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DAI Tournament

32nd Annual Don Atwater Tournament

The 32nd Don Atwater Invitational held at Diablo Hills Golf Course was a huge success.   Frank Kilarr organized a highly challenging Putting Contest which was won by: Men – Rich Knowles and Women – Millie Hersch.  Other contest winners included: Longest Drive: Men – Rich Knowles; Women – Sue Derby; Closest to the Pin on #4: Men – Stan Johnson; Closest to the Pin #7 (2nd Shot): Men – Ken Main; Women – Sue Derby; Individual Low Gross – Rich Knowles; Team Low Net – Tom Kerns, Mike Anderson, Glenn Gilman and Mike Frey.  The 26 participants were joined by guests and the 34 of us enjoyed a wonderful time of socialization and dinner.  Following the wonderful meal at The Greenery Restaurant, Phil Philpot and Frank Kilarr recognized the contest winners and held a raffle for various items which were donated people/organizations including First Tee, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sharon Brown.  It was a great time…plan to join us for the 33rd Annual  Tournament in June 2020; put it on your calendar now !!



The report is now available. Please check here.


 The report of the 2017 tournament is now available. Please check here.


The report of the 2016 tournament is now available. Please check here. 

Additional pictures are shown on the website under ” Interesting Images”.
Anyone wanting a copy of any of these please see Barry Brown.

 What is a “DAI” one might ask? Because you did, here is the information to enlighten you as reprinted from the original author, Don Atwater.


1986 – 2013

As Don’s 27th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament was the last event, let me share some history with you. First year was 1986, my first year as a single man. At the time I had been following another golf tournament called a “clambake”. I decided if Bing Crosby can have his own golf tournament, then so can Don Atwater. I liked Bing’s location, but it was difficult to reserve a starting time at Pebble Beach for nine holes. But we did find a course a few miles away loaded with ice plant and a million-dollar view called Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course. Golf tournaments require planning and since my request for reservation six months in advance was denied, a few of us got on the phone at 6:00 AM a week before we planned to arrive. Three foursomes, including those of us who brought a lady golfer made the first tournament. Having ladies participate or at least travel with us was a winning decision.

1987 a few friends followed me to Brooktrails near Willits for the first annual golf tournament. Getting away in the early days had its appeal, so some tournaments were held some distance away from home. They included, Wawona in Yosemite Park, Nevada County in Grass Valley, Deep Cliff in Cupertino, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Valley Gardens in Scotts Valley, Sebastopol GC in Sebastopol, Benbow Inn in Garberville, Northwood at Rio Nido, and Forest Meadows in Murphy’s. We made a return to Pacific Grove for our 10th annual. It was in 1999 that this tournament included a few of my new SIR friends in Branch 8 and probably in the last 10 years included only SIR members and their spouses/friends.

I’m not sure I’d call this an ego trip as many hours were put into planning and organizing these events. However, I found pleasure in having many friends assist in various ways. And I enjoyed playing with the golf rules in an attempt to make the games more equitable for golfers less talented than others. Team play, putting contest, ladies’ participation, picnic lunches and other activities hopefully added interest to the event.

Knowing that the NINE HOLE GOLF group of SIR Branch8 will carry on with this tournament in the years to come is satisfying and gratifying. I’m looking forward to being a participant and enjoying the camaraderie with SIR friend and guest that have made this tournament a favorite.

Below is a recap of the tournaments and champions since SIR Branch 8 members started attending.  Reply if any clarification on any of the data is desired. And thanks for being a participant this year.



12 1999 Chimney Rock, Napa D. Atwater Les Hopkins Bob Williams
13 2000 Northwood, Rio Nido D. Atwater Les Hopkins J. Theodorelos
14 2001 Oakhurst, Clayton Les Hopkins Les Hopkins Bob Sapp
15 2002 Springtown, Livermore Bob Williams Guest Ernie Sherne ??
16 2003 Grayson Woods, P. Hill Ernie Sherne Don Allen Dave Perkins
17 2004 Diablo Hills, W.C. Don Allen Nick Aviani Ron Smith
18 2005 Northwood, Rio Nido Dave Perkins Harold Johnson Ralph Bagdonas
19 2006 Grayson Woods, P. Hill H. Johnson Tom Whalen Don Allen
20 2007 Forest Meadows, Murphy R. Bagdonas Joe Williamson No Contest
21 2008 Brentwood, Brentwood Les Foley Tom Whalen Don Allen
22 2009 Northwood, Rio Nido J. Williamson Tony Gilman ??
23 2010 Monarch Bay, S. Leandro Larry Lange Alan Ensign Jim Andrews
24 2011 Forest Meadows, Murphy M. Anderson Darryl Sweetland Joe Williamson
25 2012 Las Positas, Livermore Alan Ensign Leo Barrella Vic Esposito
26 2013 Northwood, Rio Nido Phil Philpot Jim Andrews Dick Brooks
27 2014 Las Positas, Livermore P. Philpot Wally Freemen Don Moller
28 2015 Northwood, Rio Nido P. Philpot Dick Hall Ron Philpot
29 2016 Las Positas, Livermore P. Philpot   Fred Nelson
Bill Bargenquast/Dick Hall
30 2017 Diablo Hills, W.C. P. Philpot Ken Main Don Atwater
31 2018 Diablo Hills, W.C. B. Brown Gordon Batesole  
32 2019 Diablo Hills, W.C. M. Frey Rich Knowles Rich Knowles
33 2020        
34 2021        
35 2022        


Last Update: 06.21.19.FPK