The Island Country Club

Deer Isle, Maine

  ICC Newsletter -- August 13 2018

 During the interruption in the Club's email capabilities, the weekly newsletter will be posted here. Thanks for understanding.   

What THI?

The Temperature Humidity Index was continually above "Everyone's Uncomfortable," with temperatures in the mid-80's and the humidity cuttable with a nine iron. Around the clubhouse the expectation was for a low turnout at planned events, and less than usual August play on the course and courts. Who knew that the passion to play and to socialize with friends and guests would overwhelm something meteorologists invented to boost their ratings? The Leagues and Ladies had full fields, we had a constant stream of guests on the course and courts, Wine Wednesday had its usual 30 plus celebrants and a near record Scrambles crowd arrived to join the indomitable Georgene in remembering the man who cheered us all, the late Al Eaton. And now the news:

News of the Clubhouse:   

The Annual Meeting of the Island Country Club is scheduled for August 29 at 4:00PM in the Clubhouse. The Nominating Committee is hard at work identifying and meeting with potential officers and directors, and their recommendations will be announced soon via email and posted in the Clubhouse. There will be reports on the Club's operations and finances and an open forum Club issues. All members are encouraged to attend and participate.

Wine Wednesday will be held at 5:00PM August 15. Bring an appetizer to share and a friend for members to meet. We have some new wines to sample as well as your favorite beers as well as wines. This new weekly event has been the hit of the summer, and should not be missed.

News of Golf:

Congratulations to the new Club Champion for Men, Connor Morey. The two day event attracted one of the better turnouts of the past few years, and was played on a course on which the roughs and the greens were made sticky by the high humidity of the previous week. in the A Flight, Connor finished with a two day gross score of 144, beating out Don Powell at 150. The Low Net in the A Flight went to Myron Curtis at 128, edging Jim Twitchell at 132. In the B Flight, Richard Eaton coasted to the Low Gross win at 169, with Sam Ostrow second at 180. Dick Dunham won Low Net at 132 followed by Charlie Odenweller at 135. Thanks to Ken Wiberg for a great job of organizing and managing this year's Club Championship. The Club Champion for Women will be decided tomorrow (August 14) as the Ladies Golf group completes their second nine hole round.

The Annual Al Eaton Scrambles on August 10 was competed by 50 players, the largest gathering of the summer. Low Gross was won by the foursome of Thurston Nichols, Keeler Nichols, Steve Wakelin and Joanne Campbell at an amazing 29 strokes. Second, in a match of cards, went to Walker Davey, Vern Seile, Karen Egerton and Barbara Keyes at 32. Two teams tied for Low Putts, with first going to the foursome of Myron Curtis, Linda Kimbrell, Ron Davoia and David Eaton on the basis of a lower gross score than the threesome of Bill Darby, Sam Ostrow and Mary Lou Curtis. Krista Davis won Closest to the Pin for women on #6 at just over 21 feet. Dan McLaughlin was closest for men on #6 at 8’1” and Vern Seile was closest on #4 at 8 inches! There were no measured women’s shots on #4.

In Twilight League action on August 6, Low Gross was won by the pair of Ryan Hayward and Kendall McGuffie in a card playoff with Walt Epply and Richard Eaton at 35. Low Net went to Dana Douglass (Ken Kleeman subbing) and Roger Bergen at 26, with Greg Aldrich and Linda Kimbrell second at 28. Closest to the Pin was Tom Kimbrell at 12' 1.5" narrowly beating Walt Epply at 12' 5". 

News of Tennis:

In Tennis news, reported by Linda Allen, the Women’s Round Robin on August 10th was transformed into a round of Cutthroat Tennis when 2 participants had to withdraw.  The remaining 3 participants played a two against one series of games with a twist.  The doubles team could only use one side of the singles court to return all their shots after each serve.  It was a challenge well met by Stacy Ringer who received the top score with Babette Cameron in second place and Linda Allen in third.

The next tournament is the Mixed Doubles match on Saturday, August 18th. Find a partner and sign up in the Clubhouse for this special event.  Winners have the honor of getting their names on the ICC tennis trophy! Don’t miss your chance to participate in this longstanding Club event! The final tournament of the season will be the Men’s Doubles on Saturday, August 25th.  Mark your calendars and find your partner!

Tennis Pro Bob Slayton will be offering private and group lessons through August.  His next adult group clinic is on Thursday August 16th with a focus on doubles strategy and emphasis on return of serve and approach shots.  Sign up in the Clubhouse to improve your game!

News of Bridge is reported by Mimi Gerstell: Four tables of players revived Monday night party bridge.  Winners were Barbara Hattemer (3570 points), Jim Plotts (2920), Annie Holland (2850) and Steve Bralove (2340).  Bridge starts promptly at 7 p.m.  You can come with or without a partner.

Make it a Great Week

Sam Ostrow     Co-President                                     Bill Haskell  Club Manager
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ICC Event Signup
Scrambles will be played on Friday,August 17  at 9:00AM. Signup by clicking on this link ([email protected])  and put Scrambles August 17 in the Subject line and your name and handicap in the text. Do add if you need a motorized cart. Reservations must be received by 5:00PM on Thursday to ensure a position. $5.00 a week entry fee.  

Memorable Golf, Outstanding Tennis, A Treasured Island 

The Island Country Club, located on the coast in scenic Deer Isle, Maine, is a golf and tennis club where visitors are welcome to join with members in enjoying our cherished club. Our expanded 9-hole golf course, as featured in the Bangor Daily News, will challenge the experienced player and yet is fun for the whole family. If golf isn't your game, you can play tennis on one of our 3 HarTru tennis courts, enjoy the view overlooking the course and the eastern mountains from the porch, or indulge in lunch and beverages from the Fairway Cafe. We even have free Wi-Fi in the Club House.