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LFGA Board Meeting – Minutes – February 19, 2020



Board Members in attendance:  Freda Bennett, Alan Cristello, Bill Fleckenstein, Sandy Young, Al Keefer, George Files, Erv and Linda LaFave, Lynne Festa

Board Members absent:  Alan Stinson

ELS Staff in attendance: Steve Allbritton, Jim Eggers

Freda called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.


Questions asked of and answered by Jim Eggers:

1)     On the right side of Hole #6 there is a large hole that runs down the hillside that needs to be filled in and packed down. It is very dangerous when you have to hit from that area.

Response:  Jim will have it backfilled.

Also on Hole #6 on the right side of the Fairway, where palmettos have been removed, there is a big hole that balls can roll into. Perhaps mark with white paint as Ground Under Repair.

Response:  Steve will do this.

2)      The dollar weeds on Holes # 2, 5, 9, & 14 are still not being treated.

Response: These are not dollar weeds. They are signal weeds. They do not affect playability but when treated they are ugly which will not enhance the beauty of our course.  These will be treated after playing season.

3)      The large sand box by the Activity Board is just about empty.

Response:  It has been filled.

4)      It has previously been reported that the roots at the Men’s tee box and cart path on Hole #4 need to be removed.  Any update on who and when they will be removed?

Response:  Steve responded that Joshua Tree will remove them early to mid-May.

5)      More attention needs to be addressed with the Tee Boxes.  Several are very dry and bumpy. No level areas to stand on.  With all the extra play it will only get worse.

Response: Most are in good shape.  Jim asked which ones need more attention.  The response from Board Members was that the grass on Hole # 14 is especially high.  Jim said that the mowers were asked to try not to mow on League days.  Jim will advise them to mow earlier rather in the week.

6)      The bunkers need working up. The sand is so packed that you can’t get the club under the ball. It had been stated that these get done regularly but it does not appear they are being done.  This is especially noted on Holes #7 & 16.

Response:  The sand trap machines do have a rake that drops down to fluff the sand. Jim will stress that this be done with his crew. 

7)      More attention needs to be made to the ball markers on the Tee Boxes. The markers are not placed in line with the green.

Response:  Terry had been out for 2 weeks and perhaps this is why recently they are not lined up properly.

A discussion was raised with Steve and Jim about rakes being left out of the traps.  Steve will work on getting stickers to request that rakes be placed in the traps.  The Men’s and Ladies Leagues will stress to their Members to please replace rakes into the bunkers after use.

It was asked if the Drop Zones could be outlined to define Drop Areas.  Steve agreed and Jim will have Terry do this on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Secretary’s Report:  the reading was waived due to the fact that everyone receives it via email.

Treasurer’s Report:  Bill reported that as of February 18, 2020 the ending balance is $13,209.32.

Membership Report: We have 200 paid members.

Vice President’s Report:  Alan updated us on the Club Championship and Inter Club Tournaments:

1)      The spotters will follow the players and spot on every hole.  This will require less volunteers needed and also give the spotters a chance to see some golf being played. All agreed that this a better way to proceed.

2)      George has all the banner’s placed.

3)      Two D flight ladies, who did not win their matches will be asked to play with the Pine Lakes 9 Holers for the Inter Club.

4)      The practice rounds at Pine Lakes will be on Tuesday, March 10th.

5)      The Trophy’s will be the same as last years.

6)      The Parking Spot sign should be $50.00, the same as we paid last year.  The winner’s names will be supplied to the artist the end of the day of the finals and should be ready the following day.

7)      The Volunteer’s meeting will be March 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

8)      The Player’s meeting will be March 4th at 2:00 p.m.

9)      Sandra Warner will be our announcer.

Rules:  Alan Keefer will type up and hand out new rules for the Championship meeting.  

The following will be reiterated.

a)       Players will be asked to avoid the roots along the fairway next to the cart path on Hole # 18 before the bridge.

b)      “Ground Under Repair” will be painted on Hole #6.

c)       If your ball lands in the pine straw you do not have a free lift.  However, if pine straw has been enhanced you do a have free lift.


Ladies 18 Hole League:  Sandy reported that all is running smoothly.

Ladies 9 Hole League:  There are now 5 Ladies playing.  We look forward to them having a League next season.

Men’s League:  Nothing to report

Forward Men’s Tee League:  All is running smoothly.

Couple at Large:  The LaFave’s reported that they will be meeting with Sue this coming Sunday to order food for the Championship. 

They will not use the larger containers of condiments.  The pumps do not always work properly.  Putting out bowls of condiments is not sanitary.  Therefore they will be using squeeze bottles.

The Cocktail party will be at Lake Fairways March 12th at 3:00 p.m.  The menu will be Wal-Mart sandwiches, grapes, cheese, chips, mini eclairs, beer, wine, soda and water.

Freda suggested that pitchers not be used to serve beer this year.  The LaFave’s agreed.

Pro Shop:  Steve said this is peak season and extremely busy.  All is going well in the Pro Shop.

A special Thank You was given to Maryellen McCabe to recognize all the work she has done to help LFGA get on track with the new Handicap System.  Maryellen spent many hours working with Jerry and Steve to work out software bugs to ease us into this transition during our busiest season of the year.

New Business:

George spoke about LFGA getting involved in donating to memorials for deceased Members of Lake Fairways Community.  If we start to do this does it set a precedent whenever anyone passes away? After much discussion a motion was made that as of February 19, 2020 the LFGA agreed as a Board not to make a Memorial donation for any individual.

Joanne Rose approached Freda about LFGA getting involved with taking a section of the Boulevard next season and decorate with Christmas lights.   This discussion was tabled until next season.

The meeting adjourned at 4:15.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Festa






LFGA Semi-Annual General Meeting 

November 22, 2019

Board Members in attendance:  Freda Bennett, Alan Cristello, Bill Fleckenstein, George Files, Lynne Festa

ELS Staff in attendance:  Steve Allbritton, Jerry Jaromin

Freda called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Freda led us in the Pledge of Allegiance

Steve Allbritton spoke on behalf of Jim Eggers, Davey, on the condition of our golf course.

Jim and Steve feel that the course is in good shape and will to continue to move forward on improving all aspects.

Sand was replaced in some of the sand traps this past summer and will be machine spun.  Full repair of sand traps on Holes # 10 and 18 will be done next summer.

Over seeding will be completed within the next 10 days.  Watering will be have to done for 7-8 days following the completion of the over seeding causing wet areas.  Until watering is completed you may lift, clean and place on Fairways Only.

There will be no chemical spraying during  league play. 

Please continue to repair your divets.

The tee box markers will be moved daily.

The palmettos will be trimmed back along the cart paths.

The men’s tees on Hole # 15 will be moved back to their original position within the next week.

Steve then spoke of the following:

LF is losing Julie Flake.  Julie has accepted another position with ELS.  We are losing a strong catalyst in getting work done on the course.

Steve thanked Jerry Jaromin for all he does for us.  Jerry got a standing ovation.

Steve thanked the Board for all their efforts.

Steve briefly mentioned the 5 new rules being put in place by the USGA.  Steve will have a Q & A session in December.  Date and time to be announced.

President’s Report:

Freda reminded us that there is a Fix-it book in the Pro Shop. If you see something out of order on the course please enter it into the book.   It is reviewed daily by Jim Eggers.

Freda commended Betty Dunmead for the great selection of merchandise in the Pro Shop.

Freda thanked George Files for purchasing the freezer, Dennis and Nancy Kelly and John Westfere were also thanked for their work in getting the new League shed in order.

Secretary’s Report:  Reading of the report was waived. It was posted on the Lake Fairways web page and on the LFGA Community board.

Treasurer’s Report:  As of November 20, 2019 the ending balance is $7,140. 39.  It was approved and accepted.

Membership Report:  As of this date we have 113 paid members.  We will have approximately 125 more members when the November and December dues are paid.

Nine Hole League:  As of this date we do not have a Nine Hole League.  If anyone is interested in being President they were asked to come forward.

Ladies 18 Hole League:  Sandy Young stated that all is going well.  Sandy congratulated the winners of the Ladies November shoot out.

1st place:  Barbara Flournoy

2nd place:  Sandi Keefer

3rd place: Rose Ann Chadwick

Annie Souza announced that, again this season, the Ladies 18 Hole League will be sponsoring the Rally for the Cause on February 23, 2020.  The specific charity has not yet been announced.

Men’s League:  Alan Stinson reported that all is going well.

Pro Shop:  Jerry had nothing new to report.

New Business:

Freda reported that Jim Eggers receives a copy of all questions regarding the course conditions prior to the Board meetings.  This helps is Jim to be aware of our concerns and can respond accordingly.

Membership was asked for a volunteer to compile next year’s LFGA booklet.

George Files and Alan Cristello announced the winners of the Turkey Trot Tournament.  The 5 players from the top 9 teams each received a $10.00 gift card.  The 5 players from the 17th place team each received a  $5.00 gift card.

Pat Hutz reported that we have 34 Volunteers who continue to work on the Tee Box Beautification project.

Rose Ann Chadwick raised a question about not having to hit over the water holes.  It was stated that this is a new Local Rule.  Sandy Young will investigate the Ladies 18 Hole League handbook to see if this complies with their rules.  Lucy Jaromin stated that Steve initiated the new Local Rule for the entire League. Steve will be asked if this rule is in effect for Tournaments, Championship and Shoot Outs.

Alan Cristello reported that the Christmas Tournament will be held on December 2, 2019.  The format will include teams of twosomes.  All tee times will be in the morning.  Deadline for sign up is November 29, 2019.  You can decorate your cart for this tournament and prizes will be awarded.

The January New Year’s Resolution Tournament will be held January 6th and 7th.  There will be morning and afternoon sessions.  The pot luck for this tournament will be held Sunday, January 12th.

Cindy Asaro and Ann Stobe will be manning the Starters Table for the Club Championship for the last time this year.  Volunteers are being sought to accompany Cindy and Ann to get familiar with the process.

Dede Martin asked if any Board positions will be open at the end of this season.  All Board members will be returning next year.

Freda thanked Erv and Linda LaFave, Couple at Large, and Cindy and Vince Asaro for their help tonight.

Ann and Rich Boutette were also thanked for helping with the 50/50.

Freda asked for continued prayers for our Members with health issues.

50/50:  there were 7 winners at $20.00 each.

The meeting adjourned at 6:35.

Lynne Festa




March 7th              First Round Club Championship
March 8th             Final Round Club Championship
March 13th            Interclub Tournament @ Lake Fairways
March 14th           Interclub Tournament @ Pine Lakes
April 6th               April Fools Tournament
May 4th                May Tournament
June 1st               Flag Day Tournament
July 6th               Firecracker Tournament
August 3rd            Dog Day Tournament




Writer: Frank Starzomski

The new year has arrived and the Snowbirds are renewing old friendships and acquaintances.

Director of Golf, Steve Allbritton. and the maintenance staff are continuing to focus on course improvement as the Club Championships approach. Golfers appreciate the improved greens, tee boxes and the overall look of the course.  Much remains to be done but things are heading in the right direction.

Golf continues to be a healthy, popular American senior’s outdoor recreation activity. Lake Fairways is fortunate to have a course in the community. Residents are encouraged to visit the Pro Shop for more information. Give golf a try!

Volunteers are always welcome. Anyone interested in helping with the various golf events are encouraged to leave their name at the Pro Shop counter.

The tee box flower planting is maturing and it is a pleasant addition to our golf experience.

Hit ‘um long and straight….














Ladies 18 Hole Golf League Annual

Hole in One and Putting Contest

 Winner of a One Year Golf Membership.



Erv Lafave and Director of Golf Steve Allbritton



Ladies 18 Hole League Brown Bag Meeting –

January 8, 2020


Board Members in attendance:  Sandy Young, Nancy Sweet, Karen Pierce, Diane Dodson, Maryellen McCabe, Lynne Festa

Board Members Absent:  Suzanne Cummings

There were 43 Members in attendance.

Sandy called the meeting to order at 12:00

Secretary’s Report: Lynne read the minutes. They were approved and accepted.

Treasurer’s Report:  Karen reported that as of December 26, 2019 the ending balance was $3,138.58. The report was approved and accepted.  Karen also reported that as of this date we have 65 Members.

Old Business:

1)      Lu McEwen congratulated the winners of the December Shoot Out

2)      Sandy thanked Nancy Sweet for the fantastic Christmas Tournament and Luncheon.

3)      Sandy also thanked Pat Hutz and Laura Broad for continuing with the Tee Beautification project

New Business:

1)      Sandy Gordon has spoken with Joanne Rose.  Joanne has requested that all Lake Fairways Clubs get involved with the decorating the boulevard next Christmas season.  Joanne will provide the lights and perhaps some money to help fund the project.  Membership will vote on this at a later date.

2)      Maryellen McCabe, Handicap Chair discussed the new handicap system.

a)       It appears that most handicaps will change 5-7 strokes.  This system is based on Handicap Index.

b)      It appears that all information that we could see in the old system is in the new system.  It may just be in a different place.

c)       When you open the home page you will see your handicap index but you must go to the Golf Courses line to find your actual course handicap.

d)      The home page of the Kiosk machine in the Pro Shop will look different than your home computer, tablet or cell phone home page.

e)      We can look at the score card to figure the hardest to easiest holes on our course.

f)        Nancy Kelly has developed a spread sheet that shows all handicaps and how many stokes you have on each hole.  This will be emailed to the Membership.  Those who do not have printing availability can see Sandy and one will be printed for you.

g)       Maryellen also explained that the 4 Flights, A, B, C and D are put into these categories not exactly by your handicap but in a balanced manner.  Maryellen tries to make each flight reflect an equal number of participants.

h)      With this new system you can post your scores with the outside courses you play that appear in your profile.

3)       Games Chair: Diane noted that the game listed in our handbook for January 29th is incorrect. It should read that we are playing low net ABCD.    Diane also reiterated that our Mentor Program is offered to all new members.  The Mentors do not teach you how to play golf but to make you familiar with golf etiquette.  The Mentors are Roseann Chadwick, Dede Martin, Heather Orr, Lu McEwen and Val McIntosh. 

4)      Sandy announced that on January 29, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00 there will be a Celebration of Life Service for Barry Shortt in the Club House.  We have voted to supply sandwiches, cookies, tea, coffee and Diet Coke for the service.  We also discussed ideas for a memorial for Barry.  Ideas that were discussed were either planting a tree on the property or a bench to be placed outside the Pro Shop.  We can put a plaque on the bench for Barry and then add others moving forward.  Any other ideas are welcome.

5)      Change to Articles: 

a)       Articles VI: Section 1:  Delete Auditor – Add Independent Reviewer outside of Board

b)      Article VIII: Section 4:  Delete auditing – Add reviewing

c)       Article VIII: Section 7:  Delete, in April – Add end of Season

These will be voted on at the next Brown Bag meeting.

6)      Lynne read the minutes from the last Association Board Meeting

7)      Rally for the Cause:  Annie is waiting to hear from Mary Lou Q. on what the large raffle gift will be before she can get tickets printed.  Nancy Kelly will be doing the baskets and Suzanne will be helping with the Hole-in-One contest.  Four men have volunteered to cook.  It was suggested that, if any Saturday groups would like to donate a basket, that would be appreciated.  Volunteer signup sheets will be available soon. The charities we are sponsoring this year are non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia.

8)      Dede announced that the next LEGA will be at Pine Lakes on January 15th.  If you are playing please arrive at 7:15 to line up carts.  The next LEGA will be at Six Lakes on February 4, 2020 the cost is $26.00 and must be paid for by January 21, 2020.

9)      Club Championship:  Val and Ruth Ann announced that the sheets will be posted on January 15th and will be taken down January 31st.

10)   Invitational:  Nancy Sweet has a signup sheet on the Ladies Bulletin Board for the Maple Leaf Invitational.  Nancy also asked for any Volunteers for the V.P. and Games position on the Board for next season.  The slate must be completed by the middle of February to be voted on at the March Brown Bag.  We also need someone to volunteer to be the Friendship Chair.

11)   Member/Guest:  Nancy Munro said all is going well for the Member/Guest which will be held on March 25th.  If anyone needs a guest check with Dede.  For the Member/Guest Tournament  over 80 ladies can play forward but need to play between the markers.

12)   Awards Luncheon:  Faye Kline gave us an update for Suzie Wagner.  The Luncheon is in negotiations with Dina’s at Sabal Springs.  To be held March 31st.

13)   The pot luck for the New Year’s Resolution tournament will be held Sunday, January 12th at 4:00 in the Club House.

14)   It was asked by a member to please be cautious when we are gathering on League day. It is advised that if you must come with your cart to the area near the LFGA bulletin board,  please drive around the back by the bocce court and not through the front driveway.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynne Festa








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