Fernwood Country Club fernwoodcc.com  Volume 23 , ISSUE 10



Brian Perry (USPTA) fwcctennis@gmail.com
Benny Bell, Director of Golf
First of all I want to congratulate 4 junior tennis players from Fernwood who recently participated in a United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournament in
Cleveland, Mississippi.
JD Dumas won the boys 12's division and Colin Doyle fin- ished runner up in the Boys 12 division. Great job guys! Anne Elizabeth Rushing competed in her first ever tourna- ment in the girls 16's and ended up winning the consolation division!  Great job AE!  Lacey Dumas also had a great
tournament and won the girls 16's division! Great job Lacey!
Members, thank you so much for your support of the tennis program here at the Fernwood Country Club! Adults and juniors are active in lessons both privates and groups and many participate in member social play throughout the
week. It is because of your participation and support the tennis department offers year round teaching, socials
and mixers for adults and juniors, cardio tennis, coed play and starting next year in 2018 2 sanctioned USTA tourna- ments!
A big thank you to Alan Blue for taking the lead on getting the tree cut and trimmed behind courts 5 & 6. Alan, also replaced some boards along the walkway behind courts 1 and 2.  Alan is also heading up another project to get the
wooden barrier behind courts 4, 5 and 6 secured for a more safer environment. Thanks so much Alan for your hard work!  The tennis department greatly appreciates it.
Starting early November the pro shop will have all new merchandise.  More details to follow in the next newsletter.
Brian Perry, U.S.P.T.A., P.T.R. Director of Tennis
I am so sorry to report, as most of you know, that Ledon “Pig” Langston lost his cou- rageous battle with cancer this past week. Ledon was an outstanding member of this club and always had the interest of the club on his mind. He will be sorely missed but his love of the game and the club will not be forgotten. If you didn’t know the good Doctor, you missed one of life’s true blessings.  Doc, just map out heaven’s best 18 and one day we will all tee it up again.
Fall is upon us and the golf course is in good condition, so come play. Don’t forget about the Pike County Chamber of Commerce tournament on Friday, October 6th. It’s a four person scramble and begins at noon. Get a team and join in. You can contact Shawn Lowery at 6-1-684-2291 for all of the info. The course will be closed from 11:00 am to the completion of the tournament.
Early in the year, the mower used to cut the green surrounds and edges of the rough “took a pill” and bit the dust. Cost of repair was in excess of $ 9,000 and this was not complete. At the time the club could not budget sufficient monies to replace it and rather than let the grass around the greens grow a foot high, I used my personal mow- er to keep these areas playable, although it was a little deep. Regardless, we impro- vised and made do.  During the past several months, Shawn Munson, Alvin Cullom Jr., and myself, currycombed the countryside, looking for a good condition replace- ment. Long story short, we found a machine that fit the bill and purchased this mow- er through the promise of donations from various members. The cost of the mower was $ 5,000 with a shipping costs of $ 1,050. The mower was located in Denver. All of this said, we still need a little more money. One of our gracious members has per- sonally paid for the mower so that we may get it on site. I won’s use his name with- out permission, but we owe him a large cool drink and his money. If you wish to make a donation for this cause, please let me know. Thanks to all of those that have pledged funds so far.
Please come enjoy your course and facilities while the weather is great!
Business Office News  - From the General Manager
There are a great many things going on here at the club in the month of October!
First we would like to honor two members of our club who passed. Iddo Enochs and Ledon Langston. Both members passed recently and both men were beloved fixtures of Fernwood Country Club, they will be greatly missed. Our condolences and prayers are with the family members as they grieve the passing of their loved ones.
We got a great many things going on this month with our first annual OCTOBER FEST. Members will get the chance to help boost membership with our membership rally cards, which will be available for the month of October, Spooky Golf , Pumpkin painting and our first annual Halloween Gala with a costume contest, candy for children, food and music! GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT FERNWOOD COUNTRY CLUB!
We will be also opening up the Golf course to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of October. This will be a great way to help boost membership numbers and drive revenue.
I want to personally thank Brian Perry and Benny Bell for their continued hard work. The tennis program under Brian is flour- ishing and it is a wonderful thing seeing all the clinics Brian is holding! Our golf course greens continue to improve with Ben- ny’s hard work.
I also want to thank all the members who contribute to this club daily, we thank you for your continued support and hard work. Don’t forget to come out  and enjoy all our club has to offer, restaurant, golf, tennis and more!!
Thank you from the General Manager,  Michael DiBuono