Notes from the Golf Desk, Event Results, SMGA Welcome, A Recipe from Alice, and More!
IN THIS ISSUE
Board of Directors
Message From the President 03
The Front Office 04
Notes from the Golf Desk 05
New Member Welcome 08
SLGA Welcome 09
SMGA Welcome 10
Turf Talk 11
Member News 12
Event Results 13
Food and Beverage 14
Upcoming Events/Calendar 15
Strategic Plan Summary 17
Is it really August already!? We have had many successful events this season and our Club has been very busy. With these events, there have been some unfortunate incidents that have made us refocus and update our Club Rules. Our updated rules are on Clubster under Club Links. As members, it is all of our responsibility to know and abide by Club Rules. We have very specific guidelines and expectations for member conduct, carts, guest privileges, etiquette, correspondence, etc.
With rules, there must be a mechanism for enforcement. The Board has created an Ad Hoc Grievance and Discipline Committee. The charter for this committee is posted on Clubster under Club Committees. The primary responsibility of this committee is to convene when requested to address misconduct or violation of SGCC rules. The members of this committee include the SGCC President, SMGA President, SLGA President, Director of Golf, and a member in good standing who was not involved in the incident. For more specifics on the responsibilities of this committee, please refer to the committee charter on Clubster.
I want to use this opportunity to give members an update on the Rockery Wall Tolling Agreement with the Somersett Owners Association (SOA). The Tolling Agreement has been extended until the end of litigation between the SOA, the developer, and third-party contractors or until 12/31/2019, whichever occurs first. The best-case scenario: the developer and third-party contractors are held responsible for costs of the rockery wall failure and the SOA and SGCC can avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation of who is responsible for the Hole #5 wall failure. The worst-case scenario: The judge rules that the statute of limitations under Chapter 40 have expired and the failure is the responsibility of the SOA. At that time, we will need to renegotiate with the SOA to determine who is responsible for the repairs related to the rockery wall failure on Hole #5.
It is important that members know that your Club is working with the SOA on a joint Water Facilities committee. The charge of the Water Facilities committee is to itemize the components of our water infrastructure, timeline and estimate replacement and repair costs, and to identify who will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of these expenses. The committee has met three times and we are already making progress on fulfilling the committee charge as well as building a positive, working relationship. Our beautiful community and golf course are over 15-years-old. Proper planning to safeguard that our wells, pumps, motors, pipes, meters, etc. remain in good working order is paramount for both the SGCC and the SOA. This Committee is very timely and compliments the ongoing work of your Board to do long-term budgeting and forecasting of all SGCC repairs and maintenance to ensure we properly plan to maintain and improve our course conditions and facilities.
Finally, your Board remains focused on implementing action items in our strategic plan. We are making progress and are pleased to once again include the plan summary at the end of this newsletter. If you are interested in hearing more about the specific strategies and action steps behind the plan, I encourage you to come to the Annual Meeting on August 26 at 6:00pm.
Message From the President
Director of Finance
Director of Golf
Asst. Golf Pro
Director of Maintenance
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John Sande IV
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Notes From the Golf Desk
Wow! Is it August already. We have experienced much excitement so far with the majority of our “majors” successfully completed.
We opened up June with the Men’s Member Member. 50 Teams battled in the Round Robin Match Play format – 14 teams advanced to the final shootout after winning their flight. Jason Buckholz and Josh Bratzler birdied the last hole to secure the championship against a game runner up team of Tim Koci and Tom Beidle. Third place went to Brett Charbonneau and Bob Davies. Congrats to our remaining flight champs John Kirsch and Jim Hayek, Dan Evans and Gary Furumoto, Curtis Chan and Neil O’Kane, Matt Rasmussen and Glen Armstrong, Tim Mosley and David Line, Larry Gilliland and Roy Oman, Daniel Cheeney and Iggy Cendejas, Bert and Mike Stander, Gary Kerwood and Barry Lazow, John Daubenspeck and Mike Rosner, John White and Rich Engelen.
The women were next on the docket with their Member Member event. Champions Cindy Hardy and Lori Bigham took home the coveted champion golf bags totaling 94 points in the two-day stableford event – 4 points clear of Runner-Ups Anita Mackey and Marci Crowell. Sisters Celina Krukow and Muriel Garrison took third at 88 points. 14 teams participated.
Margaritaville 2019 (Women’s Invitational) was next up. The format was 6 holes Scramble, 6 holes Chapman Scotch and 6 holes Best Ball. 24 teams set out to become champs. Kim Nunley and Katie Orlikowski proved to be the team to beat – winning both the pre-event horserace as well as the event. A great time was had by all of the ladies on the evening horserace. Kim and Katie survived a playoff with Tammy Love and Tara Hawkins on the 9th hole to emerge victorious and enjoy a nice pari-mutuel payout. In the event proper Kim and Katie scored a great 56 – two shots clear of the field. Laura Hone and Laura Jones captured gross honors with a score 66 – 2 shots clear of Anita Mackey and Lynn Greer. Flights winners were Anita Mackey and Lynn Greer – 58; Maggie Heinen and Jody Longballa – 60; Kay O’Brien and Kerri Garcia – 63s; Shannon Dressel and Liz Winters – 60. The event was more than just the golf with ladies donating fabulous basket that were put up for raffle, $$’s raised for The First Tee of Northern Nevada, Best Cart competition won by Shannon and Liz, Flamingo Zones and great food and great drink. A true highlight of the season and a great showcase to our guests. Thank you to the SLGA and all who supported the event.
The Comstock Cup (Men’s Invitational) completed our invitational month with the largest field in our 14-year history – 66 teams. This 3-day extravaganza of great golf, great food, great drink, competition and camaraderie is a must play. The tee prize distribution from FootJoy was very well received – players enjoyed shopping our custom website for their goody bags. The event is filled with plenty of special events with one highlight being on Friday - The Somersett Stakes Race – our 66-team horserace. This year’s winners were David Hughes and Phil Stone – let’s just they cashed out big on the WIN. I always tell you to bet $5 across the board on yourselves ALWAYS!! In the PLACE position it was Jason Buckholz.....
The Annual Meeting and Board Election is coming up on August 26th at 6pm - you should have received an email with all the candidate info and received your proxy ballot in the mail. Make sure to get your ballots in prior to the meeting and mark it on your calendar to attend. Thank you to those running for the 3 open BOD seats as well as those continuing to serve.
The Ladies and Men’s member guest tournaments are in the books and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves - congrats to all the winners! As always, a big shout-out to the Golf, F&B, and Maintenance staff for putting on these great events. Lots of work goes in to those on all fronts, so it’s always a big relief to get through. Next up on the SGCC Major schedule is the Club Championship on August 17th and 18th followed by the Senior Club Championship on September 21st and 22nd.
Preliminary work on the budget for 2019 has begun and we are trying to focus more on future planning and needs. As part of that budget planning process, the Club also continues to meet with the SOA regarding water facilities for both the Championship Course and Canyon 9. Although the Club no longer maintains the Canyon 9, we share many parts of the same water infrastructure, so it is important to ensure that water is being used in a responsible manner and that the necessary infrastructure is kept in good working order. More on the budget to follow in the coming months.
p.s. as some of you may know or notice, the role of COO is no longer part of my title, which was a completely personal decision. Members can continue to use email@example.com for anything Club related that they would like to address.
Stuart Smith, PGA
Director of Golf & Novelist
2019 Margaritaville Club Champs
Notes From the Golf Desk Continued
Holes In One
2019 Junior Club Champs
Lastly, I have spent more than ample time on the course at day’s end setting pins for events over the past couple months. I want to encourage everyone to fix their ball marks AND ONE EXTRA EVERY TIME they come to the putting green. 1 + 1. It is our responsibility to protect in order to enjoy the best putting greens in Northern Nevada.
See you soon. Stuart.
1st- SMGA Monthly Mug - Thirsty Thursday
2nd- Skunk Tournament
7th- Ladies 9 and Dine
10th- Sippin' Saturday
11th- Couples Golf
17th & 18th- Men's and Women's Club Championship
23rd & 24th- SLGA Presidents Cup
7th- SMGA Sippin' Saturday
8th- Couples Golf
11th- Ladies 9 and Wine
18th- Ladies 9 and Wine
19th- Thirsty Thursday
21st-22nd- Senior Club Championship
27th- Couples Golf
Every Wednesday- Men's Mixer
Every Thursday - SLGA Play Day 9am shotgun
See Golf Shop for more details
....and Gregg Stanford while the SHOW went to Jeff Scheneman and Chris Nichols. The Thursday evening putting event saw Sean Boyd – guest of Rick Angold ace all 12 holes of the putting contest for a nice payday. The event itself 8 Flight Champions participated late Saturday afternoon in a shootout for this year’s title and the customary Framed Flag prize. Deepak Madabushi and Lou Robinson took the traditional plunge in 18 pond after knocking out the 7 other flight winners with a gutsy par on the 18th. The Runner -up team of Kris Satterwhite and Dan Rapose were a shot shy while 3rd place was shared by David Line and former longtime Member Rich Oster along with Chris Huff and Adam Carlsen. Our remaining flight winners were Josh Bratzler and Nick Carlsen, John Schilling and Garrett Trigero, Defending Champs John Sande IV and JT Foley, Jason Lewis and former member Jay Jilot. Congrats to Alvy Devia for his ace on the 3rd hole of the Friday Round – perhaps the best shot of the event. We thank the Somersett staff for their hard work in preparation and conducting of a most successful event. Thank you to the SMGA BOD, the many sponsors and the participants – truly a highlight of the summer. Congrats again to Deepak and Lou.
Congrats to our 2019 Junior Boys and Junior Girls Champions – Connor Galvan and Taylor Wells. Last week both defended their 2018 titles. Connor shot a nice round of 83 from the Truckee Tees while Taylor shot 44 for 9 holes. Our age group winners were Brayden Uppal shooting 87 from the Rose Tees beating out runner up Brandon Galvan who finished at 97. Collin Hanna and Emery Smith co-championed the Boys 11-13-year-old division with fine 53’s. Payton McCarty took the Boys 8-9-year-old division with a 52 beating out Trey Wells who finished on 56. Vinnie Ricciardi stood on top of the 7 and Under Division with a nice 61. All contestants enjoyed a nice BBQ and as always, a trip to the Novus Glass prize basket – thank you Brandon and Eva Games. There is lots of Junior Golf left this season – see you soon.
In other Junior Golf news Somersett G&CC finished atop the PGA Junior League Reno 1 Division and will send 4 of our juniors to compete in the All Star matches at The Ridge GC in Auburn California. Congrats to our all-stars Brayden Uppal, Brandon Galvan, Nick Hilson and Taylor Wells. The remaining 6 players will be from our competitors Hidden Valley, Red Hawk and Sierra Sage.
Please check out our new ClubCar demo cart – the new Onward model sports the new lithium ion battery package with quicker acceleration. Members who are interested in private cart purchase OR just looking for a slick ride may check it out from the golf shop staff. We thank Cart Barn owners and members Mark and Debby Dinsdale who always go above and beyond with their support of the club. We recommend the Cart Barn for all of your personal cart needs.
Up next is the Men’s and Women’s Club Championship and Women’s Presidents Cup. Remember at month end we aerify the greens and will be closed August 26 – 27 with nine holes opening on the 28th. We will conduct a club outing to Grizzly Ranch on the 27th – we have room for 28 players. The cost is $95 and includes golf and BBQ following play. Sign up on Clubster ASAP.....
Jim Baker (2)
Welcome Our New Equity Members
Michael & Sherry Stander
Bill Gustafson & Jackie West
Greetings From the SLGA
As a member of the Somersett Golf and Country Club, we would like to invite you to join the Somersett Ladies Golf Association. Whether you are a seasoned golfer or new to the game, we are sure you will find golf activities that will enhance your enjoyment of the game, as well as meet new friends and develop new skills on the course.
Some of the fun things we do:
Ladies’ golf tee times on Thursday and Saturday mornings
Fun and competitive ladies’ golf events including Pink Ball Tournament, President’s Cup, and Fall Finale.
We have a Just for Fun option – no handicap is necessary. Come out and play 9 or 18 holes. Sign up using Clubster and use the note field to say JFF or call the Golf Shop.
Social events including Chocolate & Champagne night and Mystery Bus trip.
The club also offers Wednesday night “Nine and Wine”, learn to golf clinic days and lessons both private and semi-private.
New members to SLGA receive their first-year membership free. Thereafter dues are $65/year
Our dues subsidize many of our events and allow us to support Junior Golf and our local McQueen Girls’ Golf Team.
Golf is a great way to get outside and get moving. Plus, your whole family can be involved and enjoy our beautiful golf course and club together.
Please consider joining the SLGA and let us get to know you as you can get to know us.
To join just send your name, email address, and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you soon.
Sheri Harrell, Vice President
A thank you note from our very own Sam Harned, who qualified for the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, NC this month. Good luck Sam, you'll do great!
Jim Baker, Hole in One King
Words cannot begin to explain how thankful I am for all of your support and helping me out with getting back to Pinehurst to compete in the US Amateur. The last three years of working here have been amazing as I have gotten to know many of you and this place feels like home to me. I am excited to start my adventure here in two weeks and represent Somersett the best that I can. Thank you all.
Just days after turning 75, Jim Baker hit two aces on back to back days (best birthday present ever?). The odds of this feat have been calculated at 5.7 million to one. It's time to buy a lottery ticket Jim! Something must be in the water here at Somersett... In just June alone, we had SIX holes in one here. Wow!
It’s been an exciting season so far. We just completed the 2019 Comstock Cup with our first ever sold out event. 66 teams competing for the opportunity to call themselves Member-Guest Champions and take the traditional jump in the lake. Congratulations to Deepak Madabushi and Lou Robinson on winning the 2019 Comstock Cup, narrowly beating out Kris Satterwhite and Dan Rapose on the final hole of the Championship Horserace. The golf course was in great shape, the food and drink were flowing, custom Footjoy tee prizes were given, and most important of all were the stories and friendships that we shared.
We’re just over half-way through with our season so there’s still plenty of events remaining. The Club Championship is Aug 17-18, the Senior Club Championship is Sep 21-22, and there’s still 4 opportunities to win an EyeZone Monthly Mug and qualify for the Monthly Mug Finale on Oct 12. Our final event of the season is our Two-Man 6-6-6 event on Oct 26. All of these events are great opportunities for some fun times with a little competition thrown in and an opportunity to play with people that you don’t normally get to play with.
Matt Rasmussen was on a tear early in the season with 3 wins in the first 5 events and building a huge lead in the SMGA Cup race, but Deepak has won the last 3 events and cut into Matt’s lead so the race is on between those two. After the top 2, the race is pretty tight with only 250 points separating 3rd place and 10 place, so there’s still plenty of opportunity to move up into the Top 10 by the end of the season and earn an invite to the SMGA Cup Award Trip.
Congratulations to Stuart on earning his exemption to the 2019 Barracuda Championship! He didn’t have the showing that he was hoping for, but I bet there wasn’t a single other pro competing that was also running a Member-Guest tournament at the same time. We’ve got the best Club Pro in the business!
I hope to see you all out there!
President, 2019 SMGA Board of Directors
First, I want to thank the members who complimented on the course conditions during the Comstock Cup. My staff worked hard, and we were proud of the results. As we gear up for the Club Championships later this month, that must mean aerification is right around the corner. Our fall event will begin on Monday, August 26th and 27th. The greens and tees will be completed those two days with fairways and rough the week prior and three weeks after. We will continue our usual mechanical practices on the greens, tees, and fairways throughout the fall.
Poa control on greens is in check with some decline and minimal expansion. We will continue our PGR program until the first week of October then stop the applications during dormancy and back at it in the spring. The more bentgrass we can have on our putting surfaces the better off they will be. Bunker maintenance has been a priority this year with much improvement from years past. I was able to borrow a mechanical rake prior to the Comstock and it worked great, especially in the fairway bunkers.
I would again like to thank the BOD for the approval of our new utility vehicles. We took delivery a month ago and they have really improved our transportation needs. Over 95% of our entire fleet was purchased in 2003-04 and is showing its wear and tear. The board has been proactive and realized that it is time to start replacing the fleet with new equipment. Vehicles this year and a new fairway mower, triplex mower and a used mechanical rake for 2020.
Enjoy the remainder of the golf season and please remember to repair your ball marks and fill divots with sand and seed! Until next time, keep it in the short grass.
Men's Member Member
2019 Comstock Cup
Congrats to our winner Kim Nunley and Katie Orlikowski with a net score of 56, as well as Laura Hone and Laura Jones with a score of 66 gross!
The dynamic duo of of Cindy Hardy and Lori Bigham took home the gold with a score of 94. Congrats!
Deepack Madabushi and his guest Lou Robinson were the winners of both the Comstock Cup and a dip in the 18th Green Pond.
Josh Bratzler and Jason Buckholtz managed to edge out the competition after a crazy horse race. Well done!
Marketing & Membership Sales
Ladies Member Member
This last membership period has been our strongest of the year thus far. We continue to bring in a lot of members through our trial program. What made this last period so interesting was the inaugural wave of trial memberships began to finish. Meaning we would find out just how successful the program could be. While it is still very early, the conversion rate of trail members to equity members remains high. This means, that at least to this point, the trail membership has been a success. This success pushes us in the right direction of hitting our 2019 membership goal.
I've certainly said it before, but it always impresses me just how much our membership cares about the club and membership alike. I had a lot of people reach out to me with new potential members, several of which joined as either equity or trial members. Promoting our trial membership is a great way to get them through the door and I ask all of you to think of just one or two people who would be potentially interested in joining us. Don't forget there is a $250 gift card to the golf shop in it for you !
Finally, we are trying to put together a membership committee among club members. If you have ideas on how to improve current membership or bring in new members, please send an email to email@example.com.
*See Clubster for more event details
Our classic member appreciation BBQ on the Range! Fun for the entire family and guests are welcome! After the Club Championship come enjoy music, a mini-golf clinic, short game competitions, games for all ages, a raffle, and (of course) food! Only $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
Tee Times: 7:30am, 7am on Weekends
Golf Shop and Range: 7am - 7pm, 6:30am - 7pm on Weekends
Updates From The Grille
8 Ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 pinch of paprika
1. Cook Macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
2. In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux.
3.Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly.
4. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick.
5. Put macaroni in a large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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Once again, thank you all for keeping us busy this summer. We hope you have enjoyed the events and the food & beverage that comes along with them. We have plenty more to come!
Coming in August, we have Prime Rib Night on the 9th and Fiesta Night on the 20th. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our Summer BBQ on the Range, scheduled for August 17th. It is a great time to socialize with other members while enjoying fantastic music, games, and barbecue. September is going to bring us another Prime Rib Night, our first ever Italian Buffet Night, our ever so popular Friday Fish Fry, and another Wine Dinner. Football season kicks off the first week of September, stay tuned for some in-game food and drink specials. In addition, please remember that with many of our golf events come great food and drink, so we encourage you to sign up. More details about all of these events will be posted on Clubster.
As we are approaching Fall and Winter, it is a great time to start booking dates for your company or family holiday parties. Prime dates will fill up fast so don’t hesitate to call me (775) 787-1800 x 108.
As always, please continue to make reservations (especially dinner) during these summer months to help us better serve you. We look forward to seeing you all very soon, my door is always open.
The Best Mac and Cheese You've Ever Had
Weekdays: 7am - 8pm
New Progress Report
Weekdays: 7am - 8pm
Tee Times: 7:30am, 7am on Weekends
Golf Shop and Range: 7am - 7pm, 6:30am - 7pm on Weekends