Oakwood Lady Niners Golf League

Reggie Wegman

Wasn’t it wonderful to have lunch together again on the patio of Stone & Barrel? Our league is very social, and now that things have improved somewhat, we can gather and discuss our great and not-so-great shots.

Bonnie Tasch bought a home in Sun Bird, a neighboring community, in 1997, so her husband Bud could attend the Cubs Cactus League baseball games. In 2003, they built a home on the first hole of the Sonoran. They are part-time residents and spend time here and in Montrose, Colo. Bonnie was born and raised in Sturgis, S.D.

Bonnie loves to be outside hiking and seeing all the beauty Arizona and Colorado have to offer. She also played tennis, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, and was a first base player and pitcher for our ladies softball league.

Bonnie worked as a project manager in Colorado. She was the gal who made sure all regulations were met by the land developer when building business centers and major projects, including housing developments.

Bonnie joined the Oakwood Lady Niners 18 years ago, and has held almost every position in our league. She was our president, social chair, membership and handicap chair, invitational and member guest chair, designed and maintains our website, and keeps the scores for the championship games. She has always helped our league grow and never failed to do a job when asked.

The handicap system now in place is for 18-hole leagues. She would like to see the World Golf System have a specific 9-hole section but doubts that will happen. She must convert the 18-hole handicaps into 9-hole Indexes and HCPS. It works, but it is another job she does for our league. And as you all know, she does it with a smile.

Maybe some of you have noticed the chits are split when more than one person in a flight has the same score. The chit amount is split by adding the first and second place or second and third place in each flight. The payout is then divided by the number of players with the same score.

Also, the rakes are back in the bunkers and should be used. Please rake your footprints on the way out. Do not test the sand by dragging the rake behind you to the spot where your ball is lying. In IronOaks, it was decided to place the rake perpendicular into the trap. If you are not sure of how to place the rake, please ask anyone in the Pro Shop or our rules chair, Judy Hedding.

The heat is coming, so remember to bring water, wear your hat, and use lots of sunscreen. Stay safe and keep them on the fairway!