Perfect conditions for a round of golf greeted the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League for its August 6 competition and the low scores did not disappoint. More than a quarter of the 42 golfers scored 50 and under in addition to the several who just missed the cut-off by a few strokes.
As President Ridlon read the scores, Jan Pano received loud applause of appreciation for her low score of 44. The clapping continued as Betsy Cox's name was mentioned as shooting a 45, Gerry McGillicuddy a 46 and Kathy Sweeney a 47. Laurie Fox and Barb Saimond each scored a 48, Gloria Ferland, Charlotte Gregory and Carolyn Koczera a 49 and Barb Barbuto and Rose Hansford completed the group with 50's. Laurie was recognized a second time as she won the 50/50 drawing.
There were three golfers who shared the "chip-in" pot. Charlotte Gregory, on hole #2, found her ball in the rough 4' off the back off the green. Charlotte chipped onto the green with an accurate shot that found the bottom of the cup 15 ' away. She added to her precision shots on the next hole by driving with her 6 hybrid to win "closest to the pin". She watched as her ball came to rest 20' 8" from the flag. Linda Ridlon accomplished her chip-in on hole # 4 by chipping just off the green with her 7 iron and watched as it traveled 10' to the forward flag and into the hole. Joslyn Halstead, not to be outdone, accurately chipped her ball on hole #8 from in the rough off the side of the green. Joslyn smiled with a sense of accomplishment as she watched her ball find its mark.
A fun and interesting "contest hole" was played on hole # 5. As the ladies teed off on this hilly, dogleg left hole, a hula-hoop was placed in an area where most tee shots land, although still out of sight. The golfer who placed her shot closest to the hula-hoop was a delighted Nancy Vercauteran who did admit to being a bit lucky. Bonnie Tower was also accurate and lucky as her name was chosen from the ladies who drove their balls beyond the 100-yard sign placed on the 8th fairway. Bonnie estimated that her ball was about 20 yards beyond the sign. On hole #4, Gloria Ferland won "closest to the pin second or third shot" with her precise pitch from forward of the bunker, over the hill guarding the green and onto the green, coming to rest 8' 11" from the flag.
The much-anticipated award of the afternoon went to the foursome of Jan Pano, Betsy Cox, Gail Clarke and Ingrid Smith for their winning score of 35, which was three shots better than the next best foursome's score. Using the two best net scores of the foursome on each of the 5 odd holes and adding those together for the team score was the game of the week named "Odd Holes Only". It was noted by Ridlon that the low round scores of Jan and Betsy were helpful to the winning foursome as well as those welcomed strokes.
The plans for the League's 40th Invitational "Heart of a Woman" are moving forward and VP Kathy Sweeney is collecting the applications. Sweeney cautioned the League to sign up early for this September 11 event as it is filling up fast.