Course News October 2017
Feel good – play The Creek!
The battle for the 2017 Crystal Cup came down to the wire, but thanks to a strong showing from the ladies and the determined leadership of Captains Ann Marie Cox, Bill Hunkele and Lee Nightingale the Bluejackets prevailed to avenge the 2016 Redcoats victory. Redcoats Captains Sharon Eckert, John Moynihan and Bill Robinson led a good team but fell short of the win. Nevertheless, the Redcoats still lead the series 5 victories to 4.
2017 Blue Jackets
Cedar Creek hosted the first round of the 2017 Aiken City Amateur Golf Championship, and the many who had the pleasure of playing the course since the 2015-16 renovation pronounced it a terrific new venue worthy of any championship tournament and promised to return for the 2018 City Am. Cedar Creek and Aiken Golf Club members who fared well included Dan Skiff who won the first flight of the regular division, Bo Crenshaw who placed second in the second flight of the regular division, Jim Price and Mark Kranjc shared second in the senior first flight, Bill Beck tied for second in the super senior championship flight and Cedar Creek resident Pete Srednicki came away with second in the super senior first flight. As highlighted on the sports pages of the both the Aiken Standard and August Chronicle, Patrick Cunning, a Palmetto Golf Club member, won the overall championship for his fifth victory in the eight years of the event.
September’s events concluded with a Community Golf Scramble on the 23rd, which was played as a fundraiser for a clubhouse renovation. Together with raffles and private donations the tournament netted more than $3,000. The design for remodeling hasn’t been firmed up yet, but basically the plan is to remove the wall behind the present bar and rebuild the bar in the underutilized “member’s room” thus providing more dining area space. Huge thanks to Michael and Andrea at the Grille for providing a great lunch gratis for all the event participants!
Community Golf Scramble Gathering
The remnants of Hurricane Irma left a trail of debris all over the landscape but thankfully nothing major – just a minor setback in everyday course maintenance work. With the growing season nearing end it is time to be particularly conscious about filling fairway divots and repairing ball marks on the greens. We’ll have much better playing surfaces during the cool (cold) months ahead with a little extra care. Gary and his crew are also preparing the course to maintain its excellent condition through the winter with sanding and fertilization of the greens, spraying and other work.
October will feature the Sadie Hawkins tournament, the companion of the alternate year Sammie Hawkins tournament. This year the ladies have the pleasure of inviting and playing with a non-spouse partner in the better ball of two event that always produces some exciting times and an occasional expression of wonderment as the couples marvel at each and the other’s play. It’s on the calendar for Saturday, October 21st. Signup is open at the pro shop.
Veteran Tony Venetz will then host the Wreaths Across America tournament, a 4-person captain’s choice, on October 28th. The event is a great way to show appreciation for veterans interred throughout the Aiken area. Contact Tony (648-5885) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and a registration form.
Julia is setting out fall merchandise on the pro shop racks. If you haven’t checked it out, do so – many fine, new items! There’s also some nice summer apparel on the sale rack, too.