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

Do you have certain holes at DW that you just don’t seem to be able to get to in regulation. Just out of reach. Having to one putt to even have a chance at par, much less a birdie. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to move up a tee on a few of those holes? Wouldn’t it be more fun? Well, the Golf Committee is looking at possibly giving you that option. It’s called Combo Tees. You may have already heard of them, or even played at other courses that offer them. This is how they work. Let’s say you normally play from the white tees. With Combo Tees, you can play the green tees on certain designated holes. The handicap system will accommodate these scores in the system. Combo Tees would be available for playing the Black/Blue, Blue/White or Green/Gold tees as well. If you are interested in having this option at DW, here is where the Golf Committee needs your help. Identify the four (4) holes on each nine that give you the most trouble and you would like to play forward once in a while. Then let the Pro Shop know your preferences. If enough interest is indicated, the Golf Committee will set up the Comb Tees. Just having more fun at Duck Woods!

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WHY JOIN the MGA?

For those that have wondered ‘why should I join the MGA?’, I can honestly tell you that I was in the same boat when I first joined the club. I did not know anyone that was already a member and as a working professional in the vacation rental industry, instead of paying the $15 annual dues, I assumed that I would be better off buying a golf glove as I would not be able to participate in any of the events. The glove would be much more useful during those summer hours where you can tee off at 6pm and still get 9 holes in.

During one of those 6p tee offs a few years ago, I happened to join up with another member that I did not previously know. As we were playing (hacking is probably the better word), the conversation became geared toward opportunities to play with other members.

Beyond the tournaments, which were fun but still satisfied my competitive desires, there were a lot of other activities. The season long Ringer/Shoot Out scores do not rely on playing at a certain time on a certain date (except for the Shoot Out final where 15 people all play the same hole at the same time, talk about a different experience!).

The match play program was able to be flexible around everyone’s schedule over a several month period. Even the 2-day member-member was a Friday afternoon start to better allow members who work to participate. After hearing about these activities, I decided to give it a try (after all $15 per year breaks down to $1.87 per month for the 8 months of good golfing weather).

This year, we have some different opportunities being worked on. For example, ‘Let’s just go play’ day trips to other golf courses and competitive but fun formats for the season opening and member-member tournaments.

Over the course of my 2 years in the MGA, the events and activities have allowed me to play with a lot of different golfers at different skill levels. Every time, it has been a competitive yet enjoyable experience. I now have several more contacts to go play that summer evening 9 holes. For only the equivalent of a $1.87 per golfing month ($15 per year), I encourage everyone to join the MGA. You will not regret it. All you have to do is tell Aaron in the Pro Shop that you would like to join. See you on the golf course!

Dave Roberts, 2021 MGA Secretary

Duck Woods Country Club news

If you are a guy and you play golf, then what are you waiting for? You need to join the Men’s Golf Association [MGA]. The MGA is organized for the purpose of enhancing your golf experience. It’s about having fun and meeting other guys that share your enthusiasm for golf. To that end the MGA sponsors a number of tournaments throughout the golf season. These tournaments are for all golfers. Life-long golfers as well as those that are just discovering the challenges of the game. Handicaps are established to level out the playing field. Awards are typically given in flights so that all levels of play have a chance for success. The MGA board and our golf pro, Aaron, will be glad to help you take the mystery out of establishing a handicap and explaining the formats and terms of play of the tournaments. Expand your circle of friends and join the over 115 members of the MGA. Come learn about the Scott B. Anthony Scholarship and other activities MGA provides. First year DWCC members’ annual dues is free and only $15.00 per year after that. Just let Aaron or one of the MGA board members know that you would like to join.

Ed Kitchen, President
Dave Ahearn, Vice President
David Roberts, Jr., Secretary
Curt Baskette, Treasurer
Aaron Palen, DW Golf Professional

2021 FROZEN FOUR
Saturday, January 23rd

  • 9:00am shotgun start
  • 18-hole scramble
  • Build your own team
  • Post-flighted — no handicap required
  • $20 entry fee — includes prizes
  • Registration closes on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:00pm

2021 SCHEDULE OF MGA EVENTS
Put these dates on your calendar

April 30
Ringer competition begins. This is a season long competition based on your best hole scores until October.

May 1
MGA Opening Tournament. Format to be announced at a later date. It will be fun!

May 24
Match Play begins. Two high handicap friends won 5 matches in a row to win this one.

June 28
Shoot Out begins. Turn in your best 18 hole round net score as you play this summer to be one of 18 in the Shootout.

July 16-17
Member-Member. You and a friend take on the field over two days of competition.

September 26
Shoot Out. 18 guys teeing off one after another until only one is left is an amazing experience.

October 30
Tommy Wine Championship. End the season with this memorial tournament.