Henryetta Lady Duffers                                  May, 2014 Update

          Man is it a gorgeous day out today.   The links are calling my name in a big way – how about you? We’ve had a few windy days, but it was still a great day for golf. Except for last week and one other early date that was really too cool, we’ve been pretty lucky with the weather this season, and I know we’re just getting to the good days. So what are ya’ waitin’ for……bring your sticks and let’s hit the links!!!


          Ok, time to get your giggles on and get schooled by our Henryetta Lady Knights. Join us on Tuesday night, May 20, for a 2-person scramble round. Tee off at 5:45 pm, and we’ll have pizza for supper after our round.   We’re pairing one of us and one of them in a two-some, best-ball for 9 holes with a prize for long-drive and closest to the hole on #8. We’ll make goodie bags for the four girls, so if you have anything to add, bring it along. Two of the girls are graduating seniors, Joley Vance and Paige Johnson, so keep them in your thoughts as they embark on the next phase in their golf careers. 

Both of them are attending college on golf scholarships. Joley will be at Seminole State and rooming with Claire Massey who is a 2012 graduate and also playing golf. Right now, Paige is looking at St. Gregory’s in Shawnee and talking with their golf coach. This brings us to a total of seven Lady Knights who played collegiate golf, with Morgan Brown still at Rogers State in Claremore, and Kaylee Crawford at Barton College in Kansas. Previous Lady Knight graduates Amber Smallwood and Courtney Underhill both played at Seminole State.

          As an aside, Kaylee played with her collegiate team in the National NJCAA tournament at the LPGA course in Daytona Beach, Florida last week. Her team placed in the Top Ten, and Kaylee placed 48 out of 160 golfers. Not bad for a sophomore. She will be playing for Kansas Wesleyan University next year in Salina, KS, and we look for even greater stories about her golf career. J’eanda Spurlock is one proud momma, so be sure to tell her congrats when you see her.

“First Friday” Steak Nite

          Dubbed a great success so far, we’re hoping to really bring in the crowds the next few months as the warmer weather is finally here. Our First Friday steak nite dinners have raised a profit of just over $1,470 so far and we’d like to be able to give the Club a check for about $2,000 in June towards the Greens Campaign. We’ll still continue the dinners, of course, for the rest of the year to help raise the money to pay for the project.

          Emily Machetta has been a great help in working with us on this project and we couldn’t do it without her. Our May First Friday included the first groups who ate out on the veranda. We look to have several groups ask to do so in June and July before it gets too warm. So, extra waitress help would be greatly appreciated.   We served 62 people with staggered reservation times, and it seemed to work really well. A number of people sat outside after dinner to linger and visit, and our out of town guests from Okmulgee were extremely pleased to see this as an option other than Tulsa for a great date night. 

          If you are available and can help us in any way, mark your calendar for the first Friday nite of each month this year. Our June event is set for the 6th, with phone in reservations due by 5 pm on Wednesday, the 4th. In July, First Friday falls on Independence Day, and we plan to serve BBQ and all the trimmings. We’re planning on fireworks at dark, so bring a blanket or lawn chairs and the family and spend the evening. We’ll close the course to golf by 8 pm, so everyone can get a seat on the fairway if you prefer, to better see the fireworks. 

          We also could use some volunteers to sign up for desserts each month. Let me know if you are able to help with this as well. 

Course Update – Greens Campaign Progress

          Well it’s really started to happen. The irrigation upgrades have been completed and the new sprinklers are working really well. Matter of fact, our attendees at May’s First Friday were able to witness the inaugural Water Works show as the guys turned on the system for the first time after everything was connected. It really was pretty exciting to see so many of the greens being watered at once, which is the test for how well they will function when we need them to this summer.

          The first of the chemicals for the greens have arrived, and the date has been set for “the big kill” of our existing green surfaces. It pains me to see it, but it’s a necessary evil to get rid of the existing greens to allow them to be prepped and ready for the sprigging, which is scheduled for June 16. Then it’ll be a big task for our greens chairman Jimmy Cunningham to get all the volunteers scheduled to help with the project, including the constant watering over the next few weeks after the greens are planted. If you (or your spouse) are available and interested in helping this project, be sure to let Jimmy know. He’s at the course nearly every day now working toward getting ready for this project. 

          On June 2, we’ll go to temporary greens at all of the holes, similar to what we’ve been doing on #7 right now. So our scorecards will all have either 1-putt or 2-putts during this period. For some of us, that’s a good deal!!! LOL ! Just think, when this project is completed, we’ll be playing on one of the finest 9-hole courses in Eastern Oklahoma. YAY!

Garden Blooms Looking Wonderful

          It’s spring and our flowers are blooming. The large bed where the former clubhouse was will still needs a little weeding, but thanks to Cathy Warden for spearheading the work on that bed. She’s thinned some of the daylilies and looking to add some of those wonderful knock-out roses for summer seasonal color. Thanks to Emily and Gayle for freshening the mulch on the beds at the clubhouse and on the course. We’ve added a few annuals for color, but all of the perennials came back and look wonderful. Gayle and Emily and Ruth finished the native rock edging around all of the new beds, and they really do look so nice! You can tell we’ve had some influence in the way things look around here, but the guys have even appreciated how nice everything looks this spring.

Membership Reminders

          Remember you don’t have to be a member of HGC to be a Lady Duffer. Our annual membership fee is $25 to help cover the cost of expenses for our special functions. If you are an HGC member, you don’t pay greens fees each week. But if you are not a member, greens fees are $5.75 plus tax. You probably won’t have to rent a cart since there are several of us with carts and we’ll double up and schedule our groups to make sure everyone has a ride.

          If you know someone who might want to join us, be sure to call and let them know we’re starting up for the season. We’re duffers, no serious championship golfers in this bunch cause we’re out there playing a game we enjoy to have a good time and fellowship with each other. 

Calendar Reminders

          May 13         5:30 Tee off            Regular Golf 
          May 20         5:45 Tee off            Lady Knights Nite
          May 24         9 am – 12 noon       Lions Club Charity Tournament
          May 27         5:45 Tee off            Regular Golf – Low Putts for Prize         
          May 30         6 pm                       Spring Fling Supper (Players & Club                                                                  Members only please)
          May 31-June 1                            Course Closed for Spring Fling               
          June 3          5:45 Tee off            Regular Golf – Temp greens, Long                                                                     Drive for Prize
          June 4          5 pm                       Reservations Due for Steak Nite
          June 6          6 – 8 pm                 FIRST FRIDAY STEAK NITE
          June 10        5:45 Tee off            Date Nite and Burgers (2-person                                                                        scramble with the one that brung ya’)
          June 17        6 pm Tee off           Pick Six Nite (throw out your 3 worst                                                                  Holes for prize)
          June 24        6 pm Tee off           Iron Woman Golf – no woods allowed     

Reminder: we start adjusting tee times for daylight and temperatures. Come at 5:30 p.m. to visit. We’ll play in twosomes if possible and threesomes if needed, but no foursomes since it takes too long to do the round before dark.

LPGA – P & G NW Arkansas Championship @ Pinnacle Hills

          It’s not too late to get in on a volunteer opportunity for the Ladies Big Tour this year in NW Arkansas. The tournament is held on June 27-29, with the pro-am held on the 25-26. I’ve worked every year of this event, and anyone who wants to do so is welcome to ride with me and stay with Grandma Kathy. I’ll only be working the Saturday-Sunday shifts this year due to conflicts at work. It’s only a 3-hour drive, and worth the time if you want to volunteer or just be a spectator. I’m sure I’ll have some freebie tickets again this year if you’re interested. For more info, log-on to www.nwachampionship.com and click on the volunteers tab for registration.

2014 Sr. U.S. Open Championship – Oak Tree Golf & Country Club

          We have a second great opportunity to see professional golf this year in a relative close proximity to our area. The Senior Men’s Tour has their US Open in Edmond this year on July 10-13 at Oak Tree. Spectators tickets are available and there are still volunteer positions open in several areas. I am scheduled to volunteer in the Corporate Hospitality venues for this event and will be going to Edmond all four days so if you want to share a ride, you are welcome to do so. For more information about tickets or volunteer positions and descriptions, log on to www.2014ussenioropen.com .

New Web Info – HGC all over the Web

          Latest presence on the web is courtesy of our new Clubhouse Manager, Kyle Hefner. Log on to www.golfnow.com and check it out. You can book a tee time, reserve a cart, and even pay for your round in advance, all through the website. We’ve already seen 15 new greens fee players from this site and more are sure to come. If you’re traveling, consider using this site to book your rounds at other courses. 

          Remember to check out the website for Henryetta Golf Club. Thanks to Bruce Jones, editor of TheHenryettan.com, we now have a site for the club with links for our ladies association, the high school teams, and other neat features. There will be regular updates about the events at the Club including the progress on the Greens Campaign. Log in to www.henryettagolf.com for more info.

Outside Food and Beverage Reminders

          Just a friendly reminder that outside food and beverages are not permitted on the course if they are available for sale in our Clubhouse. We are grateful for the full-time management of the clubhouse by Kyle Hefner who makes it possible for the course to be open every day. There is a full line of fountain drinks, energy drinks, beer, and snacks available as well as sandwiches from the grill at very reasonable prices. Be sure to patronize the clubhouse whenever possible, and thanks for your support of our Club. 

Mens’ Association Update

          If your fella is looking for a group to play with, have him check out the Mens’ Association on Wednesday evenings. Donnie Smith tells me they have a regular small group like ours, but they are always adding more guys to the mix. They tee off at 5:30 pm sharp, and they play a different game each week for a small prize fund. Call the clubhouse for more info at (918) 652-8664.

**** Reminder – If you know you’re not going to be able to play, please call Gayle at 580-421-5084, or leave word at the pro shop at 652-8664 so we’ll know how many are ready to tee off at each Tuesday. Thanks so much for your cooperation.

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