General Membership Meeting
April 14, 2015
Meeting called to order at 5:03 pm by President Ken Brace.
March minutes were approved.
Ken Brace gave the Treasurer’s Report:
As of 12/31/14, we have 119 members and a balance of $1,582.13 in the treasury.
Recent expenses included paying for the new club washer that has been installed at the driving range, $250, and purchasing the food for the opening of the Golf School at Cedar Creek, $135.
TIP OF THE DAY:
Kenny Evenson’s tip-of-the-day was finding the club’s release point at the the ball. His advice was to swing slowly on the range to find the release point and to shorten the backswing and accelerate through the ball.
NEWS FROM THE COURSE:
Frank Beaty reported that Gary Frazier has started the prepwork for the front nine renovation that will begin on May 18. He is still searching for some hidden irrigation heads. Frank also advised everyone to fix ballmarks on the greens and to sand all divots, even ones that you didn’t make.
Bill Robinson presented the ABCs of dropping a ball after hitting into a hazard or an unplayable lie. A. All the way back to the original lie; B. Behind the point where the ball crossed the hazard or lay unplayable; C. 2 club lengths from where the ball lies unplayable or from where it crossed a lateral water hazard.
The next tournament is on April 30 at Ponderosa Country Club. Entry fee is $35. Details are on the website. The May tournament is on the 14th at Waynesboro Country Club in Georgia. Entry fee is $30. Give checks to Dean Wood or place in the box in the pro shop. More details are on the website.
NEW BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Art Sotak announced that the Knights of Columbus Veterans Tournament will held on May 1 at Cedar Creek. Cost is $65 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. Tee-off is at 9 am.
Mike Snug announced that there are still 5 team slots left for the Par Fore Parkinsons tournament that will be held at The Reserve Club on Monday, June 1. Cost is $100 per person.
Tony Venetz announced that the Wreaths Across America Tournament will be held on June 29 at Hounds Lake Country Club. Cost is $65 per person. There will also be a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at Southdown Cemetery in Aiken later this year. Check the Wreaths Across America website for updates.
Ken Brace responded to problems with speed of play by giving the following tips for speeding up play:
Park the cart between both players lies in the fairway
Take more than one club if unsure which club you need
Play ready golf when feasible.
Hit a provisional if you are unsure whether the ball is in bounds or not
After hitting, get in the cart with your club and put it back in the bag at the next cart stop.
Brace also encouraged all in the membership to consider becoming an officer of the association. If interested, please contact him. The MGA is planning an end-of-year event in September at the Community Center at which refreshments will be served. It will be scheduled shortly after the conclusion of the 3-day tournament.
The Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 pm