Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club
Minutes of the Meeting of the RBIMGC Board of Directors
March 15, 2018 in the Veranda bar.
In attendance were John Kersey, Tom Connolly, Gregg Gattuso, Jerry Canning, Ron Lacy, Jeff Owens, Joe Walkington, Tom Smith, Tom Dubuque, and Terry Sonnack. Dom Nigro was absent.
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 by John Kersey, President.
Gregg Gattuso noted that the minutes for the February 2018 meeting had been circulated and posted to the web site and asked for a motion to approve. Tom Smith noted that in the February minutes under the membership report it read that a prospective member must play as a guest with at least 2 board members prior to approval. After discussion it was suggested that this be changed to should play with 2 board members or former board members prior to approval. Minutes as amended were approved MUSA.
Treasurer Jerry Canning reported that the Men’s Club beginning operating balance for as of March 15, 2018 was $14,136.67. Total receipts for the period were $2,345.83. Disbursements were $2.06204 including 6 SCGA fees and February prize cards leaving an ending operating balance of $14. 420.46. Less estimated liabilities and undeposited funds, we have available cash of $13,160.46. The treasurer’s report was approved MUSA.
Tom Smith reported that we have 180 members; 171 full, 3 associate and 6 comp members. Since the last meeting 5 new members have been added; David King, Terry Bedell, Tom Stevens, Darryl Medders, and Pete Balestreri.
There are currently no applications for membership in the pipeline.
Tournament director Tom Connolly reported that tournaments through the end of May have been opened for entry of formats. With the exception of the small turnout for the January 1 outing average attendance has been 81.5 players.
The August 6 tournament will be at CCRB with a $60 greens fee. The March 26 tournament after green punching will be limited to 60 players. We are playing the back 9 twice. On April 2 we will be playing the entire course, but on sanded greens. There will be reduced greens fees both days.
We will check with the pro shop to see if we can get Men’s Club times on New Year’s Eve, December 31.
Member-Guest will be June 4. An email blast will be sent shortly reminding members to find a partner. It will include golf and lunch. Pricing to be determined. Steve Campbell will sponsor a closest to the pin contest with prizes.
Tom reported that he plans to hold training sessions and have the TD’s begin using the TM software for our tournaments shortly. He will reserve a meeting room at the Inn and coordinate with TD’s on the best day for everyone.
Nolan reported that there is a new ball washer for the range which dramatically cuts the time for washing the range balls. There is also a new apparatus at the front of the picker which allows it to operate much more effectively. Both items will save time and make the range operation much more efficient. There are also two new hauling carts on order to move bags and supplies for tournaments.
The board requested that more sand be added to the bottom of the bunkers. Nolan made a note of it. They are also working to eliminate any gift card and free round errors.
Ron Lacy reported for Terry Sonnack. February 19 there were 83 players. 4 posted incorrect scores, 3 did not post. 1 penalty round was issued for repeated non posting. February 26th; 88 players, 13 posted incorrect scores, 4 did not post. 1 penalty round was issued for repeated non posting. March 5; 86 players, 6 posted incorrect scores, 4 did not post.
There was a discussion of what to do about several players who continually fail to post their scores and do not respond to reminder emails or penalty rounds. Because of the imminent transition to the TM software where adjusted scores are posted automatically it was decided that this problem will resolve itself and any further action was tabled.
Tom Connolly reported for Dom Nigro that the issues with the backup of our web site have been resolved by him at no cost. He found another backup application to use. John Kersey asked Dom Nigro and Dick Faxon to find someone, possibly a Mike Markovitz contact, to advise us on how to test the recovery of the web site using the back-up software so that we would be able to know that we can recover fairly quickly from a site crash.
We are still not getting confirmations after signing up for a tournament. Dick Faxon has been looking into it but it seems that Word Press has become incompatible with a number of email hosts including most recently Road Runner. We will continue to post sign ups on Wednesday and Thursday evenings so our members can be assured that they have signed up for a tournament.
Effective January 2019 many new rules will go into effect including dropping a ball from above the knee instead of shoulder level to a possible local rule stating that for an out of bounds shot you can drop where it went out of bounds with a 2 stroke penalty. This could speed play in the event of a ball which went out of bounds for which a provisional was not played. The rule would have to be adopted by the club as a local rule. Another rule will be elimination of a penalty for the ball which hits the pin after being putted from the putting green.
Joe Walkington reported that we will add a local rule which states that the left edge of the cart path left of the green on 17 will be out of bounds. There will be no free drop. We will redistribute local rules with that change.
Special Projects/SCGA Chairman:
Jeff Owens reported the Spring Mixer with the Ladies club on April 25th will be a Scotch Scramble and will include golf and lunch. The Men’s Club will match the Ladies club donation up to $100. Other donations are welcome. The cost to play will be $65.
Slow play: We have been collecting finish time data for several weeks now. There are a few inconsistencies with the reporting but it has helped us identify the slower groups each week – those whose slow play slows the play for all the groups behind them.
After much discussion it was decided that when a slow team is identified, an email will be sent to those participants letting them know that they held up the field must make an effort in the future to play more quickly for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of the players behind them.
TM Software: Tom Connolly will try to get a room at the inn for April 3 to teach all TD’s the TM software. Implementation to follow shortly thereafter.
Forward Tees: An email will be sent to the membership asking for opinions on allowing members 75 years or older with a 25 handicap or higher to play from the forward tees. Those members who qualify will have to realize that their handicap will be approximately 8 shots lower from those forward tees. The memo will be sent after we see if the TM software will accept voluntarily playing or not for members meeting the parameters.
There being no other business to be addressed, the meeting was adjourned at 10:56.
The next meeting will be Thursday, April 19th.