Oakwood Lady Niners Golf League

First-place winners (left to right): Colleen Duke, Darlene Vock, Pam Matassarin, and Pam Wagoner

Reggie Wegman

A Home and Home was played with the Cottonwood Palo Verde 9-hole ladies group. The first portion was held at Cottonwood Palo Verde on Thursday, March 31, and the second half was played at Oakwood on April 5. The post-golf Mexican-themed get-together held on the Cottonwood Pro Shop patio was a great success.

The second half was played at Oakwood on the Lakes course. We got to meet our neighbors again and have a great game. There was one winner with a 35, a 1-under-par score, with four other teams with even par. We all gathered at the Pro Shop for a drink and a snack after golf. Thanks to our president Pam Matarassin and our social chair Sue Broucher for organizing this event, and thanks to all her helpers to welcome our visiting gals. It turned out to be a terrific day.

Welcome summer! Remember, ladies, this is the time of year that dehydration can come on quickly. Whatever you choose to have as a beverage, sip every hole. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are becoming more common across the U.S. Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness. It can be fatal. Heatstroke is when the internal temperature of the body reaches over 103 degrees. That fact is usually established in the emergency department. Before you get to that point, deal quickly with heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion begins with general muscle weakness, excessive sweating, nausea and vomiting, and sometimes fainting.

Heat exhaustion and dehydration are related. Dehydration is a depletion or imbalance of fluids or electrolytes in the body. Too much heat for too long and dehydration equals heat exhaustion.

If you or your golf partner is experiencing muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, or fainting, it is time to take action. Try to get into the shade or inside and offer a chilled, nonalcoholic drink. Loosen any tight or restrictive clothing and wet the victim’s head. This should help. If not, and symptoms worsen, it’s time to call for emergency help.

In June we will start signing up on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop. Barbara Solomonson, our most fabulous helper, puts the foursomes together. We do not use Chelsea in the summer months.

We also do not pay chits during the summer. We play a more relaxed game.

So long to those of you who head for cooler climes. Enjoy your summer, and safe travels.