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ASA 2019 Golf Outing a Smashing Success

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In the quiet cool before dawn on July 8, 2019, the sun began to rise above the highland grounds of the Elgin Country Club. As the morning fog began to lift from its deep valleys, I sat in solitary contemplation of the day’s coming events. This is truly a majestic place with rolling terrain, ancient trees, pristine fairways, soft greens, and a long-standing tradition that began in 1901. A magical place that a golfer’s dreams are made of; and today, this day, the weather to match such blissful visions.

I could not help but think of the parallel between this traditional place and the traditions of this event, both from the past and those to be forged in the future. A turning point of traditions, born from a 58-year-old heritage extending back to 1961 with the creation of the NAIFA, into this year’s ASA Chicago golf outing. How appropriate it is that this event should be blessed with such beautiful conditions.

Our Gracious hosts and Golf Chairman Patrick Felvey and his wonderful wife Georgeann arrive with their usual broad smiles and enthusiastic greetings. “Looks like a beautiful day?” Yes Pat, it looks to be a spectacular day!

One by one this year’s participants arrived at the threshold of the stone clubhouse, where they were greeted by an attentive staff that carried and carted their golf clubs onto the assigned carts. A quick check-in at the reception desk, a personal locker provided, and an early lunch served on the veranda overlooking the 10th tee.

The soft sounds of a distant bag-piper marked the beginning of this new tradition and provided a “calling of the crowd” to the first tee where this year’s golf committee of Patrick Felvey, A. Thomas Munizzo, and Blake Chiado were introduced. Patrick Felvey ceremonially presented our long-standing golf committee chair A. Thomas Munizzo with an honorary green jacket for his 20-plus years of service to this event.

As the almost 100 participants were escorted to their tee positions, and the bag piper bellowed “Scotland the Brave,” an energy of anticipation and enthusiasm was visible on the smiling faces of all those present. In short order the explosive blast of an aerial bomb announced the opening of this year’s outing.

During the day an occasional yell of “fore,” and mostly cheers and the slaps of high-fives were heard throughout the course, on what proved to be nothing less than perfect weather conditions. In all too short of time, we found ourselves in the clubhouse for cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres, dinner, and raffle prizes.

This year’s chapter President, and longest drive winner, Dan Daitchman addressed the group and challenged all ASA members to become more actively involved with our organization, and to express fresh new and creative ideas as a means of making our organization a more dynamic one.

As evening fell, a new moon waxed overhead while night-cap cocktails were served in an intimate environment by the firepits on the patio adjacent to the 1st hole’s tee box. It’s green rolling fairway stretched out before us from what may well be the prettiest golf hole in all of Illinois.

Alas, my evening was ending and a few handshakes and hugs later, I found myself walking past this morning’s perch on my way to the parking lot. There I stood and peered for one last moment into the darkness of the night over the very same hills that I watched awaken to this day in what seemed to be just a short while ago. Ah Midwest golf at its very best, yes Mr. Felvey it has been a dreamlike day, and we thank you and all its’ participants for your hard efforts to make it a reality.

 

Author:

Mark A. Munizzo, ASA

ASA Chicago Real Property Committee Chair

ASA National Education Chair

 

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