Work is well underway on the back nine renovation. Turf from all the old greens and green surrounds has been removed and grading and installation of base material in preparation for new turf has begun. Changes to the greens will be both subtle and dramatic. The 18th green, for example, is undergoing a major re-design with lowering of it by about four feet and removal of the old bunkers. Other greens will be “softened” somewhat with expanded approaches to be more player friendly. Bunkers will be re-shaped in some instances. Sprigging of the new greens with Miniverde (Ultra Dwarf) Bermuda – exactly the same as the front nine greens – will be done following installation of sod on the green surrounds. Work will them progress to rebuilding the tees and tilling the fairways in preparation for sprigging with TifGrand.
“Rebuild it and they will come”
We again ask that walkers refrain from using the back nine for their daily travels no matter the time of day. Heavy equipment will be in use at times; it will be awfully dusty and dirty; and chemicals may be applied at times.
Changes to playing arrangements and times have been necessary to accommodate group play and allow for Gary and his crew to perform course maintenance on the front nine. Mike D. is making every effort to both get groups on the course and maintain a schedule for open play with the least amount of conflict. Bear with us – better days (much better days!) – are ahead.
The 2016 Community Golf Scramble in conjunction with Cedar Creek Living was again a rousing success. Many kudos to Morgan Calhoun and the CC Living staff for arranging sponsorships along with raffle awards; Michael and Andrea DelSignore and their staff for both the pre-round pastries, juice and coffee as well as sumptuous hors d’oeuvres at the turn; the Pot Smokers BBQ for delicious sandwiches and sides; and especially Mike D. and the pro shop staff for tournament arrangements. Joe Souza, Tom Brusky, Lee Nightingale and Bill Egge captured gross honors with a 58 while the team net award using the DiPasquale Scoring System went to Dennis Raith, Jim Padgett, Harry Goldthorpe and David Jett with a 57.
The Men’s Golf Association is a proud sponsor of the Silver Bluff High School golf team. An annual donation is made to offset team expenses and members of the MGA often donate equipment to benefit the team and promote golf among aspiring middle and high school golfers. The MGA also hosts Coach Brad Johnson and team members pairing them with MGA members for an end-of-year tournament and post-round burgers at Cedar Creek. Our May event this year resulted in a tie between Silver Bluff’s Camden Kinard playing with Rob Rosche and Silver Bluff’s Jacob Barton playing with Ray Naramore. A “putt-off” was necessary to determine the winner of the 2016 SB-CC Championship trophy. Jacob, a freshman who had a hot hand with his putter during the round, took home the honor.
L to R: CJ Holtsizer, Michael Johnson, Braylon Floyd, Coach Brad Johnson, Jeremiah Howard,
Camden Kinard, Logan Brock, Jacob Barton
Joining the Silver Bluff team members in addition to Ray and Rob were Don Kasper, Dick Leach, Ben Peppard, Ken Sabol, Dean Spiro, Bill Todd, Byron Vanier and Dean Wood.