General Membership Meeting
February 11, 2014
Meeting called to order at 4:59 pm by President Ken Brace.
The Minutes of the January 2014 meeting were approved.
Don Kasper gave the Treasurer’s Report:
We currently have 111 members
Current balance is $1392.35
Recent expense was $8.54 for flag markers for the Par 3 tournament. At the meeting, 4 new members joined and increase the current balance by $40.
President Brace asked the membership to think about what the MGA should do with its treasury balance as the organizations should have a heathy surplus at the end of the fiscal year. Ideas will be entertained at a future meeting.
TIP OF THE DAY:
Golf Pro Kenny Evenson explained how to make a greenside chip off winter lies. He recommended using a hybrid club or using a “hooded” 8 iron.
NEWS FROM THE COURSE:
Vice-President Frank Beaty updated the current status of the golf course.
The maintenance crew is doing additional clearing of Hole 5 to increase airflow around the green.
There is still an ongoing problem of golfers not fixing ball marks on the green and filling in divots in the fairways. Beaty urged MGA members to fix any ball marks that they encounter.
Jim Campbell pointed out that the sand bottles on the carts and on the 10th tee are often empty. Consistent refilling of the bottles by maintenance would improve consistent filling of divots.
Ben Peppard also pointed out that the maintenance crew does not consistently shut off equipment when club members are teeing off. This should be a standard protocol.
Ken Brace announced details of the tournament that will be held on February 18 at The Reserve Club. Details are on the website.
Terry Eckert announced that the March tournament will be held on March 24 at Hounds Lake. Fee is $40, including prize money. Start will be 9 am.
NEW BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Kenny Evenson introduce Stan Selby from the Aiken Golf Club. Stan presented his plan to put together a group of Aiken Golf Club and Cedar Creek Golf Club players for a weekly game at the Aiken Golf Club. Fee would be $10 plus golf course fees. Discussion ensued as to the feasibility of the idea and about what day of the week would best fit. No conclusions were reached, but several members signed up to participate. More information will be forthcoming.
President Brace put forth a proposal by the Cedar Creek Women’s Golf Group that we hold an annual battle of the sexes tournament. This would be men playing against women, not in mixed groups. This is just a proposal to think about and the MGA and the ladies group are open for suggestions about how to stage the event and what format to play. Ideas are needed.
President Brace also announced that an email survey would be going out to MGA members in the near future. The survey will try to discern what factors MGA members deem most important when they decide to play--or not play--in MGA tournaments. It will help tournament directors plan future tournaments.
Ray Naramore spoke about the MGA’s support of the Silver Bluff High School Golf Team. The MGA makes an annual donation to the team and will do so again this year. The MGA also offered to help coach the team and volunteers are needed to assist. Dean Wood volunteered to help coach putting and Dick Leach and Bill Robinson volunteered to do swing fittings for team members. Ray will have more information about other tasks at the next MGA meeting, after he speaks with the coach.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm.