It's A Beautiful Day At Waubeeka - OUR THURSDAY NEWSLETTER

Read this week’s newsletter containing all our course updates. 

Good Morning Nate,

FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello

The  Women’s Fall Classic will be played this year on Saturday, September 19th.  Tee Times.  $95 entry fee. 4 Person Best Ball tournament...2 low gross/2 low net.  Strict social distancing, masks when not 6’ distanced, lunch after your tee time or ‘to go.’ Space is limited...sign up TODAY! Entry found here.

Join Waubeeka NOW!  Memberships have been reduced.  Check with Erik for available discounts and join-now options.  Why join now?  Avoid paying the $2000 initiation fee next year.  This fee waiver is good until Sept. 30, 2020!  Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, all new members will be assessed a $2,000 initiation fee.  Membership application can be found here.  Members, refer a friend to join and be entered in a drawing for a free Pinned Rangefinder!  Erik is letting these rangefinders out for a demo, whenever you play.  Ask him to try it!  $200 VALUE!

ANNOUNCING - The cancelled “WOWbeeka Tournament”, originally planned for May 2 & 3, will be rescheduled for October 3 & 4.  - HUGE weekend at Waubeeka, free hot dogs & hamburgs, music included this weekend in the inaugural Waubeeka Open 2 Day Tournament, 2ball - entry fee 2 members $100 team. 2 guests $180 team.  * Gross Only by Flights * Optional carts & skins.  Limited to first 50 teams.     Print entry form HERE.    Proshop credit - FIRST, $300 TEAM: SECOND, $225 TEAM: THIRD $150 TEAM: FOURTH $100 TEAM. 

Anyone interested in a 8 week Mixed League, open to men and women or a combination on Friday afternoons, 9 holes, $26, beginning the first Friday after Labor Day, Sept. 4, ending October 23?  Tee times begin after 3 PM.  If you’re interested in playing, just click here and fill out the form!

HOT DEAL  How does $55 for 18 holes with a cart sound??? Monday, AUGUST 24th is the day!! Book online NOW at or call the pro shop at 413-458-8355 to reserve your spot!!!

Recently we hosted a tournament for BCM&M from Saratoga, NY which featured a full day of fun, followed by a hearty dinner and prizes galore!  They said this tournament was worth the one hour drive to play such a great course!!  Thanks guys! 

The National Golf Foundation has released its July report on rounds played and participation.  Great news for golf courses, 9 hole rounds are up, 18 hole rounds are ahead of 12 months past, junior golf is exploding, both boys, girls and beginners, and the feeling is the surge is due to the pandemic~~~GOLF IS SAFE AND FUN!  Hello Charlie Woods, 11-year-old son of Tiger, who just participated in a US Kids Golf event in FL - shot a 33 for 9 holes.  His caddie was his dad!!!  Parents, get your kids involved in golf--it is a sport they will enjoy for a lifetime!!  Free clinic every Sunday at 1 PM; 3 clinics remain for this year.  All are welcome!  Our last clinic, September 6, will involve a river walk on Hole #4, where we will search for golf balls, finders keepers, if the weather permits!!  Bring water shoes!

Speaking of the National Golf Foundation, click here to read what Dylan Dethier had to say on August 14 about the golf industry. 


This is the hottest and driest summer I can remember!  The first fairway needs real rain- in the evening!  Awful summer for sprinkler leakage.  We have repaired 15 water main leaks and 20 leaking heads, some more than once!!  Add this up and then our staff is losing some excellent workers, who are headed back to college!  We are so very appreciative of their hard work and dedication to the course and to their job.  I know our staff will miss them as well as the Waubeeka members.  Be safe, study and thank you!


Are you planning a party of 25 or less?  Our Prime Rib has been a huge success!  We purchase and serve nothing but the best cut!  Our banquet menu also includes pork, chicken and fish prepared to your liking.  Call today to reserve your retirement, birthday, shower, stag or your special occasion.  We will walk you through all social distancing protocols and in addition to enjoying a delicious meal, you will be protected and safe!

FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele

Congratulations to John Vareschi for recording the first ACE of his career!! The hole-in-one came on the 16th hole this past Friday, August 14th. He used a 7 iron and Titleist Pro V1x ball. He was playing with friends Don Mead and Ken Hodgdon.

2 days later, Todd Shafer records the second ACE of his career. This hole-in-one also came on Hole #16!! He used an 8 iron and a Titleist ProV1 ball. He was playing with Dave Rickert, Stefan Lamarre and Bob Desanty. Todd also holds the distinction of making the first ever hole-in-one on the newly designed 16th hole. Todd has had 2 career holes-in-one...both on the same hole!!

When it rains… it pours…ACES that is.  Wednesday August 19th, yesterday, saw not ONE  but TWO Holes-in-One!!! Hole #1, while under renovation is being played as a par three and both Dan Bourdon and Jan Carroll knocked it in!  Dan recorded his first ever hole-in-one. He used his 5 hybrid.  His witnesses were his son, Chris, nephew Jeff Bourdon and friend Phil Vivori. Hours later, longtime member and past Women’s Club Champion, Jan Carroll recorded her first ace on the same hole. She used a driver. Unfortunately, she was playing by herself, but the two gentlemen playing behind her did witness the shot! Congrats to our 4 members!

The Club Championship begins tomorrow. Jamie Gaffey is the defending champion for the men. We will crown a new women’s champion this year as last year's champion, Angie Lingner, is not in the field.  The Senior Club Championship will be played Sept. 17 & 18 while the Junior Club Championship will be held Sept. 12 and 13.
Once again, Nancy Dascani has made a generous donation in her husband, Bob Dascani’s name!!! Both were long time members and Bob loved Waubeeka and his many friends here.  Bob always had a smile on his face and a skip in his step.  A lucky participant in both the Men’s and Women’s Championship will win $100 each in a special raffle!  Thank you so much, Nancy, for your thoughtfulness.

Last Friday saw our season ending Waubeeka Junior Golf Camp Tournament! This was open to all of our camp attendees from this past summer. We had 11 kids, placed into 3 teams for a nine hole scramble. We concluded the festivities with an awards ceremony. Again, thank you all for taking part in our program and we are already making plans for next season! 


Our Ladies’ Chip & Sip Tournament this past Monday evening, unofficially ended our sessions.  We had 16 women participate in the event. We played 4 holes and had some laughs after we finished.  After numerous requests though, I think we should extend our Monday sessions at least two more weeks.  After that, I hope you will all commit to get to your favorite course and play, play, play!  Women’s Golf Day celebrates their 5th Anniversary on Tuesday September 1st... #WGDUnites or @WomensGolfDay.  All women are invited to play all day on Tuesday, September 1st for $25 to celebrate Women’s Golf Day. 

The Sunday Sweeps format for this week was delete the 9th and 18th hole. On the net side of the ball, Al Lorge claimed first place, second developed into a tie between Gary Urkvech, Denny Lawson and John Marlowe.  Jamie Gaffey was our first gross winner, Todd Shafer was close behind and placed second, third place went to Jeff Bourdon and fourth went to Chris Bourdon. 

I would like to start playing with our members occasionally.  On Monday I posted a schedule of tee times when I am available. Your choice, 9 or 18 holes. I thought that this would be a great way to play with different members, have a few laughs and get input on your different views of our operation!!  Check it out and let's get together!

Rules Question of the Week (new to this section)

In stroke play, a player's ball lies in bounds in the general area. The player's swing has interference from a metal chain-link fence not defining out of bounds but all of which does lie out of bounds. The player takes relief under the abnormal course conditions relief Rule (16.1b) and plays the ball. What is the ruling? (Ref# 151)

  1. There is no penalty.
  2. There is a one-stroke penalty.
  3. The player gets the general penalty.

Teaching Moment

Feel free to question me anytime, ask about your swing, or make a suggestion.  Private Lessons - Available by appointment, $60 for 45 minutes of instruction; 5 lessons gets one additional lesson at no charge!  458-8355 for appointments.

The Fantasy Golf pool continues to have weekly changes! This week sees Ron Goss reclaiming first in the standings,  Ken Sann falls back into second and Andy Vidal holds steady in third!!

Rules Answer: 
Correct answer - The player gets the general penalty.
Explanation - Rule 16.1a(2); Rule 9.4

Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:

Nice to see our brother from the Mother Town take the Club Championship at CCOP.  25-year-old Chad Alibozek of Adams got the hardware that goes with the 2020 victory.  Chad took down some big names enroute to his match play victory. Matt Scarafoni, Trevor Hathaway, Jake Driscoll and Josh Shepard dropped matches to Alibozek. In one match early in the competition Dan Fuore won the first 3 holes over Driscoll and then watched Driscoll make 5 straight birdies. Welcome to the varsity. 

I followed Chad's high school career after watching him play in the dark carrying a golf bag that was bigger than he was while I was relaxing on the porch at Forest Park CC.  He dominated Berkshire County HS golf.  My partner and I were paired with Chad and Chico Gelinas at an open 2-ball at Worthington about 5 years back. After those 18 holes I realized that he played a different  game than the rest of the field.  I have played with some big hitters in my day but this kid was from a different planet. I'm told that he will hit less than driver on Hole # 18 at CCOP and knock it on the back of the green with consistency.  Great kid, who will only get better.

There have been a handful of exceptional players to come out of Forest Park and go on fine careers in the game. Paul Dubois, Mike Slosek and Chad would top that list.  Bruce Cardin would top the list for southpaws.  Mike Slosek, who resides in Miami at present , lost his mom, Judith, at age 77 on August 11.  Mike was long .....before long.

It is a strange MLB season for sure but when did the Red Sox become a minor league franchise? They are awful and it is too early to say that the manager is "on the clock?”  Look for some big names to soon be on the trading block.

I miss my buddy Jason Dufner getting facetime on PGA telecasts. He is cooler than both sides of the pillow.

My party was more than impressed with their experience at Waubeeka yesterday. If the members do any complaining about the conditions of the course send them a map with directions to Bennington.  They also enjoyed the chicken BLT sandwiches and the giant basket of fries.  If they don't return for another round of golf, they will be back to dine on the deck.  Saw many familiar faces out there enjoying a great day of golf.  Mr Deep and staff should be very proud of the product that they present to all members and guests.  Paul Quinn of Springfield CC sends best wishes to his former classmate at NASC, Mike Deep. I will be playing with Paul and his brother Don at their club in a couple of weeks.

*Can anyone tell me where Linda and I can find some fried oysters without going to Rhode Island or Maine?

Still waiting for someone to identify the two local golfers who got zapped by lightning at NACC during a delay at a NA Singles event.

PGA Tour

42-year-old Cincinnattian Jim Herman went from almost not making the cut on Friday to firing a field best 61 Saturday followed by a 63 Sunday to capture the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC, with a score of 21-under-par 259!  Today marks the beginning of the 15 million dollar 3 event FedEx Cup Playoffs with the Northern Trust taking place at TPC Boston, Norton, MA.  Ordinarily, we have complimentary tickets for our members; however, this year, no one will be inside the ropes due to COVID!  Talking about the FedEx Cup, last year’s winner Rory McIlroy (14-1) is in the field as well as world #1 Jon Rahm (14-1), Tiger (40-1), JT (12-1), Rich Werenski (200-1) and 119 other competitors.  World #7, Brooks Koepka withdrew yesterday because of an injured left knee.  He will not be replaced?  This field will be cut to 70 players next week at the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.  After that, the top 70 golfers will head to the Tour Championship in Atlanta, GA.

SideBar - on their way to Norton, Tiger and JT stopped at Winged Foot’s driving range, where they were seen hitting range balls off mats!  If they came to Waubeeka,  they could have hit off grass!


Usually if you win a tournament, you don’t complain.  Stacy Lewis broke at 4 way playoff to win in Scotland, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.  After the completion of 72 holes, Lewis, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Cheyenne Knight and Azahara Munoz all shot a 5 under par 279.  Instead of complaining during the tournament, she sunk a 24 foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, then called her 2 year old daughter to tell her that mom won her first tournament since becoming pregnant for her, and then proceeded to lambast her playing partners and the LPGA for allowing a round of golf to take 5 hours and 23 minutes!!  It wasn’t all that bad, she kept singing Taylor Swift's song, ‘Shake It Off’!  Today, the girls remain in Scotland to play in the season’s first major, the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon GC, and hopefully to finish a round in 4 hours!

DEEP Thoughts 

Good for Stacy Lewis!  She called out her partners and the LPGA for allowing a round of golf to take 5 hours and 23 minutes.  Golf has come back strong this year; now is not the time for any player to set the game backwards.  Each of us should be cognizant of the time it takes to play.  Go directly to your ball, go through your pre-shot routine while your playing partners are hitting, be ready to hit when it is your turn.  Sometimes it may be necessary to play “ready golf” if you are not keeping up with the group in front of you.  As much fun as golf is, it's meant to be played in less than 4 hours.  It should not take any more than 12 minutes to finish a hole.  Let’s keep the fun in golf!

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