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Begin the 86th Abbott's Magic Get-together with the most enjoyable, non-scheduled event during Magic Week: The 35th Annual Open Colon "No Frills" Golf Classic. If you like to golf, like to party and like to spend a day with magicians who golf...YOU CAN'T MISS THIS GOLF OUTING.

The outing date is Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 8 a.m.

All registrants, of the Get-Together, who like to golf are welcome. Come with a foursome or join up with one the day of the outing. Rental clubs are available at the golf club, call the course to make sure they put a set aside for you. 269-467-6275

We play at St. Joe Valley Golf Club, 24953 M-86, Nottawa, Michigan. (Approximately 20 minutes west of Colon. Your GPS may give you the address as Sturgis MI 49091.)

Here's what you need to know:

No walk-ons. Text Al The Only at 808-874-2591 to confirm you're going to join the group.

The cost is $20 plus the cost of golf.

If you want to golf, you pay the greens and cart fee at the course.

For your dining pleasure, coffee and donuts will be served at the course before you tee off. A hot dog and drink will be served at the turn. If you want more to eat or drink, you order what and when you want and pay for it. (There isn't any food cart service on the course, eat in the club.)

If you want to drink, see the above.

There won't be a drawing, no raffle and no door prizes. (Talk about no frills.)

Golfers are invited to arrive at 8am to sign in on Tuesday, July 30th, 2024 at St. Joseph Valley Golf Club (1 269 467 6275), located on M-86 just west of Nottawa, Michigan.

All golfers should be at the course by 8:00am.
Greg Bordner holds Trophy

We will have a plaque for the Golfer of the Year (determined by the Callaway system), and a plaque for Closest to the Pin, both will be awarded at the course after the outing so plan on staying for a late lunch or an early dinner. Hanging out is part of the fun of the outing.

A Brief History

In 1989 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, was completely rained out a few times, and in 2020 was cancelled because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

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. 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 has been moved back to Tuesday morning of Magic Week and 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 on permanent display at the Abbott's Magic Factory on St. Joseph Street in Colon.

Open Colon Golfer of the Year

Golfer of the Year Quick Stats:

Chuck King has won the GOTY 4 times; Brad Jacobs 3 times; Don Brainerd, Chaz King, David Merry and Al The Only 2 times each. The only lady who has won the GOTY is Kristine Ginther.

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

2018 Tim Hill, Cleveland Ohio

2019 John West, Columbus, IN

2020 (Covid 19)

2021 David Kaplan, Columbus, OH

2022 Chuck King, Charlotte, MI

2023 Chuck King, Charlotte, MI

If you know of any other golfer/magician types who would like to join us, please tell them to text Al The Only at 808-874-2591 to get a tee time.


Al The Only

2023 Winner
Al The Only presents the GOTY trophy and plaque to the 2023 tournament winner, Chuck King.

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