Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Women take flight at Wildflower golf tourney

Valley Club women’s member-guest

They celebrated the virtues of airline travel during The Valley Club's Wildflower Women's Member-Guest golf tournament Aug. 2-3. Eighty-two golfers took part and enjoyed a successful "flight."

"Come Fly with Me," was the tournament theme. Club employees dressed in airline personnel uniforms that represented pilots, flight attendants and TSA agents. Even the tourney rules had an airline theme, like the "Carry On Limit" of 14 clubs for each golfer's bag.

Despite all the thematic changes compared to last year's "Happy Days 50s" theme for the same tournament, the winners remained exactly the same.

Repeating as overall champions with the lowest 36-hole net scores were member Maria Reeser and guest Jean Tagliapietra. They led all 82 players on the 41 two-person teams with scores of 63-61 for 124. Their total was six strokes clear of the next lowest team.

Barbara and Jean Smith (74-76 for 150) won low gross.

Tournament format was two-person better ball with three flights represented. Each flight crowned a net and gross champion. Other gross stroke champions were Gundl Haskell and Barbara Williams, Alice Lane and Felicie Lewis.

Women played the West/South course Thursday and the South/North course Friday. They changed fellow competitors after each nine-hole round on both days to meet more players in the field. Here are the top flight results:

( Amelia Earhart Flight: 1st net—Jeanne Mace and Terry Seigel 59-71 for 130. 2nd net—Kristin O'Reilly and Kathryn Ritchey 65-67 for 132. 3rd net—Gail Landis and Mary Jane Burns 67-69 for 136. Other twosomes finishing at 136 and participating in the card-off for third place were Ursula Hinson and Barbie Morgan, Jeri Wolfson and Katy Rice.

1st gross—Barbara Smith and Jean Smith 74-76 for 150. 2nd gross—Julia Potter and Jennifer Harper 77-75 for 152. 3rd gross—Marilyn Celano and Arlene Herich 75-79 for 154 (14 twosomes competing).

( Charles Lindbergh Flight: 1st net—Martha Sword and Margaret Sieck 67-64 for 131. 2nd net—Jo Ann Stevens and Casey Wechsler 70-68 for 138. 3rd net—Mary Louise Sedin and Gwen Raney 68-73 for 141. Also finishing at 141 and participating in the card-off for third place were Donna Cronin and Mary Rolland.

1st gross—Gundl Haskell and Barbara Williams 88-87 for 175. 2nd gross—Mollie McCain and Joy Spradling 85-93 for 178. 3rd gross—Carolyn Benson and Frankie Freese 86-93 for 179 (14 twosomes).

( Wright Brothers Flight: 1st net—Patti Harris and Suzanne Manookian 70-63 for 133. 2nd net—Olga Melin and Julia Webb 71-69 for 140. 3rd net—Jane Mason and Nancy Hogan 71-74 for 145.

1st gross—Alice Lane and Felicie Lewis 88-88 for 176. 2nd gross—Melinda Elliott and Dora Trina 93-96 for 189. 3rd gross—Barbara Thrasher and Lynne Heidel 96-95 for 191 (13 twosomes).

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