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APRIL 2013

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A Message from Doug Egly, General Manager Dear Black Diamond Members:

Club Staff Doug Egly General Manager 352-746-3440

Matt DiMase Director of Golf Course Maintenance 352-746-0404

Peggy Gleason Accounting 352-746-0254

ROB KING Director of Development 352-453-5454

Mary Napolitano Fitness Center 352-746-3385

BrAD T. REID Club Manager 352-746-3440

Bryan Richard Director of Golf 352-746-3446

JENNIFER STAUFF POA Manager 352-465-6933

KENNETH TUFO Executive Chef 352-746-3449

By the time you are reading this we have wrapped up an extremely busy month. Our member guest events were a tremendous success. The camaraderie of these events was terrific and I want to thank the members who brought guests to see the new clubhouse and experience our terrific club. I would also like to thank the entire staff at Black Diamond for the many hours of hard work and teamwork to make these events a wonderful success. One of the terrific attributes of Black Diamond is the multitude of events that happen each week. Our larger events, such as those we all enjoyed this March, require much advance planning and lots of man-hours. However, their success is mostly dependent on the dedication of our member volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of all the entire membership. I personally want to thank John and June Cushing for the past 17 years of running the Rider Cup event. It is by far the best event at any club in the US and Canada. As you know, we have recently proposed a new membership plan. There are many reasons to introduce a new membership plan here at Black Diamond. We believe that the new plan will accelerate our ability to sell new memberships, as well as bring new homeowners and new members to the community. The life-blood of any club, including Black Diamond, is the ability to bring in new members. The new plan will also accelerate the speed in which we can take people off the resignation list and refund those member’s initiation fees. We understand that this will be debated openly and also behind closed doors. It is an important issue and you most likely will have questions. I would like the opportunity to meet with you personally to review the merits of the new plan and discuss any questions you may have. I will make myself available at your convenience to review the plans and answer all your questions. To make the voting easier for everyone and to insure you have a chance to make an informed decision, the voting procedure has changed from “time certain” and/or “standing meeting” to a Proxy vote. If a majority of active Members submit their Proxy Agreements, I will vote as your Proxy Agent to adopt the Plan. If that action happens an independent audit will be provided for verification, which is required by law. If a majority of the active Members do not sign and submit Proxy Agreements, the Club will continue under the terms and conditions of the current Membership Plan. You may pick up the Membership Plan and voting acknowledgments at the Golf Shop, my office or in the rear area of the dining room at lunch this week. (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM). For Members not on site, or are unable to pick up the package, we will forward the information the week of April 1, 2013. Please call or email me with your preference of email vs. US Mail at or 352-414-5080. As always, I appreciate your dedication to this wonderful place known as Black Diamond. I look forward to talking with you. page 2

A. Message from Brad T. Reid, Club Manager I would like to thank our membership for your continued support here at The Clubhouse! We have had some GREAT member events in March. “The Wedding,” Couple’s Member-Guest, Rider Cup, and Men’s MemberGuest. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support of our club and all of the complements that have been given to all of our staff through everything we were able to provide. Our wine dinners continue to be a great success and I look forward to many more to come. As we turn the page of our calendars to April we look forward to the following new events. We plan to have a Car and Motorcycle Show and we have decided to have a Chili Cook-Off that same day. The Chili Cook-Off will be open to a maximum of 10 entries and you will need to cook your chili on-site. The winner’s recipe will be the Clubhouse’s new chili. More details to follow. Again, I thank you for your support and we look forward to the month ahead.

Black Diamond Junior Volunteer Corps As a group of high school students based in Black Diamond, the Black Diamond Junior Volunteer Corps (BDJVC) strives to change the local community one job at a time. The group has gotten involved in several projects, such as helping with the Thanksgiving Alliance, volunteering in the annual Blessings in a Backpack 5k as well as food packing for elementary school students in need, distributing girl scout cookies to troops overseas, and wrapping Christmas presents for the family resource center. These are a few examples of the various projects taken on, and the group plans to embark on several others in the near future. The group consists of local high school students and their parent advisors, Mrs. Laura Henderson, Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, Mrs. Elizabeth Ronzo, Tucker Henderson, Valerie Anderson, Andrea Dela Cruz, Roy Dela Cruz, Alexandra Moore, Danielle Ronzo, and Caroline Damron. One notable achievement of the BDJVC was the involvement in the organization of last year’s 5k fundraising race for Blessings

in a Backpack. Along with the race, the BDJVC packs food in backpacks for Citrus County elementary school students in need. The race had 300 participants and raised approximately $39,000. Top sponsors for the race are presented with an award honoring their generous contributions. This year’s race will take place in Hernando, FL and feature the default 5k as well as a 10k and 1 mile run. The group also operates an annual peanut butter drive throughout Black Diamond in order to support the Blessings in a Backpack cause. Participating residents usually leave new peanut butter jars by their mailboxes, and then members of the BDJVC come and pick them up. Last year, the group also ran a bake sale in order to raise money for Girl Scout cookies. Those cookies would then be sent to troops overseas. With a new year, supporting the local Humanitarians has become a new priority of the group. A charitable dog walk is currently being planned and organized by BDJVC.

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A Message from Matt DiMase Director of Golf Course Maintenance Dear Members:

I hope everyone has enjoyed the golf courses this season and everyone enjoyed their Easter Weekend as well as “Spring Break.” Every year when I hear Spring Break, the first thing I think of is “Transition.” WHAT IS TRANSITION? (RYE TO BERMUDA TURF) Our Golf Courses will be undergoing a “transition,” whereby the cool season rye grass is being replaced by the warm season Bermuda. We will put down a wall-towall fertilizer and adjust irrigation accordingly to push the Bermuda growth. Along with some verticutting and lowered height of cuts, this is all part of transition. I get asked a lot, “when does transition start, how long is it, and when is it over?” – First the most important thing to remember is transition is weather dependent. When the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, you will see the rye grass begin to wilt, and the Bermuda grass begin to awaken. We do several things to aide in transition. On the Quarry Course, the greens will not have to transition since we decided not to overseed them (which given the feedback I have heard was a great decision and I do not see us overseeding the greens on the Quarry again.) The tees, fairways, and rough on the other hand will go from Rye Grass to Bermuda. The fairways, tees, and rough will be mowed shorter to allow more sunlight to reach the Bermuda. To maintain a strong base turf, the Bermuda needs about 100 days of growing season (3-4 months) with soil temperatures above 60 degrees, according to USGA research. The greens on the Highlands and Ranch will be treated differently through April and May. We will begin verticutting regularly as well as top dressing and fertilizing more frequently. This will increase the growth rate of the Jones-Dwarf and Tif-Dwarf. Also, on the Highlands and Ranch the roughs will be turning from “blonde” to light green, and begin growing at a rapid pace. Since the annual rye grass and the dormant Bermuda vie for the same space and nutrients, decisions have to be made as to when to kill off the rye to try to maintain a strong Bermuda base turf. There are several methods of transition. Among them are proactive, forced, and natural. The proactive method utilizes chemicals to hasten the demise of the rye. The advantage of the proactive is that we can pick the time

of application in order to maximize the growing season for the Bermuda base. The disadvantage is that not all chemicals react in the same way all the time. The forced method of transition requires the cutting off of water in late April or early May. This forces the rye to die. The advantage of this is that transition can be somewhat more controlled, depending upon mother nature (rain), to again maximize the base growing season. The disadvantage is appearance since the fairways will turn brown before the Bermuda reaches its full green color. Bermuda grass is the best turf when it comes to drought resistance and will tolerate the lack of water. Once water is applied, the Bermuda will bounce back as strong as ever. The natural method of transition is very dependent upon mother nature (temperature and moisture). The advantage is green playing conditions for an extended period of time in the spring. The big disadvantage is that when the hot weather arrives, the rye will quickly wilt and disappear almost overnight and the base turf will not have had a chance to grow resulting in bare spots. If we have a prolonged cool spring, the base turf will be weakened due to the shorter growing season. Therefore, in order to maximize the Bermuda base growing season (100 days or 3-4 months), we use a combination of all three methods depending upon what mother nature provides. The rye grass canopy will be mowed down to allow more sunlight to reach the Bermuda, water is closely monitored and applied to control when the rye will disappear, and spot use of chemicals will be used in the roughs to eliminate the rye clumps, and fertilizers will be applied to provide nutrients to the Bermuda over the next 8-12 weeks. And of course let’s hope for some cooperation from mother nature! Please remember to fill divots and repair ball marks.

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Happenings A Message from Bryan Richard, Director of Golf Has the season come and gone already? We would like to wish all of our snowbirds safe travels up north and we will miss you all for this upcoming Summer season. March was once again filled with a very busy tournament season which began with our Annual Couples’ Member-Guest Tournament. This year we had new winners of the event as Scott and Marjorie Johnson along their partners, Tom and Deb Farrell, took the gross score honors. Net score went to Brad and Lisa Bishop and guests Jack and Libby Madden. We once again crowned Mr. Craig Suarez and Mr. Buzz Tarver as our 2013 Men’s Member-Guest Winners. They Conquered The Quarry with a perfect score of 25 points during the tournament and beat out 5 others in the Shoot-out to be crowned back to back champions. Thanks to all who competed in this grueling 3 day match play event and look forward to next year. This year the Rider Cup was a played on a couple of unreasonable chilly days for March in Florida, however you couldn’t tell team USA had any problems. Captain Tommy Park and his USA team beat Captain Michael Zatzman his Canadian team by a HUGE margin. The final total was USA 270 points verses team Canada with 202 points. Congratulations Team USA and a special Thank You to John & June Cushing for all of their hard work in running the Rider Cup for 18 years here at Black Diamond. This tournament is the biggest in the history of Black Diamond and we look forward to many years of continued success with this event.

Men’s Member-Guest RESULTS Flight 1 - Craig Suarez / Buzz Tarver Flight 2 - Phil Pletcher / Steve Brown Flight 3 - Michael Knowlton / Joe Gregory Flight 4 - Derrick Roberts / Don Reagan Flight 5 - Dennis Kelly / Michael Petrino Flight 6 - Wade Thomas / Adam Thomas

Aerification Schedule April 8-12, Highlands April 15-19, Quarry April 22-26, Ranch May 13-16, Highlands May 20-24, Ranch June 3-7, Quarry

June 24-27, Highlands July 22-26, Ranch July 29-August 2, Quarry August 12-15, Highlands September 3-6, Ranch September 9-13, Quarry Schedule is Subject to change

Couple’s Member-Guest Results Overall Gross Scott & Marjorie Johnson Tom & Deb Farrell

Overall Net Brad & Lisa Bishop Jack & Libby Madden

Flight 1 - 1st Gross Scott & Marjorie Johnson Tom & Deb Farrell

Flight 1 - 1st Net Bob & Lisa Campbell Joe & Kathy Lombardo

Flight 2 - 1st Gross Don & Jane Meriam Rick & Jan Heithaus Carl & Susan Nanni Paul & Trisha Sampson

Flight 2 - 1st Net Brad & Lisa Bishop Jack & Libby Madden page 5


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! BDLGA APRIL LADIES’ DAY GAMES (Some games may be switched to different days because of course selection)

APRIL 2, 2013

Highlands-Ranch Back April Fools Surprise!

APRIL 9, 2013

Full Quarry Team Game: 1BB Gross + 1BB Net – cannot be same ball.

APRIL 16, 2013 No Ladies’ Day Tournament

It doesn’t seem possible that April is here already. From April 10th-12th, the Ladies’Member-Guest will be held. This allows us to “show off” the wonders of Black Diamond, of course its golf, but most of all the wonderful people who live here. The Committee has been diligently working on the South Pacific theme. Even if you are not playing, stop by and see what is happening. Conquering Cancer in Citrus County is taking place on April 16th. This is a fourperson scramble, with both men and women playing to help people in Citrus County. Following golf, there will be a luncheon where raffle tickets will be sold and money raised. Thank you to all of the BD golf groups who put the raffle items together. I would be negligent, if I didn’t wish all of our snowbirds a happy and healthy summer as they head back to their hometowns. You are always missed when you are gone. We look forward to your return, HAPPY SUMMER!

Golf Outside the Gates check bulletin board or BDLGA section of website for details

2013 Ladies’ Spring Invitational Monday, April 8, 2013 Skyview at Terra Vista Ladies’ Invitational Monday, April 15, 2013 The County Club at Lake City

HERITAGE PINES LADYBUG INVITATIONAL Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Heritage Pines Country Club

APRIL 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 16th 9 am shotgun

APRIL 30, 2013

Step Aside Scramble On Course Activities

Full Ranch Team Stableford

Highlands-Ranch Front Pick your own partner, Alternate Shot

Rain or Shine!

Make your own foursome or we will match you up. Flighted by total team handicap Tournament Prizes! All proceeds are dedicated to provide cancer screening for women, men and children of Citrus County who are in need. Research is also supported through directing a portion of the proceeds to research projects at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Please consider honoring or memorializing a loved one through a hole sponsorship.

Ladies’ Member - Guest April 10th, 11th, and 12th good luck and have fun to all participants!

Don’t forget cash for those raffle tickets and your check book for our Outstanding Raffle and LIVE Auction! Registration forms were sent to all Members through Member News email or are available at the Golf Shop or reception. Please return your registration and hole sponsorship forms to the Golf Shop or Susan Nanni at 3110 N. Pinelake by April 9th. page 6


BDLGA Memorial Tournament

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Recipe of the Month

Here is Chef Kenny’s recipe of the month. This recipe was listed in NY magazine as Top 5 Meatballs in Manhattan.

Tuscan Lamb Meatballs


5 tblsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 cup minced red onion 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 ½ pounds ground lamb 2 eggs 2 ounces minced pancetta or prosciutto (1/2 cup) 2 tblsp. grated parmesan cheese 2 tblsp. bread crumbs 2 tblsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme salt

One ½ pound lamb leg, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cups white wine 4 cups plum tomatoes, pureed salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat the bottom of a large ovenproof skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté over medium heat until the onions start to soften and brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and transfer to a large bowl. Add the lamb, eggs, pancetta, Parmesan, bread crumbs, parsley, thyme and salt to the bowl. Combine well and roll into ¼ inch balls.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a pan and sear the chopped lamb leg. Roast in the oven. Add garlic and onion; carmelize. Add wine and reduce. Add the tomato, season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 hour and then smash the meat until broken up, finely. Sear meatballs in pot with grapeseed oil. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and cook, combined for 1 hour. Combine with spaghettini and toss with Grana Padano cheese.

Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the patties and brown 4 to 5 minutes per side.

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April Calendar of Events 1 Bible Study 2 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed




14 10



LUnch 11 am - 4 pm







LUnch 11 am - 4 pm

Reservations Required

10AM - 12 NOON

Moroccan Night 5:30-7:30 pm

Duplicate bridge - 6:30PM


Mahjong 12:00 pm


9:30 am

BD Foundation meeting 4:00 pm

Club Closed


Bible Study

Ladies’ Day

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed


Bible Study 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed


Bible Study 9:30 am

Mahjong 12:00 pm Club Closed


Trivia Buffet

bridge 9:00AM

5:30-7:00 pm Game Starts 6:30 pm

Bar Menu 5:30-7:30 pm




A la Carte Reservations Required


No Dinner Service



18 Reading &

A la Carte Reservations Required


Ladies’ Day A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required


Ladies’ Day A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required

5:30-7:30 pm

Duplicate bridge - 6:30PM



No Dinner Service


No Dinner Service

Chili Cook-off & Car show 10 am - 2 pm

A la Carte

Club Closed 3pm No Dinner Service


5:30 – 7:30 pm Reservations Required


No Dinner Service


bridge - 9:00AM

10AM - 12 NOON

Turkey Buffet 5:30-7:30 pm

canadian club tournament

19 bridge 9:00AM 20

Chef ’s Conquering KNITTERS & CRAFTERS Discussion Group Cooking 4:00 pm 10AM - 12 NOON Cancer Class Tournament Greek Night 3:00 pm

5:30 – 7:30 pm


bridge - 9:00AM

10AM - 12 NOON

5:30 – 7:30 pm SLIDE BOTTOM GIN

9:30 am

LUnch 11 am - 4 pm Hole-in-one dinner

A la Carte

5:30 – 7:30 pm


8 Bible Study 9

canadian club tournament LUnch 11 am - 4 pm

Ladies’ Day



Rodney Strong Wine Dinner 6:00 pm

No Dinner Service

No Dinner Service

Lunch Schedule Tuesday - Sunday

11 am - 4 pm

— Members — Please help us to ensure that your dining experience is satisfactory by making reservations in advance for all evening dinner service. Our staffing is based on your reservations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. page 9

Happenings Black Diamond Rider Cup 2013

Guys and Dolls


The Canucks 202 Black Diamond participants in the 18th annual Rider Cup, which was led by USA Captains Tom and Helen Park and Canadian Captains Michael and Joan Zatzman, had another year of great fun. Our official starters Phyllis Lingerfelt and Chuck Lucas warmed up the cooler than normal mornings with their warmhearted greetings and starting duties. Despite the lopsided victory by the USA team, the real winners were all the participants who joined in the theme of Atlantic Canada with music, food, beverages of their choice and country colors. Awards for colorful outfits went to Judy Delaney and Gord Demetrick. The cart decoration award went to former Royal Montreal Captain David Flam. Joan Zatzman, Helen Park, June Cushing and Joe Gleason did a spectacular job with clubhouse decoration. Joan also supplied Atlantic Canada recipes, music and decorations, which were appreciated by everyone. At the Thursday night celebration dinner, members were treated to the flag parade of past Captains and a

rousing rendition of ‘The Hockey Song’ by Stompin’ Tom Connors, performed by Black Diamond’s own Don Gessner with chorus backup by legendary hockey players Ed and George Westfall. Captain Michael asked Stompin’ Tom to lead his team in the concession singing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ while Michael held the Grand Ole Flag high. Demonstrating his sportsmanship, Captain Tom paid tribute to Canadian members by having everyone sing ‘O Canada’. The evening ended with an emotional performance of God Bless America by Black Diamond crooner Captain Tom Park. In the well-kept secret next year’s visiting Captain representing Scotland is Bob Campbell. Bob and Lisa made their entrance in full regalia of the Campbell clan tartan with their own bagpiper. After which next year’s fun loving USA Captain Tony Brice made his entrance to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy. With Tony and Dorothy and Bob and Lisa in charge, the 2014 Rider Cup promises to be another great event.

Reading & Discussion Group

Mark your calendar for Thursday, the 18th of April, when the Reading and Discussion Group will meet to review “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe. When Mary Anne discovers she is ill, Will, her son, asks her what she will be reading. This is the beginning of this true and inspiring story of a mother and son that start a book club that brings them together as her life draws to a close. The selection for May is “Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World” by Matthew Goodman. For more information contact Faeth Houle.

Hours of Operation Driving Range Monday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Golf Shop Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm ForeTees Internet: 24-Hour Access Tennis Courts Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Pool Monday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Pool temperature maintained at 84° Fitness Center Open 24/7 with use of Access Code The Clubhouse @ Black Diamond Ranch Breakfast: Sunday: 8:30 am – 11:00 am Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Dinner: See Calendar Take-Out Window: Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Men’s Lounge Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 noon – close Saturday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Trivia Night

Winners 3-11-13 1st Place: Forget Me Nuts: $218.36

George & Diane Buck Nancy Manafort & Guest Peter Perry David & Lynn Michael Theresa & John McMahon Janet Conway 2nd Place: Brains on the Wane: $137.55

David & Nicole Ragaini Cathleen & Dennis Spaulding Donald & Jewel Hasek Nan & Kent Rinker Diane & John Collick 3rd Place: Forgot Again & BDRP: $58.95

Carl & Susan Nanni Robert & Lucille Reiner Jim Plunkett Christy Soule John Bordeaux & Gail Wilder Steve & Fran Johnson Margo Grodsky Jim & Donna Wood

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