Presidents Message
Last Updated: 06/22/17

From the President:

Hey LAFD Golfers,

I hope this blog finds you well and playing the best golf of you life.  

We have played two of our big 3 tournaments for the year since the
last writing.

The SENIOR'S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP was played this year at California 
Country Club.  The conditions were ideal and the course was in excellent 
shape.  We had a repeat winner for the Senior's Club Champion.  Gary
Gatena took the crown again shooting a 1 under par 71.  Taking the Low 
Net crown was Andy Vidovich with a net 64.  Congratulations to both.
They will represent the club in December at the Tournament of Champions.
Good Luck!
It was great to see our Octogenarians again participating in the tourney.
Tom Harrison was our eldest at 87 followed by Ron MacIntyre 85, Jim
Maza 83 (still sporting a 9 handicap) and Gene Allen 83.  Gary Klasse shot
his age this year turning in a 76.  
We were again blessed with 2 great sponsors.
Gold Lee, of Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin and Lee and
Kevin Wright, Senior VIP with Morgan Stanley.  
Thanks for your continued support.
A big hug and thanks goes out to Head PGA Pro Monta Sokolavska for
her help in setting up the course and sharpening her pencil to give us a
great rate.
A big thanks goes out to your LAFD GOLF CLUB board.  There efforts
made for a smooth running tournament.

The CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP  was played at a new venue as well.
The Westin in Rancho Mirage hosted our 3 day event.  We played the
Pete Dye course on day 1 and 3 and the Gary Player course on day 2.
The resort was a treat and the courses in excellent shape.  
It was a shoot out over three days.  Erik Williams fired a 73 followed 
by Mark Zizi's 74 on day 1.  On day 2, Gary Gatena lite it up with a
sizzling 4 under 68.  Shooting 75's were Kelly Faulkner, Gordon Wilson
and Rex Vilaubi.  The stage was set for the Feature Foursome of Gatena, 
Williams, Wilson and Faulkner.  Gatena came out on top shooting a 1
over par 71 and 3 day total of 219.  Willaims 72, 224, Faulkner 78, 231
and Wilson 82, 236.  
Congratulations Gary Gatena our Club Champion and Senior Champion.  
Congrats to all of our flight winners as well.  
Thanks to Gary Mannan for running a great tournament and to the rest
of the board for all of their help in the trenches.

2017 So Cal Firefighter Golf Assn Las Vegas
2 stunning days were spent on the Revere Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada.
LAFDGC was well represented this year.  
A flt  3rd place  Faulkner and Camunas
          5th place  Gant and Gamez
B flt   3rd place  Sutliff and Trimble


Our Ace of the Month goes to John Duca.
John was playing the 132 yard, 14th hole at Tierra Rejada with Dave Lowe
and their wives when John sent one sailing into the afternoon sun and 
into the hole.  Congratulation John.  Next time do it at an LAFDGC
tournament and collect the Big $$$.

ACE #2
Tim Larson aced the 155yd. 17th hole at Pechanga during the Relief
Associations tournament.   Tim's shot took one bounce and landed in
the hole. Witnessed by Brad Grossman, Chris Hare and
Steinbacher.   Congratulations Tim!

ACE #3
Keith Young was the recipient of a hole in one at the LAFDGC's tournament
at Long Beach Rec.  On hole #16, Keith hit his Pitching Wedge 129 yards
into the hole.  Unfortunately he didn't get to see it go into the hole because it 
was uphill.  The event was witnessed by Eric Williams, Mark Flot and Allan Black.
Congratulations Keith!  Keith won the Hole In One pot as well.  Around the 
$1600 range.  Enjoy and thanks for the drink.

The USGAand the Royal and Ancients are proposing some new rule 
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 or


May 25 at Coyote Hills CC            Contact Mark Zizi
May 31 at Olivas Links GC           Contact Eric Dillon
June 20 at Long Beach Rec GC    Contact Mike Monroy

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.


 Ed and his wife Norma go to the state fair every year,
And every year Ed would say,
" Norma, I'd like to ride in that helicopter "
Norma always replied,
" I know Ed , but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks,
And fifty bucks is fifty bucks!
One year Ed and Norma went to the fair, and Ed said,
" Norma, I'm 75 years old.If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance"
To this, Norma replied,
" Ed, that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks"  
The pilot overheard the couple and said,
" Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny! 
But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.
Ed and Norma agreed and up they went.
The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.
He did his daredevil tricks over and over again,
But still not a word...
When they landed, the pilot turned to Ed and said,"
By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't.
I'm impressed!
Ed replied, " Well, to tell you the truth
I almost said something when Norma fell out,
But you know, 
Fifty bucks is fifty bucks! "

Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !

Eyes and our optic lines are so important to reading good putts, aligning the putter face to the selected line, and executing a solid stroke to send the ball on that line. If our eyes are not positioned correctly in our set-up with the putter, it can impact the path of the putter, clubface through the stroke, as well as alignment of the ball to the selected target line. The most common putting stroke flaws I see for right-handers include a path that moves from right to left with an open club face, and a square path with an open face. In order to ensure your eyes and optic lines are correct, the use of a putting mirror can help. The eyes should be vertically over the golf ball. A common tip to check this is to hold a ball in your hand, and when you feel your eyes are over the ball you wish to putt, place the ball you are holding underneath your eye line and drop it. If the ball lands on top of the ball you are putting, you know your  eyes are in the right position. A ball that is dropped inside the ball to be putt indicates your eyeline is too far inside (posture could be too upright). A ball that is dropped out the ball to be putt indicates the eyeline is too far outside the putting line (posture could be too far bent over). Make sure to relax your head down so that the center of your pupils are vertically over the ball to be putt, rather than to look down your cheek line. By checking your eye position and optical line you have the chance to hole more putts!
Allison Curdt

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

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