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CWGA's Invitational draws crowd

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By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

The Chiefland Women's Golf Association hosted its annual Ladies Invitational Tournament on April 6 at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club. We had 47 women competing from as far away as Brooksville and Palatka. The greens superintendent and his crew worked hard cleaning up the course after the winds and rain that hit Central Florida on Tuesday.

Our president, Freida Martin, deserves a lot of credit for her work in guiding all of us in the various duties that it takes to have a successful tournament. 

The Overall Low Gross prize went to Dot Bird from the University of Florida, with a great round of 77. The Overall Low Net prize went to Patricia Sullivan from Palatka, who shot a net 65.

Eight of our own members played great golf and came in with winning scores in their respective flights. Patsy Sheppard shot an 83 and a low net score of 68 in the First Flight. Jeannie Clark won low gross in the Second Flight with a score of 90. Pat Renaud won first low net in the Second Flight with a net score of 68. Barbara Ahola won third low net in this same flight.

Jan Hendrix won low gross in the Third Flight with a score of 93.  Freida Martin took the second low net in the Third Flight with a net 72. After breaking the tie, Betty Tillis took the third low net prize in this same flight with the same score of net 72.

Adrienne Snyder won the Low Gross prize in the Fourth Flight with a score of 101. Betty Butler won the second low net prize with a score of net 69. Pat Renaud also won the longest putt, specialty prize, on hole No. 14 with a putt of 10 feet, three inches.

In preparing for this tournament, there were several of our ladies working out at the golf course during the stormy weather on Tuesday.  The golf course lost power early that morning and went until the next morning before getting its electricity restored. Everyone used candles and flashlights to see what they were looking for in the locker rooms, kitchen and storerooms. 

The dining room was decorated in a western theme and looked gorgeous once the lights came back on. After play, the ladies all gathered for a great luncheon and the awarding of all the many prizes.  We want to thank all the hard working members of our association who spent hours at home preparing and also the many hours at the course before and after the completion of the tournament.

 The golf course is in fantastic condition, especially the greens, thanks to Brian Schaffer and his crew. We were pleased to have beautiful weather, cool in the morning and warming up into the 70s during the day, in spite of gusting winds. Tom Bailey, manager, helped with the scoring.  Bob Cooper, Kent Welburn and Earl Costello were there early, helping the players with their golf bags. Renee Dasher and Diana Prince were kept busy in the pro shop, especially when it came time for all the prize winners to spend their gift certificates for more golf equipment and clothing.