New King of Swing Crowned

The 19th Annual King of Swing was concluded this past week.  The winner was Bill Thompson defending his crown from last season, he beat runner-up Brian Quinn by a score of 3 &2, in an exclusive with this reporter “all my matches were fun and Brian played very well, we both wanted to be this year’s King of Swing.”  It was a very good match that was decided by a few holed putts coming down the stretch. Congratulations to Bill!

From the Pro ~ Oct 2017

We hope that you have been taking advantage of this great weather, I cannot remember a September any better.

Several events remain to review:

 

Chili Classic, Saturday October 7thThe 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 which you rec. from the Golf Shop, 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, 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 21st of October starting with a 3pm Shotgun.  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 19th Annual King of Swing was concluded this past week.  The winner was Bill Thompson defending his crown from last season, he beat runner-up Brian Quinn by a score of 3 &2, in an exclusive with this reporter “all my matches were fun and Brian played very well, we both wanted to be this year’s King of Swing.”  It was a very good match that was decided by a few holed putts coming down the stretch. Congratulations to Bill!

 

The Ladies Association had a very good year in 2017 with a surge in participation.  Special Thanks to Karen Hough President, Vice President Robin Giunta, 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.

 

The Folds of Honor collection over Labor Day netted exactly $450.  Once again thank you for your generosity!  Winner of the basket donated by the Golf Shop was Paul Zanotto.

 

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 2018.  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 22nd.
  • Practice Range Sunday-the practice range Sunday October 1st,8th, 15th, will close at 3pm . .
  • Credit in the Golf Shop must be used by Sun. Oct 29th. 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 17th, the Golf Shop will open at 9am on weekdays. The Golf Shop will open @ 7:30am on weekends starting October 7th.
  • August and September were busy months for the Club as well as the Golf Shop. Thank you for your continued support of the Golf Shop and its young outside staff.

 

Thank You

John Klinchock

5-Man 2017 Winners

The 5-Person Scramble was again a load of FUN!

Two pins were used on 6 holes which just added to the fun with this event that has been in existence for 20+ years.  The golf course was very nice, while both breakfast and lunch were fantastic.

Players under 61-under played Blue Tees, players 62-69 played green tees,  70+ years played the white tees, and the Ladies played the red tees.   If you weren’t in attendance you missed a good day, here are the lucky teams:

Net Score-

1st  : Holly Hall-Sally Sheerer- Karen Hough- Gayle Smith- Betty Rosa

2nd : Bob Guinta- Kristen Obush- Jim Voytek- Al Bayer- Mike Grados

3rd  : John Albino- Matt Elliott- Mark Elliott- Seth Matthews- Bill Jamison

Gross-

1st : Lou Bruzda- Josh Redding- John Bruzda- Mr. Anderson- Jeff Ludwig

2nd : Ken Hue- Dan Horner- Mike Keating- Barney McArdle- Brian Julian

3rd : Ray Nelson- Fred Crocker- Brad Jacko vitz- Ryan Matsko- Paul Dominic

 

Closest to the Pin-

Hole 4: Joe Pianko

Hole 7: Bill Brown

Hole 11: Barney McArdle

Hole 17: Bill Brown

 

Long Putt-

Hole 2: Chuck Vecchiola

Hole 12: Ken McCracken

Hole 18: Bill Benton

 

Long Drive-

Hole 5: Corey Compliment

Hole 10: Brad Jackovitz

Club Championship 2017 Winners

Club Championship Results—Please join me in saying Congratulations to all of our winners from this years Club Championship.  Special Thanks goes out to all that participated!  The Winners were:

 

Championship Flight Winner- Ben Biss (138) $100

2nd Place- Joe Corsi (141)$50

 

Ladies Club Champion- Sally Sheerer (166)$100

Ladies Low Net- Jackie Elliott(133)$50

 

Flight 1 Champion- Bill Hough (152)3rd Playoff Hole$100

2nd Place- Corey Riddell (152) $50

 

Flight 2 Champion- James Elliott (150)$100

2nd Place- Don Gobbel (153)$50

 

Flight 3 Champion- Rick Stephenson (161)$100

2nd Place- Brian Quinn (163)$50

 

Flight 4 Champion- David Gallatin (159)$100

2nd Place- Kevin Metsger (162)$50

 

Flight 5 Champion- Bill Bode (163)$100

2nd Place- Chris Kerr (167)$50

 

Flight 6 Champion- Terry Lee (171)$100

T2nd Place- Joe Griffith (176)

Bob Jackson(176) $25 Ea.

 

Flight 7 Champion-Jonathan Vesely (180)$100

2nd Place- Paul Ives (181)$50

From the Pro ~ September 2017

The Golf Shop wishes to thank all those that have participated in the events, purchased items through the shop, and used the facility throughout the year.  We truly appreciate your continued support!!!

Club Championship Results—Please join me in saying Congratulations to all of our winners from this years Club Championship.  Special Thanks goes out to all that participated!  The Winners were:

 

Championship Flight Winner- Ben Biss (138) $100

2nd Place- Joe Corsi (141)$50

 

Ladies Club Champion- Sally Sheerer (166)$100

Ladies Low Net- Jackie Elliott(133)$50

 

Flight 1 Champion- Bill Hough (152)3rd Playoff Hole$100

2nd Place- Corey Riddell (152) $50

 

Flight 2 Champion- James Elliott (150)$100

2nd Place- Don Gobbel (153)$50

 

Flight 3 Champion- Rick Stephenson (161)$100

2nd Place- Brian Quinn (163)$50

 

Flight 4 Champion- David Gallatin (159)$100

2nd Place- Kevin Metsger (162)$50

 

Flight 5 Champion- Bill Bode (163)$100

2nd Place- Chris Kerr (167)$50

 

Flight 6 Champion- Terry Lee (171)$100

T2nd Place- Joe Griffith (176)

Bob Jackson(176) $25 Ea.

 

Flight 7 Champion-Jonathan Vesely (180)$100

2nd Place- Paul Ives (181)$50

 

The 5 Person Scramble was again a load of FUN!   Two pins were used on 6 holes which just added to the fun with this event that has been in existence for 20+ years.  The golf course was very nice, while both breakfast and lunch were fantastic.  Players under 61-under played Blue Tees, players 62-69 played green tees,  70+ years played the white tees, and the Ladies played the red tees.   If you weren’t in attendance you missed a good day, here are the lucky teams:

Net Score-

1st  : Holly Hall-Sally Sheerer- Karen Hough- Gayle Smith- Betty Rosa

2nd : Bob Guinta- Kristen Obush- Jim Voytek- Al Bayer- Mike Grados

3rd  : John Albino- Matt Elliott- Mark Elliott- Seth Matthews- Bill Jamison

Gross-

1st : Lou Bruzda- Josh Redding- John Bruzda- Mr. Anderson- Jeff Ludwig

2nd : Ken Hue- Dan Horner- Mike Keating- Barney McArdle- Brian Julian

3rd : Ray Nelson- Fred Crocker- Brad Jacko vitz- Ryan Matsko- Paul Dominic

 

Closest to the Pin-

Hole 4: Joe Pianko

Hole 7: Bill Brown

Hole 11: Barney McArdle

Hole 17: Bill Brown

 

Long Putt-

Hole 2: Chuck Vecchiola

Hole 12: Ken McCracken

Hole 18: Bill Benton

 

Long Drive-

Hole 5: Corey Compliment

Hole 10: Brad Jackovitz

 

The Senior Championship for both Ladies and Men will be held on Saturday September 30th.  Men’s classifications will be 50-60, 61-70, and 71+ for both Gross and Net.  Ladies classification will be both Gross and Net.  We look forward to a great day!

 

The upcoming Golf Events are:

Airify Greens Sept 5th-7th the Golf Shop will be closed, bag room, and cart barn. Please look in the John Hugo’s Superintendants’ part of this newsletter for closures to the course.  In case of rain the Golf Shop will be open, please watch your e-Mail.

 

The Golf Shop will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday the 6th and 7th of SEPTEMBER.  If you need your clubs please make sure that you get them prior to leaving property on Labor Day.

 

Ladies Closing Day-Tuesday Sept 26th 1:00 pm Shotgun

 

Chili Classic– Saturday October 7th with a Noon Shotgun. Open to all members and their guests, you may sign up as a team of 4 or sign up as a single and we be happy to pair you.  Remember, it is not called the Chili Classic for nothing-we play rain, sleet, snow, or shine.  Guests are welcome.

 

The Practice Rangewill close in mid October.

 

The Golf Shop continues to receive inventory now thru the Holiday season. Please stop by to see what is new and trending.

 

Golf Shop Credit_the remainder of your Golf Shop Credit must be used by Oct 23rd,  credit does not run from year to year.  Thank you for participating throughout the entire year.

 

Tee Times for the future are as follows-(starts 9-2-2017) Weekday the Golf Shop will open at 7:30 with the 1st time to begin at 8am, and the weekend will start with the shop opening at 7:30, and the 1st time starting at 8am throughout the rest of September. (Labor Day Weekend)

 

The Golf Shop-we will not be open any Monday in September or October, except Labor Day the 4th of September.

 

Thank You

John Klinchock

Member-Member 2017 Winners

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

LADIES
Net
1stSally Sheerer/Karen Thompson
Tie 2nd Pat Warren/Enis Cassill-Usha Singh/Dorothy Stein
Gross
Kristen Obush/ Karen Murphy

MENS
Net
1st Jim Mendillo/Ken McCracken
T2nd Terry Warren/Jerry Quinn Sr
T2nd Brian Quinn/Dave Nelson
4th Tom Donchez/Bob Luther
5th Joe Griffith/Oz Dean
6th Fred Furia/Bill Thompson
t7th Nick Morrison / Nick Morrison III
Ray Valosik/Chuck Suprock
Ken Macha/Joe Corsi

Gross
1st Joe Pianko/Tim Cairns
2nd Dave Strauser/Mike Cunningham
3rd Paul Dominic / Ray Nelson

Thank you to all that played and supported the club.

From the Pro ~ August 2017

From the Pro

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

 

Upcoming events:

  • Tues. Aug. 1st  and 8th Queen Bee (pre-sign in locker room)
  • Sunday Aug 6th Family Fun Day (Back 9 Start)
  • Sat. –Sun. Aug 13th and 14th  Ladies and Men’s Club Championship
  • Thursday, August 17 Vegas Scramble 3:30 start
  • Tues Sept 27th Ladies Classic
  • Sunday Aug 27th 5-Person Scramble==Net and Gross divisions
  • Mon Aug 28st Golf Shop and Facilities closed
  • Labor Day Weekend–Patriots Golf Day Collection
  • Tues and Wed Sept. 5th-6th Airification-Golf Shop Closed
  • Tues. Sept 26th Ladies Closing Day
  • Sat Oct 7th Chili Classic

The Club Championship will be held on Sat and Sun the 12th and 13th 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 $20 this year and include prizes in all divisions.  Players will be divided into flights according to handicap.  The Men will go at 8am on Saturday and Sunday.  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.

 

PING Demo Day Tuesday August 15th from 3-7.  Currently, I have the new G400 drivers and irons in stock.
Vegas Scramble-Thursday, August 17th-3:30 shotgun.  Teams picked prior to play.  ABCD teams drawn by handicap index at 2:45pm.  All players play blue tees, B players play green tees, C players play white tees and D players play red tees.  Guests Welcome! Deadline to sign up is August 15th @ 5pm.  Cost is $40 and includes prizes and cash skins. Players must sign up in Golf Shop.

 

New Ladies Event- 20 vs 20 at Edgewood Country Club, Tuesday, August 29th , 9 am.  Twenty ladies from Ligonier have been invited to play at Edgewood C.C. to enjoy a fun event against twenty Edgewood ladies.  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 August 20th.   This is to become an annual event, with Edgewood CC being invited next year to Ligonier C.C.!

 

The 5-Person Scramble will be held on Sunday August 27th 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.

 

2017 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 Reggae party and the golf course was in wonderful condition! 

The Winners were: 
LADIES
Net
1stSally Sheerer/Karen Thompson
Tie 2nd Pat Warren/Enis Cassill-Usha Singh/Dorothy Stein
Gross
Kristen Obush/ Karen Murphy
MENS
Net
1st Jim Mendillo/Ken McCracken
T2nd Terry Warren/Jerry Quinn Sr
T2nd Brian Quinn/Dave Nelson
4th Tom Donchez/Bob Luther
5th Joe Griffith/Oz Dean
6th Fred Furia/Bill Thompson
t7th Nick Morrison / Nick Morrison III
Ray Valosik/Chuck Suprock
Ken Macha/Joe Corsi
Gross
1st Joe Pianko/Tim Cairns
2nd Dave Strauser/Mike Cunningham
3rd Paul Dominic / Ray Nelson

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.

Golf Shop Closure-The Golf shop, cart barn, and club facilities will be closed on the following days:  Mon Aug 28th.  The Golf Shop will be open for Labor Day September 4th.

Just friendly reminders:

  • Please knock the sand off your shoes following leaving the bunker.
  • Please check in at the Golf Shop, we need 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 to play the white forward men’s tees?
A-There are no age requirements used to play from any tee, even though some courses or some friends may tell you differently.   When you enter your scores into the handicap machine it will automatically change to the default tees (green for men, red for ladies).  Your handicap is based on those default tees no matter what tee you play, men or women that wish to play any other tee rather than default tees will have their handicap adjusted either up or down according to which tees you wish to play.

Thank you
John Klinchock PGA Professional

July Ladies’ Event Winners

Jackie Elliott, Gayle Smith and Grace Rigoni teamed with Dave Berenbok on July11 to capture the King and Queens event.  Proximity winners included Berenbok (long putt on #9 and closest to the pin on #11) and Chuck Suprock (long putt on #18).

Carol Clawson and Hollis Hall shot a sizzling 60.5 to win the Modified Chapman on July 18 out-distancing runners-up Gayle Smith and Becky Demuth (67) and Karen Murphy and Marcie Larson (68.5).

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