We are all concerned these days with the pace of play. Pace of play is much talked about and ways to improve it and enforce it have about as many solutions as “Carter has pills”. It is seen on television and in popular golf magazines all the time. Commentators discuss it and rules officials occasionally put groups “on the clock”. Head Professional Mike Svab has always been proactive in my experience with him and being the forward thinking individual that he is he decided to do something about it this morning on the first tee. In the accompanying photo Mike can be seen doing his part to enforce the pace of play guidelines.
The first members who signed up for the “Play with the Pro’s” program this season were Jim Homiski & John Marion. Mike offered the members their choice of “us against them” or play a 6-6-6 format with Mike as your partner for 6 holes. Jim & John chose the 6-6-6 and off to the 1st tee we went. We all had a ton of fun and lots of laughs along with the golf. If you and a fellow member would like to play with us there are still a few Friday mornings left available so stop by and sign up before they are all taken. See you on the tee!
Upcoming events with active signup in the pro shop now are the Men’s & Women’s Presidents Cup which begins on May 8th and the next ABCD, a 4 player team “shamble format” which is scheduled for May 21st. Sign up early to guarantee your spot in the competition! The golf season is in full swing already so it’s time to get your game ready to go. Try out the new practice bunker below the clubhouse or the new warmup hitting net in the upper park above the parking lot! Don’t forget to mention you are an NGC member at Malerba’s range to receive a discount on your practice bucket! You may also want to get a “tune up” on your swing fundamentals from Mike & Jeff while you’re getting your game ready too.
The first ABCD scramble event of the season was played on Sunday, April 23rd. The event began with a 30 minute putting clinic instructed by head PGA professional Mike Svab and was attended by most of the 68 player field! This tournament was scored as a net event only, no gross division, with the top 6 teams receiving prizes. Professional Mike Svab did the honors of announcing the winning teams and the skins game results. Following was an outdoor picnic bbq with members club president Jim Homiski handling the grill while vice president Bob Malouf conducted the spring meeting. The members club provided all of the food & beverages for the event. The event results may be viewed by following this link.
The successful new event started last year, “The Walter Travis Cup”, is an event in which members receive points based on their finishing positions in club events held all season long. The “Majors” award more points than regular season events but the 10 members with the most points qualify into the season ending “Shootout”. You must compete in order to receive points so don’t miss a single event this year! The season opening ABCD is this Sunday 4/23/17. Good Luck and see you there!
The NGCA Members Club season opening ABCD has been scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd. Arrive before 8 am and join head professional Mike Svab on the putting green for a complimentary putting clinic. This will be an 8:30 am shotgun start and entry fees are $15 per player. There will be a cookout & beverages served at the “Gopher Hole” picnic area immediately following golf. Sign up is available in the proshop. Final entry deadline is 4/16. Stop by and sign up before the 16th to ensure your spot in the field.
One of our own has joined the professional ranks in the golf industry! Congratulations to Mr. Ed Hilario for his new career as a golf professional. Ed comes from a storied golfing family. Ed & his brothers are all accomplished golfers who have been established in the area playing and competing for years. Best Wishes and Best of Luck to Ed who is joining the professional staff of Troon Golf Management at the Lake of Isles golf facility at Foxwoods.
Have you ever thought about playing golf with Mike & Jeff? New for 2017 we are playing golf with the members every Friday at 8:30 am. The sign up sheet with all available dates to play is located on the door next to the handicap computer located in the main clubhouse front entryway. Next time you are at the club check out the dates and select a date for you and a partner to play with us. During the last 5 years we have played with some of you and simply put, we just didn’t have the free time to do this so this year we are resolved to play more often and would like to include you in our plan!
The Champions Case in the clubhouse entryway has been completed. The project was done as a gift from the Professional Staff to provide recognition to those players who excelled during the 2016 golf season. The original archive photo display that was donated years ago by the McKay Family are being built into another display and will be up in the future in another location in the clubhouse.
Welcome back everyone for the beginning of our 2017 golf season! Finally, Spring is here. March 20th marks the first day of spring on our calendars and the golf course is almost ready to go! We are all hoping that this last winter storm was the last of the season so we can get our clubs out and take a few swings. Season Passes are available through the proshop and we are also accepting payments for the Members Club and Associate Memberships. The season opener ABCD event is coming on April 23rd and sign up is open in the proshop. The course has come through the winter with no problems and the NGC maintenance dept. has been prepping for spring turf growth by aerating the fairways and pretreating the greens for the poa blooms that occur right after the temperature rises. You will see some new directional signage out on the course in a few locations as well. In accordance with new city regulations there will be no more “dog walking” on our property so hopefully we won’t have to watch out for any extra “hazards”. The golf staff has been busy over the winter doing some clubhouse maintenance and stocking the proshop with the newest in attire and equipment. Our spring sale is already in progress with a nice selection to choose from. Click on the Proshop link along the top of the page to see some of the items on sale and save. The proshop is open every day so stop in when you have a chance and browse all the new inventory. The CaddyShack Restaurant is currently open from Wed. through Sunday, closed Mon. & Tues.
The NGCA Members Club Christmas Party will be held this coming Sunday, December 18th in the Caddy Shack Restaurant. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Food & beverages and raffle prizes! Fun for all! See you there.
The Members Club has a new event on their schedule this year, the Walter Travis Cup Shootout. In every club event they entered this past season competitors earned points for their finishing positions. The top ten in the points are then invited into the shootout. This takes place on the front nine of the course with all ten competitors playing net stroke play with handicaps adjusted off of the lowest handicap player in the field. Everyone tied with the highest score on each hole played must then compete in a “chip off” with the player farthest from the hole being eliminated. This process continues until the 9th hole where we have the final 2 players. If the 2 players tie on the hole they must then “chip on and putt out” to determine a winner. All chip off locations are determined by the head professional on every hole where a playoff is necessary. The inaugural event was won by Terry Hanrahan, the 2016 Champion! Nice going Terry.
The NGCA Members Club final event of 2016 is swiftly approaching with the Maintenance Revenge Tournament scheduled for Sunday, November 6th. This year the “Revenge” will be played as a 4 player team scramble format with the teams created as an ABCD by the handicap computer. All Norwich G.C. members & associates are invited to participate in the scramble for a $10 entry fee. Players must sign up in the pro shop prior to November 1st. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s sports jerseys or sweats and don’t forget to pack your sense of humor. You may need to laugh when you see what the maintenance department has in store for you this year!
The NGC guys responsible for course setup & pin positions………
On Columbus Day Holiday, Oct. 10th, the NGC is hosting the Warriors for Warriors Veterans Benefit Golf Tournament. This is a fun event raising much needed funds for our military veterans! Play or make a donation as you wish. Contact for entry: www.warriorsforwarriors.org.
The 2016 golf season is winding down as some early fall weather has come our way. There are only a few events left to play this season. Next up is the 2 player scramble on Oct. 22nd, make up your own groups and make your own tee times for this one. Entry fees are $10 per player and will be paid on the first tee prior to your tee time. On Sunday, Oct. 23rd, we host the 2nd Annual Mike Svab Invitational raising funds for the betterment of the NGC facilities. Finally on Nov. 6th we will be playing the Maintenance Revenge tournament. This year we are playing it as an ABCD scramble format. You are invited to wear your favorite sports team jerseys or sweats.
The 2016 Men’s & Women’s 4 Ball Tournament are all set to go. Matches may begin this weekend. For weekend matches competitors must put in a request card and mark it as “4 Ball” just like any other weekend, no time request need be specified. Weekend matches will be placed after all non competitor member tee time requests have been placed. For weekday tee times just phone the pro shop and set up your tee time. To view the match play ladders follow this link for Men’s Ladder, click here for Women’s Ladder.
The Men’s 4 Ball Championship concluded on Saturday October 22nd with the top 2 on the ladders competing for the honors. David DeRosier & partner Jon Hominski versus Bob Monahan & partner Bob Furtado teed off mid morning in the middle of a typical fall rainstorm. It was a tough match for everyone in the rainy conditions and the match ended on #16 with winners DeRosier & Hominski up 3 & 2. Congratulations to the new 2016 4 Ball Champions! To view the final results & payouts click HERE.
The Women’s 4 Ball Tournament concluded today with Champions Lorie Jakubowski & Jeanette Farquhar winning on #16.
Congratulations to the Champions!
The 2016 Men’s Club Championship got under way this Saturday, August 6th with the first round of 4 rounds of stroke play played under mostly cloudy skies and a forecast for afternoon thunderstorms. The 48 competitors were divided into 4 flights of 12 representing the championship & flights 1, 2, & 3, with the 3rd flight being a net score flight played from the white tees while all other flights are played from the blue tees. The Championship flight competitors are tightly grouped with scores of 71 carded by Todd Lavoie while defending champion Steve Gambeski, Ed Hilario and Jim Sowders all carded 72. The Club Championship always brings out the competitive nature of the players and round 2 was no exception. The second round scores shuffled the players with defending champion Steve Gambeski (142) carding a -1 under round of 70 to take a 1 shot lead over 1st round leader Todd Lavoie (143) while Frankie Lee (148) moved into the 3rd place position 6 shots back of Gambeski and 1 shot ahead of Jim Sowders (149). Doug Smith and Ed Hilario are tied with 150 for the 2 round total. In First Flight a nice battle is shaping up between “Zoom” Eldridge (151) and Paul DeLucia (152). Second Flight leader Bill Mageski (160) carded a nice 76 to take a 5 shot advantage over first round leader Bob Furtado (165). The Third Flight leader Brian Watson (130) has a comfortable lead over Ted Richard (140) & Terry Hanrahan (141). All 3 players are under par net. The scores after 2 rounds shown by flight may be viewed HERE.
The 3rd round of the championship was played under extremely hot & humid conditions. The competitors had to be self aware of hydration and possible heat exhaustion as they did their best to move up the leader board today. The scores reflected the difficult conditions today as the field average went up several strokes. Championship flight leader Steve Gambeski posted a nice 71 to remain in the lead by 5 over Todd Lavoie with several other players giving chase close behind. Steve’s 3 round total of 213 is even par for the 3 rds. Bob “Zoom” Eldridge leads the 1st flight over Paul DeLucia with a 4 shot advantage. The 2nd flight has a new leader as “Spike” Velles came from behind to take a 4 shot lead into the final round tomorrow over Dennis Shelton & John DeLucia who are tied for 2nd place. There is also a good battle coming tomorrow in the 3rd flight net division with Ted Richard & Terry Hanrahan tied with 210 each and Larry Carver 5 back at 215. Larry shot a nice 81 (net 66) to make a big move up the leader board today. You may view the full flight results after 3 rounds HERE. To see the tee times for the final round go HERE.
The final round of the Championship was played in extremely hot conditions with the heat index reaching 110 degrees. Some of the competitors lost ground and others took advantage and played well enough to move up a few positions. In the Third Flight Ted Richard held on to win over Larry Carver & Terry Hanrahan. The Second Flight was pretty much the same as 3rd rd. leader Speros Velles held on for the win while Jon Hominski closed with a nice 82 to take over the 2nd place spot. The First Flight leader Bob Eldridge held on to the lead to win by 2 shots over Paul DeLucia. In the Championship Flight defending champ Steve Gambeski won over runner up Todd Lavoie. For the final results click HERE.
The Norwich Junior Championship 1st round of stroke play was played by 7 junior players competing in the 2 round aggregate competition. The end of Round 1 found Noah Straub (74) taking a commanding 10 shot lead into Sunday’s final round over nearest competitors Chris Bouchard (84) & Sam Gaboury (86). The final round played Sunday, July 31st began under cloudy skies and higher humidity along with a threat of thunderstorms coming our way. Fortunately the weather held off and the boys got the job done. The final round found Noah Straub carding a 2nd round total of 80 combined with his 1st round score of 74 to shoot 154 total and to handily win over his nearest rival by 13 shots. Congratulations to Champion Noah Straub and to all of the boys who competed for the title. See the full results HERE.
The 2016 NGC – Wildcat Junior Golf Clinic was attended by 13 junior golfers. The junior clinic ran for 4 weeks in July held every Tuesday. Our last week we paired the juniors into team groups and played a scramble on the course. For many of the participants this was their first time actually seeing a golf course and they were like ducks to water. The juniors were respectful and quiet when they need to be and had fun and laughs at other times. Each group on the course was accompanied by a current NFA golf team member. Special “thanks” go out to NFA boys golf coach Bill Howard and NFA girls golf coach Jeff Brown. Escorting the junior groups on the course were NFA team members Jack Sullivan, Sean Gilot and Spencer Molkenthin. After the play was over we had a nice cookout at the famous “Gopher Hole” bbq & picnic grounds. Members club president Mr. James Homiski handled the grill and provided hotdogs & burgers for everyone attending. Chips, cookies and brownies along with cold gatorade and water were the refreshments. Your members club did a great job and the financial assistance was icing on the cake. Thanks to all of you for the great support from the NGC membership!
The 90th Norwich Invitational was held July 15th, 16th & 17th. This years event was clearly going to be a memorable one as the competitors kept signing up and taking the event to a near capacity level of 169 out of a possible 172 maximum players. The forecast was for high temperatures and even higher humidity levels. The NGC maintenance dept. was scrambling for the last few weeks grooming and improving conditions to meet the high standards expected for this event. Superintendent Morse was keeping the grounds crew busy and it showed as the course & greens kept improving until everything was ready for the event. On qualifying Friday the temperatures soared into the low 90’s and the humidity kept building. Pace of play slowed as the heat caused the players to slow down and hydration became a cause for concern. A thunderstorm developed with lightning near the property so everyone had to come off the course and a rain delay pushed back round completion even further. All in all the players endured and a few low rounds were carded but the field average was a little higher than usual. Veteran player and former champion Phil Perry had to withdraw after completing his round due to the heat. Another long time supporter was hospitalized with dehydration. Players who shot 84 and under qualified and the field of 112 was set to go! Match play began Saturday morning and the 90th Norwich Invitational was under way. There are always a few upsets in match play and this year was no exception. The members club e-clubhouse and the NGC website both had “live scoring” links to the internet and players and interested parties were able to be up-to-date with this technology. Kudos to Mr. John Marion & Mr. Larry Carver for all their hard work in bringing this prestigious event to life again this year. There were many new names on the player roster as this event is gaining popularity among younger competitors who learned about it through the C.S.G.A. website. It is an honor to have the longest running amateur event in Connecticut held at our golf course. Thanks to the hard work of NGCA members & volunteers who helped to make this event a reality and a huge success we have a new champion this year, Mr. Nick Harrington, who defeated veteran competitor and defending champion Mr. Dave Jones in an epic 16 hole match play battle. Many spectators were on hand to witness this golfing duel between two fine players. The beverage cart was kept busy as everyone enjoyed the sunshine and great golf. Mr. Harrington won 4 of the first 5 holes and defending champion Dave Jones found himself facing a long, hot, uphill battle. Mr. Jones fought back halving #6 and winning #7 & 8. Harrington wasn’t going to give up and chipped in on #9 after both players missed the green on the right to takea 3 up lead into the back 9. They halved #10 and Jones won #11 & 12 to be only 1 down after 12 holes. Both player hit #13 and Harrington holed a birdie 2 from 25′ and Jones lipped out to go 2 down. The players halved #14 and Harrington won #15 with a regulation par 3 to go 3 up with 3 to play, a classic “dormie” position in his quest for his first Invitational win. Congratulations to these fine players for a great match and a fun afternoon of golf entertainment.
The NGCA members club held a competition on Sunday, July 3rd. The format was 1 Best Ball gross & net played as two player teams. The partners were a “blind draw” where the competitors did not know who their partners were until after the scoring was completed and the results were posted. The field consisted of 51 players vying for top honors and some pro shop credits! The results may be viewed HERE.
Announcing the 2016 NGC – Wildcat Junior Golf Clinic beginning on July 5th. The clinic will be held for 4 consecutive Tuesdays in July. Head instructor Mike Svab, PGA, will be joined by teaching professional Jeff Doerr and NFA golf coaches Bill Howard & Jeff Brown along with several players from the NFA Boys & Girls golf teams. This will be a cooperative effort by NGC & NFA to help grow the game by introducing the game of golf to any child ages 7 to 13 who would like to learn. Participants must have their own golf equipment. There is no charge for any child who would like to participate and there is no pre-registration required. Registration will be done at the NGC Pro Shop on Tuesday, July 5th, from 8:30 am to 9 am. To see all dates & curriculum click HERE.
The NGCA held the annual Member – Guest tournament on June 26th. The field consisted of 46 twosomes contesting to get their names on the second “Board Tournament” of the season. The event has 3 divisions, Gross, Net and Callaway. The Gross & Net Champions have their names placed on the champions board displayed prominently in the Caddy Shack Restaurant. The Gross Division was won by Mr. Ray Lathrop and his guest, Josh Cameron shooting a nice -5 under round of 66. The Net Division was won by father & son duo Kevin & Patrick Shine who carded an -11 round of net 60. The Callaway Division was won by new member Stephen “Goose” Gaboury and his guest Tom Hardy. You can see the top 3 finishers in each flight and the contest winners by clicking HERE.
The NGCA Members Club will be holding a tournament on Sunday, June 19th. The format for this event will be a two player team scoring the 1 best ball gross and net. Men will play from the blue tees and the “75” rule will be in effect and those qualifying may choose to play from the white tees. Ladies will play from the red tees. You may choose your partner for this event, make up your own foursomes, and make your own tee time to play. This is a “Free Entry” event sponsored by the Members Club! You will sign up your team to play on the first tee before you begin your round. See you there!
Sign up is now open for the coming Member-Guest Tournament to be held on June 26th, 2016. The event will be an 8:30 am shotgun start. Entry fee is $100 per team and associate members may play as the guest on your team. Invite one of your friends and show off your home course! See the event flyer HERE.
The Men’s President’s Cup is down to the last match left to be played which will take place this Sunday, June 19th at 8 am. Accompanying finalists Ed Hilario and Dave Bonville will be NGCA Members Club President Jim Homiski & Head PGA Professional Mike Svab. Good Luck to our two finalists! You may view the updated match play brackets HERE. Thanks go out to Mr. Larry Carver for his hard work keeping the brackets updated for everyone to view.
The Ladies President’s Cup Tournament has concluded with Mrs. Lynn Giacchetto winning over finalist Mrs. Patty Konturas. Congratulations to Champion Lynn Giacchetto and all of the competitors who participated. The Men’s President’s Cup is nearing completion of the semi final matches and the winners will be announced here as soon as play concludes. You may view the match play bracket ladder HERE.
You may view the President’s Cup final results HERE.