September 12, 2019

We definitely had the key factors in place this year to pull off a successful Men’s Member-Guest.  The golf course was in excellent condition, the weather could not be beat and we hosted the largest field we have seen in over 10 years.  With a big Thank You to Matthew Johnson, our Tournament Chairman, the organization including handicaps, flights, pairings, tee gifts and social activities were all in place and anticipation was high for Thursday’s practice round.  Tournament action began with seven flights, each with six teams, vying to win their flight to get into the Shoot-Out on Saturday afternoon.  In this final showdown, flight winners plus one additional point-winning team, battle for the chance to be crowned MMG Champions.

Before that could happen, Friday night’s social activities went off with a BANG!!  All MMG participants were given one shot at winning a new automobile with a hole in one on #10.  We truly appreciate the sponsorship of this event by The Field Motor Company.  Unfortunately, we did not have a winner, but the excitement was palpable.  Members and guests were also able to win prizes at other fun contests.  The Island Green was hotly contested as the following players hit the green:  Mike Gaddis, Bob Holquist, Gorham Bradley, Ozzie Bradshaw, Garrett Greene, Jon Henson and Mel Gondron.  The eventual winner was Mel Gondron; Jon Henson finished as Runner-Up, also taking home a cash prize.  The putting challenge winners were Sam Garvin and Kim Gaddis, each winning an embroidered headcover for their skills.  The Longest Drive contest was thrilling, finishing in a close race.  With a great shot of 221 yards, Kate Gifford took home the ladies’ prize and our men’s winner, Chase Kress, pounded one 342 yards to beat Kate’s brother, Luke, whose shot rested at 322 yards.  The Senior division was won by Phil Casso (283) and Mike Gaddis (281). 

Qualifying for the Shoot-out were the following Flight Winners:  Richard Gerber/Don Stephenson (1st Flight); Shane Treadway/Bill Ray (2nd Flight); Don Thompson/Mel Gondron (3rd Flight); Bob May/Kenny Miller (4th Flight); Gary Lance/Ozzie Bradshaw (5th Flight); Bob Buckner/Jeff Fuchs (6th Flight); John Ammons/Brad Brookshire (7th Flight); and the wildcard team, Jerry McCarthy/Eric Gifford.  The eight teams split in two waves with four teams teeing off on #9 and four on #18.  After eliminating one team from each group, the wave swapped holes and one more team was eliminated, leaving four teams to play down #18 for the title.  Playing before a large crowd of cheering spectators, the teams of McCarthy/Gifford, Gerber/Stephenson, Treadway/Ray and Lance/Bradshaw composed themselves for the final hole.  The playoff was won by a made 8-foot, downhill putt from the team of Shane Treadway and Bill Ray.  A BIG congrats to our winners, Shane and Bill, and thanks to all our competitors.

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 5/25/18

May 25, 2018

There are many projects happening around LRCC. We continue to finish our mulch and pine needle applications. This has been especially tough this year due to our work crews being delayed three weeks and the abundant rainfall. We are working on each area when a free moment and Mother Nature allow. With the abundant rain, clumping of the grass clippings has been a problem. If one thing drives me crazy on a golf course, it is clumping of clippings. Normally, afternoon mowing reduces this complication because clippings are dry. However, with the evening rain showers, the grass is never really drying. A turbine blower is being sent out daily, but the wet clippings make blowing extremely difficult. Thank you for your patience with this issue. Due to the course receiving so much rain and being so wet, I ask all golfers to please follow the cart path ruling for the day. The sign signaling the daily ruling is located at the #1 white tee. Driving where prohibited damages grass by turning, spinning, or simply compacting. I know that it is tempting to drive across the fairways and think, “one cart wont hurt”. If everyone had that thought, that’s 20-50 carts per day!

We are trying a new product for our cart path ends and walkways. In years past, a coarse sand was used on these areas. Teaming up with Green Mountain Golf, a Klingstone product will be tested that is applied over a more coarse stone. We will be using this product on the path at #5 green and #14 greens walkway. As well, a similar product will be applied to a bunker on #5 to test the benefits of washout reduction.

The culvert on #17 is set to be replaced hopefully next week. Material is settling around the current pipe somehow and causing a slow collapse. The other course culverts will be evaluated this year as well since they are all the same age. When this work starts, a cart path detour is possible for 1-2 days.

A new set of tee markers has been ordered and will be added to the fairways soon. A few members had the idea of a forward tee location to assist play on some of the harder holes. I have ordered a complete set of markers for this purpose.

Hopefully, everyone is happy with the course progress. Being mentioned in the same sentence as Biltmore Forest CC and Balsam Mountain Preserve is an honor and confidence builder to my team. I thank you for the encouraging words and hope you each have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

2017 Mixed Member/Member Golf Tournament

September 5, 2017

Bragging rights were on the line during the 2017 Mixed Member-Member. The 2-day event, better known as the “Divorce Open”, kicked off play on Saturday, August 26th with a 2-person Better Ball event, followed by a 2-person Scramble format on Sunday. Teams competed for both Gross and Net Championships. Most of the teams were comprised of spouses, but there were 8 teams competing with someone other than their better half.

Bob Lester & Mary Lou Barnes, Net Champions

With five teams within two strokes of the Net lead after Saturday’s round, the competition was obviously very close! John and Carolyn Bowers held the lead with a great score of 54, only one stroke ahead of the team of Bob Lester/Mary Lou Barnes. Two strokes behind were Dan/Deborah Beasley, Don Thompson/Jane Noppenberg and Tom/Connie Wilkinson.

Under beautiful skies, Sunday’s scramble finished with Bob Lester/Mary Lou Barnes posting the lowest score of the day, 55.8. This team poured it on, winning the Net Division by 3.5 strokes. The Bowers claimed second place, thanks to consistently good play. David Hicks and Lisa Benson followed closely in third place, and, only one-tenth of a point behind, Don Thompson/Jane Noppenberg trailed in fourth. Fifth place belonged to the Wilkinsons and, with Sunday’s second best score, the team of Scott Hickle and Jeannette Carter finished strong in sixth position.

Deborah & Dan Beasley, 2017 Mixed Member/Member Champions

While many teams were in the hunt for the Net championship, a smaller race was vying in the Gross Division. On Saturday, Rick/Joyce Schlapkohl shot even par 72; Greg/Donna Stamey ended the day with 3-under 69, and the leaders, Dan/Deborah Beasley were at 4-under 68. These three teams again battled it out on Sunday for recognition as the LRCC’s best golfing couple. The Schlapkohls played impressively and came in third with a score of 141. The Stameys and Beasleys were close to the end, each shooting an incredible 6-under par 66 on Sunday. After two days of intense play, the team of Greg/Donna Stamey won the Runner-up prize and Dan/Deborah Beasley were the victors and grand champions.

Closest to the Pin contest winners were: #3 Tom Wilkinson; #8 Melonie Murphy; #10 Hollis Prior; and #17 Joyce Schlapkohl. Thanks to all for two great days of golf and camaraderie. Hopefully, all our couples’ marriages remain as strong as the friendships shared this weekend

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