Saturday, December 31, 2022

Thanks to Everyone for 2022!

2022 is winding down and we thought we would give you a snapshot of some of the things the Austin Senior Golf Association (ASGA) accomplished last year. These numbers were calculated using our Grand Prix calendar year (Nov. 2021 – Oct. 2022).

  • Our average membership participation for the 53 events throughout the year was 94 — 10 of these were played when the daily high was over 100°.
  • Highest attended event was 118 players. It was a February Two-Best-Balls tournament.  20 events had 100+ attendees.
  • Total rounds played by our members for score and posted -- 5,286 !
  • The 10 four person events had the highest average participation (100 players)
  • We played at Morris Williams the most – 18 times
  • We had over 100 members attend our annual end of the year banquet
  • We increased the number of members participating in our annual ASGA championship by over 50%

We hope you enjoyed your 2022 with ASGA.  Take care and see you on the course next year!


ASGA Board

Lewis Howell, President
Greg Marshall, VP
Sam Mihalik, Past President
David Brader, Secretary/Treasurer
Shawn Higgins, Event Chair
Bill Burke, Handicap Chair
PARD City Board Rep, Jack Scruggs
General Membership, Allan Myers
Website/Admin Chair, Bruce Jones

Couldn't pass up a few year-end jokes:

Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white, sold by the dozen, and a week later you have to buy some more.

An avid golfer goes to see a fortune teller to inquire if there are any golf courses in heaven. “I have good news and bad news,” she tells the golfer. “What’s the good news?” asks the golfer. “The good news sir is that the courses in heaven are spectacular, without doubt better than anything you have seen on earth.” “What’s the bad news then?” he asks. “You have a tee time at 8:30 tomorrow morning.”

Three golfing partners died in a car wreck and went to heaven. Upon arrival, they discover the most beautiful golf course they have ever seen.

St. Peter tells them that they are all welcome to play the course, but he cautions them that there is only one rule:  "Don't hit the ducks during your first three months here.”
The men all have blank expressions, and finally one of them asks, "The ducks?
"Yes", St. Peter replies, "There are thousands of ducks walking around the course, and if one gets hit, he quacks, then the one next to him quacks and soon they're all quacking to beat the band.  It really breaks the tranquility, and if you hit one of the ducks, you'll be punished.  Otherwise everything is yours to enjoy.”

Upon entering the course, the men noted that there were indeed large numbers of ducks everywhere.  Within fifteen minutes, one of the guys hit a duck.  The duck quacks, the one next to it quacked and soon here was a deafening roar of duck quacks.
St. Peter walked up with an extremely homely woman in tow and asks, "Who hit the duck?"  The guy who had done it admitted, "I did."  St. Peter immediately pulled out a pair of handcuffs and cuffed the man's right hand to the homely woman's left hand.  "I told you not to hit the ducks,", he said. Now you'll be handcuffed together for eternity.”

The other two men were very cautious not to hit any ducks, but a couple of weeks later, one of them accidentally did.  The quacks were as deafening as before, and within minutes St. Peter walked up with an even uglier woman. He cuffed the man's right hand to the homely woman's left hand. "I told you not to hit the ducks," he said; "Now you'll be handcuffed together for eternity.”

The third man was extremely careful. Some days he wouldn't even play for fear of even nudging a duck. After three months, he still hadn't hit a duck.

St. Peter walked up to the man at the end of the three months, and had with him a knock-out, gorgeous woman - the most beautiful woman the man had ever seen.  St. Peter smiled at the man and then, without a word, handcuffed him to the beautiful woman and walked off.
The man, knowing that he would be handcuffed to this woman for eternity, let out a contented sigh and said aloud, "I wonder what I did to deserve this?

The woman responded, "I don't know about you, but I hit a duck.”

Monday, December 12, 2022

Golf ATX Info for December/January

In case you're looking for a few extra practice rounds

Your GolfATX facilities are closing out the fall strong, we are very proud of our conditions right now and will continue to strive for the highest quality conditions that we and the weather can provide.  We are sure you are tired of this very gray weather and ready for some much needed sunshine.

Today and tomorrow, we received what is the final shipment for our golf cart orders at Lions.  That will bring the total new carts to 363 for your facilities, we are so glad to finally be out of the junk cart business for a few years.

During this time of year, our tournament calendars are pretty slow which mean more availability for daily plan.  We also do not have any planned closures for maintenance for the rest of 2022.  Because of Christmas being over the weekend this year, our holiday rates and times are as follows:

  • Dec 23rd--Holiday Rates
  • Dec 24th--Weekend Rates--Last tee times goes at 12:00, driving ranges close at 4:00PM 
  • Dec 25th--All Facilities Closed
  • Dec 26th--Holiday Rates

Scheduled Maintenance Closures--All general, no disruptive practices scheduled

  • Jan 3rd--Jimmy Clay
  • Jan 9th--Morris Williams
  • Jan 17th (Tues)--Lions
  • Jan 23rd--Roy Kizer

2022 is closing out to be one of our most successful years on record and we greatly appreciate all of your patronage, support and feedback.  From the GOLFATX family to yours, we wish you a very safe and happy holiday season!!

Steve Hammond, PGA
GOLFATX Division Manager

Thursday, December 1, 2022

New Season is Underway!

Big turnout last Tuesday! 114 players participated at Roy Kizer on those new greens! More events for next year on Kizer. Check out the 2023 schedule, now available at Next Tuesday will be at Lions, Individual stroke play. Current forecast is for a high of 79° !

Don’t forget to Renew your ASGA Membership before January 1st

We have several members who have not yet renewed their ASGA membership. Memberships are good from now to the end of 2023. If you renew before January 1st, you can do it for $10. If you wait until the new calendar year, it will cost you $15 to re-activate your membership. So don’t delay—renew your membership soon. Renewal procedures are explained on our website under Member Programs, Renew Membership.

If you are not a current paid member come January 1st, you won’t be able to sign up for a tee time or participate in any of our events until you re-register.


Help with the greens

Lately it seems like there are a lot of ball marks on the greens.  I doubt that ASGA is responsible for all of them since we rotate around the Austin public courses and each course has a lot of customers playing every day.  With that said, if you notice an unrepaired ball mark, please take the time to repair it. One thing I do think some ASGA members are guilty of is dragging their feet around the hole.  Almost every week we notice scratches around the holes where someone was dragging their feet. Please look back after you finish and if you have accidentally left scratches on the green, take the time to tap them down and repair ball marks. Your help will be greatly appreciated.


Next time you see Bill Burke, tell him Thank You

Bill is our handicap chair. He has been doing that for a number of years. I’m not sure anyone works as long or as hard as Bill does. He basically gives up the entire day to not only play but gather all the scorecards, enter the information for every player into the system and format the results into flights. Our normal last tee time is around 11:00 am.  That means that all of the scorecards are not turned in until 3 or 4 in the afternoon which makes it a long day for Bill. Next time you see him, please take the time to tell Bill thanks and express how much we appreciate everything he does.


ASGA White Hats Are Coming

Last year we sold blue ASGA hats.  We used the profits to provide closest to the pin and longest drive payouts for our annual championship competition. We intend to do something similar for 2023. More information will be sent out as we get closer but right now, the sale of the white ASGA hats should happen around the end of March.

Earlier this year you had to pay in advance and then we ordered the hats. Once the hats arrived, we found you and delivered your hat to you. Next year since we have a demand for the hats established, we plan to purchase hats in advance so when you pay for your hat, you’ll receive a hat.  With only sixty hats planned, make sure you get yours when they are available. They will probably sell out pretty quickly.

I hope all of your drives are long and where you want them to go and your putts find the bottom of the cup.


Lewis Howell