From left: Avid's Tom Graham, Mike Franklin and Andrew Wild, and GC Pro’s Rick Plushner.
Photo: Paul Lester
Nearly 100 audio professionals came out to play at the 15th Annual TEC LA Open Golf Tournament, held on May 17 at the Malibu Country Club, Presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the ever-popular charity event was sponsored by Guitar Center Professional and Shure. Though the weather was cool with some sprinkles thrown in, it was a fun day for all on a challenging course, with numerous contests and extra attractions to entertain the golfers.
The tournament's proceeds support the House Ear Institute’s hearing health outreach services for audio professionals and the TEC Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame, recognizing the most historically significant audio innovations and inventors, held annually at the AES Convention.
Honorary Chairman and famed engineer Al Schmitt presided over the tournament. At the awards dinner, Master of Ceremonies and fellow studio veteran Ed Cherney joined Schmitt onstage. Additional sponsors included Focusrite Novation, Iron Mountain Film & Sound, Ocean Way, Record Plant, PMI Audio and the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy.
The winning team, with a score of 58, was Avid/Apple (Tom Graham, Andrew Wild, Mike Franklin and Clint Ward). Along with their first place trophies, the team was also awarded four Sterling Audio ST55 large diaphragm condenser microphones, donated by Sterling Audio. Second place went to newcomers Iron Mountain (Guy Abrahams, Jeff Anthony, Jeff Beaulieu and Gabriel Seqovia) with a score of 60 winning in a card-off with a low-back 9; and coming in third was Team Ed Cherney (Cherney, Ken Gradney, Frank Pirruccello and Jerry Kanter) with a score of 60.
Contest winners included Jeremy Umland (Longest Drive), Dave Reitzas (Closest to the Pin), and Ed Cherney (Longest Putt). Paul Camarata won the putting contest. The day concluded with a dinner and awards presentation, along with a raffle and silent auction.
Auction items were donated by: American Music and Sound, Antares, Apogee Electronics, Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Audio-Technica, Avid, Earthworks, Lobster.com, Ozumo, Sennheiser, Shure, Sonoma Wine Garden, Taylor Guitars, Shure, and Universal Audio, among others. KMD Productions organized the event.
The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio is a 501©(3) public benefit corporation headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. Besides the L.A. Open, the Foundation presents the Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards and TECnology Hall of Fame. As part of its mission, the Foundation advances education by providing scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences, and has been a leader in promoting hearing health in the music environment by supporting programs of the House Ear Institute and H.E.A.R.
For more information, visit www.tecfoundation.com or call 925/284-7729.