Rick Merritt is a familiar face here at Mount Shasta Resort and one of our newest members, joining our membership one year ago. He plays golf here about three times a week and is a regular in our weekend skins game. He is a “lefty” and a good one at that. He carries a strong 8 handicap and is getting better. He wants to get down to a 5 handicap and we are sure he will reach that goal this year. He drives the ball well and is a sneaky good putter. He birdies #10 and #15 more than most of our members and must have a good iron game to do that. He has become an excellent chipper, but claims to have trouble keeping his head down.
His favorite hole here at MSR is #1. Rick is usually putting for eagle on the opening par five and that is the kind of start anyone would want. He tends to struggle on #16 at times, but that is not an easy hole for most players.
Rick is also a very good singer. He would be very comfortable on the Opera stage in San Francisco with his strong voice and excellent pitch. Rick has actually performed a few times in the Pro Shop and received great reviews.
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The View Point
"If I could have breakfast with that view every day, I would! The food is as good as the view - EXCELLENT! Thanks!" A. Rouse, Director of San Ramon, CA
March, 2014 Newsletter
The lack of snow has been devastating to the Ski Park but good for the golfers. We have had to deal with frost, but most days have been great for golf. Our weekend skins games have been going strong and the golf course has been in good shape. Tony Hart is our new Superintendent and he has been doing a wonderful job. Nick Gribkoff is our mechanic and keeps all our mowers and other equipment maintained and running well. Thanks to these guys and our caring members, we have a golf course to be proud of.
Some of our members on the “Skins Game Hot List” include Scott Waite, Andy O’Sullivan, Rick Merritt, Tom Boehme, David Turk, Bill Navarre, Kevin Lahey, Guy Crispi, and Kellen Waite. If you have an established handicap, come out and play in our skins game. Your total score is not a factor. All you need is one good hole or one lucky hole. The members who play in our skins games are all fun to compete with and you’ll want to be a regular part of our skins challenge. Men and women are invited you can make up your own foursomes. For more information, just give us a call in the Pro Shop at 530-926-3052.
Blast From The Past
Jason Allred won the John Fryer Memorial Tournament here at MSR back in 1994 and 1995. He must have been only 13 to 14 years old at that time. Jason is now 33 and, a few weeks ago, finished tied for third in the Northern Trust Open, formerly known as the L.A. Open, at Riviera Country Club. Jason was a “Monday Qualifier” and finished just three strokes behind the winner, Bubba Watson. He won almost $400,000.00 and much more. He is now qualified to play in the Honda Classic down in Florida this week. That kind off payday and more opportunities will really help Jason provide for his wife and three children, the third was born on Monday February 24th, 2014.
Jason won the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur, so he has a history of winning at a young age. He claims to be a rich man, but not because of his recent paycheck. He says his family is his wealth, continuing to enrich his life
One of the biggest problems on any golf course is ball marks on the greens. Most of our members are diligent about repairing their ball marks and we appreciate their efforts. However, there are still too many ball marks that are not being repaired. Now that we’ve had some rain, the greens will be softer and ball marks will be easier to spot and repair. If you are not sure how to repair a ball mark on the green, come by the Pro Shop and one of our staff will be happy to demonstrate the proper way to repair a ball mark by using the correct tool and technique. In the spirit of the game, always repair your ball mark, and at least three others on the green you are playing at that time. Thanks for your help.
We have our Opti Shot golf simulator set up once again in the Pro Shop. It has become very popular on rainy days. The simulator provides hours of entertainment and good practice as well. The swing sensors provide such information as club head speed, face angle, swing path, distance, tempo, and face contact. The feed back is accurate and helpful to most any golfer. Several of our members stop by the Pro Shop to use the Opti Shot and we even have competitions such as “closest to the hole” on #17 at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida. We even have the opportunity to play 18 holes at some great courses such as Pebble Beach, Olympic Club, and Torey Pines.
We invite our membership to stop by and try out the Opti Shot at no charge. Some of our members have decided to purchase the system to use in their own home or garage. It is fun and educational and has become a very popular winter time activity. One of our members, John Redmond, once played 18 holes at Pebble Beach on our Opti Shot golf simulator, three times in one day. That’s 54 holes of golf, indoors.The gentleman in the photo above is Dave Roach,one of our members and a very good player.
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