Monday, June 14, dawned foggy and cool as intrepid golfers headed out, revved and ready, for an early start at the Malibu Country Club, site of the fourth annual Mix L.A. Open, presented by the Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio. Although the Malibu fairways are universally acknowledged to be hallenging, the 41 foursomes showed no fear as they breakfasted at 9:00 a.m., hit warmup balls, practiced putts and hedged their bets by purchasing mulligans at $5 a pop.
Noteworthy new sponsor Signet/Soundelux rocked the house at Hole 8 where VP/GM David Dubow and President Kim Waugh dispensed grilled wieners, Soundelux swag and good cheer. A golf shirt giveaway by The Village enlivened Hole 10, and BASF supplied much-appreciated refreshments as the teams played through Hole 17. Other stalwart hole sponsors included Alesis, Fairlight, JBL, the MPGA, Ocean Way Recording, Otari, Quantegy, Record Plant, Sony and Worldlink Digital.
The coveted first place trophies were awarded to Team JBL, who shot 13 under. Second place went to the extremely serious Otari foursome, who came in at 12 under. Sony Pro Audio took home the third place medals with 11 under.
The Otari-sponsored "Closest to the Pin" prize of an Otari CD burner was awarded to Fairlight's Tim Cuthbertson; the TSI-sponsored "Closest to the Pin" went to NARAS President Michael Greene. Sony Pro Audio's Jeremy Stoppard garnered a Schultz Golf custom putter for the BASF-sponsored "Longest Putt," and Mike Edwards of Audio-Technica awarded Soundstorm's Charlie Meister a Taylormade Firesole driver for "Longest Drive."
"Everyone had a great time at this year's event," said Hillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation. "Once again, we had more players and sponsors than the previous year. And, most important, the tournament generated much-needed funds for hearing conservation and other important programs. We are very grateful to the industry and our sponsors for their support."
Proceeds from the Mix L.A. Open go to Hearing Is Priceless, co-founded by Mix and the House Ear Institute. Special thanks to all our sponsors and participants; we'll see you all again next year. But remember to sign up early for June 2000-the tournament always sells out and the waiting list gets longer every year!
Howard Schwartz Recording
Ocean Way Recording
Sony Pro Audio
Tape Specialties Inc.
Soundelux/Signet Studios/Vine St. Studios