April 16, 2014

Angel MedFlight’s Golf Team Tees Off Once Again to Benefit Aviation Students

Angel MedFlight Golf Team Members: Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson

They may not be heading for Augusta or the Masters, but Angel MedFlight was represented well at this year’s Arizona Business Aviation Association’s annual benefit golf tournament by golfers Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson.
The 2014 Annual AZBAA Golf Benefit took place Saturday, March 29 at the beautiful Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. The day began with registration at 11:00 a.m. gathering for sign-up and warm-up on the driving range. The 27-hole golf course at Kierland is a lush, well-manicured, traditional layout with the gorgeous backdrop of desert scenery.

The players teed off under sunny skies, participating in a four-person, best-ball scramble. Throughout the course, there were opportunities for friendly competition in the name of giving, with designated hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive holes. The outstanding Angel MedFlight  team came out on top, taking third-place honors. Our individual players also excelled in the contest. Carl Anderson, flight coordinator, won “Closest to The Pin (Men)”; Jen Dahlgren, flight coordinator, won “Longest Drive (Women)” and John Courtemanche, maintenance officer, won “Longest Putt (Men)”. Congratulations Team!

Each of this year’s 144 participants received top quality golf shirts and hats embroidered with the tournament and sponsors’ logos, a player gift package that included balls, tees and unique, fun accessories.
Once all the foursomes had played 18 holes, participants, guests and volunteers enjoyed a festive dinner, awards presentation and raffle drawings.
All proceeds raised from the event support a scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in business aviation from an accredited Arizona college or university.
Angel MedFlight congratulates the Spring 2014 AZBAA Scholarships recipients:
Jessica Schram, who received $5000 is about to take her commercial pilot written test in pursuit of a business aviation career.

Adrian Orellana, a $2000 winner, is working toward his A and P at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Kevin Otterstrom, also a $2000 winner, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota and a masters from Embry-Riddle, Chandler, and risk management training from Stanford University.

Richard Formo, who received $2000, is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and economics from Embry-Riddle University in Prescott.

Lisanne Kippenberg, was awarded $2000 toward her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and safety also at Embry-Riddle, while working several jobs on-campus.
Clayton Marr, received a  FlightSafety King Air type certificate training course. He is a multi-engine instrument instructor pilot at ATP, a lead ramp agent for Allegiant at Gateway, and an altitude chamber operator for ASU Gateway. Clayton is pursuing his degree in professional flight and management at ASU in hopes of getting on with a flight department.

The Scholarship Committee of the Arizona Business Aviation Association received a large number of high-quality applications for the Spring 2014 scholarships, from which these applicants were chosen.
AZBAA hosted a dinner buffet and awards ceremony, announcing winners of the tournament, with individual prizes and raffle drawings.

Angel MedFlight’s Director of Business Development Chandra Stewart and AZBAA Executive Director Barbara Conlon

A major goal of this event is to make it affordable, says Barbara Conlon, the Association’s Executive Director, adding that many golfers may shy away from the more expensive charity golf events.
“At a price of $185 per golfer, including dinner, we have kept the entry fee more enticing to attract more individuals from all walks of the aviation industry,” Conlon says.

To help cover costs, AZBAA gets help from sponsors and contributors, including Angel MedFlight whose own Director of Development, Chandra Stewart, is a board member. This strategy ensures for positive financial growth for the scholarship program, added Conlon.

Angel MedFlight extends a big thank you to all the AZBAA members and supporters for their continued dedication to promoting Arizona’s business aviation interests.

And, last but not least, thanks go to Kyle, John, Jen and Carl for representing Angel MedFlight on the course – way to go, team!

AZBAA is a non-profit organization that provides local lobby, education and support activities to advance the interests of business aviation growth and well-being in the state of Arizona.