General Membership Meeting
Nov 10, 2015
Meeting called to order at 5:00 pm by President Richard Stamm.
Minutes for Oct 13, 2015 meeting were approved.
We now have 106 paid members.
After an expenditure of $50.00 for Ron Phillips’ memorial donation, we have a
balance of $2,100.93 .
News From the Course (Frank Beaty)
Damage on new Tee areas continues to be an issue.
o – The number of divots on the par 4s & 5s are excessive.
o – Any divots that are created on any Tee box should be immediately
repaired (use a sand bottle to fill the gouge).
Damage from reckless cart navigation is occurring.
o – The 90 degree rule must be followed: Drive down the rough until you reach the
point of your ball, turn 90 degrees left or right, proceed to your ball, take your shot,
repair any divot taken & return directly to the rough or cart path.
o – When driving on a paved cart path, keep your cart completely on the
pavement – do not allow the wheels to create ruts along the edge of the
If you notice anyone ‘straying’ from these guidelines, give them a friendly
reminder or notify someone at the course so that they can take further action.
It was suggested that we create a reminder guide to be present on all carts.
The course will be getting new golf carts at the end of December.
Each proposed Constitution amendment was discussed and then voted on:
Establish that the MGA is affiliated with the Golf Course
Establish procedure for midterm President succession
Establish a 3 year term limit (regardless of position(s) held) for MGA officers
Change vote procedure from 2/3 to majority
Designate that members must have an established handicap in order to
participate in tournament prize fund.
An addendum that defines the procedure for recognizing the passing of an MGA
member was proposed and approved.
Bill Robinson discussed the new / clarified rules of golf as introduced in the
2016 – 2019 Rules of Golf book. Most notably rule 14 – 1b which addresses the
issue of anchoring clubs during a golf stroke. Bill also pointed out rules 18 – 2b,
14 - 3 & 6 – 6d as having been added or modified.
Please visit the USGA website to view pictures and diagrams that further explain
‘club anchoring’ – what is legal and what is not.
MGA members are encouraged to purchase the new rule book.
If you make an anchored club stroke and your ball hits an immovable object
within a hazard marked with yellow stakes and then becomes embedded in a
burrow hole made by a small animal, you can use the rule book to determine how
Bill also discussed new / modified hazards on holes #1, #3, #4 & #5
Some hazards are lateral waste areas, BUT as the hazard nears the green
it becomes a BUNKER. The rules of what you are allowed to do in a waste area
versus a bunker are different. Be mindful of the stakes and marking lines as you
play a hole. If in doubt, ask someone!
Don Kasper announced the Tri-course winners and distributed the prize money.
Starting Saturday mornings (November 14 and thereafter), Stan Selby’s game (also
known as the ‘Points and Skins’ game) is coming to Cedar Creek. Many ‘Creekers’
are familiar with this game and play in it on Thursdays @ Aiken Golf Club. Please
contact Dave King for more info or if you want to play.
Match Play Tournament is Nov 13, 14 & 15.
Fort Gordon – Your $45 entry fee gets you golf, cart, range balls, burger banquet
and entry in to the prize fund.
The Trifecta Tournament is scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving.
There will be a Pro Shop sale event December 5th from 4 to 7pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Please plan on attending and buy that special someone a golf gift.
Meeting was adjourned at 6pm.
Minutes prepared and posted by Dean Spiro, Secretary - MGA