We Do More
A Review of 2020 & Looking Forward
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a Merry, and safe, Christmas.
WHAT A YEAR THIS HAS BEEN!
To begin with, I think this year had one of the longest winters. Starting just after Thanksgiving of 2019 all the way to the first week of April. 5+ months.
Then came the Wuhan virus (COVID-19). On the evening of 12 March, the PGA announced canceling their next 5 tournaments. August National canceled The Masters. I started sending emails to the BOD communicating what had transpired. I then called an emergency meeting for 14 March and invited AHGC management to attend. The conclusion was that we would put a pause on the Leprechaun Charity Open scheduled for the 21 March where there would have been around 170 people in a room but continue with the Monday / Wednesday play and Special Events if courses were still open. Things got worse. On the morning of the 21 March, I received an email from the AHGC GM that effective immediately the restaurant and bar areas were closed and there would be no more shotgun starts. After many emails between the AHMGC BOD, we took the unprecedented action that we needed to cease all club activities. Later that morning I had Mr. Bumgardner send out an eblast canceling all club activities until further notice. It was a tough and heartfelt decision to make, but it was the right call.
Throughout the next couple of months, I sent out a few eblasts updating members as to the status of our club and when we could possibly be playing our games. That time finally came on 11 May.
In the interim, we canceled special events at Arrowhead CC, Oakcreek CC and Briarwood CC.
In October the BOD, through much deliberation, canceled the annual Christmas / Holiday Party. We could not justify having 100 people in a room.
It was a tough year to say the least.
This month the AHMGC made donations to the Prescott Area Shelter Services and the AHGC Junior Golf Program. “WE DO MORE” than merely play golf.
Moving on for 2021, the Special Event at Corte Bella GC is still scheduled for 20 January. This event will be a bit different. Instead of a shotgun start, we will have tee times starting on holes #1 and #10 followed with lunch. I do believe this is a first for the AHMGC.
The officers for the AHMGC in 2021 will be me as President, Mark Ernst as VP & Rules Official, Tedd Peck as Treasurer and Fred Laskowski as Secretary. The other board members are, Garland Miner, Richard Rust, Steve Bumgardner, Lawson “Butch” Barrett, Chuck Elsberry, Joe Dellaporta, Jim Sygitowicz and Bob Gouveia. Those volunteering their help are Bill Huth, Chuck Entwistle, Russ McGarry, Jerry Shayne.
Let us hope and pray that 2021 will be nothing like 2020.
Stay safe and healthy.
The tournament schedules have been posted for Jan. and Feb.; and we have a nice variety of events coming up. Events are posted on our web site including detailed game descriptions. Please note: Entry fees for all Monday/Wednesday games are $10.
Our monthly out of town games will be held on Wednesday Jan. 20th at Corte Bella CC in Sun City West with a 8:30 shotgun start. Our out-of-town game in Feb. will be at Hillcrest, on the 17th. At 9:00 am. We will hold our monthly Skins games on Jan. 13th., and Feb. 10th.
Always remember: record your actual gross score on the score card. If you record an X you cannot receive a Medal Prize in the event (except for Match vs Par and Stableford which are points games). Remember, on Points games you may pick up if your net score on the hole will give you -1 points for the hole. Review the schedules and make your plans for participation.
Please note that payment for the away events is due by 5:00 PM the Wednesday prior to the event. The fee of $80/player will pay for your golf, cart, range balls, Medal Play, Gross and Net Skins and Close to Pin entry.
Check in no later than 30 minutes prior to all events.
Gentlemen, we ended 2020 with 259 members and started 2021 with 154 members. That drop is not unusual and by the middle of January we’re already up to 170 members and will fill in more as the weather warms and more inactive members renew their memberships. We also had two new members join our club so far in January.
Handicaps and Rules
Let’s discuss your options when you find that your ball has made its way into one of the dreaded penalty areas. I chose this rules topic as I have observed at least 3 interesting interpretations of this situation in the past 3 months during our semi-weekly events. In two of these occurrences, a player took a course of action that is not permitted in the rules. Namely, the players found their balls in unhittable locations inside penalty areas (against a railroad tie in the gully on hole 5 of the South course, and perched alongside a boulder inside the penalty area to the right of the green on hole 6 of the South course). The players chose to declare their balls unplayable and dropped their balls within 2 club lengths of the spot inside the penalty area. This option is not permitted in the rules. If the ball is within a penalty area, you must play it as it lies or take full relief out of the penalty area. If your lie is nearly impossible to advance and the possibility of injury or club damage is highly probable, use the rules to your advantage. Take your full relief from the penalty area (add one penalty stroke) and play on. The third occurrence also took place on hole 6 South. The player was directly behind a large rock in the penalty area, making a shot to the green impossible. Before taking an illegal drop, it was suggested that under the new rules (2019 rule change), loose impediments may be removed inside a penalty area, as long as the ball is not moved in the process. The rock was not imbedded in the soil, so it was legally removed as a loose impediment and the shot was attempted. Play the course as you find it and the ball as it lies… unless the smart play is to use the rules to your advantage and take a legal course of action.