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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

PSWGA Am Volunteers Needed

LCC is proud to host the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association Amateur August 13th to 16th

The Association is looking for volunteers for registration and/or to be rangers

If you are able to help, please sign up in the locker rooms or pro shop by August 1st.

You do not have to be available all four days.
Time will run from 7:30 to end of play (Monday being the longest day until 3 pm)

We’re looking for 15-20 people available each day
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided


Interested in playing? Visit their site HERE

As June comes to an end…

Good morning membership,

As we enter the last day of June, hot (DRY!!!) weather is in the forecast. We are entering July with 5 straight days at 90 degrees plus and no rain. We are ending June with a total of 7.85″. The greens will start to dry down and become firm, however with this hot, humid weather it may take several days. Humid days will lead to them holding moisture. This weekend is a great example of why my staff and I are topdressing and incorporating as much sand into them as possible moving forward. The large putting green and number 1 green are sand based. Please take an extra look and notice how firm, dry, and true they are compared to our other greens that are more silt/clay based. These greens hold more water, act spongy, and are less true. Over time, my staff and I will be working hard to  incorporate as much sand into the greens as possible. The greens will eventually all play similar to the putting green and number 1. Monday, July 2nd my staff and I will be slicing the greens, as we have several times this year to relieve canopy moisture, and then topdressing. This should help the drying out process and get to the firm, fast greens everyone has been waiting all year to play. As the weather turns a corner, I hope everyone gets out and enjoys multiple rounds and has a wonderful 4th of July Holiday. Thank you and take care,

Turf Management team and Justin

Ladies Invitational 2018 Winners

Cha Cha Cha

Team Winners

1st Linda Harbaugh
Deborah Sullenberger
Carol Clawson
Denise Heffelfinger

2nd Betty Rosa
AnnaMarie Hurley
Karen Hough
Peggy Haraczy

3rd Kimberly Haggin
Susan Boyle
Dorthy Stein
Sharon Pentrak


Closest To Pin
#4 Patty Kegel
#7 Jamie Bizup
#11 Ann Queale
#17 Katie Miller

Long Putt
#1 Holly Hall
#15 Jody Keating

Long Drive
#10 Peggy Haraczy