Presidents Message
Last Updated: 02/07/17

BMGC President's Message

I hope all of you are enjoying the New Year and that your golf game is in full swing despite the weather.  While the rain has curtailed some of our outside activities it should pay off in the long run with lush course conditions.

The 2017 Brookside Men's Golf Club season is now underway and we have completed our January tournaments.  The Friday and Sunday January Low Gross / Low Net tournaments had good turnouts and the annual Tournament of Champions at the end of January was very competitive.  Our three teams competing in the SCGA Team Play season are doing very well and all are poised for playoff runs.  Our golf courses are still very wet so our Tournament Committee has instituted Winter Rules which will continue to make our tournaments enjoyable.

As our new BMGC President, I would like to thank two people in particular who have made gracious contributions to our Club over the years.  Our Immediate Past President, Randy Gottlieb just completed two years as BMGC President and on behalf of the Board, we would like to thank him for his dedicated service and keeping the interests of all our club members foremost in our decision making.  Randy has brought passion and a very good command of the issues that our club faces and we are glad that he will continue on the Board as Greens Committee Chairman and Team Play Coordinator.  Completing his term on the Board is Ken Miller, who has managed our Membership Committee for the past decade, with skill and dedication.  Ken's work has been largely unrecognized and yet his contribution cannot be ignored.  Managing a Club with over 500 combined Regular and Associate members is at times difficult and Ken has done so with very little fanfare.  We are grateful for Ken's hard work and especially so that he has agreed to stay on as we turn over the Membership Chairman duties to Ed Sayer.  Please thank Randy and Ken the next time you see them.

We would also like to welcome new Board Members, Steve Duffy and Wayne Klippenstein.  Steve will work with new Membership Chairman, Ed Sayer in managing our membership database and Wayne will work with Wayne Dockery as assistant Treasurer.  The rest of our well-seasoned Board will remain intact and engaged.  The BMGC Board of Directors will meet every 2nd Tuesday evening at the Brookside Clubhouse.  With the increased reliance on our website as our main form of communication, we have reduced the number of Regular Membership meetings.  However, we would welcome any BMGC member that wishes to present their suggestions and solutions to the Board. Let me know if you would to meet with us and we will be glad to have you join us.

The same can be said for our Handicap Committee, if you have an issue with how your Handicap has been adjusted, I would suggest you present your views directly to the committee at one of their bi-monthly meetings.  The Handicap Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month just before our Board meeting.  Much has been said about the focus of our Handicap committee and having been on this committee for the past three years I can state that our aim has been and will continue to be keeping the best interests of all our club members in mind.  Our BMGC Membership fee is higher than most other public golf course clubs.  Since the main source of our club’s revenue is in our membership dues, you may or may not be aware that the majority of our expenses are for our tournament prize winnings.  Our tournaments are very well run and as far as I’m concerned we need to protect the field.  I’ll just say this, last year there was one member who had an issue with how his Handicap index was modified.  He finally attended a Handicap meeting, stated his case and I believe that all parties, including the member, were satisfied with the result. So, I’ll just say this, if you have an issue with your Handicap please consider addressing your concerns directly to the Handicap Committee.  Let me know if you wish to do so.

Yet, let’s be very frank, 2017 is going to be a very challenging year for all of us.  There will be more Rose bowl events taking place this year, including the May 20 & 21 U2 concerts that will cause the Pasadena City Championship to be rescheduled to July 14-16. The Arroyo Music Festival will also take place for the first time this June.  Part of Course #1 will be closed for a three week period of time while the festival is set up and for the staging to be placed on the golf course.  This is just the beginning of the many changes taking place at Brookside and it’s your Board’s duty to keep our membership informed and to act with your best interests in mind.

So despite the changes taking place, we encourage you to participate in our BMGC monthly tournaments, fill your boots!  And no matter what challenges, we’ll keep teeing it up, golfers always do.

Go Brookside!!

Ed Kelly
BMGC President

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