Alberni ladies golf: Snow outside – business to do inside

The last word on the ladies golf scene in Alberni.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, there were no ladies on the gold course this morning due to circumstances beyond our control.

Heavy snow falling will do it every time.

The 18-hole division ladies filled their morning with coffee and a business meeting instead.  Many aspects of the game of golf and course management were discussed.  A lengthy discussion was held about the “gold” tee blocks and the fact that more of us should be using them when we play our game.

It should keep handicaps in the lower ranges whilst making the course a little easier to play in these difficult wet times.  This theory will be tested during the month of April.  Many items were discussed and one of them was the Challenge Pin, which this division plays for each week during our season.

Nobody seemed to remember anything about the origin of the pin. I remember that it was initiated by an early lady golfer as an incentive for the ladies to challenge one another each Tuesday.

The pin was a very old fashioned pewter beauty and when it was won, the recipient got to take it home and wear it for a week.

As so often happens, the pin got left at home from time to time or dropped into a golfers jewelry box and forgotten and in time went missing.  The executive then awarded momento pins to the winners and they got to choose from an assortment as to which one they liked and could keep.  The original challenge pin finally surfaced one day and was immediately seized and put into a frame where it resides today.

In the trophy cabinet in the ladies lounge area.  If anyone knows the history of this pin, further than this, kindly contact Joan Thompson at (250)724-1653…we’d sure like to know who started it and when it started.

Speaking of the history of our club…we can thank the late Jake Stirzaker for keeping detailed accounts of the club activities ever since it was started.  Somewhere along the line these records have been mislaid and it would be phenomenal to get them back…anyone know where they might be stored?..I believe there are about three suitcases full of information..also, call Joan Thompson or the pro shop (250)723-5422 if you have any knowledge of this missing history.

In spite of our “gameless” Tuesdays, the ringer board is up and ready for your scores.  See Sharon Haggard to get your name on it and get ready to play a game and enter your lowest scores, one day soon…we hope.

There was a report on the Iron Lady Tournament held last October.

The sum of $1500 was raised and given to the Ty Watson House thanks to the generosity and spirit of all the ladies that took part in this fun tournament.

New organizers are being sought out for this year’s tournament so if you’d like to get involved contact Kathy White or Janice Cross or leave your name at the Pro Shop…you’ll get lots of help if you need it.

One of the golden opportunities for this spring will be a set of game clinics which will be put on by our Pro, Bruce MacDonald.

There will be four one-hour lessons: chipping, pitching, sand bunkers and putting.  You will be in groups of six, so you can make up your own group or let Bruce place you.

The cost for the lessons is $60 per person…dates have not been set at this time, due to the inclement weather but call the Pro Shop and get your name down.  These are very popular clinics and fill up fast.

Last but not least…here’s a Golden Tip for free….when you’re out playing on a wet course, always make sure that the ball is slightly forward in your stance so you can pick it off cleanly without making too large a divot…AND, always keep your knees bent when you swing…less chance of large divots that way too.

The weather will soon change for the best and we’ll all enjoy “golden” moments on the course…we hope.

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