Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club
Minutes of the Meeting of the RBIMGC Board of Directors
October 17, 2019 in the Veranda
In attendance were Tom Connolly, Gregg Gattuso, Jerry Canning, Ron Lacy, Norm Blades, Tom Dubuque, Doug Chenet and Tom Smith. Tom Christopher, Mike Durrant and Joe Walkington were absent
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 AM by President Tom Connolly.
Ron Lacy noted that the minutes of the September 19, 2019 meeting had been circulated and posted on the website. He asked for a motion to approved those minutes. MSUA.
Director of Golf:
Evan Biundo attended for the RBI Golf Staff. Evan and the Board discussed the idea of awarding each member of the winning team a certificate for a free round of golf. To do this, we would need additional free rounds to be awarded by the RB Inn. The discussion covered how the current free rounds are awarded and how they can be used by the winning members and the increased cost to the RB Inn to provide the additional free rounds. Additional review and discussion will be required to reach an agreement on this proposal.
Also discussed was the amount of food and beverage purchased by the RBIMGC members on Mondays. Issues included pricing of the items for sale, availability of the beverage cart, extended wait times at the snack bar/grill for food. The Board expresses the feeling that prices at the snack bar and the cart are high relative to the value received. Evan confirmed that the Inn’s pricing policy is based on “resort pricing” vs. “local pricing”. The concept of special pricing for the RBIMGC events was discussed as well as possibly establishing a “buffet line” for simple purchases at the snack shop to speed delivery. More discussion will be held to discuss efforts to increase member purchases.
The golf staff has noticed that members of both the RBIMGC and the Ladies Golf Club have had increased instances of the GPS system on golf carts being turned off by players using the carts. This defeats the ability of the groundskeeping staff to prevent access to areas of the course that need to be protected from cart traffic. Evan asks that we highlight the problem to our members and request their cooperation to stop disabling the cart GPS system.
Jerry Canning distributed the Treasure’s report for the month. We have an operating cash balance of $10, 259.92 as of October 17th and an available cash balance of $7,469.17. Jerry indicated available cash balance this year is approximately $400 less than this time last year. The largest contributor to the change is another Hole-In-One expense of $150 and the cost of trophies for the President’s Cup tournament. The treasurer’s report was approved MSUA.
Tom Smith presented the Membership Report. Since our last meeting, we have not added any new members and we currently have no new member applications in process. We have had one renewal of membership (Doug Chenet).
We have had two non-renewals since the last meeting—Sean and Henry Fryt.
Before our next meeting, Brad Sandstrom and Bob Googins are due to renew their membership. David Schwartz will be our first auto-renewal on November 7th.
Total membership is 194 and is comprised of 187 Full Members, 1 Associate member, and 6 complimentary/courtesy members.
Gregg Gattuso distributed the tournament schedule for the remainder of the year. We have had 3257 rounds of golf played by the RBIMGC in 40 events so far this year. Average attendance is 81.4 members for all events and 78.0 when special events are excluded from the count.
Tom Connolly, Joe Walkington, and Norm Blades attended a presentation by the SCGA about the new World Handicap System that will become effective on January 1, 2020. They reported on several of the changes that will occur with golf handicaps after the WHS is implemented.
- Handicaps will be based on the best 8 of the last 20 scores
- Handicaps will now be calculated to a maximum of 54 vs the current 40.
- The maximum score on a hole for ESC purposes will be net double bogey plus 2 strokes.
- Handicaps will be adjusted daily as scores are entered
- Handicaps can only go up a maximum of 5 strokes annually. The handicap can go down as much as a player’s scores indicate.
- Playing conditions of the course will be factored into the handicap calculation.
- The handicap calculation formula will change to include course ratings. This will reduce players handicaps from their current level.
Norm Blades will develop a “cheat sheet” for use in understanding the changes. More information about the new system is available on the SCGA website.
No significant items to report.
No new items to report.
Special Projects/SCGA Chairman:
Tom Dubuque reported that the registration system for the Annual Golf Day and Dinner seems to be working well. Currently, we have 74 members registered to play golf. Last year we had 99 golfers. Tom has indicated that the deadline to register is October 24th. We must commit to the RB Inn how many dinners we will require by November 7th.
The schedule for the dinner is that the reception will start at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the business meeting was discussed along with assignments for presentations.
All trophies for the year have been received. Tom has them and will have them engraved. The raffle prizes and free rounds prizes are being worked on by the RB Inn staff.
- Several members of the club have suggested changes to the procedure currently in place to compensate a member who scores a hole-in-one during an RBIMGC event. Currently, the Club reimburses the member up to $150 to offset the cost of the bar bill. Some changes in this procedure were discussed.
The consensus of the discussion was that if someone gets a hole-in-one they can chose to not buy drinks for the other players. Under those circumstances, the $150 the club normally uses to reimburse a member for his hole-in-one celebration will not be distributed. Tom Connolly will draft the wording of this proposal and email it to the BOD for their consideration prior to the next Board meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:08 AM.