Shanks a Lot January 2010 Volume 1, Issue 1 Old River Men’s and Women’s Golf Club Board Members: Elected Officers: Tournament Fee Explanation Mark Duerksen – President By Steve Evans Forrest Hall – Vice President As the new board moves The USGA, however, our members understand Steve Evans – Treasurer forward, you will notice does not consider informal where the money goes some subtle changes as wagering as a violation of and has to option to not Dawn Pombo – Secretary well as some more a golfers amateur status wager if they do not wish Appointed Directors: obvious ones. One as long as the golfers to gamble. Entry fees are change we would like to generally know each solely used to fund the Steve Delcielo – Tournament bring to your attention is other, freely partake in the club for givebacks, NCGA Director related to our tournament optional wager, the sole fees, trophies, etc. Side Charlie Burgess – Activities entry fee breakout. source of all money won is bets are your wagering Director through the wagering (e.g. amounts, if you wish to USGA defines an amateur no sponsorships), and the partake. Elected Board: golfer as someone who primary purpose of playing plays the game as a non- By taking these steps, the Bud Roberts - Emeritus the game is to have fun. remunerated and non- board believes we can John Talley profit-making individual. In previous years, it was continue to support and The USGA has given implicitly understood that prove our amateur status. Jose Parra guidance as to what is this is how we handled the If you have any questions Juan Fermin acceptable in order to entry fees. Starting in or concerns please feel keep your amateur status. 2010, we will begin to free to talk with one of the Handicap Chairpersons: The giving of prize money explicitly break out the board members. John Esparza or purses is considered a entry fees into separate violation of your amateur categories on our status. tournament schedule so Email Address: email@example.com December Tournament Results By Steve Evans As 7 am hit, there were 4 scorecards, for the most infamous Lincoln Ontai, Web Page: tournament participants part, a good time was had with the lowest net score www.oldrivergolfclub.com sitting around wondering if by all. of the day, second place people would show. The was taken by Charlie Flight 1 (0-10 HC) was forecast was for heavy Burgess and Glen Tucker won by the youngster rain. took third; which had to go Carter Duerksen, Steve to the score card as As it turns out, all but one Delcielo took second and Charlie and Glen tied. person showed, AND Forrest Hall placed third. YOU KNOW WHO YOU Closest to the hole Flight 2 (11-15 HC) was ARE. The tournament winners were, Glen won by Steve Maples, was a complete success. Tucker, Juan Fermin, with Steve Evans taking Sean Schoenemen, and The rain did come, right second and Juan Fermin Ken Pizl. about at the turn. It was placing third. heavy at times and it lead Thanks for a great The final flight (over 15 to some interesting score. tournament. HC) was won by the Accept for the wet From the Pro Shop Celebration of Life By Curtis Matsuno, ORGC pro January Birthdays: Welcome to “From the Pro you need to ask yourself. that will become “illegal” in Shop.” For those of you Are you willing to do 2011, and be set for quite Mike Santiago who have never met me, what‟s necessary to a while with the old Joseph Vela my name is Curtis improve? I didn‟t ask if “aggressive” grooves. Ken Kroll Matsuno and I and the you “want” to improve. Steve Maples professional here at Old Everybody “wants” to FYI, we have the Raylors Lewis Ward River Golf Course. It will improve. Heck, and wedges in stock. Raynard Chun be my job to take you everybody wants to be Another new Taylormade Ryan Riley through the process of Tiger (ok, bad analogy), product is the Penta Dylan Richards improving your game in but nobody is willing to golfball. It‟s the first 5 the next year. Everything work that hard. Keep this piece golf ball. The theory HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU from strength training to in mind over the next year here is that a player will ALL!!!!!!!!! tournament preparation. I as this section of the compress the ball to will even walk you through newsletter breaks down whatever layer is optimum If we missed you it is because the new equipment some tips to help you for their club speed, or a I’m either blind or we don’t coming out in 2010. through the your game. layer that is geared to have your birthday on file. We product the perfect apologize if we missed you. Ok, let‟s get started. On the equipment front, response. So high swing Before you do anything, Taylormade Golf has speed players will the first step must include released two clubs and a compress to deeper layers the need to take stock of ball ahead of the normal that optimize launch. At where you are in your spring release date. First, slower speeds or with game, or simply put, what there is the hybrid shorter clubs, the ball will is the “real” truth about “Raylor”. It‟s a kind of be compressed to only the your game. Everybody throw-back to the outer layers that maximize “wants” to believe that if Callaway Warbird clubs. correct spin rates. At this they hit their driver a little Those of you who were time we still have 2 dozen better, they‟ll shoot lower here on the day their of these left. They were a scores. The truth is, company sales rep came limited release prior to unless it‟s costing you an by, saw me try the club 2010. Pro shops only average of 2 or more down on the range. The receive 6 dozen for the penalty strokes per round, claims that the club could Christmas Holiday. your driver isn‟t the be hit high, low, and out of problem. How many 4-5 the rough were all true. I Next month we‟ll get footers do you miss every even pounded a ball into started with some tangible round? How often does the turf on the grass tee ideas to help you improve. your chip shot leave you a line and dug one out of Your homework for this putt that you can the hole. Nice. The other month is to honestly reasonably expect to club release is the new evaluate where you are in make? How many times removable face plate your game. This will help do you miss a green with wedges. The idea around as we move through this a wedge or short iron in this club is that players series. your hand? Do you top or don‟t wear out the whole chunk a lot of shots? club, they only just wear If you have any ideas for These are all questions out the grooves. When future articles or questions that you need to answer the grooves wear out all about your game, please for yourself before you you have to do is replace feel free to come by and can move forward. Next the face. I‟ve seen them see me in the Proshop. month we‟ll start getting and they‟re pretty clever. Oh, and Happy New Year! you ready for the spring. So in theory, you could Oh, one more question buy multiple faceplates Upcoming Events We will kick of the New format, and once all score finish the day by holding Year with a BANG! On cards are turned it, we will our first general member January 16th we will hold do a blind draw and pair meeting of the year. This our first tournament of the you with another golfer. should be a fun year. The tournament The “team” with the lowest tournament and we hope format will be “blind net score will be declared to see you on the links. partner”, which means you the winner. After the Good luck and hit „em will play your round as event, we will also host a straight. normal; stroke play BBQ/provide a lunch and A Message from the Board By Mark Duerksen 2009 has come to an end including a Charity competing against other and what an end it was. We tournament scheduled for golf clubs in the area. This had a fantastic Snow Ball the Summer of 2010. will be headed by golf pro banquet and thank you to Information on this event Curtis Matsuno and all the members and will come forth in the details will be filled in as our board who helped coming months. they are developed. make it a successful event. I especially want to thank We will also be having a Lastly, we want you to Hiram and Nancy for the Match Play championship know that we have a facility and their with 4 flights with each group of officers and participation in the Old flight having their winners board members that are River Golf Club. and awards. We have dedicated to making your added a new stroke play experience as being part As we look forward club championship and of ORGC a great one. I to 2010, we are excited this will be a two day encourage ALL members about implementing event in October. In to attend the open new provisions and addition to the normal meetings that are posted additions to the monthly member in the 2010 tournament upcoming tournaments tournaments, we are also schedule and express and scheduled events. We, going to build a ideas and or concerns as a board, have multiple competitive home/away you may have regarding tournaments scheduled golf team that will be ORGC. Juan’s Rule Review By Juan Fermin On Saturday morning we Steve said, "That's a rules show no mercy. Bud find the usual four-some shame Bud, but no good moved an opponent‟s ball (Bud, Steve, John and deed goes unpunished, by that was at rest, one Charlie) at the Old River moving Charlie‟s ball it will stroke penalty. #17 hole teeing up. cost you one stroke.” C. Two stroke penalty, the Charlie‟s tee shot lands by Is this correct? What is the rules are even tougher the big oak trees right of correct ruling? than Steve thought. Bud the fairway, which this moved an opponent‟s ball time of year is covered A. No penalty. The that was at rest, two with leaves. While helping accidental movement of stroke penalty. Charlie find his ball in the an opponent‟s ball while search through the leaves, helping him look for it results What do you think? Bud inadvertently moved in no penalty. Charlie‟s ball. answer is on the next page. B. One stroke penalty, the Letter’s to the Editor / Ask the Board / Funny Golf Stories… So I was sitting on the player hit the tee box meaningless in the 7th tee at Old River on a marker, causing a rare larger scheme of golf. cold Sunday morning, “golf sack” (for those Golf, at the amateur lamenting on how the that are a bit slow level, is suppose to be past 6 holes have gone today, this would be fun and exciting. A and trying to figure out considered negative challenge of your why my driver has gone yardage). I have never mental abilities, and astray. I was playing seen, until that faithful ultimately lasting with a couple of great Sunday, someone spin memories with your guys (I will leave them so fast, hit the ball on friends. nameless) that I the heel of the club so For the nameless in this normally do not play poorly, that the ball story, thank you for the with when I saw would actually go memory, the laugh, and something that I have directly sideways and overall your great never seen in my years backwards for the sportsmanship for not of playing golf. original tee position. pounding me in the Truly, one of the best We all have heard ground as I laughed at and most unique ball stories of players trying your expense. sacks that I‟ve ever to shape a shot around seen. For the rest of us, let‟s Juan‟s Answer: a tree to only have the keep perspective on the ball hit the trunk After picking myself up greatest golfism ever, A. No penalty and the ball must be squarely and send the off the ground from “A bad day at golf is replaced. While searching for a ball propelling back to laughter, I came to better than the best day player's ball, if an opponent, the which it came. I realize that the past 6 at work.” causes the ball to move, there is have even seen a frustrating holes are no penalty. If the ball is moved it must be replaced. The applicable If you have a funny story to share, question or any suggestions please feel rule is USGA rule 18-3 and 18-4. free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. About Old River Men’s and Women’s Club Overview Old River Men‟s and Women‟s Club (ORGC) is a social organization that provides an environment for individuals that share the love of golf in both a fun and competitive format. The club is fully funded by its members and is associated with the NCGA. There is an eleven member board that will oversee the finances and activities of the club and continually work with the overall membership to better understand how to shape its future. ORGC will offer monthly tournaments to its members and occasionally will have member/guest tournaments. The club will also offer social events such as barbeques after tournaments and will have a winter party to celebrate the past year. Mission To provide an inclusive, fun social environment to all who wish to compete at the game of golf as an amateur. Goals: Grow our membership Be seen as a positive contributor to our society Provide an inclusive, fun experience for all members HAVE FUN!!!!!!