LWMGA Club Championship -- August 19 & 20, 2005
The LWMGA has their championship which is generally played
towards the end of the golf season and this year it fell on August 19th
and 20th. Yes, this is a two day event held at two of the City
Courses. The Highlands and Pioneer Golf Courses were our first
and second day venues, respectively.
Pretty tough, I tell you, to wake up to these views....................
OK.............PLEASE twist my arm!!!
Now I have to depart for just one moment from the golf at hand to
mention a strange phenomenon that I noticed during this event.
Being a scientist, it is my job to record effects when running
experiments. So, can you tell me what is "strange" in these
pictures of the Highlands on the left and Pioneers on the right?
Or should I say what is missing???
YEP, YOU GOT IT. Both days of the Club Championship was
void of wind. I don't think I've ever seen the lakes at these
courses without any ripples at all. The Highlands was a mirror
and if I'd gotten closer the one at Pioneers would have been very
similar. WOW. Sorry, I just had to point that one
out. Rare occasions must be documented.
OK back to business.
The crew at the Highlands had to get some mowing done and for the most
part managed to stay out of the ladies way.
Both courses were in pretty good shape considering the weather prior to
the tournament was stressful to say the least with temperatures above
100 F and high humidities. So, I'd like to give a "nice pat on
the back" to the Superintendents for their efforts to give us great
courses all year around.
As play backed up behind a slow moving group of men, the gals took it
in stride and got caught up on some current events.
At other times, you can almost feel like your out on the course all by
Since I was playing in the event and "concentrating" on hitting
fairways and greens, (and BOY do I need to work on my FOCUS.....tee
hee) I really don't have a lot of pictures to
However, the most exciting thing happened!!!!
Come on Ladies.......check it out........
Come one, come all........literally.........
WE HAVE A PLAYOFF for Club Champion!!!!
Most of our events are settled by card playoffs or a split of the
winning money between ties. However, for Club Champion of the
LWMGA they must win on the field of play. So this year when all
golf was done, Sherrie Nelson and Lyla Ott were tied for low
The playoff began on Hole #10 with a good luck hand shake from both
ladies. GOOD LUCK GALS!!
Of course, we had to have an official to monitor the play. Our
own Judge Karen Flowers (above right) decided to take on the
duties. OK, you
might wonder who she is keeping quiet in this image wouldn't
you....where is everyone???
Well, they are there as you can see we have a number of ladies under a
(rather hot day) and several carts filled with spectators to watch the
Sherrie and Lyla both had second shots from the rough but managed to
get close to the green from the long grass.
At times you feel all alone on the course and here Lyla concentrates on
her next play to get her ball snuggled up next to the pin so she has
just a tap in (bottom right).
Sherrie and Lyla both took pars on the first hole of the playoff and
moved on to Hole #11.
So off we all go.........
Has anyone seen Karen lately.....
OK we are good to go
Of course, again there is a slow group of men ahead of the ladies so we
are all "waiting patiently" for them to clear the green. Of
course they probably think we are all watching
But after about 10 min Lyla is ready to take the next shot to the
green. While Sherrie ponders a shot over a tree from the rough
just off the green. Unfortunately I missed that shot but it was a
nice shot that landed softly on the green.
Lyla has a 20' putt for birdie and concentrates hard. But alas,
it slides by....OH WHAT A CRUEL GAME ......
Sherrie then sinks her winning putt and the ladies congratulate each
other on the play.
So we all are off again to the club house to celebrate the new Club
Champion and all the other winners of the tournament.
Low Net Champion : Jenny
Keitges 62 + 65 = 127
Senior Low Net Champion: Jean
Peck 73 + 75 = 148
Low Gross Champion (Club
Champion): Sherrie Nelson 86 + 83
First flight (net):
1st place: Sherry Nelson with a 70 + 66 = 136
2nd place: Karen Flowers with a 74 + 70 = 144
3rd place: Lyla Ott with a 74 + 73 = 147
4th place: Joy Kovar with a 75 + 72 = 147
Order: Sherrie, Karen, Joy, and Lyla
Second flight (gross):
1st place tie:
Chris Lange with a 90 + 89 = 179
Gloria Brockley with a 88 + 91 = 179
3rd place: Susan Holland with a 91 + 94 = 185
Order: Susan, Chris, and Gloria
Third flight (gross):
1st place: Jenny Keitges with a 88 + 93 = 181
2nd place: Jean Brown with a 98 + 101 = 199
3rd place: Jean Peck with a 99 + 103 = 202
Order: Jean B., Jean P., and Jenny
Fourth flight (net):
Cathy, Kari, and Carla
1st place: Kari Johnson with a 71 + 69 = 140
2nd place: Carla Becker with a 68 + 74 = 142
3rd place: Cathy Day with a 77 + 68 = 145