From the Pro - March 2017
Whewwww!! That’s all I have to say about the last 2 years, which felt like one extremely long season. We started in the middle of April, 2015 and ended in December, 2016 with only a 10 week offseason in January and February. In addition, we experienced a severe draught which took its toll on the fairways, although they were reseeded last fall and should be close to fully recovered this summer. Thanks to Steve and his crew for keeping the greens and tees in the best possible shape throughout the challenging conditions.
It was another great year in tournament play, including Kevin Bedell’s breakout year. It started with his Nippo Lake Cup victory over Mike Chick Sr., then he became the 2016 Men’s Club Champion, and ended as the Nippo Lake Fourball Champion with teammate Nate Reed. Kevin also had a hole in one during the season, why not? Other highlights include Elaine Kuketz-Pierce winning back to back Ladies’ Club Championships (3 in the past 5 years) and Irene Schultz accomplishing the Ladies’ Senior Club Championship three-peat (also 3 in the past 5 years).
Finally, I want to thank the members and guests for their loyalty to Nippo Lake. Last year’s weather caused uncharacteristically poor playing conditions and you all accepted them very gracefully. Although it was nice to have the ball roll a great distance, it wasn’t ideal to hit the next shot off the hardpan (that’s the golf term for dirt). In addition, thank you ALL for coming out to support the entire Golf Team during the Golf Pro & Superintendent Appreciation Day. We had a record 108 players!! Think Spring and see you at The Nip…
Chris Mowers, PGA