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2024 Newsletter

Fellow and Prospective Members,

 

I hope this Newsletter finds you and yours healthy and looking forward to the upcoming season at Blue Fox Run!  The Executive Committee and Tournament Committee met on Sunday, February 4, 2024 to discuss course conditions, tournament formats, schedule, dues and tournament payouts for the 2024 Season.  We hope you find the following information informative, and also welcome any feedback.

 

BFRMC MEMBERSHIP

In order to have a viable Men’s Club, we are looking to have at least 40 committed members by March 15, 2024.  Payments must be sent to Jim Lester, 35 Alyssa Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410.  In addition, a COMPLETE application must be filled out and submitted to BFRMCmail@gmail.com.  The application can be found here: Application | mensleague (bluefoxrungc.wixsite.com)

 

Please, download, fill in the application and email to BFRMCmail@gmail.com.  Applications and dues will not be accepted at the Pro Shop.

 

COURSE CONDITIONS

The Blue Course is still scheduled to be open for the 2024 Season.  However, as of our meeting on Sunday, February 4, 2024, the Blue Course is still under water and ice.  Due to this, the work that it will take to make the Blue Course playable(without playing par 5’s as par 3’s, playing the ball up in wet rough, or moving penalty areas around to accommodate for flooding) we will be playing the RED to WHITE course this year for the Men’s Club.  Should weather and maintenance bring the Blue Course back to playable tournament conditions, we will attempt to schedule tournaments on the Blue Course.  Notice will be given to Members, 1 week in advance.

 

TEE TIMES & CARD TURN IN

FOR 2024, TEE TIMES MUST BE MADE WITH THE PRO SHOP.

MENS CLUB TIMES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM 8AM-12PM ON SUNDAYS.

NO SIGN-UP SHEET WILL BE AVAILABLE

CARDS MUST BE TURNED IN, ATTESTED, PRIOR TO 5PM SUNDAY NIGHT.

Tee Times for Members will be available Two (2) weeks to One (1) week before a tournament, with Tee Times opening to the Public on the Monday before a Men’s Club Tournament.

What this means, is Members may make Tee Times up to 2 weeks in advance with the Pro Shop, until the Sunday before the next Men’s Club Tournament(normal sign-up, make time with the Pro Shop).  On Monday, Tee Times will be open to the Public for the following Sunday for spots not filled by the Men’s Club.

If a Men’s Club Member reserves a Tee Time for multiple players, the responsibility is on the Member making the Tee Time to inform the other Members of the Tee Time.

If any Member has a Tee Time, whether they made the time or not, and they are a no show for the Tournament, then the Member will be subject to a restricted Tee Time, per the Pro Shop, for the following tournament.  To alleviate this problem, please call the Pro Shop, no later than Friday Evening, on the weekend before a tournament.

 

2024 BFRMC DUES & TOURNAMENT BUY-INS

Blue Fox Run Men’s Club Dues for 2024 will be REDUCED to $100.

Each Member is required to pay $5.00 for entry to each tournament.

The $5.00 buy-in for each tournament will fund the tournament pool.

Pay-outs will be based on entries.  $1 per entry will be paid for closest to the pin.

Pay-outs will be paid as follows:

 

1-24 PLAYERS

GROSS = 1ST PLACE (20%)

NET = 1ST PLACE (35%) 2ND PLACE (30%) 3RD (15%)

EXAMPLE – 20 PLAYERS = $100,

1ST GROSS = $20, 

1ST NET = $35, 2ND NET = $30, 3RD NET = $15

 

25-48 PLAYERS

GROSS = 1ST PLACE (20%) 2ND PLACE (10%)

NET = 1ST PLACE (30%) 2ND PLACE (15%) 3RD PLACE (10%) 4TH PLACE (10%) 5TH PLACE (5%)

EXAMPLE – 40 PLAYERS = $200,

1ST GROSS = $40, 2ND GROSS = $20, 

1ST NET = $60, 2ND NET = $30, 3RD NET = $20, 4TH NET = $20, 5TH NET = $10

 

49-72 PLAYERS

GROSS = 1ST PLACE (15%) 2ND PLACE (10%) 3RD PLACE (5%)

NET = 1ST PLACE (25%) 2ND PLACE (15%) 3RD PLACE (10%) 4TH PLACE (7.5%) 5TH PLACE (5%) 6TH PLACE (5%) 7TH PLACE (2.5%)

EXAMPLE – 50 PLAYERS = $250,

1ST GROSS = $37.50, 2ND GROSS = $25,   3RD GROSS = $12.50

1ST NET = $62.50, 2ND NET = $37.50, 3RD NET = $25,     4TH NET = $18.75, 5TH NET = $12.50, 6TH NET = $12.50, 7TH NET = $6.25

 

PAYOUTS TO BE ROUNDED UP TO NEAREST WHOLE DOLLAR OR HALF DOLLAR TWO DAY TOURNAMENTS, MEMBER/MEMBER, 1-DAY MAJORS

 

BUY-INS for MAJORS, MEMBER-MEMBER, and 2-DAY TOURNAMENTS

  • One (1) day Majors will require a $10 buy-in for the tournament.

  • Any two (2) day tournament will require a $10 buy-in prior to playing the first round. 

  • A Member-Member tournament will require a $10 buy-in from each player, to facilitate payouts.

 

TIMBERLINE TEAM EVENT

Timberline will be contacted to determine if they will be organizing their Gross & Net Tournament this year to compete against other clubs, similar to the NEPL.  Should this be played, Gross & Net Players will be contacted on their interest and ability to pay for play.

 

SKINS PAYOUT UPDATE

We will be continuing our SKINS payout this year for the $5 buy-in at the Pro Shop(separate from the Tournament Buy-in) where Gross Skins are Paid First, then Net Skins, NO DOUBLE PAY OUTS.  We will be coordinating with the Pro Shop on the $15 Gross Skins, and if we can field that bet.  Stay tuned…

 

2024 MATCH PLAY

It has been determined, that we are not able to coordinate a Match Play event this year with our limited Executive Committee Membership.  Should any Member wish to volunteer their time to help organize this event, you will be given free entry into the Match Play ($25) and have the support of the remaining Committee Members to organize this great event.  Please reach out to a Tournament Committee, or Executive Committee Member should you wish to assist in this organizing this event.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!

For the 2024 Season, we will have 10 Player of the Year Tournaments, where Members will gain points.  After the Fall Classic, the Net & Gross Player of the Year, will have FREE ENTRY into the Men’s Club for the 2025 Season!

 

2024 GHIN (HANDICAP) FEE

Previously, to maintain a handicap through GHIN, managed by the USGA and passed along to the CSGA, the cost per member was $26.  This is included in the Men’s Club dues for all Member’s in good standing with the club.  However, the USGA increased this fee to $32 for this last year.  Despite this increase, the Men’s Club dues of $100 will cover this increase for the 2024 Season.  No increase to Members.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Following the Fall Classic last year, announcements were made from the Pro Shop, prior to scoring of the Tournament and elections.  Subsequently, many Members had left the Meeting before we could hold elections.  With just a handful of Members remaining, elections were not held.  Due to this, we are in need of a Vice-President, Handicap Chairman and Secretary.  We have Members of the Tournament Committee that have stepped up to assist in some of the duties of the Executive Committee, however, we still have a need to fill the Vice-President, Handicap Chairman and Secretary positions.  To continue having a viable Men’s Club, we will need additional Volunteers to fill these positions.  Please reach out to me at BFRMCmail@gmail.com should you wish to volunteer for one of these positions.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • President – Chris Sedgwick

  • VP & Handicap Chairman – VACANT

  • Treasurer – Jim Lester

  • Secretary – VACANT

 

2024 SEASON PASSSES AND MEN’S CLUB GREENS FEES

Barry Wilson has advised us that Greens Fees for Men’s Club Events in 2024 will be $40 for walkers and $55 with a cart. This is a significant discount from the $64 that the public pays on the weekends.  Course Memberships are also available at the following pricing:

 

  • $2000 - 7 days a week with cart

  • $1500 - weekdays only with cart

  • $1000 - 7 days a week, no cart

  • $ 695 - weekdays only, no cart

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Please note that Men’s Club dues are NOT included in the price of this membership so please be sure to send your application and check to the address listed on the website.

 

WEBSITE UPDATES

We have made many updates to the Blue Fox Run Men’s Club Website, located here: https://bluefoxrungc.wixsite.com/mensleague to update our Tournament Formats, create an application that can be downloaded, filled in and emailed back, in addition to other updates.  Please check back on the website weekly for Tournament Results, Player of the Year Standings, and Major Tournament Updates.

 

MEMBER BENEFITS

All members in good standing have exclusive access to the following:

  • Guaranteed Sunday Morning Tee Times

  • Certified USGA Handicap

  • Entry into all of the Weekly Men’s Club Tournaments – August - October Gross and Net Payouts Points toward BFRMC Gross and Net Player of the Year award

  • Hole in One Insurance (first premium) – Membership dues include $5.00 to cover up to $175 of a bar tab per H-I-O in a Men’s club event.  If the fund is exhausted during the season a notice will be sent to all members to alert them to the need to make a supplement payment to extend their protection of coverage.

 

Lastly, on behalf of the Executive and Tournament Committees, I’d like to thank each of you for supporting the Men’s Club and allowing us to manage its affairs. We hope to have additional volunteers this year to help us continue the Men’s Club for years to come.  I encourage you to reach out to us with your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas and look forward to seeing you this year.

 

Thank you,

Chris Sedgwick - President

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