ATTENDEES: JIM FRATER; RANDY WESTON; HARRY MACLAUGHLIN; WALT DLUGOLECKI; BOB MILLER; TOM HOWELL; RICK ZERANSKI; LARRY GEORGE
Course and general golf conditions - Bob Miller and Larry George
Tournaments - Holiday Tournaments - Bob Miller
Financial report - Walt
Website Expiring - 11/12 19
Hot Dog Day - Oct 29
Jim Frater opened the meeting at 1603 PM.
Jim reminded everyone that whatever is said in this board meeting should stay in the room. He then turned the floor over to Bob Miller.
There are concerns with the experience level of some of the assistant pros when it comes to setting up playing groups for the Play Days. Larry acknowledged that some more familiarity with the nuances of the MGA is appropriate.
Tee times prior to the RLMGA slots are sometimes given to outside groups, which then tend to slow down play. Larry explained that there was one instance where that happened due to a glitch with the WEBRES system; however it is their goal to maintain the MGA blocks and not put outside groups in. Occasionally other member groups are sent out ahead of the MGA, but those groups are generally not slow players.
Pace of play seems to be improving some, with particular attention being applied to some of the traditional slow players having positive results. It remains the responsibility of all players to help maintain pace by “assisting” the slower players with encouragement and techniques.
Bob cited examples of times when calls to the pro shop with reports of slow play went unanswered.
Bob asked for clarification of whom to call with comments or observations of course conditions. Larry emphasized that any such things should go through him, not directly to either of the superintendents.
Discussion continued on course conditions and Larry noted that where some have complained about “over-watering” in some fairway areas, that is not the case. There are choices that come into play; for example, in order to keep the higher areas of the fairways green, the result may be that adjacent lower areas will be wetter. Members are encouraged to understand this and to use caution when driving through the lower areas.
The large tree on hole #12 of the Landing was removed due to infestation of pine bark beetles. The plan is to replace it.
Bob mentioned that historically there had been holiday tournaments that seem to no longer be happening, and suggested that those would be a good idea to resume, if possible.
Tuesday play days are averaging 43 players, and Thursdays are averaging 30. We are still experiencing too many cancellations. Discussion ensued concerning the Golf Genius system and that it appears that many members are not familiar enough with it to stay on top of their sign ups.
Walt Dlugolecki presented an update to the budget noting that we are currently $517 net positive relative to the budget. With estimated future expenditures, the year is projected to end with a positive $2100 cash position. This amount is consistent with the RLMGA history and represents a reasonable cushion going into next year. This cushion is needed to handle unexpected events, like tournaments that are attended by more players than expected.
Elections for 2019 were discussed. It was clarified that the only position coming open for next year is the position of Member-at-Large currently held by Tom Howell.
Jim Frater brought up messages he has received recently concerning the expiration of the website services in November. Harry MacLaughlin clarified that those messages are in error, and a mistake by Network Solutions that he has corrected.
The next “Hot Dog Day” is scheduled for October 29, 2019.
Motion was made and seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 1710 PM.