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The sun was shining, and everyone was smiling at the 2014 Republic Bank Players Challenge. Temperatures were high on Monday, June 23, but that did not stop players from enjoying the day at Standard Country Club. This year’s event included golf, tennis, bridge, canasta, maj jongg and a silent auction.
The annual Players Challenge benefits the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Family and Career Services.
First place in golf went to the team of Nick Gardner, Mike Nash and Joe Nash. Second place went to James Gibson, J. R. Hage, Mike Porro and Doug Vierhaler. Third place went to David Gatti, Stephanie Young, Chad Dailey and Donald Young. Winners received gift cards to Golf Headquarters.
Many of the holes had additional challenges, in which prizes including a Rolex watch and the use of a Porsche for the weekend, were up for grabs.
Jay Klempner and Elise Brown had the straightest drive on holes 2 and 16, respectively. John Clark hit the longest drive on hole 4. Gail Pohn won longest putt on hole 18.
In the closest to the pin contest, Darby Smith won on hole 7, Kenny Creech on hole 12, and Angela Hornung on hole 15. Richard Schultz was on his game, taking home both longest putt on hole 14 and longest drive on hole 17. Sandee Linker won the putting contest.
Alison Roemer and Mandy Masterson came in first place in the tennis challenge, and Keren Benabou and Mallie Nagel came in second place.
Carol Wishnia and Phyllis Wertheim won first place in the bridge competition, and Ann Zimmerman and Vivian Moorin won second place.
Canasta and maj jongg players just played for fun.
The JCC and JFCS give a special thanks to the event’s Title Sponsor, Republic Bank.
They also thank their other sponsors. Kindred Healthcare was the event’s Eagle Sponsor and Ernst & Young, LLP and Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence were both Links Sponsors.
Contest Sponsors were Almost Family, Altman Insurance Services, Crowe Horwath, Goldberg and Simpson, Mutual of America, Papercone Corporation, Sam Swope Auto Group and tw telecom. Sweet Spot Sponsors were Duplicator Sales and Service, Nancy and Sheldon Gilman and Welenken CPAs. Par Sponsors were Gus Goldsmith, Hertzman Foundation, Dr. Elliot Rosengarten, Jay Klempner, Metro Dental Group, PayLogic, Porcini’s Children Foundation, Schwartz Insurance Group and UBS Private Wealth Management.
Best Ball Sponsors were ACCO Inc., OVASCO, A-M Electric Co., Faulkner Real Estate, Metropolitan housing Coalition, Oasis Solutions Group, Plaut & Associates PSC, Ralph M. Green DMD, The Nautilus Group/Fenwick Insurance Partners LLC, Willis Klein, Bob and Judy Tiell, Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopedics PSC. In-kind sponsors were Bill Collins auto Group, Bluegrass Motosport, Davis Jewelers, Gold Headquarters, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Sign-a-Rama, Synergism, Ted Wirth Photography, Doug Gordon & West Bend Insurance, Louisville Pure Tap, Smoketown USA, Nick Barth and Dixon Golf.
The JCC and JFCS also thank all of the businesses and individuals who donated gifts for the silent auction.