CWGA November Villager Article

Cathi McLain, CWGA Publicity Chair

It’s hard to believe that another season of CWGA golf has ended. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and there is nothing truer when it comes to our golf time at Charbonneau. Seems like only yesterday we were welcoming back the snowbirds and gearing up for another summer of golfing fun. Now we’re hoping to eke out a few more rounds before it gets too cold and wet and the snowbirds leave again. Still, with any luck, we’ll be able to play during the fall and winter, either here or in the desert, and I am grateful for any and all of those golfing opportunities. With Veteran’s Day coming, it’s also a good time to express our gratitude for this wonderful country, and for the many veterans in Charbonneau and elsewhere who served their country when they were needed. May they, and all of you, always hit it “far and sure.”

Stagette Celebrates the End of a Great Season

The annual Stagette celebrated the end of a wonderful 2016 season of golf. The shotgun scramble was played on a cloudy afternoon and most of us just beat the rain that had been forecast. Happy Hour and Annual Meeting followed play, along with announcements of the season’s big winners. Linda Owen was recognized as Most Improved Player, lowering her handicap 8 points since the beginning of the season. MCatherine Lunsford-Bowles was our Hole-in-One winner, for her ace on Green 5, September 22nd. Eclectic winners were also announced and are listed below.
Cindy: Insert photo “MCatherine Hole in One” with the following caption: MCatherine Lunsford-Bowles celebrates her play day hole-in-one on Green 5.

Thanks to 2016 Board

CWGA members applauded the hard work of their 2016 board of directors during the annual meeting, held during the end-of-year Stagette on October 6. Thanks to President Linda Owen, who ended a successful two-year term; Kathy Harp, vice-president and incoming president; Victoria Mendenhall, treasurer; Joann Linville, secretary; Suzanne Hatton and

Coleen Larson, tournament chairs. In addition, committee chairs were recognized, including Day’s Play: Kari Muldrow and Carol Brownlow; Eclectic/Hole-In-One: Susan Taylor;
Handicap: Linda Schultze and Jean Hansen; Historian: Christie Gorsline and Cathi McLain; Membership: Jan Watson; Property/Trophy: Susan Taylor; Publicity: Cathi McLain; Rules: Joann Linville; Scoring: April Lewis; Social/Catering: Kari Muldrow and Jan Landis; Sunshine: Leslie Leeper; Communications/Web: Sue Oberg and Kathie Barton. Special Committee chairs were also recognized and thanked. OGA Director-Liaison: Sue Oberg; CGC Board Liaison: Kathie Barton; CGC Green & Golf Liaisons: Jean Hansen and Kathie Barton; Men’s Invitational: Jean Hansen and Victoria Mendenhall; Battle of the Sexes: Shirlee Valo; Guest Day: Kris Fulton and Leslie Leeper; Roster: Leslie Leeper; Stagette: Kathy Harp; OGA Women’s Interclub Play: Sue Oberg; Charbonneau Women Golfers: Carol Brownlow (Facilitator), Linda Owen and Jan Watson. Without the efforts of this amazing team of women, we wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun, or be able to bask in the happy glow of a successful CWGA season. Kudos to all!

Congrats to 2017 Board

The election of officers was also held during the annual meeting on October 6. Welcome and congratulations to the new 2017 Executive Board: Kathy Harp, president; Cathi McLain, vice-president; Victoria Mendenhall, Treasurer; Secretary, Colly Ehrhart and Kathy Gaibler; Tournament Co-Chairs, Kari Muldrow, Lois Weber, Pat Struckman and Merra Frochen. Committee chairs are almost all set for 2017 and will be announced in another issue. Thanks to all who step up to make sure all our bases are covered.


CWGA October Villager Article

CWGA Villager Article
October 2016
By Cathi McLain, CWGA Publicity Chair

This month’s theme is Transitions, a perfect segue from summer to fall, and the end of another successful season of CWGA golf. We had many fun days of play, with a whole flock of new members to become acquainted with and to introduce to Charbonneau’s unique courses. Now it’s almost time to say adios to the snowbirds as they head to their desert abodes, and those of us who stay year ‘round can only hope for some mild weather so we can play golf as long as possible. Meanwhile, there’s lots of news to report, and still more golf to play!

Susan Taylor, 2016 Club Champion!
Congratulations to Susan Taylor, our 2016 Club Champion. This was Susie’s first timeto hoist the champion’s trophy, and it was a well-deserved win after coming close in past seasons. With a two-day score of 147 (72/75), she beat frequent champion and low gross runner-up, Carlyne Lynch, by 3 strokes. Other notables were Sue Oberg, First Flight Low Net winner, with a net 113. Second Flight winners were Kathy Barr, Low Gross, 171; and Victoria Mendenhall, Low Net, 121.
Cindy, insert photo #1 “Susan Taylor, Club Champion & Chris Bensel” with the following caption: Susan Taylor accepts the CWGA Club Championship trophy from head pro Chris Bensel, at the end of play on August 26th.
Insert photo #2“Club Championship Low Gross and Low Net Winners” with caption: The low gross and low net winners (l to r), Carlyne Lynch, Kathy Barr, Victoria Mendenhall, Susan Taylor and Sue Oberg.
Insert Photo #3 “Red Shirt Competitors”, with the caption: Club Championship competitors sported new CWGA red shirts on the second day of play. The shirts are emblazoned with the Charbonneau logo and CWGA and will be ready for members to wear during inter-club play and while volunteering at the Men’s Invitational. Looking spiffy, everyone!

Guest Day was “In the Bag!”

August 17 and 18 was our chance to invite guests to share in the fun of CWGA golf. Starting with the Horse Race on Wednesday afternoon, August 17, teams “ponied”up to see who could last the longest on the red course. The horse race results:

Win: Carlyne Lynch; Place: Jan Holley and Laurie Bales; Show: Carlyne Lynch and Mo Gann.

Thursday’s competition also included weighing everyone’s golf bags as they arrived in the morning. Winners for Heaviest bag: member, Sue Oberg and guest, Susan Gsell; Lightest bag: member, Susan Taylor and guest, Betsy Knudsen. Friday’s play was a scramble followed by catered lunch in the country club dining room.

Winners were the team of Cathi McLain and guest Cherie Conway, and Merra Frochen and guest Susan Gsell, with a net 48; followed by the team of Carlyne Lynch and guests Cherie Seigmund, Trish Patton and Marie Gann, net 49. Third was the team of Jan Watson and guests Maryanna Wiese, Jan Holley, and Laurie Bales, net 50. Fourth was the team of Pat Struckman and guest Bobbie Fisher, and Susan Taylor and guest Betsy Knudsen, net 51. Fifth was the team of Kathy Harp and guest Diane Meyers, and Jan Landis and guest Florence Dickerson, net 52. Other notables were KP in 2 shots on Yellow 6, member Carol Brownlow, 4’2”, and guest Laurie Bales, 41 inches; Long Drive on Yellow 8, member Leslie Leeper, and guest Cherie Siegmund; and Accuracy Drive on Green 1, member Sandy Olson and guest Shirley Higgins. Congrats to all!

Stagette October 7, Get Ready to Par-Tee!

Hope all of you CWGA members have signed up for Stagette, our annual day of golf, food and fun that celebrates the end of the season. Most of the cost is subsidized by our membership fee, so members only, please. We’ll start with a 1:00 shotgun/scramble. The Pro Shop will make up the foursomes. If you don’t plan to play, you can sign up for DINNER ONLY. We’ll Par-tee, with great prizes, happy hour after golf (wine included), annual meeting and election of officers, followed by dinner buffet and generally FUN times.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2016-17

The nominating committee, chaired by Linda Owen, has submitted the following proposed slate of officers for 2016-2017:

President: Kathy Harp
Vice President: Cathi McLain
Treasurer: Victoria Mendenhall
Secretary: Colly Ehrhart and Kathy Gaibler
Tournament Co-Chairs: Kari Muldrow, Lois Weber, and Pat Struckman



CWGA December Villager Article

Cathi McLain, CWGA Publicity Chair

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it the season of giving. Charbonneau residents have a reputation for generosity, offering financial and volunteer support to a variety of community organizations. CWGA generosity is no exception. Members donate time and money to the Geese Guys program, help to support the Golf Club’s scholarship programs for young employees, donate time and products to the Pink Ball Tournament, and generously contribute their time and talents to Junior Golf programs. Happy Holidays to all, and may your giving be equal to the joy you receive.


It’s never too early to join CWGA, whether you play nine or 18 holes. There is a $5 discount if paid before April 1st. All women golfers are welcome. Membership applications are available on the website at


If you haven’t done so, check out the new and improved members lounge next to The Turn and the Pro Shop. There’s a place for everything and every club has their niche. Kudos for the care with which the space was designed.


Most of us would view as a significant gift, the news that the R&A and the USGA have established a special project to assess whether and how the Rules of Golf might be simplified and clarified. According to USGA, “the project arose from the recognition that the effort to be precise, comprehensive and fair in continuous revisions to the Rules over the years has made the Rules lengthy, complex, technical and, for too many, confusing.” They go on to say that the “primary objectives are to make the Rules easier to read, understand and apply by golfers at all levels – whether experts, beginners or ordinary players and whether the play is competitive or social – and wherever the game is played. The objective of Rules Modernization is more than how the Rules are written, it is also about identifying ways to improve how the Rules are distributed and consumed.” This includes improving digital access, use of images and videos, and to improve pace of play and enhance environmental stewardship. That will be a great gift to all golfers!


Easy Chai Tea

This café favorite is easier to make than you think; simply bring crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and milk to a boil, add tea bags, and let steep for 10 minutes. Warm Mulled Cider
Simmer apple cider with mulling spices, orange zest, and ginger to make a drink that smells as good as it tastes.
Mulled Red Cider
Combine cinnamon sugar (optional), 1-3/4 cups apple cider or unsweetened apple juice, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 whole cloves in saucepan and heat through. Add 1 bottle dry red wine. Remove from heat. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain. Serve hot in sugar-dipped mugs.

Player’s Club Update from President Kathy Harp

CWGA Members:

In early December I emailed a message to all members regarding possibly combining our three individual golf clubs into one single “Players” club. The Men’s Club and the Niners were also sent the same information. Men’s Club and Niners will be discussing this at their January meetings. We have also scheduled an informal discussion about forming a single club. It will take place immediately following our General Meeting next week. I am hoping John McLain, Men’s Club President, and Diane Meyers & Liz Henry (Niners co-presidents) will be able to join us.

Meanwhile, we have put together our “Vision” for the formation of a single golf club here in Charbonneau. It also contains answers to questions sent by several Niners. The presidents of the three clubs have met several times for input into this vision, John McLain pulled it altogether into this single document. I hope this gives you a better insight into what we have been discussing.

I welcome any thoughts or questions from anyone who cannot attend next week’s session.

Happy New Year!

Kathy Harp    (

Vision Model and Questions and Answers