An Anthology of RSG Events

From the perspective of Dave Tutelman



This "anthology" is a collection of postings, the first several being to the newsgroup rec.sport.golf (colloquially known as RSG; it is the Usenet newsgroup for golf). Most of the postings are my own (I'm Dave Tutelman), but I have included those of others where I felt there was something substantial to add.

In late 1997, I temporarily lost my netnews access and was gone from rec.sport.golf for a good half-year. And it was a good half-year. When I got netnews access back, I lurked a bit and realized how low the signal-to-noise ratio was in that newsgroup. (Sorry for the engineering terminology, but I am an engineer. What I mean is that there were far too many off-topic rants and posts by know-nothings who were fond of seeing their own name on the net. I'm sure some folks feel that way about me. That's OK; that's what open access is about.)

So I never posted to RSG again. Didn't have to! Thor (Dave Collard) had started his own mailing-list-based forum -- and a web site -- called RSG-Ohio, that covered the RSG events in the northeast, and occasionally events that northeastern golfers traveled to. That forum seemed to be better focused than the RSG newsgroup, so I have hung out there ever since. As a result, the writeups since late 1997 appeared on RSG-Ohio but perhaps not on RSG. (Some of them were cross-posted to RSG by others, mostly Thor.)

In September 2003, Mark Koenig mentioned in RSG-Ohio:
Someday, someone will write a book about how all of this came to be and what great lifetime friends were made from all of it.

I can only hope to live long enough to read it.
Mark Georg responded:
If only there was some retired guy in NJ who had a way with words and nothing else to do this winter...
I thought about asking Mark to elucidate. Then it occurred to me that I was retired and living in New Jersey. Of course, I have plenty to do -- even in the winter. But two out of three is a pretty good match, so I assumed he meant me. I wasn't too keen on writing a complete history, but I had already written much while it was happening event-by-event. That is how this web anthology came to be.

Thing you'll need to know

Before delving into detail, here are a couple of background/reference pieces that may help you understand some of the writeups:

In the beginning

Although I had participated in rec.sport.golf since the late 1980s, I had never met an RSGer face to face until 1995. I had exchanged lots of email and even a little paper mail (Guy Cooper -- Coops -- and I had shipped some paper back and forth). But nothing in person. And that was very much the norm. There had never been an RSG event to cause us to come away from our keyboards and actually meet for real golf.

In 1995, Coops' (now ex-) wife was the alumni coordinator for Elizabethtown College. Her biggest responsibility in that post was organizing the alumni weekend in June. Every year, alumni weekend included a Sunday afternoon golf tournament. And every year the golfers complained that it ought to be at a real golf course, not a cow pasture. (Exaggeration perhaps, but the alum that Julie delegated this to obviously didn't know a golf course when he saw one.) So in '95, Julie asked Guy to pick a course. He picked Hershey Parkview, and arranged enough tee times and a shotgun-start tournament. As the time approached, they hadn't filled out their tee times, so Coops issued a general invitation over RSG for anybody who might want to join them.

I lived within a 3-hour drive, and thought it might be fun to meet some real, live RSGers. Also, Coops and I were in email discussions about a set of irons Coops had built at the time, so meeting him in particular seemed a good idea. Stephen Payne from Washington also showed up. Anyway, Hershey '95 is the first time I know that an invitational was announced over RSG and people showed up.

Article on RSG-Hershey '95

The movement was catching on. It was less than two months before John Griffin invited folks for an Indiana RSG event.

Article on RSG-Indiana '95

A few months later, several folks got the bright idea of a nationwide RSG weekend in March. On March 9, 1996, there were three RSG events in different parts of the country: the Bay Area, Texas, and North Carolina. Drive to your nearest RSG event, and meet some folks for golf. Coops, Steven Payne, and I agreed to drive down together to Greensboro, NC.

Article on RSG-Greensboro '96

In January 2003, Mark Georg posted a few reminiscences of this event on RSG-Ohio.

I recently (May 2004) came into possession of John Luce's writeup as well -- and I reveal the mysterious "karma".

The rest of 1996

Hershey was such a success in 1995 that RSG was invited back to the Elizabethtown alumni tournament in 1996 -- and attended in somewhat larger numbers than the previous year. Coops expanded the weekend for RSG to encompass four rounds over the two days, not just the one, which did more than anything else to encourage attendance.

Article on RSG-Hershey '96

Thor enjoyed Hershey so much, he decided to host a similar event in his hometown, which is how RSG-Ohio got started. In fact, as I remember it, Thor had already decided RSG-Ohio was a good idea. One of his motivations for attending Hershey was to drum up enough interest in RSG-Ohio to cause people to travel there. I know I would not have been willing to trek all the way out to Columbus without that impetus. Thor made sure his longtime best friend Fred Stluka was at Hershey, and made it a point to introduce us. Fred lives less than two hours from me, and we have been sharing the 9+ hour drive to RSG Ohio almost every year since then.

Article on RSG-Ohio '96

There are a couple of additional articles available:

The circuit

The idea caught on so well that RSG events began springing up all over -- and at least one of the existing events became an annual thing. By the turn of the century, I had blocked out my own calendar every year to hold:
That's my personal "circuit". But, no matter where you live in the USA, there are events within some sort of driving distance. Just offhand, I can think of:
I know there are more (Texas? St Louis? Michigan? Bay Area?) but I'm not certain what they are.

Anyway, here are a bunch of writeups for the ones I attended, plus a few more. Click the link in the box for the article.

Fripp-Out
For a few of us, the golf season started in January. Brent Hutto of South Carolina, whom we had met at RSG-Greensboro, had won a radio-show call-in contest; the prize was a golf weekend at Fripp Island. Fripp is a resort, mostly a summer resort, off the South Carolina shore just north of Hilton Head. It was a foursome prize, so he invited some of the RSGers whose company he enjoyed. We had a great time, and a nearly-annual tradition started.

Charwood,
Lake Murray,
University Club,
Ocean Pointe,
Ocean Creek,
SC National
Pittsburgh
Late in the year (in November) Mark Georg invited us to Pittsburgh to play a notorious course that was featuring a steep off-season discount. Quicksilver had been on the Senior Tour, until those candy-asses decided it was too physical for them. (Hey, those guys have caddies and most of them ride anyway; what are they complaining about?) We played Quicksilver on Saturday and Butlers on Sunday. This get-together turned out to be the start of another annual event, RSG-Pittsburgh. It is now held the last weekend in April rather than the late Fall.

Quicksilver,
Butlers
Hershey
The year of the Ryder Cup format.

Fox Chase,
Royal Oaks,
Hershey South
Ohio
I didn't get to RSG-Ohio in 1997, but here are writeups from:
Cassel Hills,
Heatherwood,
Yankee Trace,
Shaker Run,
Beaver Creek
Pinehurst
In 1998, we didn't have a Fripp trip, because John Luce organized a golfing weekend in Pinehurst for the RSG crew. Here's the story.

Pine Needles,
Mid Pines
Pittsburgh

Butlers,
Lindenwood
I think RSG-Hershey did happen in '98, and I attended. But no writeup is available. Ohio
Once again, the disk crash ate my writeup. Here is Thor's.

Blacklick Woods,
Westchester,
Foxfire,
Granville
Fripp-Out

Charwood,
University Club,
Ocean Creek,
SC National
Pittsburgh
... and a bonus article by Thor

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook
Hershey

Dauphin Highlands,
Pilgrim's Oak
Ohio
... and a bonus article by Thor

Blackhawk,
Little Turtle,
Granville,
Longaberger
The Millenium Fripp-Out
Bonus article by Mark Georg

Ocean Creek,
Ocean Pointe (big wind),
SC National

Hershey
Article by Thor

Galen Hall,
Royal Oaks,
Iron Valley,
Dauphin Highlands
Ohio
Articles by:
Blacklick Woods,
Champions,
Indian Springs,
Cumberland Trail
Fripp-Out
Bonus articles by:
Charwood,
University Club,
Ocean Creek,
Ocean Pointe,
SC National
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook

Ohio
Thor wrote the main article. Then there are the bonus articles:
Woodland,
Indian Springs,
Foxfire
Fripp Tripp
I know there was a Fripp Tripp 2002. I know Mark and Grace Georg were there as were Brent Hutto and Terry Easton and myself. I believe I did a writeup. But I can't find one at all, so it will have to go unrecorded.
Pittsburgh

Night golf,
Lindenwood,

Butlers,
Armitage and others...
Hershey

Sunset,
Armitage,
Pilgrim's Oak,
Dauphin Highlands
Ohio
Again, I can't find an article on RSG-Ohio 2002. I know I attended (I even saw myself in a couple of Jeff Tindall's photos), but no writeup.
Pinehurst Snow-Out
There was no Fripp-Out in 2003. Only three of us (Brent, Terry, and I) were interested, and we felt we'd like to try something different since the Fripp Island courses had been getting residentially overbuilt. We made reservations in Pinehurst, but got snowed out. It was an unusually snowy winter, and we got in zero rounds of golf in Pinehurst.
Pittsburgh
Bonus: Dave Osborne on The Cap Match

Stoughton Acres,
Krendale,
Suncrest,
Conley,
Lindenwood
Hershey

Hershey South,
Armitage,
The Bridges,
Dauphin Highlands
Ohio
Bonus:
Clover Valley,
New Albany Links,
Indian Springs,
Cumberland Trail
Pinehurst
Terry and I had rain-checks to cash in from last year's ill-fated Pinehurst trip. Much of the gang was planning to go to Scotland and was saving their golf money and vacation time. So the winter event was small and sort of private. Brent joined us at Pinehurst, but nobody else was interested.

Bonus article from Brent

Pine Needles,
Mid Pines,
The Legacy at Aberdeen
Pittsburgh
A lot of the regulars were going on the RSG-Scotland trip, which starts just a week after our usual Pittsburgh date, so the Pitt turnout was light -- and a week earlier than usual.

Bonus photos from Terry

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook
Hershey
Bonus:
Groff's Farm,
Dauphin Highlands,
Sunset
Ohio

Split Rock,
Foxfire,
Phoenix Links
South Carolina
Bonus article from Brent

Stono Ferry,
Legend Oaks,
University Club
The day after I returned from Pittsburgh-05, I left on a week-long business trip -- the big shoot for a golf video for which I was the screenwriter. So I never got around to a writeup for Pitt-05. But...

Mini-Pitt
Since we had a light turnout for Pittsburgh in the Spring, we had a mini-Pitt in the Fall. Well, that's not really why it happened, but happen it did...

Stoughton Acres,
Krendale,
Birdsfoot
Hershey
This "writeup" is a collection of excerpts from the email about the event.

Wrendale,
Galen Hall,
Dauphin Highlands,
Armitage
Ohio
This is the tenth anniversary of RSG-Ohio -- the most schmajor schmajor on the RSG itinerary.
We have bonus writeups from:
Mill Creek,
Buck Ridge,
Indian Springs,
Darby Creek
South Carolina

Charwood,
Stono Ferry,
University Club,
Columbia CC
Pittsburgh

Soughton Acres,
Lake Arthur,
Birdsfoot,
Lindenwood
Hershey
Also a couple of bonus writeups:
Groff's Farm,
Dauphin Highlands,
Hawk Lake,
Armitage
Ohio
This was an unusually good event, and lots of people had lots to say about it. Here are some bonuses:
Blacklick Woods,
Groveport Links,
Foxfire,
Phoenix Links
South Carolina

Stono Ferry,
Linrick,
Columbia CC
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook
Hershey

Dauphin Highlands,
Armitage,
Groff's Farm
Ohio
Bonus articles:
Champions,
Kyber Run,
Chapel Hill,
Clover Valley

Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook
Hershey

Sunset,
Armitage,
Groff's Farm
Ohio
Bonus article from Thor

Kyber Run,
New Albany Links,
Clover Valley,
Tartan East
2009
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook
Hershey

Dauphin Highlands,
Rich Valley,
Armitage,
Groff's Farm
Ohio

Mill Creek,
Buck Ridge,
Indian Springs,
Darby Creek
2010
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Cedarbrook,
Butlers
Hershey

Rich Valley,
Armitage,
Groff's Farm
Ohio
Bonus articles:
Split Rock,
Foxfire,
Phoenix Links
2011
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook

Ohio
Bonus article from Warren Montgomery

Chapel Hill,
Clover Valley,
Champions
2012
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook

Ohio
Bonus article from Warren Montgomery

Mill Creek,
Buck Ridge,
National Golf Links,
Indian Springs,
Darby Creek
2013
Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook

Ohio

Split Rock,
Foxfire,
Phoenix Links
2014


Ohio

Chapel Hill,
Clover Valley,
Champions
2015Ohio
Bonus article from:
Marysville GC,
Mill Creek,
Buck Ridge,
Indian Springs,
Darby Creek
2017Pittsburgh

Lindenwood,
Butlers,
Cedarbrook

Events not in my "circuit"

Article on RSG-Cincinnati 2006
Bonus article by Thor.




Last updated May 6, 2017