Masters Final Round Party!

Keegan Bradley’s First Masters Appearance!

After a long snowy winter in the Tetons, The Masters golf tournament offers us all a glimmer of promise that spring is on its way.  There is no better way to endure a cold rainy mud season Sunday than getting together with friends to watch the Final Round of golf’s first Major Championship of the year!  Enjoy a couple of beers, the company of friends, and maybe even a little gambling.

The Masters Final Round Party

John Daly's Sunday Ball Style

April 8th: 12 n – 5 pm(ish)
White Buffalo Club
160 West Gill Ave.

There are 2 very important rules for this party:

  1. Jacket Required: In the tradition of The Masters “Green Jacket” every gentleman must wear a sport coat.  Wear whatever else you want (jeans, shorts, hula skirt), but you must wear a jacket.  There is no dress code for women.
  2. Raffle Item Required: During each commercial break, we will raffle off prizes that each member of the League brings to Sunday Ball.  This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business.  Raffle off something from your company, like a gift certificate, and get some free promo.  Suggested raffle items should be in the $25 range.  Since everyone donates a prize, everyone wins something too.  If you show up without a raffle item, you will not be admitted.  Seriously.

Come enjoy the final round of The Masters with golf enthusiasts from around the valley.  We have a full day of events lined up including:

  • Putting Contest
  • Poker Tournament
  • Masters Foursomes Pool
  • Whiskey Tasting with the Bomb Sommelier
  • Drink Specials
  • Cigar Discounts
  • Pizza Specials from Pinky G’s

If you are interested in attending the party, please RSVP to John Morgan at jmorgan@dialoguesales.com.

The United States Open

Welcome To Sunday Ball!

The second major of the year is almost here, and Sunday Ballers are getting

psyched for another dramatic Sunday afternoon of golf.  US Open Sunday is Father’s Day, June 19th, and of course you are welcome to bring your family to the White Buffalo Club for the fun.  Personally, my family will be out-of-town, so I’ll choose to celebrate Father’s Day like the Germans do.

Don Cherry - Honorary Sunday Baller

Sunday Ball – The United States Open
June 19th: 12 n – 5 pm(ish)
White Buffalo Club
160 West Gill Ave.

Becoming a member of Sunday Ball is easy.  There are only two rules:

  1. Jacket Required:Every gentleman must wear a sport coat.  Wear whatever else you want (jeans, shorts, hula skirt), but you must wear a jacket.  There is no dress code for women.
  2. Raffle Item Required: During each commercial break, we will raffle off prizes that each member of the League brings to Sunday Ball.  This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business.  Raffle off something from your company, like a gift certificate, and get some free promo.  Suggested raffle items should be in the $25 range.  Since everyone donates a prize, everyone wins something too (kids don’t need to bring a prize).

Jacket required. Pants optional.

That’s it. It is that easy to be included in Sunday Ball and have the opportunity to get together with fellow hackers and duffers on the most revered Sunday in golf.  The White Buffalo Club will have a cash bar set up, and the kitchen will be open to order off the menu.

If you are interested in joining Sunday Ball, please RSVP to John Morgan at jmorgan@dialoguesales.com.

And mark your calendar for future Sunday Ball Events:

  • The Open Championship, Sunday, July, 17, 2011
  • The PGA Championship, Sunday, August, 14, 2011

The Masters Recap

If you didn’t get a chance to swing by, you missed out.  Not only was the back 9 stretch at the 2011 Masters one of the most exciting in years, the group who convened at the While Buffalo Club had a blast.  Chef Will set up a bloody mary bar that I think every one of the 17 people in attendance enjoyed at least once.  Rhett Bain was the only attendee shamed for not wearing a jacket (shaaaaame!).

The raffle was a big hit, and the Round of 4 at JH Golf & Tennis donated by Levi Thorn was the marquee prize.  There were a few bottles of wine, whiskey, and vodka, and a few gift certificates too.  All in all, everyone won something fun.

Brian Sigfried was the winner of multiple contests, taking home the top prize in the Masters Foursomes Pool, and winning a Free Night in a Fireplace Suite at the White Buffalo Club for sinking the most consecutive putts in the mini-golf challenge.  John Morgan & Garth Gillespie cleaned up the remaining winnings in the Foursomes Pool, and Craig Morris won the Poker tournament.

Thanks to everyone who attended (Rob Nelson, Will Gahagan, Tom Fay, Brian Siegfried, Garth Gillespie, James Powell, Amy Haynesworth, Paul Boice, Rhett Bain, Craig Morris, Cornelius Kinsey, Jenny Collins, Dirk Collins, Tim Pogue, Stephanie Pogue, Levi Thorn, and John Morgan).  Please encourage all of your buddies to join us at the next Sunday Ball event.

Sunday Ball – US OPEN – June, 19th

How Sunday Ball Started…

On the morning Sunday April 11, 2010 I checked into the Banff Spring Hotel in Alberta for the Mountain Travel Symposium, and the first thing I did after I dropped my bags inside the door of my hotel room was hunt for the remote control.   It was Masters Sunday, and the CBS telecast was already underway.   My conference wasn’t to start until the next morning, so I had the whole day to relax in my hotel room and watch the final round.  Only, I couldn’t find the golf anywhere on TV.  I surfed around and around, having no idea which Canadian network would be rebroadcasting the CBS feed.  When I finally caught my first glimpse of the Masters, it was all fuzzy and distorted.  I considered calling the front desk, but knew they probably couldn’t do anything, so I decided to give the lobby bar a shot.

The Banff Springs Hotel is a historic castle-like hotel located in the beautiful Banff National Park.  It is loaded with vaulted stone archways and alcoves.  Very cool.  And the Rundle Lounge is one of the most beautiful hotel bars you will likely ever see.  The only downfall for me was that the views through the panoramic windows are the showcase visual aspects of the bar.  There were no TVs.  Panicking a little bit now, I asked the bartender, “is there any place in the hotel where I can watch the Masters?”  He told me that a group had rented out the room adjacent to the bar to watch the tournament, and they probably wouldn’t mind if I joined in.

BANFF GENTLEMAN’S CLUB
As I peeked my head through the door, all eyes remained fixed on the big flat screen television that had been rolled into the private dining room.  Everyone in the room seemed to be dressed for church; jackets, ties, and fancy hats on the women.  As I scanned the crowd a little closer I noticed that a few of the people were wearing some pretty funky attire.  One guy was wearing a Kelly green sport coat  and madras plaid Bermuda shorts.  One other wore jeans along with a black jacket and bow tie.  Just as I wondered what the heck kind of group this was, I saw a hand waving at me from the front table.  It was my friend Jenny from Steamboat Ski Resort.   Happy to see a familiar face, I ducked in front of the TV and took the seat next to her.

“Who are these people”” I asked.

“Don’t know,” she responded, “but they seem like a pretty fun group, and they welcomed me to watch the tourney with them.”

At the next commercial break in the telecast, one of the gentlemen in the group stood up and announced that they would be pulling  a couple of names for the raffle.  The first winner received a gift certificate for dinner at a hotel in town.  The next won some movie tickets, and a third won a bottle of wine from a local liquor store.   As the prizes were awarded, the sponsors of the gifts were announced, and everyone cheered.  I was even more confused now, as I wondered why any businesses would sponsor a bunch of people to drink beer and watch golf.

During the next commercial break and raffle announcement, I mustered up the nerve to ask someone at our table what was going on.  “This is the Banff Gentleman’s Club,” I was told.  “Four Sundays a year, for the final round of each of the majors, we all get together to watch golf.”  I asked what was up with the dress code and the raffle, and my new friend laughed.  “There are two rules to be included in the club.  Everyone has to wear a sport coat, and everyone needs to bring a prize for the raffle.   Here in the mountains we don’t have many occasions to dress up, so this is our excuse to dust off some nice clothes and create an official occasion to get together and drink beer. ”

I happily enjoyed a number of beers while I watch the conclusion of the tournament with the Banff Gentleman’s Club.  Just before Phil Mickleson was awarded the famous green jacket as the winner of the Masters on TV, the last raffle prize of the day was given out at the hotel.  Lo and behold, it was the official “green jacket” of the Banff Gentleman’s Club.  It was a little less fancy, and had a few stains on it as I recall, but the winner was pretty darn excited.  As I looked around the room at these 50 or so people enjoying a semi-semi-formal occasion to drink with their buddies, it dawned on me that something similar needed to be started in Jackson Hole!

Welcome to Sunday Ball.

Welcome To Sunday Ball!

The Jackson Hole Armchair Golf League

After a long snowy winter in the Tetons, The Masters golf tournament offers us all a glimmer of promise that spring is on its way.  There is no better way to endure a cold rainy mud season Sunday than getting together with friends to watch the Final Round of golf’s first Major Championship of the year!  Enjoy a couple of beers, the company of friends, and maybe even a little gambling.

Sunday Ball Buddies - Circa 1976

Sunday Ball – The Masters
April 10th: 12 n – 5 pm(ish)
White Buffalo Club
160 West Gill Ave.

Becoming a member of Sunday Ball is easy.  There are only two rules:

  1. Jacket Required: Every gentleman must wear a sport coat.  Wear whatever else you want (jeans, shorts, hula skirt), but you must wear a jacket.  There is no dress code for women.
  2. Raffle Item Required: During each commercial break, we will raffle off prizes that each member of the League brings to Sunday Ball.  This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business.  Raffle off something from your company, like a gift certificate, and get some free promo.  Suggested raffle items should be in the $25 range.  Since everyone donates a prize, everyone wins something too.  If you show up without a raffle item, you will not be admitted.  Seriously.

That’s it. It is that easy to be included in Sunday Ball and have the opportunity to get together with fellow hackers and duffers on the most revered Sunday in golf.  The White Buffalo Club will have a cash bar set up, but since the restaurant is closed for the season, everyone will be responsible for food on their own.  We will be permitted to order in pizza, etc.

If you are interested in joining Sunday Ball, please RSVP to John Morgan at jmorgan@dialoguesales.com.

And mark your calendar for future Sunday Ball Events:

  • The United States Open, Sunday, June 19, 2011
  • The Open Championship, Sunday, July, 17, 2011
  • The PGA Championship, Sunday, August, 14, 2011
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