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Our Mission To provide quality golf, curling, dining and social experiences for members, their families and guests by enhancing our programs and services
AGM & Announcement from the Nominating Committee 2 Club's Five Year Strategic Plan 3 Welcome New Members & Member Milestones 4 Message from the COO 5 From the Pro Shop 7 The Course & Grounds Insider 11 Around the Rings 14 Message from from the Director of F&B Services 15 News & information for our Members 16
In Memoriam, Condolences, & Celebration of Life Staff Announcements UP COMING EVENTS - Granite Finale -Floral Arrangement Workshop & Luncheon -Easter Brunch Buffet - Honourees' Banquet - Cat Fore! Kids PROGRAMS - [email protected]
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- Kevin Dickey Golf Academy DEPARTMENT NEWS - Curling - Golf Golf Off-Season Fitness Rose of Hope News The Year of the Garden Spring Workplace Health & Safety April Holidays & Observances Culinary Creations Business Directory Staff Directory 1
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Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Club to be held by ZOOM on May 26th, 2022, at 7:00 PM
Announcement from the Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee of the Club has finalized its nominations for the Board of Directors of the Club, for terms commencing immediately following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Club. The Nominating Committee was comprised of Jim Laidley, a Director and Chair of the Nominating Committee,John Dorland, and Chris Gregoire. One Board member, Wanda Williams is resigning her position on the Board, which leaves a twoyear term to be filled. This Notice serves as the official announcement of the following nominees for the Board. Approval of these nominees will be on the Agenda for the AGM. Nominees to serve a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors (2022 – 2025) are: Patrick Good - standing for a second three-year term, William (Bill) Robertson - standing for a second three-year term, Dianne Wylie - standing for a second three-year term, The nominee to fill the 2 year term vacancy caused by Ms Williams' resignation Murray Snyder - for his first term Board members who will continue their respective terms are: Simon Froggatt Jim Laidley Laura Talbot-Allan George Thomson Ron Stenzl
Nominations from the Membership Nominations for membership on the Board may be made by Application, addressed and delivered to the COO, Daniel Beauregard by no later than April 21st , 2022 at 4:00 PM. Board Applications are available at the Club’s administrative office or by emailing Hayley Scanlan at [email protected], and requesting an application. By-Law 4.3 Qualifications of Directors Every Director shall be eighteen (18) or more years of age and shall be a Shareholder of the Corporation. No undischarged bankrupt shall be a Director. If a Director becomes bankrupt, he, or she then ceases to be a Director. By-Law 4.4.1 Nomination of Directors (c) No later than thirty (30) Business Days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, Shareholders may make additional nominations for Director by delivering to the Secretary a written nomination accepted by the nominee.
Cataraqui Golf & Country Club Five Year Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026 On Friday, March 11th, 2022, your Board of Directors announced our Club's five year Strategic Plan. Click here to watch a short video which provides a concise, yet informative, overview of our Plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsMABjjiIDw Within the Clubhouse you have seen banners outlining the Club's Mission, Vision and Values, and the 6 Pillars that are the basis Strategic Plan has been. Highlights of our Plan include:
Our Mission To provide quality golf, curling, dining and social experiences for members, their families and guests by enhancing our programs and services
Our Vision To be a premier club offering high quality facilities and services in a family friendly atmosphere
Our Values Mutual Respect and Inclusiveness Shared Accountability among members and staff Fiscal Responsibility & Transparency Respect History & Tradition. A Commitment to Continuous Improvement A Fun & Welcoming Atmosphere As Club President, Bill Roberts says in his letter to the Membership, "The Plan has been developed over the past year and incorporates many of the views, comments, and suggestions the Board has received from Club members and staff during our consultation process."
Our 6 Strategic Pillars and Direction REVENUE GROWTH
OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OUTCOMES
HIGH QUALITY AMENITIES
ORGANIZATIONAL TEAM DRIVERS
FINANCIAL CAPABILITIES ENABLER
As members of Cataraqui,Golf & Country Club we invite and encourage you to read the complete five-year Strategic Plan.
In flipbook format: https://online.fliphtml5.com/xorfs/gymm/#p=1 or in PDF format: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:68abc392-95e2-3d7e-a10b-f068f1925eb8 Your questions and comments may be sent to [email protected] 3
On behalf of the Membership and Staff, we are pleased to welcome our new Members to Cataraqui Golf & County Club
Learn to Golf Golf Waitlist - Social Junior Golf Mark Antione Colette Fraser Ewan Sealy Caroline Davies Bruce Lister Sheena MacDonald Pauline Lister Amber Peck
a warm welcome to Cataraqui Golf & Country Club We look forward to Greetings and seeing you at our Club.
We recognize those members who will reach significant years of continuous membership at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club this month, February 2022:
25 YEARS Peter Gibson Ameena Jaffer Lynn C. Larabie Mark S. Seymour David Stone Richard Withey Sr.
15 YEARS James Cameron Davide Kingsley Tom Mastantuono Clayton Presant Manuel Sousa
30 YEARS Jamie Hall
55 YEARS 10 YEARS Ruth George Dimitre Doulas Peter Trousdale Gary Tranmer 5 YEARS Alicia Gordon Brandon Griffin 35 YEARS Mark Murano Douglas M. Belch Paul Patterson Dewey Hall Jim Wall
45 YEARS Greg Hunt
Thomas R. Morrow
Our Congratulations and Thanks to these Members for their long-standing support of our Club Bill Robertson Club President & Board Chair 4
From the Desk of Your COO by Daniel Beauregard
The Curling season is winding down, which signals the fiscal year's first half. We experienced some slight interruptions in our curling activities after the Christmas season but are happy to report that while we maintained our stance with on-ice COVID protocol, we did not experience further interruptions to the curling activities. Our Curling membership last year, during the first wave of COVID-19, was 330, which resulted in a 15% drop in membership from the previous season.
This year, I am pleased to report that we have 370 active curlers throughout the season, with 75 new members in various categories. I recall, when I wrote my April 2021 article, that I had mentioned that on March 29th, 14 tarps had been removed. As I write this year's article on March 25th, we may be close to doing so. Yes, other clubs like Scarboro G&CC and Oshawa G&CC, to name a few, have started to remove their tarps this week, but our climate is not the same. I anticipate further communication from Matthew about when we should expect ours to be removed. Our entire fleet of 55 carts has arrived, and I am happy to report no further gas cart usage on the horizon, unless a fully registered event requires a few extra carts to get us through that event. 2022 COVID-19 Guidelines In recent weeks, we received communication from the Ontario Government regarding the relaxing of the COVID protocols. We have introduced these changes, while understanding that Kingston is in the RED risk Zone, with between 150 – 200 High-Risk cases being reported each consecutive period. We will continue to highly recommend wearing a mask in the Clubhouse until we see our community situation improve. If we see no changes in the coming month, we will reinstate our policy requiring mandatory masking in the Clubhouse, unless engaging in food and beverage services. Communications To keep you well informed, we wanted to share with you the schedule we will be using: Monday - Food and Beverage weekly update, with the Board Summary on the first Monday of the month; First Tuesday of the month , Board summary Wednesday – Golf course updates, which will also be added to our website when necessary; Thursday – a reminder of our F&B social events; Saturday - Golf Operations update on events and marketing initiatives. In addition, communications regarding around the club information, or important messages operationally or from the Board will occur when needed. Food and Beverage This year, Chef Gary will continue with his offerings at Fore-11, and the use of local ingredients. I look forward to seeing the results of his fresh creative ideas. Theme menus and offerings will be part of this year's endeavors to continue providing variety to our members. We are also sensitive to the continued rising cost of groceries and meat products. We will always make every effort to ensure a fair price on our menu items.
Christopher McCartney, our new Member Dining Manager, has been busy recruiting new service staff for this season and implementing service modules for the team. We look forward to meeting the service team soon. Golf Operations Golf operations are busy getting their team together as well. Training sessions are underway. Iain and I are looking forward to Sean Skerrit returning to lead the Golf Operations team. The Pro Shop has received a new look with a new merchandise display and a better flow in the Golf Shop. When you have a moment, please stop by and meet the team. In Golf Course Operations, the full-time team is fired up for another golf season under the leadership of Matthew Eastman. Sheldon McCarthy has been promoted to the position of 1st assistant from his previous role as the 2nd assistant.
Goodbye to John As a reminder, John Doolan, who joined us on August 23rd, 2017, will be leaving us this year as he joins Smith Falls G&CC as their new Assistant General Manager. We wish John success in his new position. In closing, I would like to share that The Underhill Family is overwhelmed with our members' support for Hayden's recovery. I am being told that he is slowly recovering and in good hands.
Daniel Beauregard C.O.O.
A Message From Wendy & Ken Underhill Good Morning Daniel, Words can not express our feelings and thoughts for all of the love and support that have been sent to us. What the members of Cataraqui have done for Hayden is amazing. Hayden has been receiving the best care that we could ask for and is slowly making progress in the right direction. We want to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts. Please share with members. As everyone has been saying here, Have a blessed day! Wendy & Ken 6
From the Pro Shop by Iain Reston, Head Golf Professional
Spring is in the air and the golf season is just around the corner. As we approach a new season I am sure everyone is as eager as ever to hit the golf course and shake off some winter rust. The Professional Staff is excited to welcome everyone back for another golf season. With other activities opened up and what is starting to feel like a bit of a return to pre-2020 normal, it is hard to predict if demand for tee times will remain at the same levels, we experienced in 2020 and 2021. As such, we are preparing for the season expecting similar demand for tee times as we received the past two seasons. As you may have read in the March issue of Cataraqui Magazine, the club has adopted GGGolf as our new tee sheet and event software. Some changes have been made as to how it will be implemented from what was originally released. Please read on to learn more about GGGolf.
In the March edition of the Cataraqui Magazine, we introduced GGGolf to the membership and outlined how we would address lottery access to the tee for the upcoming golf season. We have made further refinements to what was outlined in the March edition. Used by than 170 clubs across Canada, including all private clubs in Quebec, GGGolf is an industry leader in club management and member engagement. Specialized in private golf course management, GGGolf is the most complete software on the market pertaining to golf operations, member management and services, lottery tee times, tournament management and handicap management. The GGGolf Intelligent Lottery System is designed to be fair to all members. There are two different processes used in processing the lottery. 1. Weighting by member category. Each member category can be assigned a weight for priority. 2. Number of times members do not get their desired tee times called Percentage of Failure to get desired tee time. The Golf Activities Committee had assigned each membership category a weighting based on dues and capital contribution. Upon review the Committee has decided to suspend the weighting system and rely solely on Percentage of Failure in assigning tee times for 2022. This will allow the Committee to compare the results of the operation of the GGGolf lottery system directly with the results of the operation of the previous Jonas lottery system on an equitable basis. We will evaluate the results during and at the end of season.
Percentage Percentage of Failure The percentage of tee times requests not obtained for players in a foursome are combined together to form that foursome’s total percentage. The percentage is calculated by adding up the number of times each player in the foursome did not obtain their requested tee times divided by the total number of lotteries the members of the foursome participated in. The higher the combined percentages, the greater the likelihood of that group receiving their preferred tee time. The lower the combined percentages the less likelihood of success in receiving their preferred tee time. How it Works The lottery will prioritize the foursomes who have been penalized the most percentage-wise since the beginning of the season and place them at the front of the line. This means that the more times, percentage-wise, a member is successful in attaining their desired tee time, the less likely that member will be successful the next time they enter a ballot. For example, suppose 5 foursomes have requested 7:00 am and one foursome has requested 7:09 am. If the 7:09 request has the highest percentage of failure, then the 7:09 request get the 7:09 tee time and the others would get 7:00, 7:18, 7:27 and 7:36. When filling out ballots, members can indicate if they prefer playing sooner or later should their requested time not be available during the draw. If a member requests later but no places are available 1 or 2 hours later, the system may place the group 15 to 30 minutes earlier. The system can be programmed to find the best time for the group either before or after the requested time.
Other GGGolf Features • Single sign on Jonas integration through the club website and app to GGGolf Member Services, allowing members to submit ballots, access member directory and integrated golf event calendar for event registration • Email notifications for lottery ballots, handicaps, event bookings and match plays • Real time Golf Canada Handicap Integration / Peer Review – score posting notifications sent to members, ability to enter a reason for no score, members can see their peer score posting percentages • Online Match Play Brackets Membership Launch The plan is to launch before the golf season to allow members to learn how to navigate the system, submit ballot requests and our team will process practice lotteries. How To documents will be provided along with the launch to assist members in becoming familiar with the new software. Before the season begins all members will have their percentage of failure reset back to zero so everyone is starting on an even playing field. Stay tuned in the coming days to receive for the official launch documents to learn how to navigate GGGolf.
Professional Shop Update We have many new and exciting products lined up for the Professional Shop this season, including Blank Group and PRG head covers, Theragun handheld massage devices, glass wear from Miller Golf, apparel from Travis Matthews, Donald Ross, Polo RLX, Dexim Golf, Sunice, Jamie Saddock, Nike and headwear form Imperial, Ahead, Levelwear and Gogie Girl. Your favourite equipment brands will be back in stock including TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Cobra, Scotty Cameron, Odyssey, Callaway and Cleveland. We have a wide variety of demos and club fitting tools to ensure you receive the equipment you need. I am happy to announce that the core of our Professional Staff will be returning in 2022, with the exception of Associate Professional John Doolan who has taken a position as Associate Professional and Assistant General Manager at Smith’s Falls G&CC. We wish John the best of luck in this new endeavour that will provide him more time to spend with his family. Kristen MacLaren, Kyle Shurrie and John Jamieson will all be returning in their Associate and Assistant Professional roles. Sean Skerritt will be returning as our Golf Operations Manager, organizing our front line service team again this season. Professional Shop Hours – Starting April 1st Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays 8:00am to 4:00pm Once the golf season kicks off the Professional Shop will return to regular operating hours, opening a half an hour before the first tee time and closing at 8:00pm. Further communication on shop hours will be communicated via the weekly e-blast. Reciprocal Program We have reached out to all of our Reciprocal Partner Clubs and have agreed that reciprocal privileges will remain suspended until further notice. This includes going to reciprocal clubs and our reciprocal clubs visiting Cataraqui. We will notify the membership if and when our reciprocal agreements are back in place. Fitting Days We have a full slate of fitting days set up for May through July for those who are looking for an equipment upgrade. Appointments must be booked for all fitting days. To book your fitting experience with your brand of choice please contact the Professional Shop. Ping Cobra Titleist TaylorMade Callaway Cleveland Srixon
April 30th May 5th & June 9th May 12th May 13th, June 10th & July 8th May 21st & July 7th May 26th
11:00am to 5:00pm 11:00am to 4:00pm 12:00pm to 4:00pm 12:00pm to 5:00pm 10:00am to 4:00pm 11:00am to 4:00pm
The Golden Ticket: Each Men’s League competitor who wins closest to the pin or longest putt during the season will receive a Golden Ticket to take one shot at a Hole in One monetary prize of $10,000 under the lights on the final Men’s League Night on September 14th. SAVE THE DATES GOLF EVENTS Men’s Events Opening Day Member Member Senior Ryder Cup Qualifying Intersectionals Qualifying Member Guest Whig Standard Club Championship Weekend Men’s Closing
May 7th June 3rd & 4th June 11th & 12th July 9th & 10th July 14th & 15th August 6th August 12th – 14th September 17th
8:00AM & 1:00PM Shotguns 2:00PM Shotgun both days Register at 1st Tee Register at 1st Tee 7:00AM & 12:00PM Crossovers 12:00PM Shotgun
Women’s Events Opening Day May 14th Member Member June 14th & 16th Field Day & Eastern Provinces June 18th to 20th Rose of Hope Club Championship Weekend Women’s Guest Day Closing Day
July 26th August 12th – 14th August 21st September 24th
Mixed Events Opening NiteLinx Night Golf Event Canada Day Flag Event Mixed Summer Social Closing NiteLinx Night Golf Event Kevin Dickey Academy Fundraiser Fall Brawl 2 Person Scramble 9 & Dine Events
May 28th July 1st July 30th September 3rd September 10th October 1st June 25th, July 23rd, and August 27th
1:00PM Shotgun 12:00PM & 9:00AM Tee Times 10:00AM – 2:00PM Tee Times June 18th 11:30AM Shotgun 1:00PM Shotgun 11:00AM Shotgun
9:00PM Shotgun Register at 1st Tee 2:00PM Shotgun 8:00PM Shotgun 1:00PM Shotgun 11:00AM Shotgun 3:00PM – 5:00PM Tee Times
Golf Calendar The Golf Calendar has been set with a full slate of events scheduled for the year. Men’s Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th and Men’s Opening Day is on tap for Saturday, May 14th. Online registration will be opening very soon. All events that previously enjoyed a shotgun format prior to 2020 will be returning to shotgun starts. The Golf Calendar is now posted online. All event registrations will be completed online or by contacting the Professional Shop.
Cataraqui Women's League Cataraqui Women’s League will be back in 2021. As in the past there will be a block of tee times provided for league play on Tuesday’s from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. This block of times will be for CWL participants only. League scores can be submitted at any time on Tuesday. The CWL Draft will be taking place on May 10th and CWL Opening Day is scheduled for May 17th. With many CWL participants staying for dinner after golf, the patio becomes the social hub of the Club on Tuesday’s. The Professional Staff is working on new initiatives to enhance your CWL experience. Be sure to register for the league and enjoy a day of fun golf followed by dinner and the camaraderie of your fellow members.
Cornerstone Wednesday Men's League The Men’s Committee has an exciting year planned for the 2022 rendition of the Cornerstone Wealth Men’s League. A dedicated Men’s League Block of tee times from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. This block is available for Men’s League participants only, guests and non-men’s league participants will not be able to play during these times. Tee times that are not filled in advance in this block will be left available for day of bookings by Men’s League participants. Men’s Leagues scores can still be submitted at any time on Wednesday. Race to the Guinness Cup Returns: A season long point’s race based on net scores to earn a chance to represent Cataraqui with the Head Professional at a tournament in September. The winning team from the tournament will be the guests of Guinness for an all-expenses paid trip to Dublin, Ireland in 2023. All Men’s League participants are eligible for the Race to the Guinness Cup each week.
The Course and Grounds Insider by: Matthew Eastman, Golf Course Superintendent
Welcome to Spring! An exciting time of year as the slumbers of winter are over and the golf course begins to reveal itself. We are beyond excited to get out there and start preparing for the upcoming season. If you have not seen it yet, a Course and Grounds update was communicated at the end of March. It highlighted the conditions of the course and our expectations of the health of the property as we enter spring. This article will highlight our key areas of focus in order to prepare for the season. There is always an endless list of tasks to complete regardless of the time of year. Whether it is cleaning up the winter debris left behind or something as simple as topping up the jerry cans with fuel – there is always something! Immediate Spring Priorities a) We are in the middle stages of building out the team for the season. We are fortunate that a few members of the team will be returning, but we do have a few to replace for this year. The number of applications we have received is promising. b) General course clean up. There is a significant amount of debris to clean up as a result of the wind storms throughout the winter. c) Bunker preparations. Many of the bunkers are washed out and/or have a significant amount of sand that has accumulated along the edges. The bunkers will require many labour hours to get them up to standard. Our goals with the bunkers are to repair the washouts, ensure they have a proper depth of sand, repair any exposed bentonite line, and to re-establish the edges that have grown in. d) Cart path / maintenance path repair. Many of the pathways that serve as major traffic routes during the season have washed out as a result of excess melt water and rains. These washouts will be inevitable given that they were constructed with a combination of crushed asphalt and gravel. e) Cultural practices. We will take advantage of the time that we have before we are open to get as much aeration and topdressing done as possible on all areas of the property. Greens, tees, fairways, high traffic areas in the rough, and the driving range tee and targets. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis on the benefits of cultural practices and how we are going to plan them within our operation.
Photo i) An example of exposed bunker liner. Indicative of not enough sand on the face of this bunker.
Photo ii) An example of too much sand that has accumulated along the edge and the excess grass that needs to be cleaned up. We will be edging as many bunkers as we can to re-establish the shape.
Photo iii) An example of a cart path washout.
Around the Rings by John Doolan
Spring has sprung and with it comes the winding down of the Curling Season at Cataraqui. Playoffs are well under way in all Leagues leading to their conclusion Championship Weekend “The Granite Finale” April 8th and 9th. Over the last two seasons, this event was unable to be held due to Covid shut-downs. This year, with no lockdowns in place, it is full steam ahead in just a slight scaled down version. Let's hope that one day we will be able to run our normal events. More details about the Granite finale can be found on page 18 March was a busy month with many in Club events taking place. On March 5th the Ladies hosted an Olympic themed event. Special thanks to the two Barbs (Nayler & Worona) for putting on the event. See photos on page 28. On March 19th, the Mad Hatter - March Hare Men’s fun spiel took place. Our attendance was down a bit over last year's inaugural event, with some of last year's attendees having gone south this year.. Special thanks to Hal Cain and his committee for organizing this fun spiel. See Hal's report and photos on pp 29-30. On March 26th the 2nd Annual Development Pro Am took place, this event had experienced curlers join forces with some of our new curlers. Details about this tournament and photos are on p 31. Our group on Thursday evenings the Development Triple’s League have enjoyed themselves and we have seen a lot of improvement since we started back in October. We hope to see them continue with us next season. As most of you are aware this will be my final season at Cataraqui. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all the Cataraqui members and staff for welcoming me here almost 5 years ago and the support and assistance you have given me. In particular I want to thank all the past and present members of the Curling Advisory Committee, the Curling Operational Committee and League Convenors, it has been a pleasure working with you and I thank you for all that you have done for me. Thank you all, as well, for the emails and remarks of well wishes since I announced my departure, they have meant a great deal to me. I look forward to seeing everyone again when I return on occasion either on a curling sheet or the golf course. Thank you all so much.
Farewell until we meet again.
John Doolan 14
A Message from your Director of by Corinne Dixon Food & Beverage Service “April showers bring May flowers” … We are all excited to see the last of the snow piles and wait excitedly to bring the Clubhouse and course back to life for another season. We have much to look forward to for the 2022 season and hope you are all as excited to get going. Beginning April 1st, we will reopen the Clubhouse for Food Services every day. Hours of Operations will be Monday-Thursday from 11:00-8:30 pm, Friday evenings until 9:00 pm. We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am until 7:30 pm. Please continue to call ahead for reservations to avoid disappointment. Reservations are filling quickly for the traditional Member Easter Buffet Sunday April 17th.Be sure to book your spot soon to enjoy the wonderful selection of carvery, brunch and sweet delights from Gary and his team. We still have openings for the Spring Floral class Saturday April 16th. Why not join us and create a spring piece to brighten your home and table. Teresa our master gardener will again lead the class and share her gardening tips. I am pleased to announce 2 new events premiering in April. On Thursday April 28th we will host the first New Golf Member Orientation & Welcome in the Dining Room beginning at 5:30 pm. All new members will receive an invitation prior to this event. Saturday April 30th is the first of our Honourees Recognition Banquet. We look forward to recognizing our long-time members with a wonderful evening. Management, along with Hospitality Committee members have been working together to create a new seating plan for the Golf Lounge and dining area. Unfortunately, we are another victim of supply chain issues and despite our best efforts are still awaiting additional samples for consideration.We had hoped that our down time earlier in the year would have given us the opportunity to finalize these decisions however this is still a work in progress. I guess with “patience all good things happen.” We are pleased to report that the planned replacement of our main kitchen equipment has an install date in early April. Gary and his team have a reduced menu ready to go with the plan of minimal disruption of our operations. Once this replacement has been completed, we will then be able to move ahead with a new and exciting menu for the spring season. New beverage options along with perennial favourites will be on our menu as we meet with our suppliers. Chris has been busy hiring new talent for our services team. Orientation sessions have begun, and we look forward to introducing everyone to our membership. Once things warm up and the water turned back on, we will begin the process of readying Fore 11 & the BBQ area once again. Can you believe this will be its 3rd season? What will we be featuring this year? Once again, welcome back after a long winter. Opening days and events are right around the corner! Cheers!
Clubhouse Change of Postal Address Within the month of April, the Clubhouse mailing address and physical address will be changing to better reflect our geographic location.
The new address will be:
32 Country Club Drive Our new postal code will be provided by Canada Post within the next few weeks.
The Benefits include: Easier identification of Club location using web-based maps
Easier for Emergency and 911 services to locate the Clubhouse driveway
Reduction in administrative costs for having mail picked up from the post office
A secure drop box for members to drop off payments and other Club mail
Lockers - Spring Changeover The Spring Locker Change-over occurs after Curling Championship Weekend. Curlers, with the exception of two-sport members, are asked to empty their lockers between Championship weekend (April 9th - 10th) and the following Wednesday, April 13th. If for any reason you are unable to remove your belongings by April 13th, Club Maintenance will bag your belongings and you are asked to collect them at your earliest opportunity. April 14 - 15th - Maintenance team cleans lockers and changes combinations Monday, April 18th (Monday after Easter weekend) - Golfers move in to their lockers 16
In Memoriam Margaret (Peg) Reed 1929 - 2022
Cataraqui Member since 1976 Peggy passed peacefully in her 93rd year, with her daughter Vicki and son-in-law Steve by her side, in the home she shared for sixty years with her adored husband Victor, surrounded by love and laughter and soothed by the purrs of Charlie, her cat. Peg was born in Napanee, as the daughter of William and Mary Normile, and is the loving sister to Mary, Theresa, Joan, Bill, Charles, James, Peter, George, Genevieve, and Connie Gilroy of Kingston and Dennis Normile of Napanee. She loved and was loved by her many nieces and nephews. Peg is also deeply missed by her many friends, those met during her long life in Kingston, some while working at Alcan or the Frontenac Board of Education, and many while curling with her husband Vic, for fifty years, at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. Peggy would remind you to always speak your mind, be kind, wear high heels in all weather conditions, and zip around town in your red hot rod car as long as you possibly can. A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at a later date, hopefully while the lilacs are out. In lieu of flowers, we would welcome any donations in Mom's name to the United Way, any animal rescue, or any charity of your preference. Arrangements in the care of Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston. On-line condolences and donations at www.wartmanfuneralhomes.com. Celebration of Life The family of the late Ray Matthews invites you to join in a Celebration of Life on Saturday April 23rd from 2:00 -5:00 pm in the Clubhouse Dining Room. All Covid protocols in effect at the time will be applicable. Condolences Sincere sympathy to Sharon Suddergaard and family on the passing of Sharon's sister, Wendy Sheffield on March 11th. Memorial Service and Celebration of Life took place in Elgin on March 22nd. In lieu of flowers, donations made in Wendy's memory to the U.H.K.F. (Cancer Centre) would be appreciated. Condolences to Elaine Davies and the Davies Family on the recent passing of Michael Davies, one-time owner of the Whig Standard newspaper, and community philanthropist. Mr.Davies was involved in the establishment of the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area, and founded the Davies Foundation which has supported more than 500 individuals and organizations and has donated more than $11 million to local charities. 17
Sheldon McCarthy Promoted to 1st Assistant Superintendent It is with great pleasure that we announce that Sheldon McCarthy has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent. Sheldon has been a part of the Cataraqui family for two years after relocating from Brockville where he was the Superintendent for over 20 years at Brockville Highland Golf Club. This will mark his third season at the Club where he will play a crucial leadership role in the operation of the Course and Grounds Department. With the skillset, passion, determination, and leadership qualities that he possesses, it was an easy decision to give him this opportunity. The key areas of focus for Sheldon will be the overall golf experience and team management. His leadership qualities will make him an excellent coach and mentor to the team, and he will be heavily involved in the decision making process for the agronomic practices that need to be executed on a daily basis. Sheldon is a native of Petawawa, Ontario, and grew up playing hockey at the Jr. A level for Pembroke and Brockville. Before dedicating his craft to turfgrass management, he finished his hockey career playing in the WCHL for the Waco Wizards based out of Texas. Outside of the Club environment, he is an extremely dedicated family man and is a Hockey Official for Jr. A, Jr. B., and Jr. C. Sheldon has been a part of high-performance teams for many years of his life and there is no doubt that he will help raise the bar and elevate the standards as a leader at Cataraqui. We are fortunate to have Sheldon in a leadership capacity at the Club and I am very confident that he will thrive in this role. Please join me in congratulating Sheldon as the new Assistant Superintendent at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. For anyone wishing to send him a note, you may do so at smc[email protected]. Matthew Eastman Golf Course Superintendent
A New Face in the Admin Office, Welcome Dianne Gilbert Hello, my name is Dianne Gilbert and I have recently joined the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club as the HR & Accounting Assistant. My work experience spans a wide variety of business sectors including non-profit, tourism, retail and healthcare. An interesting fact…I remember fondly my very first full time job (a few years ago!), as a food and beverage server here at the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club. So happy to be back! When not working I enjoy gardening, crafts and nature walking at my home on Hay Bay. I am very much looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Floral Arrangement Workshop with Floral Designer and Club Horticulturalist, Teresa Roseboom Saturday, April 16th, 2022 Workshop: 10 AM Followed by Spring themed Luncheon
Register for this event by Wednesday, April 13th
Workshop and Lunch $56 includes tax and grat
Workshop only $ 24.00 includes HST
To register: 613-5461753 EX 138 or email [email protected] 20
Easter Brunch Menu Breakfast Breads hot cross buns | multi-grain croissants | assorted pastries selection of sweet breads
Cold Dishes assorted Spring salads | crudites | marinated tomatoes local cheeses | cured meats | smoked salmon | devilled eggs mixed olives | assorted pickles
Hot Dishes eggs Benedict | bacon, sausage, peameal bacon | homefries blueberry pancakes | corned beef hash | spring vegetable medley three cheese tortellini pommodoro | grilled adobo shrimp citrus peppered arctic char
Carving Station Dijon herb crusted beef strip loin | double smoked ham leg grilled mint marinated leg of lamb | roast turkey roulade
Condiments assorted sauces | jus | gravies | jellies | mustards
Desserts assorted Easter sweets with coffee and tea Reservations are required - 613-546-1753 ext: 138 $40 ++ (Chidren age 12 and under $2 x age)
Cataraqui Golf & Country Club will hold its
First Annual Honourees' Banquet on
April 30, 2022 • 5 pm
All Honorary Members and their guest are invited to attend, 5:00 PM - Cocktails
5:45 PM - Welcome to All Honourees and induction of new Honourees of 2020 & 2021 by Club President, Bill Robertson
6:30 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Introduction of Guest Speaker by Club COO, Daniel Beauregard
Guest Speaker Mr. Arthur Milnes
Arthur Milnes has written for various past Prime Ministers, Premiers and others of all parties, and is an award-winning journalist-historian. He has edited or co-edited 13 published volumes concerning Prime Ministers of Canada of all parties and US Presidents Bush 41, Jimmy Carter and Franklin Roosevelt. The Canadian American Business Council chose him to edit their Canada 150 gift to Canada, With Faith and Goodwill: 150 Years of Canadian-American Friendship. Honorary Members, Please RSVP to [email protected] by April 18th, 2022 This event is sponsored by the Club, gratis to our Honorees and their guests
CAT FORE! KIDS The CAT FORE! KIDS charity tournament is still looking for sponsors for this SOLD OUT event! Contact Mark Santoni at 613- 531-5548
CURLING ~ YOGA ~ GOLF
MONDAY MORNINGS AT 9:00 AM
Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility.
Yoga helps with back pain relief. Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms. Yoga benefits heart health. Yoga relaxes you, to help you sleep better. Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods. Yoga helps you manage stress.
Classes are held Monday Mornings at 9:00 AM Upstairs, in the Dining Room by a Certified Yoga Instructor from Energetics Health & Fitness
Member 10 Pack: $125 Guest 10 Pack: $150 Member Single Class fee: $ 15
Guest Single Class fee: $20 To register, email 24 [email protected]
WHAT TO LOOK FOR! ACADEMY INDIVIDUAL, SEMI-PRIVATE & COACHING PROGRAMS • GOLF COACHING PROGRAMS – PRIVATE • GOLF COACHING PROGRAMS – SEMI PRIVATE • GOLF COACHING PROGRAMS - GROUP TRAINING
CATARAQUI JUNIOR ACADEMY • JUNIOR ‘BIRDIE’ PROGRAM • JUNIOR ‘EAGLE’ PROGRAM • NEW ‘GIRLS’ ONLY PROGRAM • CATARAQUI JUNIOR GOLF CAMP • Cataraqui Kevin Dickey Junior ‘Train’ & ‘Compete’
Adult Cataraqui Academy Programs • Women’s Get Golf Ready – Spring Tune Up • Short Game Made Easy – MEN ONLY • Swing & Sip - Short Game Clinic – WOMEN ONLY
Catarqui Curling News Kibo Mulima - OUA 21 - 22 Gold Medallist Junior curling member, Kibo Mulima, earned a gold medal at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) 21-22 Men's Curling Championships as part of the Laurier Golden Hawks. The team went 7-0 for the event last weekend at the Guelph Curling Club. Kibo played third and third/vice for their winning team and is a first year student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Queen's Men - OUA Bronze Medallists
Queen's Gaels Men's Curling Team who earned a bronze medal at the OUA Championship in Guelph! After a close semifinal loss to the eventual champions, the Gaels defeated the host Guelph Gryphons in the bronze medal game. Well played!
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Day Ladies Fundraise for Kingston Ukraine Students by Cindy Hillaby & Jane Wilson
The Day Ladies Club Curling has been busy off the ice as well as on the ice. Under the leadership of Jane Wilson, to date we have raised over $3,100 for the Ukraine Students Fund sponsored by Mayor Patterson. We will continue to raise funds for these St. Lawrence and Queen's students through to April 7th. The goal is to help the students remain safe and continue their studies here in Canada. To date, the fund, which has raised over $50K in all, has assisted 10 students, with 7 more awaiting aid. If any other curlers would like to contribute by cheque or cash, donations to help Ukrainian international students here in Kingston will be accepted at any branch of the Kingston Community Credit Union. We look forward to making a difference for these students who have been directly impacted by the war in Ukraine. Thank you ladies for your caring hearts.
Team Horgan Announcement After considerable reflection over the past few weeks, Team Horgan has decided to part ways after the 2021-22 season. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to compete together at the highest level, including our run at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Through all the ups and downs, one thing was always certain: the incredible love and encouragement from our families, friends, fans and sponsors. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Club and Membership during this season. We are proud to represent our Club and inspired by the support we have received. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements from team members as to their plans for next season. Thank you, Scott Chadwick for Team Horgan
Cataraqui Women's Very Olympic Bonspiel The Cataraqui Women's curling competed in an inclub "Olympic-style" bonspiel on March 5, 2022. Thanks to Barb Nayler and Barb Worona for organizing the event.
Helen Gushue-MacDonald was our official torch bearer
Gold medal winners were Jane Warren Teaghan Laitar, Natalie Hofmann, and Denise Hofmann,
Silver medals were won by Tanis Chambers, Dianne Wylie, Marnie McCall and Martha Kennedy,
Bronze medallists were Erica Pasternak, Lindsay Strachan, Katie Zarichny, and Kaitlynne Herron 29
Men's Mad Hatter March Hare Fun Spiel By Hal Cain The 2nd of what we hope to be the Annual "March Hare & Mad Hatter Fun-Spiel!" event, on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 had fewer curlers than last year, as members resumed postCovid travel, but what was lost in numbers was made up by enthusiasm! Thanks to all those that participated Congratulations to "Threw the Curling Glass", skipped (at least on paper) by Scott Chadwick, for their winning performance. Thanks to our sponsors: Gan. Brewing Co. (Scott Peterson); J.E. Agnew Foods (Tim Hortons) (Sherri Agnew); Fine Balance Brewing Co. (Andrew Silver), and Visit Kingston for donations of prizes and goods. Please show your appreciation to them with your purchases and a “thank you” when you see them around the Club or elsewhere.
In addition, a big appreciative shout out to Cataraqui staff who have helped with the Mad Hatter: John Doolan for his help with organizing, work keeping up with our crazy scoring, pulling together a team so we could all play, prepping ice, etc., and for putting up with my hare-brained ideas; Hayley Scanlan for posts and other promotion; Chief Gary Mahoney for a wonderful and hardy lunch, and sourcing the key ingredient for the stew; Chris (Dining Services Manager) and his crew, Sam and Hannah, for their excellent service, and; those who physically did the tables set-up and other such prep. Last but not least, I’d like to thank my Mad committee; Jamie MacDonald, John Leverette, and Clark Moffatt, who helped with sourcing of prizes, made tabletop sponsor cards, did cookies pick-up, and various day-of tasks.The Mad Hatter Curlers truly enjoyed the day and when talking with other Cat curlers who did not do the Mad Hatter spiel, please kindly “rub it in” that they missed out on a FUN day. Looking forward to next year’s MH&MH (or MH2)!! 30
And, the winning team from the "MH2" points-spiel is...
Threw the Curling Glass
2022 Development Program "Pro Am" Tournament A total of 28 curlers participated in our 2nd Annual Development Program Pro Am Tournament. This event pairs up experienced curlers with members of our 1st and 2nd year Development Program The day consists of two 6 end games , lunch, desert and the passing along of knowledge to our new curlers. This also allows our new members to experience the feel of a bonspiel. Many great shots were made and fun was had by all.
Special Olympics Bill McCormick, Special Olympics Curling Coordinator
Cataraqui is proud to have hosted the Kingston Special Olympic Curling team during the 2021-22 season.
Curling athlete Dawn Mcmillan receiving the Yvon Cloutier Athlete Ambassador (our first winner) This award shows the commitment the athlete has shown in the hard work to fundraise on behalf of the Chapter and their sport. It also shows the athlete’s efforts in making other athletes feel welcome, respected and included, also in welcoming a new athlete to the program and to offer assistance, guidance, and a warm smile This award was presented to Dawn from Yvon's family - the police represent the fundraising part of the award as Dawn did the polar plunge virtually 2020 which is organized and run by the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
One of our curlers training to deliver the curling rock with an unused toilet plunger on a broom handle as our way to raise money for the LETR Polar Plunge 2022. Our curlers will be curling in shorts and a t shirt for the polar plunge, raising money for Special Olympics Ontario with 70% of money raised staying local
Kingston's Special Olympic Curling Team would like to take this opportunity to thank Cataraqui Curling for inviting us to be able to get back curling after this long time away due to Covid ~ Bill McCormick 32
A Dear John letter, on behalf of the Cataraqui Curlers Dear John, It was nearly five years ago that you found your way into Catariqui Golf and Country Club, and into the hearts and minds of those who have gotten to know you. While you wear both golfing and curling hats, it’s in your role as Curling Coordinator that we curlers know you best. John, your journey to Catariqui was a long one, literally. From Smiths Falls, you made your way to and from the Club on a daily bases, even through sleet and snow and gloom of darkness. Postal workers everywhere would be proud. An estimation of the number of kilometres you drove to work and back home over these past years (including golf season) is somewhere around 41,000, or ruffly just over the distance around the world! If it weren’t for the COVID shutdowns, it would have been more. To say that you “go the extra mile” describes your engagement and commitment to the Club and its members – to the ends of the Earth. From the start of your employment at Catariqui, you’ve shown respect for the Club’s members and staff. The then Club President asked you to call him “Ken” but you insisted on addressing him as “Mr. Thompson” – and so Mr. Thompson decided to call you “Mr. Doolan” from that point on. All be it a sort of antiquated way of addressing someone you know well, it’s a sign of mutual respect. Ken, I mean Mr. Thompson, wants you to know, “Over the last few years we have worked, golfed and curled together and I must say, Mister Doolan, I totally respect your amazing dedication, wonderful work ethic, saintly patience, and gritty competitive spirit.” Speaking of competitive spirit, one of our more competitive curlers recently commented that evidently you also have a long memory about games you’ve lost. You remarked, after your team won over her team in the second annual Pro-Am Bonspiel, “Finally I have my revenge.” Seems your team lost badly to their team the previous year at the so call “fun bonspiel” for new and experienced curlers. That easy-going image of yours has a “revenge is best served cold” side. Who knew? Of course, some would say that under every cool head is a passionate heart, and when it come to curling, that’s certainly the case with you. Your passion for the sport of curling is not just as a curler and fan, but as a teacher. You have been instrumental in developing our Learn to Curl program. You’ve commented that introducing new curlers to the sport, helping and seeing them improve their curling, is one of the best parts of your job. Well, it shows in the results. Under your direction, the Learn to Curl has grown in numbers of new curlers. Always positive and supportive of these “newbies,” you have not only taught them the skills of curling, but have instilled some of that love of curling in them. This will be a large part of your legacy at Catariqui. 33
Bringing in and working with new curlers, of course, was not your only task as Curling Coordinator. The demanding tasks of keeping up with the many curling leagues, helping with all the bonspiels and various tournaments played at the Club, and generally coordinating every aspect of curling at Cataraqui is impressive! I think I can speak for most of us league conveners in saying, you “had our backs” and in many cases, were ahead of us in terms of making sure our leagues were on track. I think some of us have you on speed dial. Scheduling ice sheets and times for all our games is pure magic. In addition to scheduling the games on the various sheets, you often helped out by preparing the ice to play on. All of this kept us going for the past two year with our COVID-19 stops and starts. Oh, and don’t forget chairing the Curling Operations Committee. How do you do all of that? Despite your busy schedule, and travel (commuting) demands, you always found time to try and help members. Out of your Harry Potter-like office under the stairs (speaking of magic), on many occasions you have stopped what you were doing to help someone with a question about a draw schedule, talk with someone about ways to help them improve their curling game, or assist in getting the right equipment. One member recalls needing to order a pair of new curling shoes, after not finding a good fit in your pro shop. The order was placed, shoes arrived, and you gleefully handed the new shoes to this member. However, when this curler attempted to wear the shoes for the first time, he couldn’t figure out why his heal would not go into the shoe. Upon closer inspection, and looking at the size label, they were two sizes too small! We’ve heard rumours that you may be working a side-line for Gold Line after you leave us. If that’s true, and you have any discounted miss-fit shoes, will you please let us know? Dear John, you will be missed. We understand what a great relief it must be for you to now have work closer to home. However, will you not miss those hours of driving listening to those curling podcasts (or is it calming meditation)? How about the constant flow of people asking questions or wanting you to do something like change a game time because they can’t make it at the scheduled time? Will you not long for those ice plant glitches or scraper mechanical issues? On behalf of the Cat Curlers, we truly will miss you and we wish you all the best in your new job. As Ken, I mean Mr. Thompson, has so aptly put it, “Smiths Falls Golf Club’s great gain is Cataraqui’s great loss!” You will always be welcome back to curl as opportunities arise at Catariqui. Or just stop in when you’re in Kingston to say “hi.” Cheers to you!! All the best!! Hal, on behalf of The Cataraqui Curlers (With input form: Ken Thompson, Dianne Wylie, Gary Allen, Patti Staples, and Barb Biagi) P.S. Can we put you on the spare list for next year? 34
The Pro Shop team 2019
Curling in the Mad Hatter/March Hare Tournament 2022 In his Harry Potter office beneath the stairs!
Golf News Women's Golf 2022 SPRING is here and our golf season is just around the corner! A hearty welcome to our new members and returning members. I am pleased to be your Women’s Captain for the 2022 golf season. We have lots in store for everyone. Our first event will be Opening Day on Saturday, May 14 so please mark your calendars. It will be a step aside scramble and sign-up will be as individuals starting mid April. The CWL will once again be chaired by Lynn Crowe and Nancy Mills. We anticipate our Team Captains will return this year and sign up will begin mid April. I am looking forward to the season and meeting and greeting everyone. Judy Valberg [email protected]
Cataraqui Senators' Golf 2022 The 2022 golf season is just around the corner. We are looking forward to starting each golf week with the Senators on Monday mornings. The Senators combine good fellowship with friendly competition. COVID had unkindly interrupted our traditional format but it appears that that is now behind us and, barring any fresh outbreaks or new variants, we can now resume our longstanding forms of competition. Monday tee times begin at 11:00 o’clock (9 a.m. in May and September). Entry fees are $2 per event ($5 for windup) and are returned as prizes for closest to the hole on holes 8 and 12, and for winners of the weekly competition. Formats vary from individual low net to team events and prize money is distributed at the 19th hole. The final competition is a Ryder Cup format, followed by lunch and awarding of prizes. The guidelines for Senators’ competitions and the schedule for the coming year will be posted on the ‘Senators’ section of the bulletin board in the men’s locker room. To participate, simply add your name and your choice of tee to the weekly sign-up sheet. We warmly welcome all newcomers. Opening day is May 2nd, at about 9:00 am. Senators' Golf Contact: Charlie Simonds Telephone 613-353-7019 Email: 36
New Year, New Gear – a look at the tech, the talk, and the key features from this year’s outstanding products! When Tiger Woods won the Masters in 1997, he was still a couple years away from playing Nike designed equipment. As a matter of fact, Tiger’s golf bag featured a couple of products that you might not have associated him with – 1) Titleist’s Professional 90 Golf Ball and 2) King Cobra’s 9 Degree, Deep Face Driver with a True Temper X100 Steel Shaft. ...relics from the past, for sure! When I first picked up a club in the summer of 2000, I barely knew TaylorMade from Titleist. My first club was a cut-down, persimmon, 2-Wood that my grandfather had specially made for me – amazingly, my feature-less antique didn’t quite make Golf Digest’s Hot List. With this years Hot List slowly making its way to shelves, we thought we’d take the opportunity to get ahead of Golf Digest by releasing our own equipment guide. Instead of providing you with 60+ pages of information and 250 individual reviews, we’ve limited our guide to the 4 products that we think will make the biggest splash in 2022. By working our way through the bag, from TaylorMade’s new Stealth Driver through to Titleist’s new SM9 Wedges, we hope you’ll be able to get a sense of the wide-ranging technologies that are available to golfers of all abilities!
TaylorMade’s STEALTH Driver – The Dawn of the CARBONWOOD Age!
TaylorMade’s STEALTH Driver – The Dawn of the CARBONWOOD Age! Beginning at the top of the bag, the standout product for 2022 – in more ways than one – has to be TaylorMade’s new 460cc Stealth Driver. Available in three heads – Stealth (Standard Model), Stealth Plus (Better Player), and the Stealth HD (Max Game Improvement) – the Stealth product line signals TaylorMade’s commitment towards Carbon Fiber strengthened equipment. By using Carbon fiber instead of Titanium, TaylorMade is able to reduce the weight of the clubface by 40 percent without compromising the strength and rigidity of the component. As a result of those savings, TaylorMade’s engineers have been able to move that weight low and deep in the head to increase the moment of inertia, thereby increasing the stability and forgiveness of the Driver. Initial test results have shown a tangible increase in ball speed over previous models with out an increase in dispersion – essentially, you can expect to see a little more distance without missing any more fairways! All three heads come in the Standard Matte Black finish and feature TaylorMade’s adjustable hosel allowing you to choose from 12 different settings and trajectories. Additional customization is available for the Stealth Plus – TaylorMade’s MYDESIGN program – and the Women’s head, which is available in a Matte Grey finish.
Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood – A Significant Step Forward!
Cobra LTDx Fairway Wood – A Significant Step Forward! When TaylorMade’s breakthrough product – RocketBallz – arrived on the scene in December 2011, it changed how the public and golf’s manufacturers viewed fairway woods. Up to that point, the three wood was thought of as a “fairway finder”, a club that one turned to if they needed additional accuracy – not an all-out distance machine. The 17 extra yards that RocketBallz delivered – or more, in some cases – heralded the beginning of the launch monitor era, where maximum distance and ball speed were championed above all else.
In the race to achieve the 300-yard carry, many manufacturers made dramatic changes to the shape and profile of their fairway woods, in the hope that the club’s launch and spin characteristics could be maximized for the increased distance. Burdened by outdated technology, Cobra was never quite able to compete with the likes of TaylorMade and Callaway. Things finally started to change last year when Cobra added the RadSpeed Big Tour to its product line. With its shallower profile and wide sole – something that has become standard in the new LTDx Line – the Big Tour held its own against its higher priced competitors. Could this be the year where Cobra Fairway Woods finally take the next step forward, only time will tell!
PING I59 – Players Irons that pack a Punch!
PING I59 – Players Irons that pack a Punch! Over the past 15 years, manufacturers have been trying to find an iron that can rival the success of Titleist’s AP2. Popular amongst tour players and competitive amateurs, the AP2 has been the gold standard since bursting on to the scene in the fall of 2007. Like many of its competitors, PING spent years trying to build an iron that can compete with the Tour Validated AP2 – perhaps the ultimate combination of distance, workability, and forgiveness. However, with their new I59 model set to debut on the PGA Tour, PING may have finally found the perfect blend. The I59 features PING’s patented Alumicore Technology, a multi-material design that allows weight to be redistributed around the clubhead to provide additional stability at impact. Hidden behind the clubface, this technology has been progressively applied through the set thereby ensuring each individual iron performs as it is supposed to. Considering the better player’s penchant for particular looks and feelings, PING made sure to stick with a fairly traditional shape with relatively traditional lofts. That being said, while these irons aren’t necessarily geared for distance, the I59 can be ordered in the Power Spec (lower lofted) configuration if you’d prefer to match the lofts of your existing set. 39
Titleist / Vokey SM9 Wedges – How to improve on perfection!
Titleist / Vokey SM9 Wedges – How to improve on perfection! For many years, Bob Vokey’s Spin Milled Wedges have been the most played club on the PGA Tour. While most of the wedges played on tour are tied to staff players, a significant number of non-contract players choose to play Vokey Wedges because of their unparalleled performance and consistent playability. On one hand, this level of belief and trust is something that should be celebrated – – because it’s so rarely achieved, these brands are often highly regarded. Unfortunately, that prestige and pedigree is predicated on the basis that future products will also live up to the success of prior models. How then can Titleist improve the SM family without drastically changing a product loved by Tour Players and competitive amateurs? By focusing on tolerances and precision, the engineers at Titleist have been able to build on everything that made the SM8s popular without compromising the performance of the product. If you’re looking for some radical new design, better look elsewhere! Thanks to an updated milling process and the addition of micro-grooves, Titleist’s SM9 wedges have a more consistent spin profile than ever before and spin fractionally more than previous models. Also, thanks to their progressive centre of gravity, the launch and descent angles have been lowered to allow for a better, consistent, ball flight in windy conditions. Suffice it to say that if you’ve loved Vokey Wedges in the past, you’ll be sure to love the new SM9s!
Wrap Up You may have noticed that we didn’t mention, or discuss, any of the new putters that have hit the shelves in 2022. While we could’ve included a section on Odyssey’s new TriHot 5K family or TaylorMade’s Spider GT range, we’ve chosen to save their complete “Tech Talk” – material construction, face technology, head shape, and hosel preferences (Center Shaft, Plumbers Neck, etc.) – for our two-part putting special. While our equipment obviously plays a significant role in the shots we make towards the green, a properly fit putter that compliments our existing stroke allows the final conversion to be made. If you have any questions about any of the products we’ve discussed or you’d like to know more about a particular club in the Hot List, we’ve just might have the answer you’re looking for. As we get closer to the start of the season, save the dates of our Vendors’ (Callaway, Cobra, Ping, TaylorMade, Titleist) Fitting Days and other Pro Shop Events.
Ping Fitting Day - Sat. Apr 30; 11 AM - 5 PM Cobra Fitting Day - Thurs. May 5, 2022 Titleist Fitting Day - Thurs. May 12; 12 PM - 4 PM TaylorMade Fitting Day - Fri. May 13; 12 PM - 5 PM Callaway Fitting Day - Sat. May 21, 2022 Cleveland Srixon Fitting Day - Thurs. May 26; 11 AM - 4 PM
with Mark Antoine and Amber Peck [email protected]
Speed and Distance, Something Every Golfer Desires When looking at the golf swing it is easy to see that all of your body is used to help create force when striking the ball. Although shoulders, legs, back, and arms all influence how far you can hit a golf ball, it is important to remember that your core is a big part of your golf game as it helps transfer the force you are generating from the ground up and throughout your body. At this point in the preseason, you should be focusing on improving rotational power. Rotational power training is nothing new to golf fitness programs and has been around since the invention of training for the game. To provide some perspective, the muscles in the centralized region of your body work to power your rotation and create greater club head speed and impact on the golf ball. Developing your core strength allows you to generate more force during your swing. It is this increase in power and the ability to apply force that results in an increase in speed and distance, something every golfer desires. In fact, rotational training for golf is one of the most important things you can do to increase clubhead speed and at the same time reduce the risk of injury. In this video Jr. Golf Rep Bode Stephens will show you 5 exercises that will help you increase your swing speed while also working on your overall explosiveness. Using these exercises can and will lead to measurable results and improvements on the golf course.
Rose of Hope News - The Opening of KHSC Breast Imaging Kingston
The first patients have been welcomed to the Kingston Health Sciences Centre new Breast Imaging facility, Breast Imaging Kingston (BIK), a state of the art 8,000 square foot complex that will serve patients from across the region. It is located in Kingston’s east end of John Marks Avenue and will bring together breast imaging services from the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Ontario Breast Screening Program. BIK will provide the one-stop-shop approach to care. This facility is really best in class in this province and probably the country. BIK’s focus will be on individuals requiring screening and precision diagnosis of breast cancer and boasts three brand new 3D digital mammography and three brand new ultrasound units. The facility will also offer revolutionary patient friendly MagSeed breast lesion localizations, contrast enhanced mammography ,automated breast ultrasound and a novel prone breast biopsy table. This combination of equipment under one roof can not be founded anywhere else in Canada. The highly skilled staff and Physicians are thrilled to be able to offer this level of care. Rose of Hope and the nearly 2.5 million dollars raised over the last 23 years has been recognized with an entire wall in the building . Our efforts have been truly appreciated not only by KHSC but by the patients and their families. The logo of Rose of Hope and Cataraqui Golf & Country are there as a reminder of the hard work and generosity of so many. Dr Pichora President and Ceo KHSC stated “We are truly privileged to share a community with individuals who so generously support KHSC’s staff, physicians< patients and families.” The Rose of Hope Committee looks forward to your ongoing support this year. Thank you Sherri McCullough Chair Rose of Hope 43
Spr ing is in the A ir By Te r e sa R o se b o o m - C a ta r a q u i Go l f C o u r se H o r ti cu l tu r a l i st
You know the saying “April Showers bring May Flowers”. But did you know that “greening Greens brings Golf Shoes”? Get excited because Spring and Golf is in the air.
This year Spring also brings about many activities including sowing, tulips, fundraising, and plant cultivation.
Seed sowing April April is the best time for sowing seeds. All seeds, any seeds, whatever you have seeds. If you have never tried growing from seed- let this article, be the encouragement you need to give it a try.
What am I sowing this April? Well, last season I collected seeds from everything I saw. Unfortunately, I am learning that collecting seeds and planting them are two different hobbies!
How am I sowing? I often start with repotting and taking cuttings from my topicals in February. February is also the month where I start winter sowing my perennial seeds. This year I have held off on seeding inside as I have some plant bugs! Spider mites and aphids! It’s a battle! Grrrr. So, I am relying on the Winter sowing technique for everything I have, except for my heritage tomatoes and peppers. 45
What is winter sowing you ask? Currently I am creating mini cold frames. Essentially, they are containers with clear lids on top. This method is excellent for sowing native perennial’s that need the seeds to winter before sprouting. For annuals like sunflowers, they will sprout when the temperature and conditions are to their liking. No fuss no muss and best of all they are already hardened to the outdoor conditions. For those with limited indoor space (and bugs), its brilliant. If you would like to try it yourself the steps are as follows:
Tulips for Easter Workshop Happy Easter to those who celebrate! I am very excited that I will get to say Happy Easter to many of you in person at the Easter workshop on Saturday, April 16th. Please sign-up today!!
For this workshop you will take home 10 locally grown tulips and some pussy willow in a mason jar. We will be learning a hand tied technique and add some foraged (from the golf course grounds) spring branches such as forsythia or malus (apple). For accents we will learn to tie a smaller bow and make pinecone flower pics to add in, using traditional bright Easter colours. Of course, there will be fun table settings on display. And yes, my inspiration will be from Pinterest. It will be an aesthetic, creative, and good fun kind of workshop. You’ll be able to take your hand tied arrangement home and create you own Easter table too!
Accepting Material Donations Spring brings new members! If you are a new member welcome to the Cataraqui Golf Course. If you happen to be interested in supporting the beautification of the course further, we accept material donations! Drop them off anytime at the maintenance yard, just email [email protected] to let me know. I want to be able to thank you myself and put your donation to good use! We always use what we have available like fancy large pots (please no single use plastic) and unopened bags of soil mixes i.e., planter soil. We especially like gifts of trees, shrubs, and/or perennials. Further, are you interested in sponsoring a garden area? Your company will be recognized by a tasteful garden sign, newsletter mention, and Instagram post of your customized garden and sign at peak season.Email [email protected] to inquire.
Plant Swap on June 18th Bring something to take something, More details will be provided next month. In the May newsletter we will talk about edible flowers and rooftop gardens too! See you then. 47
Health & Safety at Cataraqui At Cataraqui, the Health and Safety of our Members, our Guest, and Staff are our top priority. Creating a safe and healthy environment at the Club for all is everyone’s responsibility.
April Safety Topics And Messages For Your Workplace (abridged)) While April traditionally means brighter, sunnier days for a golf club, it also means bringing on new seasonal hires Therefore, April is another great opportunity to educate ourselves and other on safety with some relevant topics and safety messages. This April, we will look at evergreen safety topics as well as the most important spring hazards.
The most common types of hazards in the workplace in Spring: Due to the changes in weather in the spring, there are a few common hazards to look out for. Weather fluctuations - The spring months are more susceptible to severe fluctuations in weather — far more than December, January, or February. This can be difficult for outdoor workers, as they need to be prepared for sudden cold temperatures and wind, rain or hail. This can also mean weather extremes such as flooding. So, although the weather is improving generally, you need to make sure you don’t let your guard down. Slips, trips and falls - Again, the changes in temperature and weather can mean lots of mud and slippery conditions. Not only does this affect outdoor workers, but indoor workers, too — particularly in communal areas such as a lunch area or commonly-used areas such as stairs. Create a spring risk assessment as part of your safety plan at work. Insects - As the weather improves, we are more likely to come into contact with insects and ticks. So, although the temperatures are getting warmer, long sleeves and gloves should still be worn outdoors for hazard prevention.
“Right tool for the job” While it might sound obvious, a “right tool for the job” safety talk is essential in the workplace. Not only does it reduce workplace accidents, but it also improves the longevity of your tools when they’re all used for the right job. Using the right tool is also likely to make the job easier! While the adage mentions tools, it should also apply to PPE. Using the right personal protective equipment is crucial for all jobs, even if it feels inconvenient to your staff at the time.
Near misses Near misses are also referred to as “close calls”, “narrow escapes” or “miss accidents”. They are incidents “in which a worker might have been hurt if the circumstances had been slightly
Can you find all 15 unsafe conditions in this picture?
Incident reporting Incident reporting is equally as important of a safety topic. Therefore, it’s important to report any incidents, however small. Reportable incidents are:
Injuries Close Calls
different.” They are a precursor to accidents and are opportunities to identify hazards and unsafe conditions. It goes without saying that reporting near misses is a critical tool to create solutions, prevent accidents and injuries in the future and improve your safety culture overall. There are two main types of near miss incidents — unsafe condition near miss and unsafe act near miss. Unsafe condition: Circumstances, environment, or state of equipment which could lead to an accident occurring. Unsafe act: Behavior that can potentially lead to damage of property, personal injury, or death. It’s often related to ignoring procedures and is signaling the need for new rules.
Although not the ideal way to discover hazards in the workplace, near-miss reporting is crucial.
While incident investigations are often for managers to make note of, it’s important that colleagues and anyone near the incident also helps the investigation. Therefore, your staff needs to be aware of the potential risks at work and to all play their part in reducing injuries. Simple ways of doing this include: Playing their part in preventing dangerous situations Reporting all incidents and near-misses Knowing who to report unsafe and dangerous practices to internally Following safety rules including the correct use of PPE and the right tools for the job, and encouraging colleagues to do the same. Incident reports - the ULTIMATE Guide: https://www.i-sight.com/resources/incident-reportthe-ultimate-guide/ Create a Safety Culture With the sunshine just around the corner, April safety topics are beginning to shift away from the dull and dreary weather, and further towards warmer temperatures and brighter days. Developing a culture of safety is a long-term task! So, continuously nurture a culture of safety. Be sure to pay attention to the safety events of each month, and, at all times, remember the first tip of safety culture: lead by example.
April Holidays and Observances Sun, Apr 3, 2022- Start of Ramadan Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in Canada. The word “Ramadan” is derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground and shortness of food and drink. Many Muslims in Canada fast during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time of selfexamination and increased religious devotion. The fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar after sunset. The evening meal usually consists of lentils or other pulses (all beans, peas and lentils). Some homes have lit lanterns in the evenings during the month of Ramadan.
Wed, Apr 6, 2022 - Tartan Day
Scottish Highland dancers perform at a Tartan Day celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
Tartans of all varieties are worn on Tartan Day, which recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada. The maple leaf tartan is Canada’s official tartan. On October 21, 2010, the Minister of Canadian Heritage officially declared April 6 as Tartan Day. It is celebrated on April 6 because it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining in.
Fri, Apr 15, 2022 - Good Friday Good Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday. It is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which plays an important part in the Christian faith. It is also a statutory holiday in all Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec, where it is partially observed. Christians may attend special church services, even if they do not attend church regularly during the rest of the year. Good Friday is a day of mourning and quiet prayer among many Christians. The candles are often extinguished and statues, paintings and crosses may be draped in black, purple or gray cloth. Some Catholics observe a partial fast on Good Friday and do not eat any meat. 52
Sun, Apr 17, 2022-Easter
Easter Sunday in Canada celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection after his death, which is described in the Christian Bible. Some people observe Easter Sunday by attending church while others spend time with their families and friends or engage in Easter egg activities.
Easter is a religious holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death by crucifixion. For Christians, Easter is a day of religious services and family gatherings. Easter Day is a popular day for attending church, getting together for a big family meal, and staging an Easter egg hunt. Sun, Apr 24, 2022 - Pascha (Orthodox Easter)
Orthodox Christians in Canada celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Orthodox Christian date for Easter Sunday, also known as Pascha. The Orthodox church bases its Easter date on the Julian calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar that is used by many western countries
Sat, Apr 23, 2022- Last Day of Passover Many Jewish communities in Canada mark the last day of Passover as the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Passover lasts for up to eight days. There are many Jewish people who adhere to most of the Sabbath observances during the last day of Passover. Some may take a holiday around this time of the year. Many Jewish families in Canada eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods. Unleavened bread replaces ordinary bread during Passover meals. Pictured above is an example of a Seder plate during the Passover period. 53
Culinary Creations Tsoureki, (τσουρέκι in Greek) is the traditional sweet yeast bread Greeks make every year on Holy Thursday, and eat on Easter Sunday. Early in the morning on Holy Thursday throughout Greece, women start kneading the dough for the tsoureki. Some bakers decorate the loaves with nuts and sugar. Depending on the shape and the region of Greece, tsoureki has different names, such as “kofinia,” “kalathakia,” “doksaria,” “avgoulas,” “koutsouna,” “kouzounakia” and so on. The most common shape for the ubiquitous bread is the braid. The braids and knots, however, have their origin in pagan times, when certain shapes of the bread were meant to chase away evil spirits. Tradition has it that the tsoureki symbolizes the Resurrection of Christ and rebirth in general as the flour is molded into shape and rises and takes on life as it transforms into its final shape. The red-dyed egg which is usually placed on top of the braid symbolizes the blood of Jesus. Breads similar to the tsoureki were known to be made in Byzantine times. Called “kollyrides,” they were considered the special breads of Easter. They also had different shapes and had a red egg in the middle.The name tsoureki comes from the Turkish word “corek” which refers to any bread made with yeast dough. There are many kinds of corek, both savory and sweet, which appear in various shapes and sizes depending on the region. The word for the bread was adopted by Greeks during the Turkish occupation, and ever since then, Greeks began making their own version of the sweet bread, made with milk, butter and eggs. Armenians and people in Azerbaijan make a type of corek which is a round, flat bread sprinkled with sesame seeds. Today, tsoureki has become an all-year-round pastry. It comes in various versions such as filled or covered with chocolate and nuts, and it can even be filled with custard, or dipped in syrup. Even eaten plain, this delicately sweet bread is delightful and refreshing after the long privations of the Lenten period. This traditional Easter bread is served in Greece to break the Lenten fast. Beautiful to look at – stringy and soft in texture – and divine to eat! Print recipe on next page, or try this video: https://youtu.be/9ZGtryOawJA 54
Tip 1: Make the boiled eggs and dye them first. Set aside to fully dry before use in this bread recipe. Tip 2: Are the eggs within the bread edible? We simply sliced around the eggs and did not eat them, they had been boiled then baked with the bread. Additional Notes: Traditional recipes rely on mastic and mahlab for flavoring. This modern recipe is tailored for the North American kitchen, relying on anise seed for flavor and topped with toasted sesame for added texture. You can use toasted slivered almonds in place of sesame seeds, if you prefer
Ingredients: 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 envelope) 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, more for dusting 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/3 cup milk 5 tbsp unsalted butter 1 tsp fine salt 2 large eggs, beaten, PLUS 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water (egg wash) 2 tbsp anise seed 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 3 hard-boiled eggs, dyed red and fully dried Olive oil 2 to 4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, or slivered almonds (optional) Instructions
Kneed by hand until very smooth (about 5 minutes), then place dough into a lightly-oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm, 5. Punch dough down, and transfer to floured surface again. Cut dough into 3 equal parts, and gently roll each to form a long 16-inch rope. Transfer to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press ropes together at one end and braid fairly loosely. Form into a circle and press together on the other side. Stretch the circle to about 10 inches across and the hole in the middle about 3 ½ inches wide.
6. Cover with a clean towel and place 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine ⅓ cup hot back in warm space for 1 hour until water (about 110 degrees F) with the yeast, 1 doubled in size. tablespoon of the flour, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Whisk gently. Cover with a towel and leave 7. Rub the dyed eggs with olive oil, and buff with paper towel. Select three spots aside for 10 minutes until bubbly. in the dough, evenly spaced, and gently 2. In the meantime, heat the milk in a small sauce insert the eggs. Cover and return to pan until the edges begin to bubble, about 4 to 6 warm space. Let rise 1 more hour until minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, dough doubles in size. remaining sugar and salt. Set aside for 5 minutes to 8. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush cool. the bread with the egg wash and sprinkle 3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, with toasted sesame seeds. Bake about stir the milk mixture into the yeast mixture. While 45 minutes until braided loaf turns a nice paddle is the flour, anise seed, and vanilla extract. deep golden brown (should sound hallow Beat until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to when you tap on it.) medium (or medium-high if needed) until the dough Let cool for about 30 minutes before pulls away from the sides of the bowl. serving. Serve with more boiled eggs, 4. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface honey or other breakfast items. (dough will be sticky at this point.) Enjoy! 55
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