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HARRY MUSSATTO GOLF COURSE NEWS VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1

DECEMBER 2009

A GOOD PLACE TO BE… M EL B LASI , D IRECTOR

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Well, here we are, another golf season almost complete. It’s always a somewhat melancholy time of year for me, preparing for the cold of winter and not seeing the people I see on a regular basis. Some will try and squeeze as many good days as they can out of the end of the year, and they are rewarded with lighter crowds and smoother greens. Eventually, the season will end, the weather will get cold and those of us who stay in Macomb will hibernate from golf for a couple of months. The “offseason” often renews our desire for golf and our appreciation for its intrinsic values. The television broadcasts in early January with green grass in Hawaii and California gets those golf juices flowing again. All things considered, Western Illinois is a great place to be for golf. In spite of the “down” economy, 2009 was a great year for the Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Compared to almost any other place, golf is still affordable here. Great season pass rates and competitive green fees have kept us busy this year. And it is not without quality. The golf course benefited from the cooler temperatures and the abundance of rain in 2009. Hats off to John Owens, Kevin Hainline, Bob Lambert, and the rest of the maintenance staff for their efforts in producing spectacular playing conditions on a daily basis. We hosted more outings, more tournaments and more charity events in 2009 than any previous year. We plan to continue to improve our services to our junior golfers, our league participants, and our season pass holders. We appreciate your loyal support of the golf course as we hold outings for the campus community as well as local business and charity organizations. It has truly been a great year for golf and we look forward to an even better 2010!

LITTLE PEOPLE’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS COME TO MACOMB M EL B LASI , D IRECTOR OF G OLF In late 2008, the LPGC Association teamed with the Harry Mussatto Golf Course to host the 2009 LP Collegiate Championships. The tournament was held June 22-24 with 46 collegiate players from around the country competing for championships in men’s and women’s divisions. The tournament targets collegiate players ages 18-21. Tournament dates have been set for June 21-23 in 2010. Thanks to all those who helped us with hosting the tournament this year.

2009 FIRST TEE L IA L UKKARINEN , F IRST T EE P ROGRAM D IRECTOR & A SSISTANT D IRECTOR OF G OLF The First Tee Program of Summer 2009 went off without a hitch! We had wonderful weather and many qualified staff members and volunteers to help us this season. The highlights were our play day with the WIU Women’s Golf Team in June and with the Bomber Golf Team in July. There were nearly 80 participants in our program, with at least 20% certifying in each skill group. Chelsea Hadsall, a Macomb High School senior who has been has been involved in the First Tee program since it began in 1999, was selected to participate in the Toro Future Leaders Forum at the Walt Disney World Resort in November. She was one of only 50 students selected from a worldwide pool of youth to participate in this program. We will be busy visiting the local schools this winter, using indoor equipment in their physical education period. Last year we reached over 1500 children in the local elementary schools. Many thanks to everyone who participated or helped us with this great summer program!


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WESTERN ILLINOIS SENIOR TRAVELING LEAGUE The Harry Mussatto Golf Course fielded a team in both the regular division and the super seniors division of the Western Illinois Senior Traveling Golf League (WISTGL) during their spring and fall seasons. The regular division team is composed of eight golfers (55 and older) who play against teams from five other area golf courses in a modified match play competition. The super seniors team is comprised of four golfers (68 and older) who compete against players from three other courses. In the Super Seniors Division, WIU finished in third place in the spring season and came back to tie Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club for first place in the Fall season. Team members include: Captain Bob Bowen, Al Bowen, Bob Crowley, John MacKenzie, Roy Rey, and George Hopkins. In the regular division, WIU finished fourth in the spring season and rallied to tie Wee-Ma-Tuk Country Club #1 for second place in the fall season. Team members include: Captain Jim Miner, John Owens, Sue Owens, Ben Lampitt, Chuck Gosnell, Jay Carter, Jim Hackbarth, Steve Heard, John Brewer, Bill Reimers, and Bud Sackett. Anyone interested (and mature enough) in playing in this fun league for senior golfers should contact Jim Miner at JB-Miner@wiu.edu for more information.

SENIOR GOLF LEAGUE The WIU Senior Golf League had another outstanding season in 2009. The WSGL played a total of 22 weeks during the year with 51 total players playing at least one week. The league averaged six to seven groups a week with a high of 34 players. The League was graced with two wonderful sponsored lunches from Edward Jones (Don Hubner) and Dr. Eric Botts. The League would like to invite all those interested to join us in 2010. League play begins the first Tuesday of April and runs through September. The following are individual points results from this year’s league. 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place

Bob Knowles Dick Brewer Sterling Kernek

86 pts. 85 pts. 82 pts.

The Senior League was sad to see the passing of Phil Dunn in September and George Potter in October. Phil was a long time season pass holder and senior league member. A World War II tail gunner, Phil rarely missed a weekday of golf. He was often the first to tee off and finish and then off to home to spend the rest of the day with his wife Shirley, who passed away in April. He loved chatting about family, friends and the Cardinals. We were also saddened by the loss of George Potter in October. George was one of the best known men in Macomb. He taught in the College of Business at Western and was a prominent real estate appraiser in the county. He wrote a newspaper column for years in the Macomb Journal. Golf was George’s love. He played in the Pro-Am at the Quad City Open John Deere Classic numerous times and even played St. Andrews in Scotland twice. George rarely missed a Tuesday of senior league until his health slowed him down in 2008. George also served in the World War II infantry, earning the bronze star and Purple Heart for his service. We will miss both of these great men! W ESTERN I LLINOIS U NIVERSITY

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FACULTY STAFF GOLF LEAGUE The Faculty Staff Golf League had another great year as Team # 5 captured the league title for the second time in three years. Congratulations go to Captain Bruce Gardner, John Closen, Harry Hoerner, Joe Kersting, Bob Marshall, and Don Mutch. Taking second place (for the second time in three years) was Team #6 led by Captain Ken Durkin, Rick Carter, Tom Cody, Dale Hample, Greg Montalvo, Darrell Ross, Todd Schultze, Tim Van Alstine, and Dave Wilson. Finishing their playoff in a tie for third place was Team #4 with Captain John Maguire, Leon Clements, Charles Darnell, Frisman Jackson, Nick Knowles, and Mike Lukkarinen and Team #7 with Captain Jack Schoonover, Jim Brakefield, Casey Conners, Ryan Hunt, Gary Maguire, Jim Miner, Dale Schofield, and Jeff Stockton. The League Most Valuable Player Award went to Dave Wilson who won all his matches. Nick Knowles garnered the Most Improved Player Award, lowering his handicap by four strokes. Tom Cody had low stroke average at 38.0. The Duffy Award was snapped up by Rich Mathers for having the most matches ending in a tie during the season. (Award named after famed Michigan State Coach Duffy Daugherty) On June 13, Faculty Staff League players successfully defended the Illinois State University/Western Illinois University Challenge Cup against the Faculty Staff team from ISU. The players played well, the course was fun to play and the ISU hosts were very gracious. The players who have permission to consume beer from the cup while playing a round at Mussatto are: Captain Matt Blankenship, Duane Roche, Mike Lukkarinen, Ken Durkin, Rich Mathers, Paul Reuschel, Greg Montalvo, George Hopkins, Dale Hample, Bruce Gardner, Frisman Jackson, Sterling Kernek, and Harold Thompson. The season finale featured a Par 3 tournament with Matt Morris and Jim Miner shooting one over par 28’s to finish in a tie for first place. The League would like to thank Mel Blasi, Lia Lukkarinen, Heather Higgins, and the Pro Shop staff, Superintendent John Owens, Kevin Hainline, Bob Lambert, Paul Reuschel, Kit Holst, and the grounds staff, Al Harris and Sodexho Campus Services for all their support throughout the year.

WOMEN’S LEAGUE …. The evening Women’s Golf League at WIU enjoyed another fun year of golf and competition. The league awards prizes for low net, low gross, birdies made and low putts. Placing first overall was Kathy Veroni and second place was Vicki Green. A nice end-of-the-year banquet was held at The Red Ox Supper Club. League officers for 2010 will be: President: Vice President: Treasurer: Secretary:

Kate Pohlpeter Janine Cavicchia Kathy Veroni Leslie Jefferson

A new starting time for next year’s Wednesday evening league was approved. Play will start at 5:15 p.m. and the league will begin Wednesday, April 28, 2010. For questions about the Wednesday Evening Women’s League, please contact Leslie Jefferson at LeslieJefferson@mac.com.

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WOMEN’S MORNING LEAGUE The WIU Women’s Morning League managed to play on 13 Wednesday mornings in 2009. The Morning League is recruiting new members for 2010. The League begins on the first Wednesday in May and plays through the end of August. If you are interested in joining the WIU Women’s Morning League, please contact the Pro Shop or call Judith Crowley at (309) 836-8608.

2009 RESULTS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Jo Ann Hoerner Roselyn Chown Judith Crowley Millie Sorrells Diane Tichenor

GOLF EVENT WINNERS 2009 LABOR DAY MEN Andy Taylor Bill Reimers Bud Sackett Bob Bowen WOMEN Vicky Green Margaret Taylor Cari Sheets Marion Blackinton Linda Elsea

JULY 4TH RED WHITE AND BLUE SCRAMBLE Ken Durkin Bill Reimers Doug Martin

THANK YOU The Harry Mussatto Golf Course would like to thank Sara Winship, Kathy Veroni, and Diane Tichenor for their help in taking care of the flower gardens in 2009. We have bigger and better plans for 2010. We would also like to thank all those who so generously donated their time in helping with leagues, charity golf outings, and other golf tournaments during 2009.

RULES OF GOLF RULE 27-2 PLAYING A PROVISIONAL BALL

M EL B LASI , D IRECTOR OF G OLF The “provisional” ball rule is one that is often misunderstood or is a rule that is played with incorrect procedure. The provisional ball procedure is an extension of Rule 27 which is the rule for a ball that is lost or hit out of bounds. The procedure states “If a ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds, to save time the player may play another ball provisionally in accordance with Rule 27-1. The player must inform his opponent or a fellow competitor that he intends to play a provisional ball and he must play it before he or his partner goes forward to search for the original ball.” The Harry Mussatto Golf Course poses many challenges, not the least of which is a ball that may be out of bounds or lost. We also have numerous lateral water hazard areas that a ball may be lost in. There is a distinct difference in procedure for a ball hit into a water hazard as opposed to one lost or out of bounds. For example, on Hole #2 a player may hit a ball in the pond to the right off the tee, take a penalty shot and play his 3rd shot from next to the pond. In contrast, for a ball hit out of bounds to the left on Hole #2, the player must play his 3rd shot (Continued) H ARRY M USSATTO G OLF C OURSE W ESTERN I LLINOIS U NIVERSITY


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from the teeing ground, thus being penalized both stroke and distance. The provisional ball rule applies then to only the ball hit to the left on Hole #2. You may not know for sure whether the ball is lost or out of bounds, but to save time you are allowed to tee up another ball, announce that you are playing a provisional ball and play a second ball. If your ball is found out of bounds, you may play your provisional ball, thus speeding up play. The rule also states “a player may play a provisional ball until he reaches the place where his original ball is likely to be, but if he makes a stroke with the provisional ball from the place where the original ball is likely to be or from a point nearer the hole than that place, the original ball is deemed lost and the provisional ball becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance.� The important things to remember when playing a provisional ball are first announce to your competitor that you are playing a provisional ball and second do not play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may be lost in a water hazard.

GOLF COURSE EMPLOYEES 2009 Pro Shop Heather Higgins Lia Lukkarinen Jon Stockton Libbie White Ian Taylor Jenny Elliott Jack Carle

Jeff Straub Jacob Roberts Richard Sample Tim Streng Greg Wilson Jared Gregory

Dave Wilson Leslie Jefferson Earle Cramer Brace White GarySaunders Ron Ray

Grounds Maintenance John Owens Kevin Hainline Bob Lambert Jim Miner

Paul Reuschel Kit Holst Matt Woolam

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HARRY MUSSATTO 2010 SEASON PASS ORDER FORM MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY Public Individual Public Family Faculty/Staff/Alumni Individual Faculty/Staff/Alumni Family Junior Individual Senior Individual Senior Family WIU Student Individual WIU Student Family WIU Student Semester Pass S PECIAL OPTIONS Student Package Cart Lease—Single Cart Lease—Family Driving Range Junior $100 (Includes Pitch & Putt Course)

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For more information, please call Mel Blasi at the HMGC Pro Shop, (309)298-3676, or e-mail him at MB-Blasi@wiu.edu.

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SENIOR PASS: 62 and older STUDENT PASS : Full-time undergraduate student taking a minimum of 12 semester hours & full-time graduate student taking a minimum of 9 semester hours STUDENT SEMESTER PASS: Spring Semester (March 1–May 31), Summer Semester (May 15–August 15), Fall Semester (August 15-November 30) STUDENT PACKAGE : Available to grade school, junior and senior high school, undergraduate, and graduate students Each season pass includes the GHIN Handicap Service and a WIGA membership with a reciprocal card good for reduced rates at over 20 area courses. A cart lease agreement allows only the holder of the lease to use the cart. The additional passenger must pay cart fees. Lease holders playing in the same group must share carts when possible.

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