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Volume 11 No. 9

October 2011

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Letter from the President

SIGNIFICANT BOG ACTIONS There were no significant BOG actions at the August 2011 meeting.

Dear Members:

As we move into fall, I was reflecting on the incredible number of juniors that we have as part of our membership. Based on the latest data, we have close to 750 members that are under the age of 18! I think that is wonderful! I also think we (the club and us as members) have a special obligation to our juniors at the club. We are fortunate to touch them in their growing and formative years, not just for one season or one class, but on a sustained basis over 10+ years in many cases. This makes me ponder, what is the nature of MacGregor Downs Country Club’s obligation and commitment to these 750 juniors?

November Save the Dates November 1 • Beginner Tennis Clinic (men & women)

November 11 • *Tentative New Member Party • Kid’s Club ~ Diary of

November 1 • Jr. Golf

a Wimpy Kid

November 2 • Jr. Golf

Certainly, there is a minimum set of expectations that we should be providing and living up to. Our first and paramount expectation is a safe and healthy environment – both for the juniors and peace of mind for us adults who leave our children to the care of the club – whether that be at the pool, in Kid’s Club or a Junior Golf clinic. Hopefully, we are living up to this everyday 365 days a year!

November 3 • Jr. Golf • Half Price Wine Thursday

November 17 • Half Price Wine

November 7 • Cooking Class with Ken

November 20 • Turkey Day

But, beyond a safe and healthy environment, what else should MDCC provide? Here is my wish list:

November 8 • Chef’s Crew • Beginner Tennis Clinic (men & women)

November 24 • Thanksgiving at

1. A place to make lifelong friends. 2. Excellent instruction to learn both skills and sportsmanship relating to our three sports of golf, tennis and swimming.

Thursday • Book Club Tournament the Club

*Visit our website at for additional events and details taking place in November.

3. A focal point for competition against other clubs, teams and junior tournaments (in all three sports). 4. A fun, exciting and energizing place to swim, play tennis, play golf and other activities centered around MDCC.

Food & Beverage Connection

5. High quality meals that these young people will enjoy eating (with a nice variety of healthy choices as well).

Are you ready for some (more) football? Come and watch your favorite teams on Sundays at the Club and treat your taste buds (and your wallet) to $1.50 domestic drafts, $2.00 imported drafts and an abundance of special deals on appetizers! And, don't forget kick-off with our fabulous Sunday brunch! Are you ready for some (more) wine selections? After several wine tastings in September and your feedback, we will soon be introducing an expanded wine list. As always, your input on F&B is greatly appreciated. We continue to strive for utmost member satisfaction and enjoyment. So, come and join us at The Club to taste the latest and enjoy your suggestions...

6. Life skills to help prepare them for the world past high school. 7. Contact and interaction with adults that are highly successful in their field – that are role models. Send me an email at with your thoughts (if you would put Junior in the subject line, I would appreciate it). Based on these responses, I’ll provide an update on the website about what you think we should be providing. Thank you.,

Did you know? • Kid’s under 5 eat for free at the main club house (excluding takeaways)? • Half Price Wine Night is the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. • Prime Rib Wednesdays Dinner including 10 or 12oz cut with starch, vegetable, au jus, and horseradish cream @ $19 and $23. • The next Cooking with Ken class is Monday, October 10, 10-11:30am This is a 3 month culinary educational series where you’ll learn some unique recipes and trade techniques on preparation and presentation. This event is limited to 12 members and/or guests, ages 15 and above, and includes a light lunch, recipes and tasting treats. This month we’ll learn about incorporating Superfoods into your diet with salads. Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non Members

Chip Thomas 2011 President Board of Governors

MacGregor has a BLOG! Announcing our new MacGregor Downs Country Club BLOG!!! Follow us at to catch up on the latest and greatest around the clubhouse, at the pool, on the courts and around the greens. Don’t forget you can also follow MDCC on Facebook and Twitter TM


Garden Club

Member Spotlights

September Yard of the Month: AL AND FAY LUIHN • 114 ANNANDALE DR. HONORABLE MENTION WILLIAM DAWSON • 212 RONALDSBY DR. The October meeting of the MacGregor Downs Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, October 18th at 10am. This meeting will be held at Fairview Garden Center on Holly Springs Road and the topic will be Fall Container Gardening. A demonstration will be given with a question and answer period following. We welcome Fall! The MacGregor Downs Garden Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September through May. Residents of MacGregor Downs and members of MacGregor Downs Country Club are eligible for membership. If you are interested in becoming a member please call membership chairman, Ann Brunswick, at 468-2034.

New Faces Please welcome our newest members to MDCC!

New Golf Members Chris & Nikki Alduino 2108 Chicora Wood Drive, Raleigh Primary Sponsor: Krister Eriksson Supporting Sponsors: Chip Thomas & David Schmitt

Jerry & Meredith Richardson 2063 Weston Green Loop, Cary Primary Sponsor: Dr. Greg Forsyth Supporting Sponsors: Howard Brown & Jim Riddick

Book Club Save the Dates OCTOBER BOOK: The Lotus Eaters AUTHOR: Tatjana Soli DATE: Thursday, October 6 SYNOPSIS: A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men. On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through 12 war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend. Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman’s struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.

Dean and Gay Gooden 107 Perth Court, Cary Primary Sponsor: David & Marie Benevides Supporting Sponsors: Matt Crichton & Rob Moran

Non-Resident Members Ray & Sharon Sloss 230 Lakeview Way, Vero Beach, FL Primary Sponsor: Ann Robinson Supporting Sponsors: Sue Lanier, Ronnie Bonello and Cindy Wagner

Ladies Marathon Bridge

Congratulations We would like to welcome our newest addition to the MDCC Family, Jack Thomas Mathews. Jack was born on June 30, 2011 at 8:31am. This tiny bundle of joy came into the world weighing 7lbs., 3oz., and 20 in. in length. Congratulations to proud parents, John and Tonya Mathews, and big brother, Cooper Mathews. We look forward to watching Jack grow up at the club.

The Ladies Marathon Bridge group plays the first Wednesday of every month: dinner at 6pm followed by 24 hands of bridge. You and your partner play a different team each month. If you and your partner like to join this group please contact Julie Stangler at or 465-3290. If you don't have a partner they will help you find one. Do you have a special announcement you would like to share, such as a milestone anniversary, new baby or personal achievement? E-mail your news to Elizabeth at or call her at 467-0146.


Youth Upcoming Youth Events Chef’s Crew, Tuesday, October 11 Ages 5 & up, 5-6pm Chef’s Crew is our monthly cooking class for ages 5-9. Join us the second Tuesday of each month for an hour of learning and fun. Children will be provided with an apron and cookbook at their first class. Each month will feature different recipes so make sure to reserve your spot each month. This month we will be making Sandwich on a Stick and Pumpkin Pie. Cost: $15 per child Family Outdoor Weekend, Saturday, October 15, 4pm – Sunday, October 16, 11am Due to unfavorable weather conditions, we have now combined the Camp Out at the Club and the Fishing Derby into one awesome weekend of family fun. Cost: $22 per camper, Guests additional $5 pp Registration fees include hot dogs, s’mores package, a commemorative gift, glow sticks, bait, breakfast, lunch and tons of fun. For a full schedule of activities visit us online at Spooktacular, Friday, October 28, 5:30-10pm Calling all Ghosts and Goblins! Join us for our annual Spooktacular Halloween Carnival. Children and parents alike will have a grand time at this sell-out event. There is something to entertain every member of the family this year. Costumes are highly encouraged with prizes given out for the very best. New this year will be our Scary Haunted House for those that need a little fright in their night. Don't worry, the Hayride will still be running for the little ones. Cost: Adults $21++, Ages 6-12, $14++, Ages 2-5, $10++ A full menu and schedule of activities are available online at

Youth Save the Dates: November 8 Chef’s Crew November 11 Kids Club – Diary of a Wimpy Kid December 1 Family Night – Winter Wonderland December 9 Kids’ Club – Frosty the Snowman December 17 Kids’ Club – Harry Potter December 4 Gingerbread House Workshop December 11 Santa Brunch December 22 & 23 Santa Visits the Neighborhood

GOLF October Golf News Now that Fall is officially here, there is no better way to spend your leisure time than on the golf course and at the club. Come out and enjoy the spectacular colors of the trees as the leaves start to turn and enjoy a round of golf. We are now an official PGA Family Course. We now have a golf course within a golf course that offers a short course experience and makes the game more enjoyable for our junior golfers. We have special tee markers that create a 2200 yard course and a 3800 yard course. Now our junior golfers will have more fun by shooting lower scores. This is a great way to spend time together as a family. ForeTees…the on line tee time system. Did you know that you can go mobile and make your tee time? It’s very easy. You must login to ForeTees on your computer and go to the “Settings” tab to create a user name and password for mobile. Once you have created your credentials, you can access ForeTees via the mobile login at http://m. If you need mobile instructions, they are located on ForeTees in the upper left hand corner where it says “mobile help”.

Course Care Please repair your ball marks and any others that you see on the greens. A properly repaired ball mark will heal faster. If you would like to know how to properly repair a ball mark, please see one of our professional staff. When filling your divots on the golf course after a shot, please fill them with sand and then step on the sand to level it out with the playing surface. If you


are a walker and don’t have a walking sand bottle and someone in your group is riding in a cart, please use the sand bottle from the cart to fill in your divot. After playing a shot from a bunker, please rake the bunker and any the disturbed areas in the bunker. After finishing please leave the rake in the bunker so that the handle is resting on the edge of the bunker and not sticking all the way out. When leaving the rake in this position it helps eliminate a ball getting stopped by the rake.

Tip from the Pro shop From the Practice Tee… VISION– whatever target your mind sees last is the one you’re going to find, so make sure you are thinking about the right one.

What's Hot in the Golf Shop Our fall apparel lines are arriving daily for men and women. Stop by the golf shop and see the new exciting lines from Foot Joy, Adidas, Peter Millar, Ben Hogan and our newest addition Cutter and Buck. For the ladies we feature Sport Haley and Adidas. Spruce up your fall golf wardrobe from the golf shop and look your best on and off the course. Don’t forget to check out our new… • Crystal Beverage Wear from Hilton Head Classics • Maui Jim Sunglasses • Laser Link and Bushnell Range Finders • New Foot Joy Shoe Line for Men and Women • A must see – Private Label – Dress and Casual Shoes • Tervis Tumbler – the “Big T”

Upcoming Events September 30 - October 2 - Men’s Club Championship Tee times are in the morning both days. This is an individual stroke play event that is flighted by handicap. The championship flight will play 54 holes, with the first day being the qualifying round. The cut in the qualifying round for the Championship Flight will be at the low eight and ties. The qualifying score will count towards the 54-hole total. Those not qualifying for the Championship Flight will be placed into the first flight and it then becomes a 36hole tournament, with the qualifying round score not being counted. All other flights in this championship will play 36 holes.

Entry Fee: $50 per person, and includes prizes and refreshments October 6 - Rally for the Cure, 8:30am registration, 10am shotgun Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011 Registration: 8:30am, 10am Shotgun Start Format: 4 person team, Modified Superball, 80% Handicap Select Best Drive, play your own ball in, 2 best net of team (Must use at least 2 drives of each team member.) Flights: Ladies Only, Mixed (men & women) and Men Only Cost: $60 per person (Checks Only: to MacGregor Downs Country Club) This includes cart, light breakfast, boxed lunch, prizes and a one year subscription to Golf Digest, SELF Bon Appetit or Architectural Digest published by Conde Nast Publications. Prizes Awarded: 1st & 2nd Place Mulligans: $20/Team ~ One Mulligan each (Checks or cash payable to Susan G. Komen for the Cure) Raffles: Checks or Cash (Payable to Susan G. Komen for the Cure) Big Raffles: 10 for $20 General Raffles: 10 for $10 All money raised will be donated to support the NC Triangle Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. October 7 & 8 – Senior Tartan The inaugural Senior Tartan will be held on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8. We have a wonderful two days of golf planned for you and your guest. The tournament will be flighted and is limited to 40 teams. There will be 5 flights consisting of 8 teams in each flight. The format is net best ball of the twosome. The entry fee for the Senior Tartan is $250 per team. Entry Fee: $250 per team. For the awards cookout on Saturday afternoon, there is an additional charge for the wives or guest of $27 per person. *Applications available online or in the golf shop. This event is for those members 50 years of age and older. Your guest must meet the same age qualifications.

October 14-15-16 – “The Scottie” Men’s MemberMember Mark your calendars for the Premier “Member Only” event of the year. This tournament features the ever popular format of 5 (9 hole matches). It all starts with the Member-Member party on Friday, October 14th with golf on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th. Applications are available online or in the golf shop. Don’t miss out on the premier member only match play event of the year. October 29 & 30 – Women’s Club Championship Format: 36 holes for flights including the championship flight. It’s flighted by handicap. Tee Times: Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning Entry Fee: $40 per person This includes crystal for flight winners, prize money and refreshments after each round. October 30 - Annual Fall Demo Day, 1-4pm Come out and “test drive” the latest in golf club technology from Titleist and Ping. These lines feature the new AP1 and AP2 irons as well as the 910 drivers, fairway metals and hybrids. The Ping line features the new G20 line. Come out and enjoy a savings on your purchase. We would also like to remind you that you can trade your clubs in with us. You won’t want to miss this! November Save the Dates November 7 – New Member and Sponsor Scramble November 20 – Annual Turkey Day Tournament

Fantastic Shots… Tom Dixon – Hole-in-One #8 Steve Armstrong – Eagle #5 Congratulations on these fantastic shots!

MacDuffer News September was full of golf events, including the Tarheel at Cape Fear, TIP at Prestonwood and the PAL at Wakefield. As a MacDuffer, you can play at all of these courses in addition to the wonderful tournaments and play dates at MacGregor Downs. The MacRyder Cup and the 2nd annual Fall Fling Invitations are only a few of the other events held in September. October brings the close of our official golf season, with the Rally for the Cure, October 6, the two-day Tarheel at River Landing and the PAL at Devil’s Ridge. It is never too late to join. Contact the Pro Shop if you wish to become a member of the MacDuffers.


Lassie News A reminder to all Lassies, be sure and sign up for all the fun events we have coming up! October 6

Rally for the Cure

October 11

Member/Guest Tournament

The Lassies are a 9 hole ladies group that play on Tuesday mornings, followed by lunch for those who can stay. If you are new to golf or just getting back into the game, we would love for you to come out and join us. Please call the pro shop if you are interested.

Senior Men’s Golf News 2011 CASMGA CHAMPIONSHIP---Our MDCC Senior Team came up short at The Capital Area Senior Men's Golf Association Championship held at Prestonwood CC on August 31st, thus giving up the Trophy we won last year at this annual event. The winning club for 2011 was Prestonwood, followed by MDCC, North Ridge, Bentwinds, and Raleigh CC. MacGregor individual winners were Scott Fitzmorris, Jake Freeman, James Herndon, and Chuck Sipe. MOST IMPROVED HANDICAP COMPETITION FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST---Pro-Shop credit is awarded to the winners. First Flight (Handicap 0-15), 1st Place: Jim Summers (6.0%), 2nd Place: Scott Magee (4.1%). Second Flight (Handicap 15.1-up), 1st Place: Joe Hoffman (3.8%), 2nd Place: Steve Doan (3.3%). Congratulations to our winners UPCOMING EVENTS: Mark your calendars for these upcoming tournament events. Sign-up sheets are posted on the golf shop bulletin board 4 weeks in advance. Wed, Oct 5

Five County Interclub Play at Wakefield TPC

Fri, Oct 7Sat, Oct 8

Senior Tartan at MDCC

Wed, Oct 12

Senior Golf and Courtesy Day at MDCC Five County Interclub Play at MDCC

Wed, Oct 19

Wed, Nov 2

(Visiting Clubs are Brier Creek, Chapel Hill, Governors Club, Hope Valley & Treyburn). Final Senior Day Event & Awards Luncheon at MDCC

Congratulations Congratulations to PATRICK MULQUEEN who won the Boy’s 14’s Level 3 at Cape Fear Junior Open!

Congratulations to Chloe Argay who won 2nd place in the Millbrook "All In" Junior Futures NC L-5 Tournament,12 and under on August 28, 2011.

Tennis Upcoming Tennis Events

Congratulations to Gabriella Cicin! She was a consolation finalist for the girl’s 10’s at the Raleigh Racquet Club Junior Classic September 10-12.

USTA Fall Team Tennis Our Fall USTA adult season is completely in play with 26 teams and over 200 members playing, Every Monday - Saturday 9:45AM Evening Team Play, Monday - Thursday 7PM Sunday Team Tennis 1pm, 3pm and 5pm Mixed Doubles Night, Saturday, October 8, 6:30PM Our first event in October is the always popular Mixed Doubles Night. This is a very social event. All levels of play are welcome! Food will be served and we will have a member bar. The tennis staff will put out 4 rounds of matches. You will play 2 rounds with your partner and 2 rounds with someone else. Please sign up with a partner! There is a limit of 16 teams. Visit to sign up for this great event by our October 5th deadline. Cost: $15 per person Junior Tennis Tournament, Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23 The MacGregor Downs/ Kildaire Farms USTA Level 4 Tournament is October 22 & 23. There are usually over 200 junior players! For more details please contact the tennis Pro Shop at 467-4116. Registration Instructions: • Go to • Cick Tournaments • Enter the number 703947711 and follow their instructions. This tournament fills up fast so please do not wait! Pro’s Note: All courts will be used from 8am-8pm on Saturday and 8am-5pm on Sunday.

Pro’s Tip: If you are serving long, the toss of the ball is too far behind you. Your toss should be as high as you can reach toward the sky, an arms length in front of you, and a little to your right if you are right handed.

Remember to visit the tennis page at for more tennis news and events!


Clubhouse: 467-0146

Tennis Shop: 467-4116

Golf Shop: 467-1895

Pool: 467-1245






Sunday Brunch Men’s Club Championship

Sunday Brunch


Sunday Brunch The Scottie Couples/Mixed Club Championship Family Outdoor Weekend


Sunday Brunch MacGregor Kildaire Jr Tournament


Sunday Brunch Women’s Club Championship

11:30 AM-7 PM (Tues) 11:30 AM-11 PM (Wed-Sat) 11:30 AM-5 PM (Sun)



11:30 AM-3 PM (Tues-Fri) 11 AM-2PM(Sun)


5:30-9 PM (Wed, Thurs, Sat) 5:30-10 PM (Fri)






Saturday Saturday Morning Men's Clinic Men’s Club Championship

















Lassies Meeting Day 3.0 Ladies Clinic Beginner/Intermediate Drill

Club Closed Chef’s Crew Cooking Classes 3.0 Ladies Clinic with Ken Beginner Clinic Fall Session 2 Begins Lassie Member-Guest St. David's Outing Men's Advanced workout (4.0+)

Lassies Tee-Times 3.0 Ladies Clinic Beginner Clinic

Lassies Tee-Times 3.0 Ladies Clinic Beginner Clinic

Club Closed Cary Christian Outingg Men's Advanced Workout


19th Hole Bar Food Service available Sunday 11 AM-2PM


Club Closed Wake Med Outing Men's Advanced Workout





Club Closed Education Foundation Outing

To view the complete September calendar, go to and select “calendar.”

Dining Hours

19th Hole Bar

Tennis: Blue Golf: Green Social: Purple Youth/Pool: Red

October 2011

Prime Rib Night 5 County Seniors

Prime Rib Night Senior Golf Day 2.5 Ladies Clinic 3.5 Ladies Clinic

Prime Rib Night 5 County Seniors 2.5 Ladies Clinic 3.5 Ladies Clinic

Prime Rib Night 2.5 Ladies Clinic 3.5 Ladies Clinic

Men's Advanced Workout Club Closed

Half Price Wine Thursday Rally for the Cure BookClub

MacDuffer Golf & Meeting Day Doubles Strategy Clinic Singles Clinic Men’s Night Play

Half Price Wine Thursday MacDuffer Scramble Doubles Strategy Clinic Singles Clinic Men’s Night Play

MacLobber Member - Member Doubles Strategy Clinic Singles Clinic Men’s Night Play

The Scottie Women’s Advance Workout

Wine Dinner Women’s Advance Workout

Spooktacular Women’s Advance Workout

For more events and details please visit the web at


Senior Tartan


Senior Tartan Mixed Doubles

The Scottie Saturday Morning Men's Clinic Family Outdoor Weekend

MacGregor Kildaire Jr. Tournament Saturday Morning Men's Clinic

Saturday Morning Men's Clinic Women’s Club Championship

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MacGregor Downs Country Club Board of Governors - 2011 Name

Board Position

E-mail address

Chip Thomas


Michael Senter


Matt Crichton

Treasurer, Chair-Finance

Steve Parascandola


Glenn Adams

Chair – Grievance

George Dennis

Chair – Bylaws

Nancy Hainey

Chair – Food and Beverage

J. P. Kenney

Chair – Golf

Bob Najjar

Chair – Pool & Youth

Ted Watson

Chair – Long-Range Planning

Barry Woodard

Chair – Membership

Bill Wilkes

Chair – Tennis

Dennis Zilavy

Chair – Greens & Grounds


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