General Membership Meeting
August 11, 2015
Meeting called to order at 5:00 pm by President Ken Brace.
July minutes were approved.
Dave King gave the Treasurer’s Report:
• As of 7/31/15, we have 125 members and a balance of $1,157.13 in the treasury.
TIP OF THE DAY:
Kenny’s tip of the day was on distance control in putting. The rhythm of the stroke controls the putter head. Each stroke should be a pendulum and last one second, irrespective of the distance of the putt. When practicing, work on distance control first, then the line of the putt.
NEWS FROM THE COURSE:
Dean Wood reported that the course renovation is going well:
• Stone walls have been constructed in front of the 3rd and 5th green, and a water cascade will be built to the left of the 5th green,
• Cement cart paths have been poured on most of the tee boxes,
• Tee boxes have been laser-leveled and sodded,
• Many bunkers have been reshaped and had their drains repaired,
• The new greens are in excellent condition,
• Fairway rolling will begin this week
THE RULE OF GOLF:
Bill Robinson explained the rules about when a player can clean a golf ball legally.
The next tournament will be held on August 13 at Sweetwater. Cost is $32. The format will be net scores with one blind hole on each nine in which that hole’s score will be dropped from the player’s total score. There will be multiple flights. Give your check to Ray Naramore. Full details are on the MGA website.
The three-day tournament has been postponed because of conflicts with other events. New dates will be announced at the next meeting.
NEW BUSINESS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
A new slate of officers has been nominated and will be voted on at the September meeting. They are: President–Richard Stamm; Vice-President–John Moynihan; Secretary–Dean Spiro; and Treasurer–Don Kasper.
The first MGA event under the new officers will be the November Match Play tournament that will be held on November 13, 14, 15, and 17.
The Crystal Cup will be played this year on Friday, September 18. Sign up sheet is in the Pro Shop. The pairings party will be on Thursday, September 17. The MGA Memorial Service will be held at 8 am on 9/18 near the 7th green. Volunteers and videographers are needed to clean up the area and record the ceremony for the MGA website. The MGA will purchase flowers and pay for a bagpiper to play at the ceremony. Brad King or Gary Frazier may also sing as they have done in the past. We will try to get the Aiken Standard to cover the ceremony also.
After speaking with course owner, Jim McNair, President Brace proposed that the MGA purchase a “hole monument (a granite marker indicating the distance from the various tees and the par for the hole)” on the first hole of the restored front nine. Mr. McNair indicated that he would be purchasing new tee markers and granite monuments for each hole and it is felt that it would be a nice gesture for the MGA to purchase one of the monuments. A motion was made and approved to set aside $300 for a monument.
A suggestion was made that the course go to a “pin-sheet” method of communicating pin placements when the new nine reopens.
Dean Wood made the following announcements: The course will be re-rated in October once the new nine reopens; the Cedar Creek Club Championship will be held on November 7 and 8; and the Aiken City Amateur Championship will be held at the Aiken Golf Club on September 12 and 13 with an entry fee of $80.
The MGA also resolved to assist Mr. McNair in increasing the membership of the Cedar Creek Golf Course and will be forming a committee to take on that task.
The Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 pm