July 4th Happenings - 108 on 108 & Member Social

Friday is gearing up to be a busy day; not only do we have a Member Social and Fireworks in-store for you, Ron Philo will also attempt his annual golf marathon to raise money for The Folds of Honor Foundation; his goal is to play 108 holes in one day at both courses....all while WALKING!

You can support him by pledging a financial contribution by calling or in person in either golf shop. Here are some stats on his 2013 attempt:
  • First tee shot: 4:54 a.m. 
  • Last putt: 8:54 p.m.
  • Storm delays: 2
  • Golf balls used: 5
  • Golf balls lost: 4
  • Total strokes: 442 (+10)
  • Penalty strokes: 3
  • Caddies used: 5 (John Tewhill, Kiernan Nicholls, Topher Harlow, Sue Horton, Kevin D’Arcy)
  • Yards walked: at least 43,000, or about 25 miles
  • Eagles: 0
  • Birdies: 20
  • Pars: 62
  • Bogeys: 22
  • Doubles: 4  
  • Triples/others: 0
  • Pairs of shoes worn: 2
  • Pairs of socks worn: 2
The Social, as always, is a 9 hole shotgun at 4:30 followed by cocktails at 6:30 and dinner at 7. Fireworks will be a dusk.

Hole in One!

Congrats to Tom "The Sniper" Ashworth for registering his second hole in one at Stowe CC; his perfect shot came late on Tuesday during his Match Play match against David Longfritz.....needless to say, he won the 10th hole!

Men's / Ladies Night Reminder

There has been record turn outs for men's night and we hope to make next week even better...but we need all of you to participate!

Here's the gist; men's night is a 10 week, 9-hole league with varying formats; odd weeks will be a better ball of partners, even weeks will have more "twists"...but it's all about fun....at the end of the league the top 10 play in a shoot-out for the title.

Play begins at 5PM; when you register put "early" in the notes field if you want to play before 5:30 or "late" if you can't play till after 5:30.

The Ladies play every Monday with a 5:30 shotgun. Formats alternate between competitive and fun, but the ring leader, Sue Horton, assures me everyone is invited to participate.

You can register for the events online HERE. If you need help registering call the golf shop at 760-4652.

Women's Classic Results

Congratulations to all of the women who help make the Women's Classic a success. The 27 hole event was help on 6/21-22 and players were treated to a 9 hole qualifying followed by a welcome dinner; the next morning saw 18 holes of flighted four-ball followed by an awards luncheon.

The Championship Flight Winners were Josie Hererra and Dana Cassidy from Vt National followed by Jerrine Gangas of Stowe CC and Carol West of CCV.

The 1st Flight winners Pam Fecteau and Anne Candon followed by Stowe's Barb Roberts and Michele Pressman.

We hope to continue to grow this event in the coming years.

Upper Tee Renovation

The new upper teeing area is open!

Some of you might not know but the upper tee of for the practice facility was renovated last fall and Kirkwood Thursday saw its first action. We are working on getting the member fobs for the ball machine upgraded, but for the time being there are pyramids of practice balls in place. Please remember the dress code applies for the practice facility as well as the golf course.

Two simple adjustments to the way you practice will result in less wear and faster recover of range tees. Be conscious of your divot pattern and sand your divots following your practice session. Sand is provided in containers behind the hitting area. The proper practice is to place your ball at the back of your previous divot, taking only a small piece of grass with each swing. The image below is a great example of the proper practice.

                      Preferred Divot Pattern

Joe Kirkwood Invitational

The 47 annual Kirkwood Invitational wrapped up on Sunday 6/29 with 144 golfers participating in one of the longest running and popular invitationals in the New England. Congratulations to Championship Flight winners Scott Holbrook and Kevin Vandenberg who never faltered on way to the the championship; Holbrook a past Champion had a formidable partner in Vandenberg who's length off the tee impressed even some of the longer hitters...his unofficial tally of eagles for the week was 5. Hitting wedged into both #3 and #14 in the same round.

Stowe CC and SMC also had a strong showing with many teams taking Flight honors. For a full look at the results, look for this week's Stowe Reporter or click HERE.

Its About Time

The USGA has a process for rating the amount of time a "typical" round of golf will take at its member courses; for SCC, the time par is 4 hours.
Hole# Time Par Hole# Time Par
1 15 Minutes 10 9
2 8 11 16
3 15 12 14
4 9 13 12
5 13 14 15
6 17 15 12
7 14 16 14
8 9 17 13
9 17 18 10
Turn 8    
Front 9 1:57 Back 9 1:55
USGA Pace Rating Total Time 4:00 Hours

Pace of Play Suggestions

  • Play ready golf; tee off when ready – no honors, in the fairway – hit when ready.
  • Stay within one stroke of the group ahead of you. 
  • Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while others are playing. 
  • Walk directly to your golf ball; don’t follow others unless assisting in a search. 
  • If riding, take several clubs to your ball so you won’t have to walk back to the cart. 
  • If using yardage measuring devices share yardages within your group where necessary. 
  • Be efficient with your pre-shot routine. 
  • Take no more than two practice swings. 
  • Be ready to play when it is your turn. 
  • Line up your putt when others are putting and be ready to play when it is your turn. 
  • Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green towards the next tee. 
  • Leave the putting green promptly after holing out. 
  • Record your scores on the next tee. 
  • You are a part of the cure- call the pro shop when you find a slow group and we will immediately check the situation.

Inaugural JR Jamboree

Mark your calendar for the July 12th Junior Golf Jamboree - a day dedicated to all things Junior Golf with a special appearance by Divot the Clown. All events are complimentary, so invite your children, your grand children or a child at heart. Click HERE to view the event flyer and please spread the word, we are hoping for over 100 kids!
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