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Monday, March 18, 2024

March ASGA News from the Prez

 Greetings all!!!!!! March is here!!!  That means running both the heat and the AC…. sometimes on the same day.  March Madness and the Masters are right around the corner (best four weeks in sports!).  And we’re enjoying the moderate temps while we can!

Earl Klattenhoff
Former ASGA Champion Passes

Earl Klattenhoff, long-time ASGA member, passed away last November at age 86.  He was a good golfer and a great competitor.  Earl was our 2004 Champion and was runner-up in 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2010, as well as claiming the ASGA Hole-In-One Jackpot back in 2015. He remained active in ASGA through 2018.

Our hearts go out to his family and friends.  You can click here to read more about Earl’s life and accomplishments.

 

 Lions Muny Maintenance

A  liner leak was recently discovered in the irrigation reservoir on the 13th hole.  This is going to require sludge pumping out of that pond which should begin shortly  If it is not safe for crews to be in the pond during work, hole #13 will be closed and regular rates will be modified down to evening rates during closures, but since most of us have senior memberships, the rates won’t change.  Lions is at the mercy of the contractor with regards to scheduling so they can't give a firm start and end date yet.  

Also, the Save Muny Conservancy in partnership with Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore have begun a maintenance project which will reshape the #1 tee complex, expand the upper putting green and provide a larger practice area.   No doubt you've noticed the large change at #1 tee where they are enlarging the practice putting area. The #10 teeing ground will also be resurfaced. Much of the sand will be replaced with soil.  Planting is scheduled for April 1 and those areas will be re-opened as soon as possible.  

Playing Lions on April 2nd

Scoring for hole #13 if closed will be an automatic 3 for handicaps 17 and under, and a 4 for 18 and over. In the event a flight contains both 17 and 18 handicaps, those scores on #13 will all be 3.

Start/Finish times on your Scorecards

Please take a minute before you turn in your scorecards to make sure you’ve entered the start and finish times for your group’s round.  And make them as legible as you can.  Times are recorded and entered weekly, so your help is needed and appreciated!!

An example of what TO do

An example of what NOT to do!

   

Speedy Play Tip

Sharing a cart should be like a game of leap frog, not a three-legged sack race. Often, I see a golf cart stop at one ball, the first player hits, then they drive diagonally 20 yards to the other player’s ball before moving up the fairway together.
Instead, try parking the cart between your balls and you can both get ready at the same time. If your balls are farther apart, there is no shame in dropping off the first player and then going to yours. After that first player hits, they can walk up the fairway and meet you after you hit. The passenger of a cart should always be aware of when they should get behind the wheel.  


Did you know…..?

The original Augusta National was intended to have a 19th hole, giving losing golfers a chance to win their money back on a quick round of double-or-nothing. It was indefinitely tabled because the hole would ruin the flow of the golf course.

That’s it for now.  See ya in the short grass!!!


Greg

Thursday, February 22, 2024

February ASGA News


 ASGA Long-Time Member Passes

Many of you may remember Robert Amaro, who passed away earlier this month. A long-time member (our first recorded finish for him was July 2009), Robert was our last winner of the Hole-In-One pot last June.

Robert retrieves his hole-in-one
golf ball at Morris Williams #14

As a senior member of the ASGA, Robert took part in over 400 tournaments, finishing first in his flight over 20 times. He usually led off on tournament day, as he and his group would consistently finish in under 3 hours, 45 minutes. Oh that we could all be this quick on the course!

Our hearts and prayers go out to Robert's family.

Further information regarding Robert’s life and funeral arrangements may be found here

 

No Fee Increases at Austin Courses for 2024

At the latest Parks & Recreation Board Meeting it was announced that there will be no fee increases for 2024. If you play the Austin city courses more than once a week, consider an Annual Senior Membership to save money. Look for "Annual Card: Senior" on this city website page for more details.


Let's Get Rid of the Poa Annua Grass on the Greens!

As each of us plays a round of golf this Tuesday at Morris Williams, use your divot tool to take up one piece of poa annua grass each green when you putt. You know this grass--it's the one that causes all the bumps in the greens. For each usual tournament of ours, that would be more than 1,800 pieces of grass removed!

Here's what you're looking for!

See you all at the course,

Bruce Jones
ASGA Webmaster



Friday, February 2, 2024

Welcome to the New Year--from Your ASGA President

Is winter really over?
Can you believe it is already February?  The holidays and even your broken New Year's resolutions are a distant memory already.

2024 marks ASGA's 50th anniversary!  

Just a quick stroll down memory lane to 1974:

  • City of Austin greens fees were raised to $3.25
  • The interstate speed limit was set at 55 mph to conserve gas
  • Richard Nixon resigned
  • The average home price was $38,000
  • Blazing Saddles was the top-grossing movie
  • The Rubik's Cube was invented
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl IX
  • I was a college sophomore trying to look cool with my Afro, bells, and platforms. (photos not available)
But most importantly, our founding fathers would surely be proud of how their traditions have been carried on. With over 200 active members, we continue to be an active, lively organization ready for its next 50!


Mark Your Calendars

Our Spring Championship is still a ways off, but I wanted to remind everyone that it will be played on April 23rd & 25th....Tuesday and Thursday of that week.  It's the only time we'll be playing on a day other than Tuesday, so be aware.

Speedy Play Tip

It's not the big things, it's the little things. If each player in your foursome could save 10 seconds per shot, your round would be 35 minutes faster!! And that's not counting putts! Going forward, we will be regularly providing tips and tricks to get you that 10 seconds!



Joke of the day

"You're late on the tee, John."
"Yes, well being a Sunday, I had to toss a coin to see if I should go to church or go play golf."
"OK...but why are you late?"
" I had to toss it  15 times!!"



That's it for now.  Be well.....and see ya in the short grass......Greg
 
 
Greg Marshall

Saturday, January 13, 2024

City of Austin Golf Courses Closed Sun. 1/14 thru Tue. 1/16

Tue. 1/16 Golf ATX Update - Currently the greens are covered in a sheet of ice at all locations and will not thaw on Tuesday Jan 16th. We need temps to be consistently above freezing for a significant amount of time before we can reopen. Our best guesstimate at this time for reopening is Thursday, Jan. 18th. 

All Golf ATX driving ranges will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 17thmats only with a last ball at 5:00 sold. In addition, Lions may not have running water and this affect both the restrooms and food operations.

Golf courses and practice greens will remain inaccessible while the temperatures are below freezing and until the greens thaw out.

We hope everyone is making it through this event with no property damage and staying warm.  We want you back out at the facilities as badly as you want to be back out there.

Best,

GOLFATX Staff

Steve Hammond

GOLFATX Division Manager

 

 Email from Austin's GOLF ATX Division Manager:

"With the impending weather, GOLFATX properties will be closed Sunday the 14th through Tuesday the 16th.  In an effort to protect the grasses, our agronomists are going to insulate the greens with water and it will freeze over on Saturday night.  Although the sun may be shining, the ground will not thaw until the temps are consistently over 35 degrees.  We apologize about the closure as we know your time to play our courses is valued.  Our practice of insulating the greens has proved beneficial the last three years and it has showed in our conditions.

"We will have phone operators on property until 11:00 each day provided they can safely get to the golf courses. Please do not access the properties during the closure.

"Stay safe and warm, we will see you next week."

Sincerely,

Steve Hammond

GOLFATX Division Manager