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From the Pro ~ September 2018

We have plenty of great golf still remaining this Fall season, don’t you dare put away those clubs!  The club has chosen not to airify until late October therefore the excuse is removed.  We look forward to those extra rounds and please don’t forget a guest or two.

The State Women’s Pa. Amateur was held at LCC last month and there were many winners that came out of the Championship.  First we had 3 club members that were winners, they were Kristen Obush  State Amateur Champion, Karen Hough the Senior 2nd Flight Winner, and Sheila Kassel the Super Senior Champion.

Volunteer Chair- Woman Melane Baraniak and her cast of VOLUNTEERS did a spectacular job entertaining the Pa. State Ladies Amateur group.  Mrs. Baraniak and her group worked very long hours during the week and went above and beyond the call of duty.  Tom Gessner, Betty & Bill Rosa, Ray Valosik, Bob Swann, Karen Thompson, Marilee Fetkovich, Be Smolleck, Paul Zannotto, Dan McDonald, Peg & Steve Meyers, Corey Riddell, Chris Turner, Terry Slease, Ed and Darlene Elliott, Mark Magda, Ed McLanahan, Barb Sloan, Denise Smail, Becky Demuth, Gayle Smith, Jackie Elliott, Carolyn Morford, Barb Planinsek, Patty Voytek, Kathy Valosik, Peg Mcdonald, Patti Mansfield, Marti Wood, John & Marlene Cavecchio, Merylyn Scribner, Ray Wenk,  and Joe Griffith.  The Staff and Members wish to Thank you all for helping us showcase our wonderful facility and show the hospitable nature of our wonderful Club.

Junior golfers are a very big part of our facility and most of them play High School golf at many different locations, here are some names to watch for in the local paper:  Ligonier Valley Gunnar Elliott, Ryan Jones, Lauren Brandt, Maddie Pierce, Ivan Wieczorek, Jonathon Rankin, Josh and Ryan Harbert.   For the Derry Trojans Aidan and Ryan Bushey. Hunter Jurica, and Bryce Baum.   For the Latrobe Wildcats Mario Battaglia, Jared Stein, Colton McCuthen, Eric Soccio, and Derrick Hytrtanski.  For the Hempfield Spartans Ladies team Raina Jones, and David Binley plays for Avonworth.

Upcoming Events in September and October:

Patriots Weekend- hopefully you will see TV highlighting Patriots Day Weekend, a collection taken up for children of Soldiers killed in battle.  Millions are raised every year and we hope to help the cause by offering a free raffle of golf prizes for people who donate.  The raffle will run Friday thru Monday of Labor Day.  Thank you in advance!!!!

Club Championship– dates for this wonderful event is September 15th-16th, and will be broken into Handicap divisions as of the September 1st GHIN posting.  Flights will be made up of handicap divisions according to handicap index and according to the tees you wish to play.  As most of you understand if you choose to play the forward tees you are going to be reduced in handicap accordingly.  The Golf Committee extends the invitation for players to move up tee markers but 10 of your last 20 scores must be from that specific set of tees.

The Junior Club Championship will follow the regular Club tournament on Saturday September 15th, divisions will include both male and female divisions.  The age brackets will be 12-15 and 16-18 and include 9 and 18 holers.  Tee-times will be immediately following the Club Championship.  Sign up in the Golf Shop.

Chili Classic will be played on Saturday afternoon October 6th.  The festivities will begin with Chili served at 11am with a shotgun start at Noon.  Make your own group of four.   This event is near sell out every year therefore sign up early.  We guarantee a great day with fun golf!

Pumpkin Par 3-Saturday Oct 27th

Senior Championship –The Senior Championship for this season will be played on Saturday September 29th.  Tee times will be made as per age 50-60, 61-70, 71+.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other club members and allows you to meet players from other groups outside your normal game.  Sign up as always in the Golf Shop.

Ladies Closing Day- Tuesday September 25th1Pm Shotgun ABCD Scramble, paired by Golf Shop.

New Opening time for Golf Shop- weekend starting times will be moved back to 8am with the Shop opening ½ hour prior to the 1st tee time.  Starting October 17th the Golf shop will open at 9am during the week.

From the Pro ~ August 2018

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

Upcoming events:

  • July.31st and August 7th Queen Bee (pre-sign in locker room)
  • XXIO-Cleveland-Srixon Ball Fitting Demo Day Aug.7th 4-7pm
  • Pennsylvania Ladies State Amateur week of Aug 13-16th, the course will be closed Monday all day, Tuesday will re-open in the afternoon, Wednesday will re-open around noon, and Thursday has yet to be decided. Melane Baraniak is in charge of the volunteers for the week, you may either contact her or sign up in the Golf Shop. We are very excited to have the Ladies Amateur visit our club, come out and enjoy some great golf.
  • Ladies Classic Tuesday Aug 21st-Noon Shotgun
  • Day Weekend–Patriots Golf Day Collection
  • Sept 26th Ladies Closing Day
  • Sat Oct 7th Chili Classic

Congratulations to Mike Dandrea (17), Bob Jacobs (7), and Joe Griffith (7) whom all had Hole-In-One’s this month.  Well Done!!!

The Club Championship will be held on September Sat and Sun the 15th and 16th of August, with both Ladies and Men participating.  Championship will be from Blue Tees, all other Men’s flights will start from tees that you may choose either Green or White, however you must choose at the time tee assignment time of sign up with the Golf Shop.  Ladies play will be from the red tees. The entry fee will $25 and include prizes in all divisions.  Players will be divided into flights according to handicap.  We will have both a net and a gross skins game on Sunday.  Please join us this weekend for your Club Championship.  All groups will be 36-hole medal play.  Sign up with Golf Shop staff.

New Ladies Event- Edgewood CC 20 vs 20 Ligonier Country Club, Thursday September 20th @ 9am.  Twenty ladies from Edgewood CC have been invited to play here at Ligonier.  This is a fun event open to all lady golf members with a USGA handicap.   It includes Breakfast, Lunch, Carts and Skill prizes for $60.  Please sign up in the Golf Shop!   Deadline to sign up is September 6th.  Next year Edgewood will host event.

The 5-Person Scramble will be held on Sunday September 2nd, starting with a 9:15 Shotgun start.  As always every group will play in both the Gross and Net, the Golf Shop assigns handicaps to make the Handicap division.  The entry fee will be $75 and include breakfast at 8am, lunch following play, golf and prizes.  As always if you wish to play and do not have a group, you may call the Golf Shop and we will try our best to pair you.   There will be an optional skins game.

2018 Member-Member

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

Ladies:

Net      1st -$100 ea. Melane Baraniak-Kristen Obush    2nd -$50 ea. Betty Rosa-Karen Hough  Gross     1st -$100 ea. Sheila Kassel-Carol Onufro

Men:

Net

1st-$125ea.  Ken Burkley-John Vesely119

Tie 2nd-$75ea. Don Hudson-Paul Zanotto

Tie 2nd $75ea.  Ryan Matsko-Brad Jacovitz

Tie 2nd $75ea.Barry Kassel- Ken Hue120

5th-$45ea.Bill Bode-Les Botkin 123

6th-$40ea. Chuck Suprock-Greg Caruso 126

Tie 7th 8th $20 ea.- Joe Griffith-Oz Dean

Tie 7th-8tht-Mike Goerlich-Terry Lee

Tie 7-8th Brian Quinn-Jeep Quinn-127

Gross

1st-$125ea. Mike Cunningham-Dave Strauser139

2nd-$100ea Corey Riddell-Al Jurica140

Tie3rd-$40ea. Ben Biss-Tom Vince141

Tie 3rd Dan Mcdonald-Rick Mcleary

Thank you to all that played and supported the club.

Patriots Golf Days will be held in conjunction with the Labor Day Weekend.  The fund that we will be collecting that weekend helps children of US Soldiers that have been killed or very badly disabled.  We have collected over $1500 in the past 3 seasons, please be generous.  Everyone that donates $5 or more will be put into a drawing to win a basket donated by the Golf Shop.

Just friendly reminders:

  • Please knock the sand off your shoes after leaving the bunker prior to entering green complex.
  • Please check in at the Golf Shop prior to starting play. The Golf Shop needs to be aware of all players on the golf course.
  • The range closes at 5pm at every Sunday for weekly maintenance.

Question of Month:

Q-What are the requirements when the siren blows for lightning in the area?

A-The requirements are as follows:

1-Stop play

2-Find shelter or vacate the golf course

3-Wait for all clear to resume play

Anyone not adhering to this specific lightning procedure will be subject to the Board of Directors review.

 

Thank you

John Klinchock PGA Professional

From the Pro ~ July 2018

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’s in July  the Golf Shop will be open, we have scheduled exchange days on these dates:Monday July 9th Hidden Valley, Monday July 16th Latrobe Elks, Monday  July 30th GlenGary
  • Wednesday  July 4th –Red White Blue Skins Game—in both Net and Gross, ½ Cash and ½ Credit
  • Sat-Sun July 14th-15thMember-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 20th 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.
  • Tuesday July 31-Aug 7th Ladies Queen Bee

August Schedule(at present)

  • Wednesday  August 1st-Men’s Stag
  • Thursday August 2ndOne day junior Camp—fun filled with great info for your beginning or intermediate junior golfer.  Please call the Shop to register, field is limited.
  • Saturday August 4th -Mixed Couples Member Guest—Lashes and Stashes 2 pm shotgun start for the Couples mixed guest tournament.
  • Tues. 1st & 8th Queen Bee—9am Shotgun start for Ladies
  • Tuesday  22nd Ladies Association Classic-9am shotgun

September Schedule(at present)

  • Sun. Sept. 2nd-5 Person Scramble 9:15 Shotgun Start
  • Saturday-Sunday September 15th-16th CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP-one of the top events of the year!  36 holes for all groups-play will be in your own handicap division, Golf Members Only.

The Open Championship July 19-22- 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.

The range has once again been very busy this year, the use of woods is discouraged, please be very careful when hitting any balls 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,  do not cut thru 18 fairways.

2018 Ligonier Invitational Results –June 51-2
First Flight
1st – BJ Torau-Jason Patuzko Tartan
2nd— Dave Smail-Ray nelson
Second Flight
1st– Dave Strauser-Joe rex
2nd-Mike Cunningham-Bob Fletcher
Third Flight
1st-Les Botkin-Ovi Manciu
2nd– Bernie Lynch-Garrett Stempfer
Fourth Flight
1st– Brian Quinn-Jeep Quinn
2nd—Chris Kerr-Mick Kenney
Fifth Flight
1st – Nick Morrison-Barry Kassel
2nd– Dave Dillman-Kurt Kuyat
Sixth Flight
1st– Art Hoopes-John Klimchock
2nd– Larry Shekell-Ron Denunzio
Seventh Flight
1st Dale Whigham-Jerry Wilkosky
2nd-Keith Miller-Bob Swann
Eigth Flight
1st– Ben Thomas- Ray Hess
2nd Mike Goerlich-Terry Lee

Overall Champions were Dave Strauser and Joe Rex, they defeated 7 other teams in the 7 team playoff.  It was a great playoff filled with great twists and turns, on #1 Joe Rex and Dave Strauser made par on the third playoff hole to win.  Two great days of golf and friendship was capped off by a wonderful dinner Saturday evening presented by Bill, Bobbie Jo and staff.   We hope everyone had a Great time, and hope that you participate in the years to come.

Thank You
John Klinchock
PGA

From the Pro ~ June 2018

The only constant is change, therefore we are ready for June to start and leave May and the bad weather behind.  Let us look ahead at what the schedule holds:

June and July Events:

Friday-Sunday 15th-17th Fathers Day Sale Dice Sale–  The sale will consist of 1 dice table and 9 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 17th 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.

Wednesday June 13th Men’s Stag-The Stag will start with lunch at 11:30 am, followed by a shotgun start at 1 pm.  The golf as always is followed by a superb dinner made by Chef Jess and her 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 26th Ladies Guest Day-Registration will begin at 8 am followed by a 9 am 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 14th and 15th Member-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.  Full golf members only.

The Red Solo Cup Open will be played on Saturday June 30th, it is a 9-hole par 3 event with on-course beer tasting and the band Hy-5 following play.  Play will begin at 4:30 pm with prizes and surprises throughout the round.  You may bring guests and can sign up with a 2-, 3-, or 4-some.  There will be proximity prizes on every hole including long putts and closest to the pins.

Junior Golf Camps-1 day camp Thursday June 7 8:30-12:30—3 day Wed June 27-Friday June 29 8:30-12:30—1 day Thursday August 2 8:30-12:30.  Please call Golf Shop for registration details.

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 European player, a US born player, and a world player.  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.

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.  See that helps!

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 (www.tri-countygolf.com) 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 jklinchock@yahoo.com.

 

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