March CWGA Villager Article


MARCH 2016


Cathi McLain

            I have a good friend who frequently remarks, “dumb luck beats prior planning every time,” always in reference to a golf shot. It’s usually a bad hit that gets a lucky bounce or ricochet and ends up in the right spot in spite of itself. We all have them. My personal favorite was a Mother’s Day round with my son and husband at RedTail, when my second shot went in the water on 14, bounced off a rock and landed in the middle of the fairway, allowing me a straight shot to the green and a par putt. Everyone joked that it was Mother’s Day luck, and I had to agree. I think all golfers celebrate the lucky shots, especially when it comes to aces and eagles. Even professionals would acknowledge that a hole-in-one is pretty much “dumb luck.” If it wasn’t, aces wouldn’t be so rare. I’ve come close a time or two, but so far that much luck hasn’t happened for me, but I keep hoping that the next shot will be the one, lucky or not.

I don’t know if it was luck or good judgment that led us to Charbonneau, but we celebrate it every day, or that it was luck or good judgment that led me to join CWGA, but I celebrate that, too!

I’m also reminded how “lucky” we are to have such a wonderful maintenance crew led by Danny Vandecoevering (AKA, Danny V).  The greens are top-notch after a winter’s worth of hard work, and ready for play as spring (hopefully) brings warmer and dryer weather.

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 6 at 9:00 AM. All members are welcome to attend. Here are a few schedule highlights to note in your calendars. The full schedule will be posted on the CWGA website at http://cwga.golfcharbonneau subject to a few revisions during the season.

April 7: Opening Season Breakfast/Shotgun

May 4: Board Meeting

May 5: Mixer/Luncheon/Shotgun

June 1: Board Meeting

June 2-3: Handicap Tournament (Lunch on Friday)

June 16: Battle of the Sexes/Lunch

July 6: Board Meeting

July 18-22: Junior Golf

July 21-22: Partners’ Tournament (Lunch on Friday)

July 28: Girl’s Night Out (proposed)

August 4-5: Men’s Invitational

August 10: Board Meeting

August 11: Mixer/Luncheon/Shotgun

August 18: Guest Day

August 25-26: Club Championship (Lunch on Friday)

September 7: Board Meeting

September 8: Day’s Play – Luncheon Meeting

October 5: Board Meeting

October 6: Stagette/Annual Meeting

October 27: Last Day of Play


I can frequently look out my kitchen window and see rainbows after a rain here at Charbonneau. Instead of a pot of gold, I have found the friendship and camaraderie that golf in this community affords. We are all lucky in that regard.