September, 2016 Newsletter

Cassel Hills Newsletter –September, 2016


In this issue: Outside Events - Summer Event Synopsis - Course Rating – Rants & Raves

Outside Events

Monday, September 12: Chuck Upthegrove Classic – Course Closed until 6 pm, walking only after 6 pm

Saturday, September 17: Vandalia Baptist Temple – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 20: Business Appreciation Day – 10:00 am

Saturday, October 1: Butler Boys Golf Invitational – 11:30 am

Sunday, October 9 – Closing Scramble – 8:30 Shotgun

Tuesday/Wednesday, October 11-12: Course Closed for Greens Aeration

Summer Tournaments

Men’s Association – Stroke Play: Jake North and Jordan Higgins slugged it out for 36 holes and then needed another to decide the champion. Both players hit great tee shots on the playoff hole (No. 1), but Jordan’s tee shot just barely eked into the rough. Didn’t seem like a disadvantage at the time, but Jake was able to control the spin on his second shot, hitting the green, while Jordan’s grassy lie in the rough caused the ball to go left of the green, leaving the only the option of playing a low,running chip under the tree branches. He was not able to get the shot up and down to tie Jake’s two putt birdie.

Men’s Association - Match Play: The anticipated North – Higgins rematch in the Match Play did not happen as Jordan had a prior commitment and had to skip the event. Jake plowed through unscathed the capture his first Match Play title.

                                   Super Senior: John Whitley, our ageless wonder conquered the field and Tom Justice in the final for his third title.

                                   Senior: Curt Lawson survived and early deficit to better David Higgins.

Ladies Association – Stroke Play: Beth Nealeigh reclaimed the title from Cindy Thompson.

                                     Match Play: These two combatants met again, and Cindy Thompson claimed the title in overtime on Saturday, August 27.

Interested in joining the Men’s Association and becoming eligible for the Summer tournaments?

It is easy. Here’s how:

  • Be a Cassel Hills Season Pass holder

  • Purchase a GHIN handicap and register it to Cassel Hills GC

  • Play in a golf league at Cassel Hills GC

  • Join the Weekend Package group OR participate in the Weekend Events on a casual/weekly basis (to establish a weekend package handicap)

Weekend Events

  • Tee times from 7:00 am to 8:30 am (players secure own tee time or drop in with a group).

  • Entry fee: $2.50 daily, but can also opt to buy the Season Package at a discounted rate

  • Contests: Low Gross (Blue tees), Low net (Blue and White tees), Straight Drive, Closest to Pin (2)

Green Tees

Since the majority of our play has abandoned the Blue tees for the White tees, the resultant increased traffic pattern was doing a number to our tee boxes. At the recommendation of the Miami Valley Golf Association we established a new set of markers (Green – 5300 yards) in the hopes that our more distance challenged patrons would move forward to these markers. This would enable our White tee course (5800 yards) to become the regulation course, and the Blue tee course (6400 yards), the tournament course. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused to our leagues and regular patrons, but we feel this program is a real positive for the golf course.

Golf Course Rating Delayed

Cassel Hills Golf Course was scheduled to be assigned a new rating on Monday, July 18. Rain and thunderstorms prevented the committee from attempting the process. The rating has been rescheduled for October 3, 2016.

Rants & Raves

Olympic Golf: I admit that I had little interest in the entire event, golf included. BUT, with the final round of the US Senior Open on at 2 pm (subsequently rained out), and the Olympic final round on early in the day (and it being a rainy day) I sat down to watch. The viewing audience was treated to The Open Championship redux, with Henrik Stenson once again in the thick of things, but the antagonist this time was Justin Rose, not Phil Mickelson, and a different outcome ensued with Justin being able to prevail where Phil did not.  It was must see television, with Justin’s finish deserving of the Gold medal.

US Senior Open: Sometimes tournament golf dishes up a heartwarming story. Gene Sauer’s victory at Scioto brought a tear to everyone’s eye. A victim of a rare disease (skin burning from the inside out!) in which he had only a 25% chance for recovery, plus 5 years of recover, and 7 years away from the game, and then win the US Senior Open! Good on you, Gene Sauers!

US Senior Open Telecast Team: Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon are an amazing team. Zinger is really able to translate the vagaries of the golf swing to simple terms and Faxon is just plain eloquent, and both are very quick witted. Joe Buck is the perfect glue for the two, and you can see the three of them genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Fox got it right this year.

Big Props: Connor Lash shooting 65 on Monday, July 4.

                  Jordan Higgins shooting 67 on Monday, July 4 and 68 on Saturday, June 26.

                   Jake North shooting 69 on Saturday June 18 and Saturday, July 23.

                   Mike Spirito shooting 67 on Saturday, July 23

                   Vicki Armintrout: Hole in One on #4 on Thursday, August 4.

                 Ron Rehmert besting his age on July 2

                Bill Hoffman besting his age on Saturday, July 30.

                 Keith Cornelison with medal score 73 on July 2

                 Dave Bougine with medal score 74 on Sunday, July 3.

                 Phil Nussman with medal score 74 on Saturday, July 16.

                 John Follick with medal score of 76 on Sunday, July 17.