2021 TeeBirds May 6th Opening Meeting & Scramble Play at Weibring GC
The Teebirds started the 2021 golf season!
The weather was cold and damp with times of spitting rain as the 2021 Teebird group gathered in the ISU Weibring golf course shelter. The group engaged in lively spirited conversation as we shared hot coffee, juice, other drinks, and tasty muffins. Thanks to Sandy Groves for the setup. Twenty-seven members showed for this first meeting with 27 paying the $15 dues. Appreciated was the use of the envelopes with the names on the outside. There were 3 members who did not attend and owe their dues.
Chuck McGuire repeated the sad news of the untimely passing of our good friend and member Roger Cann. Roger served ISU for years, served as VP of ISU SUAA and was a member of the Veterans Honor Guard at meeting functions and funerals for Veteran soldiers throughout the central IL area. Donations were received from our Teebirds in the amount of $410 and will be given to the American Legion Post #635 in Bloomington in honor of Roger. Thank you, Teebirds.
Chuck introduced our new members. They are Brent Arseneault, Larry Lyons, and Kenny Weaver. Welcome to the Teebirds!
Wayne Lockwood reported that all starter positions have been filled for the season. Please let Wayne know if you cannot make your assigned date or if there will be a substitute. Starters should arrive about a half hour (7:30 am) before the start of the match. Make team adjustments as needed. Review the format and pass out the Teebird Scorecards to each Captain and move them on their way to the first tee.
Dave Williams thanked the Planning Committee members for their work preparing for the 2021 season. He emphasized that the main goal of our Teebirds is to have fun playing golf and enjoy each other. Dave continued to review some of the rules of play. He emphasized avoiding slow play by playing ready golf and being aware of your pace of play. There is a 3-minute rule for searching for a lost ball. Please enter scores using Golf Genius. Note any player who had an outstanding shot on a hole and note it on the scorecard. Submit the paper scorecard to the clubhouse at the end of the match.
Several brave golfers (13 Teebirds) teed it up in spite of the weather.
- The top finishing team was Dave Williams, Jim Kellogg, Larry Lowe, and Wayne Lockwood. They scorched the Weibring Links with a -5 score of 31. Way to start the season!
- Larry Lyons, Bob Bradley, Bob Bahnsen, Sandy groves, and Chuck McGuire managed to keep the bogies off the scorecard but made one birdie for a round of 35 for second place.
- Third place went to the team of Hank Campbell, Dave Strand, John Shea and Gary Klass. They posted a +1 score of 37. Their scorecard reported a 240-yard drive in the fairway for John Shea on #3. Gary Klass sank a 24-foot putt for the team birdie score of 4 on hole # 6. Their lone birdie of the round.
Game balls go to Dave, Jim, Larry and Wayne. Next week, May 13th, we play at Ironwood at 8 am with a Scramble format, Chuck McGuire is the starter. Thanks to all the teams for using Golf Genius to record their scores and submitting scorecards.
2020 TeeBirds September 24th Bramble and End-of-Season Lunch Social at Weibring GC
Another terrific Thursday morning as the weather was nearly perfect for this final outing for the Teebirds season. The Bramble format was the game of the day. Dave Williams had the teams formed and Golf Genius ready to accept individual Bramble scores as well as Team scores. Wayne Lockwood was our STARTER and directed golfers to assigned tees for the Shotgun start. This format assured that all groups could finish at about the same time to gather for the luncheon.
Hank Campbell came up with 12 Challenges for the 9 holes and a list was provided for each Team Captain. Signs were taken to each hole on the front 9 by our friendly staff at the Weibring Golf course. Roger Cann and Hank also provided beverages before and after the round. Sandy Groves arranged for our Lunch delivery from Avanti’s. For all those that helped to get things going and have a fun golfing experience, a hardy THANK YOU!
PRIZE WINNERS: A table of prizes were provided by Teebird funds and by the following sponsors: Weibring Golf Club (4 rounds with carts); Bone Student Center (ISU Teeshirt); Avanti’s (3 $10 gift cards); D. Ezell (golf balls and shoe bags); ISU Teebirds (ISU scarfs, 5 Weibring pro shop $10 gift certificates); individual donors (golf balls, socks, golf tees, etc.).
Before announcing our prize winners, our guest were introduced namely Trudy Strand, Pat Grogg, Cathie Lockwood and Dawn Pote. At the end of lunch, Tom Szymoniak, Head PGA Pro at Weibring, addressed the group. He gave his background and experience before coming to ISU. He and family live in Mahomet. He is very pleased to be at ISU Weibring. Tom fielded questions dealing with changes that might be coming with the course or improvements with the clubhouse facility. He thanked the Teebirds for their season and encouraged all to forward their ideas to add to a fun playing experience for all visiting golfers. We Teebirds thank Tom and his staff for assisting us by having a fine season and helping us be safe by providing single use carts for us during this COVID situation.
Our individual MEN medal winners with scores of 38 were Bob Bradley and Dave Anderson.
Sandy Groves was the low score for WOMEN with a 44.
The best Team score of 73 was posted by Al Pote, Steve Kern, Bob Stefl and Dave Williams. A prize for each member of the Team!!
Challenge winners: Prizes filled the table. Each winner could select one item of their choice.
Hole # 1: Longest putt WOMEN- Sandy Groves Longest putt MEN- Dave Anderson
Hole # 2: Longest drive in Fairway- Al Pote
Hole # 3: Shortest drive from the Tee box- Melinda Walker
Hole # 4: Closest to the pin in the drive- Bob Bradley
Hole # 5: Longest drive in fairway- Gary “BDC” Klass
Hole # 6: Longest putt- Al Pote
Hole # 7: Closest to pin from the Tee- Gary “Tiger” Klass
Hole # 7: Closest to pin on second shot off green- Steve Kern
Hole # 8: Closest to pin from a sand bunker- Dave Williams
Hole # 9: Longest putt Women- Jo Bahnsen Longest Putt MEN- Dick Moore
A ticket drawing was held by Chuck McGuire. Over 20 prizes were given out.
All tickets were returned and combined for all those present. The final drawing for the four golf rounds with cart at Weibring was a ticket held by Larry Lowe! Congratulations to Larry, everybody’s best friend!
Thanks to all Teebirds, their friends and our supporters for playing and staying healthy for each other throughout season. Let’s look forward to finding new members to join our Teebird Golfers next year in addition to the return awesome 2020 golfers.
There is still opportunity to play on Thursday mornings in October. Instructions for open play were sent out by co-leader of the Teebirds, Dave Williams, on Friday morning. For more information go to https://isuteebirds.net/start-times-2.htm
Thank you so much!