PALM SPRINGS, CA—The annual ProLab Classic Golf Tournament returned to Indian Wells for its 21st tournament, the first time back since 1998. Indian Wells is one of the most picturesque areas in the country. Records were broken; and it was also a big nostalgia hit for industry golfers who drove down Frank Sinatra Way and Bob Hope Drive, or dined at Arnold Palmer's restaurant filled with golf memorabilia and a putting green.
ProLab is run as a shotgun start and 29 teams competed to make "the cut." For the first time, the cut was eight under to play in the Championship round the next day. Ten-under was scored by several teams, and there were plenty of bogies and eagles. These were the highest recorded scores in ProLab history. It was also the first time a father and son, Rex and Reagan Jobe were Championship flight winners. Of course this is not the first Green Jacket for father Rex. "How many Green Jackets can you wear?"
This was also the first year for Toren Prawdzik, Allied Photo Imaging, to chair this prestigious industry event. He wasn't without support, as former organizer and chairman, Larry Anderson (The Image Place, Weirton, WV) was there to assist, as well as play golf. Rick Tinsley, Toren's assistant and Emery Freeman tournament accountant, counted both the dollars and scores.
New sponsors and first-time golfers keep ProLab fresh. Dan Scandiff, Andrés Imaging, Chicago commented: "I'm a fairly good golfer, but I was impressed with the talent here. It's also a great place to meet your competitors and trade information. Next year I'm here for the Green Jacket."Scott Koehler from Tri-Color Imaging, a first-timer, is second generation. His father, Bob a long-time golfer, said, "Scott is carrying on the family tradition, and he's a winner too."
One would think this was a gathering of AIE or some adjunct to PMA as digital photo and graphics industry members convened to win trophies, network and share information about new equipment and digital techniques.
And the Winners Were...
- lst Place: Reagan Jobe, The Color Place, Dallas, TX; Kevin Vesely, Vista Color, Cleveland, OH, Tom Hicks, JD Photo Imaging, Flint, MI; and Chris Van Zandt, Eastman Kodak.
- 2nd Place: Tim Saur, Durst; Maria Rubino, SCL Imaging; Larry Capodilupo, ICL Imaging; and Scott Koehler, Tri-Color Photo.
- 3rd Place: Mike MacDonald, The Image Place; Toren Prawdzik, Allied Photo; Kirk Sidley, N&S Photo; and Tom Martin, Cygnus Business Media.
- 4th Place: Claude Middleton, Visual Services of Texas; Ken Wilson, Lustre Color; Tim Wood, SCL Imaging Group; and Karl Weisenhorn, Quality Media.
- lst Place: Dave Robertson, Drew Kalman, Photographic Specialties, Bernd Tischer, Neschen Americas, and Bob Goldblatt, industry consultant.
- 2nd Place: Jon Rousseau, Art Lyons, Brandon Butterfield, and Susan Rau.
- 3rd Place: Randy Titus, True Color; Larry MacDonald, E. B. Luce, Neil Cohen, District Photo; and Dana Condello, District Photo.
- 4th Place: Wayne Fox, Kiddie Kandids; Mike Balaskovits, PMI Sports; Mike Wodushek, Photoland; Mike Rieger, Rieger Communications; and Brenda Anderson, The Image Place.
2008 Tournament Dates Set
"It [Indian Wells] was a beautiful course," said Kim Freeman.
Architech Clive Clark designed this Celebrity par-72, short, tricky course amid a background of mountains with flourishing beds of flowers, small lakes, and bridges. The ladies said they liked the course because it was short. It was definitely a putter's course. Those who left without a prize had one statement in common: "I just came out to have a good time." Larry Anderson always reminds us: "At ProLab everybody's a winner."
In 2006 Prolab golfers hit the balls at historic Pinehurst. For 2008 Toren has selected another first-class venue, The Sea Pines Resort at Hilton Head Island, S.C. ProLab's next golf tournament is just eight months out: March 16-18, 2008. ProLab golfers will be playing just two weeks prior to the PGA, and will be playing the Robert Dye-designed new Heritage Course. So be nice to the suppliers who do the invites, mark your 2008 calendar, and check out Prolabgolf.com for updated info.
Prolab would not be possible without the generosity and support of its sponsors: Eastman Kodak Co., Fujifilm USA, Durst U.S., Neschen Americas, ZBE, Inc., Quality Media & Laminating Solutions, and new sponsors: AIE (Association of Imaging Executives), and Whitech USA.