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From the Pro ~ March 2018

Wow that was quite the winter!  Freezing sub Zero days followed by days where the rain wouldn’t stop followed by days of flooding.  That will be my rant about the weather for the year and now onto brighter and better days ahead.

Please keep this in mind while you traverse the golf course this summer.  Golf grants more than a diversion from work or the time we can spend with our family or friends.  Golf offers–according to a Swedish study–a chance to prolong to your life up to 5 years.  Golf encompasses 1-2% of all charitable giving in the United States with 3.6 billion dollars raised annually.  Golf challenges you to connect socially without the use of any electronic devices.  Golf licenses you an outlet to be active far beyond any other sport.  Golf is Ultra cool.

Since Cathy and I have been with the Ligonier CC we have watched as many of you have as the Club has changed and evolved.  Here would be a few of the highlights:

  • Irrigation system
  • Lakes on #11-12
  • Cart Paths
  • Green complexes on #1-5-13-Putting Green
  • Establishment of Practice facility
  • New Golf Shop/Cart barn
  • Numerous tree programs both planting and removal
  • Golf course equipment
  • Tee complexes including #17-18
  • Renovations in the Clubhouse
  • New Pavilion
  • Establishment of forward tees


We look forward to a great year and all the upcoming Golf Events for 2018:

Masters Par 3 Tournament April 4th conducted at Ligonier CC. The Par 3 9 hole event will begin with a 5pm shotgun start.  Following play of The Par 3 event which will be held at 50% handicap, we will draw each tournament participant a player in the Master’s Tournament.  Last year’s Wednesday Par 3 Tournament winners were Ed Elliott (Gross) and Janet Barker (Net) and last year’s draw winners were Jim Mendillo-Sergio Garcia, 2nd Rick Stephenson-Justin Rose, 3rd Grace Rigoni-Charl Swartzel.  You may sign up with the Golf Shop as an individual golf to be paired or you may sign up as a group.

Opening Day-Saturday April 21st10 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)

Ladies Opening Tuesday-April 17th 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-Wednesday May 2nd-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 1o’clock shotgun start, and dinner and prizes to follow play.  This event is open to both Golf and Social Members that wish to bring guests.

Men’s Invitationalthe dates are as follows: Thursday May 31st, Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd, a change to the schedule includes an afternoon shotgun start for the Thursday optional Practice Round, Tournament play Friday and Saturday. Please watch your mail for the flyer.

3 Day Junior Golf Camp Wednesday June 27-Thru Friday June 29th  -only 25 participants taken-sign up early

1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday August 2nd from 8:30am-12:30

1 Day Junior Camp-Thursday June 7th from 8:30am-12:30

Club Championship Schedule Change –we are currently looking at moving the dates to September, as soon as we pin dates down we will announce the dates via e-mail.

Exchange Days-we will announce the schedule in the April Links.


Golf Shop News

Pa. State Women’s Amateur-Ligonier CC is proud to welcome the Women’s State Amateur Championship in August of this year.  This Championship is the highlight of Women’s Golf in the state of Pennsylvania and we are very proud as a Club to be hosting this prestigious event.  Look for more information to follow via e-mail and The Links.

Team Championship-the first 32 two person teams to sign up will compete to be the Match Play Team Champions of LCC, your team can be two men, two ladies, mixed couple, white tee players, green and white tee players, basically you decide.  Play will begin from the green tees, white tees (handicaps will be adjusted accordingly), and ladies may play from the red tees.  The event will be 80% of full handicap working off the trend (daily calculation of handicap by GHIN) throughout all play.  The draw will be done by computer, and will begin on May 1st.  The Golf Shop will set the conditions of play, time parameters, etc.  Returning Champions Al Jurica and Corey Riddell.

Get a Grip Month- Lets get those old grips off your clubs prior to play this season. Start the year fresh and save some cash!  Every regular golf grip installed will be $1 off and all putter grips will be reduced as well.

King Of Swing-Individual Season long Match Play event.  Play will begin May 1st, and is limited to first 31 players entered.  Bill Thompson is the 2017 Defending King Of Swing, and he recently had this to say “I hope I get Furia in my first round match”.  Call the Golf Shop to sign up.  Brian Quinn was the Runner-up in 2017.

The Cart and Bag Room will be open on March 1st, please don’t hesitate to bring your equipment up in early spring, get your new grips put on prior to Spring play or let us pump up those tires on your pushcart.  The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Bag Storage $80-clubs cleaned after every use
  • Range Pass $125-unlimited range balls
  • Cart Storage $60
  • Cart and Bag $125
  • Cart, Bag, and Range $230
  • 2 Storage $140
  • 2 Range $225
  • 2 Bag and Single Cart $190
  • 2 Bag and 2 Cart $240
  • If you do not see an arrangement that suits your needs please call the Golf Shop

Pro V1 Loyalty Program-Order 3 Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x Dozen, get 1 free.   Imprinting is free and includes side imprinting as well as specific number capabilities.  Orders may be placed thru the Golf Shop starting March 1st, promotion ends April 12th.  If Pro-V1 is your golf ball then this is the promotion for you!

Custom fitting-Ping-Mizuno-Callaway-Titleist is now available, drivers, irons, and woods.  We promise you, “we just won’t sell you clubs, we will fit you and you will see your game get better”

The Golf Shop hours for March are as follows: Tuesday-Friday 9AM Open, Saturday-Sunday 7:30 Open.  Shop and Clubhouse closed on Mondays however the course is open to walking golf members.

Hole In One Club-the pool will be hold over to start the 2018 season.  There is $1000 in the pot to begin the year.   We will begin taking money on April 1st, and continue to grow the pot thru Opening Day.  Once Opening Day arrives all that have paid in will be eligible to win half cash/half credit for a HIO.  Once someone wins the original pot we will bill the next $10 entry to your account.  The stipulations are as follows: 1) HIO must take place at LCC; 2) the HIO must be witnessed by a player in your group over the age of 16.

First Tee-The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization which depends on the donations of Golf Clubs and individuals to help at risk youth the good word of Golf.  The programs taught at the First Tee are targeted at young people in the inner city teaching them the core values centered on Golf.  We have been taking donations for the program for over 10 years, annually Dan McDonald and I load up my Jeep and deliver the bags, clubs, shoes, and balls.  We will make another such trek in late March, please bring any donations to the Golf Shop prior to March 20th.

GHIN-If you are Golf or Social Member that does not have an established Handicap, the Golf Shop will be happy to accommodate you, contact the Golf Shop with your intention to have a USGA Handicap.  You will be billed directly through the office a yearly charge of $25, after 5 18- hole scores you will have your GHIN Handicap, if you are playing in an event here or at another facility most places prefer or even require that you have an updated USGA handicap.  If you currently have a handicap thru GHIN but wish to cancel you must call the Golf Shop by 3-31 or you will be billed the $25.

If your Company or Golf Event needs anything related to the Golf industry no matter how large or how small please do not hesitate to contact John, Cathy, or Brian at the Golf Shop.  We handle dozens of in house and out of house events throughout the year, and we are sure we can upgrade all your company or event needs.  We handle imprinted tees, Poker Chips (new), coffee cups, umbrellas, Tee Shirt and hat combination packs (nice discount), Golf Shirt and hat combinations, Golf or dress shirts, Personalized head covers (with your personal signature, or company logo), leather embossed wallets, Glassware for the Company Trophy or best salesperson, golf books with your company contact info inside the cover, Golf Bags from Ping or Sun Mountain with company logo.  Most anything you can think of with your logo we can do!  Stop in the Shop and we can show you samples, or have a sample sent directly to your home.  Individual and Company references upon request.  Our unique selling point is that you know we always have your best interest in mind!  Please stop in the shop for a list of references.

Golf Bash-Greensburg Hose Company #2 holds an annual Golf Bash Sunday March 11th, please call the Golf Shop if you wish to purchase a ticket or tickets.

From the Pro ~ December 2017

Happy Holiday season from the Golf Shop, we hope that you and your Family are blessed with good health and prosperity throughout 2018.


The Annual Golf Shop Holiday Sale is currently in full swing, we still have 2 days remaining to come and shop for some great deals, have your purchase wrapped, and enjoy a snack or adult beverage.   The days of the sale that still remain are Saturday Dec 9 11am-3, Sunday Dec. 10th 12-4, and Saturday Dec 16th from 5-8.  As always, Free Gift Wrapping, Holiday Adult Cheer, Holiday Munchies, Free Raffle.  See you here!


Free Imprinting on Golf Balls sales have been brisk this year, please get your order to us by December 4th in order to guarantee arrival for Holiday gift giving.  The personalization is free on all Titleist products.  If you have ordered any items from the shop we will contact you whenever they arrive so that you make arrangements to pick up your product, please call the Golf Shop at 724-238-5438 ext #3.  We can absolutely have every product drop shipped in time for the Holidays.  Feel free to email me at


Special Congratulations to Katie Miller for being low medalist at the USGA Ladies Mid-Am last month in Houston.  Her career includes several PIAA State High School Individual Championships, an outstanding college career at the University of North Carolina, as well as qualifying for several prestigious USGA events throughout the years.  We are proud that she has been a member since she was a Junior and continues to represent LCC on a national golf stage.


The Hole In One Club pot has currently been suspended as of Saturday October 22nd, the money will roll into the 2018 season.


We have been very lucky as a club to have a strong leadership team which is easy to work with and always keeps the member as their number one priority.  The team is led by Bill Elliott, John Hugo, Bobbie Jo Farrell, Beth Porter, Marcia Macey, Rich Hammond, and Ray Marsh .


On behalf of the Golf Shop and all of our employees we wish to Thank You for a wonderful season.  While you are clanking your champagne glasses together on New Year’s Eve please make a pledge that “I will get out and play more GOLF in 2018!”


All The Best,

John, Cathy, and Brian

From the Pro ~ November 2017

There were four big events held in October:

Two Man Championship-The Two Man Championship concluded with a three team playoff on Sunday October 7th.  The participants were Allen Jurica and Corey Riddell, Jim and Ben Biss, and BJ Torau.  The event started off with a Moment of Silence on the 1st tee for Nick Morrison III who passed far too early the month prior.  The team of Allen Jurica and Corey Riddell were the eventual champions but it was not an easy road, every team played well but the eventual winners played just slightly better.  Congratulations to the Champions!


Senior Club Championship-a cool and blustery day met the golfers as they competed on October 2nd, the scores were fantastic for such a harsh day.  The Winners of each division were as follows: 50-60 Low Gross David Smail and Low Net Mike Murphy. 61-70 Low Gross and overall champion Joe Corsi, 2nd Low Gross Bill Hough and 3rd Low Gross Joe Pianko.  Low Net was Mark Elliott followed by 2nd Low Net Paul Zanotto.  The 71 plus age range Low Gross was Walter Shutter with Low Net being Ray Hess, 2nd Bill Bode and Terry Lee.  Kudos to all that participated.


Chili Classic-a great day of weather and Golf was capped off by a great dinner that included the honoring of the winners of the major Golf events for 2017.  The Chili Classic winners are as follows: 1st Gross Sheila Kassel, Carolyn Morford, Barry Kassel, Jim Morford. 2nd Gross Rick Stephenson, Corey Riddell, Allen Jurica, Barry Novotny.  1st place Net Jamie Danko, David Danko, Mark Roach, Robin Roach.  2nd place Net Marcie Larson, Barb Sloan, Linda Harbaugh, Robin Giunta.  3rd place Net Tom Donchez, Case Donchez, Jim Laughlin, Joe DiBartola.  Proximity winners were: Case Donchez, Jim Morford, Al Ludwig, Chris Flemming, Dre Minucci, Fred Hohman, Bob Bulas, Roger Strayer, Bill Fowler, Joe Griffith, Stan Treskovich, Sheila Kassel, Tom James, Nick Senuta, Frank Stiner, Joan Treskovich.  We hope all 116 that played had a great time!


Pumpkin Par 3-A wonderful turnout was greeted by weather more applicable to late August than late October, but everything is always fun for the Pumpkin Par 3.  The Winners were:   Low Gross Ladies Holly Hall 30, Low Net Isabel Jones 24.  Low Gross Men Seth Matthews 28, and Low Gross Eric Garver 22.  Low Team was Craig Garver, Eric Garver, Rick Stephenson, and Mike Zacur.  2nd Low Team was Isabel Jones, Janet Barker, Rich Barker, and a blind draw.  Proximity winners were: Rich Barker, Mary Crocker, David Paladino, Ted Paladino, Eric Garver, Mike Murphy, Pat Warren, Mike Zacur, and Fred Crocker.  Thank you to all the participants.


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.


 The Hole In One Club will officially end as of close of business 10-22, officially  starting again on Opening Day of 2018.  Thank you for participating, all monies collected from 2017 will roll over into 2018.  We wish you the very best of luck in 2018!


Sharpen the saw-have you started off season stretching and weight training yet?  It has been approximately 1 month since I gave you next year’s secret, why haven’t you started 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 2017 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 very successful 2017.  Once again Thank You from our Golf Staff, John, Cathy, Brian, Al, Nick, Marcus, Ty, JD, Jake, Sheldon, Ethan, Gunnar, Austin, Cooper,  and Sara.  Thank you for your support!

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

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


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

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

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








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


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


  • Thursday June 8th-Latrobe Elks GC


  • Wednesday 26th-Summit CC


  • 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.