Sunday, July 14, 2024


107 members who signed up for the Hole-in-One jackpot are about to be disappointed as member #108 hit his iron on #15 last Tuesday at Lions Muny into the hole, and this time he had paid his entry, so Gabe Padilla will be taking home $540!

A new Hole-In-One contest starts next Tuesday. Get your $5 to Bill Burke (who’s substituting for Shawn Higgins) to be in the next go-round.

Good Luck to Everyone!

Friday, July 5, 2024

Member Goodbyes & A Couple of Speedy Play Tips

 Member Passings 


 James Evans (1940-2024)


A long-time active member (James was playing since before we kept computer records), James logged in over 300 rounds of golf with the ASGA, before he ended his playing in 2015. 

He worked at Morris Williams for some time. A definite golf fan, an excerpt from his obituary states "...He impressively had five holes in one". 

Here is a link to his recent obituary.

 Ronnie Morgan (1952-2024)

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of ASGA member Ronnie L. Morgan on June 9, 2024. Ronnie has been a member of ASGA for the last couple of years and enjoyed golf outing with various members of the association.

Ronnie is a native of Rockdale, Texas, had a childhood upbringing in Fort Worth, after which he joined the US Air Force and served for many years before retiring to Austin.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, children, and siblings.

Gone but not forgotten Ronnie Morgan, rest in peace my dear friend.

Speedy Play Tips

So we'll be sharing tips regularly on keeping pace, but the one simple goal to keep in mind is this....

Keep Up with the group in front of you!!!!  

Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through.

Another small time saver is leaving the driver head cover in the cart until the last hole.

Taking the head cover on and off on every tee box is a time suck. You’re not really protecting anything—take it from the equipment editor of Golf Digest. The driver sits well above your irons, and your fairways and hybrids have covers, so you’re good. I’ve gone without a driver head cover the last few months and my driver is never dinged and certainly never busted. Put it back on before you shove the clubs in the trunk—that’s it.




Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Summer Scramble and Other Notes

Riverside! Awesome!
Riverside Next Tuesday

Two-person scramble next Tuesday at Riverside. Be sure to sign up by Friday as Riverside wants a 72 hour notice for our lineup, so we will be closing Tee Time Registration late Friday night.

Also with our first tee time to be scheduled for 8:00 a.m., please show up early so more members can beat the heat.

(Update 6/20: First tee time will be 7:40 and we've been approved for 48 hr. notice, i.e. Tee Time Registration will stay open Saturday as usual).

(Update 6/22: First tee time will now be 6:40.)

Member Passing


Longtime member Lino Oballo passed away May 20, at the age of 84. Lino joined us in 2016, playing in over 200 events, retiring just last year. 

An excellent golfer (usual handicap of 6), Lino almost always played in the 1st flight, racking up more than 55 first place finishes, many with his usual partner Mike Sobremonte. Even more important he served as our Vice-President for two years during Covid, leading us through that unique period.

A memorial service for Lino was scheduled June 17th at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. 

An obituary for Lino may be found here:


Pace of Play Update

Last week at Lions, groups improved their speed significantly. Late starting foursomes finished 20-30 minutes faster than prior 2024 averages.  Please Keep It Up!

Say "No" to Slow Play

Here are some tips as shown in our Pace of Play Video.

Thanks as always for your support,


Bruce Jones


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

ATX Temp Greens Update

From Golf ATX:

Preparations are in full swing to resurface the greens at Clay/Kizer, things are going as planned so far and we are super eager to put this chapter behind us. The temp greens are surprisingly decent but I am not going to overstate what they are...they are still temp greens. Below you will find some important dates over the next month that will help you plan your visits to the courses.

Maintenance Closures:
June 24-25 -- Kizer
June 3-4 -- Jimmy Clay
June 10-11 -- Morris Williams -- Aerification
June 17 -- Lions

Events of note:
Monday June 3--8 AM Shotgun--Lions
Thursday June 6--11:00 AM--STPGA Lil Linksters -- Morris Williams
Monday June 10--8AM Shotgun -- Lions
Thursday June 13--11:00 AM - STPGA Junior Tour--Morris Williams
Wednesday/Thursday June 12-13 -- AWPLGA Event-Should open by 1:00 -- Lions
Monday-June 20--11:00 AM -- STPGA Junior Tour -- Lions
Saturday June 22--Firecracker Qualifier -- Lions
Thursday June 25--11:00 AM-STPGA Junior Tour--Morris Williams
Tuesday June 25--Firecracker Qualifier--Lions

Play Well!!



Saturday, May 4, 2024

Temp Greens Coming to Clay/Kizer

New Grass is Planned for Clay/Kizer!

Golf ATX has recently announced the planned replanting of all 18 greens at Clay and Kizer. Below are some details as recently disseminated.

We want to provide an announcement regarding the conditions at Clay/Kizer of the plan going forward for the next couple of months.  The reason this has taken so long is due to planning, sourcing and weather.

We have been in discussions with our grass farms and it has been decided we will replant all 45 greens at the Clay/Kizer Golf Complex.  From the beginning of our communications, we have pained over this decision and we are to a point where this is the quickest way to get a resolution to the situation.  Not a single thing we have done is a result of neglect or incompetence. If we have lost your trust, I understand and that is regrettable.  Here is what our timeline looks like.

  • Week of May 13th-Begin preparation of the greens surfaces
  • Week of May 13th--Begin preparation of the temporary greens surfaces
  • First week of June--Transition to temporary greens (highly discounted rates)
  • 2nd-3rd week of June--Sprig all 45 greens (5 day process)
  • June-July--Continue play on temporary greens
  • Middle August--Fully re-open better than ever.
Items of note:
  • We will not be closing and will have the best temp putting surfaces we can on as many holes as possible.
  • We will be adding 120 days to full golf memberships and 60 days to half golf memberships
  • Range grinders and $5.00 resident cards will not see an increase in time.
  • This plan is still fluid but as solid as we can get it right now.
  • 45 Greens? 5 short course, 2 Practice Greens, 2 Nurseries, 36 playing greens.
  • Sodding is not an option because our supplier does not have 8 acres of sod.
  • The practice range will be unaffected.

Play Well!
Steve Hammond

Golf Division Manager

We will advise the membership on any effects this may have on our events at Clay/Kizer.