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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!


Aerification Complete 10-25-18

Good Morning Membership,

I am proud to announce that greens aerification was completed on Wednesday, October 24th. We were able to use 1/2″ quad tines on 2″ spacing, which pulled more material out than in years past. We removed approximately 19.6% and replaced it with 100% silica sand. 2 of these coring aerifications coincided with the 2 direction verticut will remove about 70% yearly. USGA recommends 20% yearly. This will be 3.5 times the recommended yearly displacement. A schedule this aggressive is a must to improve firmness, drainage, and playability over the next 3-5 years. I want to thank my staff and Mr. Elliott for all their hard work and determination to make this grueling process go as smoothly as it did. We will be applying a fertilizer spray along with a granular application to help healing process along as much as possible. Thank you again to everyone and I look forward to seeing how hard work pay off next golf season.

Justin Klaus

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

2018 Five Person Scramble Results

Net Score-

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-                              Tournament Pin-

Hole 4: Ernie Thrasher                     Hole 7: Art Hoopes

Hole 7: Chad Stoneking                     Hole 17: Dave Dillman

Hole 11: Rick Dell

Hole 17: BJ Torau


Long Putt-                                          Tournament Pin-

Hole 2: Dan Horner                           Hole 12: Darlene Elliott

Hole 12: Dave Dillman                      Hole 18: Dave Dillman

Hole 18: Nick Morea


Long Drive-

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 6thThe 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.

Thank You,

John Klinchock

From the Pro ~ September 2018

We have plenty of great golf still remaining this Fall season, don’t you dare put away those clubs!  The club has chosen not to airify until late October therefore the excuse is removed.  We look forward to those extra rounds and please don’t forget a guest or two.

The State Women’s Pa. Amateur was held at LCC last month and there were many winners that came out of the Championship.  First we had 3 club members that were winners, they were Kristen Obush  State Amateur Champion, Karen Hough the Senior 2nd Flight Winner, and Sheila Kassel the Super Senior Champion.

Volunteer Chair- Woman Melane Baraniak and her cast of VOLUNTEERS did a spectacular job entertaining the Pa. State Ladies Amateur group.  Mrs. Baraniak and her group worked very long hours during the week and went above and beyond the call of duty.  Tom Gessner, Betty & Bill Rosa, Ray Valosik, Bob Swann, Karen Thompson, Marilee Fetkovich, Be Smolleck, Paul Zannotto, Dan McDonald, Peg & Steve Meyers, Corey Riddell, Chris Turner, Terry Slease, Ed and Darlene Elliott, Mark Magda, Ed McLanahan, Barb Sloan, Denise Smail, Becky Demuth, Gayle Smith, Jackie Elliott, Carolyn Morford, Barb Planinsek, Patty Voytek, Kathy Valosik, Peg Mcdonald, Patti Mansfield, Marti Wood, John & Marlene Cavecchio, Merylyn Scribner, Ray Wenk,  and Joe Griffith.  The Staff and Members wish to Thank you all for helping us showcase our wonderful facility and show the hospitable nature of our wonderful Club.

Junior golfers are a very big part of our facility and most of them play High School golf at many different locations, here are some names to watch for in the local paper:  Ligonier Valley Gunnar Elliott, Ryan Jones, Lauren Brandt, Maddie Pierce, Ivan Wieczorek, Jonathon Rankin, Josh and Ryan Harbert.   For the Derry Trojans Aidan and Ryan Bushey. Hunter Jurica, and Bryce Baum.   For the Latrobe Wildcats Mario Battaglia, Jared Stein, Colton McCuthen, Eric Soccio, and Derrick Hytrtanski.  For the Hempfield Spartans Ladies team Raina Jones, and David Binley plays for Avonworth.

Upcoming Events in September and October:

Patriots Weekend- hopefully you will see TV highlighting Patriots Day Weekend, a collection taken up for children of Soldiers killed in battle.  Millions are raised every year and we hope to help the cause by offering a free raffle of golf prizes for people who donate.  The raffle will run Friday thru Monday of Labor Day.  Thank you in advance!!!!

Club Championship– dates for this wonderful event is September 15th-16th, and will be broken into Handicap divisions as of the September 1st GHIN posting.  Flights will be made up of handicap divisions according to handicap index and according to the tees you wish to play.  As most of you understand if you choose to play the forward tees you are going to be reduced in handicap accordingly.  The Golf Committee extends the invitation for players to move up tee markers but 10 of your last 20 scores must be from that specific set of tees.

The Junior Club Championship will follow the regular Club tournament on Saturday September 15th, divisions will include both male and female divisions.  The age brackets will be 12-15 and 16-18 and include 9 and 18 holers.  Tee-times will be immediately following the Club Championship.  Sign up in the Golf Shop.

Chili Classic will be played on Saturday afternoon October 6th.  The festivities will begin with Chili served at 11am with a shotgun start at Noon.  Make your own group of four.   This event is near sell out every year therefore sign up early.  We guarantee a great day with fun golf!

Pumpkin Par 3-Saturday Oct 27th

Senior Championship –The Senior Championship for this season will be played on Saturday September 29th.  Tee times will be made as per age 50-60, 61-70, 71+.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other club members and allows you to meet players from other groups outside your normal game.  Sign up as always in the Golf Shop.

Ladies Closing Day- Tuesday September 25th1Pm Shotgun ABCD Scramble, paired by Golf Shop.

New Opening time for Golf Shop- weekend starting times will be moved back to 8am with the Shop opening ½ hour prior to the 1st tee time.  Starting October 17th the Golf shop will open at 9am during the week.

From the Pro ~ August 2018

Plan on making August your golf month, grass will wait, weeds will always be there, but golf time is precious.

Upcoming events:

  • July.31st and August 7th Queen Bee (pre-sign in locker room)
  • XXIO-Cleveland-Srixon Ball Fitting Demo Day Aug.7th 4-7pm
  • Pennsylvania Ladies State Amateur week of Aug 13-16th, the course will be closed Monday all day, Tuesday will re-open in the afternoon, Wednesday will re-open around noon, and Thursday has yet to be decided. Melane Baraniak is in charge of the volunteers for the week, you may either contact her or sign up in the Golf Shop. We are very excited to have the Ladies Amateur visit our club, come out and enjoy some great golf.
  • Ladies Classic Tuesday Aug 21st-Noon Shotgun
  • Day Weekend–Patriots Golf Day Collection
  • Sept 26th Ladies Closing Day
  • Sat Oct 7th Chili Classic

Congratulations to Mike Dandrea (17), Bob Jacobs (7), and Joe Griffith (7) whom all had Hole-In-One’s this month.  Well Done!!!

The Club Championship will be held on September Sat and Sun the 15th and 16th of August, with both Ladies and Men participating.  Championship will be from Blue Tees, all other Men’s flights will start from tees that you may choose either Green or White, however you must choose at the time tee assignment time of sign up with the Golf Shop.  Ladies play will be from the red tees. The entry fee will $25 and include prizes in all divisions.  Players will be divided into flights according to handicap.  We will have both a net and a gross skins game on Sunday.  Please join us this weekend for your Club Championship.  All groups will be 36-hole medal play.  Sign up with Golf Shop staff.

New Ladies Event- Edgewood CC 20 vs 20 Ligonier Country Club, Thursday September 20th @ 9am.  Twenty ladies from Edgewood CC have been invited to play here at Ligonier.  This is a fun event open to all lady golf members with a USGA handicap.   It includes Breakfast, Lunch, Carts and Skill prizes for $60.  Please sign up in the Golf Shop!   Deadline to sign up is September 6th.  Next year Edgewood will host event.

The 5-Person Scramble will be held on Sunday September 2nd, starting with a 9:15 Shotgun start.  As always every group will play in both the Gross and Net, the Golf Shop assigns handicaps to make the Handicap division.  The entry fee will be $75 and include breakfast at 8am, lunch following play, golf and prizes.  As always if you wish to play and do not have a group, you may call the Golf Shop and we will try our best to pair you.   There will be an optional skins game.

2018 Member-Member

The turnout for the Member-Member reflected the weather sunny and bright.  Bill, Bobbi Jo and the entire F&B staff threw a great themed Horse Race party and the golf course was in wonderful condition!  The Winners were: 


Net      1st -$100 ea. Melane Baraniak-Kristen Obush    2nd -$50 ea. Betty Rosa-Karen Hough  Gross     1st -$100 ea. Sheila Kassel-Carol Onufro



1st-$125ea.  Ken Burkley-John Vesely119

Tie 2nd-$75ea. Don Hudson-Paul Zanotto

Tie 2nd $75ea.  Ryan Matsko-Brad Jacovitz

Tie 2nd $75ea.Barry Kassel- Ken Hue120

5th-$45ea.Bill Bode-Les Botkin 123

6th-$40ea. Chuck Suprock-Greg Caruso 126

Tie 7th 8th $20 ea.- Joe Griffith-Oz Dean

Tie 7th-8tht-Mike Goerlich-Terry Lee

Tie 7-8th Brian Quinn-Jeep Quinn-127


1st-$125ea. Mike Cunningham-Dave Strauser139

2nd-$100ea Corey Riddell-Al Jurica140

Tie3rd-$40ea. Ben Biss-Tom Vince141

Tie 3rd Dan Mcdonald-Rick Mcleary

Thank you to all that played and supported the club.

Patriots Golf Days will be held in conjunction with the Labor Day Weekend.  The fund that we will be collecting that weekend helps children of US Soldiers that have been killed or very badly disabled.  We have collected over $1500 in the past 3 seasons, please be generous.  Everyone that donates $5 or more will be put into a drawing to win a basket donated by the Golf Shop.

Just friendly reminders:

  • Please knock the sand off your shoes after leaving the bunker prior to entering green complex.
  • Please check in at the Golf Shop prior to starting play. The Golf Shop needs to be aware of all players on the golf course.
  • The range closes at 5pm at every Sunday for weekly maintenance.

Question of Month:

Q-What are the requirements when the siren blows for lightning in the area?

A-The requirements are as follows:

1-Stop play

2-Find shelter or vacate the golf course

3-Wait for all clear to resume play

Anyone not adhering to this specific lightning procedure will be subject to the Board of Directors review.


Thank you

John Klinchock PGA Professional

WGAWP Winner (again!)

Kristen Obush (Ligonier) successfully defended her WGAWP title at Chartiers Country Club by coming from behind in the final round to post 235 for 54 holes.

Congratulations to Women’s Golf Association of Western Pa. champion and LCC Member 

Kristen Obush on her big win last week!

Congratulations also to LCC member Carolyn Morford for winning low net. 

Read more about the tournament

Member Member 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!



1st – Melane Baraniak-Kristen Obush

2nd -Betty Rosa-Karen Hough

Gross   Sheila Kassel-Carol  Onufro


Net                                                    Gross

1st– Ken Burkley-John Vesely119     1st– Mike Cunningham-Dave Strauser139

Tie 2nd-Don Hudson-Paul Zanotto   2nd– Corey Riddell-Al Jurica140

Tie3rd-Ryan Matsko-Brad Jacovitz      Tie3rd– Ben Biss-Tom Vince141

Tie 4th-Barry Kasseel- Ken Hue120       Tie 3rd Dan Mcdonald-Rick Mcleary

5th-Bill Bode-Les Botkin 123

6th– Chuck Suprock-Greg Caroso 126

Tie 7th 8th  Joe Griffith-Oz Dean

Tie 7th-8tht-Mike Goerlich-Terry Lee

Tie 7-8th Brian Quinn-Jeep Quinn-127

Thank You For Playing and Supporting Your Club!!


Pari-Mutual Winners

Overall Men

1st Team 34 Ken Burkley–John Vesely 119

Tie 2nd-3rd-4th

Team 18 Ken Hue-Barry Kassel-120

Team 23 Don Hudson-Paul Zanotto

Team 25 Ryan Matsko-Brad Jacovitz

Sunday Only


Team 18 Barry Kassel-Ken Hue

Team 34 John Vesely-Ken Burkley

59 Tie 3rd

Team 10 Dan Mcdonald-Rick Mcleary

Team 12 Corey Riddel-Al Jurical

Team 20 Tom Donchez-Bob Luther

Team 23 Don Hudson-Paul Zanotto

Overall Ladies

1st Team 1L Melane Baraniak-Kristen Obush

2nd Team 6L Betty Rosa-Karen Hough

Sunday Only

Tie 1st

Team 1L Melane Baraniak-Kristen Obush

Team 6L Betty Rosa Karen Hough