JETAA Masters Golf Write-up

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JETAA Masters Golf

JETAA’s 4th Annual golf outing at McMenamins Edgefield was a big success! It has always been a lot of fun for everyone, but this year lived up to the tournaments past!
Four teams were composed of three players and the ball was played from the best shot. This allowed people like me to leech off of the nice shots made by the rest of my team. Due to the competitive nature, scores were kept secret until the announcement after the tournament was finished.
We toured the competitive 12-hole course. Featuring holes from 40 to 80 yards in length, the Pub Course was modeled after Burningbush, the fantasy fairways from Michael Murphy’s Golf in the Kingdom (a must-read for golfers).
Our team started off slow, but we were lead fearlessly by defending champion Mark “Tiger Woods” Wadniziak. We started off cold, but cranked it into high gear on the “back 9”. But it wasn’t enough. We finished a dissapointing one over par. The high winds and torential downpours during our tour proved to be quite a distraction. Of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that all of us didn’t putt very well.
Talking with Scott Klein after his team finished, his group too had run into tough times and finished two over par. Could it be that we had the best score? Had the other teams bested us? Being that the McMenamin’s fairways are at most 80 yards long, we figured that someone must have hit a hole-in-one and bogeyed several times.
At the formal announcement, we found that Britt Sexton and his ringer teammates had defeated everyone finishing under par and thus claiming the coveted SUGOI Green Jacket. Everyone congratulated the winners and then drowned their sorrows over dinner afterwards.
The SUGOI Green Jacket has now come full circle and rests comfortably back in its cozy spot in Britt Sexton’s water-heater closet.
Thanks to everyone who came out and had a great time!

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Below is the history of how the SUGOI Green Jacket Came to JETAA Portland:
It is with great honor that JETAA Portland chapter has acquired the prestigious traveling green jacket to be bestowed up the winner on our annual JETAA Masters Golf Tournament at McMenemins Edgefield. The following profiles the extensive travels of this garment from inception to it’s current destination at the humidity-controlled chamber in JETAA Portland’s 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.
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: 10 groups competed furiously for the championship, finally won by John Thomas, Britt Sexton, & Mark Jones.

2006: Tournament took hiatus due to course scheduling issues.

2007: Won by Stephanie Coombs, Mark Wadniziak and Jarod Bishop.

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.