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Griff Golf Seasonal Newsletter

Posted on: July 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] The Griff Golf Newsletter July 2022

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Summer is here at the Griff, and the season looks to be a real sizzler this year! The golf course is in tremendous condition, so if you see our golf course superintendent Jay or any of the maintenance crew around the course, be sure to thank them for their hard work!

The 2022 tournament season is underway. June featured the Men’s Club's Opening Day Scramble, their Member/Member, and in August their Member/Guest event is to be held on Thursday, August 4th.  The 2022 Junior Town tournament is scheduled for July 20th, and entry forms are available in the Pro Shop as well as on our website. Also, the MGA Junior tournament is scheduled for July 27.  The season’s capper is our Town of Greenwich tournament for both Men and Women scheduled for the weekend of September 17th (Saturday & Sunday). Entry forms will also be available at the Pro Shop and on our website soon!

Mark your calendars, as we will aerate the greens on Monday, August 22nd! The golf course will be closed.
During times of stress and uncertainty, we all have the need to find ways to relax and relieve ourselves of daily worries. Golf at the Griff is the perfect remedy! We are offering everybody a great Twilight rate throughout the summer season, starting at 4 pm daily. Please come and enjoy a few holes of Griff golf, and melt the stress away on our beautiful fairways and putting greens.

Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us this summer! 

I want to thank everyone who has continued to support the Griffith E. Harris Golf Course, our employees, and golf management team. We sincerely appreciate your patronage, and your patience with the improvements we are continually making here.

Enjoy your summer and stay safe and healthy.

Steve Pyo
Operations Manager
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SUMMER NEWS FROM OUR GOLF CLUBS golf cart with flowers


GHMGC Member-Guest Tournament.
The Men’s club Member-Guest tournament is scheduled for Thursday, August 4th.  Sponsorship opportunities ($125 per sign) exist to promote your business and support the Men’s Club. Contact Brien Kelley with inquiries at: or cell (203) 564-3167.  Men’s Club members and their guests will enjoy a full day, including: 1:30 shotgun start; pre-round lunch at Cobber North; post-round happy hour at Cobber North; a golf shirt to remember the day; generous raffle; prizes for 3 flights of golfers.

Club Championship Update.
The 2022 GHMGC championship season has begun. Many exciting matches with new friends and old have already taken place, with many more still to come. In the Senior Gross Championship (Colin Cassidy defends) the top 16 players qualified for match play, round 1 has been completed, quarterfinal matches will be played by July 10th.  For the Open Net Championship (Sergio Saichin defends) 32 players qualified for match play, round 2 just finished up as we head into the quarterfinal matches. In the 2-Man Championship (David Peng & Mike Thornton defend) we are through 3 rounds of play with semi-final matches to be played by July 3rd.

In addition to our Club Championships, there are weekly tournaments (see with a chance to win pro-shop credits throughout the year.  

Please submit your scorecard (signed, attested, with legible names and gross scores) for all tournament rounds. Drop them in the box in the Club Room.  Also, during your next match try the new “live scoring” feature on the Leaderboard app, it’s fun to follow the matches while enjoying a beverage at the Cobber!

Join the GHMCG.
New members are welcome!  Join over 350 other enthusiastic men’s golfers at the Griff.  For a modest fee of $80 you’ll receive a GHIN handicap, the opportunity to play in weekly tournaments, win pro-shop credits of up to $200, enjoy the newly refurbished Club Room in the Cobber building, and not least -- fun and comradery with a great group of fellow golf enthusiasts.  

Support Your PGA Pro.
We are lucky to have some of the best PGA Professionals in the Met section.  Patrick Massi is in his first season taking over for the irreplaceable Joe Felder.  Please support Patrick, Joe, and their fine staff in the pro shop.  

Visit the GHMGC website


We welcome all new members and please do not worry about where one’s golfing skills are at the moment. The list of things to remember is to bring a set of golf clubs, maintain the pace of play, and have fun while learning the game of golf. You do not have to be a Greenwich resident to be a member of the GWGC and play in GWGC events.

Our club championship is July 21 and 28 and please save August 8 for Swing Fore Hope, our annual charity tournament.


The Bruce Women’s Golf Association has just concluded its second major tournament of the 2022 season. Congratulations to Bakke Tung (18 hole) and Diana Mahaney (9 hole) for winning Founders' Cup. Well played! The membership is ready and prepared for a season of fun tourneys and the coveted BWGA Championship and Member/Member. In addition, Kaisa Newhams, BWGA president and Swing Fore Hope chairperson, proudly announces the SFH 2022 Summer schedule.

Swing Fore Hope, an annual fundraiser that raises money for Kids in Crisis and The Undies Project, will be held on Monday, August 8th at 1pm. Last year we raised over $18,000 for Kids in Crisis and over 600 pair of undergarments to The Undies Project - thanks to all your generous support. It will be a a fun filled afternoon which includes a 4 person scramble, dinner, putting contest and raffles.

Please visit our website at for Registration and Hole Sponsor Form, and BWGA Membership Application Form.

PRO TIPS: HYBRID TIP by Patrick Massi, PGA

Hybrids have become an important part of many players' sets and for good reason. Hybrids are much easier to hit than long irons, and the way they're weighted helps launch the ball into the air even from bad lies.

Are you supposed to hit it like the long iron it replaces, with a sweeping swing, or with more of a descending blow like a short iron?

In most situations, you want to swing a hybrid the same way you would a longer iron, with a more sweeping action. A hybrid clubhead is designed to skim through the grass like a fairway wood, and the extra weighting behind the face sends the ball up high like an iron does.

The most common mistake I see players make with a hybrid is using a lot of arm swing to make a very steep up-and-down move to hit the ball. When you do this, you're robbing yourself of all the game-improvement benefits designed into the club. You'll get a better result than you would with a long iron¬.

When you set up to a standard hybrid shot from the fairway or light rough, concentrate on making more of a turn with your chest back and through. Your arms will follow in a more sweeping motion, and the club will travel on a flatter plane. Play the ball just left of center (for the right-handed golfer). The clubhead will glide through the grass the way it was designed to, and you'll get that trademark hybrid ball flight: a high launch with a soft landing.

Add more hybrids to your bag…you’ll thank me later!!

Patrick Massi, PGA

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