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Quick Notes from JK

There’s a Cobra Demo Day today (Thursday) at the Practice Range 4 pm to 7 pm.

We still need two teams for the Men’s Invitational. If you are a single and wish to play we could possibly find a player to pair with you. Call us!

Tee times start 1/2 hour earlier this weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Thank you! JK

From the Pro ~ May 2018

This Spring has not been the best but we anticipate that it will get better, keep your eyes on the horizon and not down at your feet.

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 team event and 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 May 31-June1-2– 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.
  • Red Solo Cup Open Saturday June 30th -4pm shotgun with a fun 9 hole par 3 format followed by the band Hy-5 in the outdoor facility.  More details to follow!
  • Ladies Invitational Tuesday 9am Shotgun Start-The Ladies Invitational has been the marquee day for the Summer in the schedule for the last 25 years. Please sign up in the Golf Shop or in the Ladies Locker Room.  Continental breakfast will start the day at 8am and lunch will follow play.  You may sign up with 1,2,or3 guests.
  • Big Skins-Tuesday July 4th
  • Member-Member Saturday-Sunday July 14th-15th
  • 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.

We have begun sign up for PGA Junior League-the league is for juniors ages 7-13 in the beginner and intermediate stage of learning.  Our club along with Hannastown, Oakbrook, TotterRidge, and Westmoreland will be hosting and traveling to play others teams.  We will need 10-12 juniors to participate to have a team and will play at all the above clubs as well as here.  Juniors will have several scheduled supervised practices here, play away matches at all of the above venues, PGA home and away team shirt with name and number on back, PGA tee-shirt, hat, bag tag, stickers, and drawstring bag.  The matches will be scramble two person team format in 3-3 hole match format, kids will be part of a team and have fun while playing!  Sign up runs thru May 23 and cost for everything will be $175.  We understand that people have vacations  along with other sports and can’t make every scheduled practice or match but don’t miss this fun opportunity to get your daughter, son, or grandchild involved.

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 you must 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.

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

  • Ping Tuesday May 15th – 3-7
  • Cobra-Thursday May 24th 3:30-6:30
  • Mizuno Tuesday May 8th-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.  Bill Thompson is very excited about defending his championships (two consecutive), come see if you were born to be The King of Swing.

Team Championship-the field for the Team Championship has continued to grow.  We hope the fill completely however if the field is not filled by May 15th 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– Every Tuesday evening from June through the end of August we will have Late-tee times at 5:30 pm.    All L.C.C. ladies are welcome to join us for a relaxed time to play.    This is golf for all skill levels.  Please join us after work or for evening golf with LCC friends!   John will be on hand some of the evenings for a quick clinic.  Please call the Golf Shop for details or to sign up!

Mothers Day– Your Mom called and said she wants Ligonier Country Club Gear!  Stop by the Golf Shop to buy Mom the newest LCC Sportswear for Mothers Day. We have a great selection of outerwear for enjoying the Pavilion!   Free Gift wrapping is available!

Opening Day April 28th; check the website next week for the winners.

The innovation in clubs will certainly make your head spin with so many options, let us help you through the info overload.  Last 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.

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

  • Wednesday May 23rd -Somerset CC
  • Monday June 18th Donegal Highlands GC
  • Monday July 16th Latrobe Elks
  • Tuesday July 17th Ebensberg CC
  • Monday July 30th GlenGary
  • Thursday July 12th-Champion Lakes GC
  • Monday August 20th Valley Green GC

LCC also belongs to the Tri-County Golf Association, the Association is a group of like minded clubs that allow members of member clubs to enjoy golf at a variety of place, you may visit the TCGA website or our web site to see a list of clubs.  Both the TCGA and exchange days are restricted to Full Golf Members only!  The Golf Shop must make the arrangements for the TCGA with member clubs.

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

Congratulations to Bill Rosa($180) who won the Masters Par 3 Pool, second place was a tie between Chris Antonikas, Christian Giannone, and Chris Mendillo ($73 each).  The US Open is right around the corner.

From the Pro ~ April 2018

Wow!  Lets not dwell on things that we can’t change.  We have plenty of great events to look forward to in the upcoming months, let’s look ahead and not back.  The Shop is full of clubs along with demo clubs, bags, Spring clothing, grips, push carts, and much more; stop in to see what’s new for 2018.  We hope to see you soon!

This year the season kicks off with Opening Day on Saturday April 28th.  Format for both Men and Ladies this upcoming year will be Best 2 Balls of 4.  Different this year will be that sign-up for both Men and Ladies will be closed at Noon on Friday the 27th.  Teams will be made at that time with the existing players, this denotes a change for the ladies that always usually signed up to play the day of the event.  Breakfast will be served at 8:30, with the Shotgun start at 9:15am.  All teams will be computer generated ABCD; no pre-set teams will be accepted.    We will begin the day with Coffee and Doughnuts, Play Golf @10am, have Lunch and give away the Prizes.

Ladies Day Tuesdays- in April, May, and September the Ladies Association will begin play at 10am, and during the Summer months play will begin at 9am.  On Tuesday the 1st tee will be closed ½ hour prior to the beginning of play, general play will be able to start from 8am-9:30 in April, May, and September.

The Masters Tournament is slated to begin April 5th and we have a pool that will make the event more fun.  For $10 you will pick you a player from A, B, C columns and the lowest weeks scores on all par 3’s played, therefore all players must make the cut .  Please call the shop prior to 6pm Wednesday the 4th to sign up.  Call and we will send out a sheet via text or email.

We very recently mailed out the Men’s Invitational letter, if you do not receive any kind of notification by April 1st please alert the Golf Shop.  This year’s dates will be May 31, June 1 and 2.  If you have missed this event in the prior years, mark it on your event schedule for this summer.  Field is limited so please sign up by May 16th, however if we get the allotted teams prior to the deadline a waiting list will be invoked.  This is the premier event of the Men’s Golf Season, try it once and you will be hooked.

Spring Member-GuestWednesday May 2nd 1pm Shotgun-The day begins with a lunch for you and your guests beginning at 11:30 followed by a 1pm shotgun start time. The event being a Best 2of 4 format, with plenty of Closest to the Pins, Long Putts, and Long Drives.  Bill and his staff will follow up play with a great dinner and we will calculate the scores, collect the proximities and hand out the prizes.  Our guarantee is that every guest will leave LCC very happy and extremely well fed.  This event is open to all membership categories, and is a great way to entertain clients, show off our facility, introduce people you wish to join, or a great way to say Thank You to that person that plowed your driveway all winter.  This event will replace the Fall Member Guest, and will contain a drawing for free minimums for a lucky Member, and someone’s guest that day will be drawn for a FREE Golf Membership.

Tri County Golf Courses-Please go onto the Tri-County website ( to find the list of clubs that are members.  I think it would be a great golfing summer if you hit all those clubs, $30 during the weekdays, and $35 on weekends you have quite a selection.  You must make tee times through our Golf Shop and be a full Golf Member to enjoy this special perk.

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls are now Buy 3 get one free in a Spring Customer Appreciation Sale, balls must be ordered thru Titleist and can be imprinted up to 3 lines of text.  Numbers can either be 1-4, 5-8, or your special 2 digit number.  This program runs thru the first 2 weeks of April and can’t be used for corporate logo balls.

Mothers Day Sale-we will have some great sales the week of Mothers Day, plus (as always) free gift wrapping.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mizuno Demo Day Thursday May 8th 3-6:30
  • Ping Demo Day Tuesday May 15th 3-6:30
  • Cobra Demo Day Thursday May 24th 3-6:30
  • Senior Club Championship Saturday May 19th Morning TEE TIMES Will be assigned
  • Ladies Opening Tuesday-April 17th at 10am
  • Men’s Stag (1st of Season)-Wednesday June 13th 1pm Shotgun-The day begins with an optional lunch for you and your guests. 1pm will be the start time with the event being a Best 2of 4 format, with plenty of Closest to the Pins, Long Putts, and Long Drives.  Bill and his staff will follow up play with a great dinner and we will calculate the scores, collect the proximities and hand out the prizes.  Our guarantee is that every guest will leave LCC very happy and extremely well fed.  This event is open to all membership categories, and is a great way to entertain clients, show off our facility, introduce people you wish to join, or a great way to say Thank You to that person that plowed your driveway all winter (you owe them a lot of thanks).
  • Memorial Day Best of 2 Weekend Event3 days of regular tee-times, play with a different partner every day, or stick with the same partner all 3 days. You can play any amount of days, or the entire weekend.    

Junior Camp- will be held on Wednesday June 27th thru Friday June 29th.  We are only taking 25 youth for this year’s camp, and we anticipate camp filling up quickly.  The camp will be 8-12 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Please call the Golf Shop to register ASAP. 

One Day Junior CampsThursday June 7th 8:30-12:30.  The other One Day camp date will be Thursday August 2nd from 8:30-12:30

King Of Swing-The Annual event will begin in May, sign up fills up quickly, and we just take the first 31 and last years King of Swing (Bill Thompson).  Draw is done randomly and the event will be played at 90% handicap.  This single elimination event is one of the most fun events of the year.  Call the Golf Shop to enter.

The Two PERSON Team Championship-Signup is going on as we speak and several teams have already signed up to become this year’s CHAMPIONS.  The Championship is a BETTER BALL MATCH PLAY Single elimination Team Tournament.  Last year’s Champions Corey Riddell and Al Jurica have already said “we are ready for all challengers this year.”   Wow-we have never had taunting champions.  Players can play the Tee that they normally play and all handicaps will be adjusted accordingly.  If you want to play more golf this Summer this is certainly a way to get started.

Cart Cards and Guest Cards are on sale until April 15th.

Some Tri-County courses do not want exchange days, they don’t see a benefit for their club. Both Exchange Days and Tri-County days are reserved for Full Golf Members only, Social Members and guests are welcome, but must pay the applicable green fee.  Please do not put Ligonier C.C. in an uncomfortable position by allowing guests to participate.  Exchange days and Tri-County are rewards for being a Full Golf Member.  We have asked the participating courses to keep a sign-in sheet and forward to our Golf Shop.

Just as a reminder to all members:

  • The Club understands that athletic clothing is reaching all new demographics, we would like to remind everyone that new Under amour, Nike, and Adidas shirts must have an 1 ½ inch collar on them to be considered a Golf shirt. Please refer to the Dress Code in your Membership booklet to alleviate all questions.
  • Members are always responsible for their guests.
  • In order for the Golf Shop to serve you better, TEE TIMES are always required.
  • Look for the return of the Late-Tees Thursday bi-weekly golf to be finalized in the May news.
  • Jeans are not permitted on the course following March 31st.
  • Please be aware that the parking lot speed limit is 15 miles per hour, my young men and women are in the lot trying to service you with your bags and carts, please be aware as you pull thru the lot.

The Golf Shop will open at 9am weekdays until April 13th, on the 17th we will begin opening on the weekdays at 7:30 and Tee-Times will begin at 8am.  We will continue to open at 7:30 on the weekends until Memorial Day when the Golf Shop will begin to open at 6:30; we are trying to accommodate players that wish to get out on the course earlier.

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