Under sunny, autumn skies, 68 golfers teed it up at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, California for the 8th Annual HFMA of Northern California Vincent Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament. The fun-filled scramble event featured a grilled lunch and BBQ dinner with many a golf shot in between the dining.
The winning foursome of Wende Weckbacher, Ramona Hernandez, Lisa Morphis and Neil Melloy posted a winning score of 15-under (57) on the Par 72 golf track. Neil Melloy credited four Eagles to the magical score that landed his group the coveted VAMGT Trophies.
Second place honors went to Ben Bochers, Devin Eckhardt, Greg Smorzewski and Jim Jarvis at 14-under (58). Third place was claimed by the foursome of Ian Richards, Ron Leal, Julian Penalta and Michael Johnson with a 12-under score of 60.
Golfers also participated in on-course contests of skill with the following participants winning the respective honors:
- CLOSEST TO THE PIN: Jerome Sullivan (men)/DNQ (women)
- STRAIGHEST DRIVE: Adam Cipriano (men)/Candace Caballero (women)
- MARSHMALLOW DRIVE: Greg Smorzewski (men)/Debbie Marsh (women)
- LONGEST DRIVE: Mike Hanson (men)/Candace Caballero (women)
- PUTTING CONTEST: Chuck Acquisto (he sunk the lime putt)
The 8th Annual HFMA Golf Tournament, in honor of the tournament’s 1999 launch by Vince Acquisto, also featured the return of the popular air cannon by Launching Fore Charity. Hole and air cannon sponsor Mechanics Bank made sure every golfer go a chance to fire a the long Par-4 2nd Hole, along with supplying golf divot tools and refreshments for the participants.
The tournament also featured two holes with contests of skill by Dixon Golf. Part of the proceeds on the Dixon Par 3 Hole Challenge will go to benefit The Bili Project Foundation, founded by golf participant Joy Stephenson Laws in 2012. The Bili Project Foundation is a leading non-profit in bringing awareness to Biliary Cancer as well as partnering with UCSF Medical Center to fund advances for early detection and treatment of bile duct cancer.
Golfers were able to stay hydrated with beer sponsored by The Law Offices of Yoshida & Garcia and a drink cart sponsored by Professional Credit. Longtime sponsor Rash Curtis once again staffed their famous Marshmallow Challenge Hole, allowing the golfers to tee up an oversized marshmallow to be smacked by their club of choice. Transunion supplied golfers with lip balm and cooling tools. Additional snacks and water for all the golfers was supplied in the golf carts by PVS Refreshments.
Check out a few photos of the winners below.