Please join me in welcoming Lyn Propp to the Golfaround team as the Edmonton Coordinator. I am excited to work with her and get know her better, I do think she is a great fit. She has been a member of Golfaround for the past three years, and originally joined with work friends to have fun and relax from a stressful job. During that time she worked for Postmedia Inc. which was the head office for the major newspaper chain across Canada including the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Calgary Herald etc. Her position was as Manager, Sales Operations in which she lead a team of over 50 people all across western Canada. Taking a volunteer buyout two years ago she has mainly enjoyed her time golfing with her new Golfaround friends, curling and renewing her passion for Art.
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We are changing things up this year and will be hitting balls north and south on Thursday nights starting January 10 at the Eaglequest Golf Dome at Fox Hollow Golf Course. This will change it up a bit and offer some of the south girls the opportunity to stay south. We will visit the National Golf Academy (NGA) Golf Dome in the south on 50th Ave SW January 17. Watch for an e-mail early in January that will include a schedule and some more details.
The weather gods smiled once again and provided 64 Edmonton Day, Evening and Beginner ladies with 21 deg temps and even cleared the smoke from the skies. Clan members, attired in their finest highland attire were given three games to mess with their scores during their round, including the Loch Ness Poop Challenge and Move Yer Arse Agnus. In keeping with the Ode to Scotland theme, $174.30 was collected in the Curse Cups placed in each golf cart. That’s approximately 10 curses per clan, although some cups were noticeably heavier than others! The 50/50 draw was won by Trish Clare who will be using her $165 to pay for some fall golf. Winners: Kim Tynacity for Closest to the Pin; Miala Evans for Longest Drive AND Ball in Creek, Lesley Mitchell for Ball in the Sand, Ellen Frombach for Closest to the Target and Hiliary Propp (guest of Lyn Propp) for Longest Putt. Clan MacEwan (Lorna Farkas, Karmelita Tolpolski, Jennifer Dowdle and Therese Kehler) won Highest Score. Clan MacKenzie (Paige Nelson, Joan Miller, Joey Matwychuk and Michelle Orgill) won Most Honest Score. Best dressed was Lesley Lambert. Although Honourable Mention must go to Lorna Farkas who scoured fabric stores for just the right tartan and made herself shorts, a tam and scarf. Tyler Rumpel, Head Professional and Food and Beverage Manager at Jagare Ridge provided us all with hats and a most excellent meal. Who knew gluten free pasta could taste so yummy! In all $339.30 was donated to YESS.
Patti Daye Edmonton Coordinator
We had some good fun out there this season playing around the number of golf courses Golfaround has to offer. I know this year some of us were a more selective on the area of the city to go because of all the construction. Let’s hope we have an extended summer so that they can finish the majority of the projects. The league schedules included Woodside in Airdie and Maple Ridge this year and we hope to include them next year. We would be interested to know why the out of town courses were not that well attended, they were so popular in the past. The Beginner league members discovered Lil Devil and very much enjoyed, it was nice to put some of those other clubs to work and of course the bonus was the restaurant/lounge following the round.
I also personally have to compliment the staff and the starters at Silver Wing….love the jokes the starter shared with the ladies to relax them before they went out to enjoy their round. They also appreciated the kitchen staying open for them so that they could come in and enjoy a meal and beverage and swap war stories.
We finally played at Serenity Golf Club this season and even though we did not finish the 9 holes we did get a good feel for the course and really enjoyed it. We look forward to the Sun Catcher 18 and a clubhouse so that we can socialize and talk about our games.
We were challenged again this year with smoke in our province and the golf courses were very understanding when some of us had to cancel or show up and decided not to play. Twenty of us decided to brave the smoke and play 9 holes at Blue Devil because it is one of the favorites.
The teaching team saw some new blood this year and we are extremely thankful to Valley Ridge and The Wintson Golf Club for stepping up when we needed the big assist. We are also pleased to have Tiff more involved with the teaching this year, I know those of you that had her loved her approach. A a huge thank you to Edmonton’s Countryside Golf Club for welcoming us back & Sandpiper for their support and Liz & Leigh for joining the team in the north.
Thank you to all of the golf clubs and teaching venues that support Golfaround each season. We look forward to working together in the future to see how we can all benefit one another.
If there ever was a day when the weather gods paid attention, it was Monday, July 9, when fifty Edmonton ladies drove themselves to the beautiful Trestle Creek Golf Resort, located about 97 km west of Edmonton. Day, Evening and Beginner ladies were thrown together to golf 18 holes on a day when the weather was perfect, not too hot and no mosquitoes. Started off by following the Course Marshall to our holes on the Creekside 9 in an exercise one player described as ‘herding cats’. Despite the multi-level greens with wicked pin placements (nasty to put a flag at the top of a hill with the slope leading down to a sand trap….) a fun time was had by all. Lovely steak dinner followed with their chef separately cooking the steaks for our dietary restricted ladies AND making them a special dessert. I think we need to go again next year!
Patti Daye Edmonton Coordinator
Understandably, the Day league ladies are a more relaxed group than the Evening and Beginner league members. They have the time to golf 18 holes, are not rushing from work to play golf and are not struggling to master the intricacies of the game. Thus, it seems, they become more inventive….
Par bears: The Day league ladies celebrate their pars by sharing par bears; at least one member of each team seems to carry this treat, made from soaking gummy bears in some sort of alcohol for anywhere from an hour to a week. Some refrigerate the container whilst soaking while others leave it on the counter. Is vodka better than almond tequila? More experiments are obviously needed!
Birdie juice: Another alcoholic beverage to celebrate the achievement of a birdie. This one is more simple but again, there does seem to be at least one member of each team that carries the supplies. Tiny plastic shot cups are presented, the ‘juice’ is poured out and the birdie is toasted.
Of course, being great Ready golfers, these celebrations are carried out at the next hole, not the hole the event occurred on.
Patti Daye Edmonton Coordinator
Kimberley’s Trickle Creek Golf Course – one tough track so congrats to all of you!!! and some personal bests and birdies at the Kimberley Golf Club on the Play & Stay this year. Trickle Creek Birdies for Lynne #11 Terri #8 and Carol #13 Melanie birdies #7 at Kimberly Golf Club and scored a 99, a personal best I think
Carol birdies #7 at Valley Ridge and follows it up with a Par on #8, Nicki par’s the 17th hole and Heather birdies #3 at The Canals at Delacour.
The beginners took on Lil Devil at Blue Devil this month. The 9 hole course is made up of Par 3’s, 4’s and a Par 5. The Par 5 is 245 yard and doable for a Par for any of us. This fantastic little track offers a bit more challenge to test their skills. It was nice to see the support for one another, after all we can always find something positive with our efforts. We finished up on the patio sharing some laughs and getting to know one another just a little bit better.