ANNUAL MEETING FOLB FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Meeting called to order at 5:37 with approximately 50 people attending.
Treasurers report showed $293.39 in the general fund and $831.8the junior golf fund for 2016.
It was moved and seconded to elect Joe Klammah to an additional year on the board. Motion passed with a voice vote.
Jerry Fischer quickly reviewed the FOLB charter and introduced Tim Lehmberg, Executive Director of Economic Development Corporation. Tim said he authored the LCRA study detailing the economic impact of the course on the city of Fredericksburg using the traditional methods used on all his previous studies. The study verified an annual economic impact of $8.4 million. He also high lighted year end sales tax figures of $5 million for the city and $3 million for the county from Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016 the fiscal year. It was a record year showing a 40% increase for the city and 48.6% for the county. Hotel and motel rooms gained 288 rooms but bed and breakfasts grew to 1178. Real estate sales totaled $212 million, a 13% increase. But the average price of a home jumped by a whopping $63,000 to $361,726 in 2016 or an average of $180 per square foot. Tim informed us that Gillespie County has a total of 40 wine producing licenses 32 of which belong to separate entities.
He also said 54% of residences in the city are second homes and that 31% of persons are retired making us third in the state and ninety first in the nation in retired per capita.
Tim was followed by Clinton Bailey, assistant city manager, director of public works and parks and recreation. He detailed some of the projects he has undertaken since assuming his new position: he resurfaced the driving range parking lot and moved the transformer and the tree stump. His forces removed the fence on the ninth hole perimeter and replaced it with attractive stone and plans to plant pampers grass between them. He had the hill cleared revealing a view of the club house. He lighted the parking lot and promised additional lighting. He caused the practice bunker to be repaired. He has also authored an aggressive tree plan for cutting and replacingg trees. He is going to get various signs place to announce the presence of a golf course. He has had his crews mow the rough between fairways to enable faster play. He has conducted various meeting with gruntled and disgruntled golfers assessing what needs to be done to increase play. He has also suggested further advertising and publishing methods to further our exposure.
Alan Wooley, Director off Golf reiterated some of the projects that he and Tim are working on and gave an encouraging report on his wife’s health. He also reminded everyone that golf is not meant to be fair and to learn to take the unfortunate bounces along with the good without doing damage to property or people.
We want to thank , Ann Armentrout, Anna Marie Kluber and Martin Kuykendall for there faithful service to this organization.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn and passed at 6:53.
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
General Membership meeting 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:00 pm Cardinal Room at Lady Bird
President Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM with approximately 50 people present.
Minutes of the 2013 General Membership meeting were sent electronically to all members. Mike Elvir moved to accept the minutes as submitted. Walt Remele seconded the motion and it passed.
Ann Armentrout reported a combined treasury balance of $3,216.97.
FOLB General Account Balance: $500.
FOLB Foundation Balance: $2,716.97.
There were neither questions nor discussion. The report was accepted as presented.
Leonard introduced special guests City Manager, Kent Myers, Council Members Kathy Sanford and Graham Pearson and Director of the CVB, Ernie Loeffler.
Projects which were accomplished:
• Part II of the USGA consultation
• Expansion of our junior golf program,
• Consolidation of the Green and Handicap Committees
• Annual FOLB Report to the City Council, 2013
Projects which were not accomplished:
o Greens and Grapes fall event… Relationships with area wineries have been established and now we must wait for the course to mature. Wine Enthusiast magazine, the premier wine publication, has named Fredericksburg as one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world. Dallas Morning News has placed Lady Bird on its ballot for the top 10 courses in the state of Texas. This combination looks dynamic!
o Joint FGA, LGA and SSMGA fundraising event to benefit junior golf. This still remain in the plans.
o The renewal of our marketing relationship with UTSA School of Business. Because of an increased CVB Marketing budget, upon which FOLB “ piggybacks”, we’ve postponed our contact with the university.
City Manager, Kent Myers:
Mr. Myers reiterated the city’s support for Lady Bird, pointing out its value to tourism, to our youth and to the general quality of life in Fredericksburg. Further, the city supports Alan and Shelly, a great team. His hope is that FOLB will remain involved. With regard to future plans, he reminded all that the city legally cannot sell the golf course. While it can lease the course to a professional management company, the city council has decided to “back off” and give Alan more time to fulfill plans they supported unanimously.
Walt Remele asked if it would be better to leave the course in Alan’s hands or to lease it out. Mr. Myers responded that there are many issues to be considered; before any drastic changes would be considered, an independent consultant would be hired to advise council on the matter.
Mike Elvir asked what Mr. Myers sees as the definition of “success” for the golf course. Mr. Myers responded that the course’s ability to meet the proforma plan originally presented to council and its ability to “break even” would be very important.
Norm Burnett asked how much the high school students are using the course. Mr. Myers answered that often there are 60-70 students out at Lady Bird!
Harry Scharold asked when Phase II of the proforma would begin. Mr. Myers: We’ll monitor Phase I for several years before implementing Phase II.
Buddy Frels voiced concern (that of his non-golfing friends) regarding the 1% 20-year loan from the Sanitation/Electric Departments. Councilman Graham Pearson responded to this question. By borrowing from the Sanitation/Electric Dep’t, FOLB didn’t have to go “outside” for a 4% loan. These departments have ½% interest earnings on their monies, so the loan was a win-win for everyone concerned!
Tom Hutton asked if it would be possible for the city to pay a portion of the expenses for the Cardinal Room (ie: heating/cooling) Mr. Myers mentioned that the building has been paid off. Unfortunately, he added, at this point utilization of the Cardinal Room has been limited by the lack of parking.
Leonard thanked Kent Myers for coming and addressing the group.
Strategic Planning: Jerry Fischer, Vice President
FOLB desires to grow the game of golf with emphasis upon youth golf.
Strategic Plans for 2014:
o Consider less frequent meetings and want to send minutes of our meetings directly to the membership.
o Develop more aggressive fundraising by the FOLB Foundation to benefit youth golf.
o Goals for our Standing Committees:
Junior Golf- to become the main focus of FOLB
Green Committee- resource to members and vehicle for feedback from the course Superintendent.
Handicap Committee – to provide support for all competitions at Lady Bird
o Improve website by merging with future Lady Bird website. Continue access to: firstname.lastname@example.org an electronic suggestion box. Continue to provide wooden suggestion box in the hallway as you enter the clubhouse (thanks to Bill Armentrout).
o Pursue higher level of participation with Chamber of Commerce – FOLB needs to increase awareness/significance of Lady Bird.
o Continue to sponsor USGA Site Visits both as a sign of our commitment to the community and to provide objective and authoritative opinion of green area operations for long term continuity.
o Continue Bag Tag program; this year we are trying a new non-personalized tags as a premium for membership.
o Continue Annual Report to City Council as authorized by City Council resolution (March, 2009) and perhaps make an executive summary available to the membership.
In closing his remarks, Jerry thanked all for being present and assured them that FOLB is their Ombudsman. What unites us is a pride and passion for our city with emphasis on Lady Bird. The course has much potential so it’s essential that we remain diligent. A million visitors a year come to Fredericksburg; we need to attract more and more of them to our golf course!
Board of Directors election: Leonard Bentch, President
FOLB Bylaws state that we may elect up to 15 members; we have 6 open positions.
Current board members continuing in 2014: Ann Armentrout, Leonard Bentch, Judy Chase, Jerry Fischer, Jerald Gold, Ron Moerbe, Bruce Reeh, Buzz Roye and Mark Seitz.
Nominations: Anna Marie Kluber, Joe Kammlah, and Martin Kuykendall. No new nominations were made from the floor. Walt Remele moved to accept the slate by acclamation. Motion was seconded and passed.
Junior Golf Committee Report: Buzz Roye
Edwin Dickens, P.G.A., has been heavily involved with teaching clinics, PE classes and individual lessons to juniors this year.
Alan Wooley, P.G.A., Emil Hale, P.G.A., Shelly Ross and Janie Guynes have supported youth golf education, as well and plan to continue to do so! Some 300 lessons were given in 2013.
Volunteers are still needed to help with youth clinics!
FOLB Junior Golf Project Proposals for 2014:
Joe Kammlah: Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament
The O.I. program targets youth, ages 10-18, providing opportunities for them to compete and to learn more about the Optimist philosophies. Professional golfers who’ve competed in O.I. tournaments are Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Michelle McGann and Nancy Lopez, to mention a few.
Optimist International Opportunities for 2014:
FOLB and O.I. Fredericksburg to co-host a pre-qualifier tournament, hopefully in early June.
O.I. will then sponsor one or more players to the O.I. district qualifier, Northgate C. C. (Houston), June 16th, tentatively)
O.I. Championships, July 19-24, July 24-29, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Mark Seitz: Caddy- for- a- Day Fundraiser
Golfers would bid on individual caddies or spend a pre-determined amount of money then play with that youngster.
Ron Moerbe – Proposed Golf Teaching/ Practice Facility consisting of 3 holes.
This would be beneficial to beginning golfers of any age, youth refining their skills before going out on the “real” course, or avid golfers who simply wish to vary their practice routines.
Cost estimates (w/o volunteer labor) $50,000 and $15,000 per year, estimated maintenance.
In preparation and to reduce costs, Alan and Bill arranged to receive 400 truckloads of fill dirt have been reclaimed from the swimming pool excavation in the park.
The facility would provide Lady Bird with a grass nursery.
State of Golf, 2014 – Alan Wooley, P.G.A., Director of Golf
Assumed Director of Golf 3 years and 18 days ago
Alan gave special thanks to FOLB and to his staff for all of the support they have given him.
Increased revenues from $1.15 million in 2011(last full year of operations prior to renovation) to $1.4 million in 2012.
During fiscal 2013, 58% of green fees are from golfers (over 9,000) who have come to play from out of county!
Lady Bird memberships are on same pace as last year
NOT-SO-GOOD News: Lady Bird has lost a month of play due to the weather. We are 17% behind play from last year and 27% behind budget.
Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course has been included in the Dallas Morning News’ ballot for “Best Golf Courses in Texas”!
Lady Bird will be hosting 2 big events this year for the South Texas PGA:
Senior Series event in June which will bring 80 players for 2 days
Prestige Tour Junior event in September which will bring 84 of the best junior golfers in our section (along with their families) for 3 days
Online: March-May will feature banner ads on newspaper websites in Houston, Dallas and Austin.
Print media: Ads in Avid Golfer, Texas golf Insider, Links and Texas Bound for Golf, Travel Host, Best of Fredericksburg, Chamber and Visitors’ Guide.
Radio: During April radio shows featuring Lady Bird will air in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.
New Website should be up and running in early March.
Fun After 5, a Chamber event, will be held at Lady Bird in May.
Fredericksburg High School golf team is ready to start its season and is looking very strong!
• Get Golf-Ready Clinics I
o Cost is $99 per player.
o Teaches the foundations to the game of golf:
putting, chipping, pitching, sand play, irons, woods,
basic rules, etiquette
playing the course.
o Classes are limited to the first 8 registered and paid students.
Ladies only: Tuesdays, (9-10:15 A M) March 18, 25, April1, 15 and 22
All Golfers: Saturdays, (10-11:15 AM) April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3rd
• Get Golf-Ready Clinics II-Ready for More
o Students will learn how to practice efficiently and get scoring results.
o Prior Practice and play required
o Attending the Get Golf-Ready I is preferred.
o Classes are limited to the first 8 registered and paid students.
o Ladies only: Wednesdays (5:45- 7:00 PM), April 16, 23, 30, May 7 and 14th -$99
o All Golfers: Wednesdays (1:00-2:15 PM, May14, 21, 28) – $75
• Questions or to Register, call Edwin Dickens, P.G.A., (830) 992-0077 or (830) 997-4010
Expanded Hours at Lady Bird:
With the time change will come expanded hours, opening daily at 7:30 AM.
Some consideration is being given to ½ day on Mondays, but Alan is not in favor due to the increased labor costs and the fact that the maintenance crew needs the time to work on the course.
Steve Wilmoth asked about rotating tee boxes. Alan assured everyone that that can be done. Stop by his office and he’s happy to discuss it.
Buddy Frels asked if the range might be opened on Mondays. Alan reminded all that it will be in Phase II when the practice building, complete with ball machine and other teaching aides, will be constructed. He is hesitant to put a ball machine down on the range for fear of vandalism.
Buddy followed up with….”how about a practice ball membership”. Alan responded, “It’s coming in April!”
Leonard encouraged all present to join or renew their membership today: Dues $10 which includes 2014 FOLB Bag Tag.
Membership materials will be available at the Golf Shop.
In order to have a voice, FOLB needs members.
Ron Moerbe moved to adjourn. Bruce Reeh seconded the motion and it passed. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
FRIENDS OF LADY BIRD JOHNSON MUNICIPAL GOLF CLUB, INC
General Membership meeting 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:30 pm Cardinal Room at Lady Bird
President Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order at 5:40 pm with approximately 40 people in attendance.
Minutes: A motion was made by Ron Moerbe and seconded to accept the minutes of the 2012 General Membership Meeting as electronically delivered. The motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report: Ann Armentrout reported a combined treasury balance of $3,225.37 including $2440.40 in the FOLB Foundation. There were no questions or discussion.
Introductions: Leonard introduced special guests City Manager Kent Myers, City Councilman and Mrs. Graham Pearson and Director of the CVB, Ernie Loeffler.
Mission Review: Vice President Jerry Fischer presented a review of FOLB’s mission, to work closely with the city of Fredericksburg to create the finest affordable golf venue for Fredericksburg residents and visitors. Our vision also includes the creation of a destination golf experience to support tourism. Finally, we support the creation of an excellent junior golf program. In pursuit of these goals, FOLB brought in the USGA to analyze Lady Bird Municipal Golf Course and to recommend the best way to proceed. One major observation made was that Lady Bird was being managed like a park, not a business with fine profit potential. Today we have management dedicated to the success of this course!
FOLB 2012 Projects in Review: President Leonard Bentch described our year
- Co-sponsored USGA Consultation in January
- Established standing committees – Green, Junior Golf and Handicap
- Continued consideration of the USGA Audubon Sanctuary Program
- Planning, in conjunction with the CVB, for Greens and Grapes Golf Event which will showcase local wineries and the renovated golf course (profits to benefit Junior Golf)
- Met with the new city manager to discuss FOLB goals and the annual report to City Council
- Submitted 3rd Annual Report on Golf to City Council
- Established structure for accepting general and designated donations
- Renewed relationship with UTSA School of Business
Junior Golf: Chairman Buzz Roye reminded attendees how fortunate we are to have two local pros so interested in youth golf, our own Alan Wooley and Boot Ranch’s Emil Hale. 8 monthly clinics have been scheduled beginning on January 29th here at Lady Bird and the next at Boot Ranch. These will alternate locations and continue through November.
Fundraising for Junior Golf: 100 Holes Golf Marathon undertaken by Alan and Emil and proceeds from the movie Seven Days in Utopia yielded $2,400 this year!
Goals: Continued support of the FHS Golf teams, outreach to interested juniors in middle and private schools as well as the Boys and Girls Club. Transportation to and from events remains a challenge. Volunteers will be needed!
Future Junior Events: Alan Wooley serves as Junior Golf Committee Chairman of the South Texas Section of the PGA and mentioned Lady Bird as a possible venue for future Junior Golf Tournaments .
Green Committee: Chairman Ron Moerbe reminded us that it is highly unique for a municipal golf club to have a Green Committee. Members of our committee are Chairman Ron Moerbe, Donna Henke of the LGA, Mark Seitz of the FGA and Bill Armentrout of the SSMGA. Responsibilities include gathering comments to pass on to Alan Wooley and Bill Hannah at the monthly meeting. In return, members learn what is happening at the course and what the problems are.
Members specifically have relayed complaints about the eyebrows on bunkers; lost balls have been a big problem.
A new mower has been obtained to keep grass around the bunker at a 3” height.
There will be a green modification coming to hole # 14.
John Penaloza asked when the bunker sand will “firm up”. Bill Hannah responded that we have Poteet sand which costs 1/3 to ¼ as much as the better sand varieties. This was in our budget and we’ll have to learn to live with it.
Handicap Committee: Chairman Jimmy Lukacs introduced members Beverly Pesek from LGA, Tim Kaman from FGA and Wade Boone from SSMGA. This committee is in its infancy, he indicated. When FOLB was formed, we wanted to reflect as professional a course as possible. Previously, we didn’t have a USGA recognized handicap system. Alan has adopted the GHINN system.
The USGA requires that the chairman of a handicap committee be USGA- trained. How fortunate we are to have Jimmy’s expertise. The committee will encourage all to play to the very best of their ability EVERY outing and to turn in EVERY score!
The committee has had one meeting to date with the goal of handicapping holes on the course from most to least difficult. Mention was made of Equitable Stroke Control which Alan will introduce more broadly in his weekly news.
STATE OF GOLF 2013: Alan Wooley, PGA
Alan presented a photo mock-up of the 2013 bag tag.
The renovation is complete and the reviews have been tremendous.
More importantly, the financial picture is
equally as good. Comparing the 4th quarter of 2011 and that of 2012, Lady Bird revenues went from $206,000 to
$315,000! These results are with approximately 300 tee times a week out of inventory. (closed on Mondays)
26% of our rounds have been out of county golfers.
Total revenue is up 53%. Total revenue is 17% ahead of the Proforma.
Cart ridership is up 20% and cart revenue is up 82%.
Practice tee revenue is up 47%.
Food and beverage revenue is up 33%.
Marketing plan is in place.
New relationship with the CVB adding value to the Fredericksburg experience.
Several new groups are coming to Lady Bird for 2013
Southwest Senior Golf Association
Texas Road Trip Couples
Texas Women’s Golf Association
Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
Things that worry Alan:
Loss of key people
Stay and Play packages – Inn on Barons Creek and La Quinta
State and Regional Tournaments
Cost savings and revenue for phases 2 through 5. (2=vertical structures and parking; 3=Cardinal Room;
4=remaining irrigation; 5=bridge)
A word about FOLB:
This renovation wouldn’t have been accomplished without your help.
I’m looking forward to working with the committees in 2013 – Junior Golf (Buzz), Handicap (Jimmy) and
Green Committee (Ron)
Important things concerning Lady Bird in the future makes having an organization like FOLB a huge plus!
Odds and Ends:
Thanks to the LGA for adopting my son while he was deployed.
Slow play, sandbagging and bad cart etiquette is best tackled by peer pressure.
Increased interest in the course has resulted in required tee times.
ELECTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ann Armentrout was elected unanimously to a three-year term.
FOLB GOALS FOR 2013:
USGA Consultation, part 2
Greens and Grapes event in the fall
Joint MGA, LGA and SSMGA fundraising event to benefit Junior Golf
To expand the Junior Golf program
Consolidate Green and Handicap Committee
2013 Report on Golf to the City Council
Renew our relationship with the UTSA School of Business partnership
John Penaloza asked how to get a golf handicap. Jimmy Lukacs responded, “ Join Lady Bird, pay $40 to Alan, $20 of which will pay for your handicap.”
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed and Leonard adjourned the meeting at 6:55 pm.
FRIENDS OF Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Club, INC
General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – Cardinal Room, Lady Bird Club House
President Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order at approximately 7 pm with 45 FOLB members in attendance.
Minutes: The minutes from the 2011 General Membership Meeting were approved as electronically delivered.
Treasury: The treasury balance was announced as $2,731.42 (of which $1,688.40 is a Foundation line item designated for Junior Golf).
FOLB Update: Jerry Fischer, FOLB VP, began his presentation by informing members of FOLB’s status as a 501C3/501C4 organization (for tax purposes). He continued by reminding members that FOLB is not simply a golf organization; rather, it is a community organization which supports the vision of improving our golf course in order to provide affordable recreation, to develop an excellent junior golf program and to support tourism. We remain the liaison between the course and the city. Under City Council resolution, FOLB serves as Ombudsman for golf issues in our community and provides a detailed report to City Council on golf in our community. Suggestions are received from the general public in both an FOLB Suggestion Box in the Lady Bird Clubhouse and also through email at email@example.com.
Future Plans: Leonard Bentch reported that in 2010 and in 2011 FOLB conducted reviews of golf course operations as required by City Council resolution, and followed each with a comprehensive annual report to the Council. Both reports were accepted in toto as presented. The reports were unanimously agreed upon by the FOLB Board which held multiple open ended discussions in reaching the conclusions. The reports were descriptions of current practices and included many recommendations. Council chose not to follow many of these recommendations. The recommendations spoke mostly to the importance of proper procedures to allow inclusion and transparency, specifically calling for a long term strategic plan. These reports were given to the city secretary for distribution only to City Council and the City Manager.
General Membership Survey: An online survey using SurveyMonkey was conducted in December. 121 surveys distributed and 37 were completed which is considered to be an excellent response. Results were as follows:
78.5% of the respondents indicated that FOLB meets its objectives very well or extremely well
82.9% felt that FOLB communicates very well or extremely well
50% were very pleased or extremely pleased with the bag tag program (38.9% were only moderately pleased)
Junior Golf- This priority received the highest number of votes.
FOLB has raised $1,164 for equipment, instruction and course access
Support from Emil Hale, Janie Schneider Guynes, Alan Wooley and Edwin Dickens
FOLB has initiated discussions with FISD to offer golf experience to elementary and middle school students; FOLB has offered to provide the cost of bus fuel
Enhance Natural Areas:
FOLB has recommended Audubon Certification for Lady Bird.
Additionally, FOLB has provided recommendations for remediation of Live Oak Creek. Work was performed on enhancing the flood plain area by deepening and widening Stink Creek. The work was supported by TPWD and NRCS.
FOLB has continued to maintain relationships with NPSOT and FFON. Bill Lindemann has graciously agreed to serve on the FOLB Board for 2012 to assist this membership priority.
Work with Local Businesses: We are active members of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Director of the CVB participates as an ex-officio FOLB Board Member and allows on-going dialogue with the CVB. FOLB brought three of the local wineries into a partnership to help sponsor what we hope to be an annual Greens and Grapes event The intent is to showcase the wineries and Lady Bird wishing to bring visitors to town for a two night stay.
Educational Programs for FOLB members and Lady Bird staff are being planned. A list of
possible programs for 2012 includes USGA rules of golf, USGA handicapping, Audubon Certification Requirements, how to mentor, how to teach kids to play golf, golf course turf issues, etc.
General Plans for 2012:
Broaden representation on the board of directors
Annual Bag Tag Program to increase visibility of Lady Bird and FOLB
Audubon Certification- begin the 5 year process to achieve certification. Currently only 23 Texas courses have this distinction including fewer than 10 municipal courses like Lady Bird.
Director of Golf, Alan Wooley, PGA
Alan began by thanking FOLB for its motivation and involvement over the past 3 years.
He continued by thanking the Master Plan Committee which developed “the plan”, all those individuals who participated in town hall meetings, focus groups, finance committee and City Council meetings throughout the past year.
The Master Plan in review:
Phase I – replace all greens, re-turf all greens and fairways, re-route the golf course to comply with safety issues required by the City-County Airport Board agreement.
Phase II – Build a new maintenance facility, add additional parking, provide storage with change to electric carts, build learning center at the practice facility.
Phase III – Add decking and catering updates to the Cardinal Room
Phase IV – Provide up to date irrigation for the remaining golf course not improved with current reconstruction.
Phase V – Re-route entrance to the golf course which will require a new all-weather bridge across Live Oak Creek.
Alan provided a hole-by-hole description of the reconstruction plans for Lady Bird
Beginning either February 2nd or 9th, Alan will provide Thursday evening tours of the course.
The practice facility will be open daily except Mondays, with balls available onsite
The practice green will remain undisturbed until late in the project.
Tee Times: for assistance with tee times at other golf courses, call the pro shop Monday-Thursday 12 -3pm
Questions for the DOG:
John Penaloza asked how many crew were currently at work on the project.
- 6-8 currently, but that number will fluctuate from time to time.
Danny Byrd asked the average square footage of the new greens.
- They will be going to approximately 5,000 square feet.
Hershal Byrd asked whether additional trees are to be planted.
- Alan indicated that he wants to get on a more consistent replacement tree program.
Danny Byrd asked what kind of grass will be planted
- Alan replied that current plans are for Champions on the greens and Tiff 419 Bermuda on the fairways. .
Congratulations to the FHS Boys’ Golf team that finished third in the state golf tournament!
Congratulations to Kristin Payne from the FHS Girls’ team that participated as a medalist!
We conducted a successful Junior Golf Camp with 38 participants. Staff: Emil Hale from Boot Ranch, Janie Schneider Guynes from FHS and Edwin Dickens from the Wellness Center and Alan Wooley from Lady Bird plus volunteers.
Rules and Swing Clinics for HS and Middle School golfers
8 free clinics at Lady Bird and Boot Ranch
FOLB, FISD, Lady Bird and Boot Ranch are in discussion with FISD to provide student transportation to junior golf camp golf courses.
FOLB sponsored STPGA Marathon Golf Classic. Alan Wooley played 101 holes and helped FOLB raised over $1000. FOLB also helped sponsor the premier and screening of the film “Seven Days in Utopia” which helped raise even more funds for Junior Golf.
The funds were demarcated to FOLB Foundation to provide equipment and scholarships for junior golfers in our area.
FOLB will continue with its Bag Tag program which was very successful last year. 57 personalized Bag Tags were created in 2011. Work with the CVB and the wineries (Becker, Pedernales Cellars, and Grape Creek) will continue with plans for Greens and Grapes Golf Event in the spring of 2013.
Environment and Natural Areas
FOLB has developed two goals for Lady Bird following reconstruction:
- To become an organically certified course
- To achieve Audubon certification over a five year period
Wildlife and habitat management
Chemical use reduction and safety
Water quality management
Outreach and education
The FOLB Board approved a bylaws amendment to increase the number of Board members. The current bylaws allow for 7-10 elected members. The bylaws amendment will allow up to 15 elected board members, thereby increasing representation and broadening the membership. Mike Elvir moved to accept the change and Bill Armentrout seconded the motion. MOTION PASSED.
Election of Board Members: nominees in alphabetical order
Leonard Bentch, Hershal Byrd, Judy Chase, Jerry Fischer, Jerald Gold, Jeff Jeffers, Bill Lindemann, Jimmy Lukacs, Ron Moerbe, Buzz Roye, and Mark Seitz.
Bill Armentrout moved to accept the slate. Della Potucek seconded the motion. MOTION PASSED.
Current Board Members serving unexpired terms: Jim Drewitz, Joe Kammlah, Anna Marie Kluber and Bruce Reeh.
Unelected Board Members: Ann Armentrout (LGA), Al Bickle (SSMGA) and Bryan Davis (MGA).
All FOLB members are asked to encourage new members, golfers and non-golfers.
Ron Moerbe moved to adjourn the meeting. Bruce Reeh seconded the motion and the MOTION PASSED.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.
Judy Chase, Secretary
FRIENDS OF LADY BIRD JOHNSON MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE, INC.
General Membership Meeting
Lady Bird Golf Club – Cardinal Room
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
President Leonard Bentch called the meeting to order at approximately 7 p.m. with 48 people in attendance.
The minutes from the March 9, 2010, General Membership meeting were read and approved.
Dennis Phillips reported a treasury balance of $1,827.47.
Leonard introduced City Manager Gary Neffendorf who reviewed the exciting events which have occurred in recent months.
In October, 2010, City Council decided to hire a Director of Golf (D.O.G.) and selected a Vision Committee . PGA professional Bill Keyes assisted the city in its search by overseeing the interview process. 50 qualified individuals applied for the position; eight were interviewed; two were invited back for more in-depth conversation and Alan Wooley was offered and accepted the position. Gary introduced Alan to the membership and turned over the floor to him.
After thanking Gary, members of the City Council (Bjorn Kirchdorfer and Graham Pearson were present) and the selection committee (3 of whom were in attendance- Ann Armentrout, Jerry Fischer and Dennis Kusenburger) for the opportunity to serve at Lady Bird, Alan gave us a brief biographical sketch : he grew up in OK, has been married for 26 years, has 2 teenaged children and is delighted to be in Fredericksburg!
Alan’s initial assessment of the Lady Bird course:
l. Beautiful clubhouse
2. Great support from the city
3. 1.5 million visitors to Fredericksburg annually
4. Geographic position of our course- no competition right next door
5. The course looks old and needs a face lift
Gary took over following the “looks old” assessment. The city has hired Jeff Blume to look again at holes # 7 and #8. City Council has amended his contract to include an assessment of all 18 holes with any approved construction to take place in 2012. Q. and A followed:
Q: Will Jeff Blume take the oak wilt issue into consideration as he creates his master plan?
Q: Will he seek consensus by gathering input from everyone?
A: Meetings will be held at which J. B. will offer several ideas and seek golfer input.
Q: Will we re-do all 18 greens?
A: “not set in concrete”
Q: Alan, what physical feature did other courses have that Lady Bird does not?
A: Ours is a beautiful tract which simply needs a facelift.
Q: Alan, what do you see as the #1 way in which to make Lady Bird more profitable?
A: Increase the # of rounds played. Most people will not drive more than 30 miles to play a
round of golf, so we need to step up our marketing efforts in those cities from which our
visitors are coming (1.5 million last year).
Q: Alan, what product changes do you see for the pro shop?
A: For one thing, more golf clubs will be available. I am trained to “fit” clubs…
- Mrs. Pearson suggested stocking more golf towels as they make good gifts.
Alan touched upon his plan to expand the Lady Bird website to include the ability to take on-line tee times!
Q: What, Alan, is your impression of the Lady Bird Grill?
A: “… a nice room needs acoustic dampening and a 2nd TV!”
Q: Alan, have you plans for Junior Golf?
A: I enjoy working with children did join Emil Hale for the Tuesday youth golf
clinic. There weren’t many youngsters there, however, due to the cold weather.
Q: What about equipment donations?
A: Bring them in! If we cannot use them, 1st Tee of San Antonio certainly can!
Q: Is there a timeline for completing construction?
A: Gary explained that if the plan is to “fix” holes # 7 and #8 and re-do all greens, he will take it
to the City Council, roll it into a bond package and do it all in 2012.
Leonard presented the changes to the bylaws (as had been e-mailed previously). Motions were made,
seconded and voted upon to pass all changes as e-mailed.
New board members were elected: Anna Marie Kluber, Jim Drewitz and Joe Kammlah.
New presidents of the golfing groups will also be joining the board: Betsy Nogueira (LGA), Bryan Davis (MGA) and Al Bickle (SSMGA). Welcome one and all!
Jerry Fischer retraced the steps we’ve taken as an organization. Beginning in ’08, we knew that our golf course was an extraordinary piece of real estate. Our role to date has been primarily an advisory role to the city. Now, we see it changing to one of support. As D.O.G., Alan will tell us how FOLB can help… Our ability to communicate our enthusiasm for Lady Bird can kindle great community support.
Last year Lady Bird hosted 32,000 rounds of golf, about 40% of the available tee times. Ideally, we hope to increase play to use 60% of those tee times.
Additional Questions arose:
Q: Do we need new equipment?
A: Alan responded that it’s too bad that we lack an on-sight mechanic to keep our current
equipment up and running!
Q: Will we adopt the Ghin System of handicapping this year?
A: Alan responded that Ghin is the goal for next year as it’s too late this year. He looks forward
to sending Lady Bird golfers to state competitions where Ghin handicaps are required.
Councilman Bjorn Kirchdorfer congratulated FOLB for the job it has done, recognizing that it has not always been easy. He indicated that he’s encouraged by where we’re going!
A motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn. We adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Judy Chase, Secretary