OLNGA Championship awarded

President Barbara Stewart (left) and Club Champion Cora Lathom-Levensky

President Barbara Stewart (left) and Club Champion Cora Lathom-Levensky

Low Net Champion Linda Trisch (left) and Jo Williams

Low Net Champion Linda Trisch (left) and Jo Williams

Ann Rounthwaite

The Oakwood Lady Niners had a busy and rewarding spring. April 12 brought a game where only the part three and five holes were counted. Winners Flight 2: 1st Linda Liberti, 2nd Georgeanne Bell and Judy Hedding; Flight 3: 1st Barbara Stewart and Julia Collier, 2nd Annette Carrington.

On April 19th the OLNGA hosted the Cottonwood Lady Niners for golf and a get-together; 48 golfers played a step-aside scramble, and met afterwards at the Pool Side Café patio for refreshments.

At a board meeting on April 25, Sally Spangler’s accomplishment as the most improved player of 2015 was recorded. Sally is a versatile and dedicated OLNGA volunteer whose contributions include producing the league’s handbook every year, sharing responsibility for weekly pairings, and co-chairing the 2014 Member-Guest Day.

The highlight of the season was the OLNGA Awards Luncheon on April 26. In a pre-lunch scramble on the Sonoran, winners were 1st Phyllis Madison, Linda Brock, Judy Hedding and Bea Cannon:;2nd Cora Lathom-Levensky, Sandy Krediet, Julie Schneider and Darlene Funk; 3rd Joyce Parker, Suevonne Negaard, Reggie Wegman and Dolly Giallonardo. The luncheon’s theme was Dare to Dream with place cards featuring stars and butterflies, brilliantly colored butterfly centerpieces, and beautiful floral watercolor paintings by Social Chair Sharon Gale. Each woman received a lovely metal butterfly plant stake as a favor.

Some Lady Niners fulfilled their dreams as golfers when prizes were awarded for the 2015/2016 season. Cora Lathom-Levensky was the overall 2016 low gross Club Champion. President Barbara Stewart presented prizes to her and to Nancy Heberling Flight 1, Patty Partridge Flight 2 and Sharon Gale Flight 3.

Linda Trisch was the overall 2016 Jo Williams Low Net Champion. Jo Williams, the club’s senior member, presented the Low Net Championship prizes named after her to Linda, and to Cora Lathom-Levensky Flight 1, Pat Stead Flight 2, Colleen Duke Flight 3, Joyce Parker and Mary Jane Coking won the four game State Medallion competition and the right to represent the OLNGA at the AWGA State Medallion tournament next January.

Birdie pins were awarded to Sharon Gale (two birdies), Susie Cook, Kathy Chebuhar, Joyce Parker, Nancy Herberling, Sandy Krediet, Cora Lathom-Levensky, Linda Trisch, and Ann Rounthwaite. Your intrepid reporter (whose enthusiasm for golf exceeds her skill) was thrilled to be in the company of such fine golfers but couldn’t attend the awards luncheon. Kathy Chebuhar and Reggie Wegman thoughtfully arranged for a pin presentation before a weekly golf game and Tuny O’Rourke interrupted her recuperation from surgery to attend and make the presentation. I was delighted and touched by everyone’s kindness. It exemplifies the spirit of the OLNGA – a warm, friendly and supportive group of women who enjoy both golf and socializing together.

Since May 1, during Ironwood’s renovation, Oakwood and Ironwood Lady Niners have combined for non-league play at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Sign-up on the bulletin board in the Pro Shop. Oakwood Niners will start next season with golf and luncheon on November 8. For information about joining us, call Margaret Johns at 480-588-1807.