Course improvement project announced

Contributed Story Posted 9 May 2014 at 12:00 am

This Week at Shelridge

Contributed Photo – SHARING SOME GOOD NEWS—-Shelridge Country Club assistant pro Dave Rose, left, and Club President Matt Bush talk about the best news of the year at the club, the fact that all the bunkers (sand traps) will be rebuilt within the next two years. They are shown at the handicap computer where data on all Shelridge club members is up-dated several times each season.

Shelridge may have its headaches — like other WNY clubs — in waiting for dependable weather and this week has offered a tiny ray of hope. But Shelridge has had a couple of other bits of news to chatter about and fill in the gap. Club President Matt Bush revealed Tuesday that the board has authorized a two-year program to re-build all the bunkers (sand traps) on the course and the first nine holes are expected to be targeted for June.

A company annexed to the Faery Nursery on Transit Rd., Lockport, has been signed to do the work and it will include removing all the existing surface of each bunker and installing new base and a good system of drainage. The back nine will get its turn in 2015.

“We’re tackling a big project here, but one that is much desired, “said Bush. ” It should give us a pro-style golf course. He said underground drainage is the most important feature of a good bunker and this feature alone is worth the investment.

“Our own maintenance department has been working effectively for years to improve sand trap drainage,” the president continued. “This will give us the whole package under contract.”

The other bit of news from Bush concerns the affiliation with Channel 7 in Buffalo for promotion of Shelridge all during the current year. This came about when Shelridge and some other WNY golf clubs assisted the television station with a fund-raising effort. In return Channel 7 responded with a promotional package.

“As one feature of this deal we will have our club pro, Dave Green, on TV for three appearances on Channel 7 this season,” explained Bush. “One has already taken place.”

He added that the deal includes promotion of Shelrdige on the WKBW web site.

Finally, cameramen will visit the local course this summer to make a video of the entire layout.

“This will permit us to offer anyone a virtual tour of Shelridge via the video segment,” Bush concluded. “All this help is like having Christmas in the summertime.”

On the golfing side of the schedule three leagues were slated to start this week, the Teachers League under Bill Ossont on Tuesday, the Ladies SWGA League on Wednesday and the Thursday Men’s League.

“The men’s league has grown year by year,” reported Ass’t Pro Dave Rose. “We have a completely full house this season with 36 two-man teams for a total of 76 players. Another popular feature, the Couples League, will begin on May 16.”

Short Shots

Weather permitting, the opening men’s scramble is set for tomorrow and on May 17 Shelridge will host the first non-club tourney, an outing to benefit Roy-Hart basketball.