10th Annual Graduate Business Golf & Bocce Tournament Broke Records On All Fronts

10th AnnualThere were many records broken on August 20th, 2012 at Diablo Country Club at the 10th annual golf and bocce tournament for Saint Mary’s College Graduate Business students and alumni. “We are extremely pleased to report that this year we had our highest level of involvement on all fronts – sponsors, raffle prize donors, golfers, and bocce ball players!” exclaims Joe Buenavista (MBA ’04), Vice President and Financial Planner at Merrill Lynch, and golf committee Chair for the last seven years.
Best Dressed Winners
200 Gael students, alumni, faculty and friends attended the 10th Annual event supported by three levels of corporate sponsors (6 returning, 6 new) including 10th Anniversary Sponsor - KRT Marketing; Gael Graduate Tournament Sponsor - Northwestern Mutual (San Francisco Bay Area - Pleasanton Group); and Gael Graduate Title Sponsors - SummerHill Homes, MassMutual Financial Group, Chevron, Garaventa Enterprises, Merrill Lynch, Cooks Collision, Water Lines Leaking, Ramsell, Provident Credit Union, and Solar Universe.

For the golfers, the beautiful morning started off with the putting contest sponsored by KRT Marketing. Throughout the course, there was a mix of fun games, snacks and beverages at various holes, tended by the sponsors. “This year, through the hard work of our volunteer committee members, we even benefitted from the support of special food and beverage sponsors at the golf holes including Stanford’s Restaurant (Walnut Creek) and E.J. Phair Brewery, “ says Buenavista. There was also a hole-in-one contest where golfers had a chance to win a Mini-Cooper, sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group in partnership with BMW Concord. Sources say one player came within inches of winning the grand prize. For the second time in a row, the eighteenth hole offered a golf swing video analysis by a Diablo golf pro, sponsored by Saint Mary's College Executive MBA alumnus Mike Clothier. The video taken at the hole, accompanied by comments by the pro, will be emailed to each individual participant. The Network Meeting Center at TechMart in Santa Clara was also a beverage sponsor during dinner.

On the bocce side, eight teams competed against each other in 20-minute timed double elimination tournament. The first assignment of each team was to collaborate on a team name. “Green Slime”, “I Love Cheese”, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”, and “Long Term Lease” were just a few examples of the bocce team names. KRT Marketing came in full force, with three bocce teams dressed in a uniformed sea of kelly green. In the end, the team of Keith Thomas, Joe Saikali, Mark Rosauer, and Sean Poirier (Green Machine) triumphed and won first place.
Beth Dobkin, Saint Mary's College Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Zhan Li, Dean of SEBAThe bocce players and golf players ended simultaneously together at a jam-packed networking reception in Diablo's grand ballroom, followed by an awards dinner full of laughter and camaraderie. The evening program began with Master of Ceremonies and Golf Chair Joe Buenavista introducing Dean Zhan Li to the podium who greeted the audience with a warm welcome and exciting updates from the School of Economics and Business Administration. Then, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Beth Dobkin, joined him on stage to express her welcome and appreciation for the level of enthusiasm and support for the school. Dobkin says, “This incredible buzz of passion and excitement in this room right now is exactly what is happening on the Saint Mary’s campus in Moraga, as we get ready to kick off our 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary for the school!”

Then, the raffle prize drawing began. This year, a record-breaking number of over 50 raffle prizes were given away, including two nights stay at La Costa or Hotel Del Coronado, including a spa or round of golf donated by KSL Resorts; foursomes at many various Over 50 raffle prizes..private golf country clubs in Northern California donated by Diablo Country Club and American Golf; VIP private suite tickets at a SF Giants vs. Padres baseball game compliments of AT&T; gift cards to many local restaurants including Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Wente Vineyards, Pete’s Brass Rail, Havana’s; tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon; gift card to Play It Again Sports in Concord; Oakland A’s games; sporting gear; and many more. Lots of laughs, cheers, and merriment ensued.

“The momentum has been building, and word has been getting around about the quality and execution of this annual celebratory event. The energy and passion of students, alumni, and friends at this event is contagious, and already look forward to next year,” says Associate Dean of Graduate Business and Global Programs, Dr. Shyam Kamath.  Meena Anderson, Graduate Business alumna and volunteer for the day agrees, summarizing her excitement, “This is now my event – I will be part of this every single year from now on!”

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If you have ideas or would like to donate a raffle prize or be a sponsor for next year's 11th annual golf & bocce tournament next August at Diablo Country Club, contact us at rcg6@stmarys-ca.edu.

About Saint Mary’s School of Economics and Business Administration
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area.  After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary’s tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. The School of Economics and Business Administration’s vision is to be an internationally recognized business and economics school for developing individuals who think globally and lead responsibly. Small class sizes facilitate collaboration, accessibility, and engaging discussions with our distinguished faculty, and an interactive learning environment focused on practical business knowledge, serves to provide our students with the maximum return on their investment.

About Saint Mary's College Graduate Business Alumni
Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's College of California is a cornerstone institution of the San Francisco bay area. After nearly 150 years, with a network of more than 40,000 alumni worldwide, Saint Mary's tradition of educational excellence is stronger than ever. Saint Mary's College of California Graduate Business Alumni Chapter's mission is three-fold: network, learn and serve. Our goal is to connect graduates with new people and opportunities, provide continued professional development, and use our knowledge, experience, and skills to help those in our community. For information about how to get involved visit, www.smcbusinessalumni.com