April 2015 Villager Article

LET THE GOLF BEGIN!

By Cathi McLain, CWGA Publicity Chair

            As we begin a new season of golf at Charbonneau, I thought it would be nice to pay tribute to the founding father of golf, Old Tom Morris. We see him caricatured in Golf Now Commercials, with the white-bearded actor admonishing us to “Go Play.” The real Tom Morris would have reminded us to hit it “Far and Sure,” repeating a mantra of golfers who preceded him in developing the game. I recently read Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son, by Kevin Cook. So much of what we take for granted in the game and on modern golf courses was developed by Old Tom, and the book is a page turner for anyone who loves the game of golf.

Our CWGA season kicks off with a board meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at 9:00, followed by our Opening Breakfast on Thursday, April 2nd at 9:00. Shotgun play will begin at 10:30. At the January meeting, the board voted to remove the requirement for a minimum of 12 players in order to qualify for day’s play pay-outs, unless the play is canceled due to inclement weather. We all hope this mild, sunny weather continues into April, so our numbers remain high.

Other schedule reminders: May 6 board meeting, with Mixer/Luncheon/Shotgun play on Thursday, May 7th. Our annual Handicap Tournament is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 28 and 29th. Details will be posted in the Club Room and in next month’s Villager.

We welcome new members throughout the season. For forms and details, check the CWGA area in the Pro Shop Club Room.

A few notes from LPGA Teaching Professionals Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, as you prepare for the season: What’s on your to-do list? Whether it is improving your putting, your chipping, or your follow-through, stay focused on your goal. Remind yourself as you practice and play. My personal mantra is to keep the swing thoughts to a manageable number. And of course, to hit it “Far and Sure.”