Stowe Cup Re Cap

The Stowe Cup Re-Cap

Stowe, Vermont - July, 21 2013 - The annual Stowe Country Club Member-Guest tournament, The Stowe Cup, was held this past weekend. Sixty golfers competed in four flights named after the famous front-four trails of Mount Mansfield.

The event went off in spite of the challenges thrown down by Friday's severe storms which brought down over a dozen trees.. SCC Superintendent Scott Rossi, organized a dawn work-crew to clear through the debris to get play underway.

The “Goat” or Championship Flight lived up to its billing with 2/3 of the teams posting under par rounds. Defending Champions Bill Meckert and David Slayton were three shots off the pace set by Patrick Rahilly Jr and his guest Dean Godek who posted 65. The teams of Jordon Plummer and Sam Merelman and Jay and Tom Mireault were also in the hunt after Saturday, but were unable to make up ground on Rahilly and Godek who held on to their 3 shot lead Sunday finishing with a 134 total.

The “National” Flight was the largest group of golfers and there was some strong golf played on Saturday. Andy Vallance and partner Damon Kinzie lead day one with a under par 69, followed by Tom Ashworth and Steve Davidow, and Jeff and Peter Brynn at 71, but none of them could follow their first day fireworks and ended up behind the steady play of Greg Gramas and Rich Sullivan who finished day two with a winning 3 over pat total of 147.

The “Starr” Flight saw excellent play from the team of Tom and Charlie Burgess who finished the event with a one over par 145, besting their nearest competitors Lynn Altadonna and Charlie Kelsey by twelve shots.

The “Liftline” Flight was played using the teams’ handicaps and the teams of Mark Plummer and Craig Meyers finished tied with the only female team of Cynthia Borck and Phyllis Simon at 128.  The team of Borck and Simon bested Plummer & Myers in the match of cards play-off and took home the win.
Special thanks to all of the players and the staff for their effort in making this year’s event a wonderful success.

August Approaches

July was one strange month. over 10 inches of rain left the course quite waterlogged, then a seven day heat wave followed by Mega-wind-storm-Bill...ok, it didn't really have a name but naming storms is all the rage these days so I thought I'd give it a name.

Personally, I'm looking forward to a new month.

August 1st is the date of our monthly Mixed-Couples Nine & Dine. This is normally Friday Nights, but there is a conflict on Friday forcing it to Thursday. Guys grab a girl, or vice versa, for our fun season long points game. At the end of the summer we will award some very humorous prizes. Everyone who competes earns points towards the year end tally...

August 10th if the Founder's Cup; our one day member-guest. The format is a Long-Island Four Ball where members can bring up to three guests. You are partners with each guest separately, so the more you bring the more your odds of winning something...right? Scoring is the better ball of each two person team, using 100% of their handicaps. The fee is $50 per guest and includes 18 holes, hole games, prizes and a luncheon.

August 12th is a fundraiser for The Boy Scouts of America. As a former den leader and father of two scouts I am proud to say that Vermont has a very active scouting program and if anyone is interested in playing in this event with me, let me know.

August 17th is our monthly Member Social. Optional 9 holes of golf at 4:30 followed by the best dinner in town. These are low/no pressure events, so please plan on joining us and meeting your fellow members.

August 24 & 25 is the Club Championship. There's plenty of time to hone your skills before the crowning of the best golfers at SCC. How about a lesson?

August 30th is actually the date for Septembers Mixed-Couples...

As always, sign up for each event by visiting our online registration HERE. it's very easy to use and it really helps us organize and put on our events and it reduces the amount mistakes on our end. The shop can be a pretty hectic place and, although it is rare, we can make an error in the heat of battle.

Finally, we are putting the wraps on the rules for our First Annual August Photo Contest. The contest will run the entire month of August. Participants can submit up to five photos and we will present awards to the top three. More details coming soon.

Joshua Nicholls
Operations Manager
Stowe Country Club

Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
Fax: 802.253.6358
Mobile: 802.793.6026

Course Improvements

As you all know, number seven fairway has been an ongoing problem when we see periods of heavy rain.  I am thrilled to report that, with the assistance of SMC Superintendent Mark Finch, Scott Rossi and a crew from both courses installed some drain lines into the seventh fairway.  This drainage will make for improved  playing conditions on this hole going forward.  In keeping with our theme of conservation – waste not want not – the “spoils” from this project are being put to use on #11 for with the construction of an additional forward tee. As our other drainage projects move forward we will take advantage of the spoils from these projects to  construct additional forward tees to complement the ones already in place and to provide more options for golfers to TEE IT FORWARD.  Work will also take place to repair and renovate existing middle, back, and championship tees.

VT Men’s and Women’s Association will be tasked to rate the course from the additional tees for both genders once they are in place.  As they do become playable and take advantage of them consult your professional staff regarding the posting of scores accomplished from these alternate teeing grounds.