By Andy Slawetsky – Ricoh’s Puttin’ On the Pink was held at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula GA, outside of Atlanta on September 15 2021. The annual charity event is held in the Atlanta area each year and this was my first time attending.I arrived the night before and had dinner with one of the tournament organizers; Hytec’s Bruce Nelson and a great group of people I haven’t seen in ages from a variety of companies many of you reading know well.People came in from all over the country – Portland OR, Chicago, NY, NJ and all over the south east US. The annual fundraiser benefits Breast Cancer/The American Cancer Society and this year they raised about $70,000! (Click here to donate).The sold out tournament was a great success, with major sponsors like Ricoh, Hytec Repair and AMETEK offering financial and personal support. Plenty of other companies sponsored the tournament as well, buying holes, donating items for the raffles, etc.After our shotgun scramble start, it wasn’t long before long ball champion Maurice Allen caught up with us to take our drive off the tee. This is the guy who hit the ball across Niagara Falls. The only guy.He almost drove the green on a par 5 and we got the Eagle. My first!
We also got an Eagle for a modest donation on a later hole where a Canadian long ball champ (I can’t remember his name) would blast one out there for you. Me and The American Cancer Society thank you, Bob, Stan and Carla!Two Eagles? Needless to say it was the best card I’ve ever been a part of.
Throughout the day there were plenty of contests like longest ball, closest to the hole, a putting contest and more, all resulting in prizes for the lucky golfer.Once we finished, we headed inside for lunch and the raffles and prizes.But, before that, 5 lucky winners were randomly selected to try to sink a shot from 160 yards out on hole 18 (in front of the clubhouse full of people watching), with the last person shooting for a million dollars if they sank it. Yes, a million dollars. Unfortunately, none of them hit the shot. Maybe next year!In all, it was a really nice day for a noble cause and it was so good to see everyone. I can’t wait until next year!
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SOURCE Industry Analysts Inc.