For those of you who have been fortunate enough to secure a CASBO Annual Conference Scholarship in the past, have you ever wondered how that was made possible? In case you never knew, we’d like to tell you!

Scholarship funds are made available through the fantastic efforts of our Associate Member Committee (AMC), who hosts our Annual Conference Golf Tournament each year. Over the last several years, the AMC has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to lucky attendees!

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, turned out to be another successful day … but with a new twist. This year, due to annual spring maintenance being conducted on most golf courses in the greater Sacramento area, the AMC decided to hold our tournament at Topgolf Roseville, a year-round venue that hosts climate-controlled hitting bays; giant outfield targets; and high-tech, self-scoring balls.

By all accounts, the venue proved very popular! We had a total of 140 participants, consisting of 13 teams, 39 individuals and seven spectators who enjoyed the three hours of unlimited game play; all-inclusive, chef-prepared food and sponsored beverages; and a hole-in-one contest, mulligans and prize awards.

We also had wonderfully supportive participation from 20 sponsor companies, including our Platinum Sponsors — RJ Commercial Flooring, ACF Commercial Flooring and Tarkett — and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions to this event. Without them, it wouldn’t have been nearly the success it was.

We had beautiful weather for the tournament, too, which brought out our 2021-22 CASBO officers — President Rich De Nava, President-Elect Diane Deshler, Vice President Tina Douglas, Immediate Past President Jamie Dial and Education Advocacy Foundation Chair Molly Schlange. And we know they had fun because we have this photo of them with big smiles on their faces!

In fact, FUN is something we commit to each year. We know not every golfer is a pro, and this type of venue allows even more participation. With so much networking, contests and, of course, competition, we want you all to know that this tournament is for EVERYONE, from first-timers to avid drivers to spectators.

And with that in mind, Tournament Coordinator Gregg Ethier, director of sales for Southwest School & Office Supply, a CASBO Premier Partner, tells us the AMC is already planning next year’s tournament at Topgolf El Segundo, located about 30 minutes from our 2023 venue at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Gregg is hoping for a turnout of 300 participants next year, so let’s do him proud! Make your plans to join the AMC at our tournament next year — they eagerly await your involvement and look forward to hosting you again.

We offer our wholehearted thanks to Gregg, the AMC, and all of the volunteers and sponsors for giving their time to this tournament so that some fortunate conference-goers will be able to attend CASBO 2023 on us. Registration opens in early winter 2022, so watch your inbox and this newsletter for details, and we’ll see you in Long Beach!