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The 17th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Published: October 09, 2012
L to R Barry Berkowitz 75 Brook Baquila 3L Dean Rudy Hasl and David Majchrzak 02
L to R: Barry Berkowitz '75, Brook Baquila 3L, Dean Rudy Hasl and David Majchrzak '02

The 17th Annual Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament fielded winners in several categories on Friday, October 5, but the biggest winner of all is the TJSL Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (VLAC).

The tournament proceeds fund scholarships for TJSL students who provide pro bono legal services for struggling San Diego veterans through the VLAC, a collaborative effort with Veterans Village of San Diego. The VLAC, the only law clinic in San Diego devoted to helping veterans with their legal problems.

At the awards dinner, TJSL Professor and VLAC Director Steve Berenson said a few words to the golfers present. “The proceeds from the Golf Tournament go into a fund that provides scholarships for the most outstanding students in the Veterans Clinic each semester,” Professor Berenson said.  “These are students who go above and beyond the already high expectations that all clients have a right to have for their attorneys, and that TJSL professors have of their students.  They are our best and brightest students, and are very deserving of the support they receive.”

This year’s tournament at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course attracted 88 golfers, from TJSL alumni to current students to professors and friends.

Before the golfers hit the links, they were invited to purchase additional raffle tickets to help boost the net proceeds. The donated raffle prizes from individuals and businesses included Taylor Made golf clubs, golf balls, restaurant gift certificates, two Kindle Fires, an iPad2 and various gift baskets.

TJSL Alumni Relations Director Vanessa Vandever said she is grateful that the 17th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament went off without a hitch and that everyone appeared to have an amazing time. “A special thanks goes out to the co-chairs of the Golf Committee, Sabrina Green ’02 and Aaron Hicks ‘04,” said Vandever. “I truly appreciate the two of them helping to organize the entire event.”

The competition included a putting contest, as well as prizes for Closest to the Pin and Long Drive (men’s and women’s categories), Low Gross and First Place team for Low Net and Most Honest.

When TJSL Communications Assistant Linda Peasley was asked what she and her son James got for being the ‘Most Honest’, she replied, “Ha, Ha… the lowest score. That’s what you get for being honest.”

Putting Contest: Aaron Sherlock

Women’s Closest to the Pin: Natalie Buccini

Men’s Closest to the Pin: Lance Capel

Men’s Longest Drive: Matt Thoene

Women’s Longest Drive: Lindsee Pitsch

Low Gross (55): Gregory Walt, Johannes Demarzi, Matt McLaughlin and David Vallero

Low Net (64): Ryan McCrary, N. Ben Cramer, J.P. Roach and Matt Greene

Most Honest: Linda Peasley and James Peasley II

The net total proceeds from the 2012 tournament have not yet been finalized.

The annual TJSL golf tournament wouldn’t be as successful without the generous support of its many sponsors, including:

Sponsorship    Company/Firm Hole     Dixon Golf Hole     Galante Ganci, APC Hole     Jim Miller for Superior Court Judge Hole     Chad The Bail Guy Hole     Barbri Hole     First American Title Hole     Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters Hole     Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. Hole     Frank Motors Hole     Law Office of Salim Khawaja Hole     Casey Gerry Hole     First American – Fund Control Hole     First American NCS – Orange County Division

Hole     First American NCS – SD/IE Division 

Closest to the Pin (Women’s)  eLiveLife Closest to the Pin (Men’s)  First American NCS – SoCal Sales

Long Drive (Women’s)   Stratton & Green Long Drive (Men’s)   First American NCS – Energy Group

Silver     Law Offices of Rob Waller Silver     CSL legal Silver     Mitchel & Shea, APC Silver     Breathe Easy Insurance Solutions

Putting Contest    Epsten Grinnell Howell

Specialty Sponsorships

Cocktail Reception   Law Offices of Aaron T. Hicks Cocktail Reception   Law Offices of Philip A. Shapiro

Hole in One    Sanctuary Bail Bonds

Water     Winslow & McCurry, PLLC     Raffle Sponsorships      The All-Star Group / Titleist      Callaway Golf Company      Rowley – Exclusive Individual Portraits of Children      Bradford Renaissance Portraits      Preferred Hotel Group          Viejas      Red Door      Wellington      eLiveLife      Indigo Cafè & Catering