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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Paula Wagasky Receives Midwest Section Service Award

by Leia Schwartz (LPGA T&CP 2016 Summer Intern)

 

Paula Wagasky has been selected to receive the 2016 Midwest Section Service Award for her all of her contributions through the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am, Goldie Bateson Scholarship Fund, and service in the Midwest section.

Goldie Bateson was considered a pioneer in the field of women’s golf instruction and became the first female head golf professional in the state of Wisconsin. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was honored as LPGA Teacher of the Year and received LPGA’s Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, the National Golf Foundation’s (NGF) Outstanding Service Award, named Honorary Golf Consultant with the NGF, and inducted into the Wisconsin State Hall of Fame.

Paula Wagasky met Goldie Bateson through the Goldie Bateson Junior-Pro Am in the 1980s. At that time, the tournament was tied in with a Midwest Section event in Wisconsin.

“Goldie had always wanted to tie in the tournament with LPGA professionals,” said Paula, “so she would have the professionals come and compete in the Pro-Am. . . . It just got to the point where she was running out of homes up there to do it, and since she wanted to keep it involved with the LPGA, I offered to move it down to my area.”

That began a legacy 31 years and counting. Since that first year in 1986, Paula has served as the tournament coordinator of the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am at the Arboretum Club of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Goldie Bateson Scholarship evolved out of Goldie’s dream to support junior golf, and the Junior Pro-Am now helps to benefit that initiative of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) Midwest Section membership. Today, the scholarship is awarded to junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 17 who have an interest in learning and playing the game of golf. Ten $250 scholarships will be awarded in 2016.

Paula Wagasky has been a T&CP member since 1978. For Paula, golf was “always in the family, always in [her] blood.” She began playing when she was about eight years old, going on to Maryland to get her degree. Combining her passion for golf and the knowledge that she never really wanted to teach in the school system, Paula turned professional, joined the teaching division, and began working at Pinehurst. She went on to play the WPGT mini-tour for five years before landing at Buffalo Grove in 1981, where she has been ever since. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Golf at Village of Buffalo Grove. She has been an active Class A member of the LPGA for almost 40 years. Throughout her career, Paula has been recognized with the LPGA Professional of the Year Award, Goldie Bateson Service Award, LPGA Midwest Junior Golf Leader Award.

On being awarded this recognition, Paula Wagasky said, “It was surprise. Running the tournament now is like second-hand nature. You got to respect your elders and their wishes, and she [Goldie Bateson] wanted somebody to carry it on, and I said, ‘Well Goldie, I’ll do it for you.’ If you knew Goldie, you’d understand. She loved golf, she loved being around it, and she cared about juniors. It’s just an honor to have known her, to do what her life’s work was all about, and keep it going. I remember following the founding members when they were little. When you saw what they did, helping out Goldie wasn’t a big deal.”

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.