Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club
Minutes of the 55th Annual Members’ Dinner and Meeting
November 12, 2018
The social hour began at 6:00 P.M. The annual meeting of the members of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club was called to order by Club President, John Kersey, at 7:00 PM.
John welcomed the Club members to the 55th annual meeting and he introduced the special guests in attendance: Jamie Lemon General Manger, Jocelyn Krause Director of Food and Beverage; Peter Wininger, Director of Golf; Chris Hayman, Golf Course Superintendent; Nolan Schmuckle, 1st Assistant Golf Professional; Toby Mayfield, Pro Shop; Matt Loflen, Tournament Director; Paul Kipfstuhl, Tournament Coordinator; John Sullivan, Director of Banquets; Mary Penfield, Marketing; Lupe Jimenez, Assistant Golf Superintendent and Aubrey Paris, Resort Club Manager.
John introduced Jamie Lemon, who welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked them for being a part of the Men’s Golf Club. Jamie spoke of the mutually-beneficial relationship that exists between the RB Inn and the Men’s Club and how both organizations have thrived and grown together and he expressed his interest in continuing that relationship. In keeping with tradition, he also extended bar service for an additional hour much to the delight of the membership.
John acknowledged the many past Presidents in attendance. They included Dick Faxon – 2017, Jack McGuire – 2016, Dick Jeffreys – 2015, Jerry Canning – 2014, Alan Casper – 2013, Steve Campbell – 2011, Dick Fisher – 2010, Mike Freeman – 2008, Tom Domville – 2004, De Ellett – 2001 to 2003, and Bob Joyce – 1998 and 1999. We have 12 past presidents as members and still playing. That we are reputedly the finest Men’s Golf Club in the county is due in a large part to the efforts of these gentlemen.
Alan Casper stepped to the podium to acknowledge the passing in 2018 of three of our members. He gave a short tribute to each of those three: Marcos Jimenez, Henry Valdez, and Pete Smart.
John Kersey then introduced the 2018 Board of Directors: Jerry Canning, Tom Connolly, Tom Dubuque, Gregg Gattuso, Ron Lacy, Dom Nigro, Jeff Owens, Tom Smith, Terry Sonnack (not in attendance) and Joe Walkington. He expressed to the membership that these men are responsible for the smooth running of our Monday tournaments and special events.
John then recapped the 2018 golf year thus far. We have averaged 83 golfers per Monday tournament this year with the exception of special tournaments and punched greens. This is up from the past two years when we averaged 76, a significant increase.
John discussed the highlights for 2018 which included the new Tournament Management system introduced by Tom Connolly which simplifies creating pairings each week and generates a new scorecard. We recently introduced an option to allow certain players to play from the forward tees. This allows those players to be more competitive and will hopefully speed up play. We also have a new membership renewal system run by SCGA. John encouraged players to read their emails from the SCGA and renew as soon as they receive the notice that their renewal is due. Members can also go to our web site to renew and encouraged people to do so. John noted that the Rules Committee headed by Rules Chairman Joe Walkington is working on a summary of the sweeping rules changes to take effect on January 1, 2019. This summary will be distributed to the membership soon.
After a short dinner break Gregg Gattuso stepped to the podium and announced the reading of the minutes from the 2017 annual meeting. There was a motion from the floor to suspend the reading of the minutes. The motion was seconded and approved by the majority of “aye” from the membership. Gregg then asked for a motion from the floor to approve the 2017 minutes. The motion was made, seconded and approved by the majority of “aye” from the membership.
Tom Smith presented the membership report. Tom reported that we started the year with 169 members. We added 30 new members this year for a total of 199 and will probably reach over 200 by the end of the year. Tom mentioned the revolving renewal dates and while the majority of our member’s renewals become due on December 31, newer members renewals will occur one year from the date they joined. Tom said that a large number of early renewals were paid by credit card, a new option this year for those renewing directly through the SCGA web site. He encouraged the 150 members who have not renewed to do so.
Jerry Canning presented the 2018 financial report. As of November 12, 2018, the Club had an operating cash balance of $11,380.00. Projected receipts for the remainder of 2018 are expected to be approximately $2,786.00 and expected expenditures for the remainder of 2018 are expected to be approximately $10, 788.00, leaving a projected operating cash balance of $3,380.00 to begin the 2019 year which is about $300 from where we ended last year.
Gregg Gattuso then conducted the election of the 2019 Board of Directors. The slate of nominees was presented to the membership for approval. They were: Jerry Canning, Tom Connolly, Tom Dubuque , Gregg Gattuso, Norm Blades, Ron Lacy, Mike Durrant, Doug Chenet, Tom Smith, Tom Christopher and Joe Walkington. There were no nominees from the floor. By a vote of a majority of the members present, the nominees as presented were approved and elected to serve a one year term as board members of the Club in 2019.
John Kersey then took the podium and introduced Peter Wininger, Director of Golf.
Peter first honored the veterans among our membership. He considered our Men’s Club to be very special among the Men’s Clubs he has worked with over the years. He gave a brief summary of his career and how he got to be Director of Golf at JC Golf’s flagship property. He assured us that his door is always open to the membership and praised the maintenance crew at RBI.
John then introduced Chris Hayman who welcomed all the new members and introduced Lupe Jimenez, his new assistant and praised the pro shop team. He mentioned that RBI weathered the extremely hot summer better than all the other golf courses in the area. John Kersey asked about the shortage of sand in some of the bunkers. Chris said they are reallocating some of the sand and have gone to hand raking to move sand into the key areas. They also added 35 new rakes.
Gregg Gattuso announced the winners of the Spring 2-man Team Championship Marcos Melim and Tom Torgerson. John Kersey announced the winners of the President’s Cup Club Championship for 2018. They were: A-Flight Champion, Bob Giannaris, and B-Flight Champion, Johnny Watson. Jerry Canning then announced the winners of the Fall Scramble. First place went to David McCallum and Steve Cortright.
Jerry Canning announced that year-to-date through November 12, 2018, the top ten money winners in the club were as follows:
1st Darren Veitch
2nd Joe Walkington
3rd Bob Giannaris
4th Jeff Owens
5th Tom Christopher
6th Jerry Canning
7th Johnny Watson
8th Mike Fuqua
9th Dom Nigro
10th Ren Halloran
The total value of the prizes to date is $36, 357.00. By years end we will have paid out over $40,000 in prizes. 157 different members won money this year.
Lastly, John Kersey opened the floor for questions. No questions were asked.
John announced that the formal portion of the meeting had concluded at 8:21 PM.
John Kersey then completed the evening by conducting a raffle drawing of approximately 40 prizes. Aubrey Paris assisted in passing out the prizes.
Submitted by Gregg Gattuso, Club Secretary