Special to Theâ€¨Journal-Register
Medina Journal-Register — Behind the scenes at Shelridge Country Club these days there seems to be a persistent echo of the old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The reason is simple. For the past half dozen years a harmonious management team has put together a workable golf program that it’s proud of and they don’t intend to screw it up.
In the words of Head Pro Dave Green, returning for his ninth year, “I still feel this job is exactly what I want to do with my life and Medina has a place in my heart. We’ve worked hard to get this club where it is and the course is in great condition. Every area of the club seems to be doing what it needs to do.”
Green called the head groundskeeper, Brad Balschmiter, a highly talented man, and he said he values the work ethic of his assistant pro, Dave Rose, now in his fourth year and working toward his permanent PGA card. Upstairs, the dining and drinking areas have been drawing good crowds for the bistro offerings of Mike Zambito.
New leadership has taken over on the board of directors with Matt Bush moving up a notch to the presidency to succeed the long time head man, Brett Decker.
A resident of the Lyndonville area, Bush is tool room and purchasing manager at Brunner International in Medina and is a 40-year veteran of Shelridge golf dating from the time of his father, Doug Bush. He even spent some time on the grounds maintenance crew. “Today the course is in beautiful shape and the membership committee did a fine job to reach a total of about 220. I have to feel that the new season looks promising.” Bush’s sidekick as V-P is John Grabowski of Middleport, employed in the position of purchasing agent at University of Buffalo.
Golfing activity roared out of the box during the recent warm weather and the play in popular golf leagues is going well. First to be launched was the Larry Decker Memorial Teachers League under the management of Bill Ossont and playing on Tuesday afternoons. Then came the Thursday men’s league at an increased level of 68 players.
Simulateneously, the SWGA women’s league opened with 24 participants including Women’s Golf Assn. President Melissa Cotter.
Finally, the Friday night couples league will open May 17. The regular men’s league has been enhanced by the serving of a regular buffet each week and on May 2 the assembled crowd saluted Todd Flynn and RJ Overholt as leaders of the Shelby Division and John Grabowski and Paul Pass as leaders of the Ridgeway Division.
May 4 brought the men’s opening scramble to officially open the season.
First place for low gross went to Mark Morrill, Ken Ireland, Matt Ashe and Geoff Christian. Second place to Mark Keeler, Dan Monacellil, Scott Marsh and Dick Di Minuco.Third to Mark Rydza, Jim Prentice, Paul Kovach and Mark Butler.
For low net first place went to Bruce Foley, Butch Stupnick, Alex Misiti and Zach Baldwin. Second place to James Tee, Chuck Neumann, Brad Nudd and Gordie Hermann. Third to RJ Overholt, Ryan Overholt, John Vekich and Todd Flynn.
Opening day for the ladies went in the direction of Melinda Whiting, Val Peters and Jackie Harmon, posting 39. Second place was taken by Mary Grabowski, Jean Lasch and Mary Jablonski with 40.
While all this has been in play the contenders for the President’s Cup have been turning in qualifying scores and this will continue until June 1. Last year’s cup champion in this match play test was Randy Coleman, who will defend his title.
Looking down the road to June 1, the Spring Member-Member Tourney will take the spotlight for two days. Sign-up sheets are already posted indicating that the week end will include lunch and dinner the first day, a Saturday night couples party and breakfast on Sunday.
SHORT SHOTS: Mothers Day this week end will put focus on the dining room called “The Bistro at Shelridge”. A brunch menu from 9 to noon will have 14 separate food categories including stations for omelets, waffles and meats.