By Richard Seyler
|The Northern California Professional Firefighters Invitational
is an annual event sponsored by the Napa City Firefighters Local
3124. The Tournament honored two deceased firefighters, Jim Lemoine
from Alameda and Steve Williams from Redwood City.
Format is four-person best-ball, scratch event with teams vying for the coveted Ovid Seyler Memorial Trophy. Categories of competition are low team, low net individual and low gross individual. Golfers must be active members of a Fire Department to participate. Fire Departments throughout the State are invited to send their best golfers to compete.
The Tenth Annual Tournament hosted 29 teams from various Fire Departments around the State. The Tournament was held February 21, 2001 at Silverado Country Club on the South Course. This Tournament has been played in all kinds of February weather, but this year the sun came out, and it was a beautiful day.
The Sunnyvale Fire Department won the Tournament on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with San Jose. Modesto finished third and San Mateo fourth.
Low net was won by Novelli from San Mateo with a 69, followed by Williams from Oakland in second, Addiego from San Jose and Helms from Alameda tied for third.
Low gross was won by Addiego from San Jose with a 77. There was a three-way tie for second between Tarvin from Modesto, Barbera from Redwood City, and Rowan from San Rafael.
The San Francisco Firefighters Golf Club, once again, was not represented. However, this year, two foursomes of Old Retired Guys were invited to play with the Tournament (only active firefighters are allowed to play in the Tournament). The two foursomes included: Russ Edwards, Fred Glosser, Jim Lynch, Tom McGuire, Mike Moran, Bill Richardson, Rich Seyler and Pete Sikora.
The Tournament is scheduled for next year on February 25, 2002 at Silverado Country Club. Entries and details are available from Steve Brassfield, 202 Adrian Court, Vacaville, CA, 95687 or Jon Trebotich, 1152 Hilton Avenue, Napa, CA, 94558.