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January 12 Regular Net
February 9 (+)Member / Guest
Cancelled
March 23 (+)TC Surprise 2Person
     Blind Draw Net Best Ball
April 27 Regular Net
May 18 (+)TC Surprise
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June 22 (+)TC Surprise (4 Club)
July 20 (+)Directors (Skin Qlfr)
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August 17 (+)Regular Net + (A)
September 14 (+)Member / Guest
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October 19 (+) Skins Competition
November 16 (+)TC Surprise (RWB)
December 14 Regular Net
+ = Additional Event
A = 2015 NCGA Team Qualifier (2 rounds)
B = 2015 NCGA Individual Qualifier (2 rounds)
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Monthly News and Highlights…July 2014
President's Report
Hello Members,
Here we are at the 11th hour and East Bay Parks appear to have little interest keeping Willow Park up and running. Our board has started informing the media of the current situation. We, the membership, need to get the word out! We need to attend meetings (CV MAC Board and EBRPD Meeting). We need to email anyone and everyone to get the word out about this situation!

I will update you HERE with any new information that I learn so please check back.

Lease Update:

OUR GOAL REGARDING LEASE:
To see that Willow Park Golf Course remains open through the transition to the new lessee and help make the transition as smooth as possible.


We need your help to keep the focus on WP! How can you help? Contact EBParks, EBMUD, H.A.R.D, and CV MAC Boards and let them know you want their help to save Willow Park. Here are their email addresses.

East Bay Regional Parks District Board:
wdotson@ebparks.org, jsutter@ebparks.org, cseverin@ebparks.org, dsiden@ebparks.org, awieskamp@ebparks.org, blane@ebparks.org, tradke@ebparks.org, bdoyle@ebparks.org

East Bay MUD Board: board@ebmud.com

Castro Valley MAC Board:
marc.crawford@acgov.org, aileen.chong-jeung@acgov.org, cheryl.miraglia@acgov.org, dave.sadoff@acgov.org, john.ryzanych@acgov.org, matt.turner@acgov.org, sheila.cunha@acgov.org

H.A.R.D Board:
parc@haywardrec.org, hodp@haywardrec.org, waed@haywardrec.org, jamm@haywardrec.org, andl@haywardrec.org

July 23: Article in the Castro Valley Forum
Willow Park could close by Years' end.
The forum does not have a link to this article. The article has one correction that I see. It talks about "Owners" the golf course is leased from EB Parks. The new lease is to run the golf course, the lessee will not have ownership. (I am sure I will be corrected if I am wrong)

Willow Park, Castro Valley's public golf course, may close before the end of the year. The current 50-year lease is set to expire on Nov. 30.
The current owners have announced that they do not intend to renew their lease, according to Steve Falzone, president of the Willow Park Golf Club.
So the East Bay Regional Park District, which oversees the course, must look for new owners.
However, the district has yet to put out a Request for Proposal to get bids form potential owners, and even once the request is issued, approving the owner is a lengthy process.
“We are really in limbo right now,” said Falzone. “It’s frustrating.”
A buyer could continue running the 18-hole course as it is, or turn it private. Or, if no bids come in, the golf course’s future could be even more mysterious.
“What if no one comes forward? That’s the one hundred thousand dollar question,” said Falzone.
The park district says that they will work to insure that the course remains open, even if it means finding a temporary owner as a stop-gap.
Willow Park, which originally opened in 1966 is set on the east side of the Chabot Regional Park at 17007 Redwood Road. In addition to the golf course, the property also has a restaurant and events facility.
Willow Park, like many other area golf courses, suffered during the economic downturn, though numbers have improved. But this past Saturday only a handful of players were on the Willow Park links and one golfer expressed his concern over the low turnout.
The park also need an expensive irrigation update.
Falzone said that he’d like to see the Hayward Area Recreation District take over ownership, but HARD already runs two gold courses and they are running at deficits.
Falzone’s club normally recruits members this time of the year, but cannot because of the uncertain future of the course.
“There is a lack of concrete information,” said Falzone. “It’s just incredibly difficult to deal with the uncertainty.” ---Amy Sylvestri

July 21: Hayward Review/Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune - WP Lease Article (same article but believe it is in Monday's newspaper)

Initally, a little problem between Willow Park and Willow Glen but still a nice feature!
July 18: KTVU News Feature on WP

UPDATED: July 18: Bay Area News Group WP Lease Article

July 16: Email sent to EBRPD, EBMUD and H.A.R.D Board of Directors
EBRPD Board,
Due to my work schedule I was not able to attend your monthly board meeting of July 15. I was hoping I could have a moment to comment on the desperate situation that we feel is fast approaching regarding Willow Park Golf Course.

We, as a club, have always hoped that Willow Park Golf Course would remain open and the transition to the new ownership would be a smooth and transparent one. Up to now we have not had much hope only because we have had many promises and little communications as to where the process was and how it was progressing.

The staff at East Bay Park District has told us all along they would like to see Willow Park Golf Course continue. They have been saying that for over 2 years, BUT here we are at the 11th hour with no confirmation, let alone an RFP.

If the "soon to be released" RFP has a late August RFP submission deadline, that would only leaves about 90 days for the EBParks staff to review the bids, get the subcommittee and THEN the full EBP Board approval and then begin discussion with the new lessee regarding the golf course transition. Although EBParks staff may have the best of intentions, are they really going to be able to do all this in 90 days when they haven't be able to do it in over 2 years? Unfortunately, although we are still holding out hope, we are skeptical and disappointed by the lack of progress and communication regarding this process.

July 16: CV Forum "Letter to the Editor"
Editor:
Castro Valley community take note! In less than 4 months (November 30), after 50 years, Willow Park Golf Course management group’s lease with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) will expire.

This likely means that public golf in CV is going to disappear. This impacts not only the casual golfer and the multiple golf clubs, but also both middle schools and CVHS golf teams, and the many tournaments that support local non-profit organizations and other community groups.

This will also be an end to the banquet facilities, bar and restaurants that have been a mainstay to the community from Crab feeds to Rotary functions, to weddings and a host of other celebrations and memorials. Also to be considered is the much needed revenue EBRPD will lose from these activities going elsewhere.

There appears to be no urgency on the part of East Bay Regional Parks District to get a request for proposal (RFP) out to the public for bidding. For over 2 years EBRPD has talked about releasing an RFP for Willow Park but at the 11th hour we are still waiting. Using EBRPD's own timeline, at the earliest, the RFP process is already at or past the deadline for a smooth continuation of the golf course and facilities.

As late as June 11, EBRPD assured us that the RPF would be released by July 1st – but to-date nothing. Don’t let EBRPD allow our gem to just fade away.

We urge you to contact representatives (Mr. O' Connor, EBP Assistant GM and Ms. Severin, EBP CV Board Member, as well as County Supervisor Nate Miley) and let them know that Castro Valley needs Willow Park to continue to be part of our community!

Please help us save Willow Park.

Steve Falzone
President, WillowParkGolfClub.org

July 12 Email - Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council Chair Marc Crawford email to EBP's Ms. Waluch (mwaluch@ebparks.org) and Mr. O' Connor (joconnor@ebparks.org).
I am writing to inform you that this Willow Park issue will be placed on an agenda for the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council as soon as possible. Willow Park is an important asset and contributes greatly to the quality of life in Castro Valley. The Council has been receiving emails for several months about the changes at Willow Park. Please reply so that we can coordinate EBRPD staff availability with our meeting schedule.

July 13 - CV Legands posted the letter to editor to their website
facebook.com/CVLegends go there, "like" it or post something!

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Here is the timeline that I wrote down at the June 12 Meeting with East Bay Parks (Ms. Waluch, Mr. O' Connor and two other staff members).
- 1 or 2 weeks before RFP is released (as of July 23 still no RFP)
- East Bay Park's Bid/RFP Webpage
- 6 to 8 weeks deadline to submit bids
- (2 weeks?) staff evaluation of submitted bids.
- Staff present/recommend bids to EBRP operation subcommittee for their approval.
- (Once approved) present bids to full EBRP board for their approval.
- Begin discuss with new leasee regarding golf course transition.

- Willow Park Golf Course Update Letter - 05/01/2014 PDF (38kb)
- EBParks WPGC Presentation Handout - 01/16/2014 PDF (3.2mb)
- EBP/H.A.R.D Work Session - 05/29/2014 PDF
- EBP - 2014–2015 Request for Proposals Timeline - 03/20/2014 PDF
- EBP Board Meeting (RFP to be released 12/2013) - 12/3/2013 PDF
- EBP Board Meeting (RFP to be released 11/2013) - 09/3/2013 PDF
- EBP/H.A.R.D Work Session - 04/9/2013 PDF
- East Bay Parks/EBMUD Board Liaison Meeting - 03/25/2013 PDF
- East Bay Parks/EBMUD Board Liaison Meeting - 03/25/2013 PDF
- EBP Informational Reports - 01/19/2012 PDF
- EBP 2011 Work Plan: Informational Reports - 03/22/2011 PDF

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2014 Membership: 131 Members (25 New)/ Goal 150

Our 2014 membership signup is progressing nicely. We are slightly ahead of last year’s count at this time. I sure would like to see it get back up around 150 so please continue to put out the word.

Steve Falzone, President

Tournament Chair Report
Well the 4 club tournament is over with many of you shooting well below your usual score again asking the question “Why do you need 14 clubs?”. As a comparison our last stroke play tournament in April the average gross score for that tournament was 92. The average score for the 4 club stroke play tournament was a 95. As you can see there is not much difference so perhaps some of you may want to consider taking a few clubs out of your bag.

Our July tournament will once again be a stroke play Net flight competition with everyone signed up participating in this completion. It will also be the 1st round of our NCGA and Skins qualifiers. They will be run as separate competitions with sign-up sheets on the first tee. There will be more details on the first tee but here is a brief summary of each. They are still a work in progress so they may have a few changes by tournament day so make sure you read them before signing up and starting your round.

2015 NCGA 2 person qualifying - This is a 2 person net combine best ball competition over 2 rounds. There will be a sign up sheet and more details on the first tee. If you are not signed up you will not be deemed to be qualifying. You will be allowed to pick you partner but must do so prior to the second player starting and before the first player finishes the front 9. If you don’t have a partner sign up as a single and I will pair you with another single that signed up. All players qualifying for this event must play from the Blue Tee area designated for the tournament, complete the required number of tournaments by year end, play both qualifying rounds and be on the active membership roster on January 1, 2015. Those of you who sign up and have an index above 18.4 are welcome to try and qualify but your index will be lowered to 18.4 for the qualifying rounds.

2015 NCGA 4 person qualifying - This is an individual 2 round combined net competition with the team chosen based upon the parameters set forth in the information sheet. There will be a sign up sheet and more details on the first tee. If you are not signed up you will not be deemed to be qualifying. All players qualifying for this event must play from the Blue Tee area designated for the tournament, completed the required number of tournaments by year end, play both qualifying rounds and be on the active membership roster on January 1, 2015. Those of you who sign up and have an index above 18.4 are welcome to try and qualify but your index will be lowered to 18.4 for the qualifying rounds.

October Skins qualifying – It is presumed everyone entered in the tournament wishes to try and qualify so there is no need to sign up for this event. If you do not want to try and qualify please let the TC know as soon as you can so your scores will not be used. Please remember all players must play both qualifying rounds.

Presuming the course conditions do not change dramatically from what they are right now we will be playing the ball down. This could change at the last minute and there will be some exceptions should we play it down so I again suggest you read the rules/information sheet displayed on the first tee prior to starting.

The NCGA 4 person qualifier was held on June 30 and July 1. The team of Al Tuialuuluu, Joe Johnson, Brady Deitrick and Mike Desanto finished in 4th place just 3 shots out of the qualifying spot for the championship round. They played well on the first day positioning them within striking distance of the leader. In the second round they all encounter trouble with a team score of bogey on the 134 yard par 3 15th hole, a double bogey on the 180 yard par 3 16th hole and a bogey on the 323 yard par 4 17th hole. Once again a valiant effort but once again it’s “Wait until next Year”.

50-50 raffle winner: Greg O’Connell

As you know I said I would mention the slow groups who got behind and did not catch up. The identifying of these groups is not just my call but also of your fellow golfers on the course. If a group is reported as “Slow” they will not be mentioned unless it was verified and confirmed. This tournaments “Slow” play group consisting of Robert Henneuse, Ken Mendelsohn, Willie Brown and Hugh Williams. They were observed to be 2 holes behind playing the 12th and again while playing the 15th.

Your TC,
Tony Paniagua

Tournament Entry form Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2600, Castro Valley CA. 94546
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Next Tournament: July 20, 2014
Deadline: July 09, 2014
Entry Fee: $50
Format: Regular Net Flights
Special Event:
1st Round 2014 WPGC Skins Qualifying
1st Round 2015 NCGA Team Qualifying
1st Round 2015 NCGA Individual Qualifying

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