Heat Wave Ends Just in Time for OBA Field Day


Hazel Wignall, left, and her twin sister Olive sell golf balls and lemonade from a stand in their back yard, which abuts Champions Run, on Monday during the Omaha Bar Association Field Day, (Photo by Scott Stewart)
By 
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Last Monday was the perfect day to take a few hours off work and spend time outdoors.

The Omaha Bar Association held its annual Field Day event at Champions Run, helping to forge deeper bonds among members of the area legal community through golf, games and gregariousness.

“It was a beautiful day,” said OBA President William Acosta Trejo. “We’ve been lucky to continue this tradition.”

Douglas County District Court Judge J. Michael Coffey, chair of Field Day, distributed the awards.

The golf tournament was divided into two flights. For the second flight, the first-place finishers, with a minus-6, were Bob Mullin, Dave Houghton, Lyle Strom, Warren Whitted and Woody Bradford. The second-place team, with minus-5, was Michael Schilken, Jesse Sitz, John Borghoff and John Atkins.

The second-place team in the first flight, with a minus-15, was Patrick McNamara, Hannah Sommers, Kate McNamara and Jeff Smith. In the top spot, also with a minus-15 but splitting the tie with an eagle on the 10th hole, were Pat Guinan, Andy Huettner, Shay Garvin and Matt Quandt.

OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers presented the first-place team, which missed the awards dinner, with the champions’ belt on Tuesday.

The foursome winning the dubious honors of last place was made up of Robert Rossiter, J. Scott Paul, Rick Ratz and Mike Fenner. A jacket of shame, signifying the worst game of the day, was given to Fenner, who retired this summer as a law professor at Creighton University.

Mitchell Sell, a law clerk at the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office and a Creighton law student, won the inaugural lawn games contest.

Tennis went to perennial winner Joe Lopez Wilson, an immigration lawyer in private practice, who won singles and, along with Dennis Whelan of Slowiaczek Albers, also won doubles.

The trap contest was won by Spencer Werth of Copple Rockey McKeever & Schlecht.

Humorous recognition also went to Tom Gross, who received the “meltdown award” for failing to turn in a score card after realizing his foursome didn’t win, and to Patrick McNamara, who received the “tour sauce award” for most closely capturing the aesthetic of being a pro golfer.

Prior to the award presentation, Bob Freeman and Kristi Andersen talked about the future of big sports events in Omaha. Freeman is an attorney at Fraser Stryker who is counsel for Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority, and Andersen is former director of communications at MECA who now works as a commercial real estate broker at Colliers International.

Sommers estimated about 180 people came out for Field Day, which was on par with last year. He said the association plans to continue the tradition, and lawn games will return next year along with a new competition.

“We’re going to go to pickleball next year,” Sommers said. “We’re going to do in the morning, so you can do pickleball and you can do golf.

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