From the Pro ~ Nov 2018
As we come to the close of a soggy 2018 it is hard to believe that the rain really never quit this season, however we look forward to a better 2019. The weather conditions suspended or cancelled nearly every golf event this season including the cancellation of the Club Championship on 3 separate occasions. However after seeing the devastation that the Southeast region of our country had to endure perhaps we should count our Blessings and not our problems.
Justin and his staff worked thru some bad conditions this past week to finish the airification of the green surfaces and if the weather complies this week they will begin an aggressive verti-cut of the fairways. The verti-cut will take a lot of the sponginess out of the fairways next year. We currently have Off-Season rates for Guest Fees as well as an Off-season special:
$80 for an 18-hole foursome with cart (for all membership categories)
$50 for a 9-hole twosome with cart (all categories)
Social and Evening memberships will be permitted to tee off as early as Noon
(for November 2018)
2018 Chili Classic- a great day of weather and Golf was capped off by a great big thunder storm that blew everyone off the course. The prizes were handed out by luck of the draw but we did salvage the proximity winners from the rain: Proximity winners were: Jeff Vince, Dave Horner, Jeff Newcomer, Mike Murphy, Bill Thompson, Stan Treskovich, Mark Elliott, Fred Hohman, Dave Smail, and Ray Zelenak. We hope all 84 that played had a great time!
With your newsletter you will receive info on Personalized Golf Balls from Titleist. You may order 1-144 Dozen with any name, message, or your company personal message (no company logos). The personalization can be 1 line, 2 lines or 3 lines, with no more 17 characters in each row. Ink color comes in blue, red, green, black, and pink. Call the Golf Shop with any questions or to receive an extra order sheet, 724-238-5438 ext. #3. Cutoff date to order is Dec. 1st in order to guarantee Holiday delivery.
2018 The Hole In One Club officially ended as of close of business 10-20 and starting again on Opening Day of 2019. Thank you for participating, all monies collected from 2018 will roll over into 2019. We wish you the very best of luck in 2019!
Sharpen the saw- have you started off-season stretching and weight training yet?
Once again we are asking that everyone in bag storage will please have your bags, clubs, push carts, and club runners out by the end of November. We must do cleaning, painting, and general maintenance, and would like to have the facility clear. Last year we had a few break-ins during the winter months (a.k.a. chipmunks), please don’t forget your equipment. Thank you in advance.
As usual the Golf Shop will be closed every Monday and Thanksgiving Day in November. The Golf Shop opens at 9am Tuesday-Friday, and 7:30 on the weekends.
Holiday Sale- look for emails containing times and surprise sales.
A great big Thank you goes out to all that supported the club during the 2018 season. By bringing guests, playing in events, purchasing golf material from the shop, and visiting the Club on a regular basis you have contributed to a successful 2018. Once again Thank You from our Golf Staff, John, Cathy, Brian, JD, Jake, Gunnar, Austin, Cooper, and Sara. Thank you for your support!
October 12, 2018
As the year is coming to an end and Fall like temperatures start to set in my staff and I would like to thank all the members and their guests this year. It has been a challenging year to say the least. We have already recorded record rainfall for the area and it is only mid October. We currently sit at 61″ total. I am highly disappointed to start out my first year at LCC with the weather conditions we have been presented, and unfortunately we were unable to showcase my staff and I’s full potential to create a fun and challenging course. This year has been filled with decisions to mow or not to mow, to pump bunkers or not to pump bunkers, to try to do this or wait for better weather, However, all the decisions I have made throughout the year is to better this course not only for this year, but for years to come. It has been the hardest year to manage turf in Western PA ever, and I feel with the shortcomings we have at LCC; drainage or the lack there of, soil profiles, organic matter, clay content and not enough sand, and bunkers continuously washing out, we maintained the course in playable conditions and did not jeopardize the turf health moving into next year. We are scheduled for Fall aerification the week of October 22nd. My staff and I will be performing at least 2 aerifications per year moving forward and topdressing the greens weekly throughout the growing season. The more sand profile we can build over the next 3-5 years the more firm and dry the greens will play. We will continue to install proper working drainage in areas that are needed throughout the year. This will help remove water from the surface faster, dry the course down faster, improve playing conditions, and allow carts out sooner. There is a lot of work to be done over the next several years, and I am beyond blessed and excited to be the man leading the charge. My staff and I have one goal; to provide the best and most enjoyable course for our members. Thank you all again for the understanding of this difficult year and we are looking forward to 2019 already!
Your Turf Management Team
5-Person Scramble 2018 Winners
1st : Barth Getto, Bob Getto, Bob Patton, Katie Miller, Dean Miller
2nd : Steve Meyers, Rick Dell, Dave Gallatin, Steve Galanas, Jim Croushore
1st : Joe Pianko, Dave Smail, Jim Biss, Ben Biss, Rick Bulebush
2nd : BJ Torau, Dave Strauser, Michael Cunningham, Lou Bruzda, Joe Rex
Closest to the Pin-
Hole 4: Ernie Thrasher
Hole 7: Chad Stoneking
Hole 11: Rick Dell
Hole 17: BJ Torau
Hole 7: Art Hoopes
Hole 17: Dave Dillman
Hole 2: Dan Horner
Hole 12: Dave Dillman
Hole 18: Nick Morea
Hole 12: Darlene Elliott
Hole 18: Dave Dillman
Hole 5: Lou Bruzda
Hole 10: Jim Biss
From the Pro ~ October 2018
I know we have had a bad summer, but keep your eyes on the horizon and not your shoes. The weather is bound to get better….
Several events remain on the schedule:
Chili Classic, Saturday October 6th- The golf event will begin with a Noon Shotgun start, followed by dinner and Awards Night coupled with some great surprises. As printed in the e-news you may have guests, you may plan your group, or you can sign up as a single. This is open to all members and guests. The Chili will be served prior to the start of golf (starting at 11 am), which will enable the pace of play to go faster. WARNING-we play without regard to the elements, rain, shine, sleet, or snow (however I don’t think snow is in the forecast this year).
Pumpkin Par 3- The Second Annual PP3 will take place on Saturday the 20th of October starting with a Noon Shotgun, lunch served prior at 11 am. Teams can be set up thru the Golf Shop or as always you can make your own. Tees will be set up as all par 3’s and handicaps will be reduced accordingly for this 9 hole event. (The format change was made to get the PP3 in prior to airification.)
The Ladies Association had a very good but wet year in 2018 with a surge in participation. Special Thanks to Robin Giunta President, JoAn Treskovich Vice- President, Sheila Kassel Secretary, Betty Rosa Treasurer, and Holly Hall Golf Chairwoman. It was a great year of golf with better weather for Tuesday mornings than I can ever remember. Thank you for all your continued support.
Sharpen the saw for October- every spring as golfers we come out and do some stretches and think “I am ready to play good golf.” Do yourself a favor and start your stretching program now in October it will pay dividends in March of 2019. If you are not sure where to begin here are some helpful tips: 1-search your TV, many TVs are now equipped with special workout videos. 2-the local gym or Ligonier Valley YMCA will be a great place to look for classes or a personal trainer. 3-the local library would be a great place to check out a book or a video.
If you begin now and continue thru the winter you will be in much better shape to play the game of a lifetime.
The Golf Shop has a few things happening in the near future that all Members should know:
- The Practice Range will close on Sunday October 21st.
- Practice Range Sunday-the practice range Sunday October 7th, 14th, will close at 3pm . .
- Credit in the Golf Shop must be used by Sun. Oct 28th. We have a great selection of soft goods for both Ladies and Men including warm weather gear. Cathy has just received several shipments of Ladies garments that will ready you for cool nights wherever your travels take you this fall or winter.
- The Golf Shop, Bag Storage, and Locker Rooms will not be open any Monday thru October or November.
- Beginning Tuesday Oct the 16th, the Golf Shop will open at 9am on weekdays of Tuesday thru Friday. The Golf Shop will open @ 7:30am on weekends.