At the second annual Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Sotheby’s at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford, NY, 18 foursomes hit the links, all for a great cause. “The weather was amazing, the golf course was in tremendous condition and the company made the whole day a real pleasure,” says Richard Spelling of Stamford Ford Lincoln, who offered their 2017 Lincoln MKZ sedan for a hole-in-one on the 11th hole.
While no one went home with one of the luxury vehicles, winners included the Sotheby’s International Realty’s team, who scored the Low Gross. Doreen Ayers, also of Sotheby’s, won longest drive for women (while Mike Higginbotham won the same for men). “The golf course was magnificent, the weather was beyond perfect, and the on-course pizza truck really hit the spot,” says Sotheby’s Konnor Miculcy. “Add to all these elements the fact that we actually won and call it a day in paradise.” Low net went to Clear Rock Properties’ co-founder Doug Winshall’s group. “The most memorable part of the day was when John Unger handed me an unused ticket to the post-round chipping contest, which I handed to [teammate] Wyatt who in turn handed it to Mike [McCall, vice president of CBRE], who in turn nailed the chip and won the Tag Heuer watch!” Jewelry store Shreve, Crump & Low, which has a location on Greenwich Avenue, donated the luxury timepiece.
The day started with a GlenArbor Club Lunch overlooking the 18th hole, and throughout the day players refueled with the club’s famous wood-fired pizzas. Cocktails included the signature “Arborade” drink, consisting of Tito’s vodka, lemonade, elderflower, syrup and mint. Glen Arbor’s Director of Instruction and media personality Debbie Doniger held a lesson on the range. But beyond the competitions, refreshments and entertainment, all the guests said that the course was the real standout of the day. “GlenArbor is a special place to play. Difficult yes, but it is a treat to play such a perfectly manicured golf course,” says Griff Harris, CIC, president of Griffith E. Harris Insurance Services LLC.
Another highlight recognized by all participants was how the day gave back to a very important organization, Kids in Crisis, which provides 24-hour support to children and families experiencing conflict and need. Says Harris: “The golf was great, the food was amazing…however knowing that my sponsorship and participation was supporting Kids in Crisis made the entire day more meaningful.”
Photographs by Ben Jay