I did do something that I am happy to be a part of. I helped a wonderful teenage boy, Tyler, get his Boy Scout merit badge. He was born with cerebral palsy. The doctors told his parents he would never walk. Well he can walk. He has a big challenge with his balance. I had to get merit badge certified by the Boy Scouts and then work with Tyler to get his merit badge. It took us about three weeks and of course I did it for free. My GM donated the rounds of golf.
I just got a text from his mom letting me know that Tyler just completed everything for his Eagle Scout. I am invited to the Eagle Scout awards ceremony on October 17th. I am so excited. I got him a really nice leather bag and am having a brass insert put on the inside with the Teddy Roosevelt quote. “The credit belongs to the man in the arena.” Tyler is the real deal.
I had over 200 juniors in my programs last year. Needles to say, I am looking forward to over-seeding so I can take a break. I really do have the best girls golf program in Nevada. It took me three years to build it up. I have classes for 7 – 10 year olds and advanced classes for 11-17 year olds.
A high-five and the most electrifying smile lights up as the young Special Olympics athlete hits a 100 yard shot onto the green and watched it land 3 feet from the hole. More smiles, high-fives and excitement as her partner sinks the 3 footer for a par. What an accomplishment for the athlete that earlier had suffered two severe epileptic seizures, yet continued to walk her 9 holes of golf competition.
Two French speaking young male athletes traveled thousands of miles from the Ivory Coast to discover their golf equipment didn’t arrive in time for the competition. With only 2 golf balls and a set of rental clubs they managed to post a low 9 hole score and remain in contention for a medal.
Our very own, Jennifer Bermingham finished in fourth place at this years LPGA T&CP national Championship in Orlando Florida. Jennifer was one of eight players to earn an exemption into the LPGA KPMG Championship in Seattle Washington next year.
“It’s a super special memory and it’s going to be a great experience,” she said. “I had to be patient out there, after getting a bogey on the first two holes in the last round. I knew that birdies were going to follow only if I stayed patient. Playing with the winner, Laurie Rinker was an awesome experience and I enjoyed the company in the round…because I was nervous,” Jennifer remarked with a smile.
Many of you ask how we are doing financially. How are the fees spent within our Section? The Treasurers report is my chance to answer those questions generally. I am available anytime for a phone call or email for personal answers to your concerns. The state of our Section is positive and flush! We started the year with a surplus in our Sections account. Through this year the officers team has organized planned held several seminars and events. This included the acceptance of monies for registration fees and payment of all expenses at a regional level. That’s right YOUR officers have collectively managed the expenditures on your behalf. The outcome of this is that we as a Section gets to closely understand the operations of the events. Thus resulting in the Seattle seminar did cost more than participated, however the Oregon seminar broke even. Most recently the seminar in Los Angeles the event yielded a profit! All things considered we are still ahead with a surplus for the year. Please submit any ideas you may have for fund raising and ways for us to celebrate our membership in a cost effective way! I love serving you. Call or Text anytime 508-330-6731.
– Christie Quinn
It has been a great pleasure being your Western Section Secretary this term. I’ve enjoyed keeping you informed on what has been occurring in our section and I’ve also Ioved highlighting the accomplishments of our members. It is time for me to turn the reins over to another volunteer, as I need to focus more attention on my teams. As of mid-August, I have been the Interim Men’s Golf Coach as well as the Head Women’s Coach at UC Riverside, and I’ve never in my life been so sleep deprived nor as fulfilled professionally.
I hope each of you will deeply consider what your membership in the LPGA T&CP means to you and what you can do to make our organization better.
Wishing you all many birdies and pars!
– Mary Ritchie
This summer our Pacific Northwest PGA decided to give out grants to golf courses to help with Player Development. Each course was sent applications to fill out and then a committee voted on who should receive these limited amounts of grants. One grant was for “Player Development” and the other grant was for “Youth Player Development”. I filled out both applications and our golf course was awarded both grants! The Player Development grant I used to purchase the Family Tees and the Youth Grant I used to purchase some SNAG equipment. I was hoping this would help increase our women and junior rounds at Laurelwood.