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Issue: #7

June 24, 2008

Hello MMJGA Participants & Parents,

The week of fun is upon us! On Monday, we had over 20 young adults participate in our first "play day" and this Thursday we will have a field trip to the USGA Women's Open. We are highly encouraging all participants to attend and have set up a bus route in an attempt to accomodate as many people as we can.


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 have a bus for the event with the following stops:

8:40 AM - Huset Park
9:00 AM - North Commons
9:10 AM - Urban League
9:30 AM - Bryant Square
10:00 AM - Arrive at Interlachen Golf Course in Edina

And our returning schedule will be as follows:

3:00 PM - Depart Interlachen
3:30 PM - Bryant Square
3:50 PM - Urban League
4:00 PM - North Commons
4:20 PM - Huset Park


PLAY DAY

Let's play nine

We had our first "play day" at Theodore Wirth Par 3 Golf Course on Monday. It was a huge success with over 20 MMJGA participants and a few parents showing off their golf skills. Although we didn't break any course records, we did have a lot of fun and many of our young adults made huge strides as the round went on.

Here are some of the highlights from the outing:

Keith almost chips it in!

Isaiah looks on (left) while Kaishon & Colton get ready on the tee box (right).


UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the Dates!

Our next golf outing:
Monday, June 30th at 10:00 AM
Theodore Wirth Par 3 Golf Course

Our next golf clinic:
Tuesday, July 1 at 10:00 AM
U of M Golf Course Driving Range

Both events will have van transportation available but you must call Jack by noon on Sunday (June 29th) to reserve your spot on the bus. As per usual, leave a message with your name indicating that you need a ride, and Jack will call you back Sunday afternoon confirming the time and place of pick-up.


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 for Golden Valley caddies because some of you 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

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