The Bemidji Town & Country Club
August 2000

      Greetings! Here we are in the month of August already and where has the summer gone? I know for myself it has been a long summer due to the fact that I have not been able to play golf since May. I really miss it. I am told the course has never been in such an excellent condition as it is today and I hope all of you have been able to play as much golf as you possibly can up to this time. Remember September and October are some of the finer golfing days on our course. I hope that you will have good playing weather throughout the fall.
      Our board of directors has been meeting with our clubhouse renovation committee and Jim Lucachick. Exciting times are ahead for the renovation and upgrading of the main floor of our clubhouse. The full details will all be available at our general membership meeting on August 20, at 7pm at the clubhouse. I would really urge all of you who can attend this meeting to do so. We chose a Sunday Evening hoping that would be the best time for everyone to attend. You can get all the information that our committees have worked so hard on for you. I have also heard that there are rumors being spread about doubling the dues to fund this project, which are certainly unfounded and untrue. I hope to see you at this meeting.
      Reports are that the Birchmont Tournament was the best ever. We are certainly pleased that our tradition of this fine tournament continues now and into the future. Congratulations to Gerry Douglas for his win in his event.
      On a personal note I hope to be able to swing a club again before the summer is over and I know all the Curbs are short of money due to the fact that they have not been able to have any side games with me so far this summer.
      Keep your head down and watch the ball.
Your President,
Rod Pickett

      With the Birchmont now over, we start focusing on our next big event; The Vandersluis. This year's tournament is scheduled for September 2-4. We normally draw a large number of members. If you haven't played, I suggest strongly that you consider it for this year. The format is 54 holes medal play for Men's and Sr. Men's Championship and 18 qualifying with 3 matches for men's, sr. men's and ladies flights. The price for members is $65.00 which includes a Sunday night dinner and prizes. Please sign up early before the good tee-times are gone.
      We also will need volunteers to help with the scoreboard. If you are interested, please contact Rick or Donna in the pro-shop.

      Our 2nd Annual Member Classic was a another big success and was held on Saturday, July 8. This year's field drew 166 players; 30 more than last year. I'd like to thank Gretchen and her crew for doing a great job providing a wonderful meal after golf. The event was a two person best ball and the players with scores below were the top finishers.
1. Mitch Knutson-Kathy Gardner
1. Bill Belford-Rick Gordon
3. John Wangberg-Vicki Wangberg
3. Rob Noren-Paul Jacobson
3. Gary Vogel-Annette Theroux
6. Bryan Grand-Paulette Grand
6. Jim Smythe-Ken Raw
6 David Falldorf-Marci Falldorf
6. Joe Mayer-Mara Lee Mayer
10.Jerry Hemstad-Ross Pederson
10. Darby Whalen-Elaine Reeves
10. Terry Jackson-Linda Jackson
10. Larry Perkins-Zeb Degerman
10. Randy Westoff-Bob Scriba
10. Dick Robbins-Vera Robbins
10. Jim Haustul-Ione Haugstul
10. Jim Hess-LeeAnn Hess
10. Brian Egersdorf-Dave Vogel

      Congratulations to the following 2-man teams that were victorious in July's Tuesday Nite Events: Joe Aitken-Jim Sutton, Trey Bowman-Ken Raw. These teams will join the rest of the Tuesday winners on August 29th for the Tournament of Champions. The top 10 shootout is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th.

Greetings from the Clubhouse:
      I can't believe that today is the 1st of August. Where has our summer gone? July has come and gone ending with the success of the Birchmont.
      Congratulations to all the Birchmont winners. I would like to remind everyone to please print their signatures somewhere on their guest checks from the restaurant. A printed signature helps us to ensure the proper charge has been made. Thanks for you help!
      Thanks to those that have been calling in reservations prior to their outing. I would recommend calling ahead for parties of six or more, ideally 24 hours in advance. However we also understand that this is not convenient for everyone and we strive to accommodate all guests and to provide quality food and service.
      August should prove to be busy with a number of golf tournaments and functions, starting with the Lady Beaver on the 4th, Barry Curb Memorial on the 7th, Lumberjack Scramble on the 11th, Smischmey Wedding on the 19th, Ladies Award Banquet on the 23rd, Retired Judges Luncheon on the 25th, Burgess Wedding on the 26th, and the Kraus-Anderson on the 28th. Summer will be gone before we know it so get out and enjoy what is left of our summer. We hope to see you in the Clubhouse.
Gretchen Fjerstad
Clubhouse Manager

      Our 8th Annual Bemidji Pro-Am drew 24 four-man teams. Low pro-honors went to Blake Colby of Rochester with a 4 under par 68. Bob Cahill of Pokegama, Grand Rapids and Bill Israelson tied for second with 68's.
      Blake's team also took home the low team prize as well. His amateur partners were BTCC members Mitch Knutson, Paul Martin and John Countryman. Their 2 best of 4 score was 122, 22 under par.
      I would like to thank Bob Ness and Nei Bottling for being our sponsor and making this event a possibility.

      his year's annual Junior Club Tournament will be held on August 29-31, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This event is open to all junior members and no entry fee is charged. A free lunch will follow golf on Thursday. Sign-up is in the pro-shop. Tee times will begin at 8:00 am on Tuesday and Thursday and at 7:30 on Wednesday.
Paul Grovum

      Our season is winding down and with some great competition among our members. The league tournament is coming up on August 23 along with the awards banquet and we will have winners in both the net and gross areas. Also, on that day a raffle for an $80 gift certificate from the pro shop will take place. Both Monday and Wednesday golfers are encouraged to participate so please sign up in the pro shop for both dinner and golf.
      We encourage everyone to give their support to the "Rally for a Cure" (breast cancer) on our regular league day Aug. 16. This will be a 9:00 shotgun and a $15 donation. It's for a great cause so come on out.
      The Grandmothers' (+non-Grandmothers division) tournament is back! Entry fee is just $5 and a lot of fun anticipated. The date is Aug. 30, 9:00 shotgun, see details posted throughout the club.
      We hope you've had a great year both on and off the course and continue to enjoy the amenities of BT&CC.
      You can talk to a fade, but a hook won't listen!
Betty Douglas\Margo Curb-Aitken

      Registrations are now being accepted in the pro-shop for the "RALLY FOR A CURE" event hosted by the Women's division of the BTCC. The golf tournament, open to ALL women golfers in the area, will benefit the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation which promotes early detection and cancer research.
      The time of the event is Wed., August 16 at 9:00 am at the BTCC course. The donation is $15.00 and includes a closest-to-the-pin contest. Titleist balls will be given to all whose ball lands on the green and a special prize for the closest to the pin. As a special BONUS all participants will receive a years subscription to "Golf for Women". One needs not be a member of the Monday or Wednesday golf group to join in the Rally. We are encouraging all women golfers to join in the fun and contribute to a worthy cause.
      A sign-up sheet is in the pro-shop. We urge you to sign up as soon as possible so we'll have an idea of how many prizes and awards to request.

August 11 Lumberjack Scramble
August 14-15 Aerify greens
August 20 Couples Shotgun
August 28 Kraus Anderson
August 29 Tournament of Champions
Sept 2,3,4 Vandersluis Memorial
September 6 Courage North
September 10,11 BSU Men's Invitational
September 12 Top 10 Shootout