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Northern California Golf Associations

Much More Than a Game A

s our motto says, “we’re not just here to play

a round.” The women of PWGA support several benevolent projects. The longest-running benefit is the Swing Club, established in 1948 by Helen Lengfeld, founder of PWGA the pre- vious year. During World War II, Helen traveled the country helping with the war effort. She created the Swing Club to assist return- ing disabled veterans as a golf rehabilitation program at VA hospitals. The nine- hole course at Palo Alto VA Hospital was eventually eliminated as more land was needed for facilities. The vets now play at Moffett Field Golf Course with backing from United Vol- untary Services, a national

service organization. UVS volunteers, VA Hospital staff and PWGA member/UVS Golf Coor- dinator Emily Anderson organize five to six tourna- ments a year. Some vets play nine holes of golf, while others who are less mobile have a putting contest. The PWGA’s contribution this year will amount to ap- proximately $5,000. The single largest donation is proceeds from the Lady Liberty Tournament spon- sored by Mather Women’s Golf Club, which raised more than $2,500 this July. And for each player who participates in one of our 48 playdays each year, the PWGA donates 25 cents to the Swing Club. The Susan G. Komen

The Unsung Heroes I

t is a slightly overcast day, and the itinerant golfer, snug in his bed, surveys the dismal sky and decides that maybe this is a good day to sleep in. The golf tourna- ment he had signed up for is the last thing of concern, but for the people that spent countless hours preparing for this day another snag hits the equation. How do I replace that player, at the last minute, with someone who is available and has a handicap close enough not to disrupt the careful mixing of handicaps? Another well-planned

event now has the begin- nings of another headache. Unbeknownst to the av-

72 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2011 By Kay Robinson Pacific Women’s Golf Association President

Foundation’s fight to bring awareness to breast cancer is another charity of choice. Donations are made by individuals and clubs to the San Francisco, Sacra- mento and Fresno chapters. PWGA donations totaled $3,700 last year. Junior girls’ golf is sup-

ported in a variety of ways. The Junior Golf Associa- tion of Northern California is given funds for transpor- tation and caddie fees for girls who make it to the national level of the USGA Girls Junior Champion- ship; about 10 Northern California girls qualified this year. Reading the thank you notes and hearing from their coordinator Sally Tomlinson makes us realize how important the sup-

port of junior golf is to the continuation of our sport. The PWGA also offers

grants to girls’ golf teams, usually high school teams. The grants are funded by raffles held at two of our tournaments. Rounds of golf were donated by more than 50 generous courses this year which allowed us to make 25 grants totaling $9,100. When presenting the checks, our area directors are touched by the sincere gratitude the girls express in receiving funds which often allow the schools to con- tinue this sport. So we’re not just

here to play a round; we are proud of our contribu- tions to veterans, cancer patients and their families and junior golfers.

By Gene Drennan State Golf Committee Chairman

erage golfer, there is a group of people who spend count- less unpaid hours setting up tournaments with a myriad of golf courses, planning the type of events that draw the most players, thereby mak- ing the golf courses happier. This group also fulfills the request of the average golfer to not make them play with JOE again as he is too slow. In the SIRs organization, the golf program is the larg- est single activity that SIRs offer numbering more than 5,000 NCGA members and untold hundreds more non- affiliated members. Working with these

golfers, golf course op- erators and a host of other

part-time and full-time ven- dors are volunteers. These people are known as branch, area, division and state chairman and assistants, and

they make your round of golf as enjoyable as humanly possible. They put count- less hours in the planning,

preparing and supervising of the event and don’t ask for a lot. The best way to recognize them for their ef- forts is to follow through on the commitments that you make to show up on time and play the game. That said, I do want to point out that the vast ma- jority of golfers DO show up on time and are ready to play, follow through on their promises and help make those “unsung heroes” appreciate what they do. Let’s take a moment and let those guys and gals know how much we appreciate their efforts on our behalf. Thanks to all of you for the fine work.

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