Dretzka Park Men's Golf Club - May 2018 Newsletter

2018 Dretzka Officers:


Robert Lehninger         President

Dave Frederick            Tournament Committee

Adam Hadrian             Tournament Committee                      

Kirby Schuller             Secretary 

Jim Franke                  Treasurer

Executive Committee

Peter Topolovich         MCPLA Team Match Captain

Scott Walecki              2-Man Best Ball / Net Club Championship Director

Dan Meyers                MCPLA Delegate

Pete Paczesny              MCPLA Delegate

Robert Lehninger        WSGA Delegate

President’s Report (Robert Lehninger):

Well gentlemen, we are off and running for 2018.  The first second team match (that looks a little goofy) ended up with the "D" taking 5th.  Adam Hadrian had a 76 and Matt Tiefenbrun had a 73.  At our 1st event, Gallett Day (named after the late, long time pro at Bluemound CC), we had over 30 participants.  Only 3 didn't play because of the no cart policy.  What a tough group.  Looking around on the putting green while Scott was getting us going, I got a warm fuzzy seeing how many were playing that day.  I hope this bodes well for the future.  As of today we are moving into the mid-50s membership wise, which is the most in a number of years.  Also, I haven't heard but I hope the Thurs. nite league got off to a successful start.

A point of contention in the MCPLA was continuing with counting 2 points for medal, along with the 6 points for match.  I haven't heard any feedback yet from the match at Brown Deer, but I have the feeling it was a lengthy round.  Slow rounds are one of the biggest reasons for players not wanting to play in matches.  I can't emphasize enough the idea of pace of play.  Slow play is just one big negative.  I urge all of you to not be a part of it.

The next club event is Taughner Day (named after long time member Claude Taughner, who had a lot to do with Dretzka's success back in the day).  It's our member -guest, on Sat. June 9.  I'm hoping it will be our largest event, numbers-wise, in quite a few years.  More information is in the newsletter, as is information on other items as well.  So, play well (I'm not), and stay dry.

Bob L (el pres.)

Tournament Committee Report (Dave Frederick & Adam Hadrian):

We had a beautiful day for our first full field event of the season, Gallet Day.  This was a 2 man best ball Net and Gross competition.  Top 3 finishers in each division were:

Gross Score                                                    Net Score

1. Mattioli/Kauflin – 71                                   1. Giles/Rogowski – 60                       

2. Hafermann/Hadrian – 74                             2. Franke/Srok – 64

3. Malson/Malson – 75(tie break)                     3. Weber/Wentlandt – 64 (tie break)

Upcoming events:

Saturday June 9, 2018                                   Taufner Day

Member-Guest Two Man Scramble – A& B Flights – A Flight on Blue Tees, B Flight on White Tees.  Registration ends early so shirts can be ordered.  Sign up NOW and let Scott Walecki know the shirt sizes for you and your guest.  No guest, sign up and Scott will pair you up.

Sunday July 1, 2018                           Flag Day

Same format as last year – Mix of White and Blue Tees

Saturday July 28, 2018                                  Schroeder Day

Stroke Play/Blind Partners – Net Score – White Tees

Saturday August 4, 2018                    Away Event

Stroke Play

 Sat/Sun August 18/19, 2018               Club Championship – 36 holes

Stroke Play

Championship             Black Tees

A Flight                        Blue Tees

B Flight                        White Tees

C Flight                        White Tees

Saturday September 8, 2018                                      Honorary Classic

Stableford Format – A Flight 0-12 Hdcp / B Flight 13 – plus HDCP

Saturday September 15, 2018                        Ryder Cup – 27 holes

27 hole Ryder Cup (9 Scramble, 9 Alternate Shot, 9 Best Ball) Dave Frederick will be the Red Team Captain and Adam Hadrian will be the Blue Captain.

 Side Notes:

*Sign up for all events will be done online using our website http://www.dretzkaparkmensclub.com

 *Once pairings are set for each event, there are no changes.

Treasurer’s Report (Jim Franke):

 We currently stand at 56 members and counting for the 2018 Season.  Welcome to all the new members for 2018!

Secretary Report (Kirby Schuller):

 Please check out our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dretzka-Park-Mens-Golf-Club/350682861698068

WSGA Report (Robert Lehninger): 

 Bob Lehninger will be Dretzka’s 2018 representative to the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Any updates will be posted here.

 Two Man Best Ball / Net-Club Championship Report –Dave Frederick

The fields have been set for both the Best Ball and the Net Club Championship.  The brackets have been posted on our website http://www.dretzkaparkmensclub.com and will be posted on our bulletin board at Dretzka.  The first matches must be concluded by June 3rd.  Don’t wait for your competitor to contact you, reach out to them ASAP to schedule your first matches.  We have included the updated membership roster with this newsletter so get those matches scheduled NOW!

 Second Team Report (Pete Topolovich):

 We had a cold and blustery day for the first Second Team match of the season.  The good news was that forecasted rainy conditions didn’t materialize so at least we were dry.  A huge THANK YOU to our entire team for turning out in the breezy mid 40’s helping us finish in a respectable 5th place.  Top point earners for our team were:

Matthew Tiefenbrun – 24 points

Scott Granicki – 23 points

Ike Bradley – 19 points

Upcoming 2018 Second Team Events:

 Sunday June 10, 2018             Whitnall

Saturday July 7, 2018              Oakwood

Sunday August 5, 2018            Currie

Saturday September 1, 2018    Greenfield

 Side Note:

*Sign up for all events will be done online using our website. Members can also sign up for team matches by direct email or phone call to a team captain.  http://www.dretzkaparkmensclub.com

 First Team Report (Dan Gehrke)

 First Team is BACK!!!

Based on feedback from several clubs the MCPLA has elected to continue First Team matches at a reduced team size and schedule.  Match rules remain the same, scratch match play, generally from the back tees.  Team size has been reduced to 8 members.  The First Team schedule will is below. 

June 2nd          Whitnall

June 30th         Greenfield

Aug. 12th         Dretzka

Sept. 23rd        Oakwood

Dan Gehrke will captain the reincarnated First Team.  Dretzka Cup points will still be rewarded on a full basis for First Team participation.  Getting in the First Team matches will be a great way to earn extra DC points, be sure to take advantage by signing up through the website or contacting Dan as soon as you know you can play

 Thursday Night League (Pete Topolovich):

 We had a total of 17 players for our first Thursday League event on May 10th.  Nine current members earned an additional Dretzka Cup point, and we have 8 new prospective members with several already committing to our club for 2018.  A very successful start to this event.

Thursday League events cost only $21 which includes 9 holes of golf (walking), 2 beverage vouchers with $6 going to the prize fund.  A cart is only $5.

Drive, Chip and Putt Challenge: Scott Walecki     

This will be a skills competition that will be held as several times this season as part of our Thursday League.

May 2018 MCPLA Report (Dan Meyers & PetePaczesny):

 Meetings are held at the Milwaukee County Parks Office, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 at 6:30PM and are usually conducted on the first Tuesday of each month. You do not have to be a delegate to attend the meetings. The MCPLA website is


 2018 MCPLA Tournaments:
Two Man                               July 21                                   Currie
Arnold Walker                      August 25-26                        Dretzka

NIMAGA: John Haeflinger
42nd NIMAGA Saturday, September 23, 2016 at Bristol Oaks GC (Kenosha, WI)
32 player teams

Old Business:

It was noted that an approved proposal at the April 3, 2018 Director’s Meeting was voted upon in error.  The proposal regarding re-establishment of the MCPLA First Team competitions for 2018 will stand as approved without dissension.

New Business:

MCPLA Club Presidents to receive an email from Westmoor GC (Jake) regarding the new “Grow the Game” program. (Golf equipment for juniors) 

Brian Peterson led a discussion regarding First and Second Team participation, suggesting that there be a stipulation stating that participants MUST be an active member in one of the seven MCPLA clubs.

Bob Cohn led a discussion regarding an expensive First Team trophy in possession of the MCPLA.  It was decided to have the trophy appraised prior to further discussion.

Dretzka Cup (Kirby Schuller)

The Dretzka Cup is a season long competition that is based on the number of events, both club and team events that you participate in, combined with your performance in those events.  One point is awarded for participation in each event, regardless of your performance.  Additional points are awarded based on how you placed in each event.

After our first two events of the season, Gallet Day and Brown Deer Second Team, we have a very tight leaderboard for the Dretzka Cup.  Current leaders are:

Matthew Tiefenbrun – 8 points

Steve Weber, Bob Rogowski, Matthew Mattioli, Jason Kauflin and Ron Gilles – 7 points

You have to be in it to win it.  Playing in as many events as possible, including our Thursday League will give you the best chance to be on top when the season ends.