Top Shot @ Topgolf

Tournament Highlights

More than 170 grocery retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers from across the state joined the inaugural Top Shot @ Topgolf tournament on Thursday, November 4 for a day of networking and fundraising for the CGAEF College Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Programs.

“This new style of golf tournament is a fantastic opportunity to help fund our two main giving programs, network with industry peers and welcomes players of all skill levels,” said CGAEF President Ron Fong. “The Foundation is extremely appreciative of the many companies that joined this first-of-its-kind tournament. Your support helps deserving college students of all ages fulfill their educational goals.”

Tournament Winners

First PlaceLagunitas Brewing Company
German Zuniga
Andy Howk
Dan Parr
Bryce DeHaven

Second PlaceMark Anthony Brands
Scott Kimbow
Brandon Molisee
Myron Devoto

Third PlaceGrocery Outlet
Darius Tehranchi
Craig Hamasaki
Brent Lindsay
Ross Frederickson
Jeff Phillips

Best Effort Winner
Fred Gross, C&S Wholesale Grocers

Tee it Up for Scholarships

The CGA Educational Foundation invites new and experienced players to join Top Shot @ Topgolf to raise funds for the CGAEF College Scholarship Program. In 2021, more than $800,000 of college scholarships were awarded to grocery industry employees and their families.

No golfing ability? No problem! Topgolf is a game that anyone can play (and win). Score points by hitting micro-chipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the center or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned.

Thursday, November 4, 2021
10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Topgolf Roseville | Roseville, CA

Retailer Participation

Registered supplier foursomes will anchor their bay and receive dedicated play time with four (4) retail customers during two rounds of Topgolf play. Retailer participants will travel from bay to bay visiting with CGAEF tournament supporters.

Retailer companies committed to attend and play (as of October 21, 2021):

Costco Wholesale
Mark Kalkbrenner, Liquor Buyer, Bay Area Region
Jennifer Ortega, Dry Grocery Buyer, Bay Area Region
Jon Wistrand, Assistant General Merchandise Manager, Bay Area Region
Jonathan Galvan, Assistant Deli Buyer, Los Angeles Region
Brian Zuhlke, Sundries Buyer, Los Angeles Region

Food 4 Less/Rancho San Miguel Markets
Carlos Carrasco, Buyer
Marty Colridge, Director of Center Store
Jimmy Masuda, Buyer
Mike Molinar, VP, Finance
Chris Podesto, General Manager
Brian Schmitz, Buyer

Gelson’s Markets
Hee-Sook Nelson, Vice President, Team Development & Public Affairs
Jacquie Slobom, Senior Director, Store Operations

Grocery Outlet, Inc.
Jon Decker, VP, Sales & Merchandising – West
Greg Kobayashi, Director, Beer, Wine & Spirits
Paul Miller, VP, Grocery Purchasing
Jon Stewart, Director, Fresh Meat
Weldon Weatherly, VP, Purchasing – Deli, Frozen & Meat

Mar-Val Food Stores
Tyler Kidd, Supervisor/Buyer/Produce Supervisor
Casey Rodacker, Supervisor/Buyer

Mollie Stone’s Markets
Aaron Stone
Elliott Stone
Kramer Weed

North State Grocery
Brad Askeland, VP, North Division
Mike Bible, VP, Dry Grocery & Marketing
Dave Parrish, VP, Perishables

Nutricion Fundamental, Inc.
Michael Amiri, CEO
Jon Giannini, General Manager

Raley’s
Kat Alvestal, Category Manager – Dry Grocery/Pantry
Suzi Bryan, Director, Edibles
JoAnn Crosthwaite, Category Manager – HBC/OTC
Anthony Dyer, Senior Category Manager – Alcohol
Joe Lima, Senior Category Manager – Frozen/DSD Bread
Kira Logsdon, Category Manager – Snacks/Breakfast
Chris Pecot, Director, Non Edibles
Jeff Tawson, Category Manager – Household/Pet
Cody Thornhill, Category Manager – Beer

Safeway
Mindy Barber, Assistant Sales Manager – Grocery
Mariah Clinton, Assistant Sales Manager – Grocery
Reyna Fedelin, Assistant Sales Manager – Spirits
Michael Pinney, Assisiant Sales Manager – Beer
Robert Smith, Assistant Category Manager – Albertsons Companies National Team
Kristin Zierau, Director, Marketing

Smart & Final Stores
Will Miller, Vice President, Produce
Mike Swart, Senior Director, Merchandising
Rich Tovatt, Group Vice President, Perishables & Merchandising
Daryl Zgodzay, Vice President, Perishables

The Save Mart Companies
Ken Bodiker, Senior Category Manager, Grocery
Vincent Dickinson, Senior Category Manager, Non-Food & Alcohol
Andy Vargas, Senior Category Manager, Produce
Josh Zodikoff, Senior Category Manager, Bakery & Deli

United Markets
Kelly Smith, President

Tentative Schedule

Top Shot @ Top Golf features multiple rounds of play interspersed with lunch, networking opportunities, and the closing reception with prizes.

10:00 am – Registration Check-In
10:30 am – Round One of Play
11:30 am – Buffet Lunch & Networking
12:30 pm – Round Two of Play
1:30 pm – Closing Program and Prizes
2:30 pm – Tournament Concludes