Chip-ins galore as Waukewan Ladies play in the heat

On July 16th, the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League continued to play their weekly game despite temperatures in the 90s. The ladies appreciated the extra bottles of water provided by Waukewan to keep everyone hydrated. Six golfers distinguished themselves with perfect chip shots to win and share in the proceeds of the "chip-in" pot. Fran Howe was busily dividing up the cash as the ladies lined up to collect their winnings. Interestingly, three of the golfers accomplished their "chip-ins" on hole #14. The flag placement was on the front right of the green. Pat Armstrong and Ingrid Smith, both on the same team achieved their feat on their starting hole. Pat's ball came in from off the green on the left and Ingrid Smith chipped hers in from the banked rough on the right. Joslyn Halstead chipped her ball straight and true from the middle of the fairway grass. Gail Clarke showed her chipping accuracy on hole # 15. This green slopes sharply from back to front and if the ball misses the cup, one watches it continue to the front edge of the green. Gail was able to chip her ball perfectly from off the back of the green to the rear pin placement. Ellen Vail and Judy Taylor were just as precise on hole # 17. Ellen chipped in from the front apron also to a rear pin placement and watched her ball traverse the elongated green and drop into the cup. Judy took a shorter route, but just as effective as she chipped in from the back of the green.

President Linda Ridlon continued to announce more winners who worked to display accuracy around the greens. Gerry McGillicuddy won closest to the pin on the par 3 11th by driving the green and having the ball come to rest 7 ft. 6 in. from the pin. Gerry was also excited to have her name added to a branch of the "Birdie Tree" by scoring a four on the par 5, 17th with a 25 ft. putt. On hole # 14, the contest was closest to the pin 2nd or 3rd shot. Fran Howe placed her 3rd shot from 50 yds. out landing it just 55 in. from the cup. And on hole # 16, Brenda Trudeau was the final name on the card to win closest to the pin. She snuggled her shot 20-½ in. from pin and was able to choose a prize from the array of gifts on the prize table.

The golfers who scored 50 and under were Gerry McGillicuddy with a 46, Laurie Fox -48, Charlotte Gregory-49 and Jan Pano-50. Ridlon noted that due to all the rain, course conditions remain challenging with the tall, thick rough.

The game of the week was titled "Two Low Putts plus Three". It was defined as using the two lowest putts of the foursome on all holes except 11, 14, and 16. On those holes three scores were to be used and then all totaled for the final score. The winning team of Val Langbehn, Sis Wiley, Ellen Vail and Gail Clarke posted the lowest score of 31 and much cheering came from the foursome as they were awarded their prize money. Ridlon remarked that both Ellen and Gail were chip-in winners, which certainly helped the team's cause.

And finally, Estelle Smith's ticket was chosen to be the lucky one to take home the 50/50 winnings.