ClubLife: May 2021

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NEWSLETTER OF THE LAKEWOOD OAKS COUNTRY CLUB

Calendar of Events

Welcome New Members

FROM THE GM

TURF TALK

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From the General Manager, Mark Reid May brings us one step closer to full normal operations here at the Lakewood Oaks Country Club. All of our outdoor activities will be done without a mask. Inside the Clubhouse, Jackson County still has a mask mandate in effect. We are watching this closely as Johnson County, KS, has dropped their mask mandate. The four counties of the metropolitan region have generally acted in concert with each other over the past year. We know many of our members have been vaccinated and are following CDC guidelines for being around other vaccinated individuals. We are back to two per cart, and this has greatly improved cart maintenance and availability.

We are focused forward on a fun summer and lots of great golf. Needless to say, we are focused forward on a fun summer and lots of great golf. We have installed new chilled water fountains with bottle fillers at the restrooms buildings on no. 5 and no. 15. These fountains are operational, and we believe this will return us to an adequate water supply while on the golf course. We are very pleased that April and May have presented, so far, optimal weather for the Golf Course grasses. Steve and his crew have been very busy this spring and the result is that our course is in great condition.

Ms. Rachel Yaros joins our Lakewood Oaks Team as the new Art & Communications Director, a shared position between the Lakewood Property Owners Association and The Lakewood Oaks Country Club.

Ms. Yaros will be managing the graphics and marketing communication needs throughout Lakewood utilizing her specializations in visual graphic design and branding to help us enhance our member communication, as well as our social media outreach. You may reach her at rachel@lpoa.com

The celebration of family, a tradition of civility and a commitment to excellent facilities and services will always be the hallmarks of Lakewood Oaks Country Club. Members embrace a shared tradition of 651 NE St. Andrews Circle Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 816.373.2505 LakewoodOaksCC.com

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From the GM

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Welcome New Golf Members

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Golf Like a Pro

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Turf Talk

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2021 Golf Promotion

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LAKEWOOD OAKS COUNTRY CLUB STAFF MARK REID General Manager and Membership mark@logc.org KEM JACKSON Office Manager kem@logc.org BRIAN BATEMAN Head Golf Professional and Tournaments brian@logc.org

KYLE PIEDIMONTE Assistant Golf Professional kyle@logc.com

MOLLY MYERS Executive Chef chef@logc.org

JASON HUSKA Assistant Golf Professional jason@logc.org

STEVE GRIESINGER Golf Course Superintendent steveg@logc.org

FRANK CASCONE Clubhouse Manager fcascone@logc.org Lakewood Oaks Country Club is not liable for claims made by any advertisers, inaccuracies or intentional copyright infringements.

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2021 LOCC MEMBER EVENT/ GOLF TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW MEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

Stag Nights Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Mid-April – Mid-October WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION

Wednesday Events 9:00 a.m. Shotguns

MAY EVENTS WGA 2-Ball & 4-Ball Sign Ups Begin MGA 2-Ball & 4-Ball Sign Ups Begin

May 5 WGA Guest Day

May 8 Two-Lady Scramble

May 15 WGA 2-Lady Scramble

May 27 MGA Guest Day 12:30 p.m. Shotgun

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May 31 Memorial Day Couples JUNE EVENTS

June 1 MGA & WGA 2 Ball Brackets Published

June 5 & 6 MGA & WGA 4-Ball Championship Weekend

June 9 WGA Formal Guest Day

June 24 – 26 MGA Summer Classic & Men’s Member - Guest


Welcome New Golf Members KEM JACKSON, LOCC OFFICE MANAGER We are gearing up for another exciting year of golf at Lakewood Oaks Country Club. Again this year, we are able to give you a login for the member-only side of our website so you can make tee times. I’ll set up a member number and have it linked to the master account for those family members you wish to use it. Please email me at kem@logc.org if you would like to have a separate login for tee times. We also have a feature for profile photo that syncs with our point-of-sale software, and we ask that members add a profile photo to their account. We appreciate you taking the time to do this, as it will help staff recognize members. As always, if you have any questions about your account, would like to sign up for automatic ACH payments or would like your statement emailed to you, contact me at kem@logc.org.

Please Welcome Our New Members! Matt & Andrea Albin Zach Carruthers John Dennis Donovan & Kristin Jans Steve Lampkin Shawn & Rebecca Mercer Jacob Wimmer & Robyn Miller Chris & Karly Qualls Jeff Rogler Paul & Diana Rohner O’Brian Smith Eric Sullins Nathan & Kathleen Watson Ross Williams

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Golf Like a Pro BRIAN BATEMAN HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL & K TOURNAMENTS

Help Keep Your Practice Range in the Best Shape Possible We would all enjoy a larger grass hitting area on the practice range, however we are virtually landlocked. That does not mean that we are stuck with a subpar hitting area. Instead it means that it takes a bit more budget and maintenance time, and most importantly a better way to hit shots. To maximize the use of the grass on the driving range tee, please place your ball at the grassy back edge of your previous divot, removing just a small portion of grass with each swing.

Step 1 Practice in a linear pattern by placing each new shot directly behind the previous divot.

STEP 2 Leave a strip of turf between each line of divots roughly 4” wide.

Practice Like a Pro To read the entire USGA article, please click here:

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Thank you for your efforts in keeping your practice facilities in good condition throughout the year.


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Chef ’s Whim EXECUTIVE CHEF MOLLY MYERS

Though May 5 is in the past, I thought you might enjoy this marinade you can put on any meat to give it that special kick!

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CHEF’S WHIM: RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Cinco de Mayo Marinade Ingredients: • • • • • • •

1 tablespoon Cumin 2 teaspoons Taco Seasoning 1 teaspoon Onion Powder 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 3 tablespoons Olive Oil 1 tablespoon Wine Vinegar Juice of 1 Lime

Directions: Put all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk. Place steak, chicken or pork in a zip lock bag. Add Marinade. Coat the protein. Seal and refrigerate at least one hour. You can also add this to 1 pound of hamburger. Mix well and shape into patties and grill.

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The Pro Shop New merchandise and custom Lakewood Oaks gear!

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WGA WGA (LOWGA) The 2021 WGA season started on April 24 without annual Opening Day Event. It was a beautiful day to see our returning WGA members as well as meet some of the new members! The “Go Low Shamble” paired golfers of all abilities together to create a fun event for all. Congratulations to Logan Moresi, Sheri Rehmer, Cindy Jackson-Kiley, Val Young, Mary Pat Burson and Joanie Hartnett on winning the first KC Cup match of the season versus the Deuce! Lakewood Oaks won two out of the three matches played. Great job, ladies! We have some great events scheduled for May. In addition to the Wednesday and Saturday play dates, we will be hosting a Guest Day on Wednesday, May 5 and the Two-Lady Scramble on Saturday, May 8. If you are interested in joining the WGA, please contact our LOWGA President, Val Young at vpyoung98@gmail.com. Kim Curran, LOWGA Communications

The Latest From the Clubhouse Manager FRANK CASCONE Clubhouse Manager, Fcascone@logc.org

Hello, Lakewood residents and members. Golf, food and drinks! Does it get any better? We are ready to serve you in the St. Andrews Pub and The Argyle, so come by with your friends and family and enjoy some time at the Club.

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Turf Talk

STEVE GRIESINGER, COURSE SUPERINTENDENT

To Tree, Or Not To Tree Presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Have you ever wondered why golf course superintendents have what seem to be perfectly healthy trees removed at the course you play?

environment and are an integral part of the golf course. Trees filter dust, lower temperatures by creating shade and provide wildlife habitat.

to Kilmer, even God could not grow grass on the golf course if he did not have a proper tree management program.

To the golfer, the biggest hazards on the golf course are bunkers, ponds, creeks and gullies. To the golf course superintendent, the biggest hazards on the golf course can be trees.

But the first responsibility for any superintendent is to provide a highquality playing surface based on the available resources. Unfortunately, trees compete with turf for the basic nutrients needed to flourish – oxygen, water and sunlight. This battle is waged most often near putting greens and tees where trees often form an amphitheater-like setting. As the trees encroach the closely cropped turf on the putting and teeing surfaces, they restrict airflow and sunlight while using up the available nutrients. To compensate, fans will be placed in these areas to aid air circulation, but sometimes that tactic is but a short-term solution. With apologies

Perhaps unlike any sport, golfers have a special affection for their playing surface. Golfers talk about golf courses with a reverence that should be reserved for a temple or shrine. Rare is there such admiration expressed for a tennis court, a soccer field or a basketball court. Because of their affinity for the golf course, golfers often cringe at the prospects of having trees trimmed or removed. After all, the tree could be a memorial to a friend or family member, it may have been planted by school children or its life may parallel that of the golfer. Whatever the reason, tree maintenance is not as easy as pulling the chainsaw cord. The most important part of a tree maintenance

To hear one complain about trees is almost blasphemous. After all, poet Joyce Kilmer wrote that “poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.” It’s not that superintendents dislike trees. To the contrary, one of the primary reasons superintendents choose the profession is because they enjoy working with the environment. In fact, golf course superintendents closely monitor the health of trees because they do enhance the

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program may be communicating the reasons why such action is necessary. Turf health is one issue and human health is another. Tree maintenance programs are important to reduce the risk of falling limbs that could potentially harm golfers. As a means to reduce their liability, some golf facilities have communicated and have enacted well-defined policies regarding tree risk reduction policies. In addition to turf quality and safety, the strategy of play is frequently determined by trees. Golf course architects use trees to define boundaries such as separating fairways, creating doglegs, providing for depth perception and making challenges by blocking a certain angle of entry.

This was an Interesting article pulled from Golf Course Superintendents Association that I thought was interesting, as we have two more to remove on #8. See you on the course!

Superintendents must take into account how the course was intended to play before tree modifications or plantings are enacted. Often times the golf course designer is long gone after a course has matured and grown. Trees that did not affect the strategy based on the original layout mature and create shot making that is contrary to the original intent. Despite the emotional attachment to trees, a well-planned and executed tree maintenance program often gains quick acceptance, even among the most ardent foes. Under the direction of the golf course superintendent and assisted by a golf course architect and skillful arborist, tree maintenance can be executed with the results being barely noticeable to even the keenest eye. In the end, all benefit as turf quality improves, safety is enhanced and the course plays in the manner in which it was intended.

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Wine of the Month RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Dry. Big and Bold. Their story began over 55 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines. Rodney Strong received the honor of being named Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year in 2013. Introduced in 2000, each year the Wine Enthusiast honors those that have impacted the wine and spirits industry with their Wine Star Awards. With the designation of American Winery of the Year, the Wine Enthusiast has recognized Rodney Strong’s commitment to quality, luxury and Sonoma County. Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the rugged, rocky hills and valleys of the warmest regions in Sonoma County where rich and distinct Cabernet Sauvignon thrives. It’ rich with dark cherry, plum and baking spices. The delicious fruit is accompanies by crushed violet and black pepper notes. The palate has medium tannins, lingering spicy oak flavors and a lush finish.

A wine to be enjoyed with beef, duck and wild game. You’re invited to join us at The Argyle where you can order your favorite meal and pair it with a glass or bottle of Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Lakewood Artists Exhibit Written by Patti Browder

Mike Lewis During the months of May and June, come by and revisit the photography of our talented neighbor, Mike Lewis, in the Argyle Gallery. We have enjoyed Mike’s photos several times in Lakewood, beginning with the first Lakewood Art Show in 2009.

Mike’s most recent exhibit in the Argyle Gallery was a travel photo journal from Cuba. The colorful photos captured the uniqueness of the country and its people, as well as a glimpse of the country’s rich history.

sponsored what is called a Plein Aire event, primarily for painters, who are given an allotted amount of time to come to a site and paint what they see. Summit Art photographers were given access to the Crestview Dairy Event Venue ahead of time and got to roam the 31 acres to capture images which were displayed during the April event. During the past year, Mike took advantage of the time at home to look through past images. He focused on learning new post-production techniques and experimenting with those new ideas to enhance the earlier photos.

While looking over old images, Mike says he came to realize how much his background as a journalist has influenced his craft. When he started Mike has been a member of Summit his first job out of college at WIBW Art for more than a decade and says TV in Topeka, he was surprised to the knowledge and feedback from find, not only would he be writing its members continue to make his copy for newscasts, but also taking photography better. videos to go with the stories. They An “enjoyable and socially distanced” handed him his first 16mm movie opportunity to practice his hobby camera and Mike got an extended came this past April. Summit Art crash course in capturing the moment and telling a story with

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pictures. Mike eventually moved into other non-photographic jobs in the newsroom; but he says his early immersion in photo journalism is reflected in images

which are straightforward and, hopefully, capture an emotion, and suggest a story. Mike and his wife, Nancy, have enjoyed living in Lakewood for 36 years. Please come by this summer to enjoy Mike’s photos and have dinner in the Argyle with your Lakewood friends and neighbors.


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From the LOCC Golf Club Committee Optimizing Our Tee Sheet Golf season is officially underway, and we are starting with one of the highest membership levels we’ve seen in years at LOCC. With us being near max capacity, it has become really important that we help each other out by changing a few ways that we manage the tee sheet to maximize course access for everyone. We don’t want to have to turn away additional memberships or lose existing members just because we don’t effectively optimize the tee sheet. We have hit a key threshold of membership that each incremental member creates a materially positive impact on the budget flexibility for continued course improvement.

Please review the following Tee-Sheet Management Protocol When Booking a Tee Time on the Web site: List all the Members and/or Guests that are scheduled to play with you. If you don’t know each of the players at the time of booking the tee time, please use the “TBD” feature on the booking system. When Booking a Tee Time by Calling the Pro Shop: The Staff will be asking how many are in your group and the names. If you don’t know each of the players at the time of booking, the staff will use “TBD” as a placeholder. Updating TBDs on Your Tee Time: Once you have identified who you’re playing partners will be, please take the time to update those TBDs to player names or remove the TBDs if the size of your playing group changes. The Pro Shop staff will begin reaching out to those Peak Time tee times with TBDs still listed 48 hours from start time. Combining Groups During Peak Times: Just as is standard practice at premiere country clubs throughout the country, the Pro Shop staff will be working to combine playing groups to fill out Peak Time tee times. For example, if there is a twosome scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the staff may ask to add another twosome to that tee time. This allows all members the greatest opportunity to tee times on the busiest days and an opportunity for members to potentially meet fellow members! Cancelling Tee Times: Call the Pro Shop or go online and cancel your reservation when your schedule changes and you can’t play. Check-In With Pro Shop Before Start of Your Round: As is standard with all golf clubs, the Pro Shop staff requests that we start having members check in with the Pro Shop before heading out to the first tee. This will allow for better communication and improve overall member experience. Let’s All Do Our Part: We’ve been able to be somewhat lackadaisical about the tee sheet the last several years but we need everyone to change a few habits to help sustain these membership levels. Lakewood Oaks Country Club Golf Committee, – Jim Lysinger, Val Young, Scott Wall, Donna Round, & Chris Johns

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Lakewood Oaks Country Club The celebration of family, a tradition of civility, and a commitment to excellent facilities and services will always be the hallmarks of Lakewood Oaks Country Club. Members embrace a shared tradition of congeniality, high standards of personal conduct and continuity of family association. Set amidst grand oak trees and surrounded by picturesque lakes, the 6300-yard golf club community’s natural environment provides an exquisite backdrop, imparting a celebrated tradition of luxury and geniality that members have treasured since the Club’s earliest beginnings. An immediate sense of serenity can be felt by all who enter. Members and their guests enjoy a bustling lifestyle that is both casual and relaxed, yet refined and exclusive. The Lakewood Oaks Country Club is a place to gather with family and friends and celebrate what is truly important in life, with the people who matter most.

Be our guest.

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