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On this page you will find articles about coming events, event recaps, and links to results pages, club projects, current events and general club news.
Thursday, June 21st the NGC hosted the St. Thomas More School Tournament. The event had 27 groups vying for the bragging rights this year. Everything went smoothly and rumor has it that the banquet served at St. Thomas More by their top chefs is worth the entry fee by itself! You may view the top teams HERE.
On Tuesday, June 19th, the NGC hosted the Norwich Firefighters Golf Tournament, The large field and our local community give super support to this event by playing, donating and sponsoring to help raise monies for this great charity! Lunch was provided prior to the golf by Iliano’s Pizza and cold beer was brought by These Guys Pub & Brewery. This year we had 136 players sign up to compete and the players did not disappoint with several teams going low low low! All teams compete with no handicap and this year 60 was the number to beat. To see the winners list look HERE.
Player registration was manned by several volunteers.
Players are arriving prior to tee time while others practice their putting or just chill out in the carts waiting to go!
On Saturday, June 16th the two finalists in the men’s president cup tournament squared off for the final match of the tournament. Terry Hanrahan, A flight winner took on Tim Griffiin, B flight winner. Perfect playing conditions provided a great backdrop for the two finalists. Tim Griffin got off to a solid start and was up going into the back nine. He managed to close Terry out on the 14th. Accompanying the finalists were club president Jim Homiski and club head professional Mike Svab. Congratulations to Tim Griffin on his solid play and winning the president’s cup championship and to Terry Hanrahan for making it to the finals!
On June 14th the NGC hosted the 29th annual Daniel Boucher Memorial Scholarship Fund Tournament. There were 30 groups of players this year. The course was well prepared as usual and mother nature cooperated for a fun day for everyone. We had 40 of our members participate in the competition as well as 80 supporters of the event from the surrounding area. Event planning was handled by Jennifer DeLucia who did an incredible job coordinating all of the aspects including tournament administration, luncheon, golf, prime rib dinner, awards & prizes. Everything went perfectly as planned. Great job Jen! Many thanks go out to the many volunteers who donate their time to make this event happen! Event results may be viewed HERE.
On June 10th, the “Play the Olde Course Tournament” was a great success with 21 teams competing for the top honors in the gross & net divisions. The FREE cookout and beverages provided by the NGCA Members Club after the golf was a nice touch with many players staying to watch the golf on the final hole after they had completed their own rounds. Manning the BBQ was Matt DeRosier who volunteered to handle the grilling and he did a great job while dad Dave DeRosier was playing in the final group of the day along with club president Jim Homiski who usually handles the grilling. There were some great scores turned in both gross & net. The event format was the best 1 ball of the team both gross & net and there was a second event being played as an individual low gross & net to provide even more ways to win prizes! Thanks go out once again to tournament chairman Dave DeRosier for planning this fun event and also to members Larry Carver & John Marion who handled the scoring of the event on the clubs tournament software. To see the list of winners please follow this LINK.
This Sunday, June 10th, the NGCA Members Club is hosting the annual “Play the Olde Course” tournament and cookout. Competitors were able to choose their own foursomes and make their own tee times. The format is the 1 best ball of the foursome team, gross and net, along with the individual best ball format. Players will have the chance to win in more than 1 contest! Following the event there will be a picnic cookout behind the final green. Stadium seating will be available behind the final green for entertainment.
The Ladies Presidents Cup finals were played on Saturday, May 26th. The finalists were Mrs. Lorie Jakubowski & Mrs. Jeanette Farquhar. The ladies handicaps were almost the same with Jeanette receiving just 1 stroke on the #1 handicap hole from Lorie. This was a close match with neither competitor ever getting more than 2 up. The match lead changed 3 times and the match was all square 3 times until it ended on the 17th hole! Great match Ladies! See how it ended HERE.
The NGCA Members Club held a 2 player team tournament on Saturday 5/26/18. We had 18 teams sign up to compete in the 1 best ball of 2 format with prizes given to both gross & net score teams along with a skins game also for gross & net. The weather was bright & sunny and the humidity was on the high side but everyone played well. The gross champions weere father & son duo Paul & Chris DeLucia who carded a nice 65 with dad Paul playing his best round and scoring 71 on his own ball. Way to go Paul! In the net division the team of Mike Wood & Dan Boisvert carded an awesome 58 net to take the top honors in their division. Partner Dan had nothing but admiration for the round of 82 that Mike played who carded 3 birdies and helped the team to the victory! Check out the final results HERE.
The NGCA Members Club held the second ABCD of the year this Sunday, May 20th. The event format was a 4 player team playing a modified scramble. Member Larry Carver volunteered his time again to use the member clubs tournament software to fully prepare the event. The teams all scored closely together and the results needed 2 tiebreakers to determine the 5 top teams while the skins game had 1 winner taking all the money! As most of you know the NGC created a totally new member category called the Economy Season Pass which also gave the purchaser the ability to play in member events. We are happy to note that 8 of the players were from that demographic. Thanks go out to the NGCA Members Club for welcoming these players into their club. You may view the event final results HERE.
The golf season is off and running at the NGC. The first few tournaments have been played and the spring aeration of the greens has been completed. The annual aeration is something that no golfer looks forward to but it is necessary for the health and condition of the greens. This year mother nature cooperated and it has rained twice since the procedure which will speed up the healing process and we can look forward to playing on them very soon. This years tournament season has once again seen all of our usual annual events booking and several more events have been added to the schedule. The NGC books more annual events than our nearby competitors for a number of reasons which reflects the service and attitude of the facility staff. Nice going everyone! The NGCA Member’s Club has quite a number of events for you to participate in again this year. Next up is the May ABCD on the 20th. The sign up for this fun event which includes a picnic cookout is only $15 per player and sign up concludes this Wednesday, May 16th at 5 pm. Please stop by and sign up before it is too late to get in! Coming right up is the 2 player team event on May 26th where you play in your own groups and choose your own partner on your own tee times. Sign up will take place on the first tee.
The Women’s and Men’s President Cup Tournament will commence play on May 7th. To view or print the men’s brackets please CLICK HERE. UPDATE: First round play has been completed and there were some difficult matches played, some of them in the rain! Keep track of your favorites on the club’s “golf genius” site or downstairs in the clubhouse on the members bulletin board.
You may have noticed that the canvas cover to the cart maintenance facility below the clubhouse has been removed. This aged cover was installed in 2003 and our sun & winter weather has taken its toll until the material finally gave up and tore in the wind this winter. It has served its purpose over the years but the view from the 3rd fairways was not very nice so the Golf Authority authorized its removal. A new replacement cover will be installed before the end of the year. The new cover will be a little darker in color to aid with snow melt so the weight of the snow doesn’t create a repeat performance of the sagging cover. The old cover lasted 15 years and with the advancement in materials and weather proofing we should be able to extend the lifespan of the cover.
On Monday, May 7th, the golf course will be having an 8:30 am shotgun start for all members wishing to play due to an afternoon tournament. NFA high school is hosting the “Wildcat Invitational” golf tournament where high school golf team members from the entire conference have been invited to participate. This event will be individual stroke play and the boys will be ready to play. There were some great scores last year so we should expect a repeat performance again this year. NFA Golf Coach William Howard will be sure to play his best team against all of the field. These young golfers are the future of the sport and this event gives them a chance to show what they have learned to everyone. The entire field will be walking as they play according to conference rules. Spectators are welcome however there will be no riding carts permitted for this event.
Our course Superintendent, Bruce Morse, hosted the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents (CAGCS) spring meeting and golf tournament to our facility on Monday, April 30th. The tournament format was 2 player teams playing a “shamble”. The course was set up tough and was groomed nicely. Bruce received many compliments from his peers for his preparation of the facility. The “CaddyShack Restaurant” provided the food and beverages for the event. To view the tournament results please CLICK HERE.
The NGCA Members Club hosted the season opening ABCD event today, Sunday, April 22nd. We had 17 foursomes take on the Red – White – Blue Tee format playing a 4 player scramble. Larry Carver prepared the event using the club’s “Golf Genius” tournament software using the computer to create the 17 teams which also gave the starting hole locations and after entering all of the scores we had the final results including the skins game run by the proshop. Great Job! You may see the final event and the entire field scores HERE.
The NGC is offering our annual Junior Golf Clinic in July. This year the format has been changed from once per week to be Monday to Thursday, July 16th to the 19th. The clinic will take place from 8am to 10 am for 4 days. The ages to qualify to attend the junior clinic are age 7 to 13. The minimum age will be enforced to help build a better learning environment for all of our students.
The 29th annual Daniel Boucher Memorial golf tournament will be held on June 14th 2018. The Boucher Memorial Scholarships have helped many deserving students in furthering their educations over the past 29 years. They are now accepting new applicants for the scholarship awards for 2018. All applications must be post marked no later than May 1st, 2018. You may view and download the scholarship application HERE.
The Norwich Golf Course Association annual Scholarship is now available for the children & grandchildren of NGCA Members to apply for consideration. The deadline for your application is no later than May 18th, 2018. If you would like to apply please download or print your application and return it as soon as possible. You may view and download the scholarship application HERE.
Mike’s Golf Shop is fully stocked and ready to fill your Spring 2018 golf equipment needs whether you need supplies to get ready for your first on course adventures or to fill your golf bag with the latest & greatest equipment to assist you in making this golf season one to remember! Mike has filled all available space in the golf shop with all new displays and products for all of the customers to find just what they are looking for from major manufacturers such as TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping and Callaway as well as top of the line clothing & footwear all offered at the best prices! Stop by and check out all of the displays.
The NGC will open for the 2018 golf season on “Good Friday” March 30th at 7am. We are accepting tee times for the Easter holiday weekend now. Please phone in your tee time request or stop by and say hello. This week the pro shop is open from 9am to 3pm until Friday. When normal shop hours will resume for the rest of the season we will be open from 7am to 6 pm.
Head Professional Mike Svab is hosting the upcoming TaylorMade Demo Day on Saturday, April 21st at Malerba’s Driving Range from 10am to 2pm. TaylorMade factory representatives will be on site to custom fit you utilizing the latest launch monitor technology from Track Man. This is the same equipment that they fit the tour professional with. If you would like to take advantage of this FREE SERVICE, please follow this link and sign up HERE.