The SMC Golf League season ended October 5th with a banquet attended by 104 members and guests at Barrister Gardens in St. Clair Shores. $1368 in prize money was delivered to 68 golfers. Top money winner earned $102 and the lowest winner earned $1. Eighteen free rounds of golf for next sea-son were raffled. The free rounds were provided by Chandler Park (8), Golden Hawk (6) and St. Clair Shores (4) and we thank them for their generosity.
A total of 830 rounds of eighteen holes were played by our ninety three League members at the three courses during the season excluding the scramble rounds. Three golfers won low net score: Dave Buckley with 53 at Chandler Park, J.C. Collins with 61 at Golden Hawk. and Bob Travnikar with 58 at St. Clair Shores. Each one collected $25 for his performance. Low net score is the result of the golfer’s actual score minus his handicap. There were no holes-in-one this season.
Two scrambles were played during the season, mid June and mid August. Each player on the winning teams earned $8.
June Scramble winners were as follows: Chandler Park: Milt Kodidek, George Montle, Bob Travnikar and Harve Richardson with a net score of 37. Golden Hawk: Mark Jahnke, Jim Regan, Dave Buckley and Ron Kotz with a net score of 45. St. Clair Shores: Jack Guillaumin, Bob Grant and Jim Grogan with a net score of 40.
August scramble winners were: Chandler Park: Milt Kodidek, Tom Berschback, George Montle and Harve Richardson with a net score of 40. Golden Hawk: Rick Neumann, Rick Colombo, John Olmst-ed and Lou Bertani with a net Score of 43. St. Clair Shores: Russ Chavey, Joe Foerster, Mel Muchitsch and Sal Testa with a net score of 40.
The golf committee announced personnel changes for the new season. Jim Regan replaced Steve Shrader as handicapper and programmer during the 2017 season after Steve suffered a stroke before the start of the season. The computer program that served us for twenty-five years and was developed by Ron Rudolph, a longtime committeeman, was no longer functioning well in the newer operating systems and a change became necessary. Jim researched the replacement possibilities, selected one and followed the transition from the old computer program to the new one, a tedious job well done.
We had a slow start this season partly caused by the weather but mostly because the new computer program required all new handicaps with no carry-overs from last season. We expect that next season will have a smoother start. Mark Jahnke, also new on the committee, will replace Nick Kondak as Secretary-Treasurer. After seventeen years, Nick is planning to retire from the committee but will continue serving as advisor while Mark learns the details. Bob Vogler continues as committee chair.
The 2018 season will start in mid April with our traditional breakfast followed by golf to which everyone interested in golf is invited. Look for details in the SMC Newsletter and your email box starting in January. The committee invites suggestions or changes from members to improve the League and make it more satisfying and fun. Send them to Mark Jahnke at email@example.com.
2017 League Rules of Play
Season – April 17 through September 22. There will be two scrambles, dates to be announced.
Courses – Your choice of Chandler Park, Golden Hawk or St. Clair Shores. Up to five times per work week.
Rounds – Generally 18 holes, but 9 hole scores are allowed and will be combined.
Tees – All handicaps are based on Middle Tees. This is the default setting for all Golfers. However, Golfers can select tees of their own choosing. Please notify the Handicapper if you will be playing the forward tees all season. If you normally play from the middle tees, but play one or more rounds from the Forward tees, please indicate this on your scorecard. Using the Red Tee on #6 and the Gold Tee on #10 at Golden Hawk is allowed, as in the past.
Scorecards – Dated and identified with golfer’s last name. Deposit in League boxes in the clubhouse at each course. Remember to enter each golfers name on the sheet in the box. Cards will be collected at the end of each week. Scores are entered on a hole by hole basis.
Handicaps – Because of the change is software, all handicaps for this year start at zero. Handicaps will be computed after three rounds. Next year, handicaps will carry over. New members must shoot three rounds to get a handicap.
The last 20 rounds will be used to compute your handicap. One HI and one LOW will be discarded.
Handicaps are normalized to Forward Chandler Park tees. That will show as Home Course on reports but ignore it.
Handicaps will be updated at the end of each month.
Flights – Again, we will have three flights, based on handicaps.
Gimmes – Suggest 12 inches or less. No gimmies allowed on par or birdie putts.
Continuous Putting Encouraged – Once you start putting, continue until you hole out.
Ready Golf – Strongly encouraged. Hit when you are ready and it is safe.
Lost Golf Balls – Strict three (3) minute limit, per USGA.
Winter Rules – Yes, even when it is 90 degrees outside.
Prizes – Each week, for each flight, First place will pay $5 and second place will pay $3. Holes in one during regular league play will pay $50.
The Golf Committee
Bob Vogler, Pres., Nick Kondak, Sec. Mark Jahnke, Asst. Sec., Jim Regan, Handicapper
April 17, 2017