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Posted on June 27, 2022 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (1)

 

 


 

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It was an interesting week at the old Club. Lots of good things happened, nothing standout. Maybe summer – and its wonderful routines – has come in, just when we needed it.

 

A couple of random thoughts:

 

Sunday morning, as the foursome in which I was playing walked from #7 green to the 8th tee, our great Grounds Superintendent, Keith Hoover, was waiting for us in a golf cart. We were all surprised, because Keith had driven to a family event in Pennsylvania on Thursday and wasn’t due back at the Club until Monday morning. “What are you doing back so early?” we asked. “I got back at 1:00 this morning, the course was calling for me,” he replied and drove off. We saw last week that all our Island Country Club team, Grounds and Clubhouse, feel that way, as Patty Eaton and the Clubhouse team also stepped up their game during Annie’s absence. Please thank them often for their commitment.

 

As I left the Club Sunday afternoon, I met up with Bill Whitman, just starting his round. I asked how he was doing. The always straightforward Bill replied, “Fair.” He paused and added “After my illness, I’m still trying to figure out what deficits I have, and what I can do about them.” As a Club with so many “older” members, many of us are facing frequent new “deficits.” Bill is showing us how to do it. For so many things he has done for the Club and the Island, thank him.

 

And herewith the news:

 

News of the Clubhouse:

The first full Board Meeting of the season was held June 22. The Operations and Financial reviews both showed the season off to a good start, slightly below last year, attributed largely to the poor May weather. The Fin & Fern lunches are selling well, and inventory is better timed to demand. The delivery of the new greens mower continues to be delayed by “a missing part,” but the grounds crew is doing a fine job with the existing equipment. Two maintenance projects were discussed. The Board authorized the repair of the Great Room chimney and determined to begin the re-painting of some of the Clubhouse’s and Barn’s exterior trim with a crew of Club volunteers. A Nominating Committee of Linda Stratton, Lee Levant and your editor, was approved to propose the next slate of directors and officers to be voted on at the August Annual Meeting. Please contact any of them to suggest candidates or even to promote yourself. The Minutes of the Executive Committee and Board Meetings will be posted on the Club Bulletin Boards when completed.

The Summer Lobster Fest is Saturday, July 9. Lobsterman/Chef/Chief Ryan Hayward will be preparing steamed lobster and plating it up with all the traditional trimmings, served, weather permitting, on the patio and lawn behind the Clubhouse. Beverages served beginning at 4:00PM, dinner at 5:00PM. $25 per person. Make your reservations soon in the Clubhouse or call 348 2379.

 

It’s getting hot (by Island standards), and you need to drink your water. What better way to make sure you have it with you than an Island Country Club logoed water bottle? Featuring an aluminum shell, outstanding insulation, a mounted cap and a strong clip to attach to your golf or tennis bag, these are a must to keep yourself hydrated as the sun and heat do their thing. Annie has them selling for $10.00 in the Pro Shop.

 

Kids need other kids to play golf and tennis with. We’ve put signup sheets in the Pro Shop on the old First Tee board, for young folks looking for golf or tennis partners to list their names, contact information and the times they would like to play. Remember, children 18 and under of members and children 18 and under from Island and Peninsula schools play without greens fees. It’s the Club’s way to help grow the game, and eventually our membership.

Wine Wednesday continues to be a great way to meet up with friends and welcome new members. Social Director Jeannette Parker reports on the gathering on June 22: The 4th Wine Wednesday of the season followed the first Board of Directors meeting and was attended by 30 members. Welcome back Dan and Pat Carroll, Howard and Betsy Morgan, Dick and Pat Roth, Jim and Gail Plotts and Cory and Sophie Webb. The ice cream sundaes were enjoyed by all. Door prizes were won by a trio of ladies: Betsy, Babette and Sophie. As members continue to return to the island, we hope you’ll join us.

 

Today I Learned That the Average Person Consumes 8 Glasses of Wine A Week

 

Today I Also Learned That I Am an Over an Overachiever.

 

News of Golf:

Keith, his crew and most golfers request the following:

 

Rake the bunker after you play out of one and replace the rake IN THE BUNKER.

Do NOT move the wiffle ball on the flagstick. It has been placed to signal how far back on the green the pin is located.

Carry sand with you to repair divots in the fairways. More tubes are soon on the way.

REPAIR YOUR BALLMARKS! REPAIR YOUR BALLMARKS! REPAIR YOUR BALLMARKS!

Second round Men’s Presidents’ Cup matches are being played this week. Remember to let these two-person match play matches play through should they catch up to you on the course.

 

Ladies Golf on June 21 is reported this week by Special Correspondent Anne Douglass: We had 18 intrepid golfers on a beautiful summer solstice morning! We played the Mutts Game in which the number of putts is subtracted from your nine-hole round total score.

First Place - A three-way tie: Eliza Childs, Inese Moore, and Pam Fowler with a Mutts score of 29

Second Place - Linda Kimbrell with a Mutts score of 30

Third Place - A five-way tie - Anne Douglass, Carol Shaw, Sharon Hellstedt, Su Oliver and Suzanne Banghart with a Mutts score of 33

Low Putts

First Place - Anne Douglass - 13

Second Place - Sharon Hellstedt - 15

Third Place - Linda Kimbrell - 16

There were two chip-ins. Babette Cameron and Emily Hawkins

Ladies Golf will be played tomorrow morning if the storms pass as forecast.

Twilight League play on June 20, played last week from the Gold tees, is reported by Commissioner Ken Wiberg:

1- Ryan Hayward/Dick Dunham 20

2- Lee Levant (Luke Hartmann sub)/Jerry Gray 17

3- Ken Wiberg/Vito Corsini 14 won tie breaker

Pin Hole 6:

1- David Greiwe 3’ 1/2”

2- Ryan Hayward 3’ 3”

Twilight League is scheduled to play tonight if the storms pass, and tomorrow night to make up last week’s rainout. Check with the Pro Shop (348 2379) to learn if tonight’s matches will be played.

Billings League Action on June 23 is reported by First Place Ryan Hayward:

1st- Baren Yurchick/Jim McDonald -5

2nd- Connor Morey/Andy Pratt -5

3rd- Bry Ciomei/Kendall McGuffie -5

4th- Will Morey/Cory McDonald -4

5th- Doug Seibert/Tim Seibert -4

Pin #7

1st- Hugh Reynolds 6' 7"

2nd- Connor Morey 9' 6"

OVERALL STANDINGS

1st- Ryan Hayward/Vito Corsini 16 pts.

2nd- Connor Morey/Andy Pratt 17 pts.

3rd- Baren Yurchick/Jim McDonald 23 pts.

4th- Will Morey/Cory McDonald 28 pts.

5th- Doug Seibert/Tim Seibert 33 pts.

Scrambles results for June 24 are reported by Commissioner and sage Mimi Gerstell: Five teams competed in Scrambles on June 24th. Low gross winners at 4 under par were the Levant family team (Lee L, Sarah L, and Dylan Connelly). The Scrambles Commission has notified the Levants that although they won the big bucks this time, they will be disqualified from future cash awards in Friday Scrambles if they choose to play as a team again. The low-putts winners with only 9 putts were the team of Ed Black, Inese Moore, Kathleen Greiwe-Crandall, and Arthur Poitras. Scrambles will be played Friday, July 1 at 9:00AM. Signup in the Pro Shop or call 348 2379 before 3:00PM Thursday.

The Member-Member Tournament will be held July 17. Signup sheets and rules will be posted on the Men’s and Women’s Bulletin Boards soon. One obvious rule: Both players in a twosome MUST be Members of the Island Country Club.

The Annual Masonic Marine Lodge Scrambles Tournament, postponed because of rain a week ago Sunday, has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, July 31 at 8:30AM. A new signup sheet will be posted in the Pro Shop on both the Men’s and Ladies Golf Bulletin Boards. The tournament remains its traditional 4-person Scramble. Men will play for their prize pool in an 18-hole tournament, Ladies will 9 holes for their pool and any Mixed foursomes will play in the Men’s Division. Many thanks to Vern Seile for his efforts to keep this fun and important tournament, which provides funding to many youth sports programs on the Island, on our schedule.

News of Tennis:

Tennis news for last week was filed by Traveling Reporter (she seems to be on the move regularly) Linda Allen: The tennis courts are in tip-top shape and ready for your enjoyment! Open Tennis is held on Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Guest fees have been lowered to $15 to encourage more participation so spread the word and invite your friends to come and play!

 

The Lucky Draw tennis tournament, in which mixed doubles teams are randomly assigned, is a fun tradition that is open to members and non-members. It will be held the morning of Saturday, July 16th.The Mixed Doubles Club Championship will take place the morning of August 6th. This tournament is only open to members and the winners will have their names inscribed on the Club’s trophy! If there is enough interest, a Men’s Doubles Tournament will be held. Sign-up forms will be posted soon on the bulletin board so be sure to join the fun!

 

We will contact Bucks Harbor Yacht Club and the Blue Hill Country Club to see if they are interested in scheduling inter-club tennis tournaments with us this summer.

 

Once again, we will try to help summer visitors find tennis partners by posting “Find a Partner” sign-up sheets for adults and children. We encourage anyone wanting more court time to put their name on the list and contact others who sign up.

News of Bridge:

Bridge play began at the Club last Monday evening and is reported by Commissioner (and big winner) Jim Plotts: This past Monday we kicked off the new year of bridge at the Island Country Club. We had a great turnout of 10 enthusiastic players. Great conversation and banter and some actually good bridge. We continue to add new players to our distribution list. If anyone wants to get on our list, send your email address to "jmplotts@aol.com".

RESULTS:

2530 - Jim Plotts

2210 - Marilyn Verhey

2030 - Jack Shaw

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Editor’s Note: Give our great managers and staff, each and every one of them, some love.

Sam Ostrow

Editor at Large

samsiccmail@gmail.com

 

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Mood Swings

Posted on June 20, 2022 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Last week began with the heartbreaking news that a longtime member of the Club and a very good friend to many, Ken Kleeman, had died. Later in the week we received news of other members and good friends afflicted with serious illness. Too many of the events scheduled for the week were rained out or rained on. And then, on Saturday afternoon, the rains briefly stopped, the sun broke through and that most joyous of life’s events – a baby shower – was celebrated in the Great Room. The cycle of life in a single week – the Best Little Country Club in America is truly graced.

 

And herewith the news:

 

News of the Clubhouse:

Longtime member Ken Kleeman died on Sunday, June 12, at the age of 83, after a brief illness. Ken was born and lived most of his life in Charleston, West Virginia, but he and his wife of 60 years, Joy, moved to Massachusetts recently to be nearer to family as his health declined. Ken and Joy were frequently at the Club for social events, and he was seen often on the golf course with his great friend, Jim Plotts, where they never ran out of new things to say to each other. A virtual memorial service was held yesterday with several members of the Club in attendance. Our condolences go out to Joy and their family, his many friends on the Island and in Charleston and to all who loved his conversation and his garlic!

 

An Island Country Club Board Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 22 at 4:00PM. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion but cannot vote. There will be operational and financial reports, presentations by the directors for our committees and discussion of some important Clubhouse maintenance issues. For your planning, the upcoming Board meetings are July 20, August 17 and September 21, all at 4:00PM. All Board Meetings are in the Great Room and will also be available on Zoom.

The Kitchen is Closed means The Kitchen is Closed. There have been some recent situations in which members have brought food into the kitchen that needs to be reheated, cooled, mixed or otherwise prepared. ABSOLUTELY NO! The Club has assured the Board of Health that there will be no food preparation in the kitchen. That’s a condition of getting a food service license back should that ever be wanted or needed in the future. If you are bringing food to the Clubhouse for any reason – Wine Wednesday, an event, to eat later – it must remain as is until it is consumed or removed.

 

Annie is away for most of this week, taking care of some personal matters. Patty, Diana and Willow “have the conn” as they say in the submarine service. Please treat them with the utmost respect and please be patient as they are clearly going above and beyond for all of us.

 

Get your Island Country Club logo golf towel at the Pro Shop. These will look great hanging from your bag and are designed to be useful not only to announce your proud membership in the Best Little Country Club but also to keep your grips dry in both rain and hot weather – both sure to return.

 

Liza Childs (unpaid spokesmodel) with our new ICC golf towels

The Club is a participant in Maine Golf’s DRIVE FOR KIDS in conjunction with this week’s Korn Ferry Tour professional golf event in Falmouth later this week. You can buy tournament wristbands this week in the Pro Shop to support golf programs in local Maine high schools.

 

Wine Wednesday will be held on Wednesday June 22, at 5:00PM, immediately after the Board Meeting. Social Director Jeannette Parker reports: The third Wine Wednesday of the season was a gathering of 20 members. Food was abundant and fabulous and a great variety of sweets. The door prizes were won by men this week: Tom Mehalic, Dan McLaughlin and Steve Moore. As members continue to return, we look forward to seeing you! No sweets this week, please – a special dessert will be provided.

Corks Are For Quitters

 

Wine Wednesday ~ June 22 ~ 5:00 - 6:30

Friends ~ Appetizers ~ Door Prizes

Swing By Fore a Fun Time!

That much cheering Baby Shower is a reminder that our Club facilities are available for rentals for special occasions – and we are off to a great start this season. On Saturday Abby Moody and Connor Morey celebrated both their engagement and expectancy at the Club. Wonderful gifts surrounded the Great Room and adding to the beautiful decorations as the guests arrived. Below are Abby, third from left, and women members of her and Connor’s family.

 

Erratum: Apologies to Ashley Emerson, whose graduation party was celebrated at the Club last weekend. Ashley, her family and friends were celebrating her graduation from George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill.

 

The Annual Lobster Dinner is Saturday, July 9. Chef (another title) Ryan Hayward promises freshly caught and prepared lobster and the traditional accoutrements at the remarkable price of $25, served at the Club. “Cocktails” at 4:00PM, dinner at 5:00PM. Signup in the Pro Shop or make a reservation at 348 2379.

 

 

The Club’s Facebook and Instagram pages are being updated frequently and are your best source for news about tournaments, events, food service and other updates from the Club. The Official Facebook page is Icc Maine | Facebook. The Official Instagram page is Island Country Club (@islandcountryclub) • Instagram photos and videos. Enjoy these pages, check them out often and many thanks, again to Willow Weed Eaton for taking on the design and administration of our new social media presence.

 

News of Golf:

The Masonic Marine Lodge Scrambles Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, June 19, was cancelled because of inclement (to put it mildly) weather. A new date hopefully will be announced soon.

 

Twilight League on June 12 was postponed due to forecast thunderstorms (better safe …;). Announcement of the make-up date will be made before tonight’s play at 4:00PM.

 

Presidents’ Cup play for men begins this week. This is a match play tournament, with 20 players participating this year. Players schedule matches each of the next few weeks at mutually convenient times. Should a match come up behind your group please be courteous and let them play through.

 

Ladies Golf held its Opening Day and Luncheon on June 14, reported by ace correspondent (and member of the winning team) Sharon Hellstedt: Twenty-one ladies gathered on June 14 for the first day of the Ladies Golf season. They played a Scramble format followed by a potluck luncheon.

Results:

Coming in first at 35 strokes was the team of Marilyn Schroer, Emily Hawkins and Sharon Hellstedt. Second at 36 were Anne Douglass, Suzanne Banghart and Su Oliver. Third at 37 were Linda Rand, Linda Allen and Inese Moore. Low Putts were also won by Marilyn Schroer, Emily Hawkins and Sharon Hellstedt at 19, with the threesome of Linda Rand, Linda Allen and Inese Moore tying with Eliza Childs, Marilyn Mehalic, Jeannette Parker and Mikey Bannister at 13. Sharon chipped in twice!) and Emily once, the explanation for the extraordinary double win. Closest to the pin at 11’7” was Inese Moore.


Billings League played twice last week, a makeup round on Tuesday and a scheduled round at its usual date and time on Thursday, all reported by Ryan Hayward (whose pair finally didn’t finish in first place!):

Makeup on Tuesday

1st- Ryan Hayward/Vito Corsini

2nd- Will Morey/Cory McDonald

3rd- Baren Yurchick/Jim McDonald

4th- Doug Seibert/Tim Seibert

5th- Keith Hoover/Pete Grindle

Thursday's Results

1st- Will Morey/Cory McDonald

2nd- Luke Hartman/Chris Gross

3rd- Connor Morey/Andy Pratt

4th- Doug Seibert/Tim Seibert

5th- Baren Yurchick/Jim McDonald

Pin # 3

Pete Grindle 25' 5"

OVERALL STANDINGS

1st- Ryan Hayward/Vito Corsini 10 pts

2nd- Connor Morey/Andy Pratt 15 pts

3rd- Baren Yurchick/Jim McDonald 23 pts

4th- Will Morey/ Cory McDonald 24 pts

5th- Doug Seibert/Tim Seibert 28 pts

6th- Hugh Reynolds/Greg Sanborn 36 pts

Scrambles was played on Friday, June 17 as reported by Commissioner Mimi Gerstell: Four foursomes competed in Scrambles on June 16th. Low gross winners at 30 were Jack Shaw, Jim Plotts, Inese Moore, and Arthur Poitras. The low-putts prize went to the team of Steve Hindy, Ed Black, Joe Bruno, and Carol Shaw, with a total of 12 putts. When the group gets a little larger, we'll offer some additional prizes such as a prize for the tee shot closest to the pin. Scrambles will be played again on Friday, June 14. Signup in or call the Pro Shop (348 2379) by 3:00PM Thursday.

 

FIX YOUR BALL MARK! FIX SOMEONE ELSE’S BALL MARK! FIX BALL MARKS. Keith and the Grounds Crew are working hard to bring the greens back from the damage they incurred during the drought and power outage in May. It will go a lot better if ball marks are promptly repaired. Tools and instructions are available in the Pro Shop.

 

News of Tennis:

Tennis has News! The tournament schedule and other information, reported by Tennis Co-Director Linda Allen: Tennis tournaments are coming! The Lucky Draw, in which mixed doubles teams are randomly assigned, is a fun tradition that is open to members and non-members. It will be held the morning of Saturday, July 16th. The Mixed Doubles Club Championship will take place the morning of August 6th. This tournament is only open to members and the winners will have their names inscribed on the Club’s trophy! If there is enough interest, a Men’s Doubles Tournament will be held. Sign-up forms will be posted soon on the bulletin board.

 

“Find a Partner” sign-up sheets for adults and children will help summer visitors and members find tennis partners by posting their interest in playing. We encourage anyone wanting more court time to put their name and contact information on the list and reach out to others signing up.

 

Participation in Open Tennis has been light so anyone coming gets plenty of playing time. Guest fees have been lowered to $15 to encourage more participation so spread the word and invite your friends to come and play on Wednesday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

 

News of Bridge:

Bridge play begins tonight in the Clubhouse at 7:00PM. To remind everyone of how we do this, everyone should arrive before 7:00PM to decide on tables and start on time. You do NOT need to come with a partner NOR do you need to let us know ahead of time of your attendance. Just come. Entry fee is $1. We give half our proceeds to the Club and pay the remainder out to winners. We play 4 hands with one partner then switch around. If you did not receive an email about the start of the Bridge season and want to have your name added to the email list for future correspondence and updates, send an email to me at jmplotts@aol.com. See you tonight and many Mondays to come.

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Editor’s Note: Today is the national observance of Juneteenth, dating from the arrival of Union Army troops in Galveston, Texas, bringing the Emancipation Proclamation to those enslaved there months after the surrender at Appomattox ending the Civil War. As busy as we are, take a few minutes to think about what it must be like to suddenly, unexpectedly and without preparation be told “you are FREE!”

 

Sam Ostrow

Editor at Large

samsiccmail@gmail.com

94th Season in Full Swing

Posted on June 13, 2022 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


(Even if some of us aren’t swinging fully anymore)

The breadth and tempo of the Island Country Club’s 94th season swung into full gear last week, even with a couple of days of “it’s just Maine in June” weather. The fairways are a beautiful green, the greens themselves are coming back from the near devastating drought in May, the tennis courts are finally ready for play, the golf leagues are fully in play, Ladies Golf begins with their play and opening luncheon tomorrow, the lunch program with Fin & Fern is normalizing with more experience and a continual introduction of new offerings, Wine Wednesday is thriving, the Pro Shop is getting in new clothing choices as well as neat golf and tennis accessories, our members are getting recognition for their prowess well beyond our Island and there is even News of Bridge. What will it be like when everyone is here?! And with that

 

Herewith the News:

News of the Clubhouse:

The season’s first full Board Meeting will be held at 4:00PM on Wednesday, June 22. Members are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion but cannot vote. There will be operational and financial reports, presentations by the directors for our committees and discussion of some important Clubhouse maintenance issues. For your planning, the upcoming Board meetings are July 20, August 17 and September 21, all at 4:00PM. All Board Meetings are in the Great Room and will also be available on Zoom.

The Club’s first Fin & Fern dinner, “A Night in Italy,” will be at the Clubhouse on July 19. Chef Andy Chappell of Fin & Fern is justifiably famous for his Italian cuisine, and will be preparing and serving a four course, traditional Italian dinner, which the Club will accompany with a selection of really good Italian wines at very reasonable prices. Details are being finalized, but we will have a signup sheet in the Clubhouse soon to gauge participation. Two more Fin & Fern dinners are being planned for August. We’re very excited to be bringing you this unique social and dining opportunity and look forward to a great “Night in Italy.”

The Annual Lobster Bake is Saturday, July 9, prepared and served by Chef (Chief/Club Vice President/Lobsterman – you pick it), Ryan Hayward. Wine and beer at 4:00PM, Lobster Dinner with all the traditional accoutrements at 5:00PM – fun and surprises throughout. The signup sheet is in the Pro Shop or make a reservation at 348 2379.

The Club has made it to the 21st Century with the opening of our Instagram and Twitter pages (both are @iccmaine). You will also like our Island Country Club Members page, administered by Mike Parker and Linda Stratton (Island Country Club members group | Facebook). Great thanks to Annie and our newest staffer, Willow Weed Eaton, for these great additions to our communications capabilities. Willow will be updating our pages regularly.

Wine Wednesday News from Social Director Jeannette Parker: Last week’s Wine Wednesday was a gathering of 15 members. Door prizes were won by the ladies this week: Linda Allen, Mimi Gerstell and Carol Shaw. Members continue to return. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

The Answer May Not Lie at the Bottom of the Wine Bottle. But You Should At Least Check.

 

 

Wine Wednesday ~ June 15th ~ 5:00 - 6:30

Friends ~ Appetizers ~ Door prizes

Swing By Fore A Fun Time!

The Clubhouse public rooms are available for parties and other events, and can be scheduled by calling Annie at 348 2379. Annie and her team do a great job in setting up the rooms in a wide variety of formats, to accommodate everything from dinner parties to weddings to celebrations to formal and semi-formal presentations. Here are some images of the set up for a Graduation Party held this past weekend to celebrate Ashley Emerson’s graduation from Deer Isle Stonington High School. You’ll soon see Ashley working in the Clubhouse as part of Annie’s team.

 

 

 

The Club’s Plaques and Trophies are being updated with great diligence and care by Jim Plotts. Jim notes: We are nearing the end of a lengthy process to get all our plaques and trophies up to date with names of winners from previous years. We will then update 2022 winners as they are determined. BUT, we still lack some names for our Member/Member Plaque. If anyone can supply names for the missing years, please send them to Jim Plotts at jmplotts@aol.com. We need:

WOMEN - 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

MEN - 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019.

Also, the last name on the Hole-in-One plaque is Percy Zentz, 7/10/21. We know we need plates for Mikey Bannister - 6/2/22 #6 and Jack Shaw - 6/6/22 #4. If we are missing anyone, let Jim or Annie know.

News of Golf:

The Masonic Lodge’s Tournament to Benefit Island Youth Sports is this coming Sunday, June 19. Four person Men’s and Ladies’ teams compete in Scrambles in this annual event that raises money to support the Island’s many youth sports teams and programs. There is still time to signup in the Pro Shop. If you are looking for teammates, leave your name in the Pro Shop and pairings can be made until Saturday. $25.00 entry fee per player, with cash prizes for both gross and net winners.

Twilight League’s first session opened Monday, June 6, using a modified Calloway format, with results reported by Commissioner Ken Wiberg: two teams tied for first with identical cards:

1- Steve Stone/David Greiwe 18pts and

1- Sam Ostrow/John Thompson III 18pts

3-Ryan Hayward/Dick Dunham 18pts (lost tie breakers)

Pins Hole 3:

1-Jack Shaw 23.5” (What? No Hole in One this week?)

2-Kendall McGuffie 24’ 4”

Twilight League play for tonight (June 13) has been postponed because of the wet conditions on the course. A makeup date will be scheduled.

Billings League was rained out on June 9. The round has been rescheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 14).

Scrambles was played on June 10 and is reported by the Commissioner, Mimi Gerstell: Four foursomes competed in Scrambles on June 10th. Low gross winners on a card playoff were Jack Shaw, Ed Black, Dave Goddard, and Emily Hawkins. Low putts (9) were also achieved by the low gross winners, so the low-putts prize went to the team with the second-lowest putts (12), which was the team of Lee Levant, Steve Moore, Kendall McGuffie, and Mimi Gerstell.

 

Scrambles will again be played on Friday, June 17. Sign up for Scrambles in the Clubhouse or by phone (348 2379) by 5:00PM (Mimi works late!) on Thursday. If you show up on Friday without having signed up on Thursday, we may be able to accommodate you, but we don't promise to do so.

Ladies Golf begins tomorrow, June 14, followed by their Opening Luncheon in the Clubhouse. Your editor is looking forward to publishing results of the many interesting golf games this outstanding members group plays each season. Play well!

As to how dedicated our Lady Golfers are, here are Liza Childs, Sharon Hellstedt, Anne Douglass and Pam Fowler after nine holes in a cold, soaking rain.

Island Country Club golfers are bringing great recognition to the Club from well beyond the Island:

Shaun Webb, who began his golf career here as a kid (he played frequently with my son, which explains why he was beating me at age 10), and is now a PGA Professional, has just been named a top golf teacher by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, one of the very few teachers to be so recognized by both of the major golf publications: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-50-best-teachers-in-america and https://golf.com/instruction/golf-magazine-top-100-teachers/. Shaun’s website is http://www.athleticmotiongolf.com/ He is planning to be on the Island for all of July.

Lorenzo Anderson, all of 8 years old, has finished third in the first round of qualifying for the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition in Portland. Lorenzo, son of Spencer Anderson and nephew of Liza Childs, practices here and wears Island Country Club gear in competition. Keep practicing hard, Lorenzo, and we will cheer you on in Augusta next Spring. 


Claude Hoopes, representing Kittansett, his club in Massachusetts, playing with a partner from that club, has won that state’s Super Senior Four Ball competition. Well played.

News of Tennis:

The tennis courts are fully ready to play (except today when they are soaked). Reservations are required, with signing up in the Pro Shop or by phone. Walk-ups are possible, but only if the courts are not reserved. After rain or other inclement weather, contact the Club to learn whether the courts are playable. This decision is always made by the Grounds Superintendent and his staff to protect the Har-Tru courts.

Tennis Director Linda Allen provided this update: Open Tennis is underway on Wednesday mornings from 9-12:00 and Sunday afternoons from 2-5:00. All are welcome to join in this friendly round-robin play. The courts are in great shape. Call to schedule your court time!

News of Bridge:

Bridge play begins at the Club on Monday evening, June 20. Commissioner Jim Plotts reports: We will begin our season Monday night June 20th at 7:00. To remind everyone of our process, we would like everyone there before 7:00 so we can decide on tables and start on time. You do NOT need to come with a partner NOR do you need to let us know ahead of time of your attendance. Just come. Entry fee is $1. We give half our proceeds to the Club and pay the remainder out to winners. We play 4 hands with one partner then switch around. If you did not receive an email about the start of the Bridge season and want to have your name added to the email list for future correspondence and updates, send an email to me at jmplotts@aol.com. See you Monday.

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Whew! That was a long one!

 

Extra Credit

Posted on June 3, 2022 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Whether you remember your own experience in grade school, or that of your kids or grandkids, we all know how happy it made you to get extra credit on a test, a homework assignment or a special project. This week’s Newsletter begins with bestowing Extra Credit Awards for recent efforts that make clear why we are The Best Little Country Club in America.

 

Suzanne Banghart receives the Extra Credit Award for the many years she has decorated the periphery of the Clubhouse with the beautiful flowering hanging baskets she donates to the Club, making the porches and the entries to the Great Room and the Pro Shop special places. Extra Credit also goes to Member John “Too Tall” Thompson, who used his height to help Suzanne hang this year’s baskets.



 

 

Jon Hellstedt could receive extra credit for all the efforts he has made for the Club over the years but earns a new Extra Credit Award for being “Clerk of the Watch” overseeing the construction of the new fence on the east side of Court #1. The new fence matches the design of that on the west side of the court, and significantly improves the view of the course, woods and distant mountains from the Clubhouse and its patio. Our contractor used many excuses for why the work, which should have required only one day, was continually being delayed, but Jon stayed on top of them, and the new fence will finally be completed this week.

 

Keith Hoover and the Grounds Crew, who not only got the first phase of the tennis court re-surfacing done in record time and the lines and nets installed (see News of Tennis below) but made great progress fighting the weather and nurturing the golf greens back to good shape and getting the golf course prepared for yesterday’s first tournament of the year.

 

Thanks to each and all for doing “extra” for our Club. Who’s next?

 

News of the Clubhouse:

Fin & Fern lunches are doing well and are on sale every day (until we run out). The sandwiches have all received great reviews (especially the Roast Beef), the salads are fresh and flavorful, and the Whoopee Pies are a cardiologist’s nightmare – one can feed a family.

 

Our new, logoed combination marker/greens repair tool is something every player should carry. Annie has put it on offer at $5.00 and it’s invaluable to have one clipped to your bag or pocket. Annie has also created several golf accessory packages which you and your guests will like, also at very reasonable prices. The bottle cozies and wine glasses are also selling well – you may have to wait for a re-order if you don’t take advantage quickly because …

 

The first Wine Wednesday of the season is Wednesday June 1. Social Director Jeannette Parker has provided this announcement, which says it all.

Let The Good Times Flow

The 1st Wine Wednesday of the Season

June 1st ~ 4:30 - 6:00

Friends ~ Appetizers ~ Doorprizes

Swing By Fore A Fun Time!

News of Golf:

The Trifecta once again provided an excellent start to the Club’s tournament season, with a strong assist from Mother Nature, who provided the warmest, sunniest and least windy day of the year. Fifteen twosomes took to the course for the challenge of playing in three different formats – Best Ball, Scrambles and Alternate Shot. Men played six holes in each format, women three holes in each. Tournament Director Ryan Hayward provided the results:

MENS

1st Gross-Ralph Bachman/Judson Carver 66

2nd Gross- Connor Morey/Baren Yurchick 71

1st Net- Aaron Carver/Doug Hardison 63.0

2nd Net- Ryan Hayward/Keith Hoover 64.6

WOMENS

1st Gross- Su Oliver/Carla Guenther 43 (won on card playoff)

2nd Gross-Mikey Bannister/Sharon Hellstedt

1st Net- Eliza Childs/Pam Fowler 34.4

2nd Net- Carol Shaw/Suzanne Banghart 40.5

The Bachman/Carver and Carver/Hardison pairs join us for this tournament most years, coming down from the Barren View course in Jonesport, at which members of our Club play in their tournaments.

 

Important note: Points from this and every tournament at the Island Country Club add up in the ICC Cup competition for both Men and Ladies, leading to the ICC Cup tournament at the end of the season with $200 prizes for the winners. Details about the ICC Cup are posted on the Men’s and Ladies’ Bulletin Boards and the leaders will be posted in the newsletter after each tournament.

 

Billings League featured a “runaway” win last Thursday evening by the pair of Ryan Hayward and Vito Corsini.

1st- Ryan Hayward/Vito Corsini -4

2nd- Connor Morey/Andy Pratt E

3rd- Ethan Shepard/ Devin Nevells E

4th- Baren Yurchick/ Jim McDonald E

5th- Steve Smith/ Adam McDonald E

PIN #3

1st- Peter Grindle 5 1/2"

2nd- Ethan Shepard 18' 8"

3rd- Greg Sanborn 25' 5"

PIN #4

1st- Ryan Hayward 25"

2nd- Vito Corsini 25 1/2"

3rd- Steve Smith 5' 9"

The season long standings:

1st- Ryan Hayward/ Vito Corsini 0 pts.

2nd- Connor Morey/ Andy Pratt 4 pts.

3rd- Baren Yurchick/ Jim McDonald 7 pts.

4th- Ethan Shepard/ Devin Nevells 12 pts.

5th- Doug Seibert/ Tim Seibert 13 pts.

6th- Steve Smith/ Adam McDonald 15 pts.

Scrambles on Friday, May 27 was competed by three teams. Winners were Jack Shaw, Bill Whitman, and Mimi Gerstell. They edged out each of the other teams by just one stroke! (We chose not to send one of our investigative reporters out to determine the actual score). Scrambles will be played again on Friday, June 3 at 9:00AM. Please sign up in the Clubhouse or call 348 2379 before 3:00PM on Thursday.

Twilight League Session 1 begins June 6. Commissioner Ken Wiberg is looking for one more twosome as well as golfers (yes, Ladies are welcome) willing to be called as substitutes. The format is a Modified Stableford with points for eagles, birdies and pars and penalty points added for double, triple and even more awful bogies. There are weekly and session long cash prizes. Email Ken at soxfankw@yahoo.com.

News of Tennis:

The tennis courts will be ready to play June 1 (weather dependent). After re-surfacing every Spring the courts must be rolled several times to make sure the surface fully adheres. Please remember to reserve your court and time by signing up in the Clubhouse or calling 348-2379. We hope to have news of Open Tennis, tennis tournaments and other tennis program activities soon.

News of Bridge:

Pat Roth and Jim Plotts plan to host Bridge again this year at our club. Jim reports that “We're looking at June 20th for our opening night.” Look for more information in upcoming newsletters.

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Editorial Note: It was great to have Bill Whitman back at the Club and on the course this week. It’s always a good week at the Island Country Club when you experience Bill’s smile.

Have a thoughtful Memorial Day.

Sam Ostrow

Editor at Large

samsiccmail@gmail.com

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That Was the Week That Wasn't

Posted on May 23, 2022 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you remember the television show from which that headline is derived the bad news is that you are as old as I am. The good news is that you still have a working memory (perhaps until you add up how many strokes you took on #8). A not uncommon combination of typically foul mid-May Maine weather, late arriving “summer people” and some non-Covid health issues conspired to lead to the cancellation of many of last week’s planned early season activities. The forecast for this week, leading into the Memorial Day weekend, is much better, and so, as is true for all real golfers and sportsmen, our hopes remain strong.

With that, our news looks mainly ahead.

 

News of the Clubhouse:

The rollout of daily lunch from Fin & Fern was reasonably successful. We sold out on Day One (thank you Ladies Golf!), and our order for the next few days modestly overestimated how many folks would be coming to the course, the bad weather certainly being a factor. Rumors to the contrary, very little food was wasted. As we get more experience (and more players and visitors coming to the Club) we’ll get orders and lunches more in synch. Do know that we received many compliments on the variety, quality and cost of the Fin & Fern lunches, with Annie offering great values on special combinations.

 

No fires in the Great Room fireplace for a while. A professional chimney company has confirmed Fire Chief and Club Ryan Hayward’s assessment that the chimney needs significant work before the fireplace can be used safely. We are in the process of evaluating a formal estimate and timeframe. Your patience is appreciated.

 

Handsome/beautiful shirts, fleeces and quarter zips are on display in colors bright and subtle in the Pro Shop. Members are receiving a 20% discount from the posted retail prices. And don’t forget the Pro Shop carries a wide choice of golf balls, tees and other accessories as well as wonderful gifts for friends and souvenirs.

 

Wine Wednesdays Begin June 1. Come to enjoy good food, interesting wines and great conversation. Bring an appetizer to share if you wish and be ready to enjoy the unique preparations of the many regulars at these wonderful gatherings. As Social Director Jeannette Parker put it so well, “Swing By ‘Fore’ a Fun Time.”

 

Ladies Golf needs drivers – make that trailer drivers to ferry three or four golf carts from the Club to the July 4th Parade in Deer Isle. We are looking for trailers that commonly carry lawn mowers and 4 wheelers. The trailers will transport the carts over to the corner of Bridge Street and Pressey Village Road in Deer isle Village, where the carts will be removed and the final decorations consistent with the parade’s “Flamingo” theme will be attached. After the parade, the decorations will be removed and the carts must be returned on trailers to the Club. If you have such a trailer and would be willing to transport the golf carts, contact Linda Stratton (presseycove@myfairpoint.net).

 

News of Golf:

The Trifecta opens the Golf Tournament Season on Sunday, May 29. This is an 18 hole tournament for men, with the first 6 holes being Scrambles, then 6 of Best Ball and finally the dreaded Alternate Shot for the final 6. Ladies will play 9 holes, with three holes in each format in the same order as the Men. All play begins from the first tee. There are many tee times still available, and you can sign up on the Men’s and Ladies’ bulletin boards in the Pro Shop. There is a $25 entry fee.

 

Scrambles on May 20th was cancelled for lack of sign-ups. Early season blues. Scrambles will be played on Friday, May 27 at 9:00AM. Sign up in the Pro Shop or call the desk (348 2379) by 3:00PM on Thursday.

 

Billings League on May 19th was cancelled by a fortuitous rain, which, had it started about 20 minutes later, would have resulted in 36 soaked players. Billings League will resume on Thursday, May 26 at 4:00PM.

 

Twilight League begins Monday, June 6. Commissioner Ken Wiberg (soxfankw@yahoo.com) is looking for more participants and has provided the following description of this season’s two sessions, the format and other requirements: Twilight league will be starting June 6th and running to July 25th. The second season will start August 1 and run to September 19th. Each session is 8 weeks with the championship taking place on week 8. Back by popular demand we will be using a rotating tee schedule week to week. Also back by popular demand the format will be a modified Stableford system, using net scoring (current handicaps are required).

Eagle = 3 pt.

Birdie = 2 pt.

Par = 1 pt.

Bogey = 0 pt.

Double Bogey = +1 pt.

Triple Bogey = +2 pt.

Anything over triple Bogey will be capped at +3 pt.

Each season will have a one-time entry fee of $15 per person applied for season ending prizes. A weekly fee to be determined by how many players we have will be collected for the weekly pay outs for 1st, 2nd & possible 3rd places along with closest to pin prizes. Ken adds, that “teams will be drawn from a hat, probably by one of my kids.”

News of Tennis:

No Love from the company performing the installation of the new fence on Court #1. Once again, they’ve delayed, once again with a new excuse. They are now telling us it will happen “this week.” And, as previously reported, until that fence is in place the annual re-surfacing of all three courts cannot be done. We will keep you informed whenever there’s news.

94th Season Begins!

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

94th Season Starts in the Fairway!

If one thinks of the entire season as a round of golf, the Island Country Club’s 94th season has just teed off of #1. And, if you’re an optimist (not an easy person to be these days), you’re sitting in the middle of the first fairway, just left of the bunker, with the green clearly in view. In your mind you see a short iron flying high and true, sliding down the slope, settling just below the pin.

Opening Day 2022 followed the pattern of what passes for Spring this year. It was cool, it was foggy (though folks who aren’t from here might have called it “rain”), and the modest breeze was from the sou’east, adding a raw tone to the morning’s and season’s first rounds. It’s not a harbinger. Your editor checked the Opening Day newsletters for the past several years. Five of the six noted similar weather. Each of those seasons turned out wonderful (even with the intervening circumstances of the pandemic). Whatever the weather, a new season brings with it a sense of renewal as well as a lot that will be truly new. As John Updike wrote, “For the hours and days it has taken from me, golf has given back what Ralph Waldo Emerson would call a new me, a life enhanced, lengthened into a new dimension.”

 

Opening Day was also Grounds Superintendent Keith Hoover’s Birthday. While you’re at it, celebrate that, too.

 

News of the Clubhouse:

Fin & Fern for Lunch … and soon more. During the winter, your editor stopped in at the then closed Fin & Fern because, walking by, I saw a friend I really needed to talk with, and he was talking to the owner. As soon as I said “hello,” Andy Chappell, Chef/Owner of Stonington’s top restaurant, looked straight at me and said, “I’d love to do something with the Country Club.” Over the winter and early Spring, we talked. Tuesday of this week, Phase One of our relationship with Fin & Fern begins: Daily Lunch – a selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads, displayed in the Pro Shop, and on offer at very reasonable prices. Chips with that? We have them. A soft drink, beer, wine, coffee, tea? We have those, too. Annie will be monitoring sales and ordering fresh deliveries as needed. Take your selections to the Great Room, patio or porches – enjoy.

 

Fin & Fern for Dinner at the Club – COMING SOON. The first Club dinner will be a Pasta Night, Tuesday, June 14. Pastas are Fin & Fern’s most famous and loved dishes, and Andy promises us something special for our Flag Day celebration. There will be a starter and dessert as well, all prepared under the direction of this great Chef. The details are coming.

 

Your favorite sports apparel brands are now stocked in the Clubhouse. Men’s and women’s golf and tennis shirts, fleeces, pullovers from such brands as Nike, Columbia, Charles River and the fishy brand of a retired Australian white-haired golfer who has lost his mind (yes, Editorial Comment). Members are receiving Club Opening discounts up to 20% off full retail prices. Get your selections now, before the hordes arrive. Annie has also stocked a nice supply of top name golf balls, tees, markers other accessories, as well as wine tumblers, water bottles and other gift items and mementoes of your time at the Best Little Country Club in America.

 

News of Golf:

Fix Your Ball Marks! Fix Your Ball Marks! Fix Your Damn Ball Marks! And if you didn’t make a Ball Mark, Fix Someone Else’s! We have green repair tools in the Pro Shop, as well as diagrams of how to do it correctly. It’s too early in the season to ruin our beautiful greens.

 

The Trifecta will be the first tournament of the season, Sunday May 29. This is an 18 hole, two person event for men, 9 holes for pairs of Ladies. All teams start from the First Tee. Men play 6 holes of Scrambles, 6 of Best Ball, 6 of the dreaded, game wrecker Alternate Shot – in that order. Ladies play three holes of each, also in that order. Entry fee is $25.00. You can sign up in the Pro Shop or call Annie at 348 2379. The first tee time will be 9:00AM and then each 10 minutes thereafter. First come, first served to get the time you want.

 

Scrambles begins this Friday, May 20. Commissar Mimi Gerstell reports that this will be the first of these events, held every Friday during the season (and often beyond). You must sign up in the Pro Shop or by phone by 3:00PM Thursdays. Gather at the Clubhouse at 8:45AM Friday to learn your teammates and starting tee. Entry fee is $5.00 cash money.

 

Billings League play began Thursday, June 12, Club VP/Chief/Brush Cutter Extraordinaire Ryan Hayward reports. This is a two person team League playing a Scrambles format with teams usually staying together for two years. There are weekly and season prizes, with the lowest number of points winning the season long event. Results for Week 1:

1st- Vito Corsini/John Thompson* E

2nd- Connor Morey/ Andy Pratt E

3rd- Baren Yurchick/ Jim McDonald +1

4th- Hugh Reynolds/ Greg Sanborn +1

5th- Keith Hoover/ Peter Grindle +2

*sub for Ryan Hayward

NO PINS this week.

Overall Points

1st- Ryan Hayward/ Vito Corsini 0 pts.

2nd- Connor Morey/ Andy Pratt 2 pts.

3rd- Baren Yurchick/ Jim McDonald 3 pts.

4th- Hugh Reynolds/ Greg Sanborn 4 pts.

5th- Keith Hoover/ Peter Grindle 5 pts.

6th- Will Morey/ Cory McDonald 6 pts.

Men’s Golf will be played Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00AM, Thursdays and non-tournament Sundays at 8:00AM. Gather on the asphalt behind the First Tee at 845AM or 745AM to organize play for the day.

 

Twilight League is looking for more participants. Commissioner Ken Wilberg has provided the following description of this season’s two sessions, the format and other requirements: Twilight league will be starting June 6th and running to July 25th. The 2nd season will start August 1 and run to September 19th. Each session is 8 weeks with the championship taking place on week 8. Back by popular demand the format will be modified Stableford system. Scoring will be net scoring.

Eagle = 3 pt.

Birdie = 2 pt.

Par = 1 pt.

Bogey = 0 pt.

Double Bogey = +1 pt.

Triple Bogey = +2 pt.

Anything over triple Bogey will be capped at +3 pt.

Also back by popular demand we will be using a rotating tee schedule week to week.

Each season will have a one-time entry fee of $15 per person applied for season ending prizes. A weekly fee to be determined by how many players we have will be collected for the weekly pay outs for 1st, 2nd & possible 3rd places along with closest to pin prizes.

Current handicaps are required for Twilight League. And, Ken adds, “teams will be drawn from a hat, probably by one of my kids.”

Post your scores! Post your scores! Post your scores! Almost all play at the Island Country Club uses Course Handicaps based on your USGA GHIN Handicap Index to keep play competitive and fair. Handicap and Rules Chair Dick Dunham can help you sign up for a handicap if you have not done so through the Club’s Membership Form. Handicap Indexes and Course Handicaps are updated daily and the list will be posted prominently in the Pro Shop. You can post using the tablet next to the Manager’s Officer or on your home computer or tablet – BUT POST EVERY DAY YOU PLAY!

 

News of Tennis:

Tennis court resurfacing is now scheduled for the last week of May, hopefully prior to Memorial Day weekend. The resurfacing cannot be undertaken until the new fencing is in place on Court #1, which is expected to be completed this week. Keith and the crew will move quickly to ready the courts once the new surface is in place.

 

New posts installed to support new, finer netting

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Editor’s Note: I had a particularly difficult time yesterday as I began to write this week’s newsletter. I found it unmoral to be writing about a season of golf, tennis and fine meals on a day when 10 fellow human beings were slaughtered because they were Black Americans who just happened to choose to go grocery shopping on a beautiful Sunday morning. Slavery is America’s Original Sin. In his most theological Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln wrestled with whether there was a Divine purpose to the Civil War. He could not find one, but he expressed his hope that the scourge of blood on both sides might expiate the sin for which all were responsible. It didn’t. And the real tragedy of yesterday, and of so many mass murders directed at so many minority American communities, is that the scourge of blood remains a reality not for the sinners, but for the sinned against. In all respects, enough.

Sam Ostrow

Co-President and Editor at Large

2022 opening day

Posted on May 11, 2021 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (97)

Welcome back to the Island Country Club for 2022!

Hello friends, members and guests - it's that time of year again to break out the clubs, rackets, and sunscreen. This year we have some exciting things planned, new gear in the pro-shop, and even a new fence on Court 1! Our opening day is coming soon on Friday the 13th, which also happens to be our wonderful Ground Supervisor Keith's birthday, so be sure if you stop by the club to give him a big thanks for keeping our club beautiful! I am the new manager, Anne Ohlrich, and as a member as well I'm looking forward to seeing all of you! 


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