The 25th Annual GOMACO Invitational last September had a little wind, a little sunshine, a lot of fun, and a contractor named Garcia, who stole the show by being the first ever to sink the $5,000 Putt and, later that day, nailed another putt to win the “Grand” Champion title for his team from Odebolt! The $5,000 Putt competition, which is sponsored by golf entertainer Buddy Shelton, started in 1999, and this is the first year the prize has been won! Dennis Garcia of WMC Contracting Company in Trenton, Tennessee, made the 50-foot putt look easy. The long putt was early Wednesday morning, and by the end of the same day, Garcia was also a member of the Odebolt Scramble Tournament champion team and the overall 2006 “Grand” Champion team.
Golfing events began Tuesday afternoon when 256 golfers put their putting skills to the test on four greens at the Ida Grove course. The winners from each green advanced to the finals on the #9 green to putt off for the championship. This year’s champions were Bob Norris of L.G. Roloff Construction and Richard Cripe of Gohmann Asphalt and Construction, Inc. Coming in second was Bob Newman of Road Machinery and Supplies Company and Mike Leinbaugh of GOMACO. Marty Ahrendt of Finkbiner Equipment Company and Tony Estes of Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company came in third, and Byron Mitchell of Hub City, Inc., and Van Sams of Van E. Sams Construction were the fourth place team.
Before the start of the Putting Tournament, a drawing was held to fill six, three-person teams for the Contractors’ Shoot-Out. In the 2006 Shoot-Out, the championship title went to the team of Tom Florig of Fred Weber, Inc., Jason DeGraff of The Gillotti Companies, and Eric Thompson of Terin Corporation. The second place team was Gary Hutchins of Weaver-Bailey Contracting, Chris Gratton of Kansas Heavy Construction, LLC, and Jaimie Loch of Loch Sand and Construction Company. Taking third was the group of Steve Forsgren of Forsgren, Inc., Dan Driskell of Gerdan Slipforming, Inc., and Thom Kuhn of Millstone Bangert, Inc.
Tuesday evening concluded with the Buddy Shelton Show, Pride of Iowa Steak Fry and an award’s ceremony for the winners from the Putting Tournament and Contractors’ Shoot-Out. Then, five contestants for the $5,000 Putt were drawn at the end of the program.
Wednesday’s activities started early with Scramble Tournament registration and a pancake breakfast at the Ida Grove Country Club. An opening ceremony featured Rod Schneider, GOMACO University’s training coordinator, singing the Star Spangled Banner before the introduction of the Godbersen family. Five putters then competed for a chance to attempt a 50-foot putt worth $5,000. Larry Cramer of George J. Siebers and Company, Ron Hansen of A.M. Concrete Construction, Inc., Mike Hansen of Pace Manufacturing, Lance Hanson of Kansas Heavy Construction, LLC, and Dennis Garcia of WMC Contracting Company participated in a short putt-off. Dennis Garcia earned the privilege of attempting the long putt, which he quickly sunk and walked away with $5,000 of golf pro Buddy Shelton’s money!
After the excitement of the $5000 putt, more than 270 golfers fanned out on four area courses, Ida Grove, Holstein, Mapleton and Odebolt, for the 18-hole Scramble Tournament.
Taking first place in the Ida Grove tournament was the team of Barry Winchell of Foster Equipment Company, Curt Grandia of Midwest Contractor magazine, Jeff Conner of Sioux City Bolt/Spencer Bolt, and Ron Dibler of Millstone Bangert, Inc. They finished their tournament with a score of 61, which was nine under par.
Finishing first in the Holstein tournament was the foursome of Ercill Faga of Scot Industries, Matt Morrison of Leica Geosystems, AG, Tony Estes of Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company, and David Petersen of GOMACO. They finished their tournament with a score of 63, which was seven under par.
The championship team from Mapleton was Dean Stoos of Fitch and Stoos, Dustin Miller of Simrit Fluid Power, Larry Goodroad of SunSource/Fauver, and Roger Hurst of Bobalee. They finished their tournament with a score of 62, which was eight under par.
The top team in Odebolt was Clare Schroeder of Iowa Concrete Paving Association, Dennis Garcia of WMC Contracting Company, Jacob Wilson of Pavers, Inc., and Bob Leonard of GOMACO. They finished their tournament with a 64, which was eight under par.
Each of the four championship teams met at the Ida Grove course for a three-hole play-off. The Scramble Tournament “Grand” Champion Play-Off ended as the day started, with Dennis Garcia sinking the winning putt and the Odebolt team claiming the title of “Grand” champions.
Wednesday’s activities concluded with the tournament banquet dinner and an award’s ceremony for the day’s winners.
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Members of the 2006 GOMACO Invitational “Grand” Champion Scramble Tournament team were, from left, Clare Schroeder of Iowa Concrete Paving Association, Jacob Wilson of Pavers, Inc., Dennis Garcia of WMC Contracting Company, and Bob Leonard of GOMACO.
This year’s Putting Champions were Bob Norris of L.G. Roloff Construction and Richard Cripe of Gohmann Asphalt and Construction, Inc.
The 2006 Contractors’ Shoot-Out Champions were Tom Florig of Fred Weber, Inc., Eric Thompson of Terin Corporation, and Jason DeGraff of The Gillotti Companies.
Dennis Garcia started and ended his Wednesday at the GOMACO Invitational sinking putts. One in the morning worth $5000, the other won him and his team the 2006 “Grand” Champions title (above).