JETAA Masters Golf Tournament Sunday, August 19th
JETAA’s 7th Annual golf outing at McMenamins Edgefield is coming soon! It has always been a lot of fun for everyone, even those who don’t usually golf. Again this year JETAA members and friends will compete for the coveted “green jacket”. The date is set for Sunday, August 19th at 4:00pm. This is an event open to everyone JETAA or not, but RSVP by Sunday, Aug 12 is requested. Even if golf is not your game, everyone is meeting for dinner afterwards so join us for the fun at McMenamins Edefield!
JETAA’s 7th Annual Masters Golf Tournament
When: Sunday, August 19 meet at 4:00pm. Start times are from about 4:30.
Where: At McMenamins Edgefield’s Pub Course in Troutdale (for details: www.mcmenamins.com)
Cost: Nothing!!! JETAA Portland is covering the cost of golf for JETAA members (drinks & meal afterwards are betsu-bestu).
Friends of JETAA are absolutely invited, and the fee is only $12.
Bring: Your golf clubs or $2. If you don’t have clubs, the course can rent them to you for $1 a club. You really only need a wedge and a putter. Plan on losing & finding a few golf balls in the tall grass.
What if I am not so good at golf? The Masters Golf Tournament is a “best ball tournament” played in teams of 4, so this is for golfers of all levels. We need experienced players and rookies! All 4 players tee off, and then you go hit from the best spot. So it is a team concept. The course is a simple par 3 and we are playing only 12 holes. There are several convenient stops along the way where you can get a cider, beer, or other wonderful McMenamins beverage. Even if you don’t golf, you can join the “peanut gallery” and have dinner afterwards.
To The Winner… Everyone will be competing for the coveted ”SUGOI Green Jacket” that has mysteriously made its way to Portland. This is now a Masters tradition. Read the history of the SUGOI Green Jacket below.
Join Us for Dinner After golf, we will all meet afterwards for to kanpai at the Powerstation Pub, approximately 7:00pm. The official Green Jacket ceremony will take place then. If you are joining only the dinner, and are trying to find us on the expansive Edgefield property, you can call JETAA co-sportschair Britt Sexton at 503.750.9245.
SUGOI Green Jacket Comes to JETAA Portland:
It is with great honor that JETAA Portland chapter has acquired the prestigious traveling green jacket. This coveted jacket is to be bestowed upon the winners of our annual “JETAA Masters Golf Tournament” at McMenemins Edgefield August 5. The following profiles the extensive travels of this garment from inception to it’s current destination in the humidity-controlled chamber of JETAA Sports Chair Britt Sexton’s water-heater closet:
In 1962 the Sugiyama United Golf Invitational (S.U.G.O.I.) commissioned the production of “the Green Jacket” for the winner of their new annual golf tournament. The adventure begins. The work was performed by the friend of the daughter of the most exclusive tailor shop in Saitama, well-known for their work on the mawashii of Sumo wresters. The jacket was cut from the finest green-and-white checkered polyester available at the time, and hand-stitched to the size of the likely winners. Inspector #5 closely checked the garment for flaws, but accidentally dropped cigarette ash on the right sleeve, burning into the polyester. The sleeve was replaced, and the garment delivered by Kuro Neko to the SUGOI in time for the tournament.
1962: Mr. Takeo Yamauchi wins the inaugural tournament. Mr. Yamauchi, a retired salaryman and longtime club member, was well-known for his excessive drinking, which often led to him forgetting his own name. This led to embarrassing moments introducing himself as Mr. Uchiyama, rather than Yamauchi.
1965: Mr. Akio Takeda wins the jacket, and proudly wears it everyday to his favorite coffee shop. The coffee stain on the left sleeve is from his reign.
1982: The first foreigner wins the Jacket. Walter J. Smokenkleen wins the coveted prize after 13 years as club member. Smokenkleen, a writer of English for all of the big stationary and t-shirt companies, was widely regarded for his work on such phrases as “We play yacht in the wide nature.” (shopping bags), and “Let there be estimated percentages for everyone!” (stationary). WJ was also a controversial figure. The appearance of T-Shirts with “Donald Duck can perhaps be described as a parody of a human being” led to rioting on Japanese college campuses and forced the Prime Minister to cancel a state visit. As Walter accepted the green jacket, he announced his retirement and impending move back to the US. When asked for the reason of the sudden announcement, he responded, “For beautiful human life.” Due to the extremely-high land prices, the Sugiyama golf club announces it is selling out to a larger developer, ending the annual tournament. Walter would get to keep the jacket.
2004: Clarence Smokenkleen, grandson of the master, now living in Troutdale, OR donates the jacket to JETAA for a tax-nondeductible donation of $2.49.
2005-Present: Many groups compete furiously for the championship every year, and then meet to kanpai & reminisce on the patio at the beautiful Edgefield property.
Who will win the jacket next? The JETAA Masters 2012 event is set for Sunday, August 19th at 4:00pm at Edgefield Golf Course.