I. Call to order
Fred Welch, President called
to order the annual meeting of the Grand Strand Senior Men’s Golf Association
II. Moment of remembrance
A moment of silence was observed for past member golfers.
III. Roll call
John DeBona, Debona’s Nom
Lefty Gomes, Assistant Rules
George Griffin, Treasurer John Olson, Rules Chairman
Fredi Hohorst, River Hills John
Jerry Nadley, River Oaks
Dave Salisch, Tournament Coordinator, Sea Trail
John Webb, Nominating Committee
Fred Welch, President, Bay Tree
Ed Wilson, Indigo Creek
IV. Approval of minutes from last meeting
Fred Welch, President waived the reading of minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were approved as presented on the website.
V. Treasurer’s Report
Income Actual Budget Variance to Budget
Checkbook Balance $ 291
Tournament fees $4528 $4000 +$528
Proximity Prizes $2005 $2000 +$5
Administration $1063 $1500 -$437
Annual Meeting $ 193 $ 200 -$7
TOC Prizes $1050 Checkbook balance less than $300
Balance to 2012 $ 508
Beginning Balance $ 508
Tournament Fees(70 x 50) $3500
Proximity Prizes(40x50) $2000
Annual Meeting $ 200
TOC Prizes Checkbook balance less than $300
VI. Agenda issues
a) Dress Code- John Debona led a discussion regarding the proper dress
regardless of what a particular course may allow during the year. Dave Salisch
stated our rules should be set at a higher standard. Mitch Jordan felt there should be no denim. George Griffin stated it is addressed in the revised rules and
regulations which would be voted on later in the meeting.
b) Recordable Votes- It was discussed and determined that officers, tournament directors, appointed positions and recognizable volunteers were eligible to vote. A motion was made and seconded to accept.
Dave Salisch. We received back 64. Fred Welch indicated that since the return
was only one third of those sent out, it appears that most members are satisfied.
2 sleeves of balls: 31 yes 33 no
1 sleeve of better balls: 25 yes 39 no
Gift card 29 yes 35 no
Discussion: Due to the split of this particular item there was considerable discussion over how to select better balls that members would agree upon and still fall within the budget. Gift cards had merits if there was no expiration date. It was decided to defer this item for a year or possibly set up a committee for further study.
Leave as is by tee position: 57 yes 7 no
Discussion: Although a majority of members are satisfied to leave as is, there were comments on setting guidelines with a combination of index and age to determine tee position. It was decided not to make any changes except setting up criteria for a Super Senior tee position that was put in the rules later in the meeting.
Leave as is: 56 yes 8 no
Leave as is: 54 yes 10 no
Discussion: The 10 wanting changes were to have a “root rule”
with a free drop instead of taking a penalty for an unplayable lie. This was
discussed but the board feels this is outside USGA rules. The board does
acknowledge that at one course
Tournament of Champions:
Leave as is: 63 yes 1 no
Discussion: The venue for 2012 has not been determined yet.
Other ideas to improve league:
Some of the comments were to eliminate some of the weaker courses. The President pointed out that due to the changing environment along the Grand Strand we have been able to get better courses during “prime time”. This year there are only three “weaker” courses left in the spring. Also the board wanted to show loyalty to the courses that allowed us to play when others would not.
Comments regarding the distance to courses was disregarded because one person’s
hour drive maybe someone else’s 5 minute drive.
d) By-law and rule changes- George Griffin presented revised by-laws and rules to help clarify language and change certain rules. Since the revised rules and regulations will be shown on the website, if approved, the following were the highlights and most discussed items:
-Representatives of the players will be considered Player Reps. not Club reps.
and their duties are clarified.
-The Preferred Lies rule was revised to show both “lift, clean and place” and “rolling the ball” in your own fairway as viable options.
-Gold and White tees can be changed at any time except not on tournament day. Abuse of this will be monitored by the Tournament Coordinator/Scorer.
-A dress code has been established; golfers are expected to dress in golf appropriate attire, jeans, cut-off pants and tee shirts are not acceptable.
-Cell phones should only be used on the course for emergency situations. Cell phones used for GPS purposes are allowable, as long as voice usage is for emergencies only.
-Criteria for a Super Senior group were outlined. A combination of an Index and age that equals or is greater than 100 was established.
A motion was made and seconded to accept the revised Rules and Regulations.
Further discussion took place concerning the Super Senior group. Even though guidelines were accepted, we have to still see who is interested in “moving” up. Player reps. will be asked to start collecting birthdates and those eligible will be made aware of their option.
e) Pace of Play- Lefty Gomes recommended the association purchase a USGA Pace of Play brochure which also addresses golf etiquette for $.50 each. After discussion it was determined not to purchase. However pace of play is an issue and we will continue to have the Tournament Director stress it each week.
f) Rule changes- Lefty Gomes reviewed the recent changes made by the USGA. The rules have not changed that much but changes most likely to affect us were made in Rules 1-2, 18-2b and 13-4. More detail on the rules can be found at USGA.org. The essence of the rule is if your ball moves after address due to a gust of wind, there is no penalty and you play from the new position. The other rule permits a player to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time before playing from a hazard provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course.
g) Other discussion- Ed Wilson addressed a concern over unraked bunkers and playing from footprints. Members basically agreed that you would have to play from a footprint but a crevice i.e. due to rain, may be considered an abnormal condition and might be a free drop in the bunker. A player should check with his foursome.
Gary Crumling mentioned one of our members; Bill McGeown was fighting for his life and should be in our prayers.
We have added pictures to the website. Mitch Jordan requested we get pictures of the winners.
John Webb addressed “pace of play” and mentioned we should be enforcing the 45 minute rule.
h) Nomination of officers- Due to health reasons,
Jimmy Fox is resigning as Vice-President, but will continue to stay active as
needed and continue on as a Tournament Director. The President and Board
thanked Jimmy for his service. The nominating committee of John Webb and
Eric Pope presented Mitch Jordan for Vice-President. Incumbents: Fred Welch, President, George
Griffin, Treasurer, and
Meeting adjourned at 2:20 PM.