May 2017 Olympian

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Vol. 105 | No. 5 | May 2017




The Olympic Club is hosting a local celebration of Women’s Golf Day on June 6. A global event to engage, empower and support girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. This will be a fun laid back day of instruction and prizes, followed by a reception (yes, cocktails!) and trunk show. Bring friends, teammates, or come alone. We’ll see you at Lakeside! Join in on a long tradition: 95 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1922, before the Lake and Ocean Courses were completed, a group of ladies established the “Ladies Golf Annex.” That same year, they held the first-ever “Olympienne Championship.” Maybe one day soon, with enough practice, you’ll be like that first champion, Mrs. Philip Wand, who knew “every blade of grass at Lakeside by its first name.”

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Many female members would like to learn, or get better at golf, but may be hesitant to go out on their own. This is YOUR DAY!




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2 Lakeside Master Plan Update

21 Ask Rochelle —

4 A.M. Runners 8 Mocko Runs, and Runs, and Runs

12 506 Reasons

SOCIAL & DINING 14 Tainted Love Photos

Summertime Travels

25 Fitness Tip — Travel Fitness 28 Exercise Medicine — New Joint in Town

36 Back to the Basics — Flop Shots

39 SF City Golf Championship


40 St. Patrick’s Day Golf

22 Calendar 45 GM’s Report

Cover: The Olympic Club boasts many elite runners amongst its ranks. Chris Mocko is one of those athletes. He won the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile on March 11. To learn more about Mocko’s recent running adventures, the A.M. Runners who make up the OC’s running program and how they support each other, see page 4. Photo courtesy of Jersey Miranda.

30 Athletic Director's Update

18 Pros Came to Play

20 From The Archives

Top: The Olympic Club’s own Hot Dog Bill’s will be one of the five iconic restaurants serving their wares at the Warriors’ new arena. Basketball fans will get to enjoy the famous Burger Dogs at the games. Photo by Gene Choi.


CORRECTION We apologize for the error in last month’s From the Archives piece. Former OC golf pro John Battini’s last name was misspelled. We also received emails reminding us about Dutch Harrison, the Club’s pro in the early 1960s. Not only was Harrison a respected teacher, but also a great player, finishing third at Cherry Hills in 1960 behind Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

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LAKESIDE MASTER PLAN UPDATE from President Dan Dillon and the Board of Directors


his is an update on the Lakeside Master Plan (LMP). The Building Committee and Board have done a great deal of work over the last few months, so we wanted to give you a picture of where we stand. The LMP was developed as a result of the extensive member surveys done in 2011 and 2015. Town Hall meetings were held at both clubhouses to present the initial findings. Member responses led to further analysis and several revised concepts for the clubhouse and other Lakeside facilities. These revisions have been the subject of Olympian articles and postings on as the plan continued to be developed. Since the survey, several long-deferred infrastructure issues have come to the forefront. Our golf maintenance facility must be replaced. We can better preserve our heavy golf maintenance equipment and its value by providing better storage. There is also a need for a serious upgrade in our golf maintenance staff work areas. You will see work beginning on that project in the coming months. We will move some of the equipment to other parts of the property during construction. But neither those temporary moves nor construction should impact the members’ experience, including golf, at Lakeside. We have discovered the drainage and main irrigation line for our golf courses must be replaced sooner rather than later. This had been targeted for some time in the 2020s, but now must move up the priority list, at a projected cost in the range of $7 million. We have a world class and world famous Clubhouse, of which we can all be proud. It has been more than 20 years since significant renovations were undertaken. As with the Golf Maintenance facility, our mechanical room requires serious upgrades. This is the power plant that serves the entire Lakeside property and the upgrade will cost several million dollars. Any immediate work on the Clubhouse must be completed in time for the U.S. Women’s


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Open Golf Championship in July 2021. We have been analyzing which needs can be met prior to the Open and which improvements could come after. The immediate needs identified are modernizing the mechanical rooms and systems, upgrades to the women’s locker room, bringing the fire suppression system up to code and providing more space for fitness. We have a strong capital expenditure fund in reserve for the immediate repairs and upgrades noted above. Our view is that the LMP is a long-term vision. In other words, we are considering what the Lakeside campus should look like in 20 years. We are discussing what comes next for the Clubhouse. Is the internal layout maximizing our available space? How do we capitalize on the views of the course? How do we improve kitchen efficiency? Those are just a few of the areas of discussion. Expanding the Golf Learning Center, improving the Tennis facilities and expanding the main parking lot are all areas also being considered. Most importantly, the Board is committed to approaching the entire LMP in a fiscally responsible manner. Even though much attention has been focused on the LMP, additional efforts are being directed at maintaining and improving the health of the City Clubhouse. For example, we are embarking on a repair to the Post Street pool soon. Many people have shepherded the LMP project over the past couple of years and they are to be applauded for their efforts. Past Directors Bill Last and Paul Bohn, current Director John McNulty, past Building Committee Chair Jim Albrecht, current Building Committee Chair Mark Kelly and the rest of the Building Committee and countless others deserve our gratitude. We will continue to keep you updated as these projects develop. And we will return to the membership with Town Halls to give every member a chance to share their thoughts. Stay tuned for details. 




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The A.M. Runners explore the City before it wakes up. Shown here, Running Commissioner Chris Mocko (in black) and John Nees (in red) lead the group on a recent run through Alta Plaza Park.


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rom basketball to dominoes to golf to weightlifting to the 6am morning running group, there are many places to find ‘your people’ at The Olympic Club. These groups all offer differing levels of support and encouragement to members. One group particularly impressive for their dedication and drive is the A.M. Runners. They’ve been meeting since at least 1992. While the elite competitive runners may get the big

headlines, the depth of the group’s friendships is most impressive. Names like Chris Mocko, Chris Chavez, Chris Baird, Brooke Wells, Lauren Centrowitz, Chris Lundy, and Crosby Freeman can often be seen at the top of the results of any race they compete in these days, but there is another level to this group that has been running together for 25 years now. Having a support system like the A.M. Runners is a huge bonus to runners’ training efforts.

(For more about recent OC running activities and results, see page 7.) As longtime member and early joiner of the A.M. Runners, Frank Rollo, explains, being a part of the group keeps you accountable. “It is much harder to skip or miss a run when you know, Dennis Watson, Randy Chapman, George Barry, Pete Ryan and John Nees will be at the Club ready to go rain or shine,” Rollo said. “It is a huge motivator and boost for me when the alarm goes off at 4:30am.”

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A welcoming community with a willingness to share wisdom gleaned from their years of experience, the A.M. Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6am outside the Sutter Street entrance to start their day together. Typically, they’ll run about five to seven miles, with routes covering Fort Mason to Crissy Field or head back East around the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building. Sometimes, there will be hills injected at Coit Tower, too. As longtime OC runner Randy Chapman notes, “The OC A.M. running program is not about being the fastest, or best. It is about making lifelong friends that you can support, or lean on when life throws you a curve,” Chapman said. “It is knowing that each Tuesday and Thursday morning you will get in a fun hill run, have a good laugh and realize these friends are family.” Another bonus is the opportunity it provides for a completely different look at the great City we live in. “I like getting out to tour the city before it wakes up,” said Chapman. “It’s a great way to learn the back alleys, hidden stairways and nooks and crannies of San Francisco.” For Chapman, it’s also a family affair. His son, Graham, is also a regular participant. Chapman typically serves as the group’s leader, as recalled by Rollo. “We should give special mention to Randall G. Chapman, our leader, also known as ‘The Billy Goat’ because he always has us running uphill and it’s always a shortcut,” said Rollo. The runners are constantly competing, pushing themselves to go faster, go further than they thought they could before. A group of them headed to New Zealand to compete in the World Masters Games at the end of April. A few Olympians also headed to Boston on April 17 to compete in the Boston Marathon (see results on page 7). OC runners have had great showings at several local races as well. Recent convert, field hockey player Hadley Bell has taken to running like a natural and has found the group to be a great source of encouragement. She has already qualified for the 2017 AND 2018 Boston Marathons by doing so well in her first marathons, the SF Marathon last


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July, and then the California International Marathon in December. Bell started running with the 6am crew last spring, but just ran her official first race for the OC in March. “The OC running community is extremely encouraging and welcoming. The A.M. Runners welcomed me with open arms and offered

Olympic Club member. Having access to expertise and facilities at this level provides an experience like no other. “The community aspect and support system enhances the consistency of my training. My field hockey team is incredibly supportive of my running, which makes

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, you may see a group of people running through the streets of the City. For the past 25 years,

plenty of advice before I ran my first marathon,” said Bell. “Even though we are all at different stages, speeds and strengths, it’s nice to be part of a group that will do anything to just run.” The ability to cross-train, like Bell for example, and experience several different sports is also a huge advantage of being an

me want to perform well and continually improve,” said Bell. “The OC running community helps me stay motivated to reach my training goals every day, as well as my long-term running goals. Knowing that I’m not just running for myself is a great way to feel inspired and stay disciplined.”

Whether you are interested in competitive running or simply enjoy running, there is a place for you within the A.M. Runners’ spectrum. For such an individual sport, it’s nice to have the camaraderie of the larger group surrounding your efforts. The mainstays of the group have been together for years,

curious questions about my recent results and upcoming racing plans. This crew really cares!” Always an active competitor, Mocko has been even busier lately. The image you see on the cover of this issue is from his first-place finish in the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile on March 11. (For more about Mocko’s recent


ROCK & ROLL HALF MARATHON ff Hadley Bell — 1:32:48, 1st in age group, 5th female

PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY HALF MARATHON ff Brianna Baird — 1:40 for 6th in her age group, 13th overall

KAISER HALF MARATHON ff Chris Chavez — 1:07, 2nd overall ff Brooke Wells — 1:24 ff Eric Johnson — 1:26 ff Drew Mickel — 1:26 ff Caroline Coble — 1:26 ff Caleb Porter — 1:26 ff Spencer Fast — 1:27 ff Bradley Fenner — 1:32 ff Michelle Larson — 1:34 ff Jack Bijur — 1:38 ff David Joyner — 1:51 ff John Nees — 2:04

BOSTON MARATHON ff Hadley Bell — 3:23:13 ff Eric Johnson — 3:09:38 ff Drew Mickel — 3:06:33 ff Eve Phillips — 3:44:05 ff Bradley Sloan — 3:06:36 the A.M. Runners at The Olympic Club have been running routes of five to seven miles, starting outside Sutter Street entrance.

and have enjoyed seeing the rise of the newer members on the race circuit. “The morning crew has always diligently tracked the racing results of the competitive runners,” said Chris Mocko, the current running commissioner. “In our last morning run together, I was bombarded with all sorts of

achievements and a look at what is next for him, see page 9.) Again, the OC A.M. Runners welcome all runners on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 6am at the Sutter Street entrance. Come out and give it a whirl! 

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MOCKO RUNS, AND RUNS, AND RUNS by Traci Mysliwiec, photo by Frank Morse


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hris Mocko likes to run. He likes to run fast. He likes to run faster than anyone else on some incredibly long courses. He has now even decided to dedicate himself to it full time, as he recently made the decision to quit his job at a technology company to focus exclusively on running. “I’ve never reached my full potential as a runner because it’s never been THE priority in my life,” he explained in his blog post announcing his decision. Already the winner of numerous competitive local half and full marathons, he has now moved into the ultra-distance

racing world. He won his first attempt of the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile on March 11. He held off some runners in the first half of the race to cruise in for a win by more than 45 minutes in 6 hours and 47 minutes. “This was my first time running in this race, and any 50-mile distance for that matter. I’ve run 50k races (31 miles) and 100-mile races before, so I knew this would be a blend of the speed required for a 50k with the endurance and mental fortitude demanded of the longer, ultra-distances,” he explained. He’ll also run the Cork City Marathon in early June. “I am heading to Cork, Ireland (a sister city to SF) to compete in their marathon as a representative for the city of San Francisco and the OC,” he said. “I’ve already

had the opportunity to participate in the Irish Flag Raising Ceremony (to kickoff San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations) and was acknowledged by Mayor Ed Lee during his public address, which might’ve added a bit more pressure to represent the City well! But while bringing home the handcrafted silver champion’s trophy back to the States is the goal, my top priority will be finding the Irish pub that offers the most perfect Guinness pour!” “I have a sprinkling of 50-mile to 100-kilometer races coming up the next couple of months, but the big focus will be on doing something special at the Western States 100 (ideally competing for the win or chasing the course record.),” Mocko said. 

Chris Mocko trains for his upcoming 50-mile and 100-kilometer races on a recent morning run in San Francisco.

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506 Reasons


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t has come to pass that our revered Burger Dog can now be found not only at Lakeside and some golf course up in the wine country, but will be available to Golden State Warriors fans at their soon-to-be built new stadium. Rest assured, however, some things are still reserved for Olympians and their guests alone, and topping that list is our private beer. 506 IPA, named to commemorate the Club’s birthday on May 6 (5/06), outsells all the other draft beers offered at the outlets at both of the Club’s campuses by wide margins. And this special brew is blended exclusively for The Olympic Club by our neighbors at Fort Point Brewery. We are assured it will not be found pouring from taps at any local ball parks. Fort Point Beer Company is a major player in the thriving American craft beer culture. They create balanced, thoughtful beers that reference traditional styles but are by no means bound to them. For brew master Mike Schnebeck, brewing is the confluence of creative expression and refined technique. “We want our beers to tell a story,” Mike told me. And when he learned that one of the Club’s founders, Arthur Nahl, was of German descent, he selected German malts and hops and coupled them with some modern varieties to create a beer with classic roots and a modern profile. German Saphir hops contribute a classic floral and tangerine aroma that blends beautifully with the more modern citrus aroma of Mandarina Bavarian hops. The resulting beer is bright and juicy with notes of peach and Mandarin orange. Malted rye adds a nice zip to the finish, helping the beer finish clean and dry. Handball players, basketball hoopsters, spinners and weightlifters have all found that post-perspiring, a tall glass of 506 refreshes and revitalizes the tired sport-sore body. The suggestion that Olympic Club might offer its own private label brew was first broached by

Brandon Heist, the former Outlets Manager at City Clubhouse, and while many thought the idea would only appeal to a younger age group, it has proved a phenomenal success and bartenders at both clubhouses see no age differential in their enthusiastic clientele. With the extraordinary popularity of this beverage, the Club has arranged with Fort Point to get transportable kegs that can be set up outside the Clubhouse, whether on the porch downtown or down at the Lakeside tennis courts so that great taste can be a part of special events such as the Foundation’s ONE Club Challenge, and you will be able to offer it at your next wedding. This past St. Patrick’s Day a somewhat outspoken fellow hoisted a tall glass and challenged his fellow members, “I’ll wager none of you blokes can drink five of these 506s without stopping!” The room grew quiet for a moment while members looked sheepishly at each other, and one fellow even got up quietly and left the grill. The usual revelry had resumed when five minutes later the same lad returned and asked the challenger if the bet was still on. Five tall glasses were filled and several large bank notes were tossed onto the bar by enthusiastic onlookers as the brave Olympian stepped up. After stretching his arms and clearing his throat, he proceeded to serially lift and drain each glass before placing it carefully upside down on the oaken counter. Handing the victor a hat stuffed with Jacksons, the instigator asked, “So, why did you slip away, before?” Wiping the moisture from his upper lip, the drinker responded, “I wasn’t sure that I could do it, you know. So, I went to that bar upstairs and tried it first, just to be sure.” Not that I suggest that you duplicate his accomplishment, but it is May again, which is our birthday after all, so hoist a glass and celebrate 157 years. 

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n April 6 and 7, you may have seen a few new — yet familiar — faces around the Club as three-time Women’s World Golf No. 1, Cristie Kerr, and her friends came to play. A good friend of OC President Dan Dillon, Kerr was introducing her wine label, Kerr Cellars, to the membership. The Club hosted a reception featuring Kerr Cellars and their sister winery, Curvature, on Thursday evening at City Clubhouse. Some of Kerr’s famously talented friends joined the festivities, including Morgan Pressel, Kay Cockerill and former NFL kicker Jay Feely. During the reception, the pairings for the Pro-Am golf event the next day at Lakeside were drawn. On Friday, more troops arrived to play when Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster, Sandra Gal, Alison Lee, Gerina Piller, Martin Piller and Ryann O’Toole joined the fun. Congratulations to the winners of the Pro-Am: Malia Lyle, Frederick McNear and Linda Lewis played with Kerr to top the scoreboard. All the pros also attended

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the multi-vintner wine event that evening at Lakeside. On Thursday, Kerr talked about it being “a dream to play The Olympic Club.” She elaborated further on Friday after playing the Lake Course for the first time. “The history of old course architecture is amazing,” Kerr marveled. “You’re out there and you think ‘Arnold Palmer aimed at that tree,’ it’s a gem.” Cockerill did a brief interview with Kerr during the program Friday, highlighting the vast experience in the house that night: the combined wins included 62 LPGA tournaments,11 majors and 10 USGA wins. Funds raised from the events and auctions will benefit The Stanford-Palo Alto Medical Foundation Oncoshare Project through Kerr’s Birdies for Breast Cancer organization. You can try Kerr’s wines yourself, sauvignon blanc by the glass and Curvature Cabernet Sauvignon by the bottle, as they are now available in Article III and the Grill Bar. 

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A feature from the History & Archives Committee giving Olympians a look at the way we were.

TRAINER. MASSAGE THERAPIST. PHOTOGRAPHER. JUNIOR/ JUVENILE PROGRAM DIRECTOR. William “Billy” von Poellnitz (1882–1966) wore many hats during his 57 years on staff at The Olympic Club. Hired in May 1902 as an assistant trainer and masseuse, he was promoted to head trainer in 1913 and director of the massage department in 1922. He worked with all the Club’s teams and athletes (from boxers and wrestlers to the football and basketball teams), and many an athlete and coach attributed their glory and success to von Poellnitz’s work. The list of people he helped read like a who’s who of Bay Area sporting history: Ralph Rose, Hank Luisetti, Fred Apostoli, Charlie Hunter and Norman Ross, to name just a few.

Billy von Poellnitz as a young man, posing with the rugby team that would play New Zealand’s All-Blacks. “We trained them, too,” he said. “A trainer was a like a doc. It was considered unethical to withhold ministrations from the opposition.”

An amateur photographer, his work filled the pages of the Olympian in the 1910s and 1920s, documenting athletes (in action and posed), events and even Olympians in uniform during World War I. Towards the end of his career, he focused most of his time and attention on the junior/juvenile program. He also led the Hike & Dip, continuing to show up on January 1 even after he officially retired in 1959. His legacy is present throughout the Club today — from the trophies won to the photographs he took. The OC Archive houses four of his scrapbooks, filled with newspaper clippings, letters, notes and photographs that provide a glimpse into the sporting world in which he worked.

In a 1943 letter, Art Azevedo, track and field commissioner, wrote “…every juvenile that I have talked to thinks very highly of you. You have been and always will be an inspiration for our young Olympians, and I do not know of anyone more qualified than you to do the job.”

So, next time you’re at the City Clubhouse, take a look around and see if you can locate him in team photographs. He’s usually there, an unassuming man on the edge of the print. 

In 1941, The Olympic Club finished second at the AAU National Championship in Denver. Hank Luisetti, named first team All American, credited von Poellnitz with keeping him playing despite the illness and injuries that plagued him through the tournament.

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The Club threw a 50th Anniversary party for von Poellnitz in 1952. He kept a commemorative scrapbook which held many letters of thanks and appreciate. One letter, from a 66-year member, read, in part, “Many hundreds of wearers of the Winged O gave better performances due to his care and fine attention.”


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SUMMERTIME TRAVELS Summertime is coming! To me, summertime goes hand in hand with traveling. The biggest challenges of globe trekking can be maintaining optimum health, preventing illness and especially combating things such as jet lag. Whether you and your family are jet-setting to Italy or taking a quick cross-country flight, there are simple things you can do to combat jet lag and keep well. This month, I’ll equip you with essential tips to take along your journey in an effort to keep your personal wellness and your family’s health, first and foremost a priority.

ROCHELLE’S ADVICE Get sleep: Two nights before your flight, try the early to bed, early to rise routine. First, push yourself to make an 8 or 9pm bedtime and wake yourself up around 5 or 6am. Then try to rest and sleep on the plane. Noise canceling headphones and an eye mask can be great for getting sound zzzs while in flight. Adjust ASAP. When you arrive at your destination, jump into your new time zone immediately. Once you land, set your watch to your new local time. Avoid the temptation to remind yourself about Pacific Standard Time. Stay up. Do everything you can to stay awake on your first night of travel until at least 8 or 9pm your new local time. Have a cup of coffee, stay outside, or go for a walk. You’ll wake up early and refreshed

the next day and ready to take on your new adventure.

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Hydrate with water. A long flight can be very dehydrating and water is key for preventing headaches and keeping your energy level up. Add two additional glasses of water per day to what you’re currently drinking starting two weeks before your trip, then continue to hydrate with water in flight and during your travels.

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Avoid alcohol in flight. Consider bubbly water with lime rather than a cocktail or wine. Alcohol is dehydrating and can make jet lag worse.

Avoid upset stomachs. If you experience an upset stomach, try the BRAT diet which includes bananas, rice (white), apple sauce and toast. A sandwich using gluten-free bread with nut butter and banana is an excellent snack to bring on the plane and also as a snack while you’re out and about exploring your destination.

ff Tweezers ff Over-the-counter pain reliever (Advil/Tylenol) ff Medication for colds and diarrhea (if possible, bring non-liquids) like Imodium AD or Pepto Bismol

Pack your food. Your carry-on should include some essentials for noshing. These items could include turkey jerky, individual packets of protein powder (to Safe and healthy travels! mix in water), nuts, sliced vegRochelle gies like bell pepper, cucumber and tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, gluten-free nut butter and banana sandwich and/or dark chocolate pieces (70% or greater). All FAA approved! (Check customs guidelines if you are flying internationally.) Carmen Solla, Fitness Manager, offers additional suggestions along with a travel workout routine on page 25. Bring a personal first aid kit. All items can usually be found in the travel section at your local drugstore. Key necessities to have on hand include: ff Band-Aids

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Adults $27 (includes a mimosa or a glass of champagne) children 6–12 $16

Dinner: 5–8pm Adults $45, children 6–12 $33.50 All prices are plus tax and service charge. All cancellations received after 5pm on June 13 and all no shows will be charged for the total number of reservations booked. Children 5 and under complimentary.

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Fitness Manager Carmen Solla brings more than 21 years of fitness experience to The Olympic Club. With a degree in sports medicine from Cal Poly Pomona University and more than 18 fitness certifications, she is ready to help you reach your fitness goals. After completing the therapeutic and holistic nutrition program at Bauman College, she is also a certified nutrition consultant. Carmen also created the OC’s Thin It to Win It and the popular No Sugar Challenge. For more information about fitness, personal training options, or to schedule an appointment, contact Fitness Manager Carmen Solla at or 415.345.5283.

TRAVEL WITH YOUR HABITS AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO FITNESS by Carmen Solla, photos by Robin Cheung Staying in shape when you travel takes a shift in thinking. We often will think no time = no gym and no access to good food choices = eating poorly when we are away. Not anymore! Traveling does not have to derail your fitness goals. It sounds simple, but your commitments and your habits don’t have to stay home on your next trip. Take them with you. Decide that being healthy and fit is a priority: wake up a bit earlier, workout in your hotel room, keep your meals as clean as you can and bring some snacks along to help curb your cravings.

8. Aim for better, not perfect, and remember your habits travel with you! The following minimalist workout is meant as a placeholder for your gym routine — not to replace it. We shot these examples in one of the City Clubhouse hotel rooms to show you how easy it is.

Raise your hips off the floor by forcefully contracting your bum. Pause each rep at the top for 2 seconds, then slowly lower back to the floor. Try to create a straight line from your knees to shoulders and keep your hips level at the top.

ff 20 Plank Touches (fully extended or from knees): Get You will need: Your discipline, into push-up position, begin 1 loop band (medium or hard), by placing your water bottle flat TheraBands (light, medium, at arm’s length in front of hard) to offer variety and the you — or pick a spot to reach ability to make the workout out to. Your palms should be more challenging. directly beneath your shoulders, your feet 2–3 feet apart YOUR MINIMALIST TRAVEL (think base of a triangle) Your goal while you are away is to WORKOUT and your body should form a maintain the habit, as most of us Begin and end your workout by straight line from shoulders to can attest to just how hard it is to walking the stairs in your hotel, try ankles. Make sure to pack your get back on track after a hiatus. anywhere from 5–10 floors. For an shoulders, it helps to push Here a few tips to set you up for extra challenge, take the stairs two your palms firmly into the floor, success on your next trip: at a time. contract your abdominals and your backside (maintain that 1. Have a plan. For example, ff 10–20 Band Pull Aparts: brace throughout) and firm up if you plan to be away for Stand with your feet hip disyour quads by drawing your 3 days aim to workout once tance apart, arms lifted to knee caps up. From this stable and eat clean 2 of the 3 days. shoulder level in front of you position, reach one arm to with palms facing down. Keep 2. Keep workouts short, 20–30 touch the water bottle, return a slight bend in the elbows as minutes, as you are more likely to starting position, alternate you pull the band apart. Return to get them done. arms for 20. Your hips should under control to your original not move throughout this drill. 3. Keep it simple. Save the elabposition. (Light Theraband) orate workouts for when you ff 15–20 Banded Squats: Place For the following exercises, instrucreturn. a loop band above your knees, tions are on the following spread: 4. Bring a few simple items set your feet hip distance ff 20 Kneeling Rows with you — things like bands, apart. Squat to parallel or lacrosse balls, jump rope, below while keeping tension on ff 10 Stationary Lunges with “W” Hold water bottle, healthy snacks. the band throughout the movement. (Refer to Andrew’s April ff 10 Band Low Pull-Aparts 5. Sandwich your trip with a workFitness Tip for visual example) out before you leave and one ff 10+ Banded Push-ups when you return. ff 20 Banded Bridges with Rest at the end of the circuit as 2-second holds: Bring the 6. Additionally, plan two clean needed and repeat 2–3 circuits. loop band above your knees, eating days around your trip to lie on your back with your make up for potential slip-ups. If you have questions about this knees bent. Keep tension on workout, come by the Fitness the band and set your foot 7. Always have a plan B. If you Center on the sixth floor of City position so that your feet and are not able to work out, perClubhouse and we can take you knees remain hip distance haps at the end of the day, through it. Or, visit www.olyclub. apart and your feet stay about aim to go for a walk, or do just com for video examples.  a foot away from your hips. push-ups and sit-ups. The Olympic Club | May 2017



Begin by threading the band around a table leg, ideally at chest level once you are in a kneeling position. Grasp both handles with your arms extended, palms facing each other. Pull the handles back toward your chest (squeeze between your shoulder blades), pause for a second and then slowly return to starting position. (Heavy Theraband/ For a greater challenge do a single arm row)


Attach a band around a table leg and pull it up to chest level. Grip the band, one in each hand and pull back until arms look like a “W” (maintain this position throughout the lunge). Next, step a few feet away from anchor and get into a split stance position. In bottom position, your front knee should not exceed your toes and your back knee should line up to your hip. Keep your foot width approximately hip distance. (light band for the “W”) 26 The Olympic Club | May 2017


Stand with your feet hip distance apart, keeping both elbows tucked to your side. Begin with your palms facing up and elbows at your side with thumbs pointing out. Pull the band apart to a comfortable range. Return to your start position under control. (Light Theraband)


Begin by wrapping the TheraBand around your back at your armpits. Cross the band in front of you, pulling in the desired slack and perform push-ups as usual. (medium to heavy Theraband/ can also be done from the knees)


Now that you have your travel workout routine, it is important to note that exercise is only half the battle in our quest for health. Eating nutritious meals is essential while on the road or at home. For your main meals on the road, try to swap veggies for the

high-starch foods (rice, potatoes, bread) and always add a side salad, stay well hydrated and come prepared by brining a few snacks along to curb the cravings.

I leave in smaller snack bags to avoid binge snacking. When they are already portioned, it’s easier to keep yourself from overindulging.

For example, I suggest combining Here are a few items to help keep things shown below like the cocoyou on track while on the road. nut chips, almonds, Goji berries I prefer to portion my snacks before and cocoa nibs into a trail mix of

your own. In today’s marketplace, there are many healthy alternatives to choose from when we’re on the move. Depending on how far you’re going, check international customs restrictions.

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EXERCISE MEDICINE Colman O’Leary is a graduate of University of California San Francisco School of Physical Therapy and part owner of Active Care Physical Therapy. His practice serves athletes throughout the state.

NEW JOINT IN TOWN replacement, understandably adds wear and tear to the new joint, but does not contribute to early failure of the procedure. In fact, incorporating some impact activities aids in overall bone health which may add years to the life of the new joint.

Well over 600,000 total joint replacements were performed in the United States last year. In the next 10 years, that number is estimated to swell to nearly two million new joints per year as active lifestyles merge with arthritis. The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics estimates that almost half of new joints, primarily hips and knees, went to people under 65 years of age ­— and sometimes as young as 45 years — in 2016.

are closer in harmony — about 65 years of age. Even better, studies like those by Skou et all in The New England Journal of Medicine (2015) showed that people with significant knee arthritis may also be able to buy time or avoid total joint replacement with conservative therapy. There is also evidence that increasing levels of regular physical activity are associated with a lower risk of progression to joint replacement surgery.

If you are anywhere near the “big five-O” you know someone who has a new joint or has been offered one. They say you can’t take it with you, and this will likely be true if you get a new joint in your 40s or early 50s. New joints comprised of titanium metal, ceramics and polyethylene plastic components, hope to last up to 20 years but will often stay intact only 15 before wearing out. Although joint replacement is considered very successful at relieving pain, potentially having to revise or redo an artificial joint surgery in your late 60s or early 70s can be a real challenge to your general health.

If knee or hip arthritis absolutely limits your physical activity, having a joint replacement is by no means the end of the road when it comes to exercise. Low-impact activity such as hiking, cycling, swimming and golf is not only safe, but widely recommended, after joint replacement surgery. Expert opinion has historically recomCallender’s patient and new mended avoiding higher impact OC member Matt Fields (right, activities such as jogging and Figure 1) already looks impressive tennis after hip or knee replacein rehab and will be skiing this ment — primarily to avoid wearing season barely three months after out the components of the new the procedure. This feat is also joint. Interestingly, new data driven an example of how staying active by active individuals with artificial before a new joint will likely pay joints is beginning to challenge dividends after the procedure. this low-impact mantra. “This surgery is a perfect option In a systematic review of athletic for the young adult who wishes activity after joint replacement, to maintain an active lifestyle,” authors in The Bone and Joint Callander adds. “The advantage Journal (2014) found that “there of a hip resurfacing allows one to is little evidence in the literature preserve the natural size of the top of an association between high of the femur — thus minimizing the activity levels and early implant risk of dislocation. Simply, consider failure.” Activities studied included a hip resurfacing as ‘capping a tennis and running. Physicians tooth.’ Also, studies have shown are finding that a measured return with the preservation of bone, walkto impact activity, usually in the ing patterns are more natural.” range of 3–6 months after a joint

Younger candidates for joint replacement in the 40- to 50-year-old range should be reminded that conservative treatment such as therapeutic exercise has been shown to be effective in relieving arthritic joint discomfort and improving joint function. Staying active with exercise may help you “buy time” to where your age and the material science of joint replacements lasting longer

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by Colman O’Leary

For athletes in their early 50s in need of a new metal surface on their arthritic hip joint to continue impact exercises like running, Dr. Peter Callander, longtime OC member who specializes in hip and knee replacement, often recommends hip resurfacing. Considered a step shy of “replacing” the joint since much more of the patient’s bone is preserved, the procedure allows for a minimally invasive fix when conservative measures have been exhausted.

Many active individuals in need of hip replacement surgery are considering their joint be replaced through the front or “anterior” approach, versus the more traditional “posterior” approach. Both approaches are very successful, with some patients like longtime member Tom Mckinley (left in Figure 1) choosing the anterior to minimize surgical muscle insult and avoid some of the movement restrictions associated with exercise with the posterior approach. His physician, Dr. Nicholas Mast, notes “An anterior approach, which approaches the hip via a natural interval between muscles, allows for an easier and less complicated postoperative recovery,

while improving the likelihood that implants are correctly positioned. Standard implants, if correctly positioned, can offer a durable and pain-free articulation that allows for vigorous athletic activity. The most important determinant of postoperative function is that the biomechanical parameters of the hip are restored in the least traumatic way possible. The anterior approach for hip replacement allows for us to do just that.” If you are considering getting a new joint, talk with your doctor about the advantages of continuing the exercises you love with your new joint. It is far from the end of the road. For the majority of activities, the benefits of

continued participation will likely outweigh the risks. Once you have been cleared by your physical therapist to exercise, consider working with one of the Club’s experienced strength and conditioning specialists. The team can help guide you back to daily living activities and your exercise and play routines. Better yet, consider working with them before your joint arthritis pain takes you out of your routine. Remember that exercise is effective at managing arthritis in most cases and strengthening before a joint replacement surgery only helps improve the results. 

Figure 1.

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MAY DATES As the numbers roll up for the Club’s birthday in early May — this being the 157th — Club activities are bursting with big numbers. In recent months, the free Blood Pressure Check and Body Fat Pinch test offered in the Wellness Center on 2M attracted more than 50 members each. And this year’s 33rd Annual Strength and Fitness night on May 17 will attract well over 75 participants trying to add their names to Club’s Strength and Fitness Championships record board on the sixth floor. At about the time this edition of the Olympian goes to press, we hope that The Olympic Club’s men’s and women’s soccer teams are playing in the championship games of their respective divisions in Auckland, New Zealand at the World Masters Games. Those two teams — along with 20 swimmers and members from running, cycling, triathlon and squash — helped represent the Club way down under. Closer to home, these teams are at the top of their respective leagues in San Francisco. The leagues were generous in granting the teams breaks to participate in the international games. All the field sports teams are currently in full participation mode. The Club’s field hockey team recently played the University of the Pacific on their home turf in Stockton. UOP was the 2016 America East Conference Champions. The OC secured two early goals (by Claire Dougherty and Lisa McCarthy) and only allow one for Pacific to

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walk away with a 2–1 win. It was a hard battle in the hot weather with only one substitute and facing a well-conditioned collegiate squad. The team is proud of the win and excited to see some of their hard work in practice paying off. The highlights were connecting on strategic passes from the start, maintaining tight defensive marks and securing offensive closures early in the game. Also on the grass or turf, The Olympic Club men’s lacrosse program traveled to play in the Jam by the Sea tournament in San Diego to kick-off the 2017 campaign. The Olympic Club opened up versus a Navy-heavy Beachcomber squad and came away with a 6–5 win. The next two games of the Saturday play-in round were against teams from Hawaii and from Phoenix. Both these games were won by the OC in convincing fashion. Coming out of the play-in round undefeated set the OC up for a semifinal matchup on Sunday against an always tough 40 Thieves team from San Diego that we have faced in the State Championship on a handful of occasions.

halftime break even at 4–4. In the second half, the Olympic Club game out flying around on offense and locked down on defense. The Winged O eventually fell just short with the final score going the way of the opposition 7–6. Of note early in the 2017 League season was a first by the Club team with a match “under the lights” at the new Beach Chalet Fields. The OC took down rival Barbary Coast by a final score of 9–5. The game started fast and even. There will be another one on Friday, May 5 at 7pm if you would like to get out and watch the best lacrosse being played in the Bay Area. Look for results in this issue for the squash program’s championship matches in both Doubles and Singles. Also to note will be the outcome of the Coast-to-Coast match with University Club of Washington, D.C. The trophy (actually a beautiful painting of the two clubs) was won last year by the OC with the matches being played on our home courts.

Save the date for the 18th Annual Peter J. Cutino Awards Dinner being held a City Clubhouse on June 3. On Monday June 5, It was a back-and-forth affair, but the Positive Coaching Alliance after all was said and done the OC symposium for young athletes, had a come-from-behind win. That coaches AND parents will be held at City Clubhouse as well. Check set us up for a showdown versus the Silverbacks squad that contin- the website for more information ues to be loaded with professional both these events and to register. players (in their offseason) who handily defeated us in the championship game last year. The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half and went into the

Zeke Scherl (left) and Alex Kurth defeated previous men’s Doubles Champions Porter Drake and James Clark for the 2017 title.

Verdi DiSesa was beat by Zeke Scherl (right) in the 2017 OC squash Singles Championships on April 6.

SCHERL & EYRE TAKE TOP SPOTS IN SQUASH On April 6, The Olympic Club squash program wrapped up its season with the men’s and women’s Open Final. In the headlining matches, Zeke Scherl beat incoming commissioner Verdi DiSesa in three games, and incoming deputy commissioner Libby Eyre defeated her sister, two-time defending club champion, Toby Eyre, in five hardfought games. In the men’s and women’s Open Doubles draws played the week before that, defending club champions Toby Eyre and Jennifer Coxe defeated Ali Pearson and Libby Eyre for the 2017 women’s title, and new members Zeke Scherl and Alex Kurth defeated defending club champions Porter Drake and James Clark.

The other draws have been no less exciting, with outstanding performances from top to bottom. On the doubles side, Armin Drake and Taylor Moore captured the men’s B draw, defeating Justin Smith and Chris Clark. And in singles, Richard Chow defeated Jon Paulson to win the hotly-contested men’s 2.5 Singles championship. Yet to be played are the men’s 4.5 Singles final between Armin Drake and Justin Wismer, as well as the men’s 3.5 Singles final between Piers Cornelius and Michael Cella, which will both take place in the coming weeks. Every year at the annual squash awards banquet, one of the highlights is seeing the depth and breadth of the members who

dedicate their time to playing squash, regardless of age or ability. To wit, Tom Huster, the perennial and self-appointed captain of the “Super Senior” squash program, awarded the superlative 2017 Super Senior Award to Scott Powers for his tireless dedication to organizing regular matches among his peers, filling in as a fourth whenever needed and generally being an outstanding citizen and member of The Olympic Club squash community. Other special honors were bestowed on former commissioner Kevin Orphan, who received the “White Tiger” award for his unexpected hauntings around the squash courts at unpredictable times, having once been a fixture on 2M. The outgoing commissioner, Doug Prezzano, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award for his tireless dedication to building and maintaining The Olympic Club squash program over the past few years. His efforts have led to the strong women’s program the Club now boasts and his leadership was instrumental in keeping the energy of the program burning white hot. 

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COLLADO NAMED HANDBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR and his legacy lives on through The energy was palpable this award. This year, Joey Mucha at Capurro’s Restaurant in was humbled to win the award Fisherman’s Wharf on March 29 as over 35 handball players gath- that honors Charlie Yates. ered for the annual OC Handball “As the Deputy Commissioner and Awards Banquet and Dinner. The Tournament Director of the 5th dinner and awards ceremony honAnnual OC Singles Invitational, ored the winners of the in-house I tried my best to improve our tournaments and awarded select program, give back to the players players who went above and and play every point with pasbeyond in their efforts to further sion,” Mucha said. “Players were the sport of handball. talking about the tourney well after the event...that would make The three awards up for grabs Charlie proud.” were the Handball Player of the Year, the Most Improved Player and In addition to the player awards, the Charlie Yates award. The Player the results from the in-house of the Year is given to player who tournaments are as follows: placed in major tournaments and pushed their handball game to the SINGLES top level. Loren Collado received the top player award by qualifying ff Open: Emmett Peixoto in two major World Professional ff A: Anthony Navarro Handball (WPH) stops in both the Jake Plummer Classic in Idaho and ff B: Rory Coyne WPH Stop #5 in Houston. In the ff C: Tony Barron Pleasanton Super Bowl Tournament, ff D: Greg Ginotti he and Galen Riordan won the Open Division. He also made it ff 70s: Vic Aissa to the finals of the OC Singles ff 80s: Kevan Del Grande Invitational and only narrowly lost ff Juniors A: Josh Puccinelli to the champion, Erik Torres. The Most Improved Player was awarded to Greg Ginotti as he skyrocketed from the D division to the B division. He won the OC Singles Invitational D Division and has been squarely competing with B-ranked players.

ff Juniors B: Jack Heafey

DOUBLES ff Open: Chris Tico and Emmett Peixoto ff A: Lou Barberini and Anthony Navarro

The Charlie Yates award goes to a ff B: Dino Lettieri and player and contributor who pushes Tony Barron the game, sports, and program of Handball forward. Charlie poured his heart and soul in to handball Top: Handball’s Player of the Year Loren Collado with Commissioner Dean Crispen. Middle: Charlie Yates Award honoree Joey Mucha with Dean Crispen. Bottom: Most Improved Player Greg Ginotti with Dean Crispen.

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just juniors

Top Left: Audrey Lukawski competes at the Far Western Championships March 30 to April 2. Top Right: Jonah Lee swims the breaststroke at the Far Western Championships. Bottom left: Martha Chessen finished second in the 100m backstroke. Bottom right: Jordan Ash swam in the maximum allowed seven events. Photos by Anthony Fuccella.

JUNIOR SWIMMERS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS AS SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE 18 Olympic Club junior swimmers suited up for one last short course championship meet of the winter season March 30 to April 2. Just over 1,700 of the fastest junior aged (9–18) swimmers representing 200 plus teams from the western United States convened in Pleasanton, Calif., for the 2017 Far Western Championships. 12 of the 18 OC swimmers who participated advanced to the Finals (top 10) in their events a combined 32 times. 15-year-old Crystal Murphy captured the sole championship title with a win in the 100 butterfly (55.89) which

earned her first Junior Nationals qualifying event. Also finishing third in the 200 breastroke was Audrey Lukawski.

The Olympic Club 11–12-yearolds showed their strength in both girls and boys events. Lead by a second-place finish from Martha Chessen in the 100 backstroke, The up and coming OC 10-yearJonathan Locala and Jonah Lee olds Ava Sto. Domingo, Jordan Ash each finaled in 50/100 and and Orla Pelka participated in the 200 breast respectively, with Addie maximum allowed seven events. Fiscus and Nina Kiursidis posting Sto. Domingo was a perfect best times in the preliminaries of 7-for-7 in advancing to the Finals. the 50 breast. Bucking the breastNot to be outdone by their younger stroke trend 12-year-old Mirabel counterparts, teammates Julietta Fernald swam four best times in Camahort, Angela Huang, Lindsay the 50/100/200 freestyles and McCormack and Jane Thompson 100 butterfly.  added four new Arena Pro Series qualifying times to their repertoire.

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A flop shot is a lofted shot that lands softly on the green to minimize roll. It’s most frequently used when there is limited space between the hole and the edge of the green, such as hitting over a bunker (pictured). The flop is one of the more dangerous, but also more valuable, shots in a player’s arsenal. Its turn may take you from a certain bogey position and put you into a likely par position. No one has had more success with it than Phil Mickelson, who has frequently pulled off heroic flops with great success. Here are my keys for getting it up and down when you are short sided: 1. Set up for maximum loft. Most people do not set up with enough loft. I’m using a 60-degree wedge, but a 56- or 58-degree one will suffice. It’s more about how much loft you present to the ball than how much loft is on the club. Lay the clubface flat on the ground, note this will probably require you lower the handle at set up as well. Not only does it give you more loft, but it helps you use the bounce and reduce those chunks.

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2. Maintain good rhythm. Most people try and manipulate the clubface at the bottom with some sort of quick scooping action at the bottom. That’s a recipe for disaster. Once you establish the loft at address, take a nice long flowing swing, there’s no reason to rush. 3. Master the short greenside chip shot. One of the biggest keys to executing a good flop shot is having the confidence in the short greenside chip. In order to get a flop close to the hole, you must land it close to the edge of the green and that increases the risk that you will leave it short. The best floppers are confident enough in their short greenside chips, that they don’t mind taking that risk. They know that their chance of getting up and down from 20 feet off the green is just as good as two putting from 20 feet past the hole. If you are not confident in that short greenside chip, it’s best to just play it past the hole and take your medicine, minimizing the risk of compounding the error.

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Club Champion multiple times, twotime NCAA All-American, player of the year, Olympian of the Year honoree, Stanford Golf Team Captain and now 10-time San Francisco City Golf Champion (combined Senior and Championship divisions). On March 19, Gary Vanier won the senior division of the 101st San Francisco City Championship in dramatic fashion. Any of these accomplishments would be a great honor for most golfers, but for Olympic Club member Vanier, it’s just a part of his winning resume. Vanier started winning substantial championships from his home in Oakland by winning the Oakland City Championship in 1965, stretching his winning ways to over 50 years. Vanier would also win the San Francisco City


JAMES BRADSHAW 3.11.17 | Lake Course, Hole 13 172 yards | 7 iron

DON ONKEN Gary Vanier won the senior division of the 2017 San Francisco City Championship on March 19.

Junior in the 1960s, putting his San Francisco wins at 11, more than any other player for these two long-standing championships. At Stanford, Vanier shared the top team positions with World Golf Hall of Fame Member Tom Watson. He had a short stint as a golf professional, and yes, he had success, winning at the state open level and played overseas with success, but after his education at Stanford University, Vanier found success as a financial analyst and financial advisor. This turned into a career that would allow the time for him to play. He elected to come back to amateur golf much the same as Bobby Jones or one of his great friends, the late E. Harvey Ward. In the 2017 “City” Championship, Vanier needed clutch putts in sudden death playoffs to advance in the semi-final match and then in the finals to win. Even though he said he had not been putting well,

he was a “gamer” and on those putts, he said to himself, “Make it simple, hit it solid and stay down.” When asked if his resume intimidates others in the field, “I’m one of the few guys in the field that can shoot 65 or 66, so I know I have an advantage.”

3.16.17 | Ocean Course, Hole 2 143 yards | 6 iron

MICHAEL DOUGHERTY 3.19.17 | Ocean Course, Hole 2 148 yards | 8 iron

Vanier grew up as a public course player, but in 1983 he had the opportunity to join The Olympic Club and went on to serve on the Golf Committee. “Being a member has given me the opportunity to play golf at one of the finest facilities in the world on one of the greatest courses, but most importantly I have also developed many great friendships with other Olympians since joining the Club and that means more to me than anything,” Vanier said. He won The Olympic Club’s President’s Cup in 1996, 1997 and 2007 and was runner-up twice. 

Gary Vanier contemplates his next stroke on his way to a win. The Olympic Club | May 2017


GOLF REPORT ST. PATRICK’S DAY TOURNAMENT by Steve Clarke, photos by Gene Choi For a little while, it looked like the St. Patrick’s Day tournament wasn’t going to get the benefit of good weather, but the luck of the Irish prevailed. Around 10:30am, the fog broke, the skies parted and the sun beamed beautifully for the rest of the day. 255 golfers descended upon the two courses at Lakeside, with golfers divided into teams of four. The playing format was ‘two best balls of four,’ which emphasized strong team play over having one standout score per hole. The course played very tough. Not only were the greens running very fast (11 and 12 on the stimpmeter), but there were also some dastardly pin positions on both courses. On the Lake Course, the top gross score in the Jameson Flight was a 138 turned in by the team of Phil Huff, Tim Dees, Steve Sanguinetti and Steve Barry. They beat out Tim Dien, Mike Finn, J.P. Moriarity and Ian Doss by only one stroke. Ryan Connolly, Nick Werner, David Murry and Mitch St. Peter turned in the top net score in the Lake Course’s Jameson Flight. Just one stroke back in the net competition was the team of Dave Ashlock, Zach McReynolds, Maurice Monserez and Joe Tabacco. The Powers Flight on the Lake Course was won by Ed Marinucci, Mike Cinelli, Perry Tomei and Ezio Rastelli with a net score of 127. Second place went to Jim Millet, Russ Hoem, John Eggert and Paul O’Driscoll with a net score of 131.

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Over on the Ocean Course, a best gross score of 140 in the Jameson Flight was carded by the team of Jim Mason, John Ivanco, John Bradley and Josh Levin. Don Papa, John McLaughlin, Pat Murphy and Martin Connolly finished two strokes back with a 142. The net portion of the Jameson Flight was won by Mike Kerns, Peter Riaboff, Mike Sordelli and Jim McInerney with a score of 123. The second best net score of 125 was carded by John Marciano, Greg Sarrail, Joe Kelly and Dave Rawson. Bob Micheli, Steve Mutto, Ed Beck and Ken Bianchi won the Ocean Course’s Powers Flight by four strokes with a score of 126. Finishing in second with a score of 130 was the team of Emmy Ehrlich, Paul Ehrlich, Barbara Azevedo and Andrew Guggenhime. The closest to the pin competitions were fierce this year, with only one hole being won by a shot finishing more than four and a half feet from the hole. On the Ocean Course, Lisa Mizono, Martin Connolly, Pat Cronin and Dave Herrick took home top honors. Over on the Lake Course, Dale Ashlock, Mike Cinelli and Mitch St. Peter won closest to the pin prizes. But the single best shot of the day went to James Bradshaw. His 7-iron on the Lake Course’s 13th hole traveled the full 167 yards and alleviated the need for a putter by finding the bottom of the cup. Drinks for everyone! (oh, wait…) 

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GOLF REPORT SGA CORNER by Michael “Scrap” O’Donnell

SGA SPRING TUNE-UP The SGA golfing season got off to roaring start with a soldout event on the Ocean Course and the highlight was a hole-in-one by Don Onken. And yes, he stuck around to buy cocktails in the old tradition. The ace was made on the Ocean Course #2. It marked Onken’s fifth hole in one and all of them coming in the last seven years. Aged like fine wine, Onken’s other triumphs came on the Lake #15 and three times on the Cliffs Course. Must be a special feeling to mark down a 1 on your score card. ff 1st Place net: Chris Cole, Mike Jordan, Fumiko Haruyama, Scrap O’Donnell — 117 ff 2nd place net: Stoney Feeney, Michael Heaton, Warren Kraus, Gary Wilson — 118 ff 3rd place net: Pat Courtney, Mike Morgan, Dave Rawson, Edward Silicani — 120 Closest to Hole ff #2: Don Onken 0’00” ff #10: Perry Tomei 3’2”


(Olympians only mentioned)

1st Flight ff 1st place net: Don Onken, Setrak Soghomonian ff 2nd place net: Stoney Feeney ff 3rd place net: Steve Nishiura

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2nd Flight ff 1st place net: Rob Micheli

Masters tournament to pick the winner. Here are their guesses:

ff 2nd place net: Ron Marenda

ff Roger DeSouza: Jordan Speith

ff 3rd place net: Jorge Hernandez, Randy Boris

ff Chris Lancerini: Daniel Berger

ff Low gross: Mark Avelar (79)

ff Kevin Bresnahan: Phil Mickelson

ff Low net: Setrak Soghomonian (69)

ff Mark Anderson: Hideki Matsuyama

THE NEW POINTS SYSTEM The SGA has begun a “Fed-Ex Cup” of sorts for the 2017 season. Points are being awarded for how participants finish in each Home/ Away event, the SGA Invitational and SGA Championships. The scores of each event will be net, after handicaps to ensure everyone is in the hunt. The more events a player plays, the more points they may accumulate. Awards will be given at the end of the season for the top four finishers in this race to the final.

UPCOMING EVENTS ff Home with Monterey Peninsula Country Club: Thursday, May 11, 1pm Lake Course ff Home with Los Altos CC and Almaden CC: Thursday, May 25, 1pm Lake Course

THE MASTERS The Masters has come on gone, but just for fun, several golf staff members and SGA Board of Directors were asked prior to the

ff Matt Kilgariff: Sergio Garcia ff Mike Dewees: Rory McIlroy ff Chris Stein: Jon Rahm ff Brad Anderson: Jason Day ff Kirk Freeman: Dustin Johnson ff Mike Cinelli: Mark Leishman ff Zach McReynolds: Jason Day ff Dennis Barbata: Jon Rahm ff Frank Clifford: Rory McIlroy ff Dan Dillon: Rory McIlroy ff Rob Micheli: Hideki Matsuyama

TEE TO GREEN by Gerry Stratford

PLEASE, K.I.S.S. A few weeks ago, Ryan Farb and our own Jim Moriarty, representing the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), presented a three-day seminar to a gathering of enthusiastic officials and several aspirants to the office. Their subject was the Rules of Golf. How in the world an explanation of our sport’s little book of rules could require 16 hours of study or be the subject of a three-hour examination may seem strange, but as Farb explained, “If it were simple, it would not be fair; and, if it is to be fair, it cannot be simple.” The problem results because there is a scale of severity in the miscues a golfer might make, and an associated scale of penalties for those infractions. This arrangement might be summarized as follows: First, there are minor infractions which earn a small penalty (1 stroke). Secondly, a golfer might make an error that must be corrected as well as penalized (Stroke and Distance). The third level is that of a Serious Breach of the Rules (Two Strokes in Stroke Play and Loss of Hole in Match Play). And, finally, we have what I like to call a “Roosevelt” (Flagrant Disregard of Rules) which earns you a trip to the Dairy Queen (DQ). Things get complicated when multiple things occur together. Here is a sample question from a Rules Examination: In Stroke Play, Bill’s

tee shot came to rest in an area of ground under repair (GUR) and after a five-minute search, his ball was not found. He then returned to the tee and played another ball according to Rule 27–1. This time his ball came to rest near the same GUR but outside the “repair line.” Seeing that line reminded Bill that he might have originally proceeded under Rule 25–1c without any penalty, so he picked up his second ball and took a drop near where his original ball had crossed that line. He then played three strokes with that ball to finish the hole. What is Bill’s score on the hole?

whether they might achieve the goals announced by the arbiters of our game. Will the changes speed up play, and do they maintain fairness while actually making things simpler? We’ll see. Oh, and if you answered the rules question above with (C) citing Decision 15/8, then perhaps you have a future as a Rules Official. 

A. 4 B. 6 C. 8 D. 10 Now, just when we thought that we had all of this sorted out, the USGA and our friends at the R&A have announced that major changes are in the works. These august bodies have now published a collection of proposed changes that will possibly be adopted in 2019, and they suggest that we study them, try them out and make our recommendations. Several commentators are busy doing so, and I cannot resist the urge to get involved, so over the next couple of months, I will explore some of these rule suggestions and try to discover

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Dear Olympians, Each month while writing this column I realize how quickly the months go by. It seems like the start of 2017 was just a few days ago, but here we are and it is May. In less than a year the Club will be celebrating the Centennial for Lakeside. Lakeside was acquired by the Club in 1918. Who would imagine the rich history that has taken place since that acquisition? A subcommittee chaired by KC Murphy was appointed at the beginning of this year and will continue meeting to plan the Centennial Celebrations for next year. Look for more to come later this year as the 2018 Centennial Celebrations take shape. May also brings our annual 50/75-year member celebration. I often hear how much this dinner means to our members who have been with the Club 50 years and longer. For many, it is a time to look fondly back at the day they joined the Club and all that has taken place since becoming a member. With this group increasing in size each year, we will have two dinners on successive nights in early May. Congratulations to all of our members who will celebrate their long-term membership in the Club. Just a few days after the 50/75 year dinners at Lakeside, both campuses will host our Mother’s Day Buffets on May 14. Each year they are sold out in advance as families gather to honor the Mothers in their lives. Over 1,500 members and guest will be served that day. Even with the large numbers being served, we still have many members who are not able to make a reservation as this day along with most of our special event buffets sell out. While each day is unique in itself, all are traditions that are part of the Club and celebrating a specific day centered on a great

meal at the Club. I want to thank all of our staff members who work this day to make it special for our members. In early June, our Speaker Luncheon will again take place featuring John Rizzo. Mr. Rizzo was the Acting General Counsel and Deputy Counsel for the CIA. I am sure his talk will be very informative, so plan on making reservations early. In early June, the Club will be launching our new website. Much work has taken place by the current and past Communications Committees and our staff to design the new site and add new features not available on our current site. The new look will be mobile friendly with much easier navigation. Dining reservations will be streamlined. We will continue with ForeTees for golf reservations and introduce a new platform for scheduling all lessons and appointments. The June issue of the Olympian will have additional details about all the features of the new website. Stay tuned for training opportunities to learn how to use the new features.

past few months, there have been a number of management changes at Lakeside and the City Clubhouse. I would like to acknowledge and thank two outstanding employees who have left the Club after a number of years with us, Pamela Andres, the City Clubhouse Manager who has been with the Club 10 ½ years and Jane Heaney, the Administrative Assistant to Mike Dewees at Lakeside. Jane has been with the Club for 23 years. Thanks to both Pam and Jane for their dedicated service. We are continually working to enhance the level of service, as well as offer new programs and services. I mentioned in last month’s column the new member pricing for all items purchased at the Golf Shop, Tennis Shop and City Clubhouse Sports Shop. I hope you have all taken advantage of the new member pricing structure.

Pat Finlen

This past winter we received record rainfall that ended the drought for Northern California. Even with the water restrictions being lifted, we want to continue to do our best at limiting the amount of water we use to what is needed. As a reminder, all water used outdoors at Lakeside for irrigation is recycled. Please continue to do your part to use water wisely at the Club and wherever you may be. Our staff at both campuses works very hard to ensure that you have an enjoyably memorable experience, one you can be proud of every day and when entertaining guests. During the

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