New York (April 16, 2009)–Music producers, engineers, manufacturers, distributors and other audio pros will compete at the 14th Annual TEC L.A. Open, to be held Monday, May 11 at the Malibu Country Club.
This year’s Honorary Chairman is recording engineer Al Schmitt, winner of 19 Grammys, as well as the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The charity event will be sponsored for the second consecutive year by Guitar Center Professional. Proceeds of the tournament support the Foundation’s programs.
Tournament director Karen Dunn noted, “We are really excited about this year’s tournament, and grateful to the many companies who are sponsoring the event in this time of economic uncertainty.”
Besides the traditional Longest Drive, Closest-to-the Pin and Putting contests, there will be a chipping contest alongside the various competitions managed by Pin-Up Golf. They will also supply a Pin-Up Golf Lady Pro driver for the Long Drive ‘Eagle Hole’ par 5 contest. The day concludes with a dinner and awards presentation, along with a raffle and silent auction featuring an assortment of donated audio equipment, musical instruments and gift packages from sponsors and other supporters.
2009 Sponsors as of this date include:
Presenting Sponsor: Guitar Center Professional
Hat: Shure Incorporated
Box Lunch: The Pass Studios
Golf Cart: Recording Academy/Producers & Engineers Wing
Hole: Lurssen Mastering, Sennheiser
Beverage Cart: Design FX
Beverage Cart : Sound Design Corporation
Some highlights of the silent auction items include: a Les Paul electric guitar; a Shure Beta 58 signed by Clint Black; two Rode M2 mics; additional gear from Audio-Technica, Mojave Audio, IK Multimedia and Brauner Microphones; and fine wine and gift baskets.