On Monday, April 18, 2016, Flight Safety International held its 18th Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, CA. Meridian was proud to be a first-time sponsor of Flight Safety’s West Coast golf outing. Every year, Meridian supports FSI’s East Coast tournament usually held in June at Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, NY. The company was well represented at Robinson Ranch by its California-based team, including Ken and Susan Forester, Kelly Pappas, Greg Johnson, MaKayla Hambek, and Tammy Vinas. Anthony Banome, based at Meridian’s Teterboro location in New Jersey, also made it out to the event.
Meridian sponsored the Putting Green competition, which was supported throughout the day by volunteers Ken, Susan, Kelly, MaKayla, and Tammy. The company set up a table that offered golfers water bottles, granola bars, hats and sunscreen. The putting contest winner was Steve Lee of Million Air, who had the low score of 5 strokes. A prize was also given to Travis Abbott of KACALP for having a score of 16, the highest number of strokes! In the meantime, Greg and Anthony braved the hot weather and played in the 90 degree heat on one of the two 18-hole golf courses.
Overall, the event was a big success, and went a long way to support the Southern California aviation community. The tournament had 205 players, setting a new attendance record for this event. There were 36 sponsors, also setting a new record. Lunch was provided during the outing, and a cocktail hour with a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony was held after the tournament. Prizes for Meridian folks included Kelly Pappas, who won a $100 raffle drawing, and Anthony Banome, who won a box of golf balls.