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This Thursday is our Championship Banquet.  Our much loved VNCC closes their doors to the rest of our membership and puts on a fantastic dinner for just our Massey Men’s League.
A few good reasons for attending –
  • Connect with friends one last time as a Team and League
  • Prime Rib and Lobster
  • Free Drinks
  • I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again
  • Poker after dinner
Unfortunately, when I posted last week that I needed you to sign up and indicate if you were planning to attend, only about half of our members chose to do that.  I need you to do that.  I need you to do that now.  Either way, please take action, we owe Zack, Justin, Emily and the rest of our VNCC extended family an accurate count.
If you don’t remember if you filled out the form (I created the form and couldn’t remember, it’s ok) click here – Championship Banquet Attendees
If you didn’t tell us your intentions, or your name isn’t on the list, please click here to let us know if we’ll see you on Thursday – Register for the Championship Banquet
Thank you for doing the right thing and I hope to see you on Thursday.
Since it’s my last Banquet it will be a bittersweet evening for me.  With that said, I promise to make the awards ceremony quick, fun and enjoyable!  I can’t promise it won’t include a little emotion on my part, it’s been such an honor getting to know you, spending time with you and doing everything I can to make this Men’s League experience something special for each of you.  I’m truly going to miss this Thursday experience.
Finally, just a couple of last minute notes if you CAN’T attend:
  • Don’t hesitate to send this to a Substitute member that helped you out.  Have them fill out the form – we just need them to tell us they’re coming.
  • You already paid for your dinner, if you can’t attend your dinner fee goes toward cocktails and that equals Fun and Enjoyable!  Thank you for the hangover!

See you tomorrow!

Just a couple of updates as we wrap up our season, your action is required!

Championship Banquet 2017

It’s been a tough schedule this year, largely due to the weather.  Partly though we also missed a couple of scheduling options.  This one is all on me.  My apologies for scheduling the Championship Banquet during the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana.

The banquet is always a great meal and one last opportunity to meet up with your team and fellow Men’s League members for a few golf stories.  We also pass out a ton of Cash.  This year will be particularly bittersweet for me as it will be my last one.  I hope you can join us and not just because you’ve already paid for the dinner.  I’ll promise to keep my comments short and sweet because I’d also like to give you a forum to discuss my transition out.

Before that can happen, I need everyone to take 2 minutes to let me know if you’ll be attending – Click here NOW to let us know! – We need to hear either way, thanks in advance!  If you can’t attend, please take a minute to send the sign up to your favorite Substitute as a thank you!

WaxWell Cup 2017

For years I’ve been talking with our esteemed Pro turned GM, Zack Wyman, about making the Inter-club match with Burlington Country Club a more competitive and club wide event for Vermont National.  It should also be a reward, not an expense for our players.  We found out on May 22nd that our dream might be a reality.  Although we didn’t have it ironed out until the end of August, I’m very excited to report that moving forward the event will consist of 12 Men’s League Members and 12 Non-Men’s League Members.  I may be more delighted that moving forward – the Pro Shop will coordinate this event!

The WaxWell Cup takes place tomorrow, September 12, at Burlington Country Club, 18 holes and a dinner to follow.  If you haven’t heard from the club on details, you didn’t make the cut.  If you want to see our team this year – WaxWell Cup Participants – is the full Roster and how they made it to this cool event.  Reach out to your friends and wish them luck.

Men’s League Members

Each of the top 2 Flight Leaders will be awarded a spot to compete in the WaxWell, with the 3rd and 4th filling where availability is limited.  Thanks to Kris and Shaun for forecasting this kind of shift at the start of the year and insisting on budgeting money to help defer the cost of the event for what was 36 Player Men’s League only event.  We originally allocated $15 of your dollars to defer the cost of shirts and hats.  That foresight means that we can actually cover the cost the both the apparel AND the meal making this a true reward for excellent year long play.  This is huge and I totally recommend budgeting this next year.  Hopefully, with this understanding and some marketing from the club we can grow this event into a long term success.

Vermont National Members

The 12 Non-Men’s League Members consist of 6 Club Champions and 6 Captain’s Picks.  Technically, they aren’t necessarily all Non-League Members, but they have earned a spot to play based on something other than Men’s League play.  This year moving forward the Club Champion, Senior Club Champion, Net Club Champion, President’s Club Champion and the Two Four-Ball Champions will join 6 Captain’s Picks chosen by the club.  Your Men’s League dues will not fund the fees necessary to to cover the apparel and food for the event, but the club has stepped up in a big way to make this a reward for these players too!  In order to play in each of the Championships listed above participants were charged an entry fee that goes toward Food, Trophies, cash prizes and a cut for the club.  It’s out of this cut, that the apparel and food expenses will be paid for the 12 Non-League participants.  Thanks to Zack for making this possible both this year and years to come.  I truly do believe that this should not be an expense, but a reward for all participants.  It’s an exciting change and hopefully serves to build some excitement club wide moving forward!

Final Event

We tried very hard this year to spread out the wealth that is your annual Men’s League dues.  We scheduled more team events, weekly prizes and balanced the team and individual payouts.  Due to rain dates, WaxWell budgeting and a variety of other unforeseen factors leave us at the end of the year with a little bit of money left over and I’d like to hear from you on how we spend it.  We’ll also have a full budget update at the banquet.  If you don’t mind taking a minute to follow one more link and give us your opinion that would be awesome.  Final Event Ideas

Have a great week everyone and I hope to see you on Thursday!  Have fun and Play Well.





It’s been years since we’ve had back-to-back rainy nights.  Thanks for those that stuck it out and played in the rain.  At least the Blue Plate Special warmed you up, heard the Shrimp Creole was fantastic.

Last week’s hail storm caused almost 75% of the matches to be cancelled or rescheduled.  We mentioned that you’d be able to make up your match anytime before June 22nd, the last week of our first half of the season.  The reality is that you should play it as soon as possible, don’t procrastinate.

We’ll leave the Week 2 Scoreboard up until June 22nd, any matches NOT marked on the Scoreboard on June 22nd will be considered a split.

Week 3 Update

This week the course stayed open – and we play rain or shine.  Kudos to all those that braved the cold and the rain.  We had 10 matches that did not post a score, and given the nasty weather we’ve decided to leave the scoreboard up until next week.  If you decided to stay home instead of playing, shame on you, but we’re giving you a break.  You’ll until next week, June 1st, to make up your Week 3 match.

The Leaderboard has been updated assuming those matches are a Split, 2 points to each player.  Next Thursday we’ll update and new scores, and adjust Leaderboard.


The most productive team of the Week was Team Mead with 17.5 out of 24 points.  Captain Justin Mead is first time player and Captain, a big role to take on and it appears he’s handling it well.  Both Justin and his A Flight Player, Rick Casadonte recorded 4 point victories last night.  Chris Bouchard decided to beat me early on Wednesday and gave his Team L’Esperance 4 of their 17 points.  Roy L’Esperance just doesn’t like to lose, he took another 3 1/2 points for a total of 7 points for the year and the best overall record.

Our closest to the pin winners were from the A and B Flights this week.  Doug Johnson won $80 for his shot on the 8th hole and Jason Sherman won $80 on the 4th.  Congrats to both of you.  If you went home without the cash, be sure to stop by the Pro Shop and pick it up!  Next week will be a redo on Closest for the C and D Flights and a Skins competition for all, stay tuned for more details.

As always have fun and play well this weekend!

For most of us just having a scorecard last week was a treat, but for some members the scorecard caused some confusion.  We’ve corrected a few items on the card for this week and wanted to share a summary of the scoring, particularly how handicaps and strokes are calculated.

Changes for this Thursday’s Scorecard

  • 4-Match Scoring Instructions printed on card
  • Handicapping Instructions printed on card
  • Accurate Course Handicap (based on recommended Flight Tee Box)
  • Overall Strokes and Hole Indicators NOT PRINTED on card

Historically, members had to go online or lookup in GHIN the opponents handicap, and were forced into playing a certain set of tees.  This caused confusion, delay in teeing off and most importantly wasn’t really a USGA approved method for handicapping our matches.  This year the Pro Shop will be updating your handicaps through GHIN and printing scorecards based on that week’s matches.  They will also be using your COURSE HANDICAP instead of just your GHIN Handicap.  This means that if you want to play a different tee box than your opponent the Handicaps and strokes can be adjusted quickly from the starter box.

Handicapping a normal match –

  • Pick up your scorecard from the starter
  • Find the difference between course handicaps (Ex:  16-13 = 3)
  • Divide by 2 (Ex:  3/2=1.5)
  • Drop anything after the decimal (Ex – 1 Stroke)
  • Indicate the stroke holes on the nine holes you are playing

What if I play a Sub?

  • Write in his name
  • Ask Starter or Pro Shop for Course Handicap for the Tee Box you’re playing
  • Follow the handicapping steps above

What if I want to play a Tee Box that’s different than my opponent?

  • Ask the Starter or Pro Shop for Course Handicap you’re playing
  • Follow the handicapping steps above

What if we BOTH want to move Tee Boxes from recommended?

  • Don’t worry about adjusting both Course Handicaps
  • Follow the handicapping steps above