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78 SPORTS Cottonwood Ladies 9-Hole news

Bette Lu Buchanan, Publicity It’s that time of year again – when the

Lady Niners of Cottonwood begin to gear up for the upcoming golf season. We will be welcoming back many existing members in the next few weeks and cannot wait to see your happy faces and your news of the summer spent away from Sun Lakes. We would also like to welcome anyone who is thinking of joining our group. Please visit our booth at each of the Sun Lakes Open Houses in October,

for additional

information. Opening day is Thursday, November 7,

at noon for a short meeting on the patio of the Cottonwood Pro shop and then golf ensues at 12:30 p.m. If you are interested in playing with the Lady Niners this year and have a basic understanding of golf, please contact Peggi Boyles at 480-789- 2231. Membership is available to all Sun Lakes property owners. To compete in each week’s tournament play, you will need to have a nine-hole handicap, which you can establish during our weeks of play, if you don’t already have a handicap. | SUN LAKES SPLASH | October 2013 PVLGA news and views

Janet Baron Publicity Chairman This summer season has been extremely

hot and humid. Some countries have added a new color (deep purple) to their weather charts in order to capture the unprecedented highs; the forecasts for Arizona fi t this category. Does one need a reason to enjoy the

game of golf? To some the sport is a wildly diverse and useless waste of time, money and energy; to others the game of golf is a day of friendly comraderie, practiced skills, display of character and a resolve to complete the diffi cult challenge of accuracy. In addition, the culmination of the game will fi nd most players enjoying a libation, light lunch and pleasant conversation in the clubhouse lounge. Now let them challenge this admirable sport! August 6, was a dreary rainy day. Our

Most Improved Lady Niner for 2013 was awarded to Joan Irwin at the Niners’ spring farewell luncheon.

See you on the links in November, everyone!  Sun Lakes Lady Putters

Susan Gottschalk The Sun Lakes Lady Putters are looking

forward to the start of the 2013-14 season, our 17th year. This is a fun weekly event – and you don’t have to be a golfer to play nor commit to playing each week. Just enjoy the beautiful weather, renew old friendships and make some new friends. This season’s fl ight leaders, phone

numbers, and tentative start dates are listed below: Sisk Park Monday - Camille Jasien 895-8281 -

9:00 a.m. October 28 Tuesday - Dotty Dufner 883-1503 - 9:30

a.m. October 29 Oakwood Tuesday - Marge Dugan 951-1410 -

12:30 p.m. October 29 Sisk Park Wednesday - Joy Voight 802-2889 –

9:00 a.m. October 30 Sisk Park Thursday - Marcia Gaudioso 802-8385 –

10:00 a.m. October 31 Club offi cers and phone numbers are

also listed: President Lori Becker 895-9106 Vice President Norine Bassett 480-883-3534 Secretary Kathi Bobek 802-7997 Treasurer Camille Jasien 895-8281 Publicity Susan Gottschalk 895-3253 We have a luncheon in the spring to celebrate our season closure and plans

Bowlers wanted

Arlene Burkhardt The Hits and Misses and the Kings and

Queens bowling leagues are still looking for new bowlers for the 2013-2014 season. The leagues bowl at Kyrene Lanes, located at Chandler Blvd. and Kyrene Rd. in Chandler. The Hits and Misses is a non-sanctioned league that bowls on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and will start their fall season on September

30. The Kings and Queens is a sanctioned league and bowls on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. and will start their fall season on October 2. Bowling provides a great opportunity

to make new friends, so come join in on the fun. If you are interested or have any questions, please call Arlene Burkhardt at 480-895-8122. 

Sun Lakes Niners notice

Rosalie Brown, Publicity Here’s a hello to everyone who stayed

the summer and those who weathered the hot temperatures and played golf. Welcome to those members who left for the summer to visit friends and families. We are looking forward to golfi ng and have fun events planned. Our fi rst social event of the season is the

Welcome Back Brunch on October 26, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club. This is a good time for those interested in joining our club to come and fi nd out what we are about. We have lots of activities and maybe some surprises that will interest all. Tournament play will start on November

5, with a tee time of 9:00 a.m. The cost is $2, which goes towards prize money. We play nine holes of golf starting in November

and ending in May on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m., but one day a month we do have a late play which is noon. Our dues are $20 for the year. We have several social events during the year. We are a great group of ladies who love

to play golf and also love to have fun so give us a try. We would love to hear from you. Our offi cers

for 2014 are: President

Carole Kinderman, First Vice President Deanna Smith, Second Vice Presidents Jackie Aagaard and Susan Geis, Secretary Rosalie Bowen and Treasurer Donna Quinn. If you would like to join us for brunch

on October 26, please contact Rosalie Bowen at 480-895-3428. As I mentioned, this would be a great time to meet members and learn what we have to offer. 

Sharon Darnell enjoying Lady Putters at Sisk Park in Palo Verde.

are already under way for the Christmas luncheon scheduled for December. Our raffl e drawings at these events allow us to donate to local charities; namely, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, Association of Arizona Food Banks, Neighbors Who Care, The Perfect Place and Sun Lakes Fire Fighters Relief Fund. We play at Sisk Park in Palo Verde and

at the putting greens in Oakwood. Come join the fun. 

fewest putts tournament was cancelled due to the weather. Six ladies braved the elements. August 14, our summer league consisted

of players from Palo Verde, Sun Lakes and Ironwood; they converged at Ironwood Golf Club. The morning began with a light breakfast available on the outdoor patio. Eight foursomes of ladies participated. When possible the team consisted of a player from each club. The team of Kathy Jones, Carol Ruff, Nancy Annen and Debora Emerick were the winners. Monetary awards were presented to the winning team following a luncheon in the Ironwood Clubhouse. Our T’s and F’s tournament was played

on August 20. The Flight One winners were Cindy Bosch, Carolyn Hoffl and and Rose Hames. Jan Stuckey, Delores Mahaffey and Mary Garifo were winners in Flight Two. The Flight Three winners were Pat Kreiling,

Player Profile: Steve Hillby

Larry Wolfe The oldest of nine siblings, Steve


retiring to Sun Lakes in 2011. As that oldest big brother, Steve began his

teaching career early. Thatat

experience would eventually lead to a 33-year career in education.

After graduating from Wahlert High in Dubuque, where he played baseball

Steve attended Loras College before earning his degree

education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He taught for a couple of years in a small parochial school moving

before on to the Shellsburg

Community School District. He was a physical education and social studies teacher and coached baseball, basketball and

track at Shellsburg. He ultimately becameecame the Athletic Director there. Mr. Hilby (you can’t call a teacher Steve, can you?) then moved on to the larger Cedar Rapids Community School District. He spent the next 22 years at various schools in that district. After moving into administration, he became an associate principal and then principal at Roosevelt Middle School. Steve says he grew up with a baseball

bat in his hands and played every variation of the game: baseball, fast pitch and slow pitch softball, modifi ed fast pitch, 16-inch ball, 14-inch ball, industrial league teams, co-ed teams - you name it, Steve played it - and played it well. He and his brothers even had a miniature baseball fi eld in their backyard, complete with a backstop. With Dubuque being a good Catholic town, there were always plenty of kids around to form a couple teams! Today Steve is one of our league’s top hitters for average and power as well as a top-fl ight fi elder. He fi nished last season with a robust .748 average and hit the longest homerun ever witnessed at the Field of Dreams. The blast traveled over 350 feet and broke a window in a house on the hill behind the right fi eld fence.

Thankfully the house belonged to former softball player Ted Miles, so he didn’t sue us!

Mr. Hilby met his wife-to-be, Cyndy,

while they were both teaching in Shellsburg. Sounds like a small town scandal in the making! Well, that scandal has turned into a 27-year marriage with two successful offspring, son Matt and daughter Kate; but no grandkids…yet! In addition to softball, Steve and Cyndy

enjoy golfi ng, hiking, dancing, going to concerts and traveling. In fact, they’ve traveled to all but three states! Speaking of dancing, Steve was once a member of a group that performed Native American dances in local productions. He was also the drummer! Unfortunately there are no pictures, but maybe he can provide the entertainment at our next social function! After spending his entire career in

education, Mr. Hilby says that his greatest satisfaction comes when he meets a former student as an adult and fi nds that he or she is very successful in life and thinking that, just maybe, he had something to do with that! Satisfying, indeed. 

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Hilby is a native Iowan and was a lifelong resident of

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Kathy Jones wins $28 in deuce pot on August 20, 2013.

Rita Raymond and Wanda Johnson. Congratulations to Kathy Jones; she was

the sole player to procure a birdie. Her birdie on No. 15 enabled her to fi ll her golf skirt pockets with a record amount of $28. Yahoo Kathy! The Flight One winners of the odd holes

play on August 27, were Sharon Claude, Tammy Visser and Mary Fitzke. In Flight Two Shirley Marshall, Jan Stuckey and Liz Demichael. The Flight Three winners were Rita Raymon, Jerry Jordan and Marion Carr. That’s all for now, talk with you next

month. 

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