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Sad news… Mike Houseknecht has passed

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 |

We are sad to report that Mike Houseknecht passed away yesterday.  He was only 38 years old, but has been a member of our Club for many years.  He's a seated Board member and has been our Golf Chairman for two seasons.  Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jen, their children, and the whole Houseknecht family. The following is as found in The Batavian: Michael R. Houseknecht Michael R. Houseknecht 38, local businessman and life-long resident of Batavia died most unexpectedly on January 7th. Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years Jennifer Anne Thornton Houseknecht. Mike and Jen were high school sweethearts before marrying, soul mates and best friends. He also leaves behind his adored children Meghan Elizabeth and Ella Grace. Those who know Mike know that his faithful devotion to his girls was the essence of who he was. They were his everything in this world. Michael was born on May 2nd, 1977. He is survived by his truly bereaved parents, his mother Sheila Mitchell of Batavia, and his father and stepmother Ralph (Buddy) Houseknecht, Jr. and Katy Gorton Houseknecht of Perry and Bonita Springs, Florida; his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Agnes Houseknecht, Sr. of Stafford. He is also survived by his in laws, Timothy and Margaret Thornton, sister and brother in law Bridget (David) Uberty along with nieces Allison, Emma-Kate and Lily, brother and sister in law Kevin (Sarah) Thornton; aunts and uncles, Greg Houseknecht, Mary Kay (Bill) Barton, Thomas (Lynn) Houseknecht, Tim (Sue) Houseknecht, John Houseknecht and Aunt Katie (Gary) Berger. Michael was a 1995 graduate of Batavia High School. He earned a baccalaureate degree in business from SUNY Brockport in 1999. From there, Michael went on to achieve success as a business owner, both in his former role as co-owner of Loose Ends Vending and in his current endeavors as owner of both Statewide Machinery and House O’Laundry. In addition to his accomplishments in industry and the business world, Mike had many outside interests. He loved to play golf, boat, attend sporting events and concerts with his family and friends. He always found the time to volunteer as...

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USGA Releases Changes to Handicap System

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 |

The following is copied, for your convenience, from the latest RDGA newsletter: USGA RELEASES CHANGES TO HANDICAP SYSTEM   In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System™, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Six significant changes are among those noted in the upcoming edition, which will impact approximately 10 million golfers who hold a Handicap Index® issued throughout the U.S. and 32 licensed associations, federations and unions around the world. Those highlighted changes include: *    Definition of a tournament score: Additional guidance is provided to Committees conducting competitions regarding the definition of a tournament score, placing greater emphasis on "significant events." The definition excludes fundraising events and regular league play, in favor of designated competitions such as a member/guest or club championship, local amateur tournament or national qualifying and competition. (Section 2: Definitions) *    Adjusting hole scores: A revised decision provides clarity for acceptable scores in limited situations where the player has not played a hole(s) under the Rules of Golf, but his or her score would be sufficiently accurate for handicap posting purposes. Three areas covered under the examples include: 1) where the Local Rule is not in effect, but a player chooses to use a Distance Measuring Device or preferred lies; 2) where a player does not wish to cause undue delay; or 3) where the situation is outside of the player's control, such as an incorrectly marked golf course.  (Section 4: Adjusting Hole Scores) *    Posting scores when a player is disqualified: To improve alignment with the Rules of Golf, the revised Handicap System is clearer about what scores are acceptable when a player is disqualified. In general, a score is acceptable for handicap purposes even when a player fails to hole out, or apply a Rule that affects the rights of another player. If the disqualification breach is determined to provide an advantage for the player, the score is deemed unacceptable for handicap purposes. (Section 5-1: Acceptability of Scores) *    Anchoring and posting: A new reference concerns a player who anchors the club while making a stroke during a round and fails to apply the appropriate...

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Golf Shop now closed, but the course is still open

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 |

It's now 16-Nov, so the Golf Shop, Bag Room and Locker Rooms have closed for the 2015 season.  Additionally, the water lines to the drinking fountains and rest rooms on the course have been drained and prepped for winterizing, so they're no longer available this year.  Peter Cavanaugh and his crew will continue to maintain the golf course and keep the flags in the greens until the ground...

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Nice weather forecast this week!

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 |

The weather forecast for this week looks wonderful, so get out and enjoy your golf course!  On Monday, the Golf Shop and course will open at 11:00am instead of the usual 12:00. Due to the halfway house and clubhouse being closed for the remainder of the season, Eric will have water and snacks available for purchase in the Golf...

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Mother Hubbard Event on Friday, 30-Oct

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 |

The annual Mother Hubbard event is this Friday, 30-Oct.  If you're not familiar with it... Drink specials start at 4:00.  Gina is extra generous as she tries to use up the kegs that have been tapped and the bottles of wine and liquor that are already open. At 6:00, Chef Chad sets out a scrumptious buffet of whatever food we happen to have left by Friday. Cost of the buffet is $10 per person Following the buffet, there's an auction of any remaining food and drink that can't be stored over the...

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