Spring Meeting

UAMA/IDA Joint Spring Meeting

April 9-12, 2018
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club



We are pleased to announce that the 2018 spring meeting being held in conjunction with IDA will be held at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples, FL 34102, 844-735-2022


Nestled on 125 tropical acres, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is family owned and operated with pride since 1946 and the only resort in Southwest Florida located directly on the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico with golf, tennis, spa and fitness center all on one site. See all hotel amenities, directions and information at www.naplesbeachhotel.com. The UAMA group room rate is $199 plus applicable taxes (with no resort fee and complimentary parking).

Please coordinate guestroom accommodations directly with the resort by calling 800-237-7600 or online at  prior to the March 8, 2018 cutoff date. Availability of rooms cannot be guaranteed after that date. A first night room deposit is required. The link will only work for the group block dates. Those wishing to stay pre and post meeting should call the hotel directly for room rate and availability.

The schedule of events is below so you may make your reservations accordingly. In order to obtain the best airfare and to ensure room availability, you are strongly encouraged to make all of your arrangements as soon as possible. Group activities will also be arranged and registration will be sent separately.

Special guest speaker, William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will provide his economic overview and forecast on April 10. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the UAMA office.

Very truly yours,
Jeff Wherry
Managing Director

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 9

Check-in is 4:00pm
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting
4:15pm – 5:15pm
Superabrasives Committee with IDA Meeting
5:15pm – 6:15pm
Coated Committee Meeting (tentative)
6:30pm – 8:00pm
UAMA/IDA Welcome Reception (Dinner on own)

Tuesday, April 10

8:00am – 8:45am
UAMA/IDA Breakfast with Guests and Spouses
9:00am – 11:45am
Guest Speaker, William Strauss, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economic Forecast, immediately followed by Members Meeting and Industrial Information Forum
Lunch on Own
12:30pm (approximately)
UAMA Golf – spouses/guests welcome, with box lunch (David Pryor Manager’s Trophy and British Cup Play)
Group Activities with box lunch (separate registration)
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Outdoor Casual Reception (6:30) and Dinner (7:15)

Wednesday, April 11

8:30am – 10:30am
Bonded Committee Meeting with Breakfast
10:30am – 11:45am
Grain Committee Meeting
Lunch on Own
UAMA/IDA Golf –Scramble, spouses/guests welcome, with box lunch
Group Activities with box lunch (separate registration)
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Outdoor Casual Reception (6:30) and Dinner (7:15)

Thursday, April 12

checkout is 12:00pm

Golf Registration and Rules of Play

The hotel requires a group golf contract, so pre-registration is required and cancellations will be charged inside of 14 days from play. RULES OF PLAY for the tournaments are below. The following (approximate) starting times will be reserved for golf:

Tuesday, April 10
2 foursomes starting at 12:30pm
Wednesday, April 11
3 foursomes starting at 12:30pm for Scramble

The Tournament Chairman (volunteer to serve as chair to djh@wherryassoc.com), will assign teams and starting holes for the scramble tournament being held on Wednesday. ALL MEMBERS, GUESTS AND SPOUSES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE. The number of tee times can be adjusted based on registration and do need to made in advance. No shows/cancellations are billed. The starting times reserved for Tuesday will be used for play for the David Pryor Manger’s Trophy and British Cup. Winners will be selected on the basis of low net and low gross, respectively. You must register your handicap prior to play. Box lunches will be provided for all golf participants on Tuesday and Wednesday.


  1. This will be a scramble event involving teams being set up of equal number, each having members with equal but various levels of skills, i.e., each team would have a low-handicapper, mid-handicapper, high-handicapper.
  2. This tournament is open to all golfers, men and women.
  3. This tournament will be held Wednesday, April 11, and will be made up of teams of four members each. Everybody who plans to play on Wednesday must sign up before hand so that team assignments as equal as possible may be made. The Golf Chairman will make up the teams.
  4. Play is as follows: Each member of each team hits their own ball off the tee, the team captain selects the best shot, all other members move their balls to that spot and all members hit their own ball from that spot. This process is repeated until the ball goes into the hole, i.e., on the green each team member would have an opportunity to make every putt although, obviously, the hole is over when the first person puts the ball in the hole.
  5. Gross score for the team is kept and the low score among the teams wins the event. There is no handicap involved or net scores.
  6. There are two main benefits from such an event. First, everybody is in the game and it’s a real contest because the individual teams are set up as equally skilled as possible and, second, it gives high handicappers the opportunity to hit some shots from a distance on the golf course that they normally would not experience.
  7. The Golf Chairman has jurisdiction over the tournament and settlement of any disputes. Interpretation of rules shall be his responsibility. In case of ties, unless tying contestants mutually agree to some other method, winners shall be determined by drawing lots.
  8. Prizes will be awarded Wednesday evening to the winning team.