President's Address!!!

Presidents Address!

In or Out? That is the question of the year. With the many rules changes this year,

will you putt with the flag stick in all the time or out all the time? Or will you do some

sort of hybrid, in when far away, out when close. Whatever camp you join, this year is

going to be new, interesting and different. Like many of you my first exposure to the

new Rules of Golf has been watching the PGA tour players adjust to the changes, even

the pros are having a few hiccups. As we navigate our way around this golf season

please remember the time it will take for golfers to learn the new rules, understand their

implementation, and execute their practice. !

I would like to welcome all LMGA members to the start of a new golf year, while this

winter has been a particularly difficult one, let us hope we are banking some good

karma for our competitions and events this summer. Once again we have tried to

blend some of your old favorites; Ryder Cup and Orange Ball and introduce some new

events to our members. Our Kickoff event this season will be a 2-man Modified

Chapman, yes there is such a thing! We are also bringing back an old favorite of mine

the 2-man Best Ball. We hope the lineup of Tournaments offers good competition and

variety to all our membership. I have stressed to the board our goal is to conduct Fun,

Fair and well run events. We would also like to introduce a couple of new Yearly

member games. We will recognize a Money Champion at years end. We will keep a

running total of all prize money won by our members and Crown a Money Champion at

the end of the season. We will update the standings after each event and post to our

website. Needless to say the more events you enter the better your chances. We will

also name a Most Improved Handicap, once again this should reward a members

efforts to work at their game, improve and recognize their success. Prize money for

these Winners will be awarded at the end of the year. We will continue to have our

Reward event for members who qualify by playing in 6 of our 9 available playing days

this year. As many of you who have played in that event can attest, it is a fun day.!

I hope you are looking forward to an exciting and enjoyable golf season, I know I

join the entire LMGA board in working hard to exceed your expectations, to welcome

your imput and to enjoy playing golf together.!

Pete Rodriguez


Welcome To The 2019 Golf Season!!!

LMGA Members,

The weather is not yet warming, The snow is not yet melting and the grass is not getting greener. but as we know it will in due time! Outside of a plethora of new rules to digest, a few things to note with the LMGA as the season approaches…..

The post below covers the LMGA members who made an ace on a public golf course in the 2018 season. Congrats to all who accomplished this rare feat. We can take votes as to who on the list surprised us most by this accomplishment! ;)

We have a new president for the 2019 season. Pete Rodriguez took over the position and is excited to do so. Kent Kurtzer replaced Larry Honeycutt as vice-president (thanks for all of your years Larry). He also handles website and other publicity items. Mike Calvert is new to the board as well and is assuming Mr. Honeycutt’s public relations position with the city. Al Taft enters his 65th year as Secretary/Treasurer. Kent Evans and Mike Halverson will handle the bulk of the tournament organization. Fred Daugherty will continue his membership and handicap duties. Al Hulbert, Rick Owens and Allan Albers are all remaining as helpful board members with plenty of ideas and input. Travis Holl is a new younger and better looking board member than us all and we are happy to have him! Be sure to thank your board anytime you get the chance fellas. They do work hard to provide great events for you all.

Once again you can renew/start your membership online or print off the form and mail it in. The membership cost remains the same at $40 for new, $20 for associate. The season of GHIN officially starts March 15th.

As for the event season, we try to keep the popular events going and still try new things as well. The LMGA had a lot of good feedback on the Rewards Tournament. So the Kickoff will be a Modified Chapman. This is a 2-man team event that is essentially a shamble-scramble-alternate shot format. Both players tee off and choose the best option. Both players hit a second and choose the best shot. From here, whoever’s shot was not chosen plays the third shot and continue alternate shot through completion of the hole. We hope you all enjoy the new event and stay afterward for the Spring Meeting.

The Ryder Cup will remain a 2-day event with the only thing changing being the date. A few other events changed as well. Due to so many weekend conflicts with graduations, marriages, children sports, the marathon, rainy weather, etc……the LMGA decided to eliminate a May event in 2019. But the Ryder Cup will fire up on june 1st/2nd and remain an East (Mahoney-Holmes) vs West (Pioneers-Highlands) format. 2-man teams day 1 and individuals day 2 along with a player prize pool again. Be actively recruiting players for your teams ASAP! Mahoney has maintained a long dominance that shows no future weaknesses……

The Stableford, LMGA Stroke Play Championship, Miller Lite Scramble and Orange Ball will all remain on the schedule as well as the Youth/Adult TBA. With the kickoff switching to a shamble-scramble type format, the board elected to introduce back a 2-man Best Ball in mid-August. All of these besides the Ryder Cup and Miller Lite will be Pre-Flighted as that seemed to be popular with a majority of the members. We do appreciate the feedback……most of the time ;).

Remember that participating in several of the events may qualify you for the Rewards Tournament in Ocotber. LMGA generally covers most of the cost of this fun tournament and a gift is given out. Last year we created a fun skins pool as well. Please read the President’s comments above for some other new awards starting this year!

Get signed up for the 2019 Kickoff! It will be another great golf season for the LMGA!

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.Jim Bishop

LMGA Board

WELCOME TO THE 2018 GOLF YEAR!!!!

Fellow LMGA Members,

Spring is just around the corner and the LMGA board is excited to begin the new year!!  A few notes and information as we gladly near the warmer weather and tournaments....

Bill Rainey has been elected as the new President and Pete Rodriguez became the new Vice President.  Mike Halverson's term had expired and Bill was ready to take on the open position. Most other positions/job duties remained the same but two new board members were added for 2018:  Rick Owens and Al Hulbert. We are very happy to have their help. The LMGA would like to thank Mr. Halverson and Dick Little for their past and still current dedication to the LMGA. We would also like to recognize Al Taft for his 63rd year as Treasurer for this association! Now...will you see him at the golf course????

The online printable membership form has been updated as promised. Please print it off and mail it or or simply renew via this site.

A few changes to the 2018 LMGA schedule have occurred. The Kickoff Scramble has returned to a 2-Man event. We certainly hear both sides of the opinions on 2-Man vs 4-Man teams. Many like the comfort of playing with four players when the year is young and the game may be rusty. Others like the ease of finding one partner vs a team of four. The last two years the Kickoff has been postponed due to poor weather conditions. We actually had more participants in 2016 as a 2-Man event. One thing to note here.....if you have a foursome you enjoy playing with, that can still happen in the kickoff or any of the two man events (Stableford or Shamble). At the bottom of the online registration there's a field to add "Grouping Request Names". If you mail it in, simply write your requests on the form somewhere. The board will do their best to honor these.  

The Stableford (and that wonderful catered BBQ meal) has traded dates with the Ryder Cup. Fitting a 2 day event in mid-June may be more weather friendly than late May but obviously it's all a gamble. We are also planning to pre-flight many of the events this year to reward play vs more equal handicapped players. The Kickoff, Stableford, 2-Man Shamble and Orange Ball will all be affected by this.  Stay tuned!

New this year to the Ryder Cup will be a player prize pool as opposed to the free shirt. Many players have a vast array of shirts from all sorts of events, so we would like to use this to all of our advantage. Team Captains can meet and then request players wear certain colors on each day. Maybe on day one East is red and West is blue. Then simply switch day 2. The prize pool will be to help reward potential good individual play on winning OR losing teams. We are still determining the points needed in 2 days to qualify you for the pot. This should be a great way to give back some funds to many of the guys!

The rest of the schedule remains relatively the same. Remember that participating in several of the events may qualify you for the Rewards Tournament on Ocotber 21st. LMGA generally covers most of the cost of this fun tournament and a gift is given out. Shirts will be handed out to the 2017 qualifiers at the 2018 Kickoff Scramble. So go ahead and get your team signed up today!

Hopefully plenty of warmth and sunshine to start the year.  Looking forward to another great year with you all! 

LMGA Board

"The reason a pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing."

--Phillis Diller

 

2017 INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY RESULTS!!!

61 players endured the heat and humidity for the 2 day LMGA Stroke Play Championship at Mahoney and Highlands on July 15th and 16th. The course conditions were excellent and great scores were recorded in all flights. 

Alex Svehla won the championship flight with a two day score of -5.  Ben Svehla took 2nd with a score of -1 after recording a sizzling low score of the tournament with a 67 on day 2. The rest of the results as follows:

Championship Flight

1st--Alex Svehla 137

2nd--Ben Svehla 141

3rd--Zach Tuttle 145

4th--Mark Haas 145

5th--Ray Kluck 147

 

1st Flight (net scoring)

1st--Mark Miller 137

2nd--Kent Evans 139

3rd--Dillon Ehman 139

4th--Spencer Duncan 143

5th--Larry Moore 144

 

2nd Flight (net scoring)

1st--Dennis Schmitz 136

2nd--John Varrati 137

3rd--Michael Dixon 138

4th--Dave Shamblin 138

5th--Jack Crandall 139

 

3rd Flight (net scoring)

1st--Bill Rainey 141

2nd--Jerry Petersen 143

3rd--Mark Mussman

4th--Mike Smith 144

5th--Jeff Bell 145

2017 STABLEFORD RESULTS!!!

30 teams competed in a 2 person team Stableford event at Pioneers Golf Course on June 18th (Father's Day). Teams were open to members and their guests of all ages and sexes. The goal was to accumulate the most points in this format. Points were awarded based on the net best score of the team. Double Eagles were worth 8pts, Eagles were 5, birdies were 3, pars were 1, bogies were 0, double bogies (or worse) were -1. 

The weather was perfect and the scores showed it:

1st- Russ Gausman, Travis Koenig 40

2nd- John Anderson, Greg Mills 37

3rd- Gene Hiatt, Jacob Hiatt 37

4th- Mark Haas, Dillon Ehman 35

 

2nd Flight

1st- Robert and Mike Kluczynski 29

2nd- Fred and Jack Best 25

3rd- Dave Dunigan and Mike Smith 29

4th- Mike Calvert and Larry Lococo 29

 

3rd Flight

1st- Dan Blythe and Tim Stewart 26

2nd- Jack Crandall and Vance Coatman 25

3rd- Dick Little and Tom Nesbitt 25

4th- Jerry Edwards and M Smith 25

Gene Hiatt scored the only double eagle.

After the tournament, teams raved about the meal of ribs, brisket and pulled pork from Hickory Road BBQ. 

The next tournament is the LMGA Individual Stroke Play on July 15th and 16th. This is a members only event that will be held at Mahoney and Highlands. A great time to prep for Men's City being held two weeks later! Entry forms available at all four city courses or sign up online at lmgagolf.org. 

2017 RYDER CUP RESULTS!!!

Heavy rains once again caused another LMGA event to be altered. Saturday team matchups were postponed from Pioneers to Mahoney on May 21st making this year's Ryder Cup a one day event.

3 points per match were available to win on Sunday in a 6-6-6 format. A close, back and forth battle was shaping up early. As the scorecards continued to be turned in, the East Team (Mahoney and Holmes) pulled away and prevailed easily over the West Team with a 36.5-25.5 victory.

This was Mahoney's 3rd straight year of winning this event. 

2017 Kickoff Results!!!

After a dreary weekend and ensuing postponement from April 29th, 17 teams kicked off the 2017 season on a beautiful Sunday morning at Highlands golf course on May 7th, 2017.  There was good play all around with not one team shooting higher than a score of 67.  Placing teams were as follows:

1ST FLIGHT

54---Bill Adams, Fred Daugherty, Kent Kurtzer, Pete Rodriguez

57---Kent Evans, Dave Larson, Larry Moore

60---Mike Miller, Dennis Schmitz, Bruce Sweney, Rick Waldrop

61 (scorecard playoff)---Derek Jensen, Mark Kluczynski, Mike Kluczynski, Robert Kluczynski

2ND FLIGHT

63---Marty Carper, Derrik Cornell, Don Turek, Randy Ware

64 (scorecard playoff)---Dan Blythe, John Clyne, William Overton, Tim Stewart

64 (scorecard playoff)---Verlyn Eden, William Foster, Dave Haumont, Bruce Melichar

64---Vance Coatman, Jack Crandall, Russ Gausman, Tom Tiedgen

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A double eagle on Hole #1 by the Little, Haas, Hill and Ehmen team. Mark Haas made the holed swing from 185 yards. 
  • The 2nd place team shooting 57 without a 4th player and not using an extra swing.
  • The 1st place team needing their anchor putter to attempt to putt only 3 times (all missed).

The 2017 Season Has Arrived With The Kickoff Scramble!!!!

The LMGA Board would like to welcome you to the 2017 season and another fun year of LMGA events!  We officially start the season next weekend with the 4 Man Kickoff Scramble on April 29th, 2017 with a meeting to follow right thereafter. Please get signed up ASAP as the registration closes soon! If you do not have a team and still wish to participate individually, please email the board (even if it is after the deadline) at lmgaboard@gmail.com. We will look to see if you can be placed on a team. It is not necessary to play this event to attend the meeting. So if you are unable to participate, please come to share any thoughts afterwards and gather information for the rest of the year!  A few quick items to address: 

The board would like to return to posting a few pictures here as we update the pages at the conclusion of these tournaments. If anyone takes pictures and would like to submit some of these to be added to our website, please feel free to email them.  It is always nice to put familiar faces having a great time golfing (or goofing) with friends on the site! Help us out!

It has been brought to our attention that the LMGA renewal/new member pamphlet is the 2016 version. Unfortunately this was overlooked by the dummy managing this site (yours truly). Please just print off and mail the old version as the GHIN information is suitable for our needs. Many of you already have and we appreciate all of you returning or becoming new members!  We will have a revised sign up form ready to go for the 2018 season.  Apologies for any previous confusion.

Following the Kickoff Scramble is a great event in the 2017 Ryder Cup!  A few changes have occurred in the teams and format.  This season will be an East versus West (Mahoney and Holmes vs Highlands and Pioneers) with the goal of getting 50 golfers per team! Players will be involved with either individual match play or 2 person team match play with a 6-6-6 format. 6 holes scramble, 6 holes alternate shot and 6 holes best ball. The captains will work with entrants to try and allow them to participate in their desired style of play.  Hurry up and get signed up for this awesome 2 day event!  Meals both days, drink tickets, range balls and a team shirt are all included with your entry. Stay tuned for potential team meet and greet dates, times and locale.  Mahoney has won this event the last two years and now gets to let Holmes in on the fun. Unless the West has something to say about it.....

Thanks for being a part of the LMGA! Get ready for another great season of golfing on the beautiful public courses of Lincoln, NE. 

"You’ve just got one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it."
– Sam Snead