Presidents Message
Last Updated: 10/03/17

President's Blog:

Hey LAFD Golfers,

We have crowned the new Partner's Champions from the Singing 
Hills tournament at Sycuan Resort.  We had 4 beautiful days of perfect
weather and excellent course conditions.  Our overall numbers for players 
was up this year to just under 100.  We had a few more partners in the
guest flight as well, which we hope to continue to increase.  We also made a
change in the venues this year.  We played all 3 days at Singing Hills.  The
overall consensus was to continue this format.  All players received a beautiful
logoed short sleeved wind jacket as a souveneir from the tournament.  

We had our Long Drive contest again this year for a chance to win the
coveted Funky Monkey head cover.  This is a fund raiser for the Widows
and Orphans fund.  This is also the kickoff for the Horserace.  This years
winner was Allan "Boom Boom" Black!  Allan hit it 282 yards and beating
the next closest long drive competitor by 33 yards.  Congrats Allan.  Thanks
to all of the competitors and players that participated and donated to a
worthy cause.

A Net Shiraiwa/ Chance
    Gross Tsujimura/ Tiumalu
B Net Monroy/ Grossman
    Gross Monroy/ Grossman
C Net Gallegos/ Jabbora
    Gross Luna/ Pacheco
D Net         Aaron/ Haas
    Gross Aaron/ Haas

 Congrats to all.

Kudos to Noel Murchet and staff for running a great tournament.


BOARD MEETING NOTES

Passed Motions:
1. A newly elected Tournament Director must be a Director for a minimum
    of 5 year before being elected to a Board seat(Pres., VP., Sec., Treas., or
    Tourn. Chair.)
2. Ryan Chance is the New South Tournament Director.
3. To allow Kevin Wright to pay and advertise for new retirees first year in
    the Golf Club.
4. To qualify to win(LOW GROSS "A" FLIGHT WINNER ONLY) the
    Club Championship you must have played in 3 tournaments(Changed from 4).  
    NOTE: You may still play in the Club Championship and compete to win
    your flight.

Announcements

 President Dale Gant and South Director Mike Monroy announced this
(2018 season) this would their last year on the board.

The Club Championship will be played the second week of May.

The Senior's Championship will move back to Montebello CC and
will be played on June 13.

Gordon Wilson said he would start visiting Fire Stations seeking new 
members.

Contact Gordon Wilson to update your contact information(email and
phone numbers).


NEW

We have added an Instruction Corner to the President's blog.  We have the
privilege of having Alison Curdt, PGA, LPGA giving us some insight into
the world of golf.
She comes to us from Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.   Among her
many accolades, she is a:
 
Master Professional in Instruction,
Golf Digest's Best Young Teacher 2016-2017,
LPGA TOP 50 Teachers 2017-2018,
2016 So Cal PGA Teacher of the Year,
2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year,
Psychotherapist LMFT #96484,
.......... and more.

She has also appeared on the Golf Channel, teaching with Michael Breed.


A GREAT GOLF STORY

 
AUGUSTA, Ga. – We interrupt the pimento-cheese sandwiches, ball-skipping at the 16th and solemn walks around Amen Corner to pose a philosophical question: When finally after 46 years you meet the man to whom you owe all the happiness and joy you feel blessed to have enjoyed for most of your life, how long of a hug is long enough?
 
Clebe McClary wasn’t sure, so as the embrace intensified, Billy Casper leaned in and whispered, “Don’t let go till you want to let go.”
 
So right there in front of dozens of patrons, in the shadow of the iconic oak tree behind the Augusta National clubhouse, McClary and Casper hugged .
. . and hugged . . . and hugged.
 
“We hugged for five minutes,” said Casper, who choked back tears. But McClary? He didn’t even try to hold 'em back. He cried like a baby, which was not so conspicuous
because as the scene played out, so, too, did the emotions of so many others let loose.
 
“We all just cried our eyes out,” said Julia Cervant, one of Casper’s 11 children.
 
On any day, Casper is a wonderful story, a righteous man with a keen sense of human kindness.  But on this cool, breezy Masters day, his story was even more wonderful thanks to a reunion with McClary, who told everyone how
Casper had saved his life. It was 1968, the height of the Vietnam War, and Casper, in the prime of his golf career, was off to Japan to play some off season tournaments.
 
While he was there, did he want to visit some wounded American troops, who had been convalescing from Vietnam? Casper said yes, because, well, that’s
his warm-hearted nature. “I was recently asked by a man what I want to be remembered for,” Casper said. “I told him, ‘I want to be remembered for how I loved my
fellow man.’ "
 
That day at a hospital in Japan may have shown Casper at his warmest because when he looked over at a bed and saw a young man who had been wounded to a point where he could barely be recognized, the golfer moved
closer. A doctor told him not to bother, that Marine 1st Lt. Patrick Cleburne "Clebe" McClary “was ready to die,” said Casper, but something made him approach the man.
 
“I will never forget that day,” said McClary, who on March 3, 1968 had been wounded during his 19th reconnaissance mission in Vietnam. McClary lost his
left arm and his left eye and laid in that bed that day thinking one thing. “I’d given up," he said.  "I wanted to die, and I’d have died right there if not for him.”
 
Casper, by 1968 a two-time U.S. Open champion and one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour, sensed McClary’s hopelessness as he approached the man.
 
“He put his arm around me, leaned in and said, ‘God could use you today. Don’t give up,’
" McClary said. “Then he thanked me for what I had done for our country and said, ‘God bless you.’"
 
Somehow, McClary found the resolve  to fight. Somehow, he survived, left that hospital in Japan, and settled in his native South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.  Years went by and he often wondered about this gentle golfer who had brought out the fight in him, but there was nothing more than that. “I mean, I didn’t know golf from polo,” McClary said.
 
But one day more than a year ago, McClary was down at his beach house talking with a neighbor, a guy named Jay Haas , telling him his life story. The left arm and left eye
had been lost in 'Nam, and his life should have been ended in a hospital in Japan, if not for a golfer. With that, Haas’ ear perked up. “I said, ‘Who was the golfer?’ " Haas said. “He said, ' Billy Casper . Do you know him?’"
 
Haas smiled, then made it his mission to reunite McClary and Casper. The Masters would offer the perfect opportunity. Casper, the 1970 champion, would never miss the pilgrimage Neither would Haas, who competed 22 times at the Masters and whose son Bill is a regular participant these years and whose uncle, the irrepressible Bob Goalby, won in 1968.
 
The first chance fell apart Monday when rain washed out the day’s action at Augusta National, but on Tuesday the story unfolded to perfection. Haas met McClary up behind the clubhouse, found Goalby, who tracked down Casper and then  well, it is said that Augusta National is a magical place, and here was proof positive that it is.
 
“You never know what effect you’re going to have on another human being,” said Cervantes, who watched the emotions unfold alongside her mother, Shirley, other family members, Haas and Goalby.
 
When finally the long, emotional hug was over and the pictures were taken, Casper and McClary had so much to say to each other. Forty-six years is a long, long time, but the Marine told the golfer that he had thought of him
often. The golfer nodded, because he felt similarly.
 
McClary told Casper that he was proud of his life. Not because of the Silver Star or Bronze Star or the three Purple Hearts that he had been presented.  It wasn’t for the book he had written, “Living Proof,” either.
No, he was proud because he had heeded Casper’s advice to stay strong and find faith in God.
 
But make no mistake about it:  “You’re the reason he’s living. He was ready to die,” one of McClary’s friends said to Casper.
 
McClary, a motivational speaker who has given talks in all 50 states, smiled, wiped away tears, and nodded his head. “My guardian angel,” he said, pointing to Casper.
 
As they stood side by side, Casper and McClary threw long, satisfied looks out over the greenest landscape known to man. “A special, special place, but you need to see more of it,” Casper said, and McClary nodded. He was going to walk Augusta National, but McClary had to have one more hug and a promise from Casper that if the Hall of Famer were ever in Pawleys Island, S.C., he had to stop in.
 
Casper agreed, then McClary started on his walk. But before he did, the former Marine reached into his pocket and handed his business card to someone standing nearby. It read: “I’m just a nobody, that wants to tell everybody, about Somebody,that can save anybody.”
 
Courtesy of Julia Cervantes
 


The USGAand the Royal and Ancients are proposing some new rule 
changes.  
1. Elimination or reduction of "ball moved" penalties.
2. Relaxed putting green rules.
3. Relaxed rules for "penalty areas" (currently called water hazards).
4. Relaxed bunker rules.
5. Relying on player integrity.
6. Pace of play support.
7. Simplified way of taking relief.

Check them out at www.randa.org or www.usga.org.


UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

October 9       Tijeras Creek      "A"   Contact Mark Zizi
October 30     Spanish Hills       "A"   Contact Ladd Stilson
November 8 Klasse Shamble@ Talega GC  gklasse@att.net
November 13 Porter Valley CC "A"  Contact Jeff Simon


As always, I would like to invite any LAFD member, active or retired, to join our
club.  We are a social club that enjoys traipsing around well manicured green
pastures and tossing back a few cold ones now and then.  We have players of all
abilities.  Our handicaps range from 35 to 0.  You will be competing with players
of your ability.  We have local tournaments from as far north as Ventura and as far
south as El Cajon in the SanDiego area and east to Palm Springs. We have two
Majors tournaments.  The Club Championship in Palm Springs and the Partners
Championship in El Cajon.  We are affiliated with the Southern California Firefighters
Golf Association and play in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and Pebble Beach.
 So please come and join in the fun and comaraderie with fellow LAFD golfers.
 

FUNNIES

Subject: A Golfer with Integrity
 
 
An older golfer was hitting his ball from near a water hazard and his club fell into the water.  
 
When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?   
 
The golfer replied that his club had fallen into the water and he needed the club to have a chance to win the tournament and supplement his meager pension.
 
The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden club. 
"Is this your club?" the Lord asked.                                              
The golfer replied, "No.
The Lord again went down and came up with a silver club. 
"Is this your club?" the Lord asked. Again the golfer replied, "No.
The Lord went down again and came up with an iron club. "Is this your club?" the Lord asked. The golfer replied, "Yes.
"The Lord was pleased with the golfer's honesty and gave him all three clubs to keep, and the golfer went home happy.
 
Sometime later, the golfer was walking with his wife along the water hazard, and she fell into the river. 
 
When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?"
 
"Oh Lord, my woman has fallen into the water!
 
The Lord went down into the water and came up with Kate Upton.  "Is this your woman?" the Lord asked.
 
"Yes," cried the golfer. 
 
The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!"
 
The golfer replied, "Oh, forgive me Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'No' to Kate Upton, you would have come up with Jennifer Anniston. Then if I said 'No' to her, you would have come up with my woman. Had I then said 'Yes,' you would have given me all three. And Lord, I am an old man not able to take care of all three women in a way that they deserve ... that's why I said 'Yes' to Kate Upton.
 
And God was pleased
 
The moral of this story is: If a golfer ever tells a lie, it is for a good and honorable reason and only out of consideration for others!
 


 
Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !


INSTRUCTION CORNER by Alison Curdt

How many times have you gotten into a groove on the golf course, maybe making a birdie or two, and then gotten off track and hopped onto the bogey train? Many players I work with often tell me as soon as they make a birdie they follow it up with a bogey.  Being able to assess your level of mental chatter and your intensity of focus is pertinent to stop the bleeding and stay on track. Often times after having a successful moment on the course, a player will go into their next shot not fully focused.  They may still be caught up in the excitement and glee of the previous hole or shot and not be fully committed nor focused for the shot at hand. To work with that—ask yourself a question-your brain will jump at the chance to answer!  “Am I fully ready to hit this shot?” If you are—then go ahead and enter into your pre-shot routine, and execute your shot. If the answer is “No,” find the tools that help you best refocus.  Perhaps it’s using self-talk to pep yourself up and remind yourself of the task at hand a.k.a. hitting the shot in front of you. Maybe you need to take a deep breath and exhale the emotions you are feelings to get back to a baseline state. Many mental tools like these are available and can be learned to help your brain get back into a refocused state when you get off track. Find the one that fits best for you and you’ll refocus to keep your game in a good place. 

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 2016 Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year. Winner of multiple teaching awards, she has appeared on Golf Channel and played in 4 LPGA Tour major events.  For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com. 

Warmly, 

Alison Curdt, PGA, LPGA

 

Play well my friends and I'll see you at the 19th hole,

Dale
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