Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, was a superb choice for the 25th Pro Imaging Golf Championship, arranged by chairman, Toren Prawdzik. The tournament played two of the four courses, but the challenge was the Fazio Foothills course. Twenty-one teams spouses and industry non-golfers joined in the five-day event.
Because of the milestone, there was a lot of history and reminiscing. The tournament dates back to 1987 at the Orange Tree Country Club in Orlando under the organization of Rob Davis (deceased) and Larry Anderson (former 20-year chairman) of Bremson Photo Systems (acquired by Kodak in 1993). PMA members were the backbone of the tournament but today it’s a new breed of digital imagers, with few still using RA4 chemistry.
Recognition was given to the attendees who made all 25 tournaments:
Eastman Kodak (accepted by Dave Shelp); Larry Anderson, Studio Pro Group; and Kim Freeman, Allied Imaging Lab. Anderson memorialized the many that have passed on. This year it was Ilgvars Broks of BGM, Ontario and Bernie Bachelor of Tri-Color N.C. Toren presented the coveted green jackets to Tim Saur, Durst US, Larry McDonald, E. B. Luce, Jim Miller, Vista Photo, and Steve Samuel, Worth Higgins. Linda Root of Nettle Creek Photo Lab is the only woman with two jackets, but Tom Martin of Cygnus remains the only golfer with three Green Jackets.
Sponsors come and sponsors go, but without them this prestigious industry tournament could not have survived 25 years. This year’s generosity includes: Eastman Kodak Co., Fujifilm North America, Durst US, Quality Media & Laminating. Liberty Photo, LexJet, and a new addition, CET Color.
The winners and their awards:
For 2012, Pro Imaging Golf plans to swing to the southeast coast. It will be a totally new ballgame. Next year’s sponsors are planning a one-day table-top Pro Imaging Expo. Old PMA and APCI members remember the fall and summer table-top events where manufacturers and distributors were able to spend valuable personal time with customers and prospects.
Watch our website for a little history, memorable photos, and 2012 tournament updates.