PHGA Newsletter
June 2011


PHGA Memorial Walk Dedication on Fourth of July

Monday July 4 at 6:55 AM there will be a short ceremony to dedicate the PHGA Memorial Walk. As you leave the clubhouse toward the 1st tee the walk will be comprised of red bricks engraved with the names of our departed members. There are two bricks already placed, for Tom Dorsch and Dick Semelsberger, two members that passed away in 2010. A memorial plaque will be placed in the flower garden adjacent the walk that continues to the Jim Takahashi Memorial Garden.

Tee times for the Fourth of July Tournament will be available prior to the event. Please check the web site for your group and starting time.

Fourth Of July Tournament

The Fourth of July Holiday Event will be held Monday July 4 with an optional 36 and 54 hole tournament using combined scores from PRST Saturday and/or Sunday July 2 and/or 3. The tournament will be best 3 out of 4 balls, teams will be determined by the computer using an A,B,C,D format. Forms and sign-up sheet are available in the Pro Shop, sign up today!!

US Open Play Begins at Congressional

From World Class players to the most unheralded qualifiers, golfers get a unique thrill from the mental test and physical challenge of a US Open. The 111th edition of what many players call golf's toughest test begins today at Congressional Country Club, with world No 1 - Luke Donald and No 2 - Lee Westwood seeking their first major titles as slight favorites in a wide open field of contenders. The par-71, 7,574-yard layout offers the dense rough, narrow fairways, high-lipped bunkers and lightning-fast greens that have become US Open trademarks. With a variety of pin placements changing the potential dangers on certain holes each day, a premium on patience and decision making comes into play like few other events. Four-time major champion Phil Mickelson has finished second a record five times in 20 tries without winning a US Open. The US left-hander turns 41 on the same day he starts round one off the 10th tee. Make sure to tune in to some of the action.

Takahashi Classic Round Requirements

The PHGA Board of Directors is currently reviewing the round requirements for the Takahashi Classic, the annual end of year event to be held September 10 and 11. We encourage all PHGA Members to play in the Classic which is a two-man handicapped event. Please continue to play your rounds, the requirement is 12 rounds for all members prior to review. Stay tuned for further information.

President's Cup Match Schedule

The President's Cup Match Play brackets and rules are posted on the web site. Please complete your first match by June 19, second round by July 17.


Travel Event at Plum Tree National

Nestled on over 200 acres in the unspoiled rolling forest of rural McHenry county, Plum Tree offers a championship golf course featuring bent grass tees, greens and fairways at affordable rates. Plum Tree's reputation for championship golf is as solid as the club's history. The Joe Lee designed golf course is challenging and fair, and has been host to numerous tournaments including: U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying and many Illinois PGA events. Take advantage of this opportunity to play a great golf course. The event will take place Thursday July 21, the signup sheet will be available in the Pro Shop and details posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse on June 26. Check out the Club at

Travel Event - Bartlett Hills Golf Club

Originally built in 1923 and purchased by the Village of Bartlett in 1978, Bartlett Hills Golf Club has long been a favorite destination for golfers in the Chicagoland area. The course has been reshaped over the years to complement both the improvements demanded by today's golfers as well as optimizing its beautiful rolling terrain. Indeed, the area players have come to recognize Bartlett Hills as one of Chicago Suburb's finest golf values. In 1982 the Village of Bartlett committed to a complete renovation of the facility, including the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the reshaping and addition of bunkers, a new practice range complete with grass tees and a short game area, and the addition of a state of the art irrigation system. Most recently, a conversion to bent grass fairways and the redesign of greens #1, 3, 4, & 5 were completed in the fall of 2002, making Bartlett Hills one of the finest golf courses in the area. The event will take place Thursday August 18, Check out the Club at


The Key to Golf in Summer Heat: Hydrate

With unbearable heat across the country and more scheduled this summer, here is some information about staying hydrated on the course.

“Stay hydrated” is a common phrase you often hear from playing sports and on the golf course. Optimal hydration can improve your golf game mentally and physically. Since the brain is made up of 85% of water (the remaining 15% is vacuum) and is water inefficient, it has top priority in regards to blood circulation. Drinking the correct amount of water will ensure optimal blood flow to the brain which will enable you to focus on the golf course.

Some people say “drink lots of water”, others say “drink plenty of water" and kids say “I wanna drink of water". But what is a lot of water? Others say “drink 8 glasses of water per day.” This is not an accurate way to determine the amount of water to drink each day. For example if a female golfer weighs 100 pounds. 8 glasses of water may cause over hydration. On the other hand if a male golfer weighs 200 pounds, 8 glasses of water falls far below the correct amount of water.

The optimal amount of water to drink is ½ your body weight (pounds) in ounces per day. For example, a 200 lb. person will need to drink 100 ounces of water per day. A key point to remember is that other fluids do not count toward your goal of ½ your bodyweight in ounces. Those fluids include: coffee, tea, juices, soda, milk, sports drinks, and flavored water. In fact, other fluids like sports drinks and juices can actually dehydrate the body because it takes water to actually dilute these high sugar drinks before it is assimilated in the body.

Timing of water consumption is important to optimal hydration. Drinking water first thing in the morning is critical because during sleep the body becomes dehydrated. Have someone wake you up if you feel dehydrated during the night. Therefore drinking water first thing in the morning is the first step to optimal hydration. Start with 25% of your total water intake in the morning. If your water intake for the day is 100 ounces, you would consume 25 ounces in the morning. During a golf round you should consume 40% - 50% of your total daily intake of water. If your water intake for the day is 100 ounces, you would consume 40-50 ounces of water on the golf course. The remaining water should be consumed throughout the day.

Drinking the proper amount of water may be the missing link to improving your golf game mentally and physically (note the may in this sentence, the real missing link is that you play so slow because you think about every single shot and end up duffing, skulling or wiffing the ball). So, here’s drinking to your golf game and health.


  • June 19
    Complete First President's Cup Match
  • July 4
    Fourth of July Holiday Event and
    PHGA Memorial Walk Dedication
  • July 17
    Complete Second President's Cup Match
  • July 21
    Travel Event-Plum Tree National
  • August 18
    Travel Event-Bartlett Hills Golf Club
  • August 27 and 28
    Palatine Hills
    Club Championship


PHGA Scoring Reminder
Please put your PHGA Member number on your completed scorecard before dropping it in the black box. Also, write legibly so your correct score can be entered by the scorekeeper.

Arnold Palmer Prostate Cancer Drive
Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer is a unique fundraising and awareness campaign of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Every dollar raised by Arnie’s Army tournaments goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation where is it deployed rapidly to support advanced prostate cancer research for the development of better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this disease that strikes 1 out of every 6 American men. Please contact Bob Mathieson or Ralph Zambito to sign up for the Closest to the Pin Contest on June 30th, July 2nd and July 3rd. Applications are also available on the bulletin board in the clubhouse or on the web site.

Prospective New Members
Please forward this newsletter to any of your friends interested in joining the PHGA. If you need more information on how to sign up a new member please talk to any PHGA Board member.


Palatine Hills Golf Association

Founded in 1970—Our 41st year of promoting the best interest of the game of golf,
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