Photo, above: George Paletta, Jason English, Eric Willis, Patrick Fairfield, Garrett Ray, Kyle Sheffler, Dan Cohen, Tim Sims, David Moons, and Nick Lane.
Those who play together, stay together—that is the motto of the ten golfers in EMBA 43 who managed to carve out a long weekend to break away for a golfing adventure.
EMBA 43 played 84 holes over three days, three courses, and even some unfavorable rain. From Westwood Country Club in St. Louis to Frenchlick Resort and Victoria National in Indiana, these EMBA alums made their annual golf outing a true masters event.
Similar to their Executive MBA days, the golfers broke into teams of five, as Team Captains Garret Ray and Kyle Sheffler drafted their picks. Perhaps the captains even used some learnings from Business Analytics and Decisions to choose their teammates, assessing their handicaps and the likely variances to occur in their favor.
When these EMBAs get together they are “back at Olin,” with good friends and challenging terrain—discussing everything from the physical obstacles on the course, to career challenges, life’s curve balls, and everything in between. The “play of the day” went to Dr. George Paletta, who climbed into water to rescue a stray shot. George’s team, led by Garrett, came home with the green jackets. The fun didn’t stop on the golf course, as the group was able to use their knowledge of probability and odds—maybe even some game theory—at the casino in the evening. It was reported that Jason English was the overall casino king, as well as the golfing champion—one might call him the Beta Gamma Sigma of the trip. This tight-knit group spent 20 months together in Olin’s Executive MBA program—but that wasn’t enough. They are already planning their 2018 trip!
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