Saturday, October 29, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Champions!

Men’s Founders Cup
Jake Reis & Adam Aleknavicius

Ladies’ Founders Cup
Lori Heinrich & Jana Busick

Men’s Player of the Year
Tom Schmidt

Ladies' Player of the Year
Lori Heinrich

Men’s Club Champions
Championship Flight ~ Todd Westrich
A Flight ~ Brian O’Shaughnessy
B Flight ~ Tom Schmidt
C Flight ~ Keith Appleton
D Flight ~ Matt Keesey

Ladies' Club Champions
Championship Flight ~ Renee Kim
A Flight ~ Julie Bartels

Husband / Wife Championship
Palmer Flight ~ Joe & Barb Baemmert
Lopez Flight ~ Mike & Jana Busick
Nicklaus Flight ~ Mike & Ronda Kincheloe
Overall Low Gross ~ Rob & Lyndsay Hayes

Men’s Individual Match Play
Tom Schmidt

Ladies' Individual Match Play
Dorothy Brice

Member / Member “President’s Cup”
Men’s Division ~ Ben Novak & Paul Collins
Ladies Division ~ Barb Vercauteren & Nancy Sweetland

Most Improved Player of the Year
Men’s ~ Tim Cisler
Ladies’ ~ Lisa Neal

Senior Club Championship
Ladies Silver Division ~ Dorothy Brice (gross)
Ladies Silver Division ~ Lori Heinrich (net)
Ladies Gold Division ~ Nancy Sweetland (gross)
Men’s Silver Division ~ Brian Stevens (gross)
Men’s Silver Division ~ Alex Santos (net)
Men’s Gold Division ~ Tom Galloway (gross)
Men’s Gold Division ~ Koti Mannem (net)

String Tournament Champions
A Flight ~ David & Renee Kim
B Flight ~ Mike & Koleta Whitehouse
C Flight ~ Mike & Ronda Kincheloe
D Flight ~ Bob & Cathy Cavanaugh

Parent / Child Champions
Pre High School ~ Jake & Max Reis
High School ~ Pat & Sam Warpinski
Post High School ~ Lori & Ryan Frank

Junior Achievement
Boy’s ~ Ben Busick
Girls ~ Emma Wolf

Conquerors Club
Jean Allgeyer
Skip McGovern
Joe Baemmert
Jerry Miller
Jeff Beinlich
Lisa Neal
Gary Birr
Pat O’Neill
Dorothy Brice
Brian O’Shaughnessy
Jeff Dowd
Tom Smilanich
Julie Hetzel
Alex Santos
Amy Johnson
Randy Stary
Renee Kim
Chris Vanderheyden
Jan Martens
Ken Wachter
Paul Mathu


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Green Bay Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

GREEN BAY, WI – Green Bay Country Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Ben Larsen, Golf Course Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Green Bay Country Club is one of 4 golf courses in Wisconsin and 915 in the world to hold the title of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

"Green Bay Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Donadio. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

“Our investment in managing our natural resources is already paying dividends,”  commented Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen. “We have seen a resurgence of wildlife in our ponds, streams and wooded areas. We are proud to be a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.

About Green Bay Country Club
Green Bay Country Club, established in 1995, is the epitome of what a country club should be: a fun, friendly, comfortable golf and tennis facility where everyone feels special. Our nationally recognized 18-hole course, designed by Dick Nugent, challenges players of every level. It's the kind of course you'll want to play again and again as you strive to master all of its nuances. We offer a full calendar of exclusive events, both on and off the course, creating a congenial atmosphere in which to meet and socialize with fellow club members.
Our two full-service clubhouses, with their wide range of amenities, enhance your overall club experience. We are member-owned and operated; all regular members have voting privileges. An elected Board of Directors, composed of members, sets, maintains and enforces our standards of excellence. To learn more, please go to

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at 1-844-767-9051  or visit

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Congratulations, High School Girls Golfers

Congratulations to the following GBCC members on their play in the girls' state golf tournament:

De Pere

  • 39. GBCC Member Annie Schneider 179 (85-94) 
  • 68. GBCC Member Megan Langer 202 (98-104), 
  • 74. GBCC Member Lauren Owens 214 - 116-98 
Notre Dame Academy
  • 47.GBCC Member Emily Smits 183 (92-91) 
  • 60. GBCC Member Emily Martin 193 (96-97) 
  • 71. GBCC Member Maddie Woodward 204 (108-96) 
 Also, in the Division 2 State Tournament Elizabeth Santos placed 35th, scoring 218 (109-109). The Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes finished 5th out of 6 teams.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

More High School Girls Golf Honors for GBCC Members

On Monday, October 3rd, the following members competed in the Girls High School Golf Division I Sectional at Royal Scot Golf Course:

1st Place, De Pere, 365
Annie Schneider, 88, T-5th Place
Lauren Owens, 88, T-5th Place
Megan Langer, 103, 24th Place

2nd Place, Notre Dame, 377
Emily Martin, 89, 7th Place
Emily Smits, 91, T-8th Place
Maddie Woodward, 99, 21st Place

Notable: Rachael Revolinski (Preble High School), 91 for T-8th Place

On Tuesday, October 4th at Racine Country Club, Elizabeth Santos and the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes finished second at the Girls High School Golf Division I Sectional.

The De Pere Redbirds, the Notre Dame Tritons, and the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes advance to the State Tournament next Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

Live scoring will be available for the State Girls' Golf Tournament on Monday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 11th at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Aerification Promotes Healthy Turf

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

The fall golf season has officially begun and the golf course is currently in fine condition. Some collar “thinning” still remains on the golf course from the well above average summer we have just experienced. Most of the thinning areas have already been, or will be addressed, with a combination of improved drainage, seed and/or plugging.
Notice the seed germination in the aerification holes and the spiked area around.

As of last week, we have officially started aerifying and topdressing all greens and tees. It’s all about turf roots and drainage right now, and getting oxygen deep into the soil profile through punching holes and adding sand is the best way to promote a healthy and functional root system. The nonexistence of any major turf issues on our greens, tees, and fairways this summer is a tribute to the success of our aerification programs.

Aerification hole, filled with sand, after aerifying the greens last week.
Projects that have been completed this past month include:
  • Aerification, Verticutting & Topdressing of Greens
  • Aerification, Verticutting & Topdressing of Tees
  • Fertilization of Greens & Tees
  • Started preparation for fall projects
Projects that we will be working/starting on next month include:
  • Red Hawk Room Gutter Installation and Re-shingling
  • #14 Roundabout Landscape Bed
  • Aerification & Verticutting of Fairways
  • Seeding #2 Tee/#6 Green & #9 Green Berm
  • Fall D├ęcor Around Clubhouse
  • Sod #14 Greenside Bunkers & Add Irrigation
  • Expediting the Parking Lot Renovation – Capital Project
  • Start #17/#15 Creek Bank Project – Capital Project
  • Fairway Fertilizer Application

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How do you spell R-E-C-O-V-E-R-Y?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

The weather over the last month has provided ideal recovery conditions.  Cool nights and warm days coupled with low humidity is the recipe for successful turf management.  The average morning temperatures lows have been in the mid-50s and afternoon highs have been in the 70s.  These weather conditions reduce the risk is of turf loss because of cooler temperatures, shorter day lengths and low evapotranspiration rates.  Also with low ET rates little rain or irrigation is needed to provide the turf with adequate moisture.  Unfortunately we have received 4.27” of rain this month.  The time needed to dry out has now increased due to lowered temperatures coupled with shorter day lengths.  With that being said you may have noticed some different conditions that develop with prolonged periods of moisture.

Pictured to the right is algae; it develops during long periods of warm rain, wet and moist conditions.  If monitored and controlled immediately, it will not overtake the turf, just give the greens a black speckled look.  Chemical applications are used to eliminate the algae but will not prevent it from returning.  Below are the ways we prevent/minimize algae from developing on our greens.

  • Maintain good soil fertility and pH
  • Improve drainage
  • Increase light penetration and air circulation
  • Aerate soils
  • Irrigate deeply and infrequently

During periods of long wet periods in late summer and early fall, different varieties bluegrass can develop rust.  The yellowing of the turf is the first sign of rust (pictured below).

Overtime, the turf turns a red-orange and starts to thin out.  Rust is transferred through spores (pictured below); which you might see on your shoes when you walk through, or an orange cloud when you mow, the infected turf. 

Rust does not kill turf but opens up susceptibility to other infections.  Below are ways we minimize the spread of rust.
  • Lessen mowing frequency
  • Good fertility
  • Chemical control (last resort)