Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc.

The 11th Annual First Federal Bank Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc. was contested recently and Ohio State University graduate, Jessica Porvasnik  put together rounds of 70-68 for a four-under 138 total to win her first event as a professional. The OWO was contested in Defiance, OH  at Eagle Rock Golf Club and 65 professionals and amateurs competed for top prizes. Porvasnik took home $6000 for her first place finish!

Symetra Tour player, Brooke Baker, from Oklahoma, was runner-up with her rounds of 72-71 for a one over total of 143.

Sue Ertl, a current Legends Tour member and former LPGA touring pro, won the senior event with a two-day total of 148 with rounds of 75 and 73. LPGA member, Karen Bennett, was runner-up with a 149 two-day total.

Danielle Sawyer was the low amateur with her total of 151 with rounds of 77-74. Sawyer is a freshman at Central Michigan University.

 

 

Winners for the Ohio Women’s Open in Defiance, Oh at Eagle Rock Golf Club include, from left: Jessica Porvasnik (Professional winner, 138); Danielle Sawyer (low amateur, 151); Brooke Baker (Professional Runner-up, 143); and Sue Ertl (Senior Professional,148)

PGA Jr. Golf League-Carol Rhoades

The PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.
Registration will open for PGA Junior League Golf on February 1.

In 2016 LPGA & PGA members captained teams to the National Championship. I encourage you to visit the http://www.PGAJLG.comfor information on the most rapidly growing program in golf. For registration and support documents visit http://www.PGA.org/PGAJLG. There is a “Pre-Registration” Questionnaire & Planning Guide that will take you through the process. There are also 8 Regional Player Development Specialists that can answer questions specific to your area. If you have any have questions please feel free to contact me at carol@pga.com. As the Captain of a National Finals Team last year, I encourage you to consider participating in this program.

Noblett wins Midwest Jeri Reid Award

Suzanne Noblett
Indiana’s Suzanne Noblett was recently awarded the Jeri Reid Spirit of the Game Award for 2016. Noblett, who was a friend of Reid, who passed away earlier this year, was thrilled with receiving the award. Noblett said, “Jeri was such a great person and she and I were good friends so this means a lot to me. “

Noblett, who lives in Fort Wayne and is originally from Evansville, Indiana, is a Class A member of the LPGA T&CP Division. This past year she established “Noblett Golf Services,” which she operates from privately owned Cedar Creek Golf Course as well as the Bobick’s Driving Range in Fort Wayne. Noblett adds this award to the two Midwest Section Teacher of the Year Awards.

Noblett is a little unique in her teaching as she always wears knickers; her dog accompanies her to the range and sits on a golf cart during lessons; and she aptly provides videos of herself to her students doing drills so her students will have those for future reference.

As Jeri Reid fought cancer, the award was designed to keep Jeri Reid’s spirit and love of the game alive. Past recipients of the award were: Jeri Reid (2014); Patricia Gray (2015).

 

Join Me in Vegas Baby! by Louise Ball

louise-ball-vegasI am a sports nut!  It’s true, I’ve always been that way.  I grew up in a sports crazed family in Boston, a city with a rich sports history.  I guess you could say sports are in my blood.  I love everything about them.  I’ve lived in Knoxville TN now for 16 years.

Knoxville is the home of the late Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in sports history.  What a treat it was for me to watch her coach, to see her love of sport, people and community.

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Kleiman-Daugherty Win Pro-Pro

Seniors Jan Kleiman and Diane Daugherty claimed first place in the Midwest Pro-Pro event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Monday. The duo fired a stalwart one-under 70 on Monday’s alternate shot event to go with their 72 from the best ball on Sunday.

The team came from five shots back of Hillery Wilson Sence and Alecia Larsen, who closed with an 80 (147 total) to go with their bestball score of 67. Angie Ause and Suzanne Noblett took third place with their score of 149.

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A Message from Your Midwest Section President

Hello Everyone!
Rita Reasons Headshot
I hope this finds you well and that you have had a productive and prosperous golf season thus far this year.

As we head into fall, I wanted to remind you of two great opportunities coming up to be able to connect with fellow T&CP members. Not only will you be able to catch up with friends, but also play some golf, learn new things to help elevate you within our profession, and also earn some additional CUs in the process.

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It’s Tournament Season in Ohio by Martha Mallott

If you haven’t run a large tournament, you need to do it at least once. This year is the 10th Annual Ohio Women’s Open and I have been the Executive Director and Tournament Director all 10 years.

To say this is a fun job would be a total lie.  It is a fun job when the tournament is over and I can again sleep at night without worrying about what might have been forgotten.  My golfing professional friends wonder why I don’t play in the 36-hole championship.  It’s hard already running the tournament, let alone playing in it as well.

The last two years have been especially challenging as we had to cancel the event in 2015 due to a lack of participants.  We had scheduled our usual first weekend in August start time but, unbeknownst to us, it conflicted with LPGA Q-school. With the ranks of our participants coming from the Symetra Tour, the Legends Tour, PGA professionals, and LPGA T&CP member, we lost a huge segment of our draw with so many Symetra Tour members playing at Q-School.

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Women’s Programs at Walnut Creek Country Club By Pat Gray

Walnut Creek has a very active membership with many leagues, events and instructional programs for the women member.  Here are some of the programs and activities we provide which I hope may help give you some ideas of what can be done at your facility!

Instructional League
Our instructional league is designed for the beginning golfer, as well as, the higher handicapper.  It is a four week program scheduled in the month of May.  The structure of the program is 45 minutes of group instruction followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of on course guidance.  The women truly enjoy the Instructional League as it is fun with low stress.  Week four of the on the course portion of the program is a scramble with prizes.  Many of our members participate yearly as they pick up a little more information each time.

Wednesday 9 Hole AM League
This group of women is very diverse.  The league consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  Every Wednesday has a theme and they go all out for their once a month shotgun.  They had “Made in Michigan”, “Carnival”, “Nine, Dine and Wine”.  Please use your imagination of how the course was decorated with games as there are too many to list.  This group of women really know how to have fun on the course.  Socializing and lunch are a large part of this league’s fun.  Many of these participants cross over to the Thursday 18 Hole League. Runs from late April to the end of September. Continue reading

Pro-Am FUN – Nancy Quarcelino

Didn’t we all get into the golf business to have fun and play some golf?

I played competitive golf many years ago, and when I had the opportunity to get into the golf business I jumped on the chance to do something I loved.  Little did I know at the time, playing golf would become a thing of the past. When you work in the golf industry, playing is no longer at the top of the list!

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Women’s Programs at Walnut Creek Country Club By Pat Gray

Walnut Creek has a very active membership with many leagues, events and instructional programs for the women member.  Here are some of the programs and activities we provide which I hope may help give you some ideas of what can be done at your facility!

Instructional League
Our instructional league is designed for the beginning golfer, as well as, the higher handicapper.  It is a four week program scheduled in the month of May.  The structure of the program is 45 minutes of group instruction followed by one hour and fifteen minutes of on course guidance.  The women truly enjoy the Instructional League as it is fun with low stress.  Week four of the on the course portion of the program is a scramble with prizes.  Many of our members participate yearly as they pick up a little more information each time.

Wednesday 9 Hole AM League
This group of women is very diverse.  The league consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  Every Wednesday has a theme and they go all out for their once a month shotgun.  They had “Made in Michigan”, “Carnival”, “Nine, Dine and Wine”.  Please use your imagination of how the course was decorated with games as there are too many to list.  This group of women really know how to have fun on the course.  Socializing and lunch are a large part of this league’s fun.  Many of these participants cross over to the Thursday 18 Hole League. Runs from late April to the end of September.

Wednesday 9 Hole PM League
The Wednesday PM League is very diverse, as well.  It also consists of low handicaps, high handicaps and everything in between.  The majority of the league members work outside of the home, have small children or just consider Wednesdays as women’s night out.  The structure of the league is tee times from 4:30pm-6:30pm with a once a month shotgun.  The shotguns are them based also, such as Pink Ball and Jimmy Buffet nights.  Runs from the beginning of May to the beginning of September.

Thursday 18 Hole League
The 18 Hole League is a little more serious in regards to the weekly events which include:  low net/low gross, blind partners net best ball, 3-2-1 and blind partners team total net.  Even though this league is a little more serious about their golf they still enjoy all aspects of the socialization. Runs from the end of April to the end of September.

Spring Fling
The Spring Fling is the first event of the season.  The format is a Step Aside Scramble.  We use an ABCD format for pairings so there will be a crossover in leagues.  This will enable participants to meet the members from other leagues.  This is a fun way to start the season and a great format to dust off your clubs in the spring.

Spring Member/Member
This is a two member team playing in a ringer tournament format.  A two day event using each member’s net score to combine for a team total.  On day two the player may only better her score.  This event is a big hit at Walnut Creek.

Women’s Invitational (Silver Classic)
The Silver Classic is a member/guest event in which the member gets to choose what other member/guest they would like to have as partners.  This was the main reason that participation improved.  The format is two best ball of four on day one. On day two it is three best balls of the four in the first two flights and the remainder of the flights stay with two best balls of four.  This is the first time in many years that the participation was over 100 players.

Club Championship
The championship is a 36 hole stroke play event with a gross and net division.  For some reason, we struggle to get participates for this event.  All Clubs in the Metro-Detroit Area struggle with participation for their Championship.

Fall Member/Member
Our Fall Member/Member is a two day event with a unique format.  Day one is a Scramble format followed by day two’s format of:  1-6 Best Ball, 7-12 Alternate shot and 13-18 is a Scramble.  A lot of fun is had by all due to the constant changing of the format.  It is like starting fresh with each new format.

Chicks with Sticks
This event is a Solheim Cup Event with one of the neighboring country clubs.  Everyone gets into the spirit, right down to the outfits.  It is a two day event, one day at each club followed by a luncheon at each club.  It is very competitive and fun all wrapped up in a bow.

As one can see, Walnut Creek has a very full and active women specific  golf program and schedule for the members.