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    Official Publication of the Spring Creek Golf & Country Club August 2015

  • 4 WIO Staff5 A letter from our president Rod Reiswig

    6 Finance Committe Report June 2015

    7 Club News Steve Hupe, General Manager

    8 50th Anniversary Celebrations9 Mens Club News Larry Dovichi

    10 A note from 30,000 feet... Michael F. Stieler, CGCS

    11 Dining & Social Bernie Brown, Food & Beverage Manager

    12 Culinary Corner Eric Jegoux

    13 Senior Moments Carl W. Collins, Esq.

    14 18 Hole Womens Golf Club Catheryn Harty

    15 Our Newest Members August Gentle Reminders

    16 Mi-Tee Niners Peggy Ragsdale

    17 Our New Employees 19 Calendar20 Golf Events & Tips Shea Rollins, Head Golf Professional

    21 Events22 Board Meeting Minutes23 Did You Know...

    Bar Hours Restaurant Hours

    Tuesday ....................... 10am-7pmWednesday ..............10am-10pmThursday ..................... 10am-7pmFriday .........................10am-10pmSaturday ...................... 10am-7pmSunday......................... 10am-7pm

    Tues. & Thurs. ...............7am-4pm

    Wednesday ...................7am-9pm

    Friday ..............................7am-9pm

    Saturday .........................7am-4pm




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    IN THIS ISSUEWIO August 2015 www.springcreekcc.com

  • PresidentRod Reiswigrreiswig@ssica.com

    Vice PresidentCarl Collinscarl@cwcollinslaw.com

    Sec/Treasurer/ FinanceKevin Haweskhawes@abilitymortgage.com

    Cart/Pro ShopDon Durandduran@mercedpcins.com

    GreensRich Ellisrichardellis4377@sbcglobal.net

    SportsAnnette Shroenschroena2001@gmail.com

    House/SocialTim Harristharris364@gmail.com

    MembershipDebra Van Essendebra@vefinancial.com

    Long Range PlanningGlenn Davisdglenndavis@icloud.com

    Business OperationsRod Reiswigrreiswig@ssica.com

    Co-chairCarl Collins

    General ManagerSteve Hupesteve@springcreekcc.com

    ControllerNancy Stokke

    Food & Beverage ManagerBernie Brownbernie@springcreekcc.com

    Lead ChefEric Jegoux

    Head Golf ProfessionalShea Rollinsshearollins.springcreek@gmail.com

    Event & Membership Sales ManagerAshley Ruelasashley.springcreek@gmail.com

    Event CoordinatorOksana Sandler

    Golf Course SuperintendentMichael F. Stieler

    Office ManagerSherri Esparza

    Accounts Receivable Jennie Achterberg

    Magazine Design Harold L. Georgehgeorge@209magazine.com

    Ad SalesAshley Ruelasashley.springcreek@gmail.com

    Deadline is the Sunday following the Board Meeting.

    PrintingMNC Marketing Services

    Spring Creek Golf and Country Club is a pri-vate, member-owned championship club, located on 101 unique acres of ancient oaks along the Stanislaus River. Our vision is to provide a superb golf environment, exceptional member services and excellent, first-class facilities to fulfill the social and recreational desires of our members and guests.

    We offer something rare for discriminating in-

    dividuals-a timeless atmosphere in which to relax in a beautiful hide-away where one can spend a peaceful day with family and friends. Spring Creek Golf & Country Club was developed in 1965 and designed for the entire family. Golf tournaments, Junior events, dining, creative themed events, spe-cial wine dinners and tastings are just a sample of the year-round social and golf events that mem-bers enjoy in our casually elegant atmosphere.

    1580 Spring Creek DriveRipon, CA 95366

    209-599-3258Fax 209-599-6994



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    WIO Staff

  • I started my article last month with a great big, Happy 50th Anniversary.Now, with the an-niversary celebration behind us, I think I can only start the month of August by exclaiming, Wow, what an awesome weekend of 50th cel-ebrations we had!

    It all started Friday night with a Luau under the Oaks complete with roast pig, yellowtail tuna, purple potatoes and exotic tropical drinks and hula dancers.Saturday rolled right into early buffet breakfast and a 50th Anniversary Golf tournament that was loads of fun and perfect weather.Saturday evening was the Founders dinner/dance that was a premier event attended by many of the Founding and Charter members that were instrumental in setting the standards and expectations of what Spring Creek Golf & Country Club has evolved into today.That vision of a friendly, family atmosphere set in motion some 50 years ago is the same vision we hang our hats on to-day.Without it, we would not be the successful, flourishing Spring Creek Golf and Country Club we are.It was a great honor to be able to sit and talk with founding member and first Board President of Spring Creek Golf & Country Club, Al Van Veld-huizen.Amazing stories!

    All the above mentioned would not have been possible without the dedication, time and energy put forth over the past 7-8 months by the 50th Anniversary Committee chaired by Lynette Voss.Lynette and her committee along with Spring Creek management and staff, at-

    tended to every detail that contrib-uted to the best 50th anniversary any one of us could have ever hoped for.Thank you, Lynette, thank you com-mittee members and thank you man-agement and staff.The weekend was truly, a remarkable experience.

    August should be another great month for golf.Mike and his team continue to manage the golf course successfully under the drought re-strictions set forth by the State, County and City of Ripon.Major excavation will be taking place on the #3 green as we speak.Raise your hand if you have birdied the tempo-rary green on #3. Hello, anyone out there?

    Im looking forward to the upcom-ing months and all the events slated for the rest of the year to include both womens and mens Invitation-als.As if Sheas life isnt so busy al-ready, I think this is where he kicks it into high gear.Go Shea!

    Financially, not such a great month for the club but still pacing ahead of budget for the year and still in great shape overall.Please join me in bid-ding our Controller, Robin Velthoen a farewell, and also welcoming our new incoming Controller, Nancy Stokke.Nancy brings many years of experience in accounting and man-aging businesses to Spring Creek Golf & Country Club and will be a great addition to the management team.I also want to thank Sherri Es-parza for accepting a promotion to Office Manager. Sherri is now part of the management team as well.Great team!

    See you all around the Club.Enjoy.

    Rod ReiswigPresident

    Mulligan: Invented by a man who wanted to hit one more twenty yard grounder.

    Jim Bishop

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    A letter from our president


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    Jun-15 Jun-15 Jun-14 15-Jun 15-Jun 2014Actual Budget Variance YTD YTD Budget Variance

    IncomeBar 42,578 40,676 1,902 247,026 216,832 30,194 Carts 28,140 27,050 1,090 139,029 133,710 5,319 Dining 86,108 101,410 (15,302) 548,633 490,798 57,835 Fitness Center 93 400 (307) 1,081 2,400 (1,320) G&A 135,524 128,384 7,140 772,639 763,654 8,985 Pool 371 500 (129) 372 500 (128) Pro Shop 51,222 41,680 9,542 280,395 241,090 39,305 Total Income 344,036 340,100 3,936 1,989,175 1,848,984 140,190

    Expense Bar 29,362 28,185 (1,177) 160,727 142,250 (18,477) Carts 12,283 10,954 (1,329) 52,381 43,557 (8,824) Dining 98,337 94,793 (3,544) 525,895 499,996 (25,899) Fitness Center 1,111 1,050 (61) 3,103 3,500 397 G&A 107,691 95,149 (12,542) 575,628 565,496 (10,132) Grounds 75,037 71,182 (3,855) 388,706 397,550 8,844 Pool 2,696 2,709 13 4,908 4,657 (251) Pro Shop 40,712 33,190 (7,522) 225,368 194,551 (30,817) Total Expense 367,229 337,212 (30,017) 1,936,716 1,851,557 (85,158)

    Net Profit/Loss (23,192) 2,888 (26,080) 52,460 (2,573) 55,033 G&A 1 1 3 4,005 4,005 1,042 Non-Operating Income

    394 (5,597) 5,991 (9,287) (32,219) 22,932

    Income After Extra Items

    (22,797) (2,709) (20,088) 47,178 (34,792) 81,970


    364,302 3,482

    496,990 2,702







    40,031 30,088 105,694

    Finance Committee Report June 2015

    Actual June

    222,148 131,331 486,914





    121,590 31


    382 720,716




    42,047 339,481

    242,337 1,803,860





    84,024 72,519 1,711


    I want to thank the 50th Anniversary Subcommit-tee who helped put together the July 17th and 18th celebration events. Along with staff members, Ber-nie Brown, Oksana Sandler, Ashley Ruelas, Shea Rol-lins and Chef Eric, were Lynette Vos (chairperson), Joan Kamps, Michele Bartels and Pat Krueger. They all did a wonderful job of planning and executing three great events. Ive heard nothing but wonderful com-ments from the membership on the food, entertain-ment and service for the two days. Even though these events were the culmination of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we will continue to bring attention to the fact that we are celebrating 50 years in existence to the membership throughout the rest of the year, in mem-orable ways. For example, we have beautiful pewter engraved bag tags and framed course pictures in the Golf Shop that make fine commemorative gifts as well as etched wine glasses with the 50th Anniversary logo for sale. All those that ordered a 50th Anniversary flag, but have yet to pick theirs up, please see me at your earliest convenience.

    Although June was a bit down compared to last year in terms of financial results, the Club remains very healthy. Julys figures are not in yet of course, but I know we were busier than in previous years as it seemed like we had major member events every week-end. As the summer winds down, wedding season picks up again and we should see an increase in activ-ity around the Club. Children all head back to school in the next week and I have to say that this summer was one of the busiest weve experienced in terms of junior participation and involvement. It is a wonderful sign of the influx of new families joining our Club and a sure sign for a healthy Club future.

    Our annual Rhythm on the Range concert is right around the corner and this years event will prove to be the biggest event ever, having sold out two weeks prior to the event! Over 1,200 tickets were sold this year and with the weather predicted to be very mild, our range will be packed with enthusiastic members and their guests. This years event features an outstanding band, fully stocked bar, (4) food vendors and tremen-

    dous silent auction items and promises to be a night to remember. Dont forget that a major amount of the proceeds are donated to our junior golf program and the Ripon Community Fund.

    As I mentioned last month, if you would like to have more of an impact on the direction of the Club, dont hesitate to get involved. Its time to start think-ing about running for a position on the Board. We will be replacing (3) exiting Board members and need willing, committed candidates who have a passion for their Club, to think about serving for the next (3) years. One of our new 2016 Board members will more than likely be our future Club President after (2) short years! If you are interested or know of someone who is, I encourage you to let me know.

    In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, ques-tions or concerns, my door is always open

    Although June

    was a bit down

    compared to last

    year in terms of

    financial results,

    the Club remains

    very healthy.

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    Steve HupeGeneral Manager

  • 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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  • Yes, Spring Creek Golf & Country Clubs Handi-cap Committee is active-ly checking scorecards and it makes it much easier to verify if the cards are dated. We are also checking daily play sheets to in-sure that if you are playing, you are also posting. Not posting is still happening all too often, so the Handicap Committee has reinstated the USGA, as well as Spring Creek Golf & Country Clubs policy of posting pen-alty scores. If a penalty posting shows up against your GHIN number, it more than likely is there because you have failed to post and the Committee caught it. If you disagree with the posting, attend the monthly Handicap meeting (5:00pm) on the second Wednesday of each month. In his book, The Principals behind the Rules of Golf author Richard S. Tufts is quoted, It is unfortunate that in a game as fascinating as golf, an appreciation of the Rules under which the game is played should be the excep-tion rather than the order. His book, The Principals of Golf is a great read. His two great principals of golf are: (1) Play the course as you find it. Basi-cally accept the conditions pe-riod. (2) Put your ball in play at the start of the hole, play only your own ball and do not touch it until you lift if from the hole. Lets not forget that sign-ups for the NCGA Rules

    Training being held at Spring Creek...