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VP Trish: District Golf Commissioners

When I left the office earlier in the week, I had received all but 30 of the waivers; this is great! Hopefully, the rest will arrive next week. When Jim Cox, Sr. of Nest 307, Southington, CT sent in his waiver, he included a National Golf Tournament rule book from 1977! What a cool surprise, thank you Jim!

Pretty funny how things change. This part amused me in a warped way – The General Chairman and Organization of the Local Committee: Personnel – The National Golf Chairman shall be appointed by the Officers and Directors of the National Headquarters. The membership of the National Committee including a percentage of women on said committee. Said percentage will be determined by the participation in previous years, and shall be appointed by National Headquarters.

Eventually the rule was that each District would elect one female and one male commissioner at their District Convention. Now, each District may have two, but gender does play a part. Earlier this year, the commissioners and I met via Zoom. We will meet a couple times a year to share ideas.

Currently the following are District Golf Commissioners:

  • District I – Ed Ciesla, Nest 946, Hillsborough, NJ
  • District II – Pat Heineman, Nest 45, St. Louis, MO
    Jeff Beilfuss, Nest 907, Cicero, IL
  • District IV – Cheryl Paterni, Nest 8, Pittsburgh, PA
    Steve Lubinski, Nest 146, New Castle, PA
  • District V – Jim Cox, Sr., Nest 307, Southington, CT
  • District VI – Bob Kuzmicz, Nest 80, South Bend, IN
  • District IX – Kristen Baginski, Nest 610, Erie, PA
    Nick Carter, Nest 493, Batavia, NY
  • District XIII – Chuck Johns, Nest 86, Hamtramck, MI

Please pick up a backpack to donate. I have heard from quite a few who have purchased a backpack; this is wonderful!

Am back from the beach next week, so I will be sending an email to all the golfers with necessary information.

Be safe, have fun! Pretty soon!!!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Ready to Go (and a Trip to the Zoo)!

I am enjoying my favorite place, Geneva on the Lake, Ohio with my favorite people! John, Ryan and Ryanna! Quite a few fun-filled days are planned. We started our trip with a visit to the Cleveland Zoo! Seriously, why would I go to Cleveland??? It is on the way (well, in a round about way) and the kids often go to the Pittsburgh Zoo so I thought another zoo would be fun!!!


All that can be done prior to the National Golf Tournament has been done! Nest 610 is ready to go! This is going to be a blast! Getting together after two years! Back to Erie! So exciting!

Please submit your waiver (if you haven’t already done so) and please pick up a backpack or two!

Be safe!

Czolem!

VP Trish: FORE!

FORE!!! Getting close! The foursomes for the National Golf Tournament have been scheduled and forwarded to Tournament Chair, Greg Wieser. Handicaps were set based on information provided by the golfers and the scores from past tournaments. Thank you, Druhna Mary Whalen, for that information.

Gifts and prizes have been ordered; meals and entertainment are set; courses are ready for us! Nest 610 is prepared!

As I asked in the last blog, please bring a backpack (empty is fine) or non-perishable food items to donate. The Nest is going to donate to local organizations that help children and feed the hungry.

The week of August 2, each golfer will receive an email from me full of information: Nest address, times for buses, meals, entertainment – all that you need to know. If you are registered and do not hear from me, please contact me!

For those of you who have returned your waivers, thank you much! If you haven’t done so yet, please do. A waiver has been emailed to all the golfers; if you need me to mail you one, please let me know.

Enjoy! Keep safe! See you soon!!! Holy, moly, haven’t been able to say that in quite some time!

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Deadline & Donations

The deadline for the PFA National Golf Tournament has been extended to Monday, July 19, 2021 at noon eastern. We now have 111 golfers! There is room for a few more! Register here!

If you haven’t received an email from me, please contact me. I have been emailing all (if you had someone else as your email, your name was included in the message) to let you know I received your registration and to ask for your typical scores. A waiver is also attached to the email that needs signed and returned to me before I see you in Erie.

Former Commissioner Mary Whalen has shared lots of golf information, including the scores from the last several tournaments. Since we haven’t had a tournament in two years, I thought possibly scores have changed. If you haven’t given me a handicap, I am asking for typical scores. Several of you haven’t been to a tournament in quite a while.

The Nest is supporting St. Martin’s Center. I am asking if each of the golfers would please bring a backpack to donate (empty is fine) so that we can give them to the less fortunate in need of a backpack. Thank you! Czolem!

VP Trish: Not Long Now!

It won’t be long until we see each other in Erie! This is so exciting! Registration is open until tomorrow! Hope you are registered! If not, please do so as soon as is possible!

Hole sponsorships are still available. Please sponsor a hole for you, your family, your Nest, your District, your business, grandkids, whomever! Nest 610 is greatly appreciative of all!

Most of the Districts are represented by golfers. It would be really wonderful if every District and every Nest was a hole sponsor. Please consider supporting Nest 610 and the first National event in two years!

Currently, I am working on handicaps, dues status, foursomes and waivers. If you do not hear from me (by the end of this week), please contact me. My email to each of you is also serving as a confirmation and I want to be sure all applications are received (either through our site or the postal service).

Any questions, please reach out to me!

FORE and Czolem!

VP Trish: Registration Reminder!

National Golf Tournament registration closes in one week; please submit your entries! I have been in contact with Tournament Chair, Greg Wieser. Greg and I had a meeting early Friday morning, during which he provided an update. Nest 610 is very well prepared. Greg has asked me to share the following:

  • Nest 610 continues to prepare for this year’s National Golf Tournament, and hopes all can make it.
  • Thursday night, the club will be serving a traditional Polish menu and DJ Brad will provide entertainment.
  • On Friday, dinner will come from Nest 610’s Pitmaster, and we will have live music from Nat and the Mad Hatters – a very popular local band.

Even if you aren’t golfing, come to Erie and join in the fun! Hope to see you there!

I am in the process of confirming Membership, dues and handicaps; the foursomes will soon be set. I am getting very excited. This is going to be the first National event since 2019!

If you have any questions, please contact me.

VP Trish: Golf Carts

Registration continues for the National Golf Tournament; I received several more yesterday. There are also a few more Nests represented. Not every District has participants. Wouldn’t it be cool if each District had at least one foursome! I guess asking each Nest would be stretching it!! But is it?!!

Nest 610 is well on their way to being prepared for all of us! Tournament Chair, Greg Wieser and I communicate on a regular basis. Please submit your entries and don’t forget about being a hole sponsor!

Tournament chair Greg Wieser and his son recently golfed at a course in Colorado—look at that view!

Last week while on vacation, John and I took Ryan and Ryanna to Adventure Zone (in Geneva on the Lake, Ohio). When we were purchasing their fun package, the woman at the counter informed us that Ryan was tall enough to drive a go kart! Well, Ryan was not interested as he pointed out to me that he did not know how to manipulate the steering wheel or work the gas or brakes. My smart, sensible boy! The next day, we rented a golf cart. We taught both of them how to drive the cart, allowing each of them a few turns. While they still need a bit more practice, maybe next time we go to Adventure Zone, Ryan will be prepared!

Golf carts were originally made to transport women to the grocery store. They were not used on golf courses until the early 1970’s. The original ones were three wheelers in a Vespa style and were gas fueled. During the gas rationing period of WWII, the electric cart was invented. Obviously, golf carts are used for many purposes including transporting folks in communities.

So many carts are used in Arizona that back in 2014, a law was passed that allowed the drivers to drive closely to the right-hand side of the road. Prior to that, there were citations issued because they weren’t driving in the center of the lane.

When I started golfing in the early 90’s, one had a choice of a cart with or without a roof. Being the sun-worshipper I was, we always got one without. Baking in the sun was great for my tan but literally drained us. Now, I don’t even know of a place to rent one without the roof!

Any questions, please contact me vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!!

VP Trish: Golf Registrations & Bags

There is still plenty of time to register, but it would be wonderful if you were able to do so soon – just to give Nest 610 an idea of what to expect as well as help me. From previous tournaments and discussion, I know there are others who haven’t registered yet.

As the registrations continue to arrive, I have made a list of the Nests and Districts represented so far:

• Nest 4-South Bend, IN
• Nest 6-Buffalo, NY
• Nest 8-Pittsburgh, PA
• Nest 41-New Kensington, PA
• Nest 45-St. Louis, MO
• Nest 52-Rochester, NY
• Nest 74-Auburn, NY
• Nest 80-South Bend, IN
• Nest 86-Hamtramck, MI
• Nest 123-Erie, PA
• Nest 146-New Castle, PA
• Nest 182-Ambridge, PA
• Nest 307-Southington, CT
• Nest 430-Auburn, NY
• Nest 493-Batavia, NY
• Nest 519-Middletown, CT
• Nest 580-Pittsfield, MA
• Nest 610-Erie, PA

Districts: II, IV, V, VI, IX & XIII

Please don’t forget to send in your hole sponsorship forms as well!


History of Golf Bags

Back at the beginning, if players were carrying different clubs, they would simply tie them together with a piece of cord. The first club carrying golf bag was invented in the early 1900’s. The first bags were about the size and shape of modern Sunday bags. They were made of canvas and had a small 4” opening at the top and were less than 35 inches long.

Throughout the years and with lots of experimentation, the material used to make the bags has changed. Obviously, golfers prefer a lighter-weight bag. It was also determined that there was a need for the bag to have legs.

Along with the growth and popularity of the game of golf, and an increase in the variety of clubs, golfers carried more clubs and needed a larger bag.

There is a limit to the number of clubs that a golfer may carry. The 14-club rule was adopted by the USGA back in 1939. This was one of the determining factors in the size of golf bags.

There were also changes made to accommodate the need for more space to carry balls, gloves and even rule books.

There are many different types of modern golf club bags these days. The bags are larger, but weigh less, are much more durable and even accommodate our modern world with a special pocket for cell phones.

Enjoy this wonderful weather!

VP Trish: Golf Update

Registration is still going well for the golf entries! This is wonderful! Nest 610 is now looking forward to receiving hole sponsorships as well. There is a link to the form on our page; the cost per hole is $100.00.

The other course we will use (in addition to Scenic Heights) is Downing, which is a city-owned course. The course was built in the 1930’s and has always been owned and operated by the city. They are looking forward to our visit.

For each of our events, we need a waiver form for all participants. In the next few days, I will be confirming your entry and emailing you a waiver. Please return to me; I would prefer that we have these prior to the Tournament. Thank you!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Hole Sponsors & Golf Balls

Registration just keeps coming in, haven’t finalized the latest numbers yet but it seems as though we are ready to hit the links.

Nest 610 sent out letters asking Members to support their Nest by sponsoring a hole. The cost is $100.00 per hole and includes a sign and listing on the sponsor board, as well as supporting Nest 610.

Please click here to sponsor a hole. You are able to download the application and send it to Nest 610. I am sure if you don’t have a printer, that a note to them (along with your check) will do the job!


4 Stages in the Evolution of the Golf Ball

Although it is likely that the very first golf balls were nothing more than round rocks or pebbles, there are four distinctly recognizable stages in the evolution of the golf ball…

Wooden Golf Balls

There is no question that the first games of golf, as we know it today, were played using wooden golf balls. Wooden golf balls were the first man-made golf balls, and although information is scant, it would be a pretty safe bet to assume that a wooden golf ball had some rather interesting playing characteristics.

Feathery Golf Balls (Feather-Stuffed, Leather-Covered Golf Balls)

The first “real” golf ball was known as a “feathery” golf ball. Basically, the feathery was a leather sack filled with boiled goose feathers, then stitched up and painted. Feathery golf balls were expensive to make, easily damaged and only the privileged few could afford to use them.

Gutty Golf Balls

It wasn’t until 1848 that Rev. Dr. Robert Adams began creating golf balls out of Gutta Percha “Gutty.” The Gutty golf ball was created from the dried sap of the Sapodilla tree. It had a rubber-like feel and was formed into ball shapes by heating it up and shaping it while hot.

Rubber Core Golf Balls

The advent of the rubber core golf ball changed the face of the game of golf as we knew it. This new design was invented in 1898 by Coburn Haskell in association with the BF Goodrich Company. This new and unique golf ball construction and design featured a solid rubber core, high tension rubber thread wrapped around the core, and a Gutta Percha cover.

Continued Evolution of Golf Ball Design

Today, two-piece solid Syrilin covered balls are more popular with amateur golfers, as they tend to be more durable. Syrilin golf balls are longer and straighter as well. Many pros however, are still devoted to the soft and lively Balata balls, since they can get the distance needed and prefer the added spin for control.

Golf Ball Design and the USGA

The business of golf balls is not open-ended; the characteristics of golf balls are strictly governed by rules. These rules determine such things as:

  • Golf ball weight
  • Golf ball size
  • Maximum initial velocity
  • Spherical integrity and symmetry
  • Combined carry and roll of the ball

These and other characteristics make up the framework that today’s golf ball manufacturers work within as they vie technologically against each other.

The expression “a golf ball is a golf ball is a golf ball,” simply does not apply. What appears to be just a small round object is in fact the product of many current leading-edge technologies.

Any questions about golf, please reach out to me.

Czolem!