The Elk Rapids Ladies Golf League kicked off the 2017 season on Wednesday, June 7th. Sixty-four golfers arrived eager to meet old friends and new members on a beautiful sunny morning. A shotgun start at 9:00 am began the season’s competition. Many commented on the great course conditions and overall look from some nice updates done around the property since last fall. The ladies will participate in 10 weeks of regular play with a final Fun Day added in August.
The Play of the Day for this first week was Best Full House of scores. First flight winners: Low gross – Kathie Keiser and Pam Davis (49), Low net – Brenda Corner and Kathie Keiser (38), Low putts – Kathie Keiser (15), Birdie – Pam Davis (#7), Play of the Day – Karen Kies (7s over 8s). Second flight winners: Low gross – Bonnie Gregory (53), Low net – Bonnie Gregory (36), Low putts – Bonnie Gregory (13), No birdies or chip-ins, Play of the Day – Ginny Dorner, Joyce McDowell, and Margo Rogers, (8s over 7s). Third flight winners: Low gross – Pat McCallum (59), Low net – Pat McCallum (35), Low putts – Barbara DeYoung, Sandy Anderson, and Pat Jackson (15), Chip-in – Pat Jackson (#7), Play of the Day – Beth Serrell (9s over 8s). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Diana Brumer (62), Low net – Diana Brumer and Rosemary Grossa (36), Low putts – Debbie Taylor (15), Play of the Day – Jeri Miller ( 9s over 8s).
Chili and brownies were prepared and served for lunch afterwards by Dana Vannoy, Barbara DeYoung, Ellie Holdsworth, Nell Lockhart, Margo Rogers and Pam Davis.
Submitted by Pam Davis.
Summer golf for the Elk Rapids Ladies Golf League arrived with an abundance of sunny smiles from the 68 members on Wednesday, June 1st. Unfortunately, Mother Nature sprinkled us with rain, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit for a great start to the season. We all looked forward to a warm lunch of sloppy joes, veggies, and homemade brownies afterwards prepared by Dana Vannoy, Ellie Holdsworth, Barbara DeYoung, Pam Davis, Nell Lockhart, Jo Kreag, and Margo Rogers.
The play of the day was “Four Score” which was a total of scores on all par fours. First flight winners: Low gross – Pam Davis (48), Low net – Joyce McDowell (35), Low putts – Barb DeYoung and Ann Borysiak (14), Chip ins – Pam Davis (#9) and Donna Reffitt (#4), Birdies – Pam Davis (#9), and Play of the Day – Donna Reffitt (27). Second flight winners: Low gross – Pat Koch (46), Low net – Pat Koch (27), Low putts – Betty McCaghy and Dana Vannoy (15), Birdies – Bev McCamman (#8), Play of the Day – Pat Koch (20). Third flight winners: Low gross – Pat Jackson and Jan Reynolds (58), Low net – Jan Reynolds (37), Low putts – Pat Jackson (14), Chip-ins Nell Lockhart (#3), and Play of the Day – Pat Jackson (32). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Marcia Sumerix (61), Low net – Marcia Sumerix (35) and Rosemary Grossa (35), Low putts – Jeri Miller (13), Chip-ins – Jeri Miller (#4), Play of the Day – Marcia Sumerix (33)
(Submitted by Pam Davis)
“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before,” Bonnie Blair. Even though she was a famous speed skater, her message applies to the game of golf as well. Achieving perfection seems to allude most of us that play, but working to improve our personal skills keeps us coming back round after round. June 8th was a day of challenge for the ERLGL with the cold wind making the golf swing a bit hard to complete with perfection. So, another day and another round will be a chance to do better than we’ve done before!
Taco salad with many delicious brownies were waiting for us in the clubhouse for lunch. All was prepared by Liz Harris, Verna Sak, Ginny Dorner, Diana Brumer, Elaine Glowicki, Kay Romska, and Kristi Newer.
The play of the day was a “full house” created by scores from 5 holes. First flight winners: Low gross – Shelly Boisvert (49), Low net – Shelley Boisvert (38), Low putts – Brenda Corner (15), Chip-ins – Joyce McDowell (#7), Play of the Day – Kay Romska. Second flight winners: Low gross – Ginny Dorner (48), Low net – Ginny Dorner (29), Low putts – (tie) Nancy Butson, Ginny Dorner, and Jan Zander (15), Chip-in – Cheryl Knight (#2), Play of the Day – (tie) Bonnie Gregory and Jackie Bowen. Third flight winners: Low gross – Jan Reynolds (56), Low net – Jan Reynolds (35), Low putts – Jan Reynolds (14), Chip-ins – Jan Reynolds (#1), Play of the Day – Beth Serrell. Fourth flight winners: Low gross – (tie) Pat McCallum and Verna Sak (58), Low net – Pat McCallum (31), Low putts – Penny Novarro (18), Play of the Day – Carol Bocskay. (Submitted by Pam Davis)
June 15th was a rain event for the ERLGL. Watching the radar was an obsession in the early morning hours, but by just looking outside, one could see that it wasn’t going to be a good day for golf! The members dutifully gathered in the clubhouse that morning only to decide that it was a better day for staying inside and playing games. Many came prepared with card games and Mah Jongg while others took advantage of the time for committee meetings.
We enjoyed an early lunch of oriental chicken salad with fortune cookies and sherbet for dessert. The lunch committee for the day was Joanne Emmett, Laura Derusha, Jan Reynolds and her daughter Jen, Pat Jackson, Betty McCaghy, Judy Oswald, and Jan Zander. We all welcomed some returning golfing sisters and league members for lunch as well. They were Wanda Humpfrey, Lou Letsche, Hilda Vasselou, Joyce Simmons, Rosemary Hefron, and Barb Thomas.
The ladies’ match play tournament is underway. Barb George, tournament chairman, announced that the second round should be completed by July 5th. Players should contact their opponent to schedule a play date on or before that date.
June 27th is our ERLGL invitational. The field of 64 players is full with 32 women coming from other area ladies golf leagues. The committee is hard at work to make it a fun day of golf and friendship with “Swing with Bling” as the theme. (Submitted by Pam Davis)
In thinking about the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, one might wonder what America has brought to the game of golf. After doing a little research I found an interesting fact. The golf car was introduced as a result of our love for the automobile. While introduced in the 1930s, it was not a true addition until the 1950s. Some people still feel walking is the best way to enjoy and play the game. However, the golf cart has made playing golf accessible to almost anyone who wants to play. The unique quality about the Elk Rapids Golf Club is that it is very “walkable” if one so chooses. Whether walking or riding, the beautiful views along Elk Lake and beyond are enjoyed by everyone.
A delicious lunch of pasta salad and homemade breads was prepared by Ann Borysiak, Karen Kies, Bonnie Gregory, Bobbie Cornelissen, Rosemary Grossa, Bev McCamman, and Betty Kleinow on June 22nd.
The Play of the Day was the drive nearest the wavy line on #9. Also included in the prizes was the previous play of the day which was the total score on the even holes (2, 4, 6, and 8). First flight winners: Low gross – Pam Davis (43), Low net – Linda Hoey (32), Low putts – Shelly Boisvert and Pam Davis (12),
Chip-ins – Shelly Boisvert had 2 (#2 and #4), Play of the Day – nearest the line – Joyce McDowell, even holes total – Char Hanson, Adele Reiter, and Pam Davis (19). Second flight winners: Low gross – Kristie Newer (50), Low net – Kristie Newer (33), Low putts – Betty Kleinow (12), Chip-ins – Ginny Dorner (#1), Betty McCaghy (#5), Birdies – Bev McCamman (#8), Play of the Day – nearest the line – Pat Koch (#9), even holes total – Laura Derusha (22). Third flight winners: Low gross – Jan Reynolds (55), Low net – Elaine Glowicki (33),
Low putts – Nancy Muhlig and Elaine Glowicki (15), Chip – ins – Essie Blackburn (#1), Play of the Day – nearest the line – Joanne Emmett and even holes total – Essie Blackburn and Jan Reynolds. Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Sandy Anderson, Pat McCallum, Marcia Sumerix, and Rosemary Grossa (63), Low net – Eileen Hamilton (34), Low putts – Pat McCallum and Rosemary Grossa (16), Chip-ins – Verna Sak (#2) Play of the Day – nearest the line – Ellie Holdsworth, and even holes total – Rosemary Grossa (26). (Submitted by Pam Davis)
The Elk Rapids Ladies Golf League hosted an invitational golf outing on June 27th. The roster of golfers included 32 ladies from area golf course leagues along with 32 of our own league members. The day turned out to be sunny and bright for a 9:15 am tee off time. Since the theme of the day was “Swing with Bling”, many ladies wore gold or silver and lots of sparkle! The golf game consisted of a shamble format with 4 players playing as a team. Following golf there was a delicious chicken salad luncheon and many prizes given out. Everyone expressed having a fun day as well as making new friends. Thank you to all the volunteers who made our invitational such a huge success.
On June 29th the ladies league kicked off another regular league day with the play of the day being the best reverse score. First flight winners: Low gross-Char Hanson and Kathy Breece (46), Low net – Kay Romska (32, Low putts – Kathy Breece, Kay Romska, Kathy Keiser (15), Birdies – Kay Romska (#8), Play of the Day – Adele Reiter and Pam Davis (94). Second flight winners: Low gross – Doris Masserang, Kristie Newer, and Karen Kingon (52), Low net – Doris Masserang (31), Low putts – Sharon Bacon and Bev McCamman (12), Chip-ins – Bev McCamman (#5), Janet Morrison (#2), and Doris Masserang (#5), Play of the Day – Betty Kleinow, Cheryl Knight, Liz Harris, and Betty McCaghy (95). Third flight winners: Low gross – Joanne Emmett (56), Low net – Bobbie Cornelissen (33), Low putts – Joanne Emmett and Liz Rollert (14), Chip-ins – Essie Blackburn (8), Birdies – Essie Blackburn (#8). Play of the Day – Jan Reynolds and Jeanette Christy (95). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Sandy Anderson (57), Low net – Sandy Anderson (32), Low putts – Susan Wiltse and Sandy Anderson (16), Play of the Day – Susan Wiltse, Rosemary Grossa, and Jeri Miller (76).
Macaroni and cheese, salad, brownies, and cookies was the lunch served and prepared by Jeri Miller, Beth Serrell, Joyce McDowell, Sandy Anderson, Karen Kingon, Pat Koch, and Liz Rollert.
During the ladies’ league season at Elk Rapids, the golfers play each week against an opponent of the same flight with a stroke play format. Points for each player are awarded for winning or tying a match each game. At the end of the season, the players in each of the four flights that have the most points are awarded at our annual banquet. Also, during the playing season, all players are entered in a match play tournament. This is a single elimination tourney with one winner for each flight. Whether one plays match play or stroke play, the maximum number of clubs a player can start the round with is 14. In match play, a player may play a practice round, while in stroke play they may not play a practice round. In match play, there is no penalty for teeing off in front of the tee markers. The opponent may require the player to re-hit. However, in stroke play, it is a 2 stroke penalty to tee off in front of the tee markers. A player may place their ball up to two club lengths behind the tee markers in both match or stroke play. Those are just a few of the rules to keep in mind when playing stroke or match play.
This past week’s play of the day was low putts. First flight winners: Low gross – Kathy Moody-Breece (40), Low net – Jo Kreag (31), Low putts – Barb DeYoung (13), Chip-ins – Ann Borysiak (#7) and Jo Kreag (#2), Play of the Day – Barb DeYoung (13). Second flight winners: Low gross – Jan Zander (50), Low net – Laura Derusha (33), Low putts – Jan Zander and Bev Mc Camman (14). Third flight winners: Low gross – Essie Blackburn (53), Low net – Essie Blackburn (31), Low putts – Essie Blackburn (13), Birdies – Barb George (#8),
Chip-ins – Jan Reynolds (#9) and Essie Blackburn (#6), Play of the Day – Essie Blackburn (13). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Marcia Sumerix (61), Low net – Pat McCallum (34), Low putts – Marcia Sumerix and Sandy Anderson (15), Chip-in – Pat McCallum (#4).
Following a beautiful day for golf, these ladies prepared a scrumptious oriental salad lunch; Jackie Bowen, Peggy Bushnell, Sue Cain, Penny Novarro, Essie Blackburn, and Jeanette Christy. (Submitted by Pam Davis)
There can be moments of pure joy and elation with the game of golf. For some, just hitting the ball without missing is enough to bring the feeling alive. For others, sinking a long putt, chipping in the hole from off the green, or scoring a birdie (one under par) can be enough to put a skip in one’s step as they walk off the green. Last Wednesday, that is just what happened for Susan Wiltse on the eighth hole. She carded a birdie on this par 3. This is not an easy green as it slopes away from the hole in most positions. After holing the putt, “Susan appeared to be in a state of shock,” Laurie DeRusha recalled. Congratulations, Susan.
Anyone can try their luck for the chance to play this hole during the upcoming Harbor Days festival. ERGC is hosting the annual Hole-in-One contest Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The grand prize for a hole-in-one is $100,000. Winning that would certainly be something to remember, so come on out to the course and give it a try. Also, the net proceeds will benefit the Antrim County Baby Pantry, a volunteer run non-profit, that provides families with children from birth to their 6th birthday with baby food, diapers, clothing, cribs, car seats, and more.
The Play of the Day on July 20th was the longest drive on #3. First flight winners: Low gross – Adele Reiter and Kathie Keiser (46), Low net – Kathie Keiser and Brenda Corner (34), Low putts – Donna Reffitt (13), Play of the Day – Donna Reffitt. Second flight winners: Low gross – Jan Zander (50), Low net – Janet Morrison (33), Low putts – Betty Kleinow (14), Play of the Day – Karen Kingon. Third flight winners: Low gross – Essie Blackburn (55), Low net – Essie Blackburn (35), Low putts – Pat Jackson (15), Chip-in – Pat Jackson (#6), Play of the Day – Liz Rollert. Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Susan Wiltse (59), Low net – Susan Wiltse (32), Low putts – Pat McCallum (16), Birdie – Susan Wiltse (#8), Play of the Day – Ellie Holdsworth.
Lasagne, Caesar salad, cherry dessert, and fresh sweet cherries were waiting for everyone for lunch. The expert cooks were Janet Morrison, Susie Morrison, Patty McDonald, Adele Reiter, Ellen Dunbar, Kathy Vanitvelt, Nancy Butson, and Pat McCallum.
Golf can get in the way of many things when one is a serious player….especially some men. I heard one such story recently. Nick was in big trouble when he forgot his wedding anniversary. Cam, his wife told him, “Tomorrow there better be something in the driveway for me that goes from zero to 200 in 2 seconds flat.” The next morning his wife found a small package in the driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. Funeral arrangements for Nick have been set for Saturday at his favorite golf course.
I have made sure my husband did not forget our anniversary coming up this weekend and end up like Nick. Arrangements have already been made for a stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island with a round of golf we will enjoy together. Sometimes a woman has to anticipate the possibilities and take control of the situation!
The Play of the Day for July 27th was ‘odd holes only’. First flight winners: Low gross – Char Hanson (45), Low net – Patty McDonald (33), Low putts – Char Hanson (15), Chip-ins – Char Hanson (#1), Birdies – Shelley Boisvert (#7) and Char Hanson (#3), Play of the Day – Char Hanson (24). Second flight winners: Low gross – Jackie Bowen (50), Low net – Jackie Bowen (28), Low putts – Sharon Bacon (13), Play of the Day – Doris Masserang, Karen Kingon, and Sharon Bacon (28). Third flight winners: Low gross – Joanne Emmett (58), Low net – Judy Oswald and Deb Taylor (36), Low putts – Elaine Glowicki (15), Play of the Day – Joanne Emmett (33). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Marcia Sumerix and Eileen Hamilton (61), Low net – Lorraine Berak (31), Low putts – Pat McCallum and Kathy DiMercurio (16), Play of the Day – Eileen Hamilton (32).
The ladies of the golf league are such wonderful cooks with each lunch after golf being a delicious one. This week the seven layer salads, corn bread, and melon was no exception. All was prepared by Shelley Boisvert, Carol Bocskay, Brenda Corner, Kathie Keiser, Barbara George, Linda Kish, and Kathy Moody-Breece. (Submitted by Pam Davis)
The Olympics with all the different events and amazing athletes has been so exciting to watch these past couple of weeks. From the gold medal women’s gymnastics team to all the medal winners in swimming, our country can be proud of these young people and their accomplishments. The game of golf was reinstated as an Olympic sport after 104 years. That is affirmation that it is truly a sport worthy of this world competition. Justin Rose, an American golfer, scored the first hole in one in Olympic history. Now that is a world record to cherish. Whether one is a golfer or other sport enthusiast, nothing is more inspiring than watching the best of the best compete on the Olympic stage.
The play of the day for our lady golfers on August 10th was “Lean on Par” (replace the worst hole score with par). First flight winners: Low gross – Pam Davis (43), Low net – Jo Kreag and Patty McDonald (32), Low putts – Linda Kish (14), Chip-ins – Barb DeYoung (#4), Birdies – Jo Kreag (#8), Play of the Day – Pam Davis (41). Second flight winners: Low gross – Pat Koch (45), Low net – Pat Koch (30), Low putts – Doris Masserang (14), Chip-ins – Doris Masserang (#5) and Liz Harris (#7), Play of the Day – Pat Koch (38). Third flight winners: Low gross – Judy Oswald and Jan Reynolds (59), Low net – Judy Oswald and Beth Serrell (36), Low putts – Beth Serrell (15), Chip-ins – Beth Serrell (#1), Play of the Day – Judy Oswald (54). Fourth flight winners: Low gross – Penny Novarro (61), Low net – Penny Novarro and Lorraine Berak (33), Low putts – Jeri Miller (13), Chip-ins – Jeri Miller (#2), Play of the Day – Penny Novarro (55). (Submitted by Pam Davis)
The Elk Rapids Ladies Golf League is proud of their generous support of local charities. Each summer they choose a charity to sponsor and raise money from the league and club members. This year, Michael’s Place will receive the donations. On August 17th, Connie Witzinger and Robin Flannery, Michael’s Place representatives, came to the luncheon to give an overview of their organization.
Michael’s Place is located at 1212 Veteran’s Drive in Traverse City. Their mission is to provide a safe environment to enable healthy healing after the death of a loved one. They provide support for children, teens, and adults grieving a loss. Their services have on-site support groups, school support groups, and workplace grief and crisis counseling. They are nonprofit and do not charge for their services. If anyone is interested in learning more about Michael’s Place, visit mymichaelsplace.net.
Mother Nature dealt us our second golf day rain out for the season. While it was disappointing, no one complained a great deal since the rain was much needed. The ladies enjoyed some social time in the clubhouse instead. Deb Taylor, Linda Hoey, Doris Masserang, Lorraine Berak, Nancy Muhlig, Donna Reffitt, and Ruth Larson were the hostesess for the day providing a savory pasta salad lunch.