By: Jim Beck
The 2021 Golf outing and Banquet was a great time had by all. The day was wonderful and warm, and the golfers were up to the challenge of the Delaware Golf Club Course. The day started after registration with a deli sandwich buffet and the BEST cookies! Then the golfers got started at about 1PM and finished up at around 5:30 - Everyone told us they had a great day out on the course.
So around the Golf Course they all went, enjoying a great day of camaderie and golf. At this point, Jack and I (as I had the honor to drive him around for a few hours) started to meet with each of the teams and everyone seemed so interested in all of Jack's stories, that at a few points the folks behind were catching up! Getting Jack Park to talk about Woody, and Archie, and Earl and more is one of the more inspiring and fascinating things you can hear. His knowledge about all things Ohio State Football will make a mouse forget about the cheese!
As the day went on, and the heat increased, we saw our members and guests enjoying this day even more. It feels like things have come back to a little more normal and everyone was full of good stories and cheer. I for one was incredibly happy to see everyone after a long absense that we all endured, and I think most of the people in attendance felt the same way.
Each of the members had a moment to greet Jack and get pictures taken with him, so as the day went on Jack was able to meet each and every golfer, and many had old stories that made him laugh and, of course, retort with his own creative spirit.
So as the golfers came in off the course, most were pretty hungry and thirsty and warm. Most decided to head on into the banquet area and get cooled off. The mixer was great in that we saw so many people we have missed the past months. The room was excited in anticpation of the upcoming program, and so many more attenddes came in after the golf, that filled the room. Just as we should for a man that has given so much to us all.
Congratulations to the winners from the tournament as follows:
Winning Foursome: Fred Abbott, Greg Brightman, Chuck Olszewski, Scott Tarney – they shot 61.
Longest Drive Men: Tim Phlegar
Longest Drive Women: Ashleigh Walsh
Longest Putt: Ryan Johnson
Closest to the Pin: Scott Tarney
Pizza for a Year: Rick Wyrick
The banquet opened when our President Bob Redfield addresssed the room and thanked everyone for the fantastic day and gave a peek into what's to come. He introduced our fellow Agonian John Buckenroth, who generously shared the Prayer and lead us with the Pledge of Allegiance.
After dinner, our gracious MC Dave Maetzold (FoxSports) gets things off to a great start with his words about Jack and his career. He then introduces Mr. Brian Timm as our first presenter. Brian Timm is the current Director of Sales for M2 Marketing. Brian spoke at great length about the tenacity Jack has had for his entire career, and how they used to spend time working in the sports analyst and announcer side of the business together. You can tell they had many late nights, as the shared words were gracious and enlightening. He certainly stated what we all knew, that Jack Park was well deserving of this award!
When Brian was done, Dave again took to the mic to introduce us to Buckeye Sports Bulletin Publisher and Owner and Writer, Frank Moskowitz. Frank spoke to us about how his work relationships with Jack helped him to grow his publication. He and Jack were long-time collaborators and are both bound by their absolute love of Ohio State and especialy, the storied Ohio State Football Program.
And then it was onto the reason we were all gathered. To honor and hear from Mr. Jack Park himself. When he hit the stage, you can tell he was ready to give it everything he had. He spoke about how he got started in his career, about his times with Brian and Frank and more. He spoke about how a specific time in his life, that a small gig he said yes to, turned his whole career into what it is. His heartfelt message about hope, and hard work, and friendship and family was inspiring to us all. We all know that Jack knew almost EVERYTHING about Ohio State Football, but many of us learned that his heart is as big as a lion tonight.
Jack was also able to give his two Grand-Daughters a little gift for the evening as well. He presented them both with a signed Football from none other than Jim Tressell!
There could not be a more important honor we can give each year at the Agonis Club, and this award, the Sports Person of the Year, was a perfect fit for this year. We thank you Jack for your time and we honor you today and all the years in the future.
We could not end without giving a HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors of this event and our club. Without your support, we would not be able to have these events. If you have read this recap, PLEASE go and support our sponsors if and when you can. The logos are on the footer of our website for this reason. Thank you!
We also need to thank our Board Members Bob Redfield, Jeff Norris, Mike Hamrick, Linda Zelms, Bob Lash, Duane Phlegar, John Buckenroth, and Tom & Sharon Sappington. Your work over the past year was invaluable to this event's success. Thank you!!
Thank you to all of you that joined us for the amazing day of Golf, fellowship and fun at Foxfire Golf Course Monday June 10th. What started off as maybe a rain-out, turned into a great, albeit windy day for sure.
The Golfers all had 18 holes of fun that included awards for Longest Drive, closest to the hole and on the Par 3 17th, there was a chance to win $10,000 with a hole in one.
Once the day of golf concluded, it was time for a little 19th hole socializing and then on to the Banquet itself. The members we served a fantastic spread of yummy Italian food and many of the members walked away with some fantastic momentos from the silent auction. The 50/50 raffle winner also walked away with a nice bonus!
Dave Maetzold was AWESOME in his introduction to our 2019 Person the the Year, Jody Shelley. Dave highlighted Jody's career before introducing the man of the hour himself, Mr. Jody Shelley.
Jody was gracious and talked about his time on the ice as a true bruiser, and of course this past year's team and their success and explained how some replacements will most likely need to step up next year to fill some pretty big shoes.
We were honored to host such a generous man who has committed himself to Columbus and growing the sport of Hockey within it, and throughout the state of Ohio and beyond.
We cannot finish without saying THANK YOU to Bob Redfield, Jeff Norris, Tom Sappington, John Buchenroth and the rest of the board that spent many hours pre-planning this event and who hosted the players and honoree so gracefully on Monday June 10th.
Once again, Congratulations to the 2019 Agonis Person of the Year, Mr. Jody Shelley.
See you all next year!
The Agonis Club Board
Agonis Club 2019 Person Of The Year Golf Outing & Banquet for Columbus Blue Jacket Great- Mr. Jody Shelley On Monday June 10, 2019
Please join the Agonis Club, its members and guests as we celebrate the career of fan-favorite Jody Shelley at the Foxfire Golf Club on The Players Club Course June 10th, 2019.
Shotgun start: 1:00PM
The day will include:
• 18 holes of golf with cart, scramble format, with a
shotgun start at 1:00PM.
• Lunch is available for purchase at the club.
• Prizes for top foursome, longest drive, closest to the
pin, and longest putt.
• Driving range and putting green available at 12:00 PM.
• No host social time.
• Italian Buffet Dinner
• Silent Auction
• Program celebrating Jody’s Career.
• If golf is cancelled due to adverse weather,
golfers will be issued a voucher for a round of golf
with cart. Dinner will still be held as scheduled.
We are looking for sponsors for this event. If you or your company would like to sponsor a hole, the event or something else , please contact Bob Redfield @ 614-698-2479
** All proceeds will benefit Central Ohio high school student athletes withuniversity scholarships.
Please join us for a special event, the 1st ever Agonis Club OSU Spring Game Luncheon with Tim May, former Dispatch Buckeye sports writer as our main speaker.
Tim will speak to us about the challenges ahead for the OSU Football team, what things are like with new coach Tim Day and will be available for some questions on just about anything Central Ohio Sports.
We will also be recognizing these young athletes who have all accomplished some amazing feats this year in their respective sports.
This is going to be a GREAT and PACKED event- Buy your tickets today!
When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Doors Open at 11:30 AM
Lunch served at 11:45
Program starts at Noon
Where: The Hilton Garden Inn
3232 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Oh 43202
Cost: $25/Member $30/Non-Member
This year we are again asking ALL members and guest to register here online if you plan on attending. Even if you want to pay at the door, (there is a "Pay at the door" option on the registration) it makes it easier for us to plan when we know how many to expect each week.
Register and buy tickets today!
Please join us as we extend our utmost respect and enthusiasm to one of our favorite events of the year, Athletes w/ Disabilities. Folks, if you want to see the face of courage, and joy, and strength, then do NOT miss this event! We will honor 2 proud athletes and show them how their hard work and dedication to their sport, families, and community is worth all of the pain and suffering! Make sure to bring your family members and friends to this memorable event!! We will also have an OSU Coach talk about the IU game as well as our great MC Mr. Dave Maetzold. This event is one not to be missed!
A great event was held on sept 21st as we hostred Clair Crawford of "Oh Hail No" and Bill Davidge of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dear Agonis Club Members and Valued Supporters:
Please join us as we get ready for Tulane with our September 21, 2018 luncheon.
We will be hosting and honoring three Central Ohio student-athletes for their exceptional sportsmanship, academics and on field performances.
And then we are excited to have Clair Crawford, Co-Host of "OH Hail No" podcast and contributing writer for The Ozone (theozone.net). Clair provides analysis and insights of Ohio State football and beyond all the while sharing her passion for the Buckeyes.
You don't want to miss this one!
Well, what another fun and beautiful day we all had this year for the 2018 Agonis Club person Of The Year Golf Outing and Banquet for Thad Matta.
With over 100 members golfing and eating and having a great time, we were able to raise money for the kids and show our honoree, Thad Matta how much we care! The stakes were high in the golf tournament with the #5 Par 3 Hole-in-one contest. No one got the hole in one or the $10,000 prize, but our past President, Fred Abbott was darn close!
The weather was absolutely beautiful as we whipped around Medallion Club and everyone was in great spirits as the Beer carts kept the spirits flowing!
As the day entered evening, the press start arriving for a glimpse of the very Tan Thad Matta who looked extremely relaxed and comfortable! He was pleasant and gave a 10 minute interview before we headed into the banquet to cheer him on and honor him for the great career that he had at OSU!
We were again joined by our MC Mr. Paul Keel's(Voice of the Buckeyes), and Mr. Dave Maetzold (Mr. Blue Jackets) and many past OSU greats like John Diebler (All time 3 point shooter in Big10 history) and even the great All American Clark Kellogg came in for Dinner!
Kobe Bryant in Attendance ads to the Excitement!
It turns out that lightning can strike twice. As it did for Notre Dame when Arike Ogubowale sunk buzzer-beater shots to advance to and later to win the NCAA 2018 Div I Women's Basketball Championship at Nationwide Arena this past weekend.
On twitter broadcast analyst and former NCAA player, LaChina Robinson said, “In my 16 Women’s Final Fours, this has been the best, By FAR. Well done Columbus.” Notre Dame's winning coach Muffet McGraw had this to say, “Just an incredible job by Columbus and the local community. Great support for women’s basketball and definitely one of the best Final Fours since 2001, right?” 2001 being the last time the Irish won the Championship.
Here in Central Ohio the Championship game pulled the highest television rating in the Country at 8.5 percent of viewers. Ohio State and Columbus last hosted an NCAA Semifinal and Final in 2005 when the Men's Ice Hockey Frozen Four was held at the Schottenstein Center to similar praise from visitors.
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