President's Letter


May, 2019

Listed below are the May 2019 tournaments with table crew.

  • May 2 — Eagle Ridge — Table Crew, K. Yu
  • May 9 — Los Lagos — Table Crew, W. Tamai
  • May 16 — Carmel Valley Ranch —Table Crew, C. Williams
  • May 23 — Laguna Seca — Table Crew, C. Nwuzi
  • May 30 — San Juan Oaks — Table Crew, John Torbeck

We are currently working on next year’s (2020) tournament schedule. We will be making a couple of changes such as deleting from the schedule Delaveaga and Spring Valley. I’ve heard complaints that Delaveaga is incredibly slow playing due to groups of fivesomes in front of Monterey Seniors and the price rise from last year so the players aren’t getting value for their money. Also Spring Valley is being deleted because of the high price which caused fewer golfers from playing there. On Golf Now the walking rate is $15 less that what they charge us. However there is the hope that we can get Cinnabar to replace one or two of those tournaments and add a tournament to a couple of existing courses. I’ll let you know.

During our outings, there are a few players that pull their ball out of the cup with the head of their putter. This often dents the inside lip of the cup. I realize that some members are unable to reach down and pull their ball out of the cup but there are devices you could put on the grip end of you putter so can just turn the putter over and reach in to grab the ball and then avoid damaging the hole. This helps players after you to have a good cup to putt to. Also the rules now state that "Do not scuff up the greens with your spikes. Even soft spikes can cause a problem even if you accidentally do. So please tamp the scuff marks down so the players behind you don’t have to putt over a scuffed green" (Rule #8 MBSGA.ORG website).

Also in the Rules page is the request to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to tee time (Rule #2 MBSGA.ORG website). Often times our table captain person has to stay at the check–in table until 10 – 15 minutes before the final tee time, waiting for everyone to check in. This leaves little time for table captains to do the accounting and pay the pro shop.

On another note, when you see a board member at the course, say thanks for doing such a great job of maintaining this group. Board members responsibilities include:

  • Scorekeeping — George Stramback and Ed Gibo
  • Tournament roster signups — Monty Ross
  • Handicapping — Steve Murphy
  • Website maintenance — Marty McGillivray
  • Treasurer — Jeff Collins
  • Membership —Speed Leas
  • Secretary —Connie Leas
  • Tournament scheduling — Larry Fleischer

A special thankyou to Ayman Shahin who has been the tournament scheduler since 1994 and has recently relinquished his duties to Larry Fleischer.

And a joke.

>p>Husband and wife were playing in the club’s mixed foursomes. He hit a great drive down the middle — she sliced the second shot" into a copse of trees. Unfazed he played a brilliant recovery shot, which went onto the green a foot from the pin. She poked at the putt and sent it ten feet beyond the pin. He lined up the long putt and sank it. To his wife he said, "W’ell have to do better. That was a bogey five." Dont’ blame me," she snapped, "I only took two of them."

Have a good golfing month.
Rick King