TWILIGHT’S GUEST NIGHT was a huge success and a lot of fun, thanks to all of the 55 women who participated!
The nights format was a Crazy 8 Scramble. KP and Long Drive winners won socks and sleeves of golfballs for their entire team. Special guest prizes included a golf hat, golf balls and several bottles of wine. Twilight League finale night is August 15 and quickly approaching. Door prize donations will be welcomed.
One of the most active, fun, and diverse offerings at Shadow Hills, continues to be the Shadow Hills Senior Men’s Tour, created and run by “the Commish,” Steve Mason. (See a previous article on Steve Here).
Each year, a large group of Shadow Hills Senior (50+ or those who will turn 50 this year) men, participate in a “Fed-Ex Tour” style of events, with accumulated points being awarded to a leaderboard, which ultimately results in the awarding of the “Mason Cup” for the overall winner.
It is the 8th season of the 15-event SHSM “tour” for Shadow Hills senior Men, consisting of nine events at Shadow Hills and six away events. There are also bonus events at Sunriver and Bandon earlier this year, and multi-day trip to Portland August 22-24. It’s not a league, but a “tour” so players and can join in for events that work for their schedule, just like the pros on the PGA tour. This year, the league had a record number of 58 players competing for the coveted “Mason Cup”. The low $100 fee covered all events plus food for the finals.
For each “tour” event the top 25 players earn SHSM points. The SHSM points are like the FedEx points on the PGA tour. As Steve explains, “that way, many of us can think like we are like the “pros” on the PGA tour but for us “we don’t need the money” and simply enjoy competitive golf and make new friends! Since friends are more important than money it adds a lot of value to our Shadow Hills membership.”
It is pretty evident why Steve is “the Commish.”
The FINAL EVENTS for the tour this year, are as follows:
- The two day trip to Portland Aug 22-24 to play reciprocal courses.
- The FINALS September 1 & 2. Open to ALL Senior men…even if you aren’t an annual member – join in the fun for $50 for the finals and it will include competitive golf and food both days. Light Hors d ’Oeuvres after day 1 and the awards steak dinner after day 2.
Those interested in joining us for the final events can contact “The Commish,” Steve Mason at:
email@example.com or contact the golf shop. This group has been a great and without the 100% endorsement from the golf shop we would not be as successful.
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Another great year of Men’s League competition finished up on Tuesday, August 2nd. The two winning teams proved how tight the race became over the last weeks of league play, with the lead shifting several times.
In the end, the A team of Pruitt, Brist, Martin, Holloway, Bars and Mitchell won by a single point.
The B League champs of Green, Hanavan, Hanley, Deleplain, Laidlaw and Miller won by a margin of 1.5 points, holding onto the top spot after climbing back out of third place.
As always, the camaraderie and friendly competition were the ultimate rewards for the 24 teams who competed this year!
Wednesday, August 17 – Daily Play – Olympic Gold
by Sue GraVette
This is the opening day of Women’s Golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics and we have a day planned honoring those women participating. This is the first time golf is included as an Olympic event.
But wait. It isn’t the first time. Flash back to the 1900 Paris when women were first included in the Olympics. Margaret Abbott from the USA was in Paris with her mother studying art. They both entered a nine-hole golf event that they believed to be the Ladies’ Championship of Paris. Margaret won with a score of 47 and her mother came in seventh.
It wasn’t until after Margaret’s death that it came to light that she was, in fact, the USA’s first female Olympic Champion.
This year golf will be included at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro for the first time since 1904 when the United States and Canada were the only two competing countries. It’s likely to be quite a spectacle, as many of the world’s best players (men and women) will battle it out for gold, silver and bronze over 72-holes of stroke play.
For all the questions being asked around golf’s inclusion in the Olympics, there is no question it is vital to golf’s growth. Countries without strong golfing traditions are suddenly pouring money into player development. It will be fun to watch!
by Susie Leo Piper
Someone once said that Life is too short NOT to play from the Tips. So 18 of us did it again. Annika Day 2016 was a great time for laughing, crying, begging and relief when our drives went past the Red Tees. We had two women tie for Low Gross….Carla Glasgow and Carolyn Townsend. Carolyn was also the Low Net winner.
Many thanks to Ryan and the grounds crew for setting up the course, Gary and his staff in the Pro Shop, and Melinda and Chef Diana for the fabulous lunch. This is our Annika Day Swan Song and we are going out with grace, joy, and appreciation.
Guest Day was a big hit. Chef Diana made a fabulous meal while Dave Hixson gave us cooking tips. The top winning teams were only 4 strokes apart.
Susie Piper and Martha Moultry eked out 1st place. Nancy Moore and Sheri Chitty were only one stroke higher in 2nd place. Linda Zuidema won both Long Drive and KP for her flight. Way to go, Linda!
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by Randal Whipple
Women’s Club President, Nancy Moore, chaired a small committee that planned a great event including perfect weather. You can see by the smiles in the photos that it was a good time.
Highlights included a BBQ lunch featuring a special cocktail, lawn games, bobbing in the pool or just relaxing in the shade. Winners of the miniature golf event were the team of Mary “had a little lamb” Sullivan and “polka dot” Pam Van Voorhis.
It was warm enough that even those that did not plan to enter the pool did so – clothes and all.
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Our new Course Superintendent, Ryan Wycoff, has a new address for his regular blog. It is a wonderful place to take a look at the latest news about course updates, greens, and other projects here at Shadow Hills Country Club.
The New Address for the Blog is:
Check it out today!
There are more bird walks scheduled over the next few weeks. These are a wonderful way to enjoy the birds around our club, which make Shadow Hills a special place.
With more than 60 identified species, there are more than enough opportunities to make almost every Bird Walk unique!
Here is the list of upcoming events:
The official golf season is upon us with the first two Men’s spring golf events being played. Great turnouts for both events, produced some competitive play and low scores. There are some familiar faces, as well as a couple of surprise newcomers who broke “into the money.”
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One of the biggest events of the Spring is scheduled for April 30th. The Women’s Club Fashion Show and Sale, themed “Shop, Sip and Save!” will be a great way to see the newest Spring Fashions, share a wonderful lunch, get a chance to win prizes, and help local area Foster Kids.
Tickets are limited, so get yours today!
Click “More” to see a list of vendors and more information about “A Family for Every Child”
Spring Kickoff Was a Hoot!
by Sue GraVette
A large crowd attended the March 16th breakfast to kick-off the golf and event season. Women’s Club board members were introduced and the 2016 budget was approved. Social activities for the coming year were introduced and Patric Miller demonstrated where to find online information on these and other activities for women members.
Ryan Wyckoff presented his ideas for course and grounds improvements and Marilyn France and Mario showed a golf rules video. Before the golfers headed out for a 9-hole scramble Nick helped lead a pre-golf stretching routine.
Thanks to Melinda and Diana and their staff, it was another great Women’s Club event.
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The funds raised go mainly to the Youth on Course program that helps pay greens fees, so the girls can actually play golf and not just hit balls. The Women’s Club got this fundraising off to a great start contributing $454 at the Spring Kick-off on March 16. We encourage all members to contribute to this wonderful effort. You can leave cash or checks [payable to Oregon Junior Golf] with Natane at the front desk and pick up a tax-deductible receipts!
Our feathered friends are just one of the many bonus amenities that make Shadow Hills CC unique!
Click “More” to see the pictures and descriptions from Audubon chair, Betsy Ovitt.
Meet Our New Superintendent
A Conversation with Ryan Wyckoff
by Patric Miller- ShadowHillsExtra editor
When you first meet Ryan Wyckoff, you are immediately struck by his youth, his intensity, his smile, and his height. Of course “youth” is gauged by those doing the observing, and with most of those in the cluster of members shaking hands of introduction in the lobby, all being “well past middle age,” everyone younger than 45 seems youthful.
But, when you take a look at Ryan’s resume, it’s clear that he has packed a lot of impressive experience into a career that began in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science in Turf Management from Oregon State, and has taken him through some of the best-known courses and tournaments in golf.
Starting as an Assistant Superintendent at the Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, then on to Pebble Beach Links, Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, WA, and then to a long stay as Superintendent, and then Senior Director of Golf Operations at the OGA Course in Woodburn, Ryan has been involved with a wide range of weather and course conditions.
Add to that, tournament experience with a long list of events, including three U.S. Opens, several state and regional invitational, and U.S. and amateur tournaments, and you begin to understand why bringing him here to Shadow Hills introduces a level of excitement and hope for “next level” quality.
I had the chance to chat briefly with Ryan after he had a chance to do a basic assessment of our course, and to get his impressions of what he was seeing.
NOTE: A “Meet and Greet” event for Ryan, has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12th at 2PM in the dining room. You are all welcome to attend.
by Nancy Moore
In early February, 11 women, along with our golf professionals, Gary Davis and Jeff Smith, went on a golf trip to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Gary organized a two-day, team match play competition. The teams consisted of:
Shadow Team 1 Shadow Team 2
Pam Brills/Chris Wesely Carolyn Townsend/Betsy Ovitt
Shari Hoover/Patsy Raffin Nancy Moore/Lori Reynolds
Marilyn France/Debbie Durbin Leilani Norman/Jeff Smith
Click Read More to see day by day description and pictures
The Titleist Performance Institute is the the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Since its inception in 2003, TPI has studied thousands of golfers ranging from the top professional tour players to weekend enthusiasts. An incredible amount of data on players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels has been gathered during this time.
Using this data, TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, TPI has analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially lead to injury.
We at Shadow Hills are lucky to have our own TPI Certified Trainer in Nick Mainenti. During a recent “Introduction to TPI” seminar, Nick outlined the advantages of the TPI system for swing evaluation, strength and conditioning. And now, Nick is offering a special TPI training package for Shadow Hills Country Club members.
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“Cheers to Women’s Health, Wealth & Happiness”
by Mary Sullivan – event chair
January 27, 2016
We’re at that time in our lives where we face major life events for ourselves, our family and our friends. While caring for loved ones, women forget to make themselves a priority. The Women’s Club was charged with planning a women’s night out.
The Women’s Club put on an extravaganza celebrating women’s health, wealth and happiness. It was a beautiful event which gathered close to 200 women members and their guests. The event showcased delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Diana and her staff, signature Appletini cocktails, displayed Fiat cars and My Party Bus, a photo booth by “Only the Best” and vendors tailored to issues that matter to women of today. The sponsors, vendors and friends of Shadow Hills donated an array of great door and raffle prizes. As you can see by the pictures . . . a good time was had by all!
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As the feature story in the February Newsletter points out, the Membership Committee has taken on the task of getting a recent picture, and updated contact information from EVERY Shadow Hills member for our Membership Directory.
There are a variety of reasons for this. But, the primary reasons are to help build community (a way for your members to know you better) and for added security for our electronic billing system (making sure that you are the authorized user of your member account).
There are loads of members who currently have no current pictures on file…and even more who have really old pics, that barely resemble their current incarnations!
To this end, we are asking everyone to send us a recent head and shoulders pic, along with their contact information: Name, Address, Email Address and Phone Number(s) to email@example.com.
With the proliferation of digital cameras, cellphone cameras, and social media, getting us a picture is easier than ever!
However, if you Click “Read More” we have some simple tips to “Taking A Great Selfie!”
Kathy Lamberg gave a wonderful presentation on the “Birds of Shadow Hills Country Club” in late January. What became clear, is that Shadow Hills is teaming with a huge range of birds and wildlife!
See the list of birds Kathy presented by clicking Read More…
For more than 40 years Shadow Hills has been blessed by Harriet Smith’s membership. In the early days, as Harriet and her husband Wayne became thoroughly committed golfers, they also participated in the tree planting and fairway rock removal efforts supplied by Shadow Hills Founders.
Following Wayne’s instruction to hang on to their Shadow Hills membership, Harriet survived her early widowhood and thrived in the warmth and wholesome activity of Shadow Hills Country Club. Serving on committees, scoring for tournaments, organizing an annual women’s event, playing bridge, enjoying most evening social gatherings, encouraging new golfers, and reliably greeting and welcoming new members, Harriet participated as long as she was able.
Although Harriet could no longer play golf, she maintained a golfing membership to the end. The Smith Garden, named in her and Wayne’s honor, represents the very generous monetary gift with which she joined Gene Gustafson’s fund raising effort and without which Shadow Hills New Clubhouse would not exist. We are all beneficiaries and will miss her.
Harriet died on New Years Day 2016; she was 97 years.
Her Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Terpening Terrace
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sacred Heart Hospice, PO Box 10905, Eugene, Oregon 97440 or to a charity of your choosing.
PLEASE NOTE- parking at Terpening Terrace for Harriet’s Celebration of Life is limited. It would be good if folks parked at Albertson’s and crossed River Road at the light or at the PeaceHealth Santa Clara office that is on the same side of the street as Terpening. This will make it easier for those attending who are disabled, or less able to walk longer distances.
The dress for the service is “golf course casual.” The SHCC dining room dress code would apply in this situation.
Please feel free to leave your remembrances of Harriet in the comments below.
In the upcoming weeks and months, Shadow Hills CC is expanding our offerings of health, fitness and golf instruction and clinics. Please take the time to give us your input as to your interest in some of the things we are working on for the near future.
Please Select ALL in which you would likely partipate!
We will determine class times and offerings based on your results.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO OFFER YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR CLASSES/CLINICS.
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More than 130 members and kids braved a seasonal torrential rain storm to be part of the Shadow Hills CC Kid’s Christmas Party. Once again, the theme was “Polar Express” complete with pajamas, hot cocoa, and “breakfast for dinner.” Santa made an appearance, with a special gift for all of the children who visited with the “Jolly Old Elf.”
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Almost two dozen participants showed up to decorate gingerbread houses in the lobby here at Shadow Hills CC. An amazing variety of designs and decorative items went into the tasty creations, each displaying the unique talents of the designer/builder/contractor involved.
In the end, a wonderful (if sticky) time was had by all!
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From stretching to hula hooping for fun and fitness, we are offering a variety of classes and clinics that will help you be more physically and mentally fit!
Make Your New Year’s Resolution one of Better Fitness!
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The Holiday luncheon was Wednesday, December 2nd and was a huge success, with more than 120 in attendance!
The event included wine tasting, holiday cocktail samples, entertainment, and amazing food from Chef Diana!
The festivities included a quilt raffle (compliments of our own SHCC Quilters!), Hearts for Hospice shop and the annual wine bag grab (lots was grabbed).
Pictures and Song Lyrics from the “Entertainment” are available by clicking “Read More” Below!
Those who opened the November issue of Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine this month saw that the PNGA Players of the Year were announced. Our own Leilani Norman was awarded the Senior Women’s Player of the Year.
Congrats on a great year, Leilani!
Click “Read More” to see the full article from PNG Magazine.
Once again it is time to request your support for our employee Holiday Bonus program. These bonuses are shared by all employees, greens, kitchen, pro shop, service and office. The Head Golf Professional, Greens Superintendent and General Manager do not receive a portion of this bonus. This is to show your appreciation of the many services rendered by all our employees during the past year. We hope you will participate in this voluntary contribution.
Shadow Hills Country Club is committed to helping its members play their best golf through the improvement of their golf skills, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Golfers are free to use the club’s facilities to improve their golf skills and fitness, or sign up for lessons or workout sessions with one of our Golf and Fitness Instructors.
Playing Your Best Golf begins with fitness and practice. Our Driving Range and Practice Facilities are expansive and unique. Our Fitness Center is fully equipped, with weights, machines for aerobic exercise, stretch bands, and a golf-specific stretching apparatus.
Shadow Hills is proud of its team of professional golf coaches. They provide individual and group instruction for golfers at all skill and age levels. The instructors at Shadow Hills Country Club are committed to helping members play their best golf by improving their golf skills, flexibility, strength, and endurance.
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Our very own Leilani Norman was featured in an extensive article in the Register Guard. Showcasing her amazing rise from “part-time recreational golfer” to someone who is a “competitive force in the seniors division of Oregon women’s amateur golf,” Norman’s trajectory is a great lesson on practice and determination!
Congratulations on a great story. We know this is only the beginning!
Click Below for the Full Story!
by Patric Miller- ShadowHillsExtra editor
The picture above is an actual image from the Glow Ball Scramble played on the evening of October 2nd. It is an accurate portrayal of how difficult it is to see the ball at address, but in no way reflects (because it is so dark) the fun of watching the ball after impact, as it goes in the general direction intended, or climbs a tree (looking much like a pinball) or falls into a water hazard, where it glows mockingly out of reach. The circles you see are glow-stick necklaces, required so that those who were in carts, knew where to dodge while maneuvering the fairway (and occasional sand trap).
Yes. This was my first attempt at glow-balling, and I have to admit that it was something I will not likely miss in the future. There is nothing more humbling than realizing just how poor your depth perception really is, as you tunnel a driver deeply into the turf on your first swing (don’t worry Randy, we sanded the trench). By the third hole, I had a better sense of swing, making my best effort to “be the ball” while wearing a cowboy outfit with a large, rigid cowboy hat affixed to my head, (did I mention it was a Halloween theme?). I surprised everyone with a couple of good shots that were at least as good as I could produce in the light of day, then watching my putts streak by the cup, or lip out (did I see sparks?) bringing me back to the reality of my nocturnal skill level.
Our team placed well out of the money…but there were some AMAZING (I hesitate to use the word “unbelievable”) scores posted! What a great way to cap one of the most memorable golf seasons in recent years! We will not miss this event next year, and have set up a putting green in the laundry room, where we can practice with the lights out. We shall be redeemed!
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At the end of Summer, it has become a tradition to throw a party for the employees of Shadow Hills Country Club to show our appreciation. There is little doubt that the hard work, and their dedication to high standards, keep our club running smoothly while offering the best in service.
This year, The Shadow Hills Women’s Club staffed the party, offering a wide range of activities, food and prizes for every employee. From the “First Annual Department Championship” to Hula Hooping and swimming, there was something for everyone.
A number of SHCC members and local businesses donated money and prizes, resulting in prizes for every staff member who attended.
When the dust settled, The Outdoor Service Staff won the coveted trophy, even with a couple of “hole in ones” being posted by other departments.
Every member of Shadow Hills Country Club owes a debt of gratitude to our amazing staff. Take the time to thank them for their service next time you see them!
Click below for a selection of pictures from the event!
Two recent events brought out another huge contingent of Shadow Hills golfers, with an equally wide range of winners on the leaderboards.
The Luau had a record turnout this year, with many teams stacked to “Crazy 10” levels to accommodate the long wiat list. The weather, which was threatening some of the first rain in months, held off to provide clear, and temperate climes that made the event fun, without a trace of the blistering heat that had proceeded the event during the week.
Our Folds of Honor special game of the day on Labor Day, had a large turnout, with the added bonus of honoring those who have served our nation. A wide range of prizes were awarded, even though nobody was took home the $10,000 hole-in-one prize.
Click Below to see both results.
By Patric Miller ShadowHillsExtra Editor and SHCC Membership Committee member
Joining a new Country Club can be nerve-racking in the first few months as you do your best to learn other member’s names, figure out tee times, and try to be part of an existing long-term membership. As part of the “Great Springfield Migration of 2009,” I was expecting to spend weeks, if not months, trying to make new friends, and get a sense of the membership at Shadow Hills. One person made our transition smooth, welcoming and almost immediate.
Steve Mason was one of the first to reach out and welcome us as members, and then gently, but firmly cajole many of the senior men (I just made the age cut at the time) to join the new Senior Men’s league he was forming. It was one of the single best choices I have made as a member.
Those who know Steve Mason (aka The Commish), know him to be an ever-smiling, encouraging, and ardent promoter of community and friendship at Shadow Hills Country Club. The Senior Men’s group is based on a foundation of “meeting and golfing with other members here and at other clubs,” in the Northwest. From all reports, Steve’s objectives have been met and surpassed.
Due in part to the way that Steve organizes the events and the “Fed Ex Tour,” the league emphasizes playing with an ever-changing mix of partners, challenges and locations that offers fun, variety and strong competition.
The primary “tour” events feature Stableford scoring resulting in “Fed Ex points” and prize money to the top players in each of 15 events. But adding to the fun and challenge, many of the events are played at a wide variety of our reciprocal golf courses. This year, there are more than 65 players participating, with the final points coming down to the final event to determine the top 5 winners.
Anyone on the email list of Steve’s weekly updates is immediately impressed with the detail, organization and subtle humor. Always self-deprecating, Steve is known to almost apologize when he plays well enough to be “in the money.” But all who know of the hard work he puts into making the league fun and rewarding, wish him nothing but the best as he battles to remain in the top five, after spending several years in the “lower quarter” of the events he organized.
In addition to the regular events, Steve also organizes several regional golf outings that have regularly included long weekends at Bandon, Central Oregon, and even a five day excursion to play several courses on the way to and from the US Open at Chambers Bay this year.
Steve’s membership began as part of a family membership with his father, more than 44 years ago. He converted to full membership in his late 20s in 1971 and was a member until the year 2000, returning as a full member again since 2008. Steve is yet another example of members who make Shadow Hills part of their life, generation to generation. He is one who truly appreciates the myriad changes and improvements to the club over the decades, and sees the value of our continued growth and improvements.
Many also know Steve to be the consummate sports booster, as well a purveyor of tickets for almost every major college sports event in the region. When I had a last minute opportunity to go to San Francisco in 2012, it was Steve who found tickets for the U. S. Open tournament, just two weeks before the event. Duck tickets? Beaver tickets? Buying? Selling? Steve is your connection.
Steve Mason is a valuable asset to Shadow Hills Country Club. We are all fortunate to call him a friend of the entire membership. A very special thanks is due to him, as he is a perfect example selfless volunteerism, which adds to the friendship, community and camaraderie we all share together at Shadow Hills.
By Nick Mainenti
Today everyone–from your doctor, your family, and countless articles on the internet, can tell you about the endless benefits of a healthy lifestyle. These benefits not only apply to your quality of life in general, but also to the most beautiful game in the world: Golf!
Let’s look at four basic key elements of a healthy lifestyle that also apply to golf:
- Strength Training
If you put these for four elements into practice—and maintain them over time- your body will demonstrate an increased ability to do all the things you want it to do. Despite your history, your age, your fears or your resistance, if you DO them you will see rapid amazing changes in how your body looks, works and feels! Here are some examples.
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Shadow Hills Women’s Invitational Results
Another spirited and remarkable weekend of great golf was posted during this year’s Shadow Hills Women’s Invitational golf tournament.
There were a handful of surprises, along with some perennial favorites!
By Patric Miller – ShadowHillsExtra editor
Without question, when I talk to members of other clubs, they are always amazed at the incredible golf community and club league participation we have here at Shadow Hills CC. The Women’s Leagues are full and robust with players of all skill levels. The Men’s Leagues are full to the brim, with highly competitive League play, and an extended schedule that is unmatched at almost any other club or public course in the Northwest.
This year, the battle for top team honors came down to the final match, in BOTH divisions. As a player on one of the teams in contention, the results were truly amazing and memorable.
Click Below for results and recap.
At the Annual Meeting held Thursday night, October 16th, the results for the new slate of Board Members was announced. With three current members leaving at the end of the year after serving 7 years, the new board members will continue the long tradition of service to the club, to help insure our success and growth.
Congratulations, and thanks to all who ran!