Another season of NewBees Golf is drawing to a close. As with so many things this year, NewBees Golf faced some unique challenges due to COVID19. We originally had over 30 ladies signed up to participate in this wonderful program. But then lightning hit when the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy kicked in. Our initial start date of April 1 came and went as we navigated through the novel virus.
Finally in June, after groups of ten people were allowed to gather outdoors, we cautiously considered the situation. We polled our group of thirty interested ladies, and found a smaller group of twenty brave souls willing to move forward. All of our gatherings were outdoors, and we practiced the required social distancing. We also limited our sessions to a total of ten people outside. This resulted in having two sessions instead of one. In addition, we decided to limit our sessions to once a week rather than twice a week. Although our group was split, we were able to receive more personal attention from Duane, our fearless leader. We quickly became a closely knit group. The ladies from both groups always stayed after for drinks on the patio. Some of the ladies from the second group came early to join the ladies from the first group for drinks. Since the coordinators were often there for both sessions, we sometimes had to implore our husbands to pick us up afterwards!! Duane often joined us and regaled us with golf stories, daring adventures and tales from Hawaii. Although he has yet to entertain us with a hula dance as promised!
We learned about pars, bogies and double bogies (not so much about birdies and eagles). We covered FIST, hitting over the water and finding lost balls. We have grown to love, or maybe hate, those drivers, irons and putters. But most of all, we have come to enjoy this difficult, frustrating, exhilarating game of golf. It just takes a perfect weather day on the course or just one great hit to get you hooked all over again.
In 2020, in spite of the virus, we had our largest graduating class ever!! Congratulations to our esteemed graduates. Hit them long and hit them straight!!
We don’t know the future holds, but we plan on starting up our next NewBees group this coming spring. Keep an eye on the newsletter for details on the next session.