44th H.O.G. Tournament

by Jane Ahrens
Waiting for the H.O.G. Parade!
Waiting for the H.O.G. Parade!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The 44th H.O.G. Tournament, played at the Fishers Island Club, was a rousing success this Labor Day Sunday. Net proceeds from the tournament support medical care for all Fishers Island residents and visitors through the Island Health Project (IHP).

The idea for the tournament on Labor Day weekend was hatched at the Harbor Bar in 1969 (hence the name Harbor Open Golf, better known as the H.O.G.). The game format has remained the same – 4 clubs and a putter per team – but it has grown exponentially over the ensuing 44 years!

From the FIC Weekly Update: “We completed another beautiful week of golf here on Fishers Island as we wrapped up our “summer season” with the 44th Annual H.O.G. Tournament. A full field of twenty-four teams competed for the costume, parade and the golf events. The proceeds of the Harbor Open Golf Tournament support the Island Health Project. Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers including the ladies who operated the various bars and games. We even had a band playing on the 17th tee as the musicians rocked the day. One last highlight was seeing Nick from the Grounds Staff drive ball after ball from the 14th tee to the 14th green – a mere 355 yards! Nick raised an additional $1,200 for the IHP.”


1st Place Parade: “Mr. Fishers Island Tropic” Matt Skinner, Tripp Cashel, Bob Campbell, Brooks Ross, Jake Ludemann, Tim Gaumond

2nd Place Parade: “Orange is the New Pink” Arthur Anthony, Alex Harvey, Alex Ochse, Ashton Harvey, David Walker, Joe Connor
3rd Place Parade: “Paddle Board Yoga” Bryce O’Brien, Chad Doerge, Derek Pratt, John, Ryan, Stett Trippe, Win Ghriskey

Best Theme: (not in the parade) “Robin Williams movie characters” Ted Ahrens, Brian Carroll, Drew Douthit, Matt Fox, Matt LoCasio, Whit Hayes

Best Cart: “Putin Takes FI” Sayles Braga, Jared Dubey, Jason Weida, Peyton Gray, Tom Collingham, Mike duPont

“Noon Balloon” H.O.G. Award*: Sayles Braga

Closest to the Pin: Nick Hedden (For hitting one on 14 to 6′)
Low Gross: Andrew Burr, Nishan Vartanian, Chris Crain, Ethan Brown, Reis Alford, Todd Cavaluzzi
1st Place Golf: Andrew Burr, Nishan Vartanian, Chris Crain, Ethan Brown, Reis Alford, Todd Cavaluzzi
2nd Place Golf: Perry Bartol, Bill Harrington, Jeff Wheelan, Graham Michenen, Jim Hahn, Brooks Walker
3rd Place Golf: Ted Ahrens, Brian Carroll, Drew Douthit, Matt Fox, Matt LoCasio, Whit Hayes

IHP Board President Susie Parsons took a moment to thank the following individuals too. H.O.G. Co-chairs, Reyn and Elizabeth duPont with Becca and Chad Bartels; Dr. Chris Ingram and Di Shillo and staff in the office; Dan Colvin and his whole golf staff; Pat and Stefan Schiestl and the WHOLE club staff; all the girls who worked on holes #2, 8 and 12; The Original Swine Band of Freddy Jones, Dudley Nostrand, Tommy O’Neil and Freddy Bancroft for playing the music on #2; my friends and IHP board members for helping sell merchandise; Cecil and Linda Lyon of The Leatherman and Eliza B for their kind donation of merchandise to sell; and to all the H.O.G. players and all the tee sponsors!

To see a larger version of any photo or to view as a slideshow, just click on any image. Enjoy!

“Noon Balloon” H.O.G. Award is given in memory of Johnny Bartol and is awarded each year to the single participant in the tournament who exhibits fantastic H.O.G. spirit! At the discretion of the H.O.G. judges, the selection can be based on an especially creative or unique costume, theme or personality, exceptional/entertaining theatrical performance (in relatively good taste) but most importantly shows notable, over the top, H.O.G. spirit – a standout! This year the award was presented by Norma Bartol, Hilary Hotchiss and Perry Bartol to Sayles Braga.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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