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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!

VP Trish: History of Golf Clubs (and Tournament Update!)

As of this morning, there are close to 50 golfers registered for our upcoming event. This is exciting! I appreciate the honesty of those registering regarding their league handicap or their typical golf score. This will make the tournament fair as well as tons of fun!

Erie is perfect! This is the fourth time for Nest 610 to host, and the 18th time for a District IX Nest.

Scenic Heights Golf Course is a family-owned business by the Afton’s that was built on farmland and opened in 1995 as a nine-hole course. It expanded to a full par 72 challenging 18 holes in the early 2000’s and is well known for its beautiful scenery (especially the fall foliage), living up to its name “Scenic Heights.” The course is currently home to 15 weekday leagues and over 35 fundraising outings during the snow melt to snowfall season (usually from April into November). The 100-seat picnic pavilion was added in 2018 to accommodate the ever growing number of outings.

The other course being used is Downing Golf Course. More about that one next time!

If you have any questions, please let me know!


History of Golf Clubs

In the pastime played by the Scottish that later became the game of golf, small pebbles were hit around the sand dunes using wooden sticks.

Early Clubs

For hundreds of years, golf clubs were made out of wood, and it was not until late last century that the wooden shaft was replaced by other materials. Players initially carved their own clubs and balls from wood, though they soon turned to skilled craftsmen to produce competitive equipment.

Club Names

Using numbers to signify the different clubs is a relatively new thing. For a long time different clubs were known by a variety of names, such as:

  • Longnoses – for driving
  • Bulgers – like today’s woods as they have a bulbous head.
  • Fairway clubs (or grassed drivers) – for medium range shots
  • Spoons – for short range shots
  • Niblicks – like a wedge
  • Cleek – for putting

Woods

The shafts of the early clubs were made out of local European woods like ash or hazel. Club heads were made from tough wood such as beech, holly, pear and apple. The heads of the wooden clubs were long and thin, resulting in them being known as “long-nose woods.” Wooden-headed clubs were usually hand made by the local golf professionals until the early 1900s, when the growth in popularity of the game made factory produced clubs profitable.

Irons

Even as metal clubs became available, they were used sparingly as they could easily damage the early ‘feathery’ golf balls. As early as 1750 some club-makers used forged metal heads for niblicks (wedges). A metal-headed club may have just been saved for getting the ball out of the rough or from cart tracks. The early iron clubs, made by blacksmiths until about the 1870s, were quite crudely made, making them heavy to wield and difficult to control. The advent of drop forging technique in the late 1800s resulted in lighter and better made clubs that could be mass produced in factories.

The early 1900s was a period of experimental golf club designs, with many not proving the test of time. One of the most important changes was the move in around 1908 from smooth faces on the irons to the grooves that are used today. The grooves enabled more backspin on a ball, resulting in more distance.

Shafts

The shafts of the early clubs were made out of local European woods like Ash. The introduction of golf into America in the early 1800s lead to hickory wood being used in the shafts, which was found to be far more durable than other woods. Hickory became the standard material for golf club shafts until steel shafts were introduced in about 1925 in the US, and became standard everywhere from the mid-1930s. They had the advantage as they did not break like the hickory shafts and could be produced reliably with uniform feel in matched sets. The graphite shaft, which is lighter and stronger than steel, was introduced in 1973.

Today

Today’s sets of woods and irons are developed using computer technology to provide durability, weight distribution, hitting distance and accuracy. They are also made using advanced materials such as titanium, graphite and zirconia.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Golf Update

“Nest 610 continues to prepare for this year’s National Golf Tournament. Those that haven’t been to the club recently will see a number of upgrades and improvements. This year’s Hammer will be at Scenic Heights Golf Course on Wednesday, August 11th. We are very excited to see all our friends back in Erie again.”

-Greg Wieser, Chair of the upcoming National Golf Tournament

I am getting excited as well! Members are registering for the golf. Most have signed up online but a few mailed in paper applications (which is fine with me!). Hotel rooms are also booked. The rate is available beginning on Tuesday in case folks come in early. Quite a few do mainly to participate in the Hammer Open.

The first time Nest 610 hosted the National Golf Tournament was back in 1984, and there were 88 golfers. In 2005, there were 180 of us! Hope most of these golfers will return along with a few others.

Former Commissioner Mary Whalen has shared scoring information from quite a few tournaments in the past. Since there was no tournament last year, I don’t have scores. I am counting on all the golfers to be honest with me so that it isn’t too problematic to establish handicaps (If you don’t have a ghin card!).

If any of you have National Golf Tournament experiences and stories to share, please email me. I am sure others would love to walk down memory lane with you!


Golf Tidbits:

Don’t feel bad about your high handicap, 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18.

The word “caddy” comes from the French word for student – cadet – which is pronounced cad-DAY.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

The world’s first ever golf tournament for women was held on New Year’s Day in 1811 at Musselburgh, Scotland. I believe the first time women golfed with the PFA was in 1974, with our tournament beginning in 1969.

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right-handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left-handed golf clubs ever since.

Any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Falcon Camaraderie

This is our logo.

We all know that friends are the family we choose! Our Falcon family is indeed the family we have chosen.

Camaraderie: the feeling of closeness and friendship that exists between companions. Synonyms: brotherhood, community, companionship, sociability.

National events provide the opportunity for us to gather with those who don’t live near to us and with whom we have formed friendships with so many years ago (or possibly recently!). While many of us connect on social media, it simply isn’t the same.

Registration opened for the golf over the weekend. I am so looking forward to heading to Erie. Not only is Erie a place I truly enjoy, getting together with Members makes it even more special.

The Tournament starts on Thursday, August 12. As has been mentioned, this is a two-day National Golf Tournament with one day being a two-person scramble and the other day being individual play.

The Hammer Open will take place on Wednesday, August 11.

Nest 610 has made many plans for the National Golf Tournament. I have met with Tournament Chair Greg Wieser. Druh Greg has lots of experience with golf tournaments as does Nest 610. I am sure this is going to be a fabulous event!


Golf Lingo:

Army Golf: Like a marching rhythm: Left-right-left, in the game of golf, it means hitting the ball out of bounds to the left then to the right the next time.

  • Can: Refers to the cup on the green.
  • Dog Track (or goat hill): When the course is in poor condition.
  • Fly the Green: A shot that goes over the green.
  • Hacker: A mediocre or inexperienced golfer.
  • Rainmaker: A golf shot with a very high trajectory.
  • Victory Lap: When the putt circles the rim of the cup before dropping in.

I hear folks have booked rooms for the Tournament and a few have registered. Looks like Members are ready to hit the links!

If you have any questions, please contact me vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Registration

Committees are set, volunteers have been recruited, hotels are confirmed, golf courses are booked, menus have been created, entertainment scheduled…all of this in preparation for the upcoming National Golf Tournament (along with a few more surprises!).

The event is the 52nd National Golf Tournament and the fourth time that Nest 610, Erie, Pa. is the host. All that is missing is YOU! The registration opens today, so please click here and sign up. If you register prior to June 15, I will hand you a crisp ten-dollar bill when I see you at the sign in table in August!

Come to Erie for a few days of golf and camaraderie! Cost per golfer is $160.00 which includes two rounds of golf (with a cart), two lunches, two dinners and prizes.


Everything has its’ own lingo (most things!) so I thought we could have some fun!

Golf Lingo:

  • Afraid of the Dark: When the putted ball refuses to fall into the hole.
  • Cabbage (or spinach): When you hit the ball into inescapable thick rough.
  • Chili Dip: Hitting the ground behind the ball before impact with the ball.
  • Dawn Patrol: Golfers who play at sunrise.
  • Foot Wedge: When a player uses their foot to push the ball into a better position.
  • Lumberjack: When a golfer hits a ball into a wooded area numerous times during a round and continues to hit the trees trying to get out of the woods.

Looking forward to seeing all of you! Any questions, please contact me vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Survey

Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the golf survey. Your input is needed and appreciated. The results are very encouraging! The upcoming National Golf Tournament should be another great time full of fun, sunshine and camaraderie!

The Tournament is being hosted by Nest 610, Erie, Pa. on August 12 & 13. Those of you who prefer a Friday/Saturday as opposed to a Thursday/Friday, we hear you and we understand. This is something that will depend on the host. If the Tournament was being held in my area, there would be no problem. However, that is not the case everywhere. But we hear you and we are trying. The golf courses are only willing to be so accommodating.

There were comments regarding the format of the event. Again, I hear you. At this time, the two-person scramble and the one-day individual tournament pleases most; it seems like a good compromise. As a golfer, I do not enjoy a scramble and think they take more time (There is a meeting on every shot!). Some golfers do enjoy them so we have a scramble on one day. There are other golfers who share my opinion and are not interested in changing to a scramble both days. What might be interesting is a “bloodsome scramble” which is rarely used!

I am meeting with the Members of Nest 610 early next week. Following our meeting, the information regarding the Tournament will be given to Courtney (which she obviously will post). The hotels, courses, cost, evening festivities and other information will be available. More details about the Hammer will also be shared. (I will be sure to ask the Nest 610 Committee if they need help with a DJ!)

Seasoned golfers as well as a few rookies will be participating this year! I am looking forward to seeing all of you! If you have any questions, please contact me vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Keep safe; wash those hands; get your vaccine!

Czolem!

Trish Del Busse
National Golf Commissioner

Past National Bowling Tournaments

We are missing our bowlers this year! As we await the time we can gather together once again, check out this list of past PFA National Bowling Tournaments compiled by Janet Knauber and Trish Del Busse.