ANNUAL MEETING FEB. 12, 2015 FOLB

Meeting called to order at 6:05.  Minutes from 2014 meeting were approved as transmitted. Treasurer reported $208.70 in the general account and $2,221.57 in the foundation .

Jerry reported the slate of officers to vote on ; Judy Chase, Jerry Fischer,Janie Guines,Brandt Kuntz, Bruce Reeh, Buzz Roye, Ron Moerbe, Mark Seitz, Adam Star, Eric Zey.  Jack made the motion to elect them all by acclamation, seconded by  Buzz Roye.  Motion passed.

Motion was made to delete the marketing and club house committees and add ad hoc as needed instead.  Motion passed.

Junior golf chairman Buzz Roye reported over 300 lessons provided to students during the past year to school kids and boys and girls club members.  Over two dozen students attended the eight week golf camp which culminated with two tournaments. Additionally scholarships and clubs were provided to those who had need.  In all 70 varsity, junior varsity, and middle school students were serviced.  This year there will be two tourneys  sponsored here.  The local Optimist Club sponsored two players in their national program and hope to sponsor more  students this year.  Mention was made of the proposed short 3 hole course for student play.  FOLB will take on the funding issue.

Alan’s State of Golf    He is celebrating his fourth year as DOG.  Total revenues $1,163,033.  Transfer from general fund $421,900.  $1,563,667 $152,452 below budget.  Total rounds 26,095, guests 11,271.  Out of county 5899 which is 52.33% of total.  We lost 62 days because of weather.  San Antonio lost 57 and every course along the Gulf did also.  The weather also affects turf conditions which further degrades play.

Alan spoke about the book “Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell.  He defines three types of people, Sales People.  These are folks who are positive and for things and promote them.  There are Connectors, they would bring someone to the practice facility or bring someone to the course to play.  There are Mavens they know a lot about everything and help others.  Alan asks us to be these kinds of people, supportive, positive.  Don’t bad mouth the course or the operation.  When you hear someone in town who is uninformed blowing…enlighten them.  Be a cheer leader!!!  Remember the LCRA study that credited the course with adding $8.5 million to the local economy.

The city is actively working on Phase Two of the overall plan the previous council approved.  This involves purchasing additional land behind the 6th tee box to move the maintenance facility and tear down the old one to make space for additional parking and room for a cart barn which will allow the purchase of electrical carts thereby reducing the cost per round from 80 cents per round to 9.

There is a program to reduce the effect of the brows surrounding the bunkers.  We are burning them now and when they grow out we will treat them with a growth retardant to reduce their effect.  Additional projects include additional drainage around #5 green, #9, area between the cart path and #1 white tee.

Lady Bird is scheduled to host 2 STPGA events.  We were named in a Dallas magazine publication listing us in the top public courses in the state. We were named to PING 100 top fitters.

Attending were councilmen Pearson, Neffendorf,Watson.  Mr. Watson mentioned he had voted to award us $45,000 to advertize the course.

Adjourned at 6:50

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