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52 SPORTS — January 2011 SBWGA – 18 news

Accessible Golf 101 Lynn

Bernadett, LPGA Golf Educator/

Teaching Professional Accessible golf is for a person with any

disability, and some may require some adaptive equipment to become mobile. I am currently teaching golf to a woman who uses a wheelchair for her mobility and is becoming quite the golfer! She came to me for golf but has discovered something much, much more- -a world of possibilities, that is, life itself. If you have ever contemplated getting

yourself active in this wonderful world of golf from a chair, you can do it! Anything is possible in golf and can be developed in stages. Your starting point is an easy one: it all begins at home. If you currently have a person that assists you to dress and drive, they will be enjoying this adventure with you. Dressing for golf is very simple and most

facilities have a dress code. Depending on the season, shorts, skorts, and pants are the primary requirements. Call the pro shop ahead of

time to verify their entire dress

code. Depending on the weather, bring a light sweater and/or jacket and wear some comfortable shoes; I wear clean white tennis shoes for all golf occasions. Comfort is the key, but clean and pressed is a rule of thumb at most golf facilities. Don’t forget a hat or umbrella to protect you from the sun and a bottle of water to prevent dehydration. Day one at the golf course will be more

of a “getting to know the golf facility” kind- of day. For anyone in a chair, you will need to spend your fi rst day doing a dry run and becoming more familiar with the clubhouse and surrounding areas. Your fi rst stop will be the pro shop. Introduce yourself to the pro shop attendant and they can give you all of the information you will need. But, just to stay on track, take a list of questions with you, like, are the wheels on my chair allowed on the putting

greens? Do you have any solo carts available for the practice areas or on-course use? What is the fee to rent a solo cart and/or range balls? Are the short game practice areas divided into two separate greens, one green for putting, one for chipping and pitching? Where is the driving range? Where is the bathroom? Is there a restaurant? How accessible (ADA compliant) is everything that you may want to use? If the pro shop attendant is not busy, have him or her take a few minutes to show you around, a mini-tour of the building and grounds. I know this sounds like a lot to experience

in one day, but if you have enough energy to continue, you could hang out for as long as you like. Stay outside and spend some time observing the golfers practice on the greens and at the driving range. Notice how quiet and focused they are, deep in thought, as they concentrate. If you cannot be out in the sun for too long, ask if there is a snack shop or restaurant with a cover that overlooks the practice area. Cool off in the shade and just enjoy the view! If

the activity of golf from your chair is

not to your liking, your golf facility can still offer you a multitude of social opportunities wherever you look--the pro shop, snack shop, restaurant, and gathering areas. You don’t necessarily have to play golf

to enjoy the

amenities and people at the facility. So, here is an addition to your bucket list:

spend some time in an environment where people play golf. To golf would be the next item on your list, but let’s take it one step at a time. First, you have to enjoy the view! Lynn

Bernadett is an LPGA Golf

Professional at The Pines Quarry Golf Club. For lesson information, email: lynn.bernadett@, website: www.golfsupport. com/bernadett.htm, or call 520-991-4952, in Tucson. 

Brenda Brown was voted Most Improved Player for 2010.

Angie Denahan The year 2010 was fi lled with so many

remarkable memories that we can’t believe the year is almost over. We can continue to marvel at the wonderful job our greens superintendent Mike Roddy and his staff have done, although I still have to ponder on what I need to do on hole No. 2. Our last general meeting of the year

was held on December 7. The Vistas was decorated with the season’s colors of red, green, and gold. The Christmas trees were ablaze with sparkling and twinkling lights. It was such a beautiful sight, and the atmosphere was totally warm and festive. This meeting was marked with the

speech of appreciation from outgoing president Karen Haddock acknowledging Mike Roddy and his staff, Bernie Eaton (director of Golf) the rangers, the starters, and the staff at the pro shop for a job well done. She also thanked her 2010 board for being there for her, thus enabling SBWGA-18 members to have a wonderful and fruitful 2010. The incoming president, Reenie

Romey, welcomed her new board who will

Also acknowledged at our most

improved player of

face the new year with enthusiasm. the meeting was the year,

Maire Ryan made two holes-in-one during 2010 and was also Ace of the Year low net.

Brenda Brown. Brenda was able to lower her handicap by at least 30%. Don’t we all wish we can do that? Maire Ryan accomplished another

amazing feat. She had her second hole- in-one this year at

the same hole she

made her fi rst hole-in-one. It was hole No. 17 with a perfect eight-iron shot. Our congratulations, Maire! The year is not yet over and we already have a total of six holes-in-one, two of which were Maire’s. Our

aces of the year 2010 go to

Kerry Crowell for low gross and to Maire Ryan for low net. These ladies have not stopped “awe-ing” us with what they can accomplish. We wish to thank all the SBWGA-18

members who brought in the canned food items for the food bank. It will be presented to the Catalina Resources Center by Geri Conser on behalf of SBWGA-18. Thank you, Geri, for organizing this charitable contribution. Finally, this writer will be retiring from

scribing this column. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to write and describe all the many events and happenings. I am so very proud of all of you. Happy holidays from the bottom of this writer’s heart! 

Tennis Clinic in February

Jim Ward Tennis is truly the sport of a lifetime! What

a unique opportunity to get great exercise and meet new people. 10S4LIFE is a follow on to Tennis 1-2-3, but modifi ed after feedback from previous participants. The 1-2-3 program was a highly successful and popular program that Bob Lewis started in SaddleBrooke in 1998, and boasts a participation of over 850 enthusiastic tennis players. This program is specifi cally designed to get

players onto the tennis court and playing within a short period of time. The emphasis is on the beginning player or those who have been away from the game for some time. This program has been instrumental in introducing players to a sport that provides overall conditioning


and improves fl exibility, strength, endurance, and weight control, while at

the same time

providing an atmosphere for a great social experience. 10S4LIFE consists of a free lesson followed

by six skill development lessons. Sign-up sheets will be available at the tennis center by January 5, 2011.

The program starts with a free lesson

Monday, January 24. The series of classes begins on Monday, February 7, and runs for three weeks. You can sign up for either a Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday group, both at 2 p.m. the cost of the course is $85. For more information, call Jim Ward at 820-

9818 or contact him by e-mail at: cjward54@ 

New SBWGA-18 board members for 2011 are, left to right, back row: Sandy Davies, Tuesday Play Day; Jo Anne Turner, Handicap; and Ann Running, Special Tournament; front row: Margaret Falconer, treasurer; Diane Ray, secretary; Reenie Romey, president; Debra Finn, membership chair; and Geri Sandilands, vice-president.

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