Security Pros Pose as Golf Pros for Annual AIREF Fundraiser

Ideal conditions greet strong turnout for 13th industry links outing.

LAS VEGAS — Nearly 90 security professionals gathered as the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) teed off for its 13th annual tournament April 7 at the Revere Golf Club in Las Vegas the day before ISC West. The event continues to serve as the sole fundraising event for AIREF, the research arm of the electronic security industry. Proceeds fund critical research and educational programs that benefit the industry and enhance public safety.

“The tournament is such an important event, not only because it provides significant proceeds for the foundation, but it is a chance to treat your customers and network with colleagues in a fun and casual way before a busy week,” says AIREF Co-Chair Mike Harrison of Hillcrest Davidson & Associates.

In addition to the idyllic scenery and well-manicured course, golfers got lucky with temperatures in the mid-80s and abundant sunshine, which was a welcome change from the previous years’ much cooler (and windier) weather. Back by popular demand, live golf scoring, powered by VPAR, returned to raise the competitive spirit among teams, allowing golfers to view a live leaderboard throughout the tournament.

“Think 13 is an unlucky number? It’s quite the contrary for this year’s tournament,” says AIREF Co-Chair Keith Baird of Honeywell. “No hurricane-style winds, just beautiful warm weather, possibly the best we’ve had in years, and excellent course conditions. For those who missed it, be sure to get this event on your calendar for next year!”

The event followed a “shamble” format, a combination of scramble and best ball in which teams of golfers were divided into two flights. Flight One Low-Gross went to the team of SAFE Security ― Paul Sargenti, Gary Franklyn, Todd Bertocchi and Babe Kilgore, who came in with a net score of 41 (-31) (scorecard playoff). Runner-up honors went to the Tri-Ed by Anixter team of Bill Donahue, Tommy Andrade, Lou Gehring, and Ralph Gregory, who came in with a net score of 45 (-27) (scorecard playoff).

Flight Two Low Gross went to the Honeywell team of Todd Carson, Brian Casey and Chris Sterle, with a net score of 52 (-20). Runners-up were the Perennial Software team of Kathy Carter, Sue Weinstein, Don Faybrick and Steve Firestone, with a net score of 53 (-19).

Each player on the winning teams received a $300 or $150 American Express gift card.

Additional prizes awarded at the post-play reception included: Longest Drive #16, Mike Harrison of Hillcrest Davidson & Associates; Closest to the Line winner, Jamie Orvis of Security Solutions; and 50/50 raffle winner, Henry Laik of Telguard (jackpot of $3,070). A new prize this year honored the day’s high golf score, which was achieved by Michael Marks of Perennial Software.

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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