Saturday, November 21 2015:
The 2015 SWAGGGC Awards Night was dedicated to their Swagger brother’s memory
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2015 Swag Awards Night
November 21, 2015
Saturday @ 7PM – Midnight
54 S Wahington Ave
Bergenfield, Nj 07621
201 348 5951
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Members and Members’ direct families or partners are FREE.
Guest fee – $20 ( payable to Orly)
Fine Dining, Cocktail, Cognac, DJ Lito with his super speed and super tunog Pinoy music, dancing with the D.I.s, and lots of raffle prizes etc..etc..
Donations of any kind for the evening raffle are welcome and appreciated.
So, don’t miss this event because…… its going to be a thrilla, a chillah, when we hit the dancing floorah at Bamboo Grillah !!!!
Saturday, October 3,2015
In Memory of swagger Daniel Thomas Hollnsteiner
1st Daniel Cup
Daniel probably pulled some strings upstairs, and Joaquin obliged to veer off towards the ocean (sorry Bermuda). It turned out to be good golfing weather–perfect in the old country because there was no rain and the wind was gentle at Warrenbrook GC for the first Daniel’s Cup.
Several of us complimented the staff for being friendly and accommodating. We used the restaurant space downstairs for breakfast, meeting and prayers. Gerry A brought coffee and fresh bagels, Lito DG provided bibingka, and I served hard-boiled eggs and bananas.
From the start, the resolution already had majority votes. “Daniel’s Cup” was made official, and our Awards Director, Oca, was authorized to commission “The Daniel Hollnsteiner Trophy”.
With moist eyes, shaky voices and joined hands, we said our solemn and heartfelt prayers for Daniel and the Hollnsteiner family. We felt inner peace and a lighter burden for being together at this challenging time, especially with Peter and Philip. Peter thanked everyone, as we admired the courage, strength and dignity of his family.
Wearing ribbons in Daniel’s favorite red, we started a little late around 10:20 AM. The staff was patient and understanding of our situation, and the starter allowed us to go shotgun. It was a little on the chilly side, but we’ve played in worse conditions. The course was wet, yet we drove the cart almost anywhere, and we rarely needed to lift, clean and place. The greens were in perfect condition, allowing fast, true roll. Like our other tours, the first Daniel’s Cup was enjoyable and perhaps more memorable. We finished at about the same time before 4:00 PM, and we proceeded to Pandan.
The food and service at Pandan was superb, as always. Like in a fiesta, we dined on sinigang, crispy pata, sisig, bangus, rice, halo-halo, ice cream, turon, beer, fresh brewed coffee, and maybe more. Many thanks to Mon DLR who generously took care of half of the bill.
After the scores were settled, the red team won (subject to correction, if any) with a score of 8 points vs. the blue team with 7. And that’s with two defaults in the red team — Dr Jun Bada who can’t play due to bad back but stayed with us all the way, and Dr Lito Arago who was called to duty and unable to finish the match. Please review the attached scores and pairings, and email back if there are any corrections. Congrats to the red team! Unfortunately for them, we forgot to make team bets.
Thanks to all for participating, to Leo for arranging the course, to Raul for pairings and organizing, to our guests Dr. Jun Bada and the Cabrales brothers, to Mon, Lito, Gerry who I’ve mentioned above, to others who brought blue label and drinks (I’m not sure who), to all who helped, and most especially to Peter and Philip for being with us.
May Daniel rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon him.
At your service,
September 25, 2015
Sad and tragic news today. The Hollnsteiners lost Daniel to a kayak accident in New Zealand.
We all remember Daniel and his quick infectious laugh and fun loving ways in and out of the golf course. Always very respectful to his “uncles” as he flashed a smile and drove his ball a hundred yards past yours.
He literally grew up before our very eyes and reminded us of what youth is all about. Not too long ago he played with us at High Bridge and he resembled a DJ-Rory physique of muscles and easy swagger. I kiddingly asked if he can hurl his club farther now that he has six-pack abs. He gave me a knowing wink and pretended not to know what I was talking about.
And just like that he was off to college in Australia…
Thank you Peter, Ria, Philip and William for sharing Daniel with us. He has become a son, friend, nephew and grandson we had in him. Thank you for letting us share a part of him all these years no matter how brief it has been. We share your deep sorrow and sadness. We join you in prayer and faith that Daniel is in a better place.
Rest in Peace, Daniel. You are with God and in heaven now.
Round 1 (Tour 11) – The Players Championship sponsored by Raul Encarnacion
Our Director Raul Encarnacion invited me over to his home for breakfast, and served delicious longsilog, fresh brewed coffee, along with his $500 sponsorship. We carpooled to Ballamor GC, one of the best public courses in NJ, which was in excellent condition. 26 high rolling Swaggers and two special guests, Caloy and Dr Jun B, heeded their competitive instincts and traveled three hours to the course near Atlantic City. It was a beautiful Saturday on the 22nd of August, tempered only by the passing of Violet, Melvin’s beloved wife. We said our prayers and continued the tournament with respect.
Unlike the games in the gleaming city on the horizon, the luck of the draw did not give any player a chance to win. It took hard work, practice on the actual course, and due diligence like mapping the greens. And that was what Zenon did to deservedly win Tour 11. Reggie was runner up, followed by Romy, Philip and Gerry D. The top five were named because they had the advantage to win the championship. Romy again shot the lowest gross, while Lino E drove the longest off the tee.&nbs p; Mac and Jojo P claimed all the closest to the pins with two each.
After the game, some Swaggers helped a fellow Swagger who had car trouble, and two went home for a family affair. Others checked into their hotels and got together for dinner.
Ten of us had dinner at a noodle bar at the Taj Mahal, including our Swagger guests. We continued the celebrations in Mac’s room at Taj, reminiscing the good old days with music from the 60s and 70s, fine wine and Raul’s premium cognac. It was like turning back time when we were young and worry-free, ti ll past midnight.
Meanwhile in a different hotel, Oca was still chasing after scorecards, tallying the scores and arranging the next day’s pairings, on top of his car transmission problem.
Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to our generous sponsor, Raul, and all the dedicated directors and volunteers who worked so hard to give us another enjoyable and memorable tour.
At your service,
The Black Bear statue at the entrance appeared growling as it betokened peril at the Swaggers on its Tour 9 on Saturday. It was sunny in the 80s, but with gentle breeze and low humidity, it felt comfortable for golf. The fairways were in good condition, the bunkers were quite firm, and the greens were delightfully deceiving. Don’t be fooled by the description as “recreational golfer’s paradise” in the website of Crystal Springs, world’s third largest golf resort. Judging from the scores, even the seasoned Swaggers were challenged by the constricted fairways and rippling greens. Six flights charged at the Bear in the scramble for a top-20 position.
When the dust settled, the youthful Phillip Hollnsteiner was left victorious. His fluid long swing around his flexible body and superb balance boomed lengthy and accurate drives to make the difference. No wonder Phillip also won the longest drive. The runner-up was Do-What-You-Do-Best Gerry Aguilera. Called by his perennial bettor, Peter, as “my personal ATM machine”, Gerry reprogrammed himself to receive deposits only and no withdrawals. Peter even gave Gerry some iron lessons at the range before the round, only to be used against him, in yet another display of Swagger sportsmanship. Oca shot the lowest gross score with his Bubba-golf style. Like shooting fish in a barrel, Oca (twice), Gerry A, and our youngest member, Carlos Maranon, won the ProV1’s for closest to the pin.
After the game, like hungry grizzlies the Swaggers celebrated at the Clubhouse, as the scores were tallied and side bets were settled. Looking back, I was glad that I donned my shorts instead of a penguin suit. Otherwise, I would have missed seeing my cousin Lino C skipping and hopping with a joyful smile on his face, the boisterous banter and laughter of good friends, and the compelling competition that motivates us to stay in shape.
Thank you very much to the Directors who work so hard to make this happen and to all Swaggers who make it worthwhile. Only one regular tour remains to improve your position. Enjoy the game at Wild Turkey on August 15. Life is good!
* Lifetime Jueteng Participant
Saturday was moving time at The Open, and so it was at the SWAG Tour 7 at Royce Brook GC. And just like at St Andrews, the weather cooperated at Hillsborough. The fairways and greens were very receptive and tournament ready. Although there was water in some bunkers, they were nothing compared to the aptly named bunkers at the Old Course. As Mon said, the best bunker play is the one you don’t have to do. Eight flights fought for position into the top 20 in order to qualify for Class A for the championship rounds.
There were two interesting storylines at our Tour 7. First was the color-blind foursome of Romy, Dante, Melvin and Noel, who inadvertently teed off the wrong tees in one of the holes. But being gentlemen golfers with unquestionable sportsmanship, they gracefully DQ’d themselves without any complaints. They are true Swaggers, indeed, and hats off to them. Romy could have won, but with good humor, he cheerfully opened the door to the eventual winner.
This segues to the second plot. While it’s mostly a battle of youth at The Open, it was a triumph of experience at our tour. After recently becoming an octogenarian, my cousin Lino Carin was declared the winner. During the interview, the Champ said, “There’s one thing I can say – I think my game is back!” Cheers to Daddy Lino for inspiring those among us who are advancing in mileage and enduring bodily aches and pains. As Jojo S said, the super seniors can still put it in the hole.
Ex Prez Lino E was runner-up after a tie breaker, solidifying his position at the top of the heap. The Ace was also the low gross winner. Oca B bombed the drive like Dustin with a swing that is almost the spitting image of Jordan’s. Jojo P, Lito D, Romy and Lino C made dart practice of the par 3s. Jueteng winners were: Front – Cary, Dr Dino, Lino E; Back – Gerry A, Lino C, Lito D; LG – Lino E (1st) and Oca B (2nd). Lowaist Gang were Dr Dino, Zenon, Roland, Dr Pete. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to the contributors and our hardworking Directors!
After the game, we celebrated with dinner at The Restaurant at Royce Brook, one of the best in NJ. The sumptuous steak was delicious as usual, kudos to Chef Mark. The lovely attendants were very engaging, humoring the harmless flirtations of the young once. All in all, it was another enjoyable and memorable Swag Tour filled with friendly competition and camaraderie.