This will be my last newsletter for the season. It certainly was not a same ol’, same ol’ status quo year. As you know, we tried some things to increase Thursday Men’s play. Some things worked, and some things didn’t. To the credit of the board, they kept what worked (the new green tees) and scrapped what didn’t (later tee times). Overall, though, it was a very good year. We capped everything off with the end-of-season Men’s/Ladies Step-Aside tournament, followed by a patio luncheon and awards banquet. Here are some of the end-of season awards given out at the luncheon:
2022 Men’s Club Gross Champion: Fred Nixon
2022 Men’s Club Net Champion: Bruno Cyzowski
2022 Step-Aside Champions: Wayne Onyx, Patrick Leach, Marcie Hogan, Janelle Cernich
2022 Ladies Club Gross Champion: Cindy Vig
2022 Ladies Net Champion: Lore Schaeffer
What makes the 2021-22 season memorable to me is that the golf course was in the best condition I have seen it in since moving to SunBird in 2013. It was a pleasure to play, as well as a pleasure to look at while walking through the community. I know a number of us also received very positive comments from outside players regarding the course conditions whenever we ran across them on the course or in the Pro Shop. Like so many other labor-intensive industries this past year, the golf course crew was understaffed, but a good number of men and women from within the golf community pitched in by volunteering their time to help with mowing, divot repair, trash, tee marker removal/placement, sand trap repair, fairway striping, greens upkeep, cart cleaning, range ball pickup, first-tee starter, etc., etc., to ensure the course provided a quality experience and level of play for all of us throughout the season. Thank you so much to those of you who helped. It was, of course, good for much more than just the SunBird Men’s Club.
I would like to substitute the Sandbaggers Corner section of the newsletter this month with an editorial section. I promise not to do this too often:
SunBird is a great community, whether one partakes in golf, tennis, bocce ball, bingo, pickleball, pool volleyball, crafts, cards, Garden Club, Art Club, countless other clubs, etc. I feel it takes all of these, as well as “we,” “us,” to make it a well-rounded and desired community. Keep in mind that a good number of people (the “few”) volunteer countless hours of their time to organize and run many of these clubs for the benefit of the “many” every year. Let’s take time to reflect on and appreciate all the things offered within our confines and volunteer to help out where we can. Thinking of world events the past month, please also take time to reflect on and appreciate all we have offered to us in North America!
Have a fantastic summer!