The 9-Hole Closer was followed by our annual Fall Banquet and Annual Meeting. The Chairs, Reggie Groves, Barb Klein, Sandy Martin and Mary Nowlin planned the perfect end-of-the-season celebration with an “Eat Well, Live Well, Play Well” theme featuring a marvelous Mediterranean menu and spa take-home treats. During our 43rd Annual Meeting, we heard a few reports, thanked the 2013 Board for their great service, recognized 49 Birdies made by 20 players during WGG events, applauded our eleven 2013 Champions and congratulated our Most Improved Player of the Year, Barb Countryman, who impressively lowered her USGA Handicap from 19.0 to 13.2. Most importantly, we elected the 2014 WGG Officers and Board of Directors and the President’s Gavel was passed to Sue Ryan. Hooray! A couple of days later, at our 18-Hole Closer, we toasted the season with cake and champagne.
And now, for the final chapter, I wanted to give you a brief recap of this incredibly busy year. Since I last wrote in March, the Women’s Golf Group has planned and/or hosted over 25 special events that included the Spring and Fall Banquets, 5 Guest Days, 7 competitions with other area clubs, 5 championships and 10 shotguns. In addition, we planned around 30 weekly 9-Hole and 18-Hole events. At our 18-Hole Guest Day, we raised $1000 for Harriet Tubman and their programs to end violence against women. The Handbook was completely revamped, our Bylaws were totally revised and WGG members recruited 96 women golfers from 19 different clubs to play in the first Women’s Mercedes Championship here at Dellwood. Almost $10,000 was raised for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota for breast cancer research. When asked, we welcomed the opportunity to give input to our new owner and GM, (okay, we gave our input to them when we weren’t asked, too!). And best of all, our membership rose to 59, the highest it’s ever been. This year’s many successes were a result of the great teamwork of the 28 women who comprised this year’s Board and who volunteered to not only do the planning but, they also generated the necessary enthusiasm for a high level of participation for each event. Then, they executed their plans to perfection.
Heartiest congratulations on a successful year to the Officers and Directors of the Women’s Golf Group! Because of their collective hard work, the 2013 golf season was packed with a wide variety of events and fun activities for all DCC women golfers.