2011-07-20, Jason White, NMSU Golf Course Head Professional

  Club president Ross Ramsey rang the bell to open the meeting. He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill Wheeler gave the invocation.  Bob McPherson led the club in singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Next, we greeted one another and learned later that Bill Harty was the mystery greeter.  We had one visiting Rotarian, and one guest of a Rotarian. 

Danae thanks the clubEarl Phillips presented to Danae Hornung from Mayfield High School a scholarship and certificate recognizing her as one of our annual high school student winners. 

Bill Harty gave a report to the club about the last board meeting.  The board reminds our committee chairs to turn in their respective budgets for 2011-12.  The Taste of Las Cruces fundraising event will be held on June 7th next year.  The District Governor will be visiting our club on September 28th.  The board accepted the resignations of club members Barbara Andrew and Bruce Darrington.

Happy bucks were secured from Richelle Ponder, Charlie Yaryan, Bob McPherson, and Maggie Hornung, the mother of Danae Hornung.Board meeting report

The Program – Jason White, NMSU Golf Course Head Pro

Program planner for the month, Alex Keatts briefly introduced Jason White, who was recently hired at the golf course.  Jason is a PGA trained professional who has served at a number of courses in Colorado, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.  He has initiated a number of programs since coming to NMSU.

The golf course was established nearly 50 years ago in 1963, and they moved into the new clubhouse in 2004.  Speaker Jason WhiteOne of the current goals is to integrate PGM students into the operation of the course.  The clubhouse has a restaurant, offices, a meeting room, and the golf shop which sells golf equipment and accessories at reasonable prices.

Carl Olson is the new superintendent of the grounds.  He has worked a number of PGA tournament courses, including one near Shinnecock.  Under his leadership, you will see a number of enhancements on the course this year.

Rita keeps the boys in lineOn the teaching side of things, the golf course staff holds junior golf camps, private lessons, specials on Sunday and after-work hours during the week so that everyone can participate in the game.  To encourage more people to take up golf, the “Get Golf Ready” program focuses on beginners, teaching them everything about golf and the game.  The cost is $75.  Jason ended his presentation answering questions about the golf teams, green fees, and transitory animals on the golf course (read—coyotes and snakes).  Human animals who pay-to-play are always welcome on the course, even if they can’t tell a bogey from a boogie.

NMSU Golf Course logoAfter the Program

Guest Toby Rue won the drawing.  The can collected $29.  The meeting closed after we recited the 4-way test.

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Guests of Rotarians

Guest  Host
Toby Rue Jim Gerwels
Danae Hornung club
Maggie Hornung club

Visiting Rotarians

Rotarian Home Club
Guy Floyd Rio Grande


Rotarian Date Club
Elaine Szalay 7/6, 7/13, 7/27 Rio Grande
Dinus Briggs 8/3? Rio Grande

Submitted by Blaine Goss