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Welcome, Sandtrappers! New & Returning Members & Guests!


Hello! and WELCOME to the Sandtrappers Golf League website! 

Sandtrappers is the fastest growing League in the Peoria Metropolitan area

To learn more about our Thursday Morning Men's League

contact  Jerry Morey, Treasurer/Membership Secretary    309-369-4488 for more information.

Everyone is welcome - from 18 to ???.

You do not have to be retired or live in Peoria to join.


Players: Please Mail a check each week to Jerry Morey, Treasurer, for the next week's event and Prize Pool. Make the check out to Sandtrappers, making note on the memo line of the event and any other item you are paying for, (Example: Kellogg + Pool + Dues). Also If you are paying the course by some other means like a season pass, membership card, voucher, etc,. be sure to include a note with your $5.00 check for the prize pool to alert Jerry so that we don't inadvertently also pay the course for your round. Send your check by Friday of the week before the event to:

Jerry Morey

13408 North Bay Berry Court

Chillicothe, Il 61523




John "The Beloved" was certainly smiling down on the 72 sandtrappers that showed up for the John Sleevar Memorial Challenge today at Kellogg Golf Course. At first it was a
wry smile as he greeted us with a damp somewhat chilly fog.  But then the big grin came out with the sunshine and we all basked in a beautiful fall day.  Despite the limited clubs in bag challenge coupled with some rough greens, scores today were really pretty good. 
Congratulations to our winning team of Greg Esken, Dennis Sohn, Roger Lynn, and Tim Doyle whose team net total of 268 was better than a lot of winning scores this summer when we didn't have the special challenges.  Congratulations also to Mike Shekleton who was today's random drawing winner of a free round of golf with cart at any PPD course.  Honor scores follow:
Low Gross:
72--Roger Nelson
73--Eric Janosov
74--Greg Esken
77--Tom Ignolia, Stan Ulrich
Low Net:
64--Dorsey Gibbons
65--Tim Doyle
66--Roger Bilsland
67--Roger Lynn
That's a wrap for this season Sandtrappers.  It's been an adventure, but there is a lot of satisfaction that we were able to manage a nearly full season of golf.  Full results from today are shown below. 
Look for another email from me later today with all of the fun and special awards arising out of the John Sleevar Memorial Challenge.  In the several days to come look for additional emails from Ken and/or Roger sharing a summary of results from the season as well as an invitation to participate in our year end survey which will provide guidance to your leadership team heading in to next season.
A note of courtesy and concern for our fellow players: Our recent member survey validated that many of our members have real concerns about sharing a cart during this COVID 19 crisis. (Being men, it seems, we often hesitate to express our concerns and try to go along with the crowd.) When you get to your cart position on check-in each week, please confer with the others in your foursome to learn who may have concerns about riding together without a mask. Please be sensitive to their concern and be willing to wear a mask while in the cart together. Assign the carts within your foursome accordingly.
We also tend to be gracious gentlemen and have trouble rembering NOT to help out by picking up the other player's ball or club and handing it to them. Let's remember to avoid points of common contact, hard as it is. 
Thanks for your consideration of others!
Looking Ahead:
John Sleevar Memorial Monte at Kellogg Golf Course - October 22 - 9:00 am Shotgun Start - Sign-up Deadline: 10/18 at  - Playing Sandtrapper Golf (with a twist- limited club challenge) 
-  Fees: $33 with cart, $22.50 walking. Send your check for your fee + $5 for the prize pool (made out to Sandtrappers) by 10/18 to Jerry Morey - 13408 North Bay Berry Court -Chillicothe, Il 61523
 - Single person carts are available on a limited basis for no additional cost. Contact the pro shop at 309-691-0293.     
$400 in prizes!! John’s Family has donated $200 to this celebration in recognition of John’s love of our Sandtrappers League. Your Sandtrappers League has matched that donation to double the fun and double the payout in recognition of our faithful members during this most unique golf season! So let’s have some fun by celebrating with a “Limited Clubs in the Bag” Challenge for the first time in our history.

So what is this “Limited Clubs in the Bag” Challenge anyway?

•You are allowed 3 clubs in your bag, plus your putter, for a total of four clubs. (You may substitute another club for your putter if you prefer)
•If your Sandtrapper handicap is 10 – 15, you may add 1 club to your bag for a total of 5 clubs (one of which may be your putter)
•If your Sandtrapper handicap is greater than 15 you may add 2 clubs to your bag for a total of 6 clubs (one of which may be your putter).
•We will be playing Sandtrapper Golf as usual, just with a limited number of clubs in you bag. (Scores will not count against your handicap.)
•Please share your stories and memories of John along the way for the benefit of those who may not have known him.

?•Prizes include:

2 Longest Putt holes, 2 Closest to Pin holes (including on your second shot on #13) and many more “Mystery Prizes all aimed at adding fun, keeping you guessing, and giving everyone an equal chance at coming away a “winner”. 

- Check-in with the Yellow Vest Guy when you arrive and don't forget your face mask
- Playing the GOLD TEES. A couple of tees will be adjusted back.
- No food is available. There is a limited drink selection in the Pro Shop.
Sign up now for this fun (and challenging) event!


State of Illinois Phase 4 Golf Guidelines:

Minimum Guidelines:

Dual-rider Motorized golf carts and pull carts are permitted. If two people who do

not live in the same household share a cart, they should both wear face coverings

while in the cart. Golf courses shall sanitize each cart after each use.

Player Minimum Guidelines

1. Any players with any symptoms of COVID-19, should not play.

2. In addition, any players from a household with someone with symptoms of

COVID-19 should not play.

3. Players and employees should maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) on

practice areas, tees, greens, and throughout the round.


Encouraged Best Practices

4. Players should handle their own balls.

5. Players should leave the flag in place while putting.

6. Players should bring hand sanitizer with them and use during your round and at

the end.

7. Players should bring their own supply of balls, tees, ball markers, and any other

equipment needed to play golf.

8. Players should bring their own source of water.

9. No handshakes at the beginning of the round or at the 18th hole.

Questions remain; however, regarding some specifics of our League events…

Remaining Questions we have been addressing and for which we have developed guidelines include:

  1. Should we go to a Shotgun Start or stay with Consecutive Tee Times?

    Phase 4 Sandtrapper League Guideline:
     a) We will move to a shotgun start for our hot weather events (during the months of July and August), assuming the host courses agree We will revisit that policy during August to determine how effectively and safely our shotgun starts are proceeding and consider if we should return to consecutive tee times in September and October as the weather seasonally cools.

  2. With a shotgun start, how do we minimize the chance of spreading the virus during the gathering period as 60 - 80 or more of us gather to play?

Phase 4 Sandtrapper League Shotgun Start Guidelines:
a) Our League will continue to pre-register all players online at our website at least one week in advance of each event as usual.

b) Once registered, the player must mail a check to cover the Course Fee AND the $5.00 Prize Pool to our League Treasurer, Jerry Morey no later than the Friday before each event His mailing address is: 13408 North Bay Berry Court  --  Chillicothe, Illinois  --  61523.

c) On arriving at the course each player is to responsible to check in with the volunteer coordinator wearing a yellow vest to report his arrival and get directions to the general location of his cart.

d) We recommend and encourage wearing a face covering (mask) during our gathering time at the course when we are not able to consistently maintain social distance. Avoid potential areas of congestion such as practice greens as much as possible.

3)   What is our policy regarding carts? Are we expected to ride two per cart? Can I ride a cart be myself if I have need?

                Phase 4 Sandtrapper league Golf Cart Guidelines:

  1. Due to the available inventory of carts at each course and the number of league players, the State guidelines of two players per cart is necessary.  
  2. As each foursome/group assembles at their carts they will need to jointly consider the State’s and our League’s recommendation that players riding together in a cart wear face masks while together in the cart. We ask that each player is sensitive to the need of any player preferring that masks be worn. Within each foursome the players need to assign their carts so that those wanting or agreeable to wear masks ride together and those not feeling a need to, or agreeable not to, wear masks ride together.
    Note: In some cases a course may be able to and willing to allow exceptions for a single rider cart. In some cases, the course may charge a premium for a single rider cart. Any player desiring to reserve a single rider cart must contact the course in advance and make the necassary arrangements with the course. The player must then pay the course any additional premium required on arrival at the course.

  1. What about post-round lunches?

    Phase 4 Sandtrapper League Post-Round Lunch Guideline:
    a) Due to the many variables course-to-course, no official post-round lunches will be organized. Food will be available to purchase at some courses. Our weekly announcements will communicate the availability of food at the course each week.
Spread the word! Invite your friends and golfing buddies!

Deadline to Register or Withdraw is Friday the week before our Thursday Event each Week.

Note: Scroll down this page to see the Events List:   On Tuesday, after the foursomes are announced, you can go to the event for that Thursday and click on "Players" to see your status and who else is signed up to play. You can then click on"Foursomes" to find your foursome and the other players in your foursome.
Note: Watch for an email from Tom Custis for the results each week.
    2020 Schedule Sandtrappers    
Date Start Event/Course Location Event # Game (if not S/Trp)
16-Apr Noon Opening Luncheon      
23-Apr 9:00am Kellogg L 1 Straight. Scramble
30-Apr 8:30am Mt. Hawley CC L 2  
7-May 8:30am Pine Lakes L 3  
14-May 9:00am Prairie Vista A 4  
21-May 9:00am Lake Bracken CC R 5  
28-May 8:30am Metamora Fields L 6 A/B/C/D Flighted
4-Jun 9:00am The Rail R 7  
11-Jun 8:30am ISU/Weibring A 8  
18-Jun 8:00am Newman L 9  
25-Jun 8:30am Kewanee Dunes R 10  
2-Jul 8:00am Pine Lakes L 11 AB/CD Flighted
9-Jul 8:00am Parkview L 12  
16-Jul 8:30am Bunker Links R 13  
23-Jul 7:30am Kellogg L 14  
27-Jul 8:30am El Paso R 15  
30-Jul 8:30am Ironwood A 16  
6-Aug 8:00am Coyote Creek L 17 Straight. Scramble
13-Aug 8:30am Pontiac Elks R 18  
20-Aug 8:30am Edgewood Park A 19  
27-Aug 8:00am Lick Creek L 20  
3-Sep 8:30am Lincoln Elks R 21  
10-Sep 8:30am Metamora Fields L 22  
17-Sep 8:00am Newman L 23 AB/CD Flighted
24-Sep 8:30am Baker Park R 24  
1-Oct 8:30am Weaver Ridge L 25  
8-Oct 8:30am The Den A 26  
15-Oct 9:00am Soangetaha CC R 27  
22-Oct 9:00am Kellogg L 28 Special event

Interested in joining? Contact one of these Leaders

Jerry Morey, Membership Secretary - - 309-369-4488

Ken Dawson, Co-Leader - Administration - cell: (309) 360-9006

Roger Nelson, Co-Leader - Event Management - - cell: (309) 424-6606
Sandtrapper League 2020 Leadership Team:
Ken Dawson, Co-Leader  focused on Administration    309-360-9006
Roger Nelson, Co-Leader focused on Events Management    309-424-6606
Jerry Morey, Treasurer/Membership Secretary    309-369-4488
Tom Custis,  Event Results Coordinator    309-213-5353
Dennis Forcum, Secretary /GCR Coordinator   309-696-7310
Al Kuhlmann, Web-Site Coordinator   309-657-1427
Scott Jordan, Special events Coordinator   309-453-5478
Steve Bare, Yellow Vest Coordinator    309-453-2604  



General League Information

Peoria Sandtrappers Golf League is a group of golfers who get together to play the game they love.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, playing ability, race, nationality, or gender.  Emphasis is on fun, fellowship, variety, and friendly competition.  We schedule 27 events, most played on Thursday mornings (exceptions for holiday conflicts, or weather make-ups).  We play on a variety of local and area courses, with different foursome pairings each week.  For variety, a few times a year we play some form of a scramble format.  Most weeks we play “Sandtrapper Golf”, which is described below.  When we play a different format or the course we are playing has specific instructions, information will be communicated the week prior to the event.  We encourage our members to participate in as many events as possible, regardless of location or format.

Members are encouraged to use the website ( for weekly information and sign-up.  Sign-up should be made no later than 4pm on Monday of each week.  Foursomes are set and published on Tuesday.  (If you have an emergency and need to cancel after foursomes are set, please contact Ken Dawson at (309) 360-9006.)

Pace of Play—All players must use riding golf carts.  An individual’s score on any one hole is limited to eight (8), so if you are lying seven (7), and are not yet in the hole, pick up and take an eight (8).  Play “ready golf” and do your best to keep up with the group in front of you.

Prize Fund—A fee of $5 is collected each week when you check in to play.  TEAM PRIZES are announced after each event; prize money is awarded based on the amount of money collected at each event.  Individual winnings are recorded, accumulated and paid at the end of the season.

Handicaps—Handicaps are based on 90% of the difference between your average score and 70.  Handicaps do not include scores in the scramble events.

Modified Winter Rules – In all events we play modified winter rules where it is permissible to improve your lie by moving your ball with your club head a maximum of six inches, except when the ball lies in a sand trap or other hazard.  This does not allow “lift, clean, and place” nor does it allow moving the ball from rough to fairway (or vice-versa).

Sandtrapper Golf

Sandtrapper golf is a game where the standard rules of golf are modified in order to enhance enjoyment, reduce stress, and improve pace of play; yet retain the challenge of golf while maintaining fair and friendly competition.  Modifications are:

Drives—All players drive.  Each player chooses one of the four drives, and drops his ball within a club length (no closer to the hole).  Each player then plays his own ball from that point in to the hole. (If a group is playing as a threesome, the players alternate hitting a fourth drive on each hole.)

Mulligans—A player is allowed two mulligans per round.  These may be taken at any time during the eighteen holes except NOT on a drive, NOT on the green, and NOT in any sand trap or other hazard. A player must announce that a mulligan is being hit at the spot of the original shot. Once a mulligan is hit it must be played even if it is worse than the original shot.  Since the second mulligan may be played at any time, it is permissible to take your second mulligan in lieu of playing your first mulligan (but then you are out of mulligans for the remainder of the round.)

Gimmees—A player, at his own discretion only, may pick up a putt that is less than 18 inches.  Such a pick-up will count as one stroke.

Lost Ball—If after a reasonable attempt, a player cannot find his ball, he may drop a ball in the vicinity where he expected it to be and take a one-stroke penalty.

Out-of-Bounds—If a shot, other than a drive, is hit out-of-bounds a player may drop a ball within a club length of where he estimates it crossed the out-of-bounds line and take a one-stroke penalty.  A drive hit out-of-bounds is out-of play, and one of the other drives must be chosen for the next shot.

Ball hit into water—Move ball to ball-drop area; if no ball drop area, anywhere behind water in a straight line back from the pin; in either case a one-stroke penalty applies.  If the ball has cleared the water hazard and rolled back in, the next shot may be taken from the far side of the water within two club lengths of where the ball entered the water, but no closer to the hole than the spot where the ball re-crossed the margin of the hazard.  A one-stroke penalty applies.

Sand Trap—A player whose ball is in a sand trap may, at his own discretion, pick up his ball and drop it outside the trap and NO CLOSER TO THE HOLE; one-stroke is added to the players score if this option is elected.

Note: In any of these cases involving a penalty, a player may attempt to avoid the penalty by using one of his mulligans (if one is still available).

Ball in close proximity to a tree trunk—player may move ball up to two club lengths from base of the trunk of the tree, not closer to the hole—No penalty.

Ball in a bush or evergreen tree—player whose ball is inside a bush or evergreen, or so close that his swing is impeded, may move ball up to one club length outside the edge of the bush or evergreen, not closer to the hole—No penalty.

Ball on cart path, in an area marked Ground Under Repair, or in standing water—player may move ball, not closer to the hole, to a position that removes ball from the situation—No penalty.

Application of all Sandtrapper Golf Modifications

Actual on-course application of the modifications that have been adopted is up to the individual player.  A player may always choose to follow the regular rules of golf.  We trust in the individual’s honesty, integrity, and sense of fair play, to avoid abuse of these modifications that are intended to make the game more enjoyable for all. Abuses that have been observed, and are discouraged include: (1) picking up a putt that is clearly outside the guidelines for a “gimmee”; (2) clearly improving your lie by dropping a ball well outside the one or two club length guidelines, or by dropping it in the fairway when the shot is in the rough; (3) making any drop closer to the hole; (4) using more than two mulligans; and (5) intentionally giving the score keeper an incorrect tally of your strokes.

Rules last updated: 3/15/2020