snugly between all of today’s modern age transportation modes – car, rail, air, and sea. Well, I may be stretching it bit with the “sea” example, but you do have to admit, the Thornapple River eventually does run out to the ocean albeit several hundred miles away. For cars, the highway interchange between two major highways (M-6 and I-96) is located a mere 200 yards beyond the 12th green. For air, the landing approach for our Kent County Airport is directly above the fairways for holes 5, 6, 7, 11, 14, and 17. The end of the main East/West Runway is about 1/2 mile from the fairway of Hole #11. Commercial airliners are constantly flying overhead about another 200 yards above our heads. For rail, the golf course is bisected between holes 2, 3, 6, 17, and 18 by the CSX Railroad. Our golf carts must literally drive under the tunneled overpass while freight trains roll over the top not more than 10 feet above us. For sea (river), the Thornapple River wraps around a point along holes 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, and 14. Pontoon boats, fishing boats, and water skiers can be seen occasionally enjoying the cool water when the temperature is a little warmer than we had during this year’s outing. The high temperature during the outing was a nice 65 degrees with very few cumulus clouds allowing a lot of sun to keep us comfortable.
There was a tie for low gross score (55) between Team 6 and Team 7. The winner was determined by awarding the team with the best score on the No. 1 Handicap Hole (Hole 5). Team 7 (B. Hayden, T. Brisboe, N. Bush, B. Cornell) had an Eagle on the 597 yard hole. Team 6 (M. Hinton, S. Hinton, J. Saladino, and D. Dennis) also had a gross score of 55 which almost made them winners two years in a row except for the luck of an extra strip of Surveyor’s Tape. Only one stroke back (56) was the Team 4 group (J. Hojnacki, M. Marks, and B. Buter). What can I say, my team ran out of tape. Ours was the only group which didn’t have a full foursome, so we had to alternate an extra shot between us on every hole. With all due respect to all of this year’s attendees, NO TEAM SHOT OVER PAR. All teams shot below par.
Individual prizes were awarded as follows:
Longest Drive Hole #7 – Tyler Godfrey
Longest Drive Hole #13 – Derek Dennis
Closest to Pin Hole #8 – Phil “Dr. STO” Catalano
Closest to Pin Hole # 12 – Ron Dutoi
Longest Putt Hole #17 – Jeff Murphy
Putting Contest – Ben Cornell
Chipping Contest – Trent Brisboe
50/50 for landing the ball on the green Hole #15 – Spencer Hinton
Company sponsors did another magnificent job of supporting this year’s scholarship outing. Allegion, Tubelite, Progressive AE, Monsma Marketing, MWA-Firestone, Henry, Mull-It-Over Products and Vaproshield.
Hole sponsors included:
Georgia Pacific DensDeck (2), Altas EPS Insulation, Progressive AE (2), VaproShield (2), Midwest Sign Co., IFMA – Int’l. Facilities Mgrs. Assoc., Advanced Architectural Products, SMART CI, J2 Sales, Inpro Architectural Products, Belden Brick, Tremco Corp., Foundation Bldg. Materials, Tubelite, and MWA – Firestone.
The following teams of golfers (and companies) participated in this year’s scholarship outing:
Teams Names Company Gross Score
Team 1 Pete DeJong Monsma Marketing 60
Jeff Murphy Progressive AE
Dale Cammenga Progressive AE
Eric DeJong Scholarship Winner
Team 2 Chas, Appleby MWA-Firestone 59
Joe Owinga Straightline Sheet Metal Co.
Don Corrigan Straightline Sheet Metal Co.
Eric Biller Progressive AE
Team 3 C. Mitrzyk Atlas Roofing 61
Team 4 Jim Hojnacki Emeritus 56
Mike Marks Spectrum Lanes/Woodys
Ben Buter Inpro Arch. Products
Team 5 Mike Otis Double O Supply 61
Bob Tebos Double O Supply
Randy Balch Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
Mike Stoffel Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
Team 6 Mickey Hinton FFE Transportation Co. 55
Spencer Hinton FFE
Joey Saladino Kent County Sheriff Dept.
Derek Dennis FFE
Team 7 Brad Hayden Tremco Inc. 55* Winner (Eagle on No. 1 HDCP Hole)
Trent Brisboe Tremco
Nate Bush Weathershield Roofing Sys.
Ben Cornell Weathershield Roofing Sys.
Team 8 Lee Templin Ferris State Univ. 63
Bob Eastley Ferris
Suzanne Miller Ferris
Paul Long Ferris
Team 9 J. Costen J2 Sales Solutions 59
Kevin Clausen Great Lakes Systems
Kyle Clausen Great Lakes Systems
Tony Clausen Great Lakes Systems
Team 10 B Hatley Rulon 66
Team 11 Dan Goodman Tubelite Doors & Windows 61
Kim Hunt Tubelite
Jeff Vliek Battle Creek Glass Co.
Wade Wilke Battle Creek Glass Co.
Team 12 Elizabeth Bovard WM Builders Exchange 70
Glenn Rahn Retail Design Concepts
Wayne Bickel Jeffrey Parker Architects
Gary Johnson Tower Pinkster Titus
Team 13 Craig Harmon Mapei 63
Nathan Root Daltile
Bob Irvine Irving Carpet & Tile
Dave Irvine Irving Carpet & Tile
Team 14 Phil Catalano Sto EIFS Stucco Systems 63
John Dykhouse Bouma Corp.
Jeff Moomey Bouma Corp.
Austin Bender Bouma Corp
Team 15 Mike Teisma Midwest Sign Co. 62
Lou Northouse Soils & Materials Engrs.
Ryan Dykhouse Dykhouse Construction Co.
Matt Bostelaar Bosco Plumbing
Team 16 Kevin Bush ATAS International 70
Jim Collins C2AE
Dan Hill Progressive AE
Matt Tibbe GMB Design
Team 17 Erin Gross Allegion 69
Gregg Jones C2AE
Henry Hondorp Progressive AE
Rick Wheeler Allegion
Team 18 Tim Kaye Allegion 71
Buddy Huyler Tower Pinkster Titus
Ron Dutoi Allegion
Phil Southland Kingscott Arch. Design
Author: Christopher Alexander
Christopher is a registered Architect and Architectural Revit Coordinator at Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to Revit and BIM, he dapples in web design, CSI, and enjoys spending time with his wife, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old.