GT 2017

2017 Golf and Tennis Tournaments

June 19, 2017 A DGA Foundation Event

On Monday, June 19th, 124 golfers and 48 tennis players took part in the 21st Annual DGA Foundation Golf Tournament and the 14th Annual DGA Foundation Tennis Tournament. Both events were fundraisers created to benefit the Directors Guild Foundation (DGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting DGA members facing difficult times.

The golf tournament and the awards reception were held at the Wilshire Country Club, which was founded in 1919 and has hosted many great tournaments and groups such as the LA Open, the Senior PGA and the LPGA. The tennis tournament took place right around the corner at the Los Angeles Tennis Club, home of champions since 1921.

In his welcome during the award ceremony and dinner in the Wilshire Country Club banquet hall, DGA Foundation Assistant Secretary and Golf Tournament Co-Chair Michael Zinberg thanked all the players on behalf of himself and his Golf Tournament Co-Chair Mel Damski and Tennis Co-Chairs Howard Storm and Gil Cates, Jr. Then he singled out the Tournaments founding Godfather, former National Executive Director, Jay Roth and gave a bit of background about how it all came to be. “For years my Co-Chair Mel Damski lobbied hard for a DGA Golf Tournament, to no avail. That all changed when Mel and Jay teamed up and… well, here we are.” Zinberg then took the opportunity to introduce Roth’s successor, new DGA National Executive Director Russell Hollander. Applauding Hollander’s more than 15 years of service to the DGA, Zinberg joked “but all we really care about is his golf score today.”

“As an Officer and Trustee of the Foundation, I am privileged to see the direct impact of our work to help fellow members in crisis," Zinberg continued. "This tradition of generosity has made a tangible difference in the lives of hundreds of DGA members.”  He also pointed out that beyond the primary mission of assisting members in need, the DGF also supports the entertainment community through contributions to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund then announced that due to the generosity of all involved in the tournaments $50,000 had been raised to benefit the Foundation. After thanking the tournaments’ gold, silver and bronze sponsors, Zinberg turned the proceedings over to Golf Tournament Co-Chair and Foundation Trustee Mel Damski.

Damski began the awards ceremony by announcing the raffle prize winners. Tennis Tournament Co-Chair and DGF Trustee Gil Cates, Jr. spoke on behalf of himself and Co-Chair Howard Storm and announced the winners of all three flights of the tennis tournament. Then Damski returned to announce the winners of the Scramble golf tournament and invite all the players to return next year for the 2018 DGA Foundation Golf and Tennis tournaments scheduled for Monday, June 18th.

Golf Tournament Winners

The 21st Annual DGA Golf Tournament was a Scramble format with each team of golfers playing the group's “best ball.” -  see larger photos in the gallery below

Golf Scramble Tournament Winners

DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017
Champions (53.69)
Dave Acker, Christy Acker, Martin Knudsen & Jeff Chung
Second Place (57.81)
Nate Johnson, Shannon O’Grady, & Louis Martinez (Not pictured Paul Meshekow)
Third Place (58.19)
Dmitry Primachenko, Jim Rodriguez,  Douglas Garland & Nathaniel Doh

Tennis Tournament Winners

The 14th Annual DGA Tennis Tournament was a round-robin doubles competition segmented by skill level, featuring eight-game sets. The teams accumulating the most games were the winners of each flight. -  see larger photos in the gallery below

Flight One

DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017
GT 2017

First Place
Aaron Colbert &
Rob Stone

Second Place
Michele Greco
& Sergio Diaz

Third Place
Sean Cunningham
& Ramon Osa

Flight Two

DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017

First Place
Ben Berkowitz &
David Witz

Second Place
Bill Schwartz
& Mike Robe

Third Place
Scott Hartle &
Allison Rush 

Flight Three

DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017
DGF Golf Tennis 2017

First Place
Jeff Morse &
Terry Morse

Second Place
 Jonathan Mostow
& Ari Mostow

Third Place
Brian Ralph
(Not pictured
Heather Beatty

The DGA Thanks our Golf and Tennis Tournaments' Sponsors 

 Golf Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:
Silver Sponsors:
Bronze Sponsors:
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Bridgewater Associates, LP
  • Bush Gottlieb, A Law Corporation
  • Greenberg Glusker
  • Express Scripts
  • Henegan Construction Co., Inc.
  • Laquer, Urban, Clifford & Hodge, LLP
  • Miller, Kaplan, Arase, LLP
  • Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno
  • Peerless Building Maintenance, Co.
  • Pension Consulting Alliance, Inc.     
  • 4 Wall Entertainment
  • BlackRock
  • CBRE, Inc.
  • City National Bank
  • CVS Health
  • Delta Dental of California
  • Elite Logistics and Fulfillment
  • J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Latham and Watkins
  • Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP
  • Segal Consulting
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • Vision Media
  • Vitech Systems Group, Inc.
  • XCentium
  • CenterSquare Investment Management
  • The DigiTrust Group
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Gen Cap America, Inc.
  • GSO Capital Partners
  • Harvest Fund Advisors
  • HUB International Ins. Services, Inc.
  • Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP
  • Reliam, Inc.
  • Rossmore Property & Casualty Insurance
  • Segal Select Insurance Services
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Vision Service Plan
  • WME

 Tennis Sponsors

 Gold Sponsors
 Silver Sponsors
 Bronze Sponsors
  • Express Scripts
  • IngleDodd Media
  • Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno
  • Alligator Pear Catering
  • Cal Net Technology Group
  • Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
  • EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
  • First Eagle Investment Management
  • gnet agency
  • Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP
  • Venuti & Associates
  • Able Engineering
  • Cinema Technology Services
  • Gen Cap America, Inc.
  • MetLife
  • PNC Realty Investors, Inc.
  • Reams Asset Management
  • Securitech Security Services
  • Segal Select Insurance Services
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • WME

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