2016 President's Message
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2016 Eaton Canyon Golf Club President

Message from the President:

Well, finally in the last Individual Tournament of the year I beat all the gals who participated. I know what you’re thinking, yes there were women signed up for the tournament. As a matter of fact, I had the best showing of the year, with a First Low Net in the Senior Championship. However, Mike Perez beat me by one stroke and won the trophy for Senior Low Net Champion. Lucky for me, he was in the A flight while I was in the B flight. Incidentally, congratulations to Maurice Mischook who was the Low Gross Senior Champion. Maurice was also the 2014 Senior Champ; quite a feat. Can he make it 3 in a row? We’ll find out next year.

The SCGA Rating Committee visited Eaton Canyon to rate the Men’s tees as they do about every 7 years. They found that the golf course is now easier than it was when they last rated it. From the Blue tees, the rating changed from 67.2 to 66.8 and the slope went from 122 to 113. From the White tees, the rating changed from 65.5 to 65.0 and the slope went from 119 to 109. These are substantial changes, and you can look forward to your Index going up slightly if you post the same scores as previously. I guess the tree missing from the middle of the fairway on # 2 and the easier sand bunkers and trimmed up trees on #9 have made a difference.

We are going to have more away events this year and participate in some SCGA events. As of this writing, the Away courses will be Valencia CC, Pelican Hill, Glendora CC and Sierra Lakes GC. There are a limited number of spots available at these events so sign up early.

The lineup of officers for 2016 is as follows:

President Lonnie Holcomb
Tournament Chairman Neeraj Chari
Handicap Chairman Willie Weddle
Membership Chairman Barbara West
Treasurer Earl Little
Assistant Tournament Chairman Maurice Mischook
Away Tournament Chairman Scott Wright
Newsletter Director Gary Spiecker
Kevin Gilbert
Secretary Greg Bistline
Publicity Director Melinda McGrath
Board Member Greg Bistline
Board Member Marv Good
Board Member Kurt Umland
Board Member Frank Moore

If you’d like to serve on the Board please just let me know. We are always looking for candidates to improve the Club.

-Lonnie



2013 & 2014 Eaton Canyon Club President
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Spring Has Arrived!


Well, spring has arrived with summer just around the corner!  The prime golf season is upon us.  As most of you know, O & J Management has taken over managing our golf course.  Several days ago, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Bryan Addis, Vice-President of Operations for O & J Management.  In our luncheon conversation, Bryan indicated that there are plans for many improvements at the Eaton Canyon Golf Course, restaurant and bar over the next several months.

 

For those of you who have played the course recently, you probably have noticed that the greens were punched and sanded the week of April 8th.  By the time our May monthly tournament is scheduled to be played, the greens should be in fine shape.  Over the last couple of weeks, the fairways have begun to “green up” as the sprinkler system has been adjusted to provide more efficient fairway watering coverage and the timing of the watering  adjusted for better watering efficiency.  A program has also started to eradicate the pesky gophers that seem to have taken a liking to our golf course.  Some of you may also have noticed reddish paint lines running down the fairways of the par 4’s and par 5’s on the course.  These lines were made to give our maintenance crew guidelines for cutting the fairways.  In time, we should see better defined fairways in contrast to rough areas on the golf course.  For those of you who like to practice at our facility, you may also have noticed that the driving range has recently been seeded along with regular watering of the hitting area and the range looks quite a lot better than it did prior to this work being done.  Bryan has also indicated that in the near future, we will be seeing work being done on the tee box areas of the course to drastically improve these hitting areas.  Full replacement of two tee boxes may be completed before the end of the year.  Bryan also assured me that the course will be water sufficiently in the upcoming summer months to keep the course green and looking good.  If you see Bryan at the Canyon, go up and introduce yourself, let him know you are a member of the Club and encourage him and his Staff to continue the improvement program for our Golf Course!

 

The Bar and Restaurant facilities are of course very important facets of our Golf Course as well.  There have been positive changes made in these two areas as well since O & J has taken over management of our facility.  There is now extended food service hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a special Bar Menu of food (along with choices from the regular menu available) now being served until 7:00 PM on those days.  Now, especially after those exhausting Saturday tournament days, there will be no rush to get in from the course if you are hungry so that you may be able to get some food before the former 2:00 PM restaurant closing time.  A new beer cooler has been installed in the Bar to keep your favorite brew at a nice chilly temperature.  Recently, two new draft beer selections have been added, Stella Artois and Modelo, now making 6 draft beer selections available for your beer drinking pleasure.  The Restaurant has been freshly painted and in the near future, the Bar will be painted as well.  The new management has also given some thought to knocking out part of the back wall of the Bar and expanding the size of the Bar utilizing part of the storage area behind the Bar for a much bigger Bar area. 

 

Spring and summer months bring several important golfing events to Eaton Canyon.  Coming up on May 11th will be the next club tournament and the last Club tournament before the Club Championship scheduled as a two day event on June 22nd and June 23rd.  The May tournament will be a full flight event to get you prepared for the June Club Championship.  I would expect the course to be in very good condition for the May tournament, so come sign up and play! Two weeks after the May club tournament will be the second away tournament of the year to be held at the beautiful Desert Willow Golf Course in Palm Desert.  July brings us the ever popular Hookie Lau tournament to be held on Friday, July 19th, with a lot of fun always had by all.  The day after the Hookie Lau comes the more serious Ryder Cup, the always looked forward to two day event matching the best “sticks” at Eaton Canyon versus our friendly (?) rivals from the Altadena Golf Course in a home and home two day Match Play event. 

 

I want to thank all of the Board Members of the Eaton Canyon Golf Club for their hard work and input on matters relating to our club that come up periodically through out the course of the year.  A special thanks to one our newest Board Members, Mr. Matt (Cowboy) Lilly, for doing a great job of putting together the recent away tournament at Los Verdes Golf Course on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula.  As mentioned earlier, the next away tournament is coming up on Saturday, May 25th at the Desert Willow Golf complex in beautiful Palm Desert.  Information available in the Pro Shop and online e-mail information has been already sent to club members. 

 

Keep your head down, swing easy and hit’em straight!

 

By for now

  

Marv Good

President of the ECGC


2011 & 2012 Club President
Adam Doty

Presidents Message . . .
Zzzzzzzzzz . . . . .




   2008-2010 Club President
Rick Morales


Happy New Year!

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Club President for the past 2 years.  The support and friendships that I have made over the last couple of years have made the position an enjoyable and memorable time for me; it’s certainly a time that I'll never forget.

The Board of Directors has unanimously voted that Adam Doty will now be the Club President for our golf club during the 2011 & 2012 fiscal years. Adam has been a long time club member and has contributed his time and service for all our benefit for many years. Congratulations Adam, you deserve it.  

The Board would like to welcome Neeraj Chari, long time club member, to the board of directors who will hold the title of 'Assistant Tournament Director'.  Neeraj is our newest addition to the board and he will be assisting me as the club's 'Tournament Director'. This will be my 2nd term as Tournament Director since coming on board nearly 10 years ago. Welcome aboard Neeraj, we're all looking forward to working with you.

The Board would also like to welcome Bill Fennessy to the board of directors who will hold the title of  'Rules Chairman' for the club. Bill has also been a long time club member of Eaton Canyon. Bill is also the Club President as well as the Tournament Director over at Altadena Golf Club. Welcome aboard Bill. 

Please help me thank those board members that continue to stay on to help run our club's business on behalf of our membership. We are very fortunate to have a good, caring group of members that continue to give their personal time to help run our clubs day-to-day business. Many of these guys are going on 10 to 16 years of service to our club.
"Thanks guys!!"

As a club member we really do need your help and support of the Eaton Canyon Golf Club to assure our growth and our continued success as a club. Invite your golfing friends to join our club so that we can continue to grow.  Your participation in our monthly golf events is also very crucial for our Club and for DC Golf who continues to support and contribute to our events; which is always appreciated. Thank you David & Doug!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the first club tournament event of the New Year on January 8th at 8:00am. Just go to the 'Tournaments' link and sign up online. We have a very secure online sign up page and we have removed all credit card fees to make it easier and cheaper for you to participate.

I certainly hope everyone had a great Holiday season and that you have a safe and fun New Year celebration.

See you all soon on the links soon . . . and keep it in the short grass!

Best Regards,

Rick Morales




Creator, Editor, Writer & Graphics Designer
of The "The Eagle" ~
Kevin Gilbert

September 2010 Issue

Page 1:


Page: 2

Pic #1: "Just helping a bratha out . . . La-di-di  La-di-da"  ~  Ken Miller & Kurt Umland
Pic #2: "She's laughing with you Lonnie"  ~  Tracy Barclay-Ward & Lonnie Holcomb
Pic #3: "The Most Interesting Man in The World"  ~ Dan Accuf & Germaine Warner
Pic #4: " . . . and what's wrong with the way I'm standing, ya hack" ~ Adam Doty


August 2010 Issue


July 2010 Issue



                                                                   2009
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON

A YEAR IN REVIEW
 
I began 2009 with two goals in mind: improve my golf game and lose some weight. Well, those of you who regularly see me know which of the two I achieved.
 
For the first time in six years, I’m packing a driver -- a 9.5° TaylorMade Burner -- in my bag, and I’m hitting it OK. The happy result is that I’m selecting a wedge for my second shot more often and landing my golf ball closer to the pin. And I’m making more putts. My handicap has dropped a few notches and is now low enough to qualify me for the honorific title of "scum of A Flight," a status formerly held by such club stalwarts as Ken Miller, Scott Stukel and Ben Henley. It's definitely a challenge competing for money against the likes of Chris Bohler, Joe McCord, Adam Doty and Maurice Mischook -- but now that I've got a taste of the long ball, I'm not going home to B Flight again.
 
But enough of me. For our club, it's been a year of repeats, precedents and a fluke or two. (For the year's lowlights, ask Jennifer.)
 
McCord, Harmon Schwartz and Lonnie Holcomb began 2009 with wins. The February tournament wasn't real golf, as Dan Acuff would say, so onward.
 
In March, Mischook, Schwartz and the man who can't stop chattering, Henry Chavez, walked away with first-place cash in their respective flights. For "Doc," it was his second consecutive full-flight triumph in the gross category, though the temptress 70s eluded him. Not so Chavez, who shot a stunning 77. Chavez's feat even surprised him: For a nanosecond, he was without words. His reward: an instant handicap reduction, courtesy of Stukel.
 
 
In April's match-play qualifier, Mike Elias carded a nifty 70, but no one was paying attention. All eyes were instead on Chavez, who again shot in the 70s -- 78 to be exact. The studs in A Flight were apprehensively eying the "Latin Houdini" as he was begrudgingly congratulated by a drooling, envious gaggle of club members at the scorer's table. Chavez had been wondering what the “R” meant on his index card. I told him it meant that he was “Really” good.
 
Chavez's secret? Few can use a putter from 40 yards out like this guy! Put another way, Chavez can reduce any course to miniature golf. Eaton is especially vulnerable to his talent. Other members have taken notice. Bruce Reichenfeld, for one, has been watching and studying Chavez's form. He's getting good at replicating it. If more club members adopt the Chavez option, Eaton's only defense will be huge clown heads, with opening and shutting mouths, stationed in front of the greens.
 
In April, Doty led Eaton's willing to the refurbished DeBell Golf Course for the first Away Tournament. Bohler, Rob Dawe and Vic Derderian all proved that their games travel, with Bohler putting together the best round of the day, a 75. Chavez returned to old form, shooting 102, a cold shower of a round. He might have played loosey-goosey with his self-discipline, though, thinking a triple-digit score would boost his newly downsized handicap. Not!!! The score was thrown out because we all know he’s much better than that!
 
The first two-man best-ball tournament of the year unfolded in May, with Doty/Bohler, Jim Kosmicki/Peter Kodani and Marv Good/Justin Giovinco winning their respective flights.
 
The most important tournament of the year arrived in June, a grueling three-day affair that disgorges the club champion. And again it was McCord, his second consecutive title. The President’s Cup danced in Archie Craig's lap after he shot an amazing net minus 20 over three days. Craig's new name is "The Sand Man" – you figure it out.
 
In July, the annual DC Ryder Cup event was held. This traditional rivalry pits Eaton Canyon Golf Club against its Altadena counterpart. For the past four years, Eaton Canyon has dominated the event, and the coveted DC Ryder Cup Trophy has called the "10th Hole" home.
 
As captain, yours truly knew that all streaks must end -- but why, oh why, did it have to end this way?
 
As the final foursome headed toward the 18th hole at Altadena, the cup was up for grabs. Then, longtime Altadena member Lou Falco holed a long putt from off the green -- the ball bumping along like a car without coil springs -- to claim the two needed points to snatch the cup from Eaton. He received a hero's welcome from his teammates, with two of them hoisting the frail Falco on their shoulders for a victory strut. Keep in mind that Falco is 82 years old and probably shouldn’t be lifted more than six inches off the ground. Congrats to Captain Bill Fennessy and his band of merry golfers.
 
In the August full-flight tournament, two good friends went mano-a-mano in A Flight. Doty and Bohler tied with impressive 1-over-par rounds, but Doty won the card-off. When is Bohler going to have some luck? Chuck Collins, Fraser Gunn and Juan Alvarado won their respective flights in the dead heat of summer.
 
September’s Senior Club Championship was one for the record books. Don Croll Sr. became the first club member to win the codger trophy back-to-back. Now for the excitement.
 
David Donahue, our beloved tournament director, and new member Barbara West, a biggie in the catering business, tied with net 62's in the race for the Senior President’s Cup. Because the cup is too important to decide by a card-off, the two returned the following weekend to settle the score with some real golf.
 
For those club members with a memory stretching beyond last night, you'll recall that Donahue was the most vocal opponent of allowing women to join our club. Wiser heads on the board overruled the bespectacled blatherskite.
 
So you knew that Donahue had more on his mind than giving West a good spanking.  A playoff victory would also be his way of saying to the board, "I told you so! Women don't measure up to men on the golf course. Ergo. They don't belong in our club."
 
I'll put it as genteelly as I can: Marx kicked Donahue in a -- maybe his only -- skeevy zone. She is the first woman since our club's founding in 1962 to win a major Eaton title. Congratulations, Barbara.
 
This year's 4-Club Tournament was moved to October. I really like this tournament, for several reasons, but the main one is that it’s a no-brainer tournament because you don't have to think about club selection. And to many people’s surprise, many players usually play much better with four clubs than they do with a bag full of them. Mischook shot an amazing 69! His closest competitors, Fennessy and Elias, were seven strokes behind the former Canadian hockey stud. Wes Guarino and Abraham Prioleau III also made their presences known by winning their respective flights.
 
In November’s full-fight tournament, Kevin Gilbert, Dan Gallup and Mike Emm all won their flights. This was the Flag Tournament, in honor of Veterans Day. All carts were decorated with American flags, and as they departed tee boxes and moved around the course, the fluttering Stars and Stripes created a colorful and moving sight. Bystanders might have thought we were celebrating the 4th of July. But there was an object to all the flag waving -- to score lower than what your handicap predicted. If you did, you turned in your flag at the “10th Hole” for a drink on the club. Otherwise, your flag marked the spot on the course where you took your final stroke to match your handicap.
 
With full bellies and tryptophan coursing through their bloodstreams, 31 Eaton souls traveled to the 909 area code to play a classic William Bell design course for the second Away Tournament. Jurupa Hills Country Club isn’t so much a country club as a course in the country. Regardless, it features some of the most interesting and difficult greens in the Southland. Some Eatoners might still be putting on those greens today if the pins had been set in some of the greens’ nooks and crannies.
 
Miller won the A Flight low-gross prize, even scoring an eagle on a Par 5 (it was a short course). Gilbert captured the low-net purse. In B Flight, Gallup was the low grosser, and Holcomb the low-net champion.
 
 
Next time you are in the “10th Hole,” look up at the TV and take notice of the “2009 Away Player of the Year” trophy, on which you’ll find inscribed the name Lonnie Holcomb. Congratulations, Lonnie!
 
Rain drenched December’s Member-Guest Tournament. Some 72 players signed up but only 57 braved gray skies and teed off. With rain pelting players’ pates, just 48 stuck around to play 18 holes. One of the dropouts was Donahue, whose aversion to wetness is legendary. When I asked him to explain his absence, he muttered that he had run out of tryptophan and needed some serious napage to recoup.
 
Among the more stouthearted were my wife, Terri, my 13-year-old son Matthew and Germaine Warner. They ran the 50/50 game on No. 3, even managing to raise a few dollars. Most players declined to participate because of wet grips.
 
Special thanks to Teri Elias, Tracy Barclay-Ward, Terri and Germaine for volunteering on the spot to sell mulligan and raffle tickets.
 
More special thanks to Miller and Holcomb for donating a keg of Coors Light and a keg of Sam Adams. There's simply nothing like cold beer on a damp, dank day of golf. Actually, after my fourth beer, the day started warming up.
 
Despite the challenge of inclement weather, the BBQ came off without a hitch, thanks to the cooks and restaurant staff. After the eating, a bunch of cool gifts donated by club members was raffled off, as well as $500 worth of golf items chipped in by the club.
 
At the end of the raffle, the sun showed its face for about 20 minutes, then retreated behind dark clouds. And it was pouring again. It was time to find shelter and finish off the kegs.
 
Despite the recession, it's been a good year for our club. Membership exceeded 200 again, and tournament participation remained high. Prize money was bountiful. And quite a few women joined the fun. Warner no longer is the only club member holding the banner for women golfers.
 
I feel blessed to be able to go to a place where I can unwind and get away from the weekly grind by enjoying the company of great members and good friends.
 
Please feel free to approach any board director with your suggestions, opinions or thoughts on how to make the best little club in the Southland even better.
 
I’m looking forward to my second and final year as your club president. It has been an honor to serve you, and I look forward to the 2010 season and sharing more good times with all of you.
  
Respectfully Yours, 

Rick Morales


It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Club President for the past 2 years.  The support and friendships that I have made over the last couple of years have made the position an enjoyable and memorable time for me; it’s certainly a time that I'll never forget.

The Board of Directors has unanimously voted that Adam Doty will now be the Club President for our golf club during the 2011 & 2012 fiscal years. Adam has been a long time club member and has contributed his time and service for all our benefit for many years. Congratulations Adam, you deserve it.  

The Board would like to welcome Neeraj Chari, long time club member, to the board of directors who will hold the title of 'Assistant Tournament Director'.  Neeraj is our newest addition to the board and he will be assisting me as the club's 'Tournament Director'. This will be my 2nd term as Tournament Director since coming on board nearly 10 years ago. Welcome aboard Neeraj, we're all looking forward to working with you.

The Board would also like to welcome Bill Fennessy to the board of directors who will hold the title of  'Rules Chairman' for the club. Bill has also been a long time club member of Eaton Canyon. Bill is also the Club President as well as the Tournament Director over at Altadena Golf Club. Welcome aboard Bill. 

Please help me thank those board members that continue to stay on to help run our club's business on behalf of our membership. We are very fortunate to have a good, caring group of members that continue to give their personal time to help run our clubs day-to-day business. Many of these guys are going on 10 to 16 years of service to our club.
"Thanks guys!!"

As a club member we really do need your help and support of the Eaton Canyon Golf Club to assure our growth and our continued success as a club. Invite your golfing friends to join our club so that we can continue to grow.  Your participation in our monthly golf events is also very crucial for our Club and for DC Golf who continues to support and contribute to our events; which is always appreciated. Thank you David & Doug!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the first club tournament event of the New Year on January 8th at 8:00am. Just go to the 'Tournaments' link and sign up online. We have a very secure online sign up page and we have removed all credit card fees to make it easier and cheaper for you to participate.

I certainly hope everyone had a great Holiday season and that you have a safe and fun New Year celebration.

See you all soon on the links soon . . . and keep it in the short grass!

Best Regards,

Rick Morales




Creator, Editor, Writer & Graphics Designer
of The "The Eagle" ~
Kevin Gilbert

September 2010 Issue

Page 1:


Page: 2

Pic #1: "Just helping a bratha out . . . La-di-di  La-di-da"  ~  Ken Miller & Kurt Umland
Pic #2: "She's laughing with you Lonnie"  ~  Tracy Barclay-Ward & Lonnie Holcomb
Pic #3: "The Most Interesting Man in The World"  ~ Dan Accuf & Germaine Warner
Pic #4: " . . . and what's wrong with the way I'm standing, ya hack" ~ Adam Doty


August 2010 Issue


July 2010 Issue



                                                                   2009
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON

A YEAR IN REVIEW
 
I began 2009 with two goals in mind: improve my golf game and lose some weight. Well, those of you who regularly see me know which of the two I achieved.
 
For the first time in six years, I’m packing a driver -- a 9.5° TaylorMade Burner -- in my bag, and I’m hitting it OK. The happy result is that I’m selecting a wedge for my second shot more often and landing my golf ball closer to the pin. And I’m making more putts. My handicap has dropped a few notches and is now low enough to qualify me for the honorific title of "scum of A Flight," a status formerly held by such club stalwarts as Ken Miller, Scott Stukel and Ben Henley. It's definitely a challenge competing for money against the likes of Chris Bohler, Joe McCord, Adam Doty and Maurice Mischook -- but now that I've got a taste of the long ball, I'm not going home to B Flight again.
 
But enough of me. For our club, it's been a year of repeats, precedents and a fluke or two. (For the year's lowlights, ask Jennifer.)
 
McCord, Harmon Schwartz and Lonnie Holcomb began 2009 with wins. The February tournament wasn't real golf, as Dan Acuff would say, so onward.
 
In March, Mischook, Schwartz and the man who can't stop chattering, Henry Chavez, walked away with first-place cash in their respective flights. For "Doc," it was his second consecutive full-flight triumph in the gross category, though the temptress 70s eluded him. Not so Chavez, who shot a stunning 77. Chavez's feat even surprised him: For a nanosecond, he was without words. His reward: an instant handicap reduction, courtesy of Stukel.
 
 
In April's match-play qualifier, Mike Elias carded a nifty 70, but no one was paying attention. All eyes were instead on Chavez, who again shot in the 70s -- 78 to be exact. The studs in A Flight were apprehensively eying the "Latin Houdini" as he was begrudgingly congratulated by a drooling, envious gaggle of club members at the scorer's table. Chavez had been wondering what the “R” meant on his index card. I told him it meant that he was “Really” good.
 
Chavez's secret? Few can use a putter from 40 yards out like this guy! Put another way, Chavez can reduce any course to miniature golf. Eaton is especially vulnerable to his talent. Other members have taken notice. Bruce Reichenfeld, for one, has been watching and studying Chavez's form. He's getting good at replicating it. If more club members adopt the Chavez option, Eaton's only defense will be huge clown heads, with opening and shutting mouths, stationed in front of the greens.
 
In April, Doty led Eaton's willing to the refurbished DeBell Golf Course for the first Away Tournament. Bohler, Rob Dawe and Vic Derderian all proved that their games travel, with Bohler putting together the best round of the day, a 75. Chavez returned to old form, shooting 102, a cold shower of a round. He might have played loosey-goosey with his self-discipline, though, thinking a triple-digit score would boost his newly downsized handicap. Not!!! The score was thrown out because we all know he’s much better than that!
 
The first two-man best-ball tournament of the year unfolded in May, with Doty/Bohler, Jim Kosmicki/Peter Kodani and Marv Good/Justin Giovinco winning their respective flights.
 
The most important tournament of the year arrived in June, a grueling three-day affair that disgorges the club champion. And again it was McCord, his second consecutive title. The President’s Cup danced in Archie Craig's lap after he shot an amazing net minus 20 over three days. Craig's new name is "The Sand Man" – you figure it out.
 
In July, the annual DC Ryder Cup event was held. This traditional rivalry pits Eaton Canyon Golf Club against its Altadena counterpart. For the past four years, Eaton Canyon has dominated the event, and the coveted DC Ryder Cup Trophy has called the "10th Hole" home.
 
As captain, yours truly knew that all streaks must end -- but why, oh why, did it have to end this way?
 
As the final foursome headed toward the 18th hole at Altadena, the cup was up for grabs. Then, longtime Altadena member Lou Falco holed a long putt from off the green -- the ball bumping along like a car without coil springs -- to claim the two needed points to snatch the cup from Eaton. He received a hero's welcome from his teammates, with two of them hoisting the frail Falco on their shoulders for a victory strut. Keep in mind that Falco is 82 years old and probably shouldn’t be lifted more than six inches off the ground. Congrats to Captain Bill Fennessy and his band of merry golfers.
 
In the August full-flight tournament, two good friends went mano-a-mano in A Flight. Doty and Bohler tied with impressive 1-over-par rounds, but Doty won the card-off. When is Bohler going to have some luck? Chuck Collins, Fraser Gunn and Juan Alvarado won their respective flights in the dead heat of summer.
 
September’s Senior Club Championship was one for the record books. Don Croll Sr. became the first club member to win the codger trophy back-to-back. Now for the excitement.
 
David Donahue, our beloved tournament director, and new member Barbara West, a biggie in the catering business, tied with net 62's in the race for the Senior President’s Cup. Because the cup is too important to decide by a card-off, the two returned the following weekend to settle the score with some real golf.
 
For those club members with a memory stretching beyond last night, you'll recall that Donahue was the most vocal opponent of allowing women to join our club. Wiser heads on the board overruled the bespectacled blatherskite.
 
So you knew that Donahue had more on his mind than giving West a good spanking.  A playoff victory would also be his way of saying to the board, "I told you so! Women don't measure up to men on the golf course. Ergo. They don't belong in our club."
 
I'll put it as genteelly as I can: Marx kicked Donahue in a -- maybe his only -- skeevy zone. She is the first woman since our club's founding in 1962 to win a major Eaton title. Congratulations, Barbara.
 
This year's 4-Club Tournament was moved to October. I really like this tournament, for several reasons, but the main one is that it’s a no-brainer tournament because you don't have to think about club selection. And to many people’s surprise, many players usually play much better with four clubs than they do with a bag full of them. Mischook shot an amazing 69! His closest competitors, Fennessy and Elias, were seven strokes behind the former Canadian hockey stud. Wes Guarino and Abraham Prioleau III also made their presences known by winning their respective flights.
 
In November’s full-fight tournament, Kevin Gilbert, Dan Gallup and Mike Emm all won their flights. This was the Flag Tournament, in honor of Veterans Day. All carts were decorated with American flags, and as they departed tee boxes and moved around the course, the fluttering Stars and Stripes created a colorful and moving sight. Bystanders might have thought we were celebrating the 4th of July. But there was an object to all the flag waving -- to score lower than what your handicap predicted. If you did, you turned in your flag at the “10th Hole” for a drink on the club. Otherwise, your flag marked the spot on the course where you took your final stroke to match your handicap.
 
With full bellies and tryptophan coursing through their bloodstreams, 31 Eaton souls traveled to the 909 area code to play a classic William Bell design course for the second Away Tournament. Jurupa Hills Country Club isn’t so much a country club as a course in the country. Regardless, it features some of the most interesting and difficult greens in the Southland. Some Eatoners might still be putting on those greens today if the pins had been set in some of the greens’ nooks and crannies.
 
Miller won the A Flight low-gross prize, even scoring an eagle on a Par 5 (it was a short course). Gilbert captured the low-net purse. In B Flight, Gallup was the low grosser, and Holcomb the low-net champion.
 
 
Next time you are in the “10th Hole,” look up at the TV and take notice of the “2009 Away Player of the Year” trophy, on which you’ll find inscribed the name Lonnie Holcomb. Congratulations, Lonnie!
 
Rain drenched December’s Member-Guest Tournament. Some 72 players signed up but only 57 braved gray skies and teed off. With rain pelting players’ pates, just 48 stuck around to play 18 holes. One of the dropouts was Donahue, whose aversion to wetness is legendary. When I asked him to explain his absence, he muttered that he had run out of tryptophan and needed some serious napage to recoup.
 
Among the more stouthearted were my wife, Terri, my 13-year-old son Matthew and Germaine Warner. They ran the 50/50 game on No. 3, even managing to raise a few dollars. Most players declined to participate because of wet grips.
 
Special thanks to Teri Elias, Tracy Barclay-Ward, Terri and Germaine for volunteering on the spot to sell mulligan and raffle tickets.
 
More special thanks to Miller and Holcomb for donating a keg of Coors Light and a keg of Sam Adams. There's simply nothing like cold beer on a damp, dank day of golf. Actually, after my fourth beer, the day started warming up.
 
Despite the challenge of inclement weather, the BBQ came off without a hitch, thanks to the cooks and restaurant staff. After the eating, a bunch of cool gifts donated by club members was raffled off, as well as $500 worth of golf items chipped in by the club.
 
At the end of the raffle, the sun showed its face for about 20 minutes, then retreated behind dark clouds. And it was pouring again. It was time to find shelter and finish off the kegs.
 
Despite the recession, it's been a good year for our club. Membership exceeded 200 again, and tournament participation remained high. Prize money was bountiful. And quite a few women joined the fun. Warner no longer is the only club member holding the banner for women golfers.
 
I feel blessed to be able to go to a place where I can unwind and get away from the weekly grind by enjoying the company of great members and good friends.
 
Please feel free to approach any board director with your suggestions, opinions or thoughts on how to make the best little club in the Southland even better.
 
I’m looking forward to my second and final year as your club president. It has been an honor to serve you, and I look forward to the 2010 season and sharing more good times with all of you.
  
Respectfully Yours, 

Rick Morales
 
 
 







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