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Northern California Golf Associations Alphabet Soup It’s alphabet soup in

Northern California: the PWGA, WGANC and the NCGA. The Pacific Women’s Golf Associa- tion administers women’s golf clubs located at public courses. The Women’s Golf Association of Northern California over- sees women’s clubs based at private courses and the NCGA offers public and private memberships to men and women. A woman can belong

to any one of the three associations depending on

By Kay Robinson Pacific Women’s Golf Association President

where she plays golf and with which clubs. Each of these three associations pro- vide handicapping, course rating, tournaments and a variety of other services for its members. Our PWGA year began

with workshops the entire month of February. Board members traveled to cities within each of our eight areas and presented informa- tion to handicap and rules chairs. They also provided news and information from the executive board about our six major tournaments

and a report of charitable projects from last year. Al- most 800 women attended the workshops; it is a great opportunity to network with the women of our associa- tion, share information and hear their concerns. Our program of major

tournaments this year is: Se- niors-Super Seniors, Spring Partners, Mixed Couples, Team Play Championship and our founder’s tourna- ment, the Helen Lengfeld. In all tournaments we see players at all levels. Except for the Team Play, the fields

For the Love of the Game

Golf as we know it is not a live or die proposi- tion. No, it’s much more important than that. Having had the privi-

lege of participating in this wonderful sport for the better part of 52 years, I have come to realize what this game means to me now more than ever. I under- stand that I can’t hit it as far off the tee as I once did, can’t see the ball as clearly as I did and can’t determine the line on those putts that used to be so clear, but I still love the game just as much. When you see older

golfers on the course who don’t move as fast as they used to but still want to play with the same burning desire, the same competi- tiveness and the same love of the game, give them a little extra room in your heart. Remember you are

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just a few years from joining them, and you will be saying and doing the same things they do today. As in the past, we older

folks still want to pay our dues both in cash and effort, but now we need to hear some encouraging words from the younger genera- tion. Maybe it does take us a little longer to walk to the ball and a little longer to figure out our aim and distance because it seems that over the years the holes

are flighted so you can en- sure you’re competing with players of a similar handicap. One of the final tour- naments of the year, the Northern California Wom- en’s Four-Ball Champion- ship, is co-sponsored with the NCGA and WGANC. This year the tournament will be held at Quail Lodge Golf Club on September 26-27. This is a fun event played on a beautiful course. So, all women belonging to the “alphabet soup” associa- tions are invited to secure a partner and join us.

By Gene Drennan SIR Golf Chairman

are getting a little longer. That par four that I used to reach easily with a driver and a 5-iron now seems to take a driver, 3-wood and a short chip to get on; but don’t worry I’ll get it there. We still love the great

outdoors, the sunshine, the smell of newly mown grass and the great cama- raderie. We realize our best years of golf are behind us, but we still look forward to being out there every week, trying to make that career

drive or putt. We don’t ask for much,

just the realization that we are still important and the game still means as much or more to us now as it did in the past because we acknowledge the number of rounds left in us is no longer infinite and that the day is going to come when we will have to give it up. But please don’t rush us because just like you, we’re here for the love of the game.

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