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.

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.

February Villager Article



By  Cathi McLain


February calls to mind romance and love, with Valentine’s Day at the top of the list. It is also a month to celebrate presidential birthdays (although it seems that President’s Day has become as much an excuse for mattress sales and a day off from school as it is to remember George and Abe). President’s Day might also remind us of the presidents who loved to play golf, most notably, Dwight Eisenhower, who said of golf, “It is a sport in which the whole American family can participate—fathers and mothers, sons and daughters alike. It offers healthy respite from daily toil, refreshment of body and mind.” His was certainly a passion for the sport, one many of us share. Living on a golf course reminds us daily of the qualities of the sport, from the beauty of the courses, to the camaraderie we enjoy when we play with friends and family. As we start to plan for 2016 golf at Charbonneau, I’m reminded of another quote, from Roberto de Vicenzo, an Argentine golf pro from the 30’s and 40’s: “Golf is like love. One day you think you are too old, and the next day you want to do it again.” With winter in full swing, we know we love golf, but may have to wait for warmer days in order to “do it again.” Meanwhile, we’re working hard to prepare for the 2016 season.

Portland Golf Show – February 10-12. Be sure to sign up in the Pro Shop to volunteer to work at the Portland Golf Show, February 10-12 at the Oregon Convention Center. Our volunteers man the booth, distribute passes for a free round of golf, and have a great time building awareness for Charbonneau Golf Club.

CWGA held its first board meeting of 2016 and we are looking forward to another great year. Megan McGrew was introduced as our go-to person for 2016. (Cindy: please insert a photo of Megan McGrew. She said the pro shop can provide a good one.) As an assistant pro in training, Megan is taking courses and working with Chris Bensel to become a course professional. She will manage our play-days and tournaments, and be there to answer questions and concerns. Megan reported that the course is adjusting tee time rotations to 9 minutes between groups to allow for better flow from now on. This will apply to all tee times on the course. She also said that the Pro Shop will manage the Saturday Women’s Golf pairings from now on, making it easier to book a time. We’ll now be able to call the Pro Shop until a certain time on Friday’s, and they’ll add us to the list for Saturday morning golf. This has proven to be a great way to get acquainted with other women golfers outside our respective groups. Kudos and thanks to the Niner’s Janet Ferguson, who has taken care of this for the past two years.

Other news from the board meeting: The golf course is moving its website to Cyber Golf, leaving the clubs to manage their own sites. We have opted to remain with Media Physics, and will split the fees with the Niners. A link will remain on the main Charbonneau Golf Club site, so it should continue to run smoothly and seamlessly. Thanks to Sue Oberg and Kathie Barton for managing our electronic communications so effectively.

Jan Watson is working tirelessly to recruit new members as our Membership Chair. She is personally contacting new residents and inviting the women to join us. Please do the same when you meet a new neighbor, and assure them that we can help them to establish a handicap if they’ve not played club golf before.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! We celebrate our love and passion for each other, and of course, for GOLF! As Dinah Shore so aptly put it, “It’s a faithless love, but you hit four good shots and you’ve started your day right.” May we all be doing that soon!


January Villager Article



By Cathi McLain, CWGA Publicity Chair

Happy New Year! It’s mind-boggling to realize it is 2016. I keep wondering where my flying car and hover board are, or more especially, the dishwasher that unloads itself. Imagine how much more time we’d have to hit the golf course! Unfortunately, technology hasn’t matched the future envisioned in the movies, but living at Charbonneau does allow us to quickly hit the course whenever the weather and the spirit allows. So far, this winter hasn’t provided the warm and dry golf weather we enjoyed last year, so those of us who live here year ‘round are dreaming about golf more than playing it. With golf dreams in mind, there are some club news to share to prepare us for the new year.

President Linda Owen wishes to express her appreciation to all members of the executive board, standing committee chairs and special committee chairs for all their efforts and hard work, making 2015 an enjoyable year of golf and special events. She offers some news that we hope will get folks ready for 2016.

Dues payments locally should be dropped off at the pro shop. The club room will be out of commission while the big remodel is underway, so just hand the paperwork with your check to a staff member. Dues are $75.00, $70.00 if paid by April 1st.  Social Membership for past members only is $20. Membership applications need to be submitted by ALL, including previous and new members. Membership applications are available at the pro shop desk and on the website. Snow birds should mail applications and payments to the golf club 32020 SW Charbonneau Dr., Wilsonville, 97070.

First Board Meeting of 2016 is Wednesday, January 6 at 9:00 AM in the Country Club building. If you’re in town, please join us as we set the plans for the coming season.

CWGA still needs volunteers for three positions: Days’ Play, Scoring, and Guest Day Chair. Please consider volunteering for one of these tasks, even if it’s as part of a team, which is especially good for Day’s Play and Scoring. Give Linda a call to talk about how much you would be willing to do. Many hands make short work, right?

2016 Executive Board:  Linda Owen, President; Kathy Harp, Vice President; Treasurer, Victoria Mendenhall; Secretary, Joann Linville; Tournament Co-Chairs, Coleen Larson and Suzanne Hatton.

OGA Fee Increase. OGA raised their fees to $35 this year:  Here’s where it goes:

Handicapping/course rating




OGA Golf Course Support

Junior Golf Support

PNGA Membership

Evans Scholarship Foundation

Debt Service and Reserve

24% ($8) goes toward Handicapping/Course Rating

18% ($6) goes toward Debt Service and Reserve

If you’ve ever wondered how the Evans Scholarship money is spent, here’s a breakdown:  In the U.S.: 910 students are currently enrolled in school, 250 on full scholarship (95% graduation rate). In Oregon: 30 at University of Oregon or Oregon State University, one at Notre Dame, one at Northwestern.  And a residency is being built at U of O.

Hope this New Year finds you well, enjoying whatever life brings, and whether you are playing in the sun or just wishing for the sun, doing it with gusto.