The Island Country Club

Deer Isle, Maine

Weekly Newsletter

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Posted on June 27, 2022 at 5:55 PM




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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.


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"


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 "".


2530 - Jim Plotts

2210 - Marilyn Verhey

2030 - Jack Shaw


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

Sam Ostrow

Editor at Large


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