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Greg Shaw & Byron Balsells Prevail in Whisper Cup

In this month's Whisper Cup with its different format of a combination of best ball and aggregate score, it was the pair of Greg Shaw and Byron Balsells who came out on top with a net score of 98. This topped the runners-up by a single stroke by capitalizing on the front nine best ball. Greg, a 15 handicap, and Byron, an 18 handicap, shot 5 under par 31 on the front that proved the difference. In a tie for second place just one stroke behind the winners were the teams of Jeff Hickman and Bruce Wilder along with Kevin Maust and his "Ghost Partner" when his partner had to withdraw on the second hole for medical reasons. Jeff Hickman definitely had the indvidual best round on the day shooting a gross 69, net 65.

There was a big gap between the top three pairs and their nearest chasers. Rounding out the top five in a tie for fourth with a total score of 103 were the teams of Freddy Valencia and Juan Moreno, and John Hennes and Lann Hamilton. Once again, the results proved that the tournament can be lost on the front nine, but it's the back nine that carries the weight. The difference between the top three groups and the rest of the field is that the top three scored below net par with all remaining teams scoring over the combined par 70. Congratulations to all who cashed in this month's event!

Special Events Are Happening at the Whisper!

Along with the improvements being made to the course and an increase in the number of rounds being played, the new management group is hosting events to help make Whispering Lakes a happening place in the community. Beginning on Saturday, May 25th, the course will be hosting a monthly Wine & Nine event featuring wines from the local family-owned Galleano Winery. Cost for the event is $65 for an individual, $130 per couple. But the course will give our Men's Club members special pricing for the event offering participation for $100 per couple. Check-in begins at 2:30 with wine tasting before venturing onto the course for an enjoyable nine holes of golf. Those interested should contact Greg Burns at 909.923.3673 to get signed up! Thanks for your support of our home course.

Blind Holes Low Net Set for June

Next month's tournament is an individual low net tournament based on nine holes randomly drawn at the completion of play. In this event, a blow up hole might not eliminate the player from contention as long as it's not drawn as an included hole. Played from the white tees, mark your calendars for June 8th and we'll see you there.

Renew Memberships or Join Our Club Online

All existing members needing to renew their memberships or any new members wishing to join our crazy group can now do it all online as a part of the SCGA website by clicking here. This is a new and completely optional way to pay your annual dues. Existing members and those wishing to join may still pay in person either in cash or by check if you prefer. If you have any questions, feel free to either email us or track down on Saturday morning and we'll do our best to answer them.

Join The Hole-In-One Pot

Congratulations go out to John Hennes for his hole-in-one on the seventh hole and becoming the third member to capture the hole-in-one pot! The previous winners were Bill Barry on #3 and Mark Carlton on #16. On this one, John's playing partners raved at the perfect shot that took one hop and disappeared into the hole. What this means for the rest of us is that it's time to re-enter with the hopes that we can join that elite group.

If interested, contact Bruce Wilder to get signed up. The $10 entry is a one-time payment good until another ace wins the pot. The hole-in-one must be scored at Whispering Lakes on a Saturday morning during regular men's club play. Click here to see who's already on board.

New Guest Guidelines

With the club growth we have experienced in the last year along with the limitation of required tee times, it has become necessary to establish some guidelines on bringing guests to join us on Saturdays. First, guests can only be accommodated on a space-available basis. The first priority for tee times must be for club members. Second, no guests should be brought on any tournament day. Tournament days have bigger draws and especially with different tournament formats, it is not the opportune time to bring non-members. Finally, we are going to begin limiting the number of guests to one per member on any given week. If any member wishes to bring multiple guests, a guaranteed tee time cannot be determined until Friday morning when the groups are established and shared. If there is space available at that point, the multiple guests will be welcomed. If you have multiple guests and require a guaranteed tee time, it is suggested that you contact the pro shop and get a time outside of the men's club set tee time reservations. Thank you to all for your understanding and cooperation in this. It is appreciated.

Net Double Bogey to Replace Equitable Stroke Control!

Handicap index calculation for members is changing beginning January 1st as the new Rules of Handicapping are introduced and implemented in the United States. First, your index will be based on the 8 best scores out of the past 20 posted scores rather than the lowest 10 scores out of the last 20 as it currently does. This change should be minor but you may see a change in your index after the 1st of the year even if you haven't played.

Additionally, the maximum score for each hole will now be limited to a Net Double Bogey. This can be calculated as par + 2 + the number of handicap strokes you receive on that hole. This calculation will be the same for all golfers and there are no longer different maximum scores based on a range of values that an individual's current handicap fits within.

Finally, beginning January 1st, handicap index updates will be made daily so your handicap will change the day after you post a score. On days you don't play, obviously no update will take place. As for player handicaps used for weekly and club competitions, our Men's Club will continue to update and post players' indexes twice a month on the 1st and 15th of each month. So for side games within your foursome, it will be up to you whether you use each player's current index or their posted index. But for participation in our group side game and tournaments, all players will play to the handicap posted in the pro shop. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with Bruce Wilder, our handicap chairman and resident expert on these changes!