Hey, there, Pineapple fans! It’s been an insanely busy week at Pineapple (as usual) but it was worth it when we kicked off the Hands & Holes Tournament of Compassion last Thursday at Forest Ridge.
Pineapple Hands, the non-profit sector of our company, has been able to help quite a few folks since its inception last year. But since we’d like to do even more for those who need assistance, we decided to host a fun golf tournament to raise some additional funds. And while it was a lot of preparation and a lot of work, it was a blast and definitely successful! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers and players!
If you didn’t know, Thursday was HOT, with expected temps of 93 degrees. Now, we are used to much warmer weather than that, but it seems pretty hot when you’re in it all day. The Pineapple People and our wonderful volunteers arrived early to set up. We had plenty of signs to put out (thanks to Meeks Lithographics for donating all of our banners and signs!), tables to set up, Pineapple tee shirts to fold….and a million other tiny details. (Many thanks to Fox 23 for providing koozies for the players!)
Players began arriving around noon, and that’s when things really got busy. I was working registration, Jay was selling the “Pineapple Package” to our players, and Barlow was running the show, while our volunteers pitched in everywhere else! After registration, folks noshed on fajitas (yum! Thanks to the catering staff at Forest Ridge!) and enjoyed free chair massages before taking part in the putting contest. At 1 p.m., it was tee time!
In typical Pineapple fashion, we had some extras that you don’t normally see at golf tournaments. We had a popcorn machine with fresh popcorn available on the second hole, free drinks and candy bars during the tournament, and cotton candy afterward, not to mention the 12-foot inflatable pineapple on the course, which we used for team photos. (These will be emailed to you, players!) We also had live music throughout the day by Collin Campbell; he was amazing! You can check out his music page HERE.
After everyone was finished, we gave out some awesome prizes. The winner of our “poker run” was Brian Darnell, who received a stainless steel grill (you can invite us over for a cookout any time, Darnell!). One of the teams from Nelson Nissan was our overall winner, and each player took home a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Congratulations to Rodney Gist, Jeff Dorsey, Steve Mabee and Ben Beeler! We had three winners that received custom pineapple tiki mask trophies for “Closest to the Pin”, “Longest Drive” and “Straightest Drive.” Winners in those categories were our very own Jay Moore, Andy Bruner and Tara Secrest. Great job, guys and gal!
We also hosted a prize raffle, where we gave away a foursome to Forest Ridge (thanks, Lance!), a custom embroidered Pineapple golf pullover, and an embroidered golf shirt. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Overall, we had a fantastic day. Yes, it was hot, but the sun was shining and it wasn’t windy, so it was an ideal golf day. We would like to thank our sponsors and all who donated money and time:
Nelson Nissan, Car Country, Oklahoma Army National Guard
Meeks Lithographics, Forest Ridge, Fox 23, Lazalier Consulting, Collin Campbell
Dori G. Studios, Shelly Barlow, Shannon Devlin, Mason Briggs, John Norton, Jimmy Norton
We couldn’t have done it without you!
For all of you who were unable to participate this year, don’t worry: we’ll be back next summer with an even bigger and better tournament!