On Thursday, June 14, a beautiful “almost summer” day graced the 128 participants of this year’s 13th annual Men’s Member Guest Golf Tournament at The Bridges Club. Called The Chianti Classic, it is a coveted invitation to get and an outstanding three days of golf, festivities and great camaraderie. It is a chance for the members of The Bridges to show off their incredible club to their friends and family. This year 128 players playing in 64 two-man teams competed in 11 different flights and everyone had an exceptional experience.
One Bridges member, Barry Robbins, had a particularly exceptional experience when he stepped up to the tee box on the par 3 hole number 4 on the first morning of the tournament. Sitting on the tee box was a beautiful 2012 Maserati GranTurismo convertible valued at $147,660, which Ferrari & Maserati of San Diego made available for the first person to get a hole-in-one. Robbins turned to his playing partner, Jim Rohrstaff, and asked for a 6-iron for the 177-yard shot. Robbins took dead aim and hit a beautiful shot which landed on the green and rolled into the hole. The attendant monitoring the hole for aces raised his arms like a referee signaling a touchdown and Robbins looked at his partner and threw his hands in the air. The fellow players proceeded to go crazy.
Fernando Sustaeta, the sales executive with Ferrari & Maserati of San Diego who was at the hole, was pumped. He kept yelling, “It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” Sustaeta could not believe it. His company has sponsored close to 50 hole-in-one prizes over the past eight years the dealership has been in San Diego and this was the first time anyone made the shot. “It was unbelievable, just surreal. We pay for the insurance so it is great to see someone win such a beautiful car. Barry won a 39-month lease in one of our finest vehicles. I am so happy for him,” said Sustaeta.
Barry Robbins will always fondly remember this year’s Chianti Classic as he cruises around Rancho Santa Fe in a beautiful Maserati GranTurism convertible this summer!