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FROM THE GM - Vicki Richardello -
Yesterday was the first day of fall! Can’t wait to see everyone this Saturday for our annual Fall Classic. The ground may be wet, but the weather forecast is calling for partly sunny skies and 70 degrees. Keeping fingers and toes crossed!
Don’t forget our annual One Day Member/Guest (entry form here) next Friday. Bring 3 guests, tee gift, $280! Leaf peeping included in the entry fee!
Our Open Mixed Scotch will be held on Sunday, October 10th. The entry form can be found here!
Join Waubeeka now and play September, October and November. Your dues will not be due until opening day, April 15, depending on weather, but you must place a deposit on your initiation fee which can be paid in installments. Let’s talk; we will make it easy for you. Also, the deal that potential new members look forward to each year is on again! Four members can join and only pay for 3! What a great way to make your own foursome all season long!
MEMBERS- Pay your 2022 dues in full now and get usage of 10 free carts for the remainder of the 2021 season! Now is the time to bring your friends over to experience our wonderful course!
Last week’s question: Name the Tour Player who won the most money playing this year, but never won a tournament. ANSWER: Louis Oosthuizen won the most money ($6,306,679, seventh overall) without winning an event. Lots of good guesses, but not a single correct response!
Question: Who will be the USA’s best Ryder Cup player? Hit reply to send your answer.
Just got our National Grid electric bill for August - $4500! Why wouldn’t someone want to build a solar farm here?
The Williams College men and women’s golf teams are off to good starts. Our own Toby Foehl has played well, but the men lost to a good Babson team, while the women, who finished 5th in last year's National Tournament, are 2-0 in tournaments this season with a smaller than usual roster.
The Williams football team, which has not played in 2 years, trampled the defending NESCAC and undefeated champions of 2019, Middlebury College 41-13. They will be in Boston to play Tufts this Saturday. Some of these guys are pretty good golfers, also!
If you are going to Florida in February, plan on making Naples a stop. The Champions Tour will host its 35th anniversary of The Chubb Classic at Tiburon on Feb 14 - 20! Played it a couple of weeks ago. You get lots of Florida roll…...right into the water!
Do you know Dick DeGray? He is the older brother of one of our best members, Tom DeGray. Dick, if you know him, is always trying to help others and has in many different ways. Here is a great video of Dick, the Flower Guy.
Sorry to hear of the passing of Chet LaSalle. Always a very cheerful person with a good heart. Prayers to his wife Kate.
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT - Brian Bartlett
Currently, all the rain we have had this year has exposed those areas most in need of drainage. We have worked on the first fairway and tried to catch those areas where water has accumulated, put in new drainage and anticipate no issues in the future. Welcome fall -- leaf cleanup has begun. I wish we had more daylight- hard to start cutting, mowing, leaf blowing and changing cups when it is still dark at 6:30 AM! We are accustomed to starting our day at 4 AM!
FROM THE KITCHEN: TAVERN ON 7 -
Regretfully (HAPPILY) the Tavern will be closed this entire weekend. We have sold out the facility on Friday and Saturday nights. This has been our best season ever and we are so thankful for our many friends and neighbors who make the Tavern on 7 their ‘GoTo’ place to eat! If you have not sampled our menu choices, there is not much time left. We close for the season around mid November! Reservations are required.
FROM THE PRO - Erik Tiele -
Congratulations to our new Senior Club Champion Todd Shafer and Super Senior Champion Jimmy Crews. Todd had rounds of 77-71 while Jim fired rounds of 77-82. Our net champions were Don Mead (72-70) in the Senior Division while Leo Pilat (76-79) claimed the Super Seniors. Thank you to all that played!
Berkshire Seniors Fall series began yesterday at Berkshire Hills CC. John Vareschi and Mike Sanders won first place with a 3 under 69 in a scramble format! Fred Scully and John Meaney shot a 2 over 74 while Tom Downey and Ken Hodgdon finished with a 3 over 75! Great job, guys!
We are happy to announce that both PXG Golf and Cobra Golf will be here for our Demo Day on October 8th from 10 AM to 4PM. I am also working on possibly adding a couple of more vendors.
Sign ups are being accepted for the One Day member Guest. This event will be open to both men and women teams. We added this event to our schedule due to the reduction of the Men’s Two Day Member Guest being cut down to a one day event forced by 2 inches of rain, and we decided to add a women’s division to help round out the field. Applications are in the golf shop.
Upcoming dates to keep on your mind and your schedule!!
Members Play with the Pro Day - September 28th
One Day Member Guest - October 1st
Demo Day(10-4) - October 8th
American Legion Tournament - October 9th
Open Mixed Scotch - October 10th
Mount Greylock Golf Team Fundraiser - October 17th
Open Par Three Tournament - October 24th
The Ladies Chip’n Sip concluded this past Monday. We ended our sessions with what we started...the short game, putting and chipping. Now we are turning the ladies loose on the course! Thank you to all of the ladies that came out this season and took part. We had many new faces and many returnees from last year. I hope that you all took something away from the series and I look forward to seeing you out here in the following weeks.
The Mount Greylock Golf Team will be holding its fundraiser golf tournament this year on October 17th.
It will be a 1 PM shotgun start. The cost will be $50 per member and $75 for a non member to play. Teams will be a 4 person scramble. Contact Golf Coach Mitch Spooner for more details, email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are still purchasing used balls for the driving range. Bring ‘em if you got ‘em! Never enough balls for the range!
NEW Pro Shop Hours
Opening at 8 AM weekdays and 7:30 AM weekends.
NEW Fall Golf Rates
Weekdays $65 includes cart 18 holes, $40 9 holes
Weekdays $55 walking 18 holes, $30 9 holes
Weekends $85 includes cart 18 holes, 45 9 holes
Weekends $65 walking 18 holes, $35 9 holes
This past week’s sweeps event was delete your worst hole. Winners were 1st - Chris Bourdon, 2nd - Geoff Tatro and 3rd went to Todd Shafer on the gross end. Roger Prevey was the net winner, Fred Scully claimed second while Ron Goss and Denny Lawson tied for third respectively!
Dick Syriac (laryoflenox) writes:
Some interesting takes on recent events at The Golf Club at Wyndhurst Manor.
* Double Shotgun for the annual Soldier On Gala, with lunch and dinner held under the big top. Great time had by all and a ton of money raised for a great cause.
* Another 17 foursome event featured one particular group that ran into a problem after completing just 4 holes. They called the golf shop in a panic. No, they were not lost, nobody was stricken with a sudden attack, they weren't attacked by a bear, they had simply run out of golf balls.
* If the golf shop at Stockbridge is running low on range balls maybe I can help them out. We have discovered many balls on the Wyndhurst range that read "Property of Stockbridge Golf Club" printed on them. The charge for 45+ balls at the Wyndhurst range is $5.00; members of Stockbridge shouldn’t be bringing their purloined pellets to Lenox. They are supposed to support their club, not take advantage of it. So it goes in the remarkable golf world.
I hope senior members at the Beek have received a shingles shot. If not, please look into it.
Now that football season is upon us, I have a couple of takes on the season to this point. I’ve always enjoyed Tony Romo as an analyst on CBS, but I think he is starting to lose some of his uniqueness and he is starting to drink from Troy Aikman's thermos. Boy Troy has always confused me when I attempted to understand the difference between "a great job", “an outstanding job", "a terrific job", "a super job" and some of his other jabber about previous plays. Well, in the first 5 minutes of a recent game, Romo said great job about 10 times. If we are watching the game and someone makes a good play we don't need Tony, who makes $17 million a year, to tell us that somebody did a "great job.” Homer Simpson could do that at a cheaper price.
Question of the week :
Who has the most difficult job in the television industry once football season begins?
The answer is...... the people in charge of making Chris Berman and Al Michaels appear to actually have hair.
Fall means that it is time for the grey beards and round bellies to hit the links for some golf and a chance to see old friends, while raising scholarship money for Berkshire County junior golfers.
The Berkshire County Fall Senior Series is back for season # 49. Play the best courses in the county for a reduced rate, prizes and a good meal. The boys will be at Waubeeka on Oct. 20.
Just a note, the field for these events consists of gentlemen who have played in and cashed many pro shop chits over the years. Their names have often been in the paper for golfing success. They have enough golf shirts, golf balls and windbreakers to last them for the rest of their years; many of them even donate their winnings back to the juniors. However, we hope that we don't have entrants who bring a few extra shots for the road, and you know who you are, to win a few sleeves of balls. We are supposed to be mature adults. If we have to manipulate our handicaps to win a pro shop hat, maybe it would be easier to just break into someone's locker, or stay home.
Linda and I talked to an Assistant Trainer for Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher at the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga on Tuesday morning. Tristan Berry has been with Pletcher for 19 years. Todd currently has, are you ready, 93 horses housed at Saratoga, 52 at Belmont and a string at Gulfstream also. How an operation like his operates is remarkable.
Slice of Art - A perspective of art from the point of view of golf
PGA Tour - Max Homa loves silly season--and why not? He is the PGA Tour’s 2021-2022 season’s leading money winner ($1,260,000) and the only professional with a win so far! He edged Maverick McNealy (-18) by a single shot in the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort, Napa, CA.
Now to the matter at hand: The 43rd Ryder Cup, USA VS. Europe at Whistling Straits. Team USA has lost 9 of the last 12 matches and 4 of the last 5. Come on man-- if you can’t cut the cheese in Wisconsin……. Stunned for the most part of the past quarter century, we’ve got a crop of new young talent that once again is favored (9 of the top 11 ranked players in the world) to bring the cup back home - but 3 wins in the past 24 years doesn’t cut that cheese. Team Europe doesn’t know they are the underdog (watch 2:33 video) . Can Steve Stricker blend our 12 guys together to set them up to succeed? Brooks and DeChambeau will play together one match, will they embrace one another for the good of our team? Is DeChambeau looking ahead to his Long Drive contest a week later? Patrick Cantlay playing in every match - is that going to tire him out? Will buddies Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth play every match together? If you’re going to Wisconsin--bring a jacket, no need to bring cheese!
LPGA Tour -
Oregon GC celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Cambia Portland Classic by sending 2 inches of rain on the course. The tournament had to shut down on Saturday and officials made it a 54 hole tournament. Jin Young Ko didn’t mind a bit, as she pocketed $210,000, but only 16.6% of Max Homa’s $1,260,000.
Tomorrow begins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at the Pinnacle CC in Rogers, Arkansas.
DEEP Thoughts - Hard to understand the disparity between purses on the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. It’s time for equality! Both men and women work equally hard to be successful!
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