Friday, Aug 2, 2013 marks the 30th annual Pink Flamingo Golf Tournament at DeLaveaga golf course. This fun and memorable event takes place in support of the Spinal Cord Society (SCS).
In 1983, a tournament formed by a group of friends as a simply pleasurable experience soon became an annual event. Jim and Donny Tedsen, Andy Whittman, Jeff Moise, Dave Alley, Jeff Tokunaga, and a host of others got together and organized a golf tournament for the purpose of enjoying some recreation as well as each others company. They invited friends, gave it a name and added in the concept of making it into a fundraiser.
The Pink Flamingo
The name embodies the spirit and sense of humor associated with this successful tournament. Legend has it that one of the original founders encountered several attractive ladies who lived in a trailer park called “The Flamingo.” The group threw in the color pink and encouraged players to wear pink in every way, shape or form; hence, the name The Pink Flamingo.
Warren Penniman, branch manager of Stewart Title in Santa Cruz plays almost every year in support of Mike and the great cause. “Wearing pink is fine,” he said; “it’s the high heels that bother me.”
Just as the tournament emerged into a fundraiser, it coincided with a life-altering accident for Mike Leimbach, a friend of one of the founders, when he suffered a paralyzing football accident at the annual SCCAL Football Jamboree.
Friends of Mike Leimbach
In 1984, the first annual Pink Flamingo Invitational Golf Tournament was established as a fund raising event for the Friends of Mike Leimbach. Since then, this tournament has benefited the Spinal Cord Society (SCS) for which Mike and his family serve as presidents of the Santa Cruz Chapter. The SCS organization is dedicated to developing a treatment to cure paralysis. New advancements in medical technology move the organization closer to developing a cure with the help of all the players and sponsors.
Leimbach says that over the 30 year time span, the theme has evolved from several young men wearing wigs and silly costumes to becoming a bit more conservative in dress. They still enjoy reminiscing about the old days and this spirit of friendship and support makes for a warm, family atmosphere. “Across the board, this tournament, while laid back in its nature, is still rated one of the best. People join us from all over the county, we have top quality prizes and yet it doesn’t have a ‘corporate’ feel. It’s more like a fun reunion” he says.
Player entry fee includes:
Green fees, golf cart, and free range balls courtesy of Tim Loustalot, 2 Mulligan’s per player
Tee prizes include Linksoul sweatshirt courtesy of Randy Gaschler & IEM, golf towel courtesy of Chris Finn & 4Less Termites and backpacks courtesy of Janie Hanson of Intero Real Estate.
Lunch/ dinner/ refreshments Enjoy special food booths by Johnny’s Harborside Cafe courtesy of Jeff Moise, beer/ refreshment tubs + beverage cart and special microbrew courtesy of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery in the “Grato” by #15
Pink Flamingo registration here – Sponsorship opportunities here
By June Smith