Chicago Lithuanian Golf Club

The much awaited golf season is here once again and we hope you will participate in most, if not all, of the nine CLGK tournaments scheduled this year, and the SALFASS tournament that we are hosting. Your new valdyba for 2009 is:

Office Officer Phone Number Email Address
President Ed Dumblauskas 815-756-1863
Vice-president Ramune Dagys 708-687-3507
Treasurer Chet Baksys 708-349-9460
Secretary Janice Cepulionis 708-301-9151
Tournament Director Arunas Dagys 708-687-3507
Tournament Director Bob Raudys 708-301-4128
Handicap Chairman Arunas Dagys 708-687-3507
WebMaster Vytenis Markevicius 773-519-8686

Our thanks and appreciation to our outgoing officers Ray Rimkus, President and Al

Zvinakis, Secretary for the great job they did for the past two years.


E-mail will be used to keep you informed as to upcoming tournaments and other club news. Using email is cost effective and facilitates faster and more frequent communications with our club members. By saving to disk or printing out these emails, you can decide how you want to best utilize this information. Most of the information sent to you will also be available on our web page at

The e-mails are sent with blind carbon copies to members. If your e-mail address changes, or if you do not wish to receive CLGK e-mails, please advise the club secretary at

For those members who do not have e-mail, snail mail is used for this first mailing only. Please save this mailing and refer to it for information and reminders about up-coming tournaments. If non-e-mail members acquire an e-mail address or know of one where club e-mails can be directed to them, please advise the club secretary.

If you have received this newsletter via snail mail, the reasons are: you do not have e-mail, you do not wish to receive e-mail or the e-mail address the club has for you is no longer valid. In which case, please contact the club secretary to correct your e-mail address.

Club Dues

The annual club dues will remain at $40 for the year. This fee includes tournament fees (except match play), handicapping service, prizes and awards. Junior dues for 15-18 year-olds are $10 and juniors under the age of 15 are free. Depending on club finances, the club may purchase hot dogs at selected tournaments. Guests are not eligible to win any prizes and there will be a $5 guest fee if the club is purchasing hot dogs. Guests are limited to a maximum of two tournaments a year. Dues must be paid no later than June 1, 2009 or the member will forfeit their club membership.

Please mail your check for this year's dues, payable to "CLGK", to:

Chester Baksys
8111 Wheeler Dr.
Orland Park, IL 60462


Our golf club issues golf indexes which have been approved by the United States Golf Association. A USGA Handicap Index will be converted to a course handicap and used in the net competition tournaments that we conduct. Having a golf index enables golfers of varied abilities to compete on an equal basis. We will post all tournament scores, but in order for your USGA golf index to be valid, it is required that all of your golf scores, with name of course, tee used, adjusted score with course rating and slope, be posted. You can do this by entering the adjusted score in the handicapping book we maintain at Silver Lake CC pro-shop or by contacting Arunas Dagys by phone, or preferably sending this information to him by e-mail at "" Directions for adjusting the golf score, as well as the current golf indexes/handicaps for all club members, are available by visiting the club's web site.

Competition Classes by Handicap/Golf Index

We will continue to vary the number of classes and their composition for men and women, depending on the number of golfers participating and their golf indexes. Where the competition is net score by class or gross score by class, the number of classes may be more or less than the 4 men classes and 2 women classes we have used in the past. The range of golf indexes and number of golfers participating will dictate the number of classes and what the class handicap range will be for that tournament. Prizes awarded may vary from 1st, 2nd and 3rd, to 1st and 2nd, or to only 1st for a class depending on how many golfers are in a class. Our tournament directors will monitor each tournament's registration and make the necessary determinations in order to make competition as fair and competitive as possible.

In making these adjustments, we are attempting to group golfers of somewhat similar ability and to vary the number of prizes awarded in proportion to the number of golfers participating in a class.

CLGK Web Page

Our club maintains a web page, at which has a wealth of information. Tournament dates, tournament results, golf indexes, new member information, tee times, photos, as well as other information is available. Vytenis Markevicius is our webmaster. Bookmark this page and visit it often.

Tournament Registration

Due to golf course booking requirements, it is necessary that if you wish to participate in a tournament, you need to advise a Tournament Director, preferably Al Dagys, 8 days prior to the tournament. Contact information for tournament directors is noted above or on our web page. At times, besides registration, prepayment of green fees or the banquet will be required. The tournament reminder will advise you of the requirements. If you have registered for, but are unable to attend a tournament, please contact a tournament director to cancel ASAP or you maybe responsible for the green fees. Some courses are requiring an advance deposit from CLGK for each golfer who has registered to play.

E-mail registration is now open for our first tournament of the year on April 19th at Old Oak. If you plan on participating, please contact Al Dagys via e-mail in order to register.

When you arrive at the golf course make sure you check in with a Tournament Director.

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway May 23th and 24th

Where: Hampshire Golf Course, Dowagiac, MI.
Hotel Accommodations: Baymont Inn and Suites
29291 Amerihost Dr, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Reservations 269-782-4270

In order to receive our group rate of $69.00, room reservations must be made prior to April 22nd. Please indicate you are with the "Lithuanian Golf Outing" to obtain this rate. If you are debating participating, you might want to make the room reservation now and cancel later as opposed to trying to reserve later and being told no rooms are available. As usual, the motel sells out this weekend.

2009 SALFASS Tournament

As most of you already know, this year Chicago will be hosting the SALFASS Tournament, which is scheduled for September 5th and 6th at Indiana National Golf Course at Swan Lake East. Linas Cepele is our SALFASS tournament chairman, and has started the ball rolling. Golf will be $50 per round Thursday through Sunday. The standard room rate is $115 per night, and the cut off date for reserving a room is July 11th. Check our web site and click on the SALFASS link for more information.

The course is close by, fun activities are planned, and the chance to catch up with old friends is always a pleasure. So make your reservations now and have a great time.

Club Banquet

Immediately following our last scheduled tournament at Silver Lake CC one Oct. 4th, we will have an awards ceremony and buffet dinner. The cost of the buffet dinner will be $20 for adults and $15 for juniors 12 and under. Pre-payment is required.

Tournament Slow Play

Slow play in golf is a major problem. It is expected that you and your foursome will keep pace with the foursome in front of you. To play slow is a disservice to the groups behind you. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Try to study your putt while the player in front of you is studying their putt. While we think we are good, we are not on the PGA tour.

Rules of Competition

USGA rules apply with the following exceptions:
  • You can touch and move the ball 6 inches only if the ball lies in your fairway, otherwise NO TOUCH
  • Out of bounds is played as lateral water hazard. One stroke penalty and drop a ball two club lengths from the spot where the ball crossed going into the out of bounds area. Going back on the line of flight more than two club lengths is not permitted under the rules of golf.
  • Lost ball is played with a one stoke penalty and dropping a ball where the ball is presumed to have been lost.
  • Maximum score of 10 on a hole. Once you hit 10, PICK UP THE BALL.
  • If necessary, two attempts must be made to cross a hazard, unless there is a drop area.

Match Play Competition

Paul Dagys will conduct this year's match play competition. Participation is optional with a $10 entrance fee in both the men's and the women's division. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners. You can sign up for this competition at either of our first two tournaments. Pairings and schedule will be posted on our web page and we ask that you conduct your matches as soon as possible. When you complete your matches please email the results to Paul at

Golfer of the Year

Our club will track points as they are awarded based on how a golfer performs in our tournaments, match play competition, and the SALFAS tournament. The points awarded are cumulative for the year. At the end of the year we honor both the man and woman with the most points as our golfers of the year.

Achievement Points
Low Gross 1st, 2nd, 3rd 6-4-2 points
Low Net 1st, 2nd, 3rd 6-4-2 points
Team Winners 1st, 2nd, 3rd 6-4-2 points
Closest to Pin 1, 2, 3 shots 2 points
Match Play 1st, 2nd 8 and 6 points
Hole in One 10 points
SALFASS 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gross/ Net 9-7-5-3 points
Longest drive at Club Championship 2 points

C.L.G.K. Valdyba (Club Officers)

Our golf club has been in existence for over 50 years. This longevity is due to club members who have stepped up and taken leadership roles. We acknowledge those individuals below and we also issue a challenge to those members whose names are not listed: is it time for them to make a contribution to the club by becoming an officer, time to give something back? Time involved in being an officer is much less than what it takes to play one round of golf.

Year President Vice-Pres Secretary Treasurer Tournament Directors
2009 E. Dumblauskas R. Dagys J. Cepulionis C. Baksys A. Dagys/R. Raudys
2008 R. Rimkus R. Dagys A. Zvinakis C. Baksys A. Dagys/ R. Raudys
2007 R. Rimkus R. Dagys A. Zvinakis C. Baksys F. Antanaitis/A. Karas
2006 T. Vaitkus I. Kleiza D. Balta C. Baksys F. Antanaitis/A. Karas
2005 T. Vaitkus I. Kleiza D. Balta C. Baksys E. Simokaitis/V. Izokaitis
2004 S. Balta R. Zvinakis A. Dagys C. Baksys E. Simokaitis/V. Izokaitis
2003 S. Balta R. Zvinakis A. Dagys C. Baksys R. Simokaits/. Valaitis
2002 A. Cepulionis J. Antanaitis J. Cepulionis C. Baksys R. Simokaits/J. Valaitis
2001 A. Cepulionis J. Antanaits J. Cepulionis C. Baksys Dumblauskas/R. Izokaitis
2000 S. Balta R. Kleiza R. Bartasius C. Baksys Dumblauskas/R. Izokaitis
1999 S. Balta G. Rimkus R. Bartasius C. Baksys R. Kleiza/Alf. Urba
1998 A. Dagys G. Rimkus J. Cepulionis C. Baksys A. Zvinakis/Alf. Urba
1997 A. Dagys I. Valaitis J. Cepulionis C. Baksys A. Zvinakis/M. Mazeika
1996 C. Baksys I. Jakimcius I. Valaitis Ald. Urba A. Cepulionis/M. Mazeika
1995 A. Liskunas O. Antanaits I. Jakimcius Ald. Urba A. Cepulionis/I. Kleiza
1994 A. Karas O. Antanaitis R. Karas A. Liskunas R. Simokaitis I. Kleiza
1993 J. Valaitis R. Karas J. Cepulionis C. Dauskurdas R. Simokaitis/A. Karas
1992 A. Zvinakis J. Valaitis J. Cepulionis C. Dauskurdas Ald. Urba/L. Izokaitis
1991 T. Vaitkus V. Brizgys T. Vaitkus A. Zvinakis F. Galzin/D. Galzin
1990 T. Vaitkus V. Brizgys T. Vaitkus A. Zvinakis F. Galzin/D.Galzin
1989 P. Striupaitis M. Karalius R. Korzonas Ald. Urba J. Astrauskas/S. Plenys
1988 P. Striupaitis M. Karalius R. Korzonas Ald. Urba J. Astrauskas/S. Plenys
1987 E. Lapas P. Striupaitis L. Lapas J. Cinkus A. Rusenas/R. Kleiza
1986 E. Lapas A. Dagys L. Lapas J. Cinkus A. Rusenas/R. Kleiza

SALFASS Tournament Chairmen Handicaps
2009 Linas Cepele 1993 Al Zvinakis 1986 to present Arunas Dagys
2005 Steve Balta 1989 Tom Vaitkus 1985 Alex Traska
2001 John Valaitis 1985 Ed. Lapas
1997 Ray Rimkus 1981 Ed Lapas.

The contribution of these members in both participation and assuming leadership positions is the reason the club has been so successful. Your participation and co-operation is anticipated and will be greatly appreciated.


The Florida Lithuanian golf tournament held in March of 2009 had 65 participants, 25 of which were from Chicago. The results for our golfers are as follows:

Women's Low Gross – Aldona Vaitkus, Men's Low Gross – Ray Juska, Super Senior Low Gross and Low Net – Ray Rimkus, Super Senior Second Place Low Net – Ray Banys, Senior Low Net – Al Zvinakis

Congratulations to everyone. You made us proud!

We look forward to enjoying the great game of golf with you this coming season. Hit them long and straight and have fun!