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A green jacket is presented to a 2007 winner.
Larry Anderson presents Kim Freeman with the Sportsmanship award.
Bill Durvin (l.) hams it up with Toren Prawdzik at the award dinner.
Championship Flight Winners: Bill Durvin, Sports Solutions; Emery Freeman, Allied Photographic; Kevin Vesely, Vista Color Imaging; Marcia Stiles, Allied Photographic
First Flight Winners Jack Lucas, retired; Tom Hayes, VIP; Dominic Propati, Fuel Digital; Karl Weisenhorn, Quality Media & Laminating

22ND Prolab Golf Classic
A Two-Course Challenge But Always a Winner

SEA PINES, HILTON HEAD, SC-If you want camaraderie, the best business networking and love to go to the country's leading resorts to play golf, the ProLab Golf Classic is where you'll want to be next April for the 23nd annual tournament. More on that later, now PTN brings you a recap. of this year's tournament.

The tournament rules were a big challenge this year as the group practiced on the Ocean Course and played day one on the tougher, celebrated Pete Dye-designed Heron Point course. Players teed off from the whites both days because they were playing two courses. The golfers who came early and practiced on both courses had an edge, as they'd figured out how to tackle the short greens and hazardous bunkers found on the Heron course.

This was the second year for ProLab Chairman Toren Prawdzik, Allied Photographic, since taking over from former Chairman, Larry Anderson. At the pairing party where the luck-of-the-draw sets the teams, Toren reminded the group that, "we're like a family." How right he is, as many long-lasting friendships are formed throughout the years. Even vendors admit they enjoy big benefits from sponsoring ProLab, as equipment sales have been logged from networking at these events.

The ProLab Golf Classic would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors: Eastman Kodak, Fujifilm USA, Durst US, Neschen Americas, Quality Media & Laminating, ZBE Inc., and AIE, Association of Imaging Executives (formerly APCI). So if you didn't get invited, no problem, over the next ten months you may just want to cozy up to one of the sponsors to garner an invite for next year's outing.

Kodak sponsored a "swing machine" and for two days the golfers had their swings analyzed on the practice range. Several players commented about how it helped their game.

You say you're not too hot a golfer? No problem-maybe an advantage even.

One of the most exciting shots was made by "D" player, Marty Wells of Fujifilm who sunk a 60-ft. birdie in the Championship playoffs. This putt followed super "A" golfer Jon Rosseau's miracle shot out of the woods onto the green, resulting in their team winning second place in the Championship Flight. Yes, "D" players do make history too. The last hole-in-one was made by on-going "D" player Peter Lee three years ago. So don't feel you must stay home because you're not a Tiger Woods.

And don't count out the ladies either. Sally Corman, Firehouse Image Center, claimed the "closest-to-the pin" award, and Marcia Stiles, who hadn't attended since the first ProLab, will get her Green Jacket next year in Tucson, AZ. Kim Freeman received the Sportsmanship award for 21 years of attending the ProLab Golf Classic

Sadness shrouded this year's event as attendees remembered Rob Davis, formerly head of Bremson Data Systems, who had the foresight and dollars to sponsor the first ProLab Golf Classic. He always attended the annual event even though he didn't golf; but drove the golf cart for yours truly. Dana Candella, an avid ProLab golfer also passed away recently and was sorely missed by many of his golfing friends. Arden Glanzer, Northwest Color, a non-golfer, took over driving the photographer's cart this year.

Plan early for the 23RD annual ProLab Golf Classic, April 25-29, 2009, to be held at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Check out the resort's spectacular beauty and amenities at the website:

Watch for updates in PTN or go to for future announcements, including new sponsors to contact for an invite to one of the industry's most exciting events.

Noritsu and Epson Join Forces

Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd. and Seiko Epson Corporation have reached a basic agreement to establish a broad business alliance designed to further consolidate and develop their printing equipment businesses, including the formation of a strategic alliance to develop and market a digital minilab (a high-speed, compact, commercial photofinishing system) for Noritsu using Epson inkjet devices and technology.

Under the new alliance, Epson and Noritsu will extend cooperation beyond minilabs and into industrial printing systems, a segment where the partners will collaborate on joint development projects and support each other's development programs. In addition to mutually complementing each other and efficiently using their management resources, the alliance partners will seek to maximize the benefits of collaboration while strengthening their position and presence in both segments.

As strategic partners the two companies collaborated in creating Noritsu's digital dry printing solutions, the first of which was the dDP-411. More recent photofinishing systems include the M300 and D701.

Olympus names Gumz as CEO

Olympus has announced F. MARK GUMZ, president and chief operating officer of the global company's wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S., has added chief executive officer to his title. His new position will utilize his longstanding experience with Olympus and the leadership skills developed over his 30-year career.

Gumz is the highest-ranking official in the Americas and the first American to be appointed CEO of any Olympus entity. He will retain his positions as president of Olympus America Inc., Olympus Canada Inc., Olympus Imaging America Inc., and Olympus Medical Equipment Services America Inc.

Calagaz hosts Girls Night out

The ladies have it-at least at Calagaz Photo & Digital in Mobile, AL, where more than 90 women attended Girls Night Out to learn how to create unique products with their digital images.

Attendees learned how to create DVDs, scrapbooks, photo calendars, photobooks, invitations, thank you cards, folded cards, and other personal photo gifts through Lucidiom photo kiosks. Attendees also preserved family memories through the store's nine digital print stations.

"This was our fourth Girls Night Out over the last two years, and each one continues to get even bigger and better," said PAULINE C. MCKEAN, VP of sales. "We make it fun for women to make truly personal gifts for their families in a celebratory and relaxing environment."

Guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as participation in a raffle for a pink Olympus FE340 digital camera and in a live auction for a suite at the Mobile Bay Bears.

"My son is getting married in May, so I wanted to see how to make a DVD for the after-rehearsal party," said DEBI WILKINS, one attendee. "It was quick and easy, and I had fun and learned from the staff and other attendees what other types of gifts I could make in the future."

"I had so much fun tonight. I wish Calagaz would do this every month," said SHARON MARTIN, another attendee.