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Associate Club Focus The Mt. Diablo Firefi ghters Golf Club was formed with the goal of putting


fi refi ghters with common interests together outside of the stressful conditions of their work environment.


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he club, originally estab- lished in 1963, was the


brainchild of founder Bob Frost. He went to fi re sta- tions in the area to drum up interest in a golf organiza- tion for fi refi ghters and their friends and family. Armed with about a dozen mem- bers and a box full of index cards, he embarked on the process of scheduling tour- naments around 24-hour work shifts and establishing a system of handicapping and record keeping. Nearly 20 years ago


the club grew into what it is now, a thriving NCGA Associate Club. There are 68 members on the current roster, primarily with ties to the communities in the East Bay. While the club is open to any interested golf- ers, most are retired Contra Costa County fi refi ghters, some are actively serving the community and others are paramedics or friends of the fi refi ghters who help protect Contra Costa County and


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its surroundings. There is also a strong contingent of San Francisco fi refi ghters, including the last two club presidents. Resident archivist and


club secretary Lee “Rules” Baker keeps the history of the club alive by sharing memories of his over 30 years of membership and stories that have been passed down through the years. “My goal is to perpetu-


ate the club,” Baker said. “I want it to last for a long, long time. I think you need a good, strong structure to accomplish that.” That structure started with a foundation that can still be seen on the membership roster nearly 50 years later. Founding member Steve Paulick ranks as the oldest member of the club, at 86 years old. The four-time club champion and three-time president more than quadruples the age of Andy Brown, the youngest club member. The


21-year-old scratch golfer is a new recruit to the club. Multiple father/son duos


dot the roster along with sets of siblings, a testament to the familial nature of the club and the collegial qualities that golf instills in its followers. With indexes ranging from scratch to the maximum, handicap chair Scott Kendrick is quick to point out the inclusivity and diversity in its membership’s skill level. The club gathers to play in a total of 18 tournaments each year, with 12 scores counting toward the club championship.


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The scheduling committee ensures events are spread throughout the region on weekdays, with special care to accommodate the fi refi ghters’ work schedules. The group makes it a point to include Poppy Hills and Poppy Ridge on the calendar nearly every season as a treat for its member- ship. Along with the club’s deliberately scheduled “Fun Events,” the Mt. Diablo Firefi ghters GC has a duality in each of its tournaments—playing for individual scores and club points along with adding a team element that fosters encouragement for every participant. At the last tournament


of the calendar year, the group gathers to play Lone Tree in Antioch to celebrate the holiday season, give out club awards and elect new club offi cers. “The club has evolved


considerably over the years,” Baker explained. “In the beginning, it was all Contra Costa County fi refi ghters, but we’ve been reaching out to members from a number of fi re departments over the last decade. Honestly, we accept anyone who supports fi refi ghters into our mem- bership. Basically, everyone is eligible and welcome.” To learn more about


the Mt. Diablo Firefi ght- ers GC, visit its website at www.fi refi ghtersgolf.net.


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