The MGA Board would like to thank all of the members for a great season. Starting with the season opening event (the Lone Wolf Challenge) through the completion with the annual Tommy Wine event, we ended up having over 50 different members participate at least one event. In addition to participation, we donated a lot of time and money (over $1000) to club improvements from landscaping to golf needs.

We also had a positive growth of approximately 25 new members. Part of this was from our marketing promotion where both first time MGA members and new club golf level members received a sleeve of MGA logoed Callaway Soft golf balls.

With over 110 current MGA members, one of the 2022 goals of the MGA board is to increase participation in events. We would like everyone’s feedback, so in early January please keep an eye out for email with a survey link. We encourage every MGA member to take the 5 minutes to fill this out so the board can see what can be done to better meet the needs of the MGA members.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday season and the weather is warm enough for all of us to get a few rounds in.

Dave Roberts

2021 was filled with excellent competition across all of the MGA tournaments. Thanks to the hard work of our professional staff, we never felt like we were in the middle of a pandemic. Carts were cleaned and charged up ready for the next day’s play. We would like to thank Aaron and the rest of his staff for the excellent support we all received all season long not only on tournament days but every day.

We would also like to thank our MGA members for their participation in our events. In addition to having fun competing and winning in our tournaments you have enabled the MGA to donate approximately $1,000 to the golf committee for course improvements.

Your board for 2022 is Ralph Deger, Dave Ahearn, Dave Roberts, and Ed Kitchen. As we go through the winter let us know how we can improve our events for the upcoming season. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ed Kitchen, President

Congratulations to our 2021 Match Play winners, Lou Fedele and Wade Wheeler. Lou and Wade prevailed over Gary Hall and Frank Tuminello on the final hole of the match. Gary and Frank took second place while Chris Rohan and Dan Dwyer won third place. This was a great tournament that took all summer to compete in and complete. There were many close, hard fought and exciting matches. In order to win this tournament, competitors have to play through their divisions then move on to semifinals and finals. I am looking forward to next year’s competition.
 
I would like to thank all of the guys that participated in our MGA tournaments this year as well as your input into the MGA activities and we look forward to the 2022 season.
 
If you are not a member of the MGA, sign up in the pro shop. The MGA has six tournaments that are designed to be competitive for every level of play. We use the GHIN handicap system that levels the playing field for all involved. In addition to having fun, we take a small portion of the fees collected to give back to our club to enhance the playing experience. So come out and enjoy the comradery and good times.

Ed Kitchen, President

Congratulations to Lou Fedele for an exciting win in the 2021 MGA Shootout! Lou edged out Wade Wheeler on a beautiful Saturday in September. Guys we have the Tommy Wine Tournament to look forward to the 30th of October. Let’s finish the year strongly.

Keep updating your Ringer cards as we will find out this year’s winners at the annual MGA meeting after the Tommy Wine competition. Thank you all for stepping up to help out our professional staff. So many guys have been sanding the range, picking golf balls and cleaning carts. Please keep up your efforts as we are helping to keep our course in great shape.

Ed Kitchen, President

Divisional Match Play is complete and the top two teams from each division has entered bracket play with the winner being decided by the first week of September. Congratulations to all the teams that made it to bracket play.

Rounds to qualify for the shootout are still being accepted. The current low net score is 65 with 11 players submitting scorecards. The Shootout will be held September 18th and has room for 18 players. Get those rounds submitted for consideration.

If you are participating in the Ringer card program, continue to fill out those cards with your best score on a hole (with scorecards submitted to the pro shop). The lowest ringer score will be announced at the lunch after the MGA Tommy Wine tournament on October 30th.

Hope to see everyone on the course!

Dave Roberts, MGA Secretary

For those MGA members who did not play in the July 16-17 Member/Member Tournament, you missed a fun event. Fifteen two-men teams played in the two day event. The first day was a Captains choice, followed by a modified alternate shot round the next. The winners were: Champions – Hank Mollenhouer/Gary Hall; second, Evan Becker/Matt Coleman; third, Lou Fedele/Dennis Crawford; fourth, Jim Braithwaite/Hunter Braithwaite; fifth, Ricky Gorham/Bill Gorham; and sixth, John Mercer/Henry Ezzell. Closest-to-the-hole winners on all the par threes were Rickham, Jan Flakowicz, Matt Coleman, Larry Czernick, Hank Mollenhouer, Ken Kelly, Gary Hall and Henry Ezzell. Congrats gentleman!

Discouraging news… only 30 players of the 137 MGA membership participated. The MGA Executive Committee would love to hear back from you on what kind of tournament or date of tournament or day of tournament would entice you to come out and play. If you have any comments or suggestions, please send a short email to either:

Ed Kitchen (edkitchen@aol.com)
Dave Ahearn (daveMahearn@gmail.com)
Dave Roberts (drobjr813@outlook.com)
Curt Baskette (baskettecurt44@gmail.com)

And lastly, if you are participating in Ringer competition, be sure to keep entering your best scores on each hole… do not leave any hole blank. And if you are in the Shootout, be sure you turn in your signed score card to the Pro Shop with your best Net score. Be sure and tell them that you want the card you are turning in to be included in the Shootout. The top 18 scores are posted on the bulletin board of the Pro Shop, so you can see what net score you need to break into the top 18 who will qualify for the Shootout on September 18th.

Curt Baskette

It’s July, and golf is in full swing! Match Play has begun. Those that are participating don’t forget that scheduling your matches is up to you. Give Aaron at least a day to prepare your scorecard for your match. Give Aaron the results of your match once it’s complete. Don’t forget for handicap purposes if your match ends before 18 holes are completed and you don’t finish 18, take par plus your handicap strokes for each hole you did not complete to calculate your final score. Enter your scores the same day you play so your handicap will stay current throughout the tournament.

The shootout competition has begun. Bring your lowest round scorecard into the pro shop and say you want it to count toward the shootout. Keep improving throughout the season.

The Member-Member tournament is on the 16th and 17th of this month. Get a partner and sign up now in the pro shop. Two days of friendly competition, food and prizes!

Ringer cards are in the men’s locker room. Keep them up to date. If you would like to get into the ringer competition let Aaron know. So many ways to compete and have fun in the MGA. If you are not a member… Join! Let Aaron know you want to be part of a group of guys that likes to play golf and that does something for your club. We are taking a small part of the entry fees and dues and giving it to the club to make our already wonderful club even better. Join and be part of the decision making as to what we do for the club at the end of the season.

Speaking about our beautiful club, we want to keep it that way. Let’s get back to the common golf disciplines necessary to keep our course one of the top courses in the area. Fill your divots and those of others that didn’t. Use the rakes provided and smooth out sand traps and replace the rake in the trap. Be courteous to other golfers and play efficiently. Don’t be a drag on time of play. Have fun, play often and encourage those around you.

Ed Kitchen

The temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, rain’s bringing much needed water to the area (maybe a little too much) and the Bermuda fairways and practice tees beginning to take off. Golf conditions at the DW should be back at our normal great standards… except… except for divots which haven’t been filled with sand. Scars which will take longer to fill because golfers, tourists and members alike, didn’t make the effort to repair what they damaged. Divots are a given, but not filling divots with sand shouldn’t be. If you ride in a mobile cart, sand bottles are at your side. If you push a cart, sand bottles should be attached to your cart or bag. Some say their bag or cart does not have a place to hang a sand bottle. Well, all you have to do is get a C-clamp or some other simple device to hang a bottle. But if you can’t do that, next time you play golf, ask one of the Golf Staff and they will give you one, FREE. There is… no excuse in you not doing your part in keeping our course in the best condition possible. And not only fill your divots, but fill as many others as you can as you venture down the fairways. Hit’em long, hit’em straight, and fill those divots.

Curt Baskette

The MGA held its season opener on May 1st with the Yellow Ball Tournament. The format was a combined 3-player scramble/1-player net (playing a yellow ball), with all of the players rotating through the yellow ball position. Each team was given three yellow balls and at the end of the round each team got a one-stroke deduction for each remaining yellow ball. The format was well received and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. Congratulations to all the winners.

1st Place with a 159 – $40 each
Matt Coleman, Len Schoenfeld, Frank Toolan, Dave Ahearn

2nd Place with a 163 – $25 each
Tim Cafferty, Peter Born, Tom Copeman, (BD) Hank Mollenhauer 

3rd Place with a 170 – $16.25 each
Todd Faulkner, Ken Kelley, (BD) Larry Czernik, Ed Kitchen

Special Contests – $20 each
Closest to the Pin #8
Dennis Spencer 7’8”

Closest to the Pin #11
Len Schoenfeld 7’7”

There are more competitions coming up. Sign up and have some fun. You can’t win if you don’t play.

Ringer cards have been posted in the men’s locker room, so remember to update your pars and birdies after each round. This is a tournament anyone of us has a shot to win. If you did not participate last year, stop by the pro shop and have them sign you up. It is a good idea to check the bulletin board in the pro shop for upcoming tournaments and other events.

The Two Man Team Match Play tournament began May 24th. Encourage those participating and root for your favorites.

Dave Ahearn, DWMGA VP

AND AWAY WE GO! May is a great time to make sure you are part of the Men’s Golf Association (MGA) at Duck Woods. The course is greening up, the greens are recovering from aeration, and the pro shop is buzzing with activity. May 1st will be our season opening tournament with a 9am shotgun. The format for this year will be Lone Ranger. A quick overview of this fun format starts with the Pro Shop creating ABCD player teams based on handicap. Then on each hole one player (based on hole difficulty) will be the lone ranger (max net double bogey score) and the other three will play a scramble format and both scores will be added together. In addition, our season-long Ringers and Shootout programs also kick off in May.

Our other tournaments this season (for MGA members only) are the 2-day Member-Member event (July 16-17), 2-man match play (season long), and the annual Tommy Wine event (Oct 30th).

Also new for this year will be several ‘Play Days’, where a group of MGA members will travel with Aaron to play a non-competitive round at some of his favorite tracks about 1-2 hours away.

Because we strongly believe that being a part of the MGA program is a unique opportunity, for a limited time only in a limited quantity, we are offering a one-time special for current golf members who are not part of the MGA. If you join for the 2021 season ($15 fee posted to your account), you will get a free sleeve of MGA imprinted Chrome Soft golf balls (a $15 value) which should be available sometime in late May (once the order is received from the manufacturer). All you have to do is let the Pro Shop know that you are interested in joining the MGA and they will take care of getting you signed up and on the distribution list.

If you have questions or comments for the MGA at any time, please reach out to any MGA officer (me, Ed Kitchens, Dave Ahern, and Curt Baskette) or ask the Pro Shop.

See you on the course!

Dave Roberts, 2021 MGA Secretary

Hooray! The 2021 Tournament season is just around the corner. Get your clubs out and start practicing. The MGA holds a number of tournaments from May through October. Our first one is Saturday May 1st 2021. It will be a Lone Ranger (Yellow Ball). Entrants will be teamed up randomly by level of play. This is to encourage interaction between players that normally don’t play together. The fee is to be established (depends on the prizes and treats). The pro shop is opening up to use the computer to enter your scores to maintain or start a handicap. If you need help Aaron will be there to assist. You must be a MGA member to play in the tournaments. It is just $15.00 to join for the year. New club members are free for the first year. See Aaron to sign up. Also another fun event is the Ringer card. The Ringer event starts April 30th. Cards will be in the men’s locker room. This is a season long event. You keep track of your best score for each hole all season long on your card. At the end of the season awards are presented to those with the lowest scores. TOO MUCH FUN!! Join The MGA and get in the action.

Ed Kitchen

FARE-THE-WELL TOM

This is one of those articles you hate to write. The man who has been personally responsible for making Duck Woods one of the best golf courses you’ll ever play is saying goodbye. Tom Wallwork is a golf turf wizard. Through wet periods, long dry spells, grass fungus, weed infestation, heavy golf play, even hurricanes, Tom has maintained our fairways and greens in near immaculate condition. But more than that, we will miss the man. We will miss him scurrying across the golf course to some immediate problem, but always smiling and waving, or even stopping a second for a brief chat. We’ll miss him and his compadre Callie, sometimes running by his side, but mostly riding shotgun in the golf cart. We’ll miss seeing Callie chase all geese away (actually swimming after a tennis ball Tom has thrown in a pond near the geese). But most of all, we will miss him as a friend. Good luck Tom, you will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Men’s Golf Association, and actually for every golfing member of Duck Woods, we wish you the best of luck in your ventures south. Come back anytime. I’m sure you won’t having any trouble finding a member that would love for you to play as their guest, me included.

Curt Baskette