June Newsleter

Two Man Team Championship

Day One:

This year’s field was the largest in several years and the scores were close after day one. David and Jordan Higgins were tied with Nathan Hannahan and Joe Mergler for the lead in the Gross Division at 70, while Tom Justice and John Whitley held a narrow one shot at 61 in the Net Division.

Day Two:

Overnight rain did not dampen the players’ spirits as Day 2 scores were quite comparable to those posted on Day 1. David and Jordan Higgins played very steady golf to claim the Gross Division, with a score of 141.   Tom Justice and John Whitley matched their day one score of 61, but Craig Stammen and Bob Phibbs found the soft conditions to their liking shooting 59 on top of their first day 63 and tied the Justice- Whitley duo at 122. A potential playoff was in the offing, but Bob Phibbs had prior commitments and had to leave. So, Craig took on the duo of Justice-Whitley by himself, and his net birdie on # 1 sealed the deal.

Club Championship – Medal Play Deadline – Friday, June 12

Entry blanks are now available for both the Stroke Play and Match Play Championships. Stroke Play will be played on June 20 and 21, Match Play begins on July 11 with an entry deadline of July 3.

New Member of the Golf Staff – Marc Vechazone

Please welcome Marc Vechazone (pronounced Veech-a-zone) to the Cassel Hills GC Staff. Marc has worked at Troy CC, Greene CC and Meadowbrook CC. Marc will be working the desk and maintaining a private instruction schedule. Marc is an excellent teacher and club fitter, even owns a Trackman Launch Monitor, the state of the art system in determining launch angle, spin rate and smash factor.

Ladies Clinics start on June 18

These one hour sessions will be held each Thursday, 5 sessions total, to cover all aspects of the game. Cost is $89. Call Marc at 890-1300 to register.

Price Increase (effective on May 5, 2015)

Below is listed the price increases (effective May 5):

9 hole cart: was $6.00, now $7.00 (per rider)

18 hole cart: was $12.00, now $13.00 (per rider)

Senior Riding Special: was $25.00, now $27.00, bring a group with 12 players or more, and each will pay $25.00!

Food Service Opportunites

We are making some additions to the Food Service Staff, but if anyone out there is still interested please stop by and fill out an application.

Where are they Now?

David Kraus: A long time player at Cassel Hills (and former Club Champion). When David retired as an educator for the Dayton Public School System, he moved to a second career as a PGA Golf Professional. After working in the golf shop here and at Yankee Trace, he served a stint as the Tournament Administrator for Miami Valley Golf Association, and now has landed a prime position with the PGA of America in the Education Department.

Kids Ride Free!

Any afternoon, after 2 pm, a child aged 13 years or younger will ride free with a cart fee paying adult!


Curt Lawson with medal score 68 on Saturday, May 23 and Jordan Higgins with medal score of 69 on Memorial Day, May 25.

Rants & Raves

Something to think about: Quite by accident I discovered I needed to install larger grips on my clubs. It has made quite a difference in my ball striking and glove wear as I have gained a more secure hold of the club, especially at the top of the backswing. I mention this in passing, not as endorsement for all players, if interested, try just one, and see if the larger grip helps your game.

Tournament Nerves: Over the years I have witnessed literally thousands of players on the verge of losing their lunch just before tournament rounds. I battle nerves and a queasy stomach myself, as do almost all players before a tournament round. The successful tournament competitors learn to embrace the condition, and even become concerned if they do not have the “butterflies” before a tournament round. Think of it this way; Nerves mean the situation is of importance to you, which, in my opinion, makes focus and concentration much easier, necessary ingredients for good play;

Also, your adrenaline is flowing, and the combination of adrenaline and nervous energy enable a competitor to perform beyond his normal ability (ever notice how many great performances are made at the big moments at major sporting events).

So the lesson to learn is to understand the physiology and accept the nerves. This human phenomenon can work in your favor, if you accept this premise.

That being said, ever notice how easy the game seems when playing well, and how hard it seems when playing poorly? I’ve seen a lot of players who like to play good golf, not necessarily play golf. They will pack it in at the first sign of adversity, give up and quit on the round, or walk off the course in the middle of the round. Jim Flick (the legendary golf instructor) is not as much about how you are striking the ball, as it is about a good attitude and how well you accept the adversity of golf.

You have the following choices, accept the challenge of bouncing back from a bad break or errant shot, or waste your energy by thinking that the game targets you unfairly and never gives you a break. So, you get angry or pout, to the delight/dismay of those in your group.

Or, how about reacting positively, pull your chin out of your chest and use your energy to cowboy up and not give in to these seemingly unfair forces, which in reality, are just the bounces of the game, or what has been known for a century as rub of the green.