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45th Annual OCWA Golf Tournament
at Strawberry Farms Golf Club

Just Another Perfect Day

By Michael J. Sinacori

The 45th Annual Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 3rd, at the Strawberry Farms Golf (SFGC).

As I said at the event, on behalf of the OCWA Board and the Golf Committee we wish to thank all the participants who attended this wonderful event. We are one of the few association-type tournaments that has taken place for this length of time and that is all made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors over the years. 120 players enjoyed the mild weather day with the course in great playing condition.

We have already secured our day for next year on June 2nd, 2025. Please mark your calendars as we have already submitted our deposit! I would also encourage early sign up as we expect the same strong turnout next year. The golfer rate will remain the same at $175 per player and sponsorship rate will be $300 again as well.

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Now, on to the fun stuff: The awards ceremony began at about 2:30, where spring roll appetizers were there greeting the players off the course. Shortly thereafter a fiesta taco plate was served to everyone, and boy was that good (even ice cold when I ate it after the event). The two Las Vegas holes this year, along with the putting contest, gave everyone a chance to win some of the $6,000 worth of prizes. We gave away rounds of golf, numerous individual clubs, and a complete set of irons. Not to mention all the other great opportunity prizes! Each par 3 had a closest to the pin contest and there were two long drive contests.

Prizes were awarded to the top three low gross players and the top three in two separate flights for net players. It was a wonderful day and we are already looking forward to next year! No matter what your index is, we always strive to do better than the last time and there is always the shot, or two, or ten that we want back. I want go replay the last three holes and get rid of those three putts and bogies. I truly believe the OCWA Golf event is one of the most enjoyable in the industry. I know it is for me, though my score is always higher than it should be.

As noted, next year is booked for June 2nd 2025. Mark your calendars and sign up early!

Event Winners (Scores)

1st Low Gross (73)
Bryan Paine


2nd Low Gross (74)
T.J. Hockenberry

OC WinWater

3rd Low Gross (74)
Andy Komor

Pace Engineering

1st Low Net Flight “A” (70/79)
Mike Jack

IRWD (Retired)

2nd Low Net Flight “A” (70/77)
Jason Kenoyer

Richard Slade & Associates

3rd Low Net Flight “A” (70/78)
John Kennedy

Orange County Water District

1st Low Net Flight “B” (72/99)
Curtis Gauthier


2nd Low Net Flight “B” (73/112)
John Nagle

Michael Baker

3rd Low Net Flight “B” (74/114)
Sherry Shaw

Walnut Valley Water District

Putting Contest (5 putts)
Jeff Hull

Verdantas (formerly Leighton)

Long Drive Hole No. 4
Bryan Paine


Long Drive Hole No. 12
Bryan Paine


Closest to the Pin No. 3 (1'-4")
Brendan Wertanen

McCarthy Building Companies

Closest to the Pin No. 7 (4'-8")
Kyle Matsumoto

Tetra Tech

Closest to the Pin No. 11 (8'-9")
Wes Barraza


Closest to the Pin No. 15 (8'-5")
John Mavrakis

Golden State Water Company

Closest to the Pin No. 17 (0'-9")
Kyle Matsumoto

Tetra Tech

A big part of the day’s success was due to the help provided by the many volunteers. We’re indebted to Jill Zander, Claudia Toro, and Margaret Novak from Michael Baker International, Megan Hernandez from Verdantas (formerly Leighton), and Samantha Kamps from PACE Advanced Water Engineering for their tireless assistance to ensure the event’s success. 

A special thanks to the Golf Committee Members. These unsung golf heroes make the event what it is. Please give any one of the committee members a call if you have suggestions on how to make this event even better next year. Also, a special thanks to the Strawberry Farms Golf Club for their generous hospitality and the extraordinary effort they provided to help make our Tournament such a resounding success.

The OCWA Board and Golf Committee would like to thank all of the 39 sponsors that made the event possible. Without their contribution, the fiesta awards ceremony and prizes would not be possible. Their addresses and phone numbers are in the OCWA Directory.


And with that, thanks for playing and see you next year!

Golf Committee:

Mike Sinacori – Chairman – (949) 644-3342

Malcolm Cortez – Tee Signs and Putting Contest – (949) 453-5551

Jeff Hull – Prizes and Las Vegas Hole Logistics – (714) 904-3819

Chuck Borkman – Prizes and Putting Contest – (949) 933-8905

Dennis Cafferty – Scoring & General Oversite – (949) 837-7050, Ext 223

Derek Kurtti – OCWA Board Liaison & Prizes – (805) 550-9656

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