Howard Genser is a picture of concentration during the B’nai B’rith golf league competition.

The B’nai B’rith golf league reached a milestone of sorts this season. It was the league’s fifth year.

“I didn’t think about that during the season. Now that I am thinking about it, that’s pretty cool,” said league founder and director Gary Klinger.

There were 23 golfers this year, the most in the weekly’s league history, beating the 20-golfer record set last year. Ten two-man teams were supplemented by three substitutes.

Nearly half of the 23 golfers have been in the league all five years.

“That says something,” Klinger said. “It shows a lot of guys are enjoying playing in the league.”

This was the fourth year the league played at the Links of Novi Singh, a 27-hole public course.

Teams compete in nine holes of match play each week. Golfers’ handicaps are used.

The team that wins a hole earns two points. Each golfer also competes individually against an opponent with a similar handicap. The golfer who wins a hole earns one point.

Two points go to the team that wins the match. One point is earned by the player who wins the match. Points are split in holes and matches that are halved.

Here are the 2017 team standings:

  1. David Swimmmer-Jody Mendelson, 170 points.
  2. Steve Lotzoff-Art Hurvitz, 162 points.
  3. Howard Genser-Lyle Schaefer, 151 points.
  4. Larry Shapiro-Matt Brand/Al DiPaolo, 150 points.
  5. Gary Klinger-Dale Taub, 144 points.
  6. Mark Baron-Steve Wallace/David Lubin, 142 points.
  7. Mike Klinger-Kerry Chaben, 137 points.
  8. Dave Thon-Marc Ruskin, 126 points.
  9. Mitch Lefton-Stu Zorn, 119 points.
  10. Rich Luger-Richard Spalter,
    105 points.

Here are the 2017 individual standings:

  1. David Swimmer, 85 points.
  2. Lyle Schaefer, 78 points.
  3. Steve Lotzoff, 77 points.
  4. Jody Mendelson, 76.5 points.
  5. Art Hurvitz, 75.5 points.
  6. Larry Shapiro, 74.5 points.
  7. Gary Klinger, 74.5 points.
  8. Matt Brand-Al DiPaolo, 73 points.
  9. Mark Baron, 72 points.
  10. Kerry Chaben, 69 points.
  11. Mike Klinger, 68 points.
  12. Howard Genser, 67.5 points.
  13. Steve Wallace-David Lubin, 66.5 points.
  14. Marc Ruskin, 65.5. points.
  15. Mitch Lefton, 65 points.
  16. Dale Taub, 60.5 points.
  17. Rich Luger, 60 points.
  18. Richard Spalter, 57.5 points.
  19. Stu Zorn, 56 points.
  20. Dave Thon/Dave Riger, 50 points.


Swimmer and Mendelson each won a $75 gift card to Carl’s Golfland. Lotzoff and Hurvitz each won a $50 gift card.

Swimmer, Schaefer and Lotzoff won $50, $35 and $25 gift cards to Carl’s Golfland for their individual accomplishments.

The league season ran for 17 weeks. Two weeks were used to establish handicaps and one week was for fun. There was 14 weeks of competition.

Fee for the season was $425, or $25 per week.

“Everyone likes to win, of course, but our league is more about camaraderie than competition,” Klinger said.

Klinger said he plans to continue with the match play format.

“It seems to be working well,” he said.

Hall Doors Opening
September is here, which means it’s time for the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation’s annual induction dinner for the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

The 33rd annual dinner will be held Sept. 25 at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, benefitting JCC Maccabi Detroit, the Dr. Steven and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow scholarship program and the Hall of Fame.

The evening will begin with cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction and tours of the Hall of Fame and Matthews sports exhibit from 5-6 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner from 6-7:30 p.m., and the awards presentation with a dessert reception that starts at 7:30 p.m.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Class of includes Rob Alvin, Sheila Johansson Cohen, Bill Fagenson, Jack Levitt and Noah Ruden.

Other award winners will be honored at the dinner.

This year’s Pillars of Excellence winners are James Dworman, Sheldon Larky, Al Must and Larry Singer.

Alexa Hartje and Jacqueline Spizizen from Detroit Country Day share the Jewish News High School Female Athlete of the Year award. Jackson Ross from Novi Detroit Catholic Central is the Jewish News High School Male Athlete of the Year.

Matthew Blackman, Allison Bloomberg, Jordyn Cranis, Emma Green and Melissa Strome will receive Stars of Tomorrow scholarships at the dinner and Oakland University men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe will be presented the Shirley and Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, tribute and program ads, and to donate items for the silent auction, contact MJSF executive director David Blatt at (248) 592-9323 or

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