A brief history of the gold tournament since it began in 1990. Magician Al The Only, from Hamtramck, Michigan, showed up at the Abbott’s Magic Get-Together with new, strange looking magic wands and wizard sticks. He told his buddies they were called golf clubs.
Friends Bibik, “of Course!” from Chicago and Mike “Tommy” Russo from Atlanta encouraged Al that they should hold a golf outing and so it was decided to begin the following year. When no one else wanted to run it, Al The Only was nominated as the Chairperson. Magician/Funny Man Abb Dickson named the outing “The Open Colon,” as a play on words from other outings.
The first annual “Open Colon” was held on Tuesday, August 7, 1990 at the St. Joseph Valley Golf Club, 24953 M-86 in Nottawa , Michigan (approximately 15-20 minutes West of Colon). St. Joe Valley has been the permanent home of the golf outing since it’s inception. The outing was moved one year due to weather conditions and was completely rained out a few times.
In its infancy the “Open Colon” was played on Tuesday of Magic Week. It included lunch, door prizes, a steak dinner banquet and trophies for the Golfer of the Year and Closest to the Pin. With fewer people being able to arrive a day early the day was changed to Wednesdays. The outing is very informal and a perfect way for golfing magicians to kick off the Get-Together. It went to a “No Frills” concept with no lunch, no raffle, no door prizes and no dinner. Also no tricks are allowed to be performed on the course or you get a stroke penalty.
The outing is still moderated by Al The Only. Each year the champion is determined by using a one day handicapping system called the Calloway System. The GOTY, Golfer of the Year, is presented with a plague and his/her name is inscribed on the tournament trophy, which is permanently housed at the Abbott’s Magic Factory.
Open Colon Golfer of the Year
1990 Jim Hyams, Roanoke, VA
1991 Rob Poole, Troy, MI
1992 Al The Only, Hamtramck, MI
1993 John D. Deter, Farmington Hills, MI
1994 Don Brainerd, Sewickley, PA
1995 Bob Bengel, Atlanta, GA
1996 Michael Finney, Phoenix, AZ
1997 Bob Bonacci, Fraser, MI
1998 Kevin Dickerson, Muncie, IN
1999 Brad Jacobs, Malvern, PA
2000 Jonathan Kaman, Spring Grove, IL
2001 Brad Jacobs, Malvern, PA
2002 David Merry, Toronto, ONT, Canada
2003 Jack Richards, Kalamazoo, MI
2004 rain out
2005 Brad Jacobs, Ambler, PA
2006 Len Radde, Wauwatosa, WI
2007 Don Brainerd, Sewickley, PA
2008 Jim Oakley, Troy, MI
2009 Chuck King, Diamondale, MI
2010 rain out
2011 Al The Only, Lahaina, HI
2012 David Merry, Toronto, ONT, Canada
2013 rain out
2014 Chaz King, Diamondale, MI
2015 Chuck King, Diamondale, MI
2016 Chaz King, Grand Ledge, MI
2017 Kristine Ginther, Midland, MI
If you know of any other golfer/magician types that would like to join us please tell them to call Al The Only 808-874-2591 to get a tee time. Looking forward to a great day of golf. Please pray for good weather.
For more information you are welcome to e-mail Al The Only at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 808-tricky1 (808-874-2591).