Golf at Orange Hills

Gentlemen:

I hope all is well is with everyone including your families, friends and loved ones. We are in a very difficult time, something I never thought was possible in this country. Golf obviously is not a high priority but I wanted to share what we intend to do as a golf association and family.

Please read this entire post.

The schedule for 2020 will start with the April 18/19 “Point” event. The board will meet again in Early May to decide how to proceed for events going forward. Please note that you are under no obligation to play. The state has allowed the course to remain open for now but we all must adhere to the strict guidelines as proposed by the CSGA. In the event you plan to take advantage of the exercise associated with golf, we thought it best to activate the schedule.

The club has to adhere to strict guidelines the state has implemented. The clubhouse is closed so golfers can pay on the patio through a window or you may call the day of play and give Judy your CC number over the phone. Tee Times will be in 10 minute intervals. If you have a permanent tee time, the order will remain the same but expect your start to be a bit later than normal. Please contact the course to let them know whether you intend to play or not. Do not arrive early for your time. Please just give yourselves a few minutes to arrive and warm up. The congregating of people has forced the shutdown of a course in Naugatuck. Social Distancing is a must (I really hate this term and needs to be stricken from the record when this is over). If you ride a cart, then it’s one rider only per cart. There will be no guarantee of carts for later times. There will be no ball washers or rakes or water coolers and flag stick are not to be touched.

If you elect to play in an event, there will be plenty of aggravation to deal with. Please notify Judy your intentions to enter an event and she will send me a list of players. At the completion of your round your scorecard must be email to me. Take a picture on your phone and send it off. Scorecards will not be handed out in the clubhouse. They can found in the shack at the first tee or you can download off the OHCC website and print at home.

Handicaps are now updated daily. We have decided to use a handicap sheet that is sent to us on Wednesday for use in weekend events. Do not use your app or the computer on the date of play for your handicap. A handicap sheet will be posted weekly on the OHCC website until this pandemic is over. Please go to the website under men’s association to find your number for that week.

Last year we tried to implement the new rule of mark, lift, clean and replace. We had been notified on numerous occasions that liberties were being taken with the replacement. We will change this to a local rule of lift clean and place within 1 club length in closely mown areas only. Closely mown areas include fairways, collars and teeing areas. There will be no touching of the ball anywhere else except for temporary water, etc. You will be allowed to lift, clean and place in another fairway. There will be no rakes in bunkers so lifting and placing no nearer the hole will be allowed.

I understand how our lives have been turned upside down. Again, you are under no obligation to play in these events. Is this going to be a huge inconvenience? Yes it is. I will do anything I can to make this go smooth. I will not be out to DQ you which normally makes me very happy. Even I understand. I will need all your help and support if we are to make, at least, the early part of the season a success.

Please stay healthy and hope to see you all soon. And wash your hands!

Sincerely,

Tom Terzakis
tom@amityabc.com

2020 Tournament Schedule

Men:

The calendar has turned and the weather has been favorable. I believe we are on the downhill racing toward another season of frustration. Will we get better? Doubtful, but it does get us out of the house for a few hours.

The 2020 Tournament Schedule is ready. For those not at the annual meeting, a few changes have been implemented. Three tournaments have been eliminated and replaced. The Four-Ball, ABCD and Hope Classic are muerto. The lack of participation has led to this change. These will be replaced with an Intra-Club Ryder Cup- a 2 day Saturday and Sunday event in late July, A 3-2-1 Event which is a pick your 4 man team event and a Modified Stableford event which will played concurrently with the Intra Ryder Cup for those failing to qualify. The synopsis of these 3 new events follow after the schedule. Should you have questions- and I expect you will- please feel free to email me to discuss. So without further ado, I present for 2020…………

2020 Tournament Schedule

Thank you,
Tom
tom@amityabc.com

2020 MGA Dues

Dues for the 2020 golf season are $130. Please consider adding a donation to The First Tee. Dues are payable by March 15, 2020. Payments made after March 15 will incur a $25 late charge.

You can leave payment in the MGA mailbox at Orange Hills or send to:

Roger Sliby
460 Savin Avenue – Apt A8
West Haven, CT 06516

2019 Black Friday Tournament

Gentlemen:

What a great day on Friday. I can tell you I was nervous on how many were going to bail out. 51 of 52 golfers showed up to tee it up. It was a beautiful, sunny day with great friends, good food and pretty solid golf considering the elements. I want to thank those of you for participating. Hopefully we can make this an annual event. The knit cap gift certainly came in handy! Special thanks to the OHCC staff for helping make this run smoothly.

Here are the results:

First Place: $300.00 – Blaise Sanzone & Gary Tompkins 67
Second Place: $200.00 – Roger Sliby & Deni Iacobelli  68
Third Place: $120.00 – Luis Urquidi & John Murphy 69 (3-way matching of cards)

Closest to Pin – $25.00 OHCC Gift Card

3rd Hole: Mike Kraus 2′ 9″
9th Hole: Andy Benowitz 7′ 7″
10th Hole: Tom Terzakis 2′ 5″ – Hey, I had to sneak something out of this
13th Hole: Paul Flament 11′ 3″ – Judy has your card

Thank you again and we will see you, hopefully, at the kickoff meeting at the end of January. Changes are a comin’ to handicaps and possibly the tournament schedule.

Don’t forget to post rounds from down south or out west!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

That is all……………….

Tom
tom@amityabc.com

2019 Ryder Cup Matches

Dear Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the association for allowing me to Captain our Ryder Cup team this year against Grassy Hill. I am proud to report we had a convincing win 44-12.

We had a great team that really played well. The team from Grassy was also a great bunch that showed a lot of class in defeat. They look forward to a rematch next year.

I would like to thank the people who made my life easier Sunday. Tom Terzakis our assistant a Captain who was out on the course getting score updates, team cameraman Marty “lens” Powell and Judy and her staff. I must also thank Ralph Malafronte for playing a woman.

Another year in the books. Enjoy the off season and see everyone on the tee in 2020.

The Nuge


Wrap it Up!!!

Orange Hills: 44
Grassy Hill: 12

Holy Cow! What a way to end our 2019 golf season!

Captain Bob Nugent’s merry misfits absolutely dominate our cross town rivals. The Nuge started the day with a relaxing breakfast for the boys, mixes in a little Rudy speech and sends the boys out to just spank a tough Grassy Hill squad.

Nuge starts the day sending out his A team of Gettings and Rimler to set the tone. While this team struggled early, they grinded out a impressive 7.5 of 9 potential points. The rest of the boys followed suit. Our team only lost 4 of 12 individual matches on the front. All four righted the ship and responded with wins on the back. Kudos for digging deep and getting in on the fun. All six of our groupings bested Grassy Hill in terms of total points. Each group was playing for 9 points. Our lowest score was 5.5 which is exceptional. The best was saved for last though. Nuge knew he needed a strong anchor in the event the matches were close. He thought the brothers Benedetto (birthday boy Ray and Robert) were just the type of winners he needed. Did they disappoint? Hell no! All they did was go out and sweep all 9 points! A little serenade of Happy Birthday to Ray as he approached 18 and the day was complete.

So a big thank you goes out to Nuge for putting this together. Team photographer Marty was snapping away all day. He took so many photos he had to go into his camera and delete photos going back to Trump’s inauguration. I know that killed him as a huge MAGA guy that Marty is. But OHCC is very important to him and took this one for the team. Photos to show up some day on the website. I think he was still using rolled film but I’m not 100% sure on that.

Thanks to the staff of OHCC for a great course and helping in every way imaginable. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Congrats to all our players and wishing you good swing thoughts as we head into the dark days of northeast hell!

That is all…………

Tom
tom@amityabc.com