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VP Trish: Recapping the National Golf Tournament – Part 1

Even though the 52nd National Golf Tournament is now a fond memory, I will be writing several blogs to spotlight happenings from the golf tournament for the next few weeks.

Obviously, an enormous thank you to Tournament Chair Greg Wieser, Nest President Bob Sulecki and Members of Nest 610! Congratulations to all of you on a fabulous job! The golfers were very pleased with everything (well, maybe the weather Thursday didn’t make folks happy!) regarding the tournament. Numerous folks complimented the shirts, the food (thought it was the best ever!), the entertainment, the hospitality, the bags received upon arrival and the friendliness of the Nest Members. Plus, they got a kick out of the bowling lanes!

Traveling trophy displayed at Nest 8

This year, we added a few extras to the National Golf Tournament. One of the items was a traveling “trophy” for the Nest with the most participants. This year, that award went to Nest 8, Pittsburgh-District IV with 19 participants! Not only did Nest 8 sponsor a hole and send so many golfers, the Nest was extremely generous with donations. Golfers were asked to bring a backpack to donate to St. Martin’s Center. Nest 8 brought 48 backpacks, 36 canned goods and $30.00 cash!! This made me cry!! (This is in addition to all the support given to Nest 610.)

I had miscalculated the amount of time it takes to input scores. Nest President Jimmy Paterni helped me with that. When Jimmy needed to take a break, Nest Treasurer Cheryl stepped in.

Thank you so much for the tremendous amount of support from my Nest. (FYI-Nest 8 presented me with my silver Legion of Honor the previous Sunday!)

Czolem!

VP Trish: “It’s Christmas!”

My Mom used to say that when preparing for Christmas, one would shop, wrap, bake, cook and decorate until you simply ran out of time! It’s Christmas! Years ago when working on events, we would say to one another – it’s Christmas! The event is here; there is no more time.

Today at Nest 610 in Erie, Pa., it’s Christmas! Some golfers have already arrived and are golfing in the Hammer Open. Others are traveling. Registration opens at 4 p.m., and it is going to be so wonderful to be at a National Event (it has been too long)!

Hopefully, Mother Nature will smile on us!

Looking forward to fun, fraternalism and camaraderie! Thank you to Greg Wieser and all the Nest 610 Members who have worked so hard in preparation of this wonderful event!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Golf Update

As I write this (Friday evening), I am thinking that next week at this time, the golf will be complete, all the prizes awarded, all the meals consumed! But we will still be enjoying the camaraderie of a Falcon event. Hopefully, we’ll be a bit sunburned!

Greg Wieser told me that Erie has been experiencing more rain than usual this summer. The forecast currently is calling for warm temperatures with scattered storms next week, although there is plenty of time for that to change.

Please consider bringing your umbrella and rain gear. Nothing keeps the clouds away more than being prepared!

An email was sent to all the golfers (there were a few of you who had friends/family emails listed) with the information that Greg has shared regarding the tournament. All of that information is in the blog from this past Wednesday. If you are golfing in the Hammer Open, your tee time was included. The Hammer is being played at Scenic Heights. Jeff Jalowiecki of Nest 307 is taking care of the Hammer!

We are asking each golfer to bring a backpack to donate to a local center. If you missed that blog, please click here. They will be helping a local community.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.

No rain dances please, we want perfect golf weather!

Safe travels, see you in a few!

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Schedule

One week!!! Just one more week until we unite in Erie! Nest 610 is prepared and all of us are more than ready to go!

Each golfer will receive an email from me with this information. If you haven’t returned your waiver, please do so. If you don’t mail it by tomorrow, just bring it with you please.

Safe travels to all of you! Czolem!

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: 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 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: 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 Rules

If all continues to go well, the National Golf Tournament should be enjoyed as scheduled! Nest 610, Erie, Pa., is prepared to welcome the golfers for the event on August 12 & 13. Of course, the Hammer is played the day prior to the Tournament.

I will be sending an email to the golfers asking about their planned participation in this year’s Tournament. Please respond and share with others who might be interested!

The Golf Commissioners met via Zoom on March 8 and revised the National Golf Tournament rules. The rules were approved by the National Board of Directors at the Board of Directors meeting held on March 13, 2021.


National Golf Tournament

Participants:

  • Must be a Member in Good Standing by the beginning of the Tournament

Format:

  • Two Person Scrambles one day
  • Individual Tournament one day

National Golf Commissioner Responsibilities:

  • Application – Oversee creation and/or modification for all information pertaining to the Tournament
  • Work with Communications Director for publication and posting of all information related to the Tournament
  • Communicate with all golfers with details prior to the event, confirming their registration and handicap
  • Waivers – All participants must complete and sign a waiver form to participate in the Tournament. The Commissioner shall oversee the preparation, distribution and collection of the waivers.
  • Assign the Foursomes
  • Scoring – Tabulate the results for both events
  • Posting of pairings of starting holes and foursomes for both days

The host Nest/District and the National Golf Commissioner shall work together to:

  • Establish the entry fee for golf and all functions
  • Establish the Prizes for the Tournament
  • Assemble and distribute a Welcome Packet to all golfers

Host Nest/District will:

  • Post $500 deposit to secure the event (this will be refunded upon successful completion of the Tournament)
  • Select and secure either one or two courses
  • Make hotel arrangements in the area taking cost, amenities and location into consideration
  • Arrange for entertainment at their facility in the evenings
  • Provide meals (lunch on the courses and dinner both evenings) for all golfers and guests
  • For evening functions, provide transportation to the hotel and venue and back both nights

Date:

  • Second Friday and Saturday of August, if possible, if not Second Thursday and Friday of August

Scoring:

  • PFA will accept a League handicap or Ghin card.
  • If a golfer doesn’t have a League handicap or Ghin card, PFA will use a Falcons’ handicap (this is determined by the average of scores from three previous PFA National Tournaments).
  • The handicap for new golfers without League handicap, Ghin card, or Falcons’ handicap shall be women-30, men-20.
  • Double par-pick up (once you reach, double par, you pick up your ball and take that score.)

Divisions:

One prize per division

  • Women (up to age 59) Scratch
  • Women (up to age 59) Handicap
  • Senior Women (age 60 and above) Scratch
  • Senior Women (age 60 and above) Handicap
  • Men (up to age 59) Scratch
  • Men (up to age 59) Handicap
  • Senior Men (age 60 and above) Scratch
  • Senior Men (age 60 and above) Handicap
  • May add a Junior Division if there are participants

If interested in hosting the event, the Nest/District should contact the National Golf Commissioner prior to the current year tournament. If there is more than one bid, all golfers will vote on the next host.


All of the District Golf Commissioners joined the Zoom call to revise these rules and I greatly appreciate their participation, suggestions and input.

The District Golf Commissioners are:

  • District I – Edward Ciesla
  • District II – Patricia Heineman & Jeffrey Beilfuss
  • District IV – Stephen Lubinski & Patricia Del Busse
  • District V – James Cox
  • District VI – Robert Kuzmicz
  • District VII – none (as of right now)
  • District IX – Kristen Baginski & Nicholas Carter
  • District XIII – Charles Johns

If you have any questions, please contact me or your District Commissioner.

See you in August!

Czolem!