Happy 90th Birthday Moscow Elks Golf Course!*
As we all know, Moscow Lodge #249 is the oldest lodge in the state with a rich tradition of our members serving both in the State Association and for Grand Lodge levels. I wanted to bring to your attention that Steve Meier has just finished his term as State President and Curtis Neely as State Secretary. Both men devoted a lot of time to serve Elkdom in our state and represented our Lodge with distinction. Another one of our members, Jess Caudillo, will be ending his term as Grand District Deputy for Idaho North at this month’s National Convention. I would like to thank all three members for their service and dedication to Elkdom.
Although those three men may be stepping down, another member has risen to the challenge and was elected at this past State Convention as a State Trustee – Congratulations to Brad Anderson. He will be serving a 5 year term and perhaps, one day, add his name to a long line of Moscow members who have served as State President. (Hey, I am just saying – it could happen.)
In other news, you will notice new dining room chairs have replaced the old plastic ones. The chairs were a donation I was able to secure with the dining vendor, Sodexo, at the University of Idaho. I need to thank my wife, Geri, for helping me clean them up and get them ready for the Lodge. By the way, did you know that we have had those gold and black plastic chairs since 1966? Let’s hope these new chairs will serve us as well.
Finally, as you may have read in last months newsletter, I continue to work with the Board and other officers to make improvements to our facilities. A spot to install a fire pit has been proposed and I am working with a committee of members to outline the details that we will share on July 26. If you are interested in learning more, I would encourage you to reach out to me directly or attend our Lodge meeting at the end of the month. Have a Happy Fourth of July!!!
Corey Ray, Exalted Ruler
*For additional information of the history of the course check out —
Golf Course Archives
As we go into July, I want to remind everyone that we will only have one meeting and that will be on the 26th. Our membership continues to increase as we currently stand at 391 m
embers. We have reinstated one and initiated five new members since the year began. We currently have 14 candidates in process with 8 scheduled for initiation in July. That is great news and we thank all of our member sponsors for bringing these new candidates into our Lodge. As you all should know, a current
members number is drawn from the Pot-of-Gold at each meeting. Chuck Baysinger’s number was drawn and not being at the meeting, he did not go home with close to $500.00. The amusing part, at least to me, is I sponsored his reinstatement at the end of April and already his name was drawn. Sorry Chuck, guess I should have encouraged you to come to the meetings—my bad.
By the time most of you get this newsletter, the 4th of July will have come and gone. Once again our Sole Survivor golf tournaments were held and it should be noted again that this is the 90th anniversary of the Elk’s Golf Course. It was designed by Frank James and still retains its original configuration. Of course it is much harder to play now because of all the mature trees that seem to come into play for me way to often!
I hope all of you had a safe Holiday and I look forward to seeing you “down the road”.
Click for information on the iBelieve of the Palouse 4 Man Scramble.
July 9th (Friday) — Colfax Golf Course
iBelieve Golf Tourney
click for information on the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament 2017.
University of Idaho Golf Course — August 11th
click here for more information
It’s once again that time of year for golf tournaments, good weather and good people! On the 29th of July is our biggest fundraiser of the year for our charities (Christmas for kids) and a very fun and not so serious golf tournament. The Gamble Scramble. It’s a 4 person scramble with a cost of $200 a team. You don’t necessarily have to be good at golf but more accurate with a cheap dart! Sign-up sheet is in the clubhouse. Sign up always goes fast, don’t miss a good time!!
Chairman of the board and Gamble Scramble
Round #3 winners in this summer’s Sunday Net Skins Series
- Mike Keating — $32
- Chuck Labine — $32
- Jerry Curtis — $32
- Travis Lambert — $32
- Casey Leachman — $32
total series results
Sr. Men’s Sole Survivor Qualifying
Joe Vasquez — 2016 Sr. Sole Survivor winner — Sole Survivor winner 2011
Jerry Curtis — Round #1 qualifier — 2001, 2004 & 2013 Sole Survivor winner — 2002, 2008 & 2009 Sr. Sole Survivor winner
Kevin Peterson — Round #1 qualifier — Sole Survivor winner 2015
Jack Jones — Round #2 qualifier
Bill Sayler — Round #2 qualifier
Ken Jones — Round #3 qualifier
Todd Martin — Round #3 qualifier
Mike Keating — Series qualifier
Bill Lambert — Series qualifier
Casey Leachman — Series qualifier
1st alternate — Bob Tunnicliff
There are still limited opportunities to sponsor a hole for the 68th annual Elks’ 4th of July Sole Survivor Golf Tournament. Signage will be displayed for the 4th of July and also for the Women’s and Sr. Men’s events on the 2nd. Help us celebrate the 90th year for our course on the 231st birthday of our nation.
Volume 7, 2017
Golf Course Update!
Trent has raked, added top soil and seeded a number of areas around the golf course. Until these seeded areas are mature enough to handle play, please remove your ball from these areas and do not play on them. Also, do not drive your carts on them for any reason.
Trent is in the process of fixing all the traps on the course with newly added sand and trimming the edges. He has asked all golfers to leave the rakes IN THE TRAPS. This will help him save time when he mows around the traps.
Hopefully everyone has heard about the state adding a turnout on highway 8 on the back side of #8 green. This project will start sometime this summer. The state has given us money to put up some trees and a net behind #8 green to protect the passing cars and a sound barrier for us. There should be enough money left over to help us do a number of other projects around the course and lodge.
Due to the road construction and the state having heavy equipment working behind #8 green, it is a REMOTE possibility we may have to take the green off line for a short time. Trent has a plan to minimize the inconvenience to our golfers. He will create a temporary green next to the pond and the 100 yard marker on #7. He will then create a new #8 tee for a short par 3 to the original #7 green. After playing the shortened #8 hole, we can go directly to #9 tee to finish our round.
We still have water issues in front of #2 and #9 tees, please do not drive your carts in these areas until they dry out and are mowed. Does anyone like the idea of building a lake in front of those tees?
Just kidding! Lastly, Trent and his crew are working as hard as they can to get the fairways and rough mowed down to make the course easier to play.
Enough Elk droppings for today,
Club Championship (net)–
- Todd Martin vs Doug Lind
- Bill Myers vs winner (Bill Sayler vs. Shawn Jordan)
Club Championship (gross) —
- Jerry Curtis vs Bill Myers
- Sean Dorigo vs Bill Sayler
We are excited to be hosting the
Scramble to Defeat ALS,
Saturday, July 15th, 2017.
- There will be a morning and afternoon tee time.
- $10 Golf Cart rentals. (first come first serve)
- $10 BBQ
- Live Auction and Silent Auction
- Silent Auction will be from 9 AM – 2:30 PM
Schedule of Events
8-8:30 AM Morning Team Check in
9:00 AM First Shot Gun Start
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Live Auction
2-2:30 PM Afternoon Team Check in
3:00 PM Second Shot Gun Start
Is that sunshine I see? Finally the weather is beginning to cooperate with us as I see more and more members coming out to the Lodge and golf course. Trent has done an incredible job of keeping the course in great shape despite the challenges of the weather and the soft ground which has kept some of the equipment off the grass. You may have noticed that the Idaho Transportation Department has begun working to create a right turn lane on the highway. This will impact green #8 as construction progresses. Please be careful.
The local Elk scholarship winners have been announced. Congratulations to Victoria Welch from Garfield, Alexie Smith from Colfax, Chase Blazzard from Troy and Neeraj Utgikar from Moscow. Other than the Federal Government, no other organization or individual gives out more scholarship money than the Elks. Congratulations again to the local winners and the Lodge scholarship committee for their hard work.
Things to look forward to include: June 14th for Flag Day. We will be doing the Flag Day ceremony as part of lodge night. July 4th will be our 68th Sole Survivor. Never too early to plan where you will be for the total solar eclipse on August 21 – Lodge grounds might be ideal. Pay attention to the July newsletter and the BULLetin for our August Brew Fest news as well.
Danny Hordemann passed away on Friday, May 19th. Dan was a member of our Lodge for 54 years, having been initiated in 1964. He was sponsored by Ken Jordan Sr. and was an avid golfer, having won the Sole Survivor three times and the Senior Sole Survivor once. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and fellow Elks.
The Sole Survivor qualifying had its first round completed on May 21. We had 11 golfers try to qualify on a sunny day. Kathy Christian did a great job of organizing and tallying the results. All the results sheets are posted in the club house by the bar area and in the tournament room.
The last two qualifying dates are June 11th, and 25th, be sure to sign up. Each time you play you are playing for positions awarded on that days play as well as earning points to qualify for the Sole Survivor and the Senior Sole Survivor tournaments.
If you just want to play for skins money you are welcome to do that as well. Skins money will be available at the bar by Tuesday after results are calculated.