Willow Park Golf Club
17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, 94546
Mailing Address: PO Box 2600, Castro Valley, 94546
Pro Shop Tee Time Reservations- 510-537-8001
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March 15

Entry Deadline: March 4
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Announcements / News
Monthly Club Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month.
Our Next Club Meeting:  Thursday,
March 5 - 6:30pm - WP Bar Annex
- Tuesday, February 17
Tournament Results available
- Sunday, February 15
Club Tournament Played
- Thursday, February 12
Tournament Tee Times Available
- Monday, February 2
Club President & TC Articles available
2015 Tournament Schedule
Entry Form - Complete, Print, & Mail!
January 18 Regular Net
February 15 (+)TC Surprise (2 Person
     Blind Draw Net Best Ball)
March 15 Regular Net
April 19 (+)TC Surprise (4 Club)
May 17 (+)TC Surprise
     (6-6-6 2 Person Team)
June 14 (+)Directors (Skin Qlfr)
     (A) & (B)
July 19 (+)Presidents (B)
August 15/16 (+)Club Championship
August 16 (+)Regular Net (A)
September 13 (+)(Skin Qlfr)
October 18 (+)Skins Competition
November 15 (+)TC Surprise (RWB)
December 13 Regular Net
+ = Additional Event
A = 2016 NCGA Team Qualifier (2 rounds)
B = 2016 NCGA Individual Qualifier (2 rounds)
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More Tournament Schedule Info
2014 Tournament Schedule
January 12 Regular Net
February 9 (+)Member / Guest
March 23 (+)TC Surprise 2Person
     Blind Draw Net Best Ball
April 27 Regular Net
May 18 (+)TC Surprise
     (6-6-6 2Person Team)
June 22 (+)TC Surprise (4 Club)
July 20 (+)Directors (Skin Qlfr)
     + (A) & (B)
August 16/17 (+) Club Championship
August 17 (+)Regular Net + (A)
September 14 (+)Member / Guest
   Presidents (Skin Qlfr)+(B)
October 19 (+) Skins Competition
November 16 (+)TC Surprise (RWB)
December 14 Regular Net (Dublin Ranch)
The Golf Course is BACK OPEN!

lease updateAccepting Memberships:
Designed to bring all golfers together for a great experience. No handicap needed, all you need to do is want to have fun! All skill levels are welcome!

For a little over $100 a year you get:
- A GHIN Handicap.
- Monthly Tournaments (entry fee required).
- Individual Awards, every tournament,
  matching similar skill levels.
- Membership in the Northern California
  Golf Association.
- Discounted Green Fees at Poppy Hills and
  Poppy Ridge
and more…
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Monthly News and Highlights…February 2015

President's Report
Hello Members,

I hope everyone enjoyed this year's Superbowl. What a finish! What an unbelievable call for the coach to make. Well, after last year’s oh hum game this year's game was sure entertaining.

My article is going to be a bit short this month. Work keeps getting in the way.

I think the January tournament went off without a hitch. Thank you all for getting your scorecards into Tony ASAP. I know that really helps him and reduces his already long day.

I think Touchstone Golf has be making a lot of effort to get the course back up and running after the December rain. It is good to see them running specials through the off season (Dec. Jan. and Feb.). I try to keep you informed through email about specials that I hear about. Please feel free to email me if you see a special that I have not sent out an email about.

Pay on the Day of the Tournament
We have starting to see more and more tournament players paying on the day of the tournament. This was never intended to be the norm but for some it has become just that. Ok, I am guilty of this too! There is discussion and it will be policy beginning next month (March), a disincentive of an additional $10 for paying the day of the tournament. That additional amount will be waved ONE time per player each calendar year. Also, if you are filling in a spot after the Tee Times have been posted the fee will not apply. Please let’s make an effort to get tournament fees in on time.

I created a file (2015_wpgc_events.ics) that you can use to import our Tournament Dates into most calendar programs. To import it, do an internet search such at "import .ics into....(iphone, android or Google Calendar)" to find directions for your calendar program.
Standard warning...use at own risk.

As far as the lease goes, EBRPD hasn't been saying much. I know a new RFP is suppost to be out soon. But no word exactly when SOON is. Of course, I will keep you updated when I hear anything.

I encourage you to go on out to the course and play. Introduce yourself to the new staff and Course General Manager, Jake Stewart. Tee times can be made with the Pro Shops at (510) 537-8001 (Please make note of the NEW PHONE NUMBER). The new website is willowgc.com.

Lease information last updated: Nov. 26

2015 Membership: 101 Members / Goal 150

Steve Falzone, President

Tournament Chair Report
Well our return to Willow Park for our tournament rounds has started off well. The course was in pretty good shape for the winter although with the mild weather we have been having it was not expected to be in its usual sloppy wintery shape. The folks running the course have done a terrific job with the course. Here’s hoping they continue to move forward and keep improving the Greens, Fairways and Tee Boxes.

While the course is drying out it is still wet enough in the early morning to get mud on the ball so we will be playing lift clean and place within 1 club length keeping the shot difficulty to your intended target still in play. Yes that means if you are behind a tree which impedes a direct shot to the green your “Placement of your ball” must also result in the same or as close as possible to the same shot difficulty.

With the tee ball markers being placed in a more logical manner on the tee boxes we will now move everyone to playing the Ball Markers instead of the NCGA disks. This may change as the conditions of the tee boxes get better or worse due to weather condition but for now your assignment will mean the Ball Markers.

Thank you to those of you who read the rules sheet prior to starting the round. I go to a lot of trouble to try and make last minute changes that will even out the playing field based upon the condition of the course. Yes there are many times that they do not change from month to month but there are also times when they do so please at least browse them. I would hate to find out someone did not play correctly and be penalized or worse disqualified only because they did not read the rules sheet.

We are down a bit on of membership count. At this time last year we were at 119 and we are currently at 100. While we expected to lose a few because of the uncertainty with the course changing management, we had hoped to be closer to last year’s count. For those of you reading this that are not yet signed up there is still plenty of time to do so. The membership fees are now $119 for renewals (member in 2014) and $125 for new members. Membership forms are available on the web site and at the course.

“Pay on the Day of the Tournament” is an option that was originally set up for those that fill in the open spots after the groups/pairings have been posted to the web site and the occasional person who contacts me well after the deadline saying there was a change in plans and they can play and want to get in. This option is apparently being used more often than originally anticipated so the policy and procedure for the use of this option is currently under review. As soon as the review is completed the results will be made available to the membership.

The 2015 tournament schedule is now posted on the web site for your viewing pleasure. We plan on playing them all at Willow Park. I may tweak the events to take place and move some of them around a bit but the dates however will not change so please mark them down in your calendars.

I will let the President continue to provide you with any changes or developments in East Bay Regional Parks pursuit of a permanent group to manage the course.

50-50 raffle winner: Tony Paniagua

Your TC,
Tony Paniagua

Tournament Entry form Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2600, Castro Valley CA. 94546
Email contact address - GOLF4TCTONY@GMAIL.COM

DO NOT POST your Willow Park Tournament round. I will post all scores from our tournaments. If you post it by mistake please let me know so I can delete the duplicate.

Next Tournament
When: February 15, 2015
Deadline: February 4, 2015
Entry Fee: $50
Format: Net Flight
Special Event: Blind Draw 2 person Net Best Ball. This is a separate event in addition to the Net flights. You will learn who your partner is upon completion of your round . Each Player in the top 2 teams will receive a $10 certificate at golf mart.

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