The North Carolina winter wouldn’t let go in mid-April for our first Quarterly so only the die-hard or crazy ladies (26 of us) played golf anyway. Because of the 20+ mph winds out of the north it was decided we would play from the Gold Tees. For many, a totally different course. All six teams had good showings even with the wind and cold. The team of Carnell Boyle, Lolita McKenna, Joanne Small, and Pat Smith and the team of Cherri Wheeler, Emily Ausband, Lynn Chase and Barbara Williams tied with the score of one under 35. Everyone was glad to get in the Club house for a hot beverage and lunch.

Our membership is down from this time last year. We have lost a few ladies due to health and a few who have left the club for a variety of reasons. Please encourage those ladies who are playing in our different groups to join the LGA. Dues are only $20 per year and allows members to play in the member/member where last year we had enough teams playing that we were able to have flights in both the 9-hole and 18-hole groups. We paid out an over-all winner gross and net and each flight net winners for both groups as well as closest to the pins on the par 3s.

Start thinking about your partner for this year’s member/member tournament schedule for June 15th. Last year was the first year the member/member was played using both Green and Gold tees and we need to make some adjustments in the Super Ball Captain’s choice format. As always you and your partner should be within 10 strokes handicap of each other (using both Green and Gold Tees if necessary). However, regardless of the tees used, each player will be required to use 7 drives (not counting par 3s) for the 18-hole group and 3 drives each (again, not counting par 3s) for the nine-hole group. This should “level the playing field” for all and require good strategy along the way as teams navigate the course.

Thank you to all who came out to help out with sprucing up the grounds around the front of the Club and the Cart Barn. It took a couple of false starts to get the mulch and grass to the Club for the volunteers to “get ‘er done.” The LGA and MGA members gave up a Saturday and/or Sunday to give the club a better curb appeal for potential new members, thanks again. You are the best!

Remember, we are back to racking bunkers, please place the rakes back into the bunker on the low side after cleaning up after your bunker shot. Also, remember to sand your divots in the fairway and fix ball marks on the green. If everyone will fix their scarring on the course and a couple of extras each hole it will benefit us all later in the season. Also, we are now turning in score cards, so please remember to hand in a signed score card after each round and of course post your score on the same day as you play when feasible.

The season is off to a cold start so far, yet Eastern North Carolina always provides its share of hot and humid days. As the days warm up, please remember to drink, drink, drink… water! Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and hit ‘em long and straight!

See you on the course!

Cherri Wheeler