From the Pro ~ April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Member Guest Friday April 21st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your continued support.

LCC Closed Sunday 3/12/17

We were just informed that weather-related electrical work will need to be performed on Sunday, March 12th and Monday, March 13th that will put the club without intermittently without electric.

Since we will not be able to properly serve the membership due to this work, the clubhouse and pro shop will be closed all day Sunday, and as usual, Monday.

We will reopen for normal business Tuesday.

Thank you for your understanding.

Welcome New Season

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

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

Upcoming Golf Events for 2017:

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

New Outdoor Facility Opening in 2017

A new outdoor facility was approved by our proprietary membership by majority vote last September. It will include a three-season pavilion, a patio with firepit and more, all with a beautiful view of the Laurel Highlands.

We broke ground in October and construction has continued even during some snowy days. Keep up with the progress on our Facebook page or Here.

Annual Pumpkin Par 3 Winners

The 2nd Annual Pumpkin Par 3 winners were as follows:

1st place team: Marge Burns, Ron Burns, Patricia Warren, Terry Warren

Tie-2nd place team: Holly Hall, Greg Caruso, Bill Hough, Karen Hough

T-2nd  Gerry Quinn, Brian Quinn, BJ Torau, Jay Vreeland

T-2nd  Walt Shutter, Rick Stephenson, David Nelson, Barry Novotny

Low Gross

Ladies: Sheila Kassel

Men: BJ Torau

Low Net

Ladies: Patricia Warren

Men: Rick Stephenson

Proximity Winners

#1 Tony Moroca

#2 David Nelson

#6 Art Hawk

#7  Ron Lattanzio

#10 Ron Lattanzio

#12 Pat Warren

#15 Jay Vreeland

#16 Tom Gessner

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are Closed all day Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving

But Join us this Weekend for the All-You-Can-Eat Scampi/Pasta Bar
Friday, November 25th and Saturday, November 26th

All-You-Can-Eat, Made-to-Order Scampi and/or Pasta dishes, prepared right in front of you from at least 18 meats and vegetables, three pastas and at least three sauces.
Also comes with Salad, Garlic Bread, and Dessert.  Starts at 5 pm.

Annual Food Drive

November is National Hunger Awareness Month

LCC is once again supporting Local Food Banks and asking you to help us beat last year’s totals of 600 pounds of food.

Throughout the Month of November we will be accepting non-perishable food donations in the clubhouse for the Ligonier Food Panty.

Bring in a bag of food get $5 off your dining bill that night.