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Issue: #6

June 20, 2008

Hello MMJGA Participants & Parents,

The upcoming week is going to be a big one for the MMJGA. On Monday we will have our first "play day" of the season & we make a trip to the US Womens' Open on Thursday. All of the details are listed below. In addition to our events, there are plenty of caddying opportunities at your home courses. With all of this action, the MMJGA is certainly in full swing!


PLAY DAY

Let's play nine holes...

We finally have our first opportunity to get out on the course and play a round of golf. The details are below:

Monday, June 23rd 10:00 AM

Theodore Wirth Par 3 Golf Course

If you live in Minneapolis or Columbia Heights and you need a ride to the event, call Jack by Sunday at noon to reserve a spot in the van.


USGA WOMEN'S OPEN

Save the Date

On Thursday, June 26th we will be attending the US Women's Open in Edina. This will be a competition of the best female golfers in the world playing for our national championship. This is a very rare opportunity to see golf at it's finest.

The event is FREE, with a FREE lunch and FREE bus transportation. Because of the value of this event to your long-term caddie success, this is a mandatory event for all MMJGA participants. If you have a conflict and cannot attend, you must let Jack know ASAP.

We will be at the course from 10 AM - 3 PM and I will post the bus schedule in another newsletter early next week.


GOLF CLINIC A HIT

Popular Event

Our June 19th clinic at the University of Minnesota was a huge success with 12 participants and several parents attending. Led by Dee Forsberg-Voss, the group went over the basics of the golf grip. As Dee says, "You can't have a good golf swing without a good grip!"

Several of our participants made huge leaps and we will get a chance to test those skills on the golf course on Monday (see above).

Here are some of the highlights from the event...

Dee helps Ecajma grip it & rip it (left) while charlie gets ready to swing (right).

MMJGA Participants swing away!


TRANSPORTATION

Vans to the Courses

Van transportation is up and running. This is the ride reservation protocol:

If you want a ride for Saturday or Sunday morning call Jack by Thursday at 612.309.8884 (this deadline is currently flexible because some caddies haven't been getting assignments until Friday).

When you call, leave a message with your name, home course and time you need to be at your golf course. Jack will call you back with details on your pickup time and location. Keep in mind that pickups will be from Minneapolis Recreation Centers & the Urban League.

If you reserve a ride, you must show up: No exceptions. If you reserve a ride and do not show up you will lose your van riding priviledges for the year.

The transportation element of our program has been inconsistent in the past few weeks, but we have ironed out our scheduling issues with our drivers and we should be at full strength for the remainder of the season.


COURSE UPDATES

Season Underway

For your convenience, below is a list of caddie guidelines as well as good time to report for caddying at your various courses:

Golden Valley Caddies
7001 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

To clarify, there is a new system for Golden Valley in which Caddiemaster Cameron emails caddies a few days in advance to check availability for the weekend. Then based on your availability, he emails back to let you know your assignments. This means that you do not report unless you are contacted. The good news about this process is that you won't have to wait around the caddieshack very long for an assignment. If you are not getting contacted by Cameron, email or call Jack.

Minikahda Caddies
3205 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Working Saturdays & Sundays is required throughout the summer, as per the instructions from Caddiemaster Pat. If you have questions about start times, please contact Jack. They have also listed their special events in the booklet they handed out at orientation, so please note that for your schedules. There is great opportunity here, but it requires great commitment.

Oak Ridge Caddies
700 Oak Ridge Road
Hopkins, MN 55305

Caddiemaster Chris leads the group at Oak Ridge. Please report Saturdays & Sundays at 7:00 AM for caddie assignments. Wednesday & Friday afternoons also have caddying available, so report at noon on those days for extra loops.

Town & Country Caddies
300 Mississippi River Blvd N
St Paul, MN 55104

Report between 6:30-7 AM (no earlier than 6:30) to the course on a weekend morning for caddying opportunities. There are also weekday opportunities here. Greg is the caddiemaster at T&C and if you have any questions, please let him know.

Midland Hills Caddies
2001 Fulham Street
Saint Paul, MN 55113

Please report to Midland Hills between 6:30-7 AM on Saturday or Sunday for your loops. Tucker & Matt are the caddiemasters at Midland Hills.


All good things,
Jack Stahlmann