December 2009 Newsletter by Rick Faller

Merry Christmas

The Churn Creek Golf Association Board wishes to extend to all its members a very Merry Christmas

This is what it’s all about

CCGA to Hold Drawing

All members that pay their dues by no later than December 1, 2009 (midnight) will be entered in to our special drawing. Last year we gave a way a spiffy…yes I said spiffy golf bag. This year the winner will receive a Churn Creek Driving Range pass. How much is that you ask? It’s TWENTY TOKENS!!!! Yowzah, how great is that? Get your dues in to win! Drawing will be held after our Christmas Charity tournament on December 12, 2009

Happy Birthday wishes for December;

We wish to extend the happiest of birthday wishes to the following members and spouse; Rick Faller 12/3, New member Hank Marshman12/6, Michael Leonelly 12/15, Joseph Baker 12/30, David Cantwell 12/24, Mrs. Chris Gilbreath 12/24, Joe Watson 12/14.

If you have been left off this list we either do not have your information or my tired old eyes missed it and I apologize. Now you can update your info as you pay your dues. If you want to get Birthday kudos for you and your wife make sure we have your BD’s

From Woody’s Perch, The Rules of golf

1. A player hits his ball into an area where it may be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds. The player then drops another ball and plays it. The player intends the dropped ball to be a provisional ball, but he does not inform his opponent, marker, or fellow-competitor that he is "playing a provisional ball." In such a situation, can a player's actions constitute announcement that he is playing a provisional ball??
2. A ball enters a burrowing animal hole in a greenside bunker and is found underneath the putting green. As the ball is not in the bunker or on the putting green, is relief taken in accordance with the Rules i.e., through the green?
You will find the Answers to Woody’s Perch Quiz on the last page.

Tournament events schedule update:

CCGA Christmas /Turkey Shoot Charity Event; tentatively Dec, 12, 2009.

This is our last organized fun tournament for the year with a great cause. Anyone can join in the fun. In fact we encourage everyone to play and bring a friend. In the coming weeks we will post information about our annual Christmas Charity tournament. To play bring a toy (ages 2-16) or packaged food for the needy. If you can not play you can still be part of this great cause by dropping by the club house and leaving a toy or food. Let’s make this better than last year…

Letters to the Editor

To Rick/ Editor

I've made a list of suggestions for next year’s summer league.
1. Teams start with (2) players and the rest of the team is drafted.
2. Limit the number of teams to eight or nine, with at least 6 players per team.
3. Instead of multiple divisions, have a few different games.
a. 3 weeks of 2-man, best ball
b. 3 weeks of alternate shot
c. 3 weeks of match play
d. 3 weeks of stroke play
There can be a winner of each type of game; every 3 weeks teams get to start over, with new hope.
4. Start the season with the 2-man games, as it seems as the weeks go on fewer members show up.
5. Stroke and Match Play use 100% of handicap; Best ball and Alternate Shot use a percentage of the cap.
(Example: 40% of the lower handicap and 60% of the higher handicap)
6. There can be a winner and runner-up for each game; with an Over- all Champion, that possible didn't win any game, but was most consistent.
7. The winners of each match only receive 2 bonus team points
8. If you think the season is too long at 12 weeks, have five (2) week games.
9. Provide a couple members to aide Rick with the cards.

I believe a large part of the Thursday scrambles success, is that every week you could be on a winning team. This won't be as popular with the more consistent players, but they are going to participate regardless.
If you want to draw in new members, have a league that is fun and teaches formats that are similar to some those of the NCGA tournaments. This could create more work for Lee if there is a 20% increase in participation of tournaments that he runs, but he'll handle it.
Thanks for your time,


Dear Paul

I will pass your Ideas on to the league committee along with my recommendation that you be part it. I will also champion your suggestion in #9.


Dear Editor/Rick and Brandon

It is a tough decision that I have made but will not be renewing my Men's Club Association membership. Being probably the last Charter Member of it makes it even a tougher decision. I have supported it, by staying a member, through all these years even if not a participant in some of the contests. Age and physical problems kept me from these contests which most of our senior members are experiencing also. These are the guys in their 65s plus. (Let’s call them Super Seniors)

Every thing now is directed towards the younger players, as it should be, for the lack of senior participation. I back this decision all the way.

Most of the aging Seniors are usually playing in the Thursday scramble or have joined the SIRS or play their usual foursome or fivesome group where their handicaps (NCGA) are not used thus Club Membership is not a requirement.

Like I have said once before, I have been a member of 7 Club Associations and an officer in 5 of them and experienced the senior participation decline. In all of these, except one, we had to focus our efforts toward the younger working golfers to survive. The one exception was a Country Club which was not a NCGA member but had its own handicap system. So your focus is in the right direction for survival of the Association.

I'm not quitting playing the game, although as bad a stroking that is going on I should. Will be chatting with U guys when have something to say.....Super Senior, Jack Hurlburt

Dear Jack

I know I speak for the board that we are sorry to see you leave our ranks. Many players have gone before you for many different reasons. This board coined the phrase “where fun and golf are always in play” I suppose it still is not enough as we continue to struggle keeping our numbers up. This club is only as strong as our membership. It takes membership support of our efforts by participating in the fiduciary duties by its board by contributing ideas and opinions. All of us serving believe in our association so walking away is not an option. We appreciate your courteous letter explaining your decision knowing it was not required. We wish you well and I will keep you on our email list. Thank you for all your past support.



Dear Editor;

I just want to know if you knew something about people that assign intelligence to inanimate objects. For example; I was with my better half one day going to a football game that we had long been in anticipation of. Trying to get there as soon as we could we must have hit every red signal light along the way. He was seriously enraged knowing there was some evil higher being in each signal light that knew it was him and the red lights were not by accident. Could you please help me to understand this emotion that he displays all too often?


Dear Ano

I have come across this often. It’s like the carpenter that bangs his thumb with a hammer. We all know it’s the hammers fault! Walking around the golf course I see many of my friends talking to an imaginary being after a bad golf shot, complete with expletives. This is not to be confused with superstitions which require a series of repeated acts to cause something good or to ward off something bad from happening, like wearing the same old pants every day. No, what you are talking about is known as “Black Cloud Syndrome” which is the belief that if anything can go wrong it will, but only to me! In another case I heard of there was a person who actually believed that every time they would attend a football game in person to watch their favorite team that team would lose every time just because they were there. This is called “I jinxed my team syndrome” Can you imagine how dreadful it would be if the two individuals mentioned happened to be married to each other? They probably would consider never leaving the house together or at least not to a football game. I hope this helped you.



New rules for Senior Golfers December 2009

Rule 1.a.5
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Submitted by Jack Hurlburt


Tournament events schedule update:

CCGA Christmas /Turkey Shoot Charity Event; tentatively Dec, 12, 2009.

This is our last organized fun tournament for the year with a great cause. Anyone can join in the fun. In fact we encourage everyone to play and bring a friend. In the coming weeks we will post information about our annual Christmas Charity tournament. To play bring a toy (ages 2-16) or packaged food for the needy. If you can not play you can still be part of this great cause by dropping by the club house and leaving a toy or food. Let’s make this better than last year…

Picture of the Month

Tom Baird and Duayne Loucks having fun at Fall River

Editor’s monthly golf joke:

Fred called his friend in tears.

"I can’t believe it," he sobbed. "My wife left me for my golfing partner."

"Get a hold of yourself, man," said his friend. "There are plenty of other women out there."

"Who's talking about her?" said Fred. "He was the only guy that I could ever beat!"

December Golf one liners;

The only reason I play golf is to bug my wife. She thinks I'm having fun.

The Morris Code;


Thursday morning Boys

November 5, 2009 36 players

First Place Team -6

Bob McAllister
Butch Delevati
Paul Zichichi
Dan Harrison

Closest to Pin #5 Bob McAllister 11' 3"
Closest to Pin #7 Bob McAllister 11 ' 3"
Longest Putt Don Fox 26' 8"

November 12, 2009 45 players

1st Place Team TIE -3

Lee Lamp Tom McCoy
Lynn Van Loan Don Carver
Larry Slape Rich Valles
Bob Davis Del Blom

Closest to Pin # 5 Will Adams 13' 5"
Closest to Pin #7 Joe Gannon 3' 5"
Closest to Pin #4 Larry Slape 9 1/2"

Longest Putt Glen Roberts 24' 4"
Accurate Drive #9 Carl Rowe 10' 11" (possible misprint)

November 19, 2009 36 players

1st place Score -4

Tom McCoy
Bob Davidson
Jim Dickerson
Roger Fitzgerald

Closest to Pin #5 Bob McAllister 13' 8"
Closest to Pin # 7 Butch Delevati 9' 6”
Longest Putt Jeff Akers 25' 6"

The Lighter Side;

Tom's golf cart wreck

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to
express Praise for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium.

She said, "I have Praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible golf cart wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced..

"Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place ."

Again, the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.

"Now," she announced in a quavering voice, thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital, and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."

All the men sighed with relief.

The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.

A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.

He said, "I'm Tom."

The entire congregation held its breath.

"I just want to tell my wife that the word is 'sternum'."

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Submitted by Don Morris

Website update

We have planned many exciting changes in our website for 2010. There will some enhancements on our CCGA website that will benefit the membership and working board members. Like a message board that will be user friendly to post messages, questions, or even put up items for sale. Eternally the website will be converted in many critical areas to handle PHP file system. This will allow us to merge data base information such as membership roster (name and city only), league standings, birth dates (Charles will need only to punch the key birthdays and then month and all members in that month will be generated on a list with mailing address), and dues paid, not paid, etc. This will be password protected and will be limited to Board of Directors. Also planed new pictures for a new look on our main page and on Churn Creek Golf course page. There will be more information to come in future newsletters.

Answer to Woody’s Perch Quiz;

1. No. Rule 27-2a specifically provides that the player must inform his opponent, marker, or fellow-competitor that he intends to play a provisional ball.
The player's statement must specifically mention the words "provisional ball" or must make it clear that he is proceeding under Rule 27-2a. Therefore, a player who says nothing has put another ball into play.
2. Yes Rule 25-1b (i), the player would drop the ball without penalty on a part of the course through the green within one club-length of the nearest point to its position in the burrowing animal hole that avoids interference from the condition and is not in a hazard, and not on a putting green and no nearer to the hole.

CCGA Editor and Publisher, Rick Faller


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CCGA Elected Board of Directors 2010

President ...........................Brandon Ketchum

Vice Pres…........................Craig Burkett

Secretary…........................Kenneth Gunter

Treasure……………….......Ron Hein

Handicap Chairman….....Tom Baird

Tournament Chairman....Lee Lamp

Rules Chairman……........Loren Woodmansee

Activities/Promotions…Charles Gilbreath

Website Administrator

Newsletter editorial…….Rick Faller