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.

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.

Masters 2017 Finish

I thought it was great TV on Sunday afternoon from Augusta, outcome of the tournament does not always matter as much as the beauty and excitement that is the Masters.  Sergio Garcia’s Masters win coupled with his Ryder Cup play and worldwide victories have made him one of the top players in the Tiger Woods era.

 

We had two Masters events that were happening in the Golf Shop last week and the winners were:

Par 3 Pick Em

Speith-Kuchar-Snedeker 138 -6

Tie 1st-Mike Goodwin and John Hepler $100 ea Day-Kuchar-Schwartzel 141 3rd Garrett Adams $60 Day-Fowler-Snedeker 143 Tie 4th Dot Stein and Jay Vreeland $30 ea

 

Wednesday Night Par 3

1st Jim Mendello-Sergio Garcia $125

2nd Rick Stephenson-Justin Rose $100

3rd Gary Rigoni-Charl Schwartzel $75

Tie 4th Barb Planinsek-Matt Kuchar

Mike Zakur-Thomas Pieters $40 ea.

Check out the winners from our own Par 3 event HERE

 

Thank you for Participating.

From the Pro ~ April 2017

The better weather finally made it back to Pennsylvania this week and for the first time this season we were busy.  It was a great feeling for all the golfers to be in shorts and just a golf shirt.  We are looking forward to a great season!

Sharpen The Saw for the month of April.  This past Monday I was privileged to be in a group that had Hank Haney as the guest speaker.  While he had a lot of great technical ideas he offered one of the most simplistic ways to lower your handicap.  His 3 step plan to lower your handicap was: 1) no penalty shots during your round, no ob, water, unplayable lies, etc. 2) when chipping, pitching, or playing from a bunker you must always get the shot on in one 3) no 3 putts.  He simply called a round that strokes were added in any one of these 3 bullet points as a should of, would of, could of round.

Opening Day Sat April 29-Both Ladies and Men will play Best 2 of 4 full Handicap, teams will be random selected by computer.  A Shotgun start at 9:15 with breakfast to start at 8am, please sign up with the Golf Shop by 27th at 5PM.

Masters Par 3 Wednesday April 5- Par 3 Tournament, 5:30 Shotgun Start, you may make your own teams or be paired by the Golf Shop.  The event will be individual stroke play with Proximity prizes on each hole.  The entry will include a draw party following play and all participants will receive a player in the Masters Pool Tourney.

Ladies Day-Tuesday Opening Day will be Tuesday April 18th at 10am.  April-May-September will start at 10am, while June, July, and August will begin at 9am.  General play will be able to start up until ½ hour prior to the start of Ladies Day.

Spring Member Guest Friday April 21st

Mens Invitatational-the information was mailed last week and registration has been brisk.  We will shut off registration when we reach 48 teams.  Optional practice round Thursday June 1st, followed by Tournament rounds on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd.

Masters Pool-separate from the Par 3 tournament on April 5th, the Golf Shop will run a pool that participants may choose their players.  Stop into the Golf Shop to register.

The Annual Team Match Play and King of Swing-register in the Golf Shop to play in either event, play will begin for both events around the 1st of May.  The first 2 rounds will have 3 weeks to finish both team and individual matches.

Titleist and Bridgestone-both companies have special promotions going on until the 15th of April.  Titleist has Pro V1 buy 3 get 1 free plus free side imprinting.  Bridgestone has the B330 series buy 2 get 1 free also with free imprinting.

Junior Golf Camp 2Day and 1Day-The following are days of Junior Camp: 2 Day Tuesday-Wednesday 12th-13th of June.   1 Day Camps are Thursday June 29th, Thursday July 27th, Saturday May 12th Noon-2

April Hours of Operation-Mondays Shop Closed, Tuesday-Friday Open 9am until Tuesday 18th then we will begin to open at 7:30, Weekends 7:30am.

The Golf Shop has just received a shipment of Cutter and Buck Pittsburgh Pirate team gear.  Cutter and Buck continues to deliver fantastic quality shirts and outerwear and this year we decided to couple it with the Pittsburgh Pirate logo.  We deliver quality for much less money than the merchandise you can purchase at the stadium.

The Golf Shop has a few rules that both you and your guests should know:

  • Upon your arrival and prior to going to the range or playing golf each Member and guest must check in at the Golf Shop. Any guest that does not check in will be charged to the sponsoring member.
  • Tee-Times are always required
  • The new wave of poly athletic clothing without collar is not allowed on the golf course. All shirts must have a collar or mock turtles must have a 1 ½ inch neck.
  • Cart rules are always posted on #1 and #10 tees.
  • No denim of any sort is allowed on the golf course after April 1st.
  • Speed limit once you enter the parking lot is 15 mph. We have a lot of construction equipment here at the club currently, carts entering the parking lot, and young people that are working in the lot to serve you better, please be aware as well as cautious.

Thank you for your continued support.

Welcome New Season

Welcome to the 2017 Season!  We are excited for some great play this year and hopefully your New Year’s Resolution was to play more GOLF!  This winter has been quite mild so far and that leads to the hope that we will get a great jump on the upcoming golf season.

The theme for this year “Sharpen the Saw”.  First, it means that you must take care of yourself-you may need to begin an exercise program, or to take more time away from your stress to make time for yourself.  Second, you must work on what needs work; it may be your chipping and pitching game or your putter, but you need to stop neglecting your trouble areas or you will never get better.  Third, help sharpen your saw by discontinuing negative self talk (this may be the hardest section to complete).  For most players negative self talk is the only voice they know while playing and I am quite sure that the most negative of us has no idea how to shut out that voice.  Here are a few ways to help change your voice: a) after you hit a shot try to not react positive or negatively no matter where the shot ends up, be neutral. b)  keep your eye on the horizon with your head up. As I drive the course in the Summer I can always tell who is playing well and who is not just by the direction their eyes are looking.  c)  Keep in mind that golf (however important to you) does not define you as a person.  You must approach golf with humility and you will have much more fun while on the course.

Upcoming Golf Events for 2017:

  • Good Friday Open Good Friday 14th-Look for details in a separate email.
  • Ladies Opening Tuesday-April 18th at 10am—Thru the end of May the beginning time will be 10am, June-July-August play will begin at 9am, September start time back to 10am.
  • One Day Member Guest-Friday April 21st-as usual we plan on a nice day of golf, food, and fun. Just as last year one of guest participants will walk away as a New Golf Member.  The event will begin with lunch at 11:30, a 1:00 shotgun start, and dinner and prizes to follow play.  This event is open to both Golf and Social Members that wish to bring guests.
  • Opening Day-Saturday April 29th9:15 am Shotgun Start, A great way to kick off your season.  Breakfast will include coffee and doughnuts, with lunch buffet to follow play.  Both the Ladies and Men’s event will be 2 Best Balls of 4.  Sign up ends for both Men and Ladies on Thursday April 27th  at 5pm. (Ladies must also pre-sign to play)
  • Men’s Invitationalthe dates are as follows: June 1-2-3, Thursday optional Practice Round, Tournament play Friday and Saturday. Please watch your mail for the flyer.
  • 3 Day Junior Golf Camp Tuesday June 13th– Thursday June 15th  -only 25 participants taken
  • 1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday June 29th
  • 1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday July 27th
  • Exchange Days-we will announce the schedule in the April Links.

Member/Guest Results

Net Winners

1st  Paul Dominic-Denny Previte-Ed Nowicki-Phil Dahar

2nd Jack Pajan-Phil Disalbo-Chris Marteney-Tom Schachner

Gross Winners

1st Jim Muir-Ken McCracken-Geno Weiser-Tim McGinnis

2nd Tom Zoppetti-Gregg Zoppetti-Don Gobbel-Terri Gobbel

Proximities

Closest to Pin

Bob Flick-Todd Cline-Frank Sundry-Tom Rennie-LJ Siemering-Denny Previte-Bob Campbell-Bill Seran

Long Drive

Anthony Mastro-Todd Cline

Long Putt

Gary Pagano-Joe Duda-Chuck Vecchiola

Thanks to all Members that Sponsored Guests!!!