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The Big Dogs Hit the Green!

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – On a mild spring day in early April the Humane Society of Broward County hosted its third annual Big Dog Men’s Invitational Golf Tournament at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. The event continues to grow in every way, and Chairs Melody and Ali Saleh and Cherie and John Marshall were thrilled with the great turnout and the success of the day – a net of over $65,000 was raised for the shelter.

1st Place North Mercedes Benz TeamThe First Place winners on the north course were the Mercedes-Benz team: Juan Aller, Ricardo Jordan, Peter McInnis and Pedro Jordan.

The tournament utilized both the north and south courses and a shamble format kept the game challenging. Prizes were awarded to the Overall Team Winners on each course, with their names being engraved on the perpetual Big Dog Champions Cup that rests in the Champions Room at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. This year’s overall winning foursome on the north course was the Mercedes-Benz team: Peter McInnis, Juan Aller, Ricardo Jordan and Pedro Jordan. The south course overall winning foursome was the CopySource team, made up of Rian Kiniry, Will Block, Scott Gilliland and Evan McGrath. In 2nd place on the north course was the Bimini Boatyard team of Steve Hudson, Scott Bodenweber, Grey Marker and Tommy Hogan. The south course 2nd place team was Nicholas Tranakas, Mickey Annecca, Andy DiBattista and RJ Ocampo. In 3rd place on the north course was the BB&T team of Adam Hawkins, Joe Livolsi, Cam Rogers and Jeff Walker. And coming in 3rd for the south course was the Vienna Café team of Claus Espe, Per Jacobsen, Dan Kissell and Hans Laue.

Pet Poker added to the fun of the afternoon; at all Par-3 holes, Big Dog participants were offered the chance to purchase playing cards to assemble the winning hand for 50% of the Pet Poker Pot. Tommy Hogan won this contest and generously donated a large portion back to the HSBC. Tickets were also sold for a terrific prize drawing, and lucky winner Sandy Myers had to make a fabulously difficult choice between a Pebble Beach Golf Experience or a trip to the 2016 Masters Finals. A drawing was also held for the chance to win a foursome in next year’s Big Dog Golf Tournament, with Mark Huard of Stonegate Bank securing his team’s spot for 2016.

In the Chipping Contest the 1st place winner was Steve Goodman; 2nd Place went to Tom Griffith, and in 3rd place was Jerry Dagen. Coming in 1st for the Putting Contest was Mike Carson; in 2nd Place was Will Block and in 3rd place was David Vivies. For the Longest Drive 0-18 handicap, Greg Brown won; for the 19-36 handicap the winner was Chadwick Fellenz. The winner of the Closest to the Pin, 0-18 handicap was Jeff Walker, and Edward Collins won for the 19-36 handicap.

Before teeing off, players enjoyed a delicious grill lunch generously donated by Bimini Boatyard. The day ended with a silent auction and cocktail hour, followed by a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. Honorary Chairs for the Big Dog Tournament were sports commentator Dave LaMont and Wil Shriner, both from BIG 105.9. Wil also lent his talents as emcee for the dinner and awards ceremony.
Sponsors dedicated to making this tournament a success were Kitty Clubhouse Sponsors: CopySource, Inc., A Konica Minolta Company; Divot Happens ®; Austin M. & Christine Forman; Fort Lauderdale Maserati/Ferrari; Hargrave Yachts; Healthcare Supply Solutions, Inc.; Katz, Barron, Squitero and Faust; Cherie and John Marshall; Brian and Ingrid Poulin; Raymond James and Ali and Melody Saleh. Other event sponsors include: AutoSource of America Inc.; Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill; Blue Martini; Big 105.9; Edward and Tari Collins; Grille 401; Holmam Auto Group; Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale; Oceans 234; Premier Beverage Company; Stephens Distributing; Tarpon Bend; and Tim Singer & Associates. Player’s gift bags are generously underwritten by: CopySource, Inc., A Konica Minolta Company; Divot Happens®; Raymond James; Andy and Christy Gumberg; George Stroker & Gabrielle Wellner; Sylvia and Jeffrey Thomas; Tammy and Scott Tubandt; and Annette and David Yarborough. Crystal trophies for all tournament winners are generously underwritten by Stiles Construction.

The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization supported by donations from people and companies who want to help us help the animals. The shelter receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any local or national organization with a similar name.

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