(by Solon Colby)
During the 1992 golfing season a few senior members of the men’s twi-light golf league thought it would be nice to have a day-time men’s league for seniors 55 years old and older.
Under the leadership of Solon Colby (Chairman), Fred Bond (Secretary), and Henry Sughrue (Treasurer) the Senior Men’s League was formed for the 1993 golfing season. It was made up of 32 senior men consisting of 8 teams of 4 men each. They met on Tuesday A.M.
The schedule started with a get-acquainted scramble and a cookout at the pavilion. There were 14 matches during the year concluding with an end-of-season scramble with a cookout and awarding of prizes.
During the 1993 season, several senior ladies saw what a good time the men were having and expressed a desire to join the league.
Thereby, the Groton Senior Golf League (GSGL), as we now know it was formed in 1994.
The original rules for the 1993 League are included herein, followed by the 1994 addenda to accommodate the inclusion of the ladies. These rules have been revised periodically as league conditions required.
The 1994 GSGL roster consisted of 8 teams with 5 golfers on each team. Many of the new league members seemed to enjoy the scrambles more than the head-to-head matches so a mid season scramble was introduced. This schedule of 3 scrambles and 14 head-to-head matches continued through the 1995 season.
A vote of the league members at the final 1995 scramble revised the future league schedules to include a scramble every other week alternating with head-to-head matches.
The GSGL consisted of 8 teams through the 1999 season. Under the leadership of Jack Forte (Chairman), Fred Bond (Statistician), Agnes Torrey (Secretary) and Paul Murphy (Treasurer) the size of the league increased to 10 teams in 2000 and to 12 teams in 2002. Each team consisted of 5 players
The following members of 2005 GSGL were charter members of the 1994 league:
Fred Bond Dave Dundas
Sharon Cinsavich Tom Holmes
Walt Cinsavich Shirley Man
Solon Colby Paul Murphy (sub)
Jack Griffin Earl Russell
Priscilla Forte Jerry MoscarielloJack Forte Tom Dunne
GROTON COUNTRY CLUB
SENIOR GOLF LEAGUE
1994 TEAM ROSTERS
GROTON COUNTRY CLUB SENIOR MEN'S LEAGUE
1993 SEASON RULES
All Groton Country Club members & non-members 55 years old and older. Non-members must pay greens fees when playing. League fees do not cover greens fees
Each Tuesday morning from May 11 through August 31. The times are reserved from 8:32 am to 9:15 am for league play. A full schedule of matches is attached and will also be posted on April 27 in the golf shop. The schedule will consist of 15 matches and 2 scramble type tournaments.
There will be 4 teams composed of not more than 4 players per team. Each of the 4 players will be in a separate flight (A-D) determined by their handicap. Flight A will be the lowest handicap and flight D being the highest handicap players.
2.0 Type of Play
The play will be individual match play. Matches will be between players from the different teams in the same flight. This is intended to match players of comparable ability.
Scoring will be net of individual handicaps as posted on the most recent GHIN sheets in the golf shop. Opponents should agree on their respective handicaps prior to the start of play. Since these will be 9 hole matches, the handicaps as posted will be divided by 2.The highest handicap player receives strokes. Strokes are assigned to the no.1 stroke hole (as listed on the score card) first, then no.2 stoke hole and so on.
A player can win a maximum of 20 points per match. Two points are awarded for the lowest net score of each of 9 holes and for the lowest net score of the match. Each player receives 1 point in case of a net tie for the hole. At the conclusion of the match the combined scores of both players will be 20 points.
2.3 Score Cards
The score card must always be filled out complete and corrected and turned in immediately after each match. The league volunteers who keep the records will appreciate this effort on your part. Please turn in cards at the golf shop
3.0 General Rules
Dues are $30.00 payable by May 11. Please make checks payable to Henry Sughrue, our league treasurer. You may give the check to Henry Sughrue or leave them at the golf shop Please identify them as dues for “the senior men’s league”.
Dues are for 3 sets of prizes. One set each for the two scramble tournaments (2 top teams) and one set for the 1st & 2nd place league winners.
Those golfers that sign up after the teams have been made up will be put on an “alternate” list. When a regular team player is unable to attend a match he can choose a replacement from the list. When any regular team player drops out for any unforeseen reason, his replacement will be selected from this list of alternates. Alternates will be eligible to compete in the 2 scramble tournaments. A $10.00 fee will be collected.
3.4 Make-up Matches
From time to time it will not be possible for 2 opponents to play on e Tuesday AM. It is the responsibility of the person unable to play to contact his opponent for that week and schedule a make-up match. Make-up matches must be played no later than Friday of that week. If two opponents cannot find a common time to play, the available player has the following options: (1) match cards, or (2) play net against par (the unavailable player forfeits all points for that match.
3.5 Stroke Limit
No more than 4 over par. This will help speed play. Anyone who picks-up cannot win the hole.
3.6 Playing Rules
In general, the rules that we will follow are those as stated in the USGA rule book
3.7 Preferred Lies
Ball can be rolled over with your club face only in your own fairway. Ball is not to be moved in rough nor in the adjacent fairway.
3.8 Inclement Weather
When league play is cancelled due
to inclement weather, matches for that week will not be made-up. The following
week’s play will be as originally scheduled.
ADDENDUM TO FORMAT (5-24-94)
1. If a man is playing against a woman, the following applies:
A.) If the man receives strokes, he will receive them on the holes listed under the men’s handicaps;
B.) If the woman receives strokes, she will receive them on the holes listed under woman’s handicaps;
2. If you are unable to play on any given Tuesday AM it is your responsibility to
contact your opponent to reschedule that match, or arrange for a substitute as listed on the latest roster. The substitute list will be increased as new seniors are available.
3 Revise section 3.4 “Make-up Matches” as follows:
Replace “ The unavailable player forfeits all points for that match” with “The unavailable player will receive the points not won by the opponent that plays. The unavailable player shall not win more than 10 points and the one who plays shall not win less than 10 points.”
1.) Please be advised of Section 3.5 “Stroke Limit”. If you putt your ball in the cup in 10 strokes mark 10. If you pick-up mark X on card.
2.) To avoid the wait on No.1 tee at 8:15 AM please contact your opponent and agree on a preferred tee-off time and put a ball in rack no. 1. First come, first served. The first tee is reserved for our league from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM.