Hospitality MN Golf: A Good Walk Wasn't Spoiled
Men in black from the Ecolab team are Chris Wollo, Mike Strobel, Mark Domino, Tim Jaynes
It was a beautiful day for a golf tournament on June 10—cool and sunny in Stillwater Country Club’s lush surroundings with Minnesota’s hospitality supporters from campgrounds to restaurants eager to hit the links.
Each hole at the Hospitality MN’s annual event had some sort of game or treat. If you didn’t win a bottle of spirits in the Whiskey Pull, you got a hat. The Jerky hole supplied, you guessed it, jerky sticks and Culver's custard at the turn was worth the price of admission. There were plenty of chipping contests, including pitching rubber duckies in hula hoop circles using a child’s oversized club, plus a bocce ball challenge. And no shortage of swag.
Following a lunch sponsored by Foodservice News, the teams piled into their golf carts, drove out to their assigned hole and completed a four-person scramble at the breakneck speed of four-plus hours. The awards ceremony and bar and buffet were the treat waiting at the 19th hole.
“We also initiated a fund-a-need for the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation and the ProStart/Hospitality and Tourism Management Program,” said Kris Kelsey O’Malley, director of marketing and communications for Hospitality Minnesota.
But what we all want to know is who actually played golf the best. The winning teams were:
Foodservice News Publisher Jared Pfeifer tries to chip a rubber ducky at a target. He got it on the third try, but unfortunately, only two tries were allowed.
At 13 under par:
Brian Mork – Serta Hospitality
George Janssen – Design Wise
Mark Domino – Design Wise
Nathan Siever – Blue Sky Hospitality
Second place at 12 under
all from Ecolab
And in third-place at 11 under
all from Coca-Cola
The woman with the longest drive was Bonnie Carlson of Bloomington CVB; and Brad Stelzer of Ecolab took that honor for the men’s longest drive.