Oakwood Lady Niners Golf Association winter season begins

Longtime OLNGA volunteer Marcie Noble (right) and new member Denise Fleshner at the welcome back luncheon

Longtime OLNGA volunteer Marcie Noble (right) and new member Denise Fleshner at the welcome back luncheon

Ann Rounthwaite

The OLNGA is more than a golf league. Members enjoy socializing with each other and showed it by getting together for breakfast during October overseeding.

At the October 29 Oakwood Activities Day, Julie Schneider, Karen Kenyon, Pattie Wigton, Margaret Johns and Barbara Stewart signed up new members. If you would like to play nine holes at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday mornings with a friendly group of women, please join us. Members who enjoy competition vie for pro shop credits, but it’s a fun, no-pressure league – you play when you can. The OLNGA even offers a choice of tee boxes. Until January you can choose the regular women’s (yellow), the Super Seniors (silver) or the GEMS tees at the 150 yard marker – so there’s a tee for you no matter how long (or short) your drive is. Call Bev Isley at 480-802-6902 for more information.

The league kicked into the winter golf season with a round on the Palms on November 4. Scores will be reported next month. On November 11, a welcome back luncheon followed a best ball game. With a theme of “The Way We Were,” Social Chair Sharon Gale decorated the room with striking, partly colorized photographs of women golfers from the past and gave each golfer similar occasional cards, as well as notes on women’s golf history. For example, we learned that Mary Queen of Scots, an avid golfer, may have brought the term “caddy” to Scotland from France where military cadets carried royalty’s clubs.

The OLNGA was one of several groups contributing funds to buy containers for broken tees on the Oakwood courses. Golfers are encouraged to support ongoing fundraising raffles to pay for this and other course improvements.

Marcie Noble is leaving the OLNGA executive Board after serving for six years as treasurer and eight years as webmaster, following stints as social and publicity chairs. Marcie joined OLNGA when she and her husband arrived in Sun Lakes in 2004. She found volunteering in the league a great way to make friends. A retired banking vice president from Tacoma, Washington, Marcie is a dedicated volunteer. She is most passionate about her work with Neighbors Who Care, where she spends 28 to 32 hours a week paying it forward by serving as receptionist, responding to calls and doing whatever else is needed to help Sun Lakes residents. Her philosophy of helping others permeates the OLNGA as well; it is a caring, supportive group.

This is a great time to join OLNGA in order to get in on the upcoming social activities. Mark your calendar for the December 9 Holiday Luncheon featuring comic entertainment and festive ornaments; the December 14 dinner for members and partners or guests; and golf with the Cottonwood Lady Niners on January 15.

A reminder for members new and old – 2015 dues of $72 (this includes your Arizona Women’s Golf Association membership) are due December 15. Don’t delay. The price goes up by $5 after that date. v