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CDGA 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

A New Era Begins

The CDGA and CDGA Foundation became more closely aligned in 2016 and look ahead with golf’s best interests at heart

Records fell throughout a historic CDGA championship season (pg. 4)

The CDGA Foundation expanded its programming reach to youth (pg. 9)


2016 ANNUAL REPORT >> PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: MICHAEL GRANDINETTI Year end is always a time to reflect upon the accomplishments of the concluding year and set goals for the next. Not unlike other years, we entered 2016 emphasizing membership retention and growth. Our plan was to do this through a combination of technology and personal contact. While we experienced a slight decrease in our total membership, we were successful in deploying our new and extremely functional website. Equally important, we developed an elevator pitch and presentation materials to assist our directors in outlining the benefits of membership. Happily, several directors put these materials to good use. Secondly, because our area of greatest membership growth is in the public sector, we added some new, key members to the Public Golf Committee, met more often and were extremely encouraged by the response. Our third goal was to enhance the image of CDGA golf events. This was partially accomplished by assigning at least two of our most well-trained and experienced officials to these tournaments. Additionally, we placed a larger emphasis on recognition of the winners, both at the tournament sites and in our print and electronic media. Moreover we made extensive use of our online scoring capabilities that were first deployed in 2015. I am happy to report that the response from our competitors was extremely positive. Three major initiatives with the USGA continued to evolve in 2016. The first direct impact was the deployment of a world-

wide handicap system by the USGA and the R&A. The CDGA will play an important role in the implementation process of this system in the years to come. Secondly, we received more details regarding the restructuring of the relationship between the USGA and state and regional golf associations. Actually the CDGA, through our Executive Director, is playing an integral role in redefining the partnership. One result of this new program was the decision by the Southern Illinois Golf Association to affiliate with the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association based in St. Louis. While this move caused some disappointment, the golfers in southern Illinois will continue to receive the benefits of USGA support. Finally, it will be interesting to ascertain what the ”simplification” of the rules of golf, tentatively slated for 2018, will actually entail. For 2017, we will continue to emphasize communication with our members. Providing information on a regular basis is critical to both retention and growth. Staff is currently working on a new marketing plan. Our directors will be an integral part of both the development and the delivery of this program. We will also look to further strengthen our relationship with the “public golfer” with the expectation of more growth in this segment. Lastly, we will maintain our major role with the USGA regarding the on-going initiatives. I would personally like to thank all of our directors and staff for your efforts and support throughout 2016, and I eagerly look forward to working with each of you in 2017. Michael Grandinetti CDGA President

>> TABLE OF CONTENTS >> KEEP UP WITH US President’s Message ....................................................................................1 Online 2016 Board of Directors ..............................................................................2 www.cdga.org www.cdgafoundation.org Membership ....................................................................................................3 Competitions .............................................................................................. 4-5 Facebook Marketing and Communications ......................................................... 6-7 www.facebook.com/CDGAGolf www.facebook.com/CDGAFoundation Turfgrass Program ........................................................................................8 CDGA Foundation ....................................................................................9-10 Twitter 2017 Nominating Committee Report .................................................. 11 www.twitter.com/CDGAGolf www.twitter.com/CDGAFoundation Association Information .......................................................................... 12 Instagram www.instagram.com/CDGAGolf Youtube www.youtube.com/CDGAGolf

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2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS

PRESIDENT Michael J. Grandinetti Calumet CC

VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE Steven S. Birky Danville CC

TREASURER Laurence J. LaBoda Kemper Lakes GC

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Sheldon Solow Briarwood CC

VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE Mike Nass Cantigny Golf

GENERAL COUNSEL John A. Childers Elgin CC

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT C. Daniel Cochran Biltmore CC

SECRETARY Dennis A. Reed Pekin CC

EX-OFFICIO David Haverick The Club at Strawberry Creek

GOVERNORS

Thomas R. Artz....................................................................... Sportsman’s CC William R. Buecking......................................................................Biltmore CC Michael Camino..................................................................Conway Farms GC Edward T. Clissold.............................................................. Westmoreland CC Robert J. Cunningham............................................................ Indian Hill Club Thomas Gehr.......................................................................... Sportsman’s CC Kevin Gratkowski..................................................................... Lost Dunes GC Ronald Gray............................................................................ Twin Orchard CC Michael Griem...................................................................................Exmoor CC

DIRECTORS

David Allard............................................................................ Olympia Fields CC Louise Allard..............................................................................................At Large Tom Allison........................................................................................... Beverly CC Philip Angelini....................................................................Edgewood Valley CC Robert Babcock....................................................................Harborside Int’l GC Robert Bach...................................................................................Mt. Hawley CC Randall B. Becker............................................................................Winnetka GC Pryce Boeye.................................................................................TPC Deere Run Al Brown........................................................................................East Bank Club Mike Bruni............................................................................... Olympia Fields CC Bill Callahan..................................................................................... Naperville CC Ralph Chapman...........................................................................At Large (SIGA) Frank Charhut.................................................................................. Wilmette GC Stephen L. Cherveny................................................................ Foxford Hills GC Mike Clark.....................................................................................Eagle Brook CC William Clevenger......................................................................Red Tail Run GC Henry Close...........................................................................................Aldeen GC Scott Coldiron..........................................................Village Links of Glen Ellyn David P. Crockett......................................................................................At Large Robert L. Cunningham...................................................................Turnberry CC Timothy Daw.................................................................................. Flossmoor CC Robert Dewey................................................................................... CC of Peoria Michael J. Dickman............................................................................Calumet CC Anthony Dobush...................................................................... Randall Oaks GC John Drennan...................................................................................Ivanhoe Club Keith Dunkelbarger................................................................... Sunset Hills GC Martin Durkin.................................................................................Butterfield CC John Dushney.............................................................................Bowes Creek CC Dwight Erskine...............................................................................Effingham CC Bill Fates................................................................................................... Itasca CC William Finn...................................................................................... Riverside GC Buzz Frank.............................................................................................. Skokie CC Dennis Freund..............................................................................Blackstone GC Jim Fruin..........................................................................................Crestwicke CC Bill Gebhardt....................................................................................Prestwick CC Geary D. Glaum.................................................. Village Greens of Woodridge Michael Gozdecki......................................................................... Briar Ridge CC Bill Green.......................................................................................Lake Carroll GC Greg Grygiel........................................................................... Heritage Bluffs GC Howard Haberkorn...................................................................... Terrace Hill CC John L. Hammond, II....................................................................... Evanston GC Robert Hinton......................................................................... Panther Creek CC Ronald C. Hobbs......................................................................... River Forest CC Bill Inglese.............................................................................................Exmoor CC Jack Ingold........................................................................................Lake Bluff GC Preston Irwin.............................................................................Schaumburg GC 2

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J. Loren Hall.................................................................................Blackstone GC Karl Keller..............................................................................Kankakee Elks GC Jack Kieckhefer......................................................... Mauh-Nah-Tee-See CC Edward W. Mulcahy..................................................................Midlothian CC Michael J. Scheer........................................................................ Oak Brook GC Don Schwarz.................................................................................Prestwick CC Richard J. Skrodzki...................................................................... La Grange CC A. Glenn Stith.............................................................................Arrowhead GC Mike Sullivan...........................................................................Bloomington CC George Jameson..........................................................................Glen View Club Deborah Taylor Johnson....................................................Harborside Int’l GC Will Kadel................................................................................... Sunset Ridge CC Betty Kaufmann.........................................................................Knollwood Club Peter A. Keffer......................................................................................Aldeen GC Tom Kierna................................................................................... Crystal Lake CC Donald Kohlbacher.................................................................Sandy Hollow GC Frank LaFranco...........................................................................Knollwood Club Josh Lesnik...................................................................................... The Glen Club John Lyons.................................................................................................At Large R. Scott Malmgren........................................................................... Glen Oak CC Bob Malpasuto................................................................................Kankakee CC David Matasar.....................................................................................Idlewild CC John Mattson......................................................................................Big Foot CC Jack Miller..................................................................................... White Eagle GC Michael Millhouse..................................................................... River Forest CC Thomas E. Mott................................................................................ Rockford CC Carolyn Nagle.............................................................................. White Eagle GC Kevin O’Connor..................................................................... Heritage Bluffs GC Ronnie Oakes..............................................................................Springbrook GC John J. Paladino.............................................................................Forest Hills GC Arthur W. Peters............................................................................ Ruth Lake CC Robin Rash.............................................. American Singles Golf Association Al B. Reid......................................................................................... The Glen Club John Reid............................................................................................Deerfield GC Jim Rolfe......................................................................................... Northmoor CC Michael Rooney.................................................................... Butler National GC James F. Rudwall.............................................................................Ivanhoe Club Tim Sack.......................................................................................... Prairie Isle GC Joe Salierno.................................................................................Bowes Creek CC Martin Salzman............................................................................ Lake Shore CC Lawrence Schweik....................................................................Bartlett Hills GC Lorraine Scodro............................................................................. Midlothian CC Cathi A. Scott...................................................... Village Greens of Woodridge Howard Sharfman....................................................................... Bryn Mawr CC James Siemers........................................................................Steeple Chase GC Laurie Spring.................................................................................. St. Charles CC Robert Stracks.............................................................................. Northmoor CC John Sylwestrak.............................................................................Wynstone CC James Troy............................................................................Crystal Tree G & CC Kenneth Urbaszewski....................................................................Deerfield GC Debbie VanSistine...................................................... Mauh-Nah-Tee-See CC James E. Winslow...........................................................................Inverness GC Dale Wong.................................................................................. Willow Crest GC James J. Zawaski.....................................................................................Ridge CC

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MEMBERSHIP In 2016, CDGA membership consisted of

78,771

individual members

&

400

member clubs

who enjoyed a wide variety of member benefits, highlighted by:

>> INDIVIDUAL MEMBER BENEFITS << >> CLUB MEMBER BENEFITS << • USGA Handicap Index®: CDGA members posted • USGA Course Rating System™: Blue Coats and nearly 1.8 million scores CDGA staff rated 46 courses • Rules Education: A total of 150 members • Handicap Software and Hardware: Service was attended three Basic Rules of Golf Workshops implemented on 97 of 472 kiosks in the field • Exclusive Member Opportunities: Events • Educational Seminars: The 30th Club Leadership were put on in conjunction with the Chicago Conference at Medinah Country Club featured Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls and Big Ten Conference 220 attendees from 50 member clubs >> NOTABLE • Online Membership Transactions: A record number of members, 15,739 (46.7% of public members), renewed or joined through the online system in 2016. This represents a 2.5% increase from 2015 online transactions. Additionally, CDGA.org and the membership sign-up process were redesigned to allow transactions from mobile devices moving forward. • CDGA Member’s Club: In an effort to eliminate a barrier for individuals who do not identify with a particular “home club,” the CDGA Member’s Club was created. A total of 342 members joined through this outlet, including 117 on a two-year term. • CDGA Tournament Software: A new tournament software was developed by the CDGA and betatested to the membership. Roughly 20 clubs utilized the program in 2016, with their feedback being implemented for the 2017 version. >> BY THE NUMBERS: CDGA MEMBERSHIP Individual Members - 78,771 IJGA 2,101 • 2.7%

Private 43,003 • 54.6%

Public Members

Member Clubs - 400 Semi-Private 17 • 4.3%

WORE 17 • 4.3% Public 33,667 • 42.7% Private 134 • 33.5%

Private Members

IJGA Members Public Members Private Members 2016 Annual Report • CDGA Foundation

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Semi-Private

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COMPETITIONS

More than 1,900 individuals participated in championships, events and qualifiers ran by the CDGA. The CDGA administered 11 association and Illinois state championships in 2016, with more than 1,900 golfers participating. Comprised within those championships was eight events featuring qualifying. The Association also hosted 17 USGA qualifiers. The crown jewel of the championship season, the 86th Illinois State Amateur Championship at St. Charles Country Club, was won handily by Northbrook’s Nick Hardy. The University of Illinois junior shattered many State Am records en route to a 28-under par 260, good enough for a 10-shot victory over two-time champion Tee-K Kelly.

Championship and the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The senior event was won by the team of Tom Kearfott and Tim Sheppard, while Michael Natale and Steve Sawtell claimed the full amateur event. Todd Mitchell made a late season charge, winning the Illinois State Mid-Amateur for a record fifth time and advancing to match play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur to eclipse 2015 Player of the Year Nick Hardy’s point total and win the CDGA Player of the Year award for a fourth time. On consistent form in several CDGA and Illinois State championships, Chadd Slutzky of Deer Park secured third place in the standings. With the performance of “rookie” senior Tim Sheppard early in the season—a victory at the CDGA Senior Four-Ball and steady performances at the CDGA Senior and Illinois State Mid-Amateur—it appeared Dave Ryan’s seven-year run of Player of the Year awards (Senior 2009-11 and 2013-15; CDGA in 2012) would come to an end. However, a magical September extended Ryan’s string to eight years, earning his seventh CDGA Senior Player of the Year, making an even 10 overall (Ryan won the defunct Central Illinois Player of the Year award in 1998 and 2000).

Nick Hardy won the Illinois State Amateur in record-breaking fashion

In the 97th CDGA Amateur Championship at Calumet Country Club, it was the revenge of the mid-amateur golfer, as Andrew Price of Lake Bluff topped Bloomington’s Todd Mitchell 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final match. Three of the championship’s semifinalists and nine of the 16 match play qualifiers came from the 25 and older set in an event that has been dominated by collegiate players in recent years. The curtain was raised on a pair of new Association championships in 2016, the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball

Ryan started the “September to Remember” with a convincing nine-shot victory at the 30th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship over Sheppard. It was a record fourth win for Ryan in the State Senior. Just a few days later, Ryan teed it up at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in St. Louis, where after 36 holes of stroke play and a 64-player match play bracket, he earned a 2-up victory, sealing his Senior Player of the Year award in the process, as Sheppard bowed out after advancing to match play as well. Ryan’s USGA championship was the first for a CDGA golfer since Brad Benjamin won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2009.

>> BY THE NUMBERS: CDGA COMPETITIONS

59 Total Events

4

8

3

Multi-Day One-Day Championships Championships

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Net Series


COMPETITIONS >> 2016 CHAMPIONS

2nd CDGA Mid-Amateur

Inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball

97th CDGA Amateur

86th Illinois State Amateur

May 16-18 • Lake Shore Country Club Champion: Kyle Nathan CDGA.ORG/CDGAMIDAM

June 27-30 • Calumet Country Club Champion: Andrew Price CDGA.ORG/CDGAAM

Inaugural CDGA Amateur Four-Ball

August 1-4 • Eagle Brook Country Club Champions: Michael Natale & Steve Sawtell CDGA.ORG/CDGA4BALL

24th Illinois State Mid-Amateur

August 30-31 • Flossmoor Country Club Champion: Todd Mitchell CDGA.ORG/ILSTATEMIDAM Chicago District Golf Association •

May 23-26 • Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club Champions: Tim Sheppard & Tom Kearfott CDGA.ORG/CDGASR4BALL

July 19-21 • St. Charles Country Club Champion: Nick Hardy CDGA.ORG/ILSTATEAM

15th CDGA Senior Amateur

August 8-11 • Wynstone Golf Club Champion: Vance Antoniou CDGA.ORG/CDGASRAM

30th Illinois State Senior Amateur

September 12-14 • Bloomington Country Club Champion: Dave Ryan CDGA.ORG/ILSTATESRAM 2016 Annual Report

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MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS The CDGA Corporate Partner program featured more than 60 organizations, with

at the highest tier. A keystone of CDGA membership and the member benefits provided to golfers in the District is the Marketing and Communications program of the Association. In 2016, the CDGA partnered with more than 60 organizations to provide numerous added incentives for golfers to become members. Partners such as Athletico, Lincoln Motor Company and PepsiCo were all involved with the CDGA tournament program in 2016. Athletico provided complimentary stretching at several events for competitors, while Lincoln allowed golfers to learn more about their vehicles while earning money for the CDGA Foundation. As part of their partnership with the CDGA, PepsiCo provided more than 10,000 bottles of Gatorade and Aquafina for competitors at all major CDGA and Illinois State championships.

Golf Excursion. CDGA corporate partners also offered unique opportunities for information on maladies that may beset golfers with seminars co-hosted by Athletico and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, with other marketing opportunities including discount codes from GolfNow, ticket offers for the John Deere Classic (the PGA TOUR’s only annual stop in the District) and special offers on Golfweek subscriptions. Nearly two dozen local courses also promoted their facilities with special offers to members, varying from a free bucket of range balls to free cart with a green fee. The execution of the member benefits and marketing program falls up on the shoulders of the Communications department. During the course of the year, this department is responsible for the production of six print magazines, four quarterly digital magazines and all emails distributed by the CDGA—a tally of 359 unique communications providing more than 3 million touchpoints with members. New in 2016, the CDGA debuted a responsive CDGA.org to provide a consistent member experience across all devices. The new site gives golfers a more robust experience on a mobile device than the previous iteration, with technology quickly moving towards mobile-first design standards. CDGA.org maintained nearly 10 million page views in 2016, with members regularly accessing the site for news and its membership management tools.

A new partnership with Pepsi featured activation at CDGA championships

Other partnerships included member rates for stay and play at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, and Pinehurst Resort, who hosted the 2016 CDGA Member Fall

While a majority of the CDGA membership utilizes CDGA.org as their primary means of accessing their membership, more than one-third of CDGA members now have the My CDGA smartphone app installed on a device or tablet, a growth of more than 25% over 2015. In 2017, with the redesign of CDGA. org, My CDGA users will have access to more information and the ability to do more within My CDGA.

>> OTHER MARKETING PARTNERS << ®

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MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS >> CDGA COMMUNICATION VEHICLES

Chicago District Golfer

• Each issue of the CDGA’s official publication was mailed to more than 60,000 members • Six full-size issues were printed for the first time, with an April issue replacing the hard-copy Green Book Directory • Four issues of Chicago District Golfer Digital Extra were produced inhouse by CDGA staff and emailed to more than 50,000 members

Internet

• CDGA.org, the hub for all 79,000+ members, received 9 million page views and 3 million unique visits • A responsive redesign of CDGA.org was unveiled, allowing for a consistent user experience across desktop, tablet and mobile platforms • Nearly 50 organizations acquired advertising placement on the website

E-Mail

• 359 emails were distributed to the membership, totaling more than 3 million touchpoints • The Scorecard E-Revision emails averaged a 50% open rate and member offer e-blasts averaged a 35.6% open rate, both well above industry average • Previously sent only surrounding summer holidays, the deals aggregation email program was expanded to a monthly offering

Mobile

• More than one third of CDGA members utilized the My CDGA smartphone app, representing a 25% increase in users from 2015 • Highlighted by an improved score-posting screen, a new version of the iOS application was developed • More than 515,000 scores were posted through the app, a 17.2% increase from 2015

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TURFGRASS PROGRAM CDGA Turfgrass Program staff made more than

100

diagnostic visits to CDGA member clubs. The CDGA Turfgrass Program consisted of Dr. Ed Nangle in his fourth season with the Association and Ron Townsend in his third. The CDGA bid good luck to Dr. Nangle in September, as he accepted an assistant professor position at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Nangle provided a wealth of resources and knowledge for both local superintendents and the far-reaching turfgrass community and will continue to do so in Ohio.

Dr. Nangle and Townsend also communicated with District superintendents electronically. The Turfgrass Scouting Report, a weekly email containing information on local conditions and industry best practices, was distributed to more than 650 people from March through September. Dr. Nangle’s Twitter account, @TurfResearch, was increasingly active in front of its nearly 2,600 followers, while Townsend’s @CDGAresearchmgr account grew as well.

A rather dry start to the season provided excellent conditions for spring golf in the District. However, June and July saw record rainfall totals for much of the state, with some areas receiving more than double the average of rainfall for the month. These heavy rains, combined with high temperatures, allowed root disease to infect turf and caused issues for golf course superintendents. Turfgrass growing conditions were as difficult as they had been since 2012 and as a result, the expertise of Dr. Nangle and Townsend was relied upon heavily. The duo combined to make 100 course visits in 2016.

The CDGA Turfgrass Program continued to share and develop knowledge with the national and international turfgrass communities through avenues like: • North Shore Country Club hosted the University of Illinois’ regional academic conference, where Dr. Nangle and Townsend presented their trial research completed at the club. • Townsend gave an oral presentation at the American Society of Agronomy’s annual meeting in Phoenix about his master’s project. • Dr. Nangle presented in London to a Norwegian turfgrass association and also made talks in Iowa, Northern Indiana and Wisconsin. As Townsend continues to pursue his master’s at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Nangle’s position will be assumed by Dr. Jesse Benelli in January.

An unusually wet summer led to difficult growing conditions in the District

Benelli, who received his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, has an educational background centered on turfgrass and plant sciences, with his graduate research focusing on plant physiology and turfgrass disease management. In addition to more than 15 years of experience in the turfgrass industry, Benelli has been published in more than two dozen peer-reviewed journals and also has coauthored a grant study from the USGA.

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CDGA FOUNDATION In an effort to more closely align itself with the Association, the Sunshine Through Golf Foundation re-branded in 2016, changing its name, unveiling a new logo and expanding its programming to these three areas: >> PROGRAMMING • • •

• •

Special Needs

Sunshine Through Golf Camps: This program continued to be the centerpiece of the Foundation’s programming for special needs. A total of 92 camps for 1,200 individuals were held throughout the District, with roughly 30 Blue Coats volunteering. Tournament Series: These events are designed to help individuals prepare for competing in the Special Olympics. Four events were held in 2016 at Odyssey Country Club, Rob Roy Golf Course, Sugar Creek Golf Course and Stony Creek Golf Course. Play With a Pro Days: Two events were held surrounding the Web.com Tour’s RustOleum Championship and LPGA’s UL International Crown. A new format for 2016 featured foursomes consisting of an individual with special needs, veteran, media member and pro. Dan Roan, Eric Ferguson, Peggy Kusinski and Tracy Butler were among the media participants.

Veterans

Veterans Golf Days: In conjunction with RevelationGolf, two Veterans Golf Days were held, one at Willow Glen Golf Club and another split between Cog Hill Golf & Country Club and the Three-Hole Sunshine Course at Midwest Golf House. These events spend time on skill development, golf etiquette and on-course time. Odyssey Golf Foundation: The CDGA Foundation formed a new partnership with the Odyssey Golf Foundation, which operates its golf course as a 501(c)(3) to benefit veterans. Approximately 600 vets enrolled in their programming were given CDGA memberships. Fore Our Veterans Golf Outing: This new scramble event was created through the partnership with Odyssey. Proceeds from the inaugural outing were split between the two Foundations and will continue to be shared in 2017 and beyond.

Youth

The Foundation expanded its charitable reach to youth by partnering with Youth on Course. • Founded by the Northern California Golf Association, Youth on Course subsidizes rounds for its age 6-18 members, ensuring that they can play for $5 or less. Youth on Course pays participating courses the difference between the $5 and their respective junior rates, allowing youths access to the game and courses a full tee sheet, future players and increased revenue. • The CDGA Foundation contracted 20 member clubs to implement the program. The CDGA Foundation and Youth on Course will continue to work side-by-side to build individual membership and secure more clubs for 2017.

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CDGA FOUNDATION >> FUNDRAISING

>> SUNSHINE CLUB

The CDGA Foundation’s four main fundraising events combined to raise

more than $236,000 for Foundation programming. Par 3 100-Hole Golf Marathon

• • • •

Saturday, May 21 at Zigfield Troy Golf

The 8th Par 3 100-Hole Golf Marathon consisted of 20 golfers collecting pledges and donations before playing 100 par 3 holes at Zigfield Troy. Money raised from the 2016 Marathon brought the event’s eight-year total above $650,000. Co-chairs for the outing were David Haverick, Peter DeYoung and Don Schwarz. 2017 date: Saturday, May 20 at Zigfield Troy Golf

CDGA Foundation Golf Outing

• • • •

• • •

Monday, June 13 at Knollwood Club

Beverly Country Club • Biltmore Country Club Bryn Mawr Country Club • Butler National Golf Club Butterfield Country Club • Calumet Country Club Cress Creek Country Club • Crystal Lake Country Club Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club Edgewood Valley Country Club • Evanston Golf Club Geneva Golf Club • Glen Oak Country Club Hinsdale Golf Club • Idlewild Country Club Inverness Golf Club • Itasca Country Club Kankakee Country Club • Knollwood Club La Grange Country Club • Lake Shore Country Club Midlothian Country Club • Naperville Country Club Olympia Fields Country Club • Park Ridge Country Club Prestwick Country Club • Ridge Country Club Ridgemoor Country Club • Riverside Golf Club Rockford Country Club • Ruth Lake Country Club St. Charles Country Club • Twin Orchard Country Club The Legends at Village Greens of Woodridge Westmoreland Country Club* Wilmette Golf Club (Men’s Club) Winnetka Golf Club (Men’s Club)

In its 16th year, the CDGA Foundation Outing was held at the famed Knollwood Club. The first-class event featured 16 teams enjoying a day of golf with caddies, lunch and dinner. * - Rather than the membership enrolling in the giving New for 2016 was an online auction held in the weeks before and throughout program, CDGA Blue Coat Ed Clissold put on a one-time the event. The auction featured golf, tickets and travel among its items and fundraising event at Westmoreland, the first of its kind. raised more than $26,000. Co-chairs for the outing were Sheldon Solow, Tom Allison and John Lyons. >> 2017 BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2017 date: Monday, June 12 at Exmoor Country Club President .....................................Sheldon Solow Vice President ............................... Dennis Reed Inaugural Fore Our Veterans Golf Outing Treasurer........................................ Larry LaBoda Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Odyssey Golf Foundation Golf Course General Counsel.............................Jack Childers Created as a collaboration between the CDGA Foundation and Odyssey Golf Ex-Officio .......................Michael J. Grandinetti Foundation, the first Fore Our Veterans Golf Outing featured more than 120 Secretary ...................................... Carolyn Nagle golfers participating in a scramble event. Trustee ............................................... Tom Allison The money raised was split evenly between both Foundations. Trustee ....................................................Tom Artz 2017 date: Thursday, Sept. 14 at Odyssey Golf Foundation Golf Course Trustee ...........................................Michael Bruni Trustee ....................................... John Hammond Chicago White Sox Fundraiser Trustee .........................................David Haverick Friday, Aug. 19 at U.S. Cellular Field More than 90 tickets were purchased and then donated to CDGA Foundation Trustee ............................................... Tom Mikrut Trustee ...........................................Matt Pekarek athletes for the Chicago White Sox game against the Oakland A’s

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The following clubs and their member ship suppor t the CDGA Foundation:

CDGA Foundation Outing

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2017 NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT OFFICERS

PRESIDENT Michael J. Grandinetti Calumet CC

VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE Mike Nass Cantigny Golf

TREASURER Laurence J. LaBoda Kemper Lakes GC

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Sheldon Solow Briarwood CC

VICE PRESIDENT AT LARGE Ron Gray Twin Orchard CC

GENERAL COUNSEL John A. Childers Elgin CC

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Dennis A. Reed Pekin CC

SECRETARY Edward T. Clissold Westmoreland CC

EX-OFFICIO David Haverick The Club at Strawberry Creek

GOVERNORS

Thomas R. Artz....................................................................... Sportsman’s CC Robert J. Cunningham............................................................ Indian Hill Club Thomas Gehr.......................................................................... Sportsman’s CC Michael Griem...................................................................................Exmoor CC Greg Grygiel........................................................................Heritage Bluffs GC J. Loren Hall.................................................................................Blackstone GC Karl Keller..............................................................................Kankakee Elks GC

DIRECTORS

David Allard........................................................................Olympia Fields CC Louise Allard......................................................................................... At Large Tom Allison.......................................................................................Beverly CC Philip Angelini............................................................... Edgewood Valley CC Robert Babcock...............................................................Harborside Int’l GC Robert Bach.............................................................................. Mt. Hawley CC Randall B. Becker....................................................................... Winnetka GC Pryce Boeye............................................................................ TPC Deere Run Al Brown................................................................................... East Bank Club Mike Bruni...........................................................................Olympia Fields CC Bill Callahan.................................................................................Naperville CC Ralph Chapman................................................................................... At Large Frank Charhut..............................................................................Wilmette GC Mike Clark................................................................................Eagle Brook CC William Clevenger.................................................................Red Tail Run GC Henry Close...................................................................................... Aldeen GC C. Daniel Cochran......................................................................... Biltmore CC Scott Coldiron.....................................................Village Links of Glen Ellyn David P. Crockett................................................................................. At Large Robert L. Cunningham.............................................................. Turnberry CC Timothy Daw..............................................................................Flossmoor CC Robert Dewey...............................................................................CC of Peoria Anthony Dobush................................................................. Randall Oaks GC John Donofrio..............................................................................Naperville CC Keith Dunkelbarger...............................................................Sunset Hills GC Martin Durkin............................................................................ Butterfield CC John Dushney........................................................................Bowes Creek CC Dwight Erskine..........................................................................Effingham CC Bill Fates...............................................................................................Itasca CC William Finn..................................................................................Riverside GC Buzz Frank......................................................................................... Skokie CC Dennis Freund......................................................................... Blackstone GC Jim Fruin.....................................................................................Crestwicke CC Bill Gebhardt...............................................................................Prestwick CC Geary D. Glaum............................................. Village Greens of Woodridge Michael Gozdecki.....................................................................Briar Ridge CC Howard Haberkorn..................................................................Terrace Hill CC Ward Hamm.......................................................................Westmoreland CC John L. Hammond, II...................................................................Evanston GC Bill Inglese........................................................................................ Exmoor CC George Jameson..................................................................... Glen View Club

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Jack Kieckhefer......................................................... Mauh-Nah-Tee-See CC Edward W. Mulcahy..................................................................Midlothian CC Michael J. Scheer........................................................................ Oak Brook GC Don Schwarz.................................................................................Prestwick CC Richard J. Skrodzki...................................................................... La Grange CC Mike Sullivan...........................................................................Bloomington CC Kenneth Urbaszewski.................................................................Deerfield GC

Deborah Taylor Johnson...............................................Harborside Int’l GC Will Kadel...............................................................................Sunset Ridge CC Betty Kaufmann.................................................................... Knollwood Club Peter A. Keffer................................................................................. Aldeen GC Tom Kierna...............................................................................Crystal Lake CC Donald Kohlbacher............................................................ Sandy Hollow GC Frank LaFranco...................................................................... Knollwood Club John Lyons............................................................................................ At Large R. Scott Malmgren.......................................................................Glen Oak CC Bob Malpasuto........................................................................... Kankakee CC James Marshall.............................................................................Hinsdale GC David Matasar................................................................................ Idlewild CC John Mattson................................................................................. Big Foot CC Patrick Maykut.......................................................................... Mistwood GC Bill McGeean............................................................................. Park Ridge CC Jack Miller.................................................................................White Eagle CC Michael Millhouse....................................................................The Glen Club Thomas E. Mott............................................................................Rockford CC Carolyn Nagle..........................................................................White Eagle GC Kevin O’Connor................................................................ Heritage Bluffs GC Ronnie Oakes........................................................................ Bartlett Hills GC John P. Paladino.......................................................................Forest Hills GC Robin Rash................................................................... American Singles GA Al B. Reid.....................................................................................The Glen Club John Reid....................................................................................... Deerfield GC Jim Rolfe.....................................................................................Northmoor CC Michael Rooney............................................................... Butler National GC James F. Rudwall........................................................................ Ivanhoe Club Joe Salierno............................................................................Bowes Creek CC Martin Salzman........................................................................Lake Shore CC Lawrence Schweik............................................................... Bartlett Hills GC Lorraine Scodro........................................................................ Midlothian CC Cathi A. Scott....................................................Village Greens of Woodrige Howard Sharfman...................................................................Bryn Mawr CC Laurie Spring..............................................................................St. Charles CC Robert Stracks..........................................................................Northmoor CC John Sylwestrak........................................................................ Wynstone CC James Troy....................................................................... Crystal Tree G & CC Debbie VanSistine..................................................Mauh-Nah-Tee-See CC James E. Winslow......................................................................Inverness GC Dale Wong............................................................................. Willow Crest GC

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ASSOCIATION INFORMATION >> CDGA/CDGA FOUNDATION STAFF MATT BAYLOR

RICK LeHEW

Sr. Managing Director, Marketing & Communications Joined the CDGA in 2006

DR. JESSE BENELLI

CHRISTOPHER PAINTER

Senior Director of Field Services Joined the CDGA in 1995

Director of Facility Management & Green Superintendent Joined the CDGA in 2005

ANDREW LOUTHAIN

Director of Turfgrass Programs Starts with the CDGA in Jan. 2017

Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships Joined the CDGA in 2001

KEVIN BLUMENTHAL

ROBERT MARKIONNI

Director of Information Technology Joined the CDGA in 2014

JOHN PETRARCA

Senior Managing Director, Field Services Joined the CDGA in 1996

SHEILA PETRARCA

Executive Director Joined the CDGA in 1989

LYNN BOYD

Director of Association Administration Joined the CDGA in 2001

NIKI MUNROE

Senior Director of Handicapping Joined the CDGA in 1983

CASEY RICHARDS

Asst. Facility Mgr. & Asst. Green Superintendent Joined the CDGA in 2013

JODI CIOTTI

Director of Communications Joined the CDGA in 2014

ALEX NOLLY

Senior Managing Director, Member Services Joined the CDGA in 2000

NICKOLAS SCILLIA

Director of Foundation Administration Joined the CDGA in 2007

MARGIE LAWLOR

Director of Rules & Competitions Joined the CDGA in 2007

BRITTANY OTTOLINI

Senior Managing Director, CFO Joined the CDGA in 2015

RON TOWNSEND

Senior Managing Director, Foundation Joined the CDGA in 2005

Manager of Turfgrass Research Joined the CDGA in 2014

>> CONSULTANTS AND INTERNS STAFF DENNY DAVENPORT

MOLLEE NAGLE

Foundation Consultant

MICHAEL CONWAY

Foundation Camp Intern

Sunshine Course Grounds Crew

>> AWARD RECIPIENTS 2016 Past Presidents Award Recipients Recognizing 20 years of volunteer service to the CDGA Mike Nass

1989 Charles N. Eckstein Joe Jemsek Carol McCue Arnold Palmer

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2001 Joel Hirsch

1991 James O’Keefe William J. Pailey, Jr.

2003 Carl Hopphan Brent Wadsworth

1994 Raymond B. Anderson Marlene Miller Ken Venturi

2004 Frank Jemsek & Family 2009 Michael J. Maykut

1996 Gordon “Joe” Ewen

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2000 John Kenny

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2014 Bob Berry Don Gardner

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