Monday, January 25, 2021

President's Message -- January 25, 2021

 The News, Weather Forecaster, and the Stories

The News section of our website is to inform you about ASGA . Should any of you have an interest in something please advise Bruce Jones, Website Chair or me and we will try to bring you the story.

This week we would like to point out the method that Shawn Higgins uses to keep you aware of an upcoming event and if it might be delayed or canceled. On the heading area of the Home Page he can exchange the existing information and update you. For example, Shawn posted the following for the recent Kizer event:

On Sunday afternoon preceding an event if he sees weather in the forecast for Tuesday that threatens the event he will post on the home page and advise when you can check back for an update. He tries to make the call by Monday night, but if not possible he does so as early as possible on the Tuesday of the event. Tune in to our weather forecaster and Event Director Shawn Higgins to stay informed.

The event Tuesday at Morris Williams has a large sign-up and in fact the weather looks perfect for this time of year. You signed up now show up, play and have fun. Shawn will not likely post anything unless conditions change.

Have you noticed that the Grand Prix standings and Handicaps are staying current. You should thank Bill Burke and Bruce Jones when you get a chance. Great job Bill and Bruce!

Should you have missed the latest posting on the News please scroll down after reading this News and honor Troy Collins by reading a brief story about his great life.

This News has been brought to you on behalf of the ASGA Board of Directors and The Austin Senior Golf League,

Travis McWhorter


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Member Troy Collins Passes

ASGA offers our condolences to the family and friends of our member for many years, Troy Collins. He played in an event as recently as October 13, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Linda  and the rest of the family.

Don Pratt, ASGA Past President and often a part of an ASGA foursome of Bob Remey, L.D. Washington and of course Troy has some great memories to share below. These include some thoughts made in Troy's Obituary handed out at his Memorial Service last weekend and some feelings that Don shares with us all. RIP Troy.

Troy was an amazing father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather.  He leaves behind a great legacy and hearts forever impacted by his unconditional love.

Troy was employed by Texas Motor Vehicles and Austin ISD.

Troy Played baseball, softball for many years and had a genuine love for golf.
We lost a good friend and fellow golfer on December 31, 2020.Troy Collins passed on that day.Troy was a long time golfer and member of the Austin Senior Golf Association.Troy passed from Stage IV Lung Cancer. He neither complained about it nor let it known of his illness so it was a surprise to all to learn of his passing. He was laid to rest on January 15, 2021.   

Troy Collins loved to laugh, joke and kibitz with those he played. He could be mischievous and intense in his playing the game of golf. It was always a joy to play the game of golf with Troy. He will be missed.  

May he sit on the right hand of God.   Be Well my Friend.         
        Don Pratt


Monday, January 18, 2021

President's Message -- January 18, 2021

Free of Politics, Race and Financial Barriers. Simply Free.

I Have a Dream.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

Mr. King's famous speech above became one of my favorite readings to represent the feeling that I have as a person.  I have his birthday, January 15th on my calendar saved for each year and I always read it again.

The last couple of businesses
Canada Geese in Formation
that I was involved with used a philosophy that I eventually named the Wingmate Philosophy. The philosophy was based on the idea that Canada Geese fly long distances when they migrate in a V formation that under close scrutiny all but one bird has someone to fly behind to make their flight easier. Every few miles they rotate and another single bird leads the flight. They all get a chance to lead. The rest are good followers. I saw it differently and believed that you could take it further and that all different kinds of birds could fly together if they opened up their minds. You could have eagles, sparrows, doves, humming birds, crows, etc. flying with the geese together as a team. You get the point.

It was this thought that drew me to the ASGA. All you have to do is read the list of members under the Handicaps and realize we are very diverse. It is up to us to keep it that way by continuing  to support each other and take turns leading. We must never let politics, race or finance interfere with ASGA. We must be simply free to teach, respect rules and play the game of golf.

Mr. King believed in talking it through peacefully and even the Canada Geese, making a lot of noise when they fly over, are likely not criticizing .. Scientist have come to the conclusion that actually the birds following seem to be making positive sounds and are likely saying their equivalent of  "Good job. Keep  it up!"

Thanks Mr. King. We are all still flying and in my personal opinion are gaining on your dream.

On behalf of the ASGA Board of Directors and Austin Senior Golf League,

Travis McWhorter


Monday, January 11, 2021

President's Message -- January 11, 2021

 Good News Bad News at Kizer, Annual Senior Membership Value, Plus Grand Prix Review.

Steve Hammond, PGA, Clay / Kizer Golf Courses has advised and asked me to update our ASGA membership regarding Golf ATX changes for 2021.

The Good News is that the Kizer course is now available to play at the same rate as other city courses for Annual Senior Card holders and at the same $3 green fee rate Monday thru Friday. In the past Kizer was available at the Annual Senior Card $3 rate only a couple days per week.  See the city website for complete details.

The bad news is that in the past few years Kizer has allowed non-card holders playing in the Kizer ASGA events to have the same However, beginning with the January 19th event at Kizer the actual Kizer green fee of $27 will be charged. This will apply to all non-Annual Senior Card holders. Annual Senior Card holders will continue to pay only $3 plus cart if needed along with the event entry fee of $5.

So the overall news is that if your are an Annual Senior Card holder your green fees will not change and you will have much more access to Kizer at the Senior Card rates. If you are not a card holder you might think about buying one. If you play only the Kizer course for a year you will break even with only 24 plays. If you play a combination of Kizer and all the other city courses it will take between 24 and 37 rounds to break even.  This is all according to Steve and obviously if you play 50 or more rounds like many of us do there is a lot to be saved. All courses can sell you a membership. The Annual Senior Card  is $567 for residents and $620 for non residents and is good for one year from the date of purchase. ASGA is only pointing this out and you have to do the math for yourself.  I personally am an Annual Senior Card holder.

The Grand Prix is back and better than ever! 

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The commemorative plaque has been expanded and is back on the wall at Lions. It is located between the two bulletin boards to your left as you move toward the back exit and the blank score cards table. Stop and visualize your names on the next line later this year and go out and play to finish as near the top of your flight as possible. Play as often as you can and the points will add up.

Thanks are in order for Paul Redden and his committee for listening and finding a way to limit the programming changes, but to add a lot of excitement to the overall experience.  Paul as chair of this committee also committed the time to do the programming so that Bruce Jones and Bill Burke can get the standings updated shortly after each event played this year.

The 2-Person Team annual Grand Prix competition has not changed. You and your playing partner for the event will secure points on each 2-person event you play as a team. The individual portion  has become the all new Individual All-In competition and will lead to a lot of increased excitement and points earned every time you play any event ( individual, 2-Person, 4-person and others that might come along. All will earn Individual All-In points.)

An introduction to the better than ever Grand Prix Program, the new Grand Prix Points Program and the up-to-date standings for both categories beginning with the October 27, 2020 event are on the ASGA website under Member Programs and then Grand Prix Championship. We have linked here for a shortcut to visit now.

2021 is here with increased access to all city courses Annual Senior Card holders along with greater inspiration to play more from the Grand Prix expansion. This will be a fun year.

On behalf of the ASGA Board of Directors and Austin Senior Golf League,

Travis McWhorter