From the Pro ~ July 2017

June was a busy month for the Golf Shop dodging the raindrops, we hope that you are getting your daily recommended amount of golf.

 

Sharpen the Saw-It is time to focus on the weak parts of your game instead of hiding your head in the sand.  If you have bogey on every hole except for those holes that you three or four putt it is time to work on your distance control or your green reading.  Most of us will be focusing on hitting it further off the tee instead of focusing on chipping it closer or working on our putting.  Here is a drill that helps bring your weaknesses into focus: count how many shots that you take inside of 100 yards, chips, pitches, and yes even putts.  I think that your thought process will change.

 

We have plenty to talk about in this edition including upcoming events, past events, and travel dates.  The July calendar shapes up like this:

  • Monday July 3rd-We will treat as a Holiday, the Golf Shop will be only open until 4pm. Carts will not be given out after 12 Noon, you may walk after that time however the bagroom and all golf facilities will again close at 4pm.
  • Tuesday July 4th –Red White Blue Skins Game—in both Net and Gross, ½ Cash and ½ Credit
  • Tuesday July 11th Kings and Queens-32 players 9am Shotgun
  • Monday July 17thGolf Shop, and all facilities closed
  • Sat-Sun July 15th-16thMember-Member, The golf event is always fun filled with great play, Bill and the Club Staff always throw a great party Saturday evening, and this year seems to be no exception. If you have never played or perhaps need a partner, please don’t hesitate to sign up or allow the Golf Shop to assist you or your team.  This will be the 19th year for this great yearly event.   Only Golf Members may participate in the Golf part of the Member-Member.   Since we had such a good time last year with the different format we will once again play a new format this year, Saturday will be Scotch Twosome and Sunday will be Best Ball Of Two.
  • Thursday July 27thOne day junior Camp—fun filled with great info for your beginning or intermediate junior golfer. Please call the Shop to register, field is limited.
  • Monday July 31-Golf Shop and all facilities closed

 

August Schedule(at present)

  • Tuesday August 1st-Mens Stag
  • 1st & 8th Queen Bee—9am Shotgun start for Ladies
  • Sunday Aug. 6th-Family Fun day-Back 9 start
  • Wednesday Aug. 9th Latrobe Elks Exchange Day
  • Saturday-Sunday Aug 12th-13th CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP-one of the top events of the year! 36 holes for all groups.  Golf Members Only.
  • Tuesday 22nd Ladies Association Classic-9am shotgun
  • Aug 27th-5 Person Scramble 9:15 Shotgun Start
  • Mon Aug 28th—Golf Shop, Bagroom, and Clubhouse Closed

 

The Open Championship– we will have pool for the combined dollar amount of the two.  We will have you pick a player from column 1,2,3 for the Open Championship.   You will get one pick from each column, world rankings 1-10, 11-25, 26-40.

 

2017 Ligonier Invitational Results –June 5-6

First Flight

1st –BJ Torau-Jason Patuzko Tartan Fields

2nd—Ray Nelson-Dave Smail

Second Flight

1st– Rick Mcleary-Joe Pianko

2nd-Jim Muir-Richard Horvath

Third Flight

1st-Tim Mcginnis-Scott Haman

2nd– Dave Southworth Acushnet GC-Roy King Oakmont

Fourth Flight

1st– Dave Gallatin-John Skiavo

2nd—Don Gobbel-Tom Zoppetti

Fifth Flight

1st – Mick Kenney-Chris Kerr

2nd-Bill Martz- Matt Polechko

Sixth Flight

1st– Jerry Wilkosky-Dale Whigham Norvelt

2nd– Mike Jones-Jack Pajan

Seventh Flight

1st– Ben Thomas- Bill Nebel Irwin

2nd Bob Swann – Keith Miller

 

Overall Champions were BJ Torau and Jason Potuzko, they defeated 6 other teams in the 7 team playoff.  It was a great playoff filled with great twists and turns, on #17 Jason Potuzko made birdie to end the Tournament.  Two great days of golf and friendship was capped off by a wonderful dinner Saturday evening presented by Bill, BobbiJo and staff.   We hope everyone had a Great time, and hope that you participate in the years to come.

The range has once again been very busy this year, the use of woods is strongly discouraged, please be very careful when hitting at the practice facility.  Please use the new path the entire distance to the range back behind #18 green, past #16 tee on the left then into the new opening to the right side, please do not cut thru 18 fairways.

Thank You

John Klinchock, PGA

 

Question of the Month: I have been playing with pretty much the same group for a very long time however in the last few years I have been noticing that their attitude has changed as their handicap has moved upward.-Lost in Ligonier

 

A-Here are a few ways to approach the situation: 1) suggest that maybe we should try moving up a set of tees, from blue to green, or green to white or hybrid, or from red to teeing up in the fairway.  The stigma of playing forward tees no longer exists. 2) start by mentioning that maybe you should take a look at your reaction that you have to certain shots-

Good Luck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Ladies’ Event Winners

> June 6 was a combination of better ball, scramble and shamble called Six/Six/Six. The winners, with a score of 60, were Carol Clawson, Darlene Elliott and Donna McDowell. The team of Jackie Elliott, Betty Rosa and Usha Singh were runners-up with a 62.
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> Flag Day, June 13 saw Hollis Hall “plant” her flag at the furthest point along the course where par and the player’s handicap come together. Karen Thompson and JoAn Treskovich finished second and third.
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> Enis Cassel, Karen Hough, Karen Murphy, Grace Rigoni and Pat Warren survived a gadget game called “Survivor” played on June 20. Equally exciting was Hough’s hole-in-one recorded on hole #7! Witnesses Marge Burns, Robin Giunta and Isabel Jones celebrated Karen’s ace AND Isabel’s “special” birthday!

>The Invitational was the last of our June events. Players enjoyed a glorious day on the links, a delicious luncheon and a special display of golf clothing. Kudos to the Cathy and John and the shop staff, our dining room team and Katie Miller who coordinated the JoFit apparel display. Thank you to all of the Association members who participated in the event!
1st- Jackie Elliott, Karen Murphy, Tracey Smeltzer, Madalyn Smith
2nd- Karen Hough, Peggy Haraczy, Betty Rosa, Anna Marie Denis
3rd- Gail Smith, Donna McDowell, Leslie Siemering, Sara Klinchock
4th- Katie Miller, Carolyn Sabolcik, Katrin Wolfe, Amy Gierlak

Proximity winners included Sally Wozniak (long putt #2), closest to the pin #4 Vicki Price, #7 Shellie Davis, #11 Cindy Kunkle, #17 Madalyn Smith and Katrin Wolfe (long putt #18).

Mens Invitational 2017 Winners

The Mens’ Invitational (June 1-3) was a great success due to the nice weather, great player participation, fantastic golf course conditions, and superb food. We hope that all participants and guests had a Great Time!

 

The Overall Champions were BJ Torau and Jason Potuzko from Flight 1
Runner up flight 1-Dave Smail and Ray Nelson
Flight 2 Champions-Rick McLeary and Joe Pianko
Runner up- Jim Muir and Richard Horvath
Flight 3 Chammpions-Tim McGinnis and Scott Haman
Runner up-David Southworth and Roy King
Flight 4 Champions-David Gallatin and John Skiavo
Runner up-Don Gobbel and Tom Zoppetti
Flight 5 Champions-Michael Kenney and Chris Kerr
Runner up-William Martz and Matt Polechko
Flight 6 Champions- Jerry Wilkosky and Dale Whigham
Runner up-Mike Jones and Jack Pajan
Flight 7 Champions-Ben Thomas and Bill Nebel
Runner up-Bob Swann and Keith Miller

 

The Pens game was a dud that Saturday night but we had 3 people that were winners on the shot total board winning $140 shop credit each, they were Ray Hess, Dave Gallatin, and Matt Iezzi. Congratulations!

Red Solo Cup Open Winners

The Red Solo Cup Open was played on May 20th, it was a 9-hole event and on course beer tasting presented by John McGinley of Wilson-McGinley Brewing featuring FatHead Beer. The golf part of the festivities was a proximity tournament throughout all 9 holes.

The winners were: Roseanne Mohler, Jim Elliott, Holly Hall, Jared Gorentz (2), Linda Grados, Mike Murphy, Madalyn Smith, Kevin Metsger, Darlene Elliott, Ron Kurpiel, Bob Giunta, Karen Thompson, Barb Gabelt, Karen Murphy, Tim Caldwell.  62 players made up the field.

The putting contest held prior to the event was won by Don Gobbel, Holly Hall and Bill Rosa.

Congratulations- Keith Miller Hole In One #7 during Solo Cup Open.

From the Pro ~ June 2017

May has not been the best month ever for golf, however sunnier skies are ahead and no one deserves them more than this membership.

 

June and July Events:

 

Friday-Sunday 16th– 18th Fathers Day Sale Dice Sale– The sale will consist of 1 dice table and 9 die (dice), once you have picked out your soft good purchase then you roll the dice to see your savings.  The least you can receive is 25%, but the most you may receive is 54%.  This sale is on all soft goods, Men’s Apparel, Ladies Apparel, and Youth Apparel. Soft goods consist of shirts, hats, sweaters, and fleece, however such things as shoes clubs and balls are not included.  Free Gift Wrapping will be available on Saturday and Sunday for all your purchases.  Come out and try your luck!!!!!

 

Sunday 18th Annual Fathers Day Event-once again we look forward to a nice field for this fantastic bonding event. This is truly a fun day that you and your family can bond and spend some nice time together.  Play will be off the first tee, with tee-times assigned by the Golf Shop, we do honor requests that day of playing companions, or if we must fill out your group we certainly will.  You must pre-sign up for this event in the Golf Shop prior to Thursday at noon, due to heavy participation the day has become a very busy.  The event will be Callaway (using Callaway scoring system) Total of 2 for winners in both Net and Gross divisions.   These simple events allow everyone to have fun without a handicap and especially without any pressure.

 

Tuesday June 20th Men’s Stag-The Stag will start with lunch at 11:30 am, followed by a shotgun start at 1pm. The golf as always is followed by a superb dinner made by Chef Rich and his fantastic staff.  Presentation of prizes will follow the dinner in a timely fashion.  This is a great way to entertain clients and friends on a small budget.  The cost of the event includes golf for your guest, cart fee, lunch, dinner, and prizes.

 

Tuesday June 27th Ladies Guest Day/Invitational-Registration at 8am followed by a 9am Shotgun start with Lunch to follow, this is continually the highlight of the schedule for the Ladies Golf Season.  The sign-up sheet is in the locker room please sign in with your guest’s names and course where handicap can be verified.  I personally guarantee that everyone will have a great time!!!  You  must be registered prior to Thursday June 22nd.

 

July 15th and 16ththMember-Member –A grand 2-day event which is the highlight of the team year. Choose your partner and sign up in the Golf Shop, we will pair you for both Shotgun starts on Saturday and Sunday with shotguns at 9:15 both days.  Please watch the newsletter and the mail for your invitation.  The tournament will be played at full handicap, if by chance you wish to play and need a partner the Golf Shop will be glad to pair you.

 

Thursday June 8th Latrobe Elks Exchange 724-539-1582

 

The Red Solo Cup Open was played on May 20th, it was a 9-hole event and on course beer tasting presented by John McGinley of Wilson-McGinley Brewing featuring FatHead Beer. The golf part of the festivities was a proximity tournament throughout all 9 holes.  The winners were: Roseanne Mohler, Jim Elliott, Holly Hall, Jared Gorentz (2), Linda Grados, Mike Murphy, Madalyn Smith, Kevin Metsger, Darlene Elliott, Ron Kurpiel, Bob Giunta, Karen Thompson, Barb Gabelt, Karen Murphy, Tim Caldwell.  62 players made up the field.  The putting contest held prior to the event was won by Don Gobbel, Holly Hall and Bill Rosa.  Congratulations- Keith Miller Hole In One #7 during Solo Cup Open.

 

Other Golf Shop happenings:

 

The US OPEN. The Golf Shop will be having a pool to help peak interest in the National Open festivities.  For $10 you get to pick your players, they are as follows: -a long hitter, a foreign born player, and a player who is top ten in greens in regulation.  Don’t worry it is much easier than how it reads.

 

The Practice Range –the tee is now being cut 2 times per week to ensure better conditions when you go to practice. The range will close for scheduled weekly cutting starting at 5pm on Sunday evening and remain closed until Monday at 9am.  Thank you for your patience with the soggy weather.

 

Guest Policy– When bringing a guest to our club please remind them of our policy of dress to alleviate any uncomfortable situations. As the presenting member you are solely responsible for your guest’s actions during their visit to our facility.

When we think about sharpening the saw we forget that self talk can be the biggest detriment to holding back our ability.  Instead of talking yourself into consequences that tighten up your muscles you can work on your breathing.  Do this drill to lighten yourself up, close your eyes, breath in thru your nose for 5 seconds, hold the breath in for 5 seconds and then blow it out for 4 seconds.  You will be amazed at what happens when you truly concentrate on your breathing instead of your swing.

 

Question of the Month

Dear Golf Shop,

Q-Why is the Golf Shop strict with flags on no cart path days, I have been a member for a really long time and am sure I know where everything is wet.  Are they possibly being too inflexible with the golf course? -Fourteen years a Member

A-We are sure that you are aware and take very good care of the course like fixing all ball marks, repairing divots, and keeping carts on paths near tees and greens.  The rules of cart path only are as follows: a) will cart traffic cause playing conditions to deteriorate since the golf course is the very first priority b) safety of cart operators.

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 26th
Latrobe Hospital Outing
Course Closed 12:45 pm to 5:45 pm
Grillroom Open 11 to 9
Pavilion Open according to weather

Saturday, May 27th
Dining & Grill Rooms Open 11 to 9
Pavilion Open 5 to 9
with Pasta Bar al fresca and Pizzas
Joe Golden Performs outside 6 pm

Sunday, May 28th
Dining & Grill Rooms Open 11 to 8
Pavilion Closed

Monday, May 29th
Memorial Day
Pavilion Grill open 11 to 4
Clubhouse Closed

From the GM

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out Friday and Saturday nights to help us with a soft open of the pavilion. We heard some great feedback that we’ll be taking into consideration as we move towards our official opening June 10th (more information soon).

I’d like to also say thank to those who joined us for their patience and understanding as we navigate this new facility and work towards providing you with the best service and quality foods. A big thank you to my staff for their hardwork and dedication.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the Ferraro Brothers for their performance and patience with the new electric set ups.

Below you’ll find the upcoming openings for the pavilion, as well as clubhouse availability, as we go into Memorial Day Weekend.

As always, and true for the pavilion as well, please give us a heads up if you are coming up for dinner via dinner reservations. It helps us prepare in staffing and food, allowing us to better serve you and all the LCC members.

-Bill Elliott, GM 

Busy Weekend

We have quite the busy weekend!

Today, GOAL Magazine joins us for their second Annual Outing benefiting the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation. The course will closed from 10:00 to 2:30 pm, and the Dining Room will be closed.

Tonight in the Grill Room we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with our member favorite Fiesta Buffet starting at 5:00 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Tomorrow, the clubhouse will close for regular dining at 4:00 pm for our sold out Derby Day. If you have made your reservation for this event, be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy our great buffet and make your bets before the race at 6:24 pm.  The Ballroom and Dining Room will be closed for a member’s birthday party, so please use the Grill Room entrance.

Member Guest 2017 Winners

The Spring Member Guest was contested on Friday, April 21st.

Winners were:

Gross: Mike Zacur, John Zacur, Gary Palombo, and Rick Schrum

Net: Matt Love, Jim Porter, Jeff Porter, and Chad Porter

Proximities: Scott Green, Sam Piscione, Pete Maida, Don Gobbel, Paul Zanotto, Jeep Quinn, Steve Meyers, Mario Warren, Pat Wallace

Giveaway Winners:

Bill Seran, Jim Holt, Larry Barish, Chuck Trumbetta, Woody Woodward

Social Membership Winners: Eric Porter and Frank Stiner

Golf Membership Winner: Karl Johnston

Minimum Credit Winner: Brian Quinn

Thanks to all who played congratulations to our winners!

From the Pro ~ May 2017

April has been a good month for golf if you just bundle up a bit.  We hope that you can join us to enjoy the great weather and wonderful golf course.

Events to keep on your schedule:

Memorial Day Weekend– you can play any amount of days you wish, have as many partners as you wish, and the event will be scored over 3 days. This Pick Your Partner event will be a fun filled challenge, you may even have a different partner all 3 days.  Simply pick a partner for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday and play best ball of 2, we will pay low team money for the day, as well as the overall weekend low teams.

The Men’s Invitational June 1st-2nd-3rd– We currently have a few team spots yet to fill, please call the Golf Shop to sign up your team. That weekend will once again be one of the great highlights of this Golf Season.  It is by far an exciting event as well as fun for all, don’t put it off any longer and come join us for some fun.

Stag Tuesday June20th-the first Stag of the year will be held Tuesday June 20th with a 1pm shotgun, these events are always the best way to entertain guests, renew old ties, or just have your buddies play. We will play 18 holes followed by awarding of team prizes, proximity prizes, and other skill prizes.  I guarantee that you will have fun!

Big Skins-Tuesday July 4th

Member-Member Saturday-Sunday July 15th-16

The Team Match Play Championship-We are still in search of teams for the TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP. We had 28 teams last year sign up to play but this year we have a few less at this current time.  Just as a reminder that you can play from the Green, White, or Red tees, whichever suits your game.  Having spoken with players that played in 2016 many were disappointed to not make it out of the first round but please don’t let that hold you back from signing up to play this year.  When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb he was asked by a reporter that knew he had failed on many an occasion “Thomas how many times did you fail at inventing this light?”  Thomas replied “I did not fail at inventing the light bulb I just found 1000 ways that did not work.”  Don’t let fear slow you down.

 

I would believe that most of us know when inclement weather is approaching with all the smart devices we have in our possession at any one time.  Our weather siren is sounded for emergency purposes only!  If you hear it please come in off the golf course or find immediate shelter, anyone playing through a siren blast may not only be tempting fate but also putting your family or friends in danger.  We have no option but to report those that do not follow emergency weather siren blasts to the Board of Directors.

 

Demo Days-Come join us for demo days and receive a special coupon.

  • Ping Tuesday May 2nd– 3:30-7
  • Cobra-Mizuno Thursday May 11th-3-7
  • Callaway TBA

 

Tee Time Protocol-tee times are always needed, simply call the Golf Shop and we can maximize your enjoyment here at the club.

King of Swingsign-up is now under way to find a match Play Champion, Matches will begin   mid-May.  We have 5 openings currently available, please don’t get shut out.  David Strauser is very excited about defending his championship, come see if you were born to be The King of Swing.

Team Championship-the field for the Team Championship has grown to 27 of the needed 32 teams.  If the field is not filled by May 7th we will draw matches and byes will be awarded randomly to the a few lucky teams.  I hope that you will find a partner and sign up for this event that promises to be one of the great traditions of Summer @ LCC.

Ladies Late Tees Play Evenings-The following will be the dates for the Late-Tees play nights, the evening will begin at 5:30 with brief swing instruction and followed by 9 holes. The theme of the evening is fun golf for the lapsed golfer, the beginner, and the novice.  Cathy will once again be your host for this relaxed golf evening.  The dates will be all Tuesday’s: May 23rd , June 6th, June 13st, July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th.

Mothers Day– We will have great products reduced for Mothers Day, and as always free gift wrapping.

Member Guest Winners

Opening Day on April 29th was unfortunately cancelled due to heavy rains the night before and a forecast for more rain that day.

The innovation in clubs will certainly made your head spin with so many options, let us help you through the info overload.  This year we have purchased an Ernest Sports Launch Monitor, and have had very good luck with fitting both Woods and irons this early season.  We have more demo clubs this year than ever before, multiple demo putters and quite a few demo wedges.  The Golf Shop carries everything from great value starter sets for both ladies and men such as Tour Edge, through top line equipment such as Ping, Titleist, Taylormade, Mizuno, and Callaway.  Let your local Golf Shop help you instead of some big box store that does not know your name and doesn’t care if you ever come back following your purchase.

The Golf Shop has a new label process to avoid lost clubs.  If you are tired of your labels that you did at home continually peeling and flaking, well these are for you, they include Name, address, and phone number.

Lets Sharpen The Saw-if you tense up under pressure hitting shots till your hands bleed will not help, often it is not bad swings that lead to bad shots, but bad thoughts prior to swinging that leads to bad shots.  Things that sound like “don’t do that again, or you are so dumb, don’t do that.”  I am often reminded of the story of Gary Player who one week was playing on slow greens and told his roommate at the time “I Love Slow Greens” and won the tournament.  The next week the greens speed was extremely fast, and Player remarked to that same roommate “I Love Fast Greens” and also won that week.   Imagine the impossible then figure out a way to make it happen!

Upcoming Exchange Days (updated as of 4-25)  Cart Cost is Now $25–Full Golf Members Only

May

  • Monday May 8th-Valley Green GC and North Fork CC
  • Wednesday May 10th-Somerset CC
  • Monday May 22nd -Norvelt GC and Glengarry GC

June

  • Thursday June 8th-Latrobe Elks GC

July

  • Wednesday 26th-Summit CC

August

  • Thursday 17th-Latrobe Elks

Please keep in mind that as a Full Golf Member you may always use the Tri-County Golf Association as a reciprocal, the full list of clubs is on our website.  The Golf Shop will make all the arrangements for you.

New Range Hours-The Practice Range will close on Sunday evening at 5 pm so that weekly work can be performed.  The range will be open 100+ hours a week but must be closed once a week to sharpen the saw.