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Greater Bucky Open September 21, 2003
What a great GBO event this year! It is really exciting to see this event grow as this year we maxed out our outing with 144 golfers plus we had a beautiful day at the Ridge! Thanks to your continued support we are really beginning to make a difference for the UW Children's Hospital and Bucky Badger student mascots. Thank you to everyone who made the GBO 2003 a success!
On Friday, we visited the UW Children's Hospital with members of the UW football team, Bucky Badger, and GBO volunteers to pass out toys to the children. I can't tell you how good it feels to see the faces on the children and their parents light up when we come knocking on their about putting things in perspective. Thanks to all of the volunteers at the hospital for helping make this possible as this is definitely a highlight of the GBO weekend.
Congratulations goes out to the winning GBO 2003 foursome of Al Toon, Jeff Loomans, Craig Endres, Brian Hopfensperger. They were an amazing - 16 under par and now have their names inscribed on the GBO Bucky Bowl traveling trophy! Thanks again to 2002's winning foursome for really making it a traveling trophy, building a shipping case, and taking it with them all over the country. I hope this year's winning foursome has fun with it as well.
It was also great to have all 7 of the current Buckys in attendance at the GBO this year...I had a chance to spend some time with them and they are really a great group of guys.
A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated in the upcoming GBO DVD that will be used to help secure future sponsors! Ryan C. Lake and I had a busy day on Thursday as we filmed brief interviews with UW Athletic Director Pat Richter, W Club President Terry Murawski, UW Foundation President Sandy Wilcox, WAA President Paula Bonner, UW Basketball Coach Bo Ryan, UW Football Coach Barry Alvarez, UW Hockey Coach Mike Eaves, Governor Jim Doyle, UW Children's Hospital David Berry and UW Band Director Mike Leckrone. Thank you also to 3Oh!5 Creative for help with the production of the DVD as this will serve as a great tool to help raise money. Stay tuned for more...
GBO Contest winners:
I still don't believe it but apparently on hole #3, my sister's father-in-law Jeff Wulf Sr. beat my shot which was only 6 feet away to win the Closest to the Cow. BJ Perna "won" the shortest drive on hole #6 with a solid 40 yard there's a trophy to impress the grandkids. Former Bucky Danny Nicholas won the longest drive on #9 with a huge drive over the trees and barely reached the fairway. DU Rob Peterson stuck a wedge and won the Closest to the Cow on hole #12. Pete Gennrich closed his eyes and sank the longest put on #15. Nicki Stricker cut the corner and pounded the ball over the 3rd trap on 18 to win longest drive. Worst Shot of the Day honors went to Wick McLaren who on the very first hole hit the ground 3 feet before the ball, broke his new driver which sent the club head flying off the tee box while completely missing the ball...Best Golf Story went to Bucky who in full uniform hit two balls over the water on hole #17 and on the green.
We had some great raffle items and thanks to Jenni Schara, Kat O'Shea, and Tiffany Wilke for their excellent efforts and raising a new GBO raffle record of $1200! Wick McLaren ended up with the Michael Finley autographed jersey...John Hill won 4 box tickets to a UW men's basketball game...the beautiful Augusta framed print went to Karen Niesen...and the golf shoes will be worn by John Ambelang.
Thanks to all of this year's sponsors:
GOLD LEVEL: 3Oh!5 Creative, Inc., Stevens Construction Corporation, The Manitowoc Company, and CUNA Mutual.
Tee Box: Fredric A. DeVillers, Picket Fence Realty-Jon Horsfall, Danny Nicholas, Chris & JoAnne Heyer, Fleming Development, Inc., Marshall Erdman & Associates, Foley & Lardner, 3Oh!5 Creative, Inc., Stevens Construction Corporation, The Manitowoc Company, and CUNA Mutual.
Monetary Donations: Ray Bates, Larry Clemens, Rick Sanchez, Bob Hughes, and Susan Cohen.
Participant gifts: T-Shirts--Capitol Bank--Jim Dollister, Bags--University Bookstore--Dale Henricks.
Toy Donations: Bill Sinacore--Leap Frog, ToysRus, Target, Bob Thorpe, Madison Police Department, Wisconsin Crafts, Roses-R-Read.
Services: Lisa Bagley Web Design--Lisa Bagley & Ken Heger, Melissa Wayne & Michael Herzmark/3Oh!5 Creative, Ryan C. Lake, Craig Drugge, Andrew Nelson/Foley & Lardner, Mark Steffes/M&I Bank, Brendan McArthur, Motivational Fulfillment, CA TWs, Conrad Nussbaum, Joe Martino, 2002 Winning Foursome, Phil DeVillers, Jon Horsfall, Ed Bount/Infiniti Sports, Joel Sarbacker, Budget Signs, and to my family: Jacquie, Mike, Joe, Val, Jeff, Tiff, Nate, Pat, Kat, Nanny & Lauren.
Auction Donations: Janie Krohmer/Visa, Michael Finley/Susanne Reichart, Terry Murawski, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, UW Marketing & Tim Bald, Picture This, Debi Offerdahl, Nicki & Steve Stricker, Foley & Lardner, Jill Woods/Disney, Tom & Terri Grosse, Susan Madore, Avol's Bookstore, State Street Brats, University Bookstore, Randy Haberkamp/AMPAS, Lands End, Valerie Wulf/Mary Kay, Todd Passini/Harbor Athletic Club, Joel/Nevada Bobs, The Pipefitter, Hilton Garden Inns, Meicher & Associates & Paul/Jazzman.
Coverage: Local ABC 27, NBC 15, CBS 3 television crews, The Capitol Times, and Badger Herald.
Once again, I'd just like to thank everyone involved with helping make this event a success. Good times!
ON WI and see you all next year...September 26, 2004!
September 19, 2003 - Children's Hospital
Visiting Patient Room

UWCH Library

Bucky showing off wings

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Bucky & Bucky Mom

Toy packing for UWCH trip

The GBO toy donation crew
September 20, 2003 - Essen Haus

GBO business negiotiations

Look at those pearly whites

Polka the wrong way

Polka the right way
September 21, 2003

Coolest picture ever

UW vs. North Carolina

Last year's winner Rick & friends

One of many DU foursomes

Singing WIS..CON~ON...SIN!
September 21, 2003

Start your engines

More filming for GBO DVD

2003 Winning Foursome

Big Joe & Terry

New Barber Baby

The Gildings

Delta Upsilon Party Bus

I'm so tall!

Lucky Bucky

Greatest golf outing ever!

Bucky Mom and her cows

Kat & Jen making people happy

This year's Buckys representin'

So many carts...

Beautiful day for golf

Brett Favre interviewing GBO Founder

Bucky students eating

Cow smooch

Trophies galore

Pictures from UWCH visit

Great silent auction items!


19th hole