Friday, July 20, 2007

Sun shines for lady golfers at annual tourney

Sun Valley Women?s Golf Invitational hosts 80 competitors


By JENNIFER TUOHY
Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo Beckie Biedebach, Cathy Wellins, Sandy McCullough and Joanne Wetherell pose from left to right after their victorious 18 holes during the Sun Valley Women?s Golf Invitational last Tuesday. The matching ladies took 1st place gross in the second flight, as well as securing the lowest net overall for the third year running.

Primary colors and sun visors jostled for fashion supremacy with fabulous designer sunglasses on the Sun Valley golf course Tuesday, during the 13th annual Sun Valley Women's Golf Invitational.

Played on the luscious greens of a truly sunny Sun Valley golf course, 80 ladies converged on the tournament, which featured a post play lunch and awards ceremony. Prizes included gift certificates to The Pioneer and wine coolers (with or without a bottle of wine, depending on how well you played).

Twenty teams of four played 18 holes, using a shotgun start. The teams were divided into three flights. Two winners were selected from each flight, determined by the two gross best balls per hole and the two net best balls per hole.

For the third year in a row, the lowest net overall went to Team 13, comprised of Beckie Biedebach, Cathy Wellins, Sandy McCullough and Joanne Wetherell (116). The ladies matching outfits were possibly the secret to their success, as they also took first place gross (159) in the second flight, and McCullough snapped up the prize for the "Closest to the Pin" competition on hole 15.

"When you wear matching outfits you play better!" said McCullough. "It takes 10 strokes off your score."

For the fourth year running Beckie Biedebach and Debbie Exley co-chaired the event.

"It's been a beautiful day," said Exley.

"It went great," agreed Biedebach. "The weather was beautiful and it was a great day."

First Flight Winners

First place gross: Team 2 (Arlene Herich, Marcia Rankin, Jennifer Harper, Teddi Harper) 147 gross/123 net.

First place net: Team 10 (Claire Bailey, Jeanne Welsh, Mary Kay Davis, Julie Dillon) 156 gross /120 net.

Second place net: Team 1 (Debbie Exley, Fletcher Olson, Claudia Cline, Nancy Bushell) 148 gross/129 net.

Second Flight Winners

First place gross: Team 13 (Beckie Biedebach, Sandy McCullough, Joanne Wetherell, Cathy Wellins) 159 gross/116 net.

First place net: Team 12 (Jill Brennen, Marilyn Hoffman, Susan Black, Karen Morgan) 171 gross/119 net.

Second place net: Team 7 (Jackie Maritz, Susan Lovett, Mary Ann Bryan, Rolande Vaughn) 163 gross/125 net.

Third Flight Winners

First place gross: Team 15 (Bonnie Hutchinson, Gay Emery, Jeanne Burns, Ursula Hinson) 166 gross/120 net.

First place net: Team 19 (Edyth Goodman, Bixie O'Connel, Jen Waxenberg, Jaci Wilkins) 173 gross/126 net.

Second place net: Team 16 (Carole Almond, Barbara Shelton, Lynn Kaplan, Gundl Haskell) 173 gross/129 net.

Closest To The Pin Winners

Hole #3 Adrian Norris, Hole #5 Bonnie Kodis, Hole #15 Suzie Skinner, Hole #17 Sandy McCullough.




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