Waukewan Ladies League hosts 40th invitational tournament

As the fog lifted and the sun began to shine, the 95 golfers from over 22 courses throughout the state knew they were in for a steamy day of golf. "Heart of a Woman" was the theme for this September 11th Invitational. This year's charity, New Hampshire Goes Red for Women, was reflected throughout as the ladies wore their red attire, a heart balloon was tied to each of the flag pins on the course and the Bar-N decorations highlighted red dresses everywhere including a red dress lapel pin for each of the contestants. The red dress represents the ability of all women to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives.

After the ladies enjoyed a continental breakfast provided by League members, President Kathy Sweeney welcomed the field of golfers and introduced GM Craig Hale who in addition to reviewing the rules, prize holes and format, gave the family history of how his grandfather, with his grandmother's urging changed their farm into a nine-hole and eventually an 18 hole golf course. Committee Chair, Carolyn Koczera thanked the rest of her committee as well as Pro shop manager Justin Barkley for all their hard work. The ladies also joined Koczera in thanking the several husbands who served as the welcoming "bag guys".

During play, there were eight contest holes waiting for the ladies to demonstrate their precision shots. Those ladies winning the prize of ball marker necklaces were: Carol Leblanc who drove her ball "Closest to the Line on #2", Brenda Trudeau-"Closest to the Pin" at 14' 2 " on # 3, Irene Schultz –"Closest to the Pin" at 2'7" on # 11, Donna Grantz –"Closest to the Pin" at 16'11" on #16 winning a complimentary golf lesson from Waukewan's Pro Chuck Yeager, Nancy Vercauteran-"Closest to the Pin-2nd Shot" at 6'4" on # 5, Deb Gamans-"Closest to the Pin-2nd Shot" on #14, Erin Dymen-"Longest Drive" on #8 and Patti Safallo-"Longest Drive" on #15.

The field of golfers was treated to both appetizers provided by the League's members as well as a tasty luncheon catered by Kurt's Caterers in the much-appreciated air- conditioned Bar-N. Before the much-anticipated raffle was begun, Carolyn Koczera led the Pledge of Allegiance in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.
Barb Saimond, the other half of the raffle duo, joined Koczera as winning tickets were announced for the many items generously donated by not only our local merchants but by several League members as well.

The closing awards were: 1st Low Gross to Eileen Douglass at 86 which included an Eagle on # 8 and 2nd Low Gross to Anne Galligan at 89. The following teams placed in the two-low net format: 1st Place-Carol Leblanc, Debi Monroe, Sharon Fuller, Joslyn Halstead at 121, 2nd Place-Eileen Douglass, Val Langbehn, Shirley Keefe, Ellen Daly at 123, 3rd Place-Diane Chiasson, Janet Lucco, Marylou Welch, Nancy Vercateran at 124 (card playoff), 4th Place Gloria Ferland, Carolyn Koczera, Gale Howland, Toni Vachon at 124 (card playoff), and 5th Place-Julie Richardson, Sandra LaBonte, Barb Barbuto, Pat Armstong at 124 (card playoff).
All the ladies departed knowing that their participation in this event helped to support NH Goes Red for Women.