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Rancho Murieta

bi-annual Invitational

On June 21, 2012, the Circus came to Rancho Murieta in the form of their bi-annual Invitational. In attendance were 156 players from 24 Niner Clubs throughout Northern California. The Circus Circus theme provided a venue for vivid colors to spotlight a bright day for these players to enjoy a modified 18 holes of golf on Murieta’s two championship courses. The flights were, naturally, Barnum on the North Course and Bailey on the South Course. The Rancho Murieta Niners loved hosting their fellow golfers for a fun filled day and thank all who participated.


Oakdale Par-Tee Niners

By Judi Phillips

Inconsistent spring weather was no match for the Oakdale Par-Tee Niners!  We celebrated the season hosting two tournaments and Team Play.  We then ventured out to attend WNHGA Open Days and other hosted events.  This included a Home & Home at Spring Creek where we were one of the first to be able to enjoy their new club house.

So far this year, the Par Tee Niners have welcomed several new members and we continue to grow.  Eight new members joined us just before our Oakdale Wine Cellar Central Valley Home & Home on April 17. To make this an enjoyable event for everyone, we included a Merlot Scramble consisting of rookies from all clubs along with the Chardonnay Flight of a little more serious stroke play. Have to admit, we think the rookies and their mentors had the most fun. This concept has been continued in our spring tournaments which have allowed us to integrate the new golfers without pressure. They are now ready to venture out into the world without fear.

The First Tee of the Central Valley established it’s first program in Oakdale last year training volunteers to help in the project with the goal of expanding into more local schools.  To further this goal Oakdale Golf & Country Club formed a Junior Golf Committee that includes Par Tee Niners, Diane Pohl and Judi Phillips.  The committee’s primary objective is to support junior golf programs locally in addition to our sponsorship of the Corena Green Classic.  Through this support and advocacy, we will continue to promote the game of golf and it’s contributions toward personal growth for youth.  Proudly, our efforts helped raise over $3,900 in entry fees and sponsorships for the First Tee Corporate Challenge that was held at Del Rio Country Club on May 18. Oakdale sent a team consisting of our Club Champion and a junior who had played in a nine hole match to obtain his spot. Their caddies included 12 year old Lyndee Sutton, from the First Tee Central Valley, who has played with the Par Tee Niners for the last few years when school vacations allowed and is sponsored by us, along with nine others, in the upcoming Corena Green Classic. Oh, by the way, the club champion and junior won the Corporate Challenge. Hooray for junior golf!

We are now settling in to attend the WNHGA Open Days and Invitationals at other clubs and would like you to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 23rd, when the Par Tee Niners host our fall “Boo-tique” Invitational.  We can always count on the Oakdale team to create an unforgettable day of golf and surprises and hope you will get in the spirit of witches the likes of Morticia and Elvira and join in the fun. See you then!

Discovery Bay Breakers

By Janet Winslow

The Discovery Bay Breakers send out a warm (almost summer) greeting to every one of our golfing friends.  We have been busy with the usual activities such as our Thursday games of putts and low-gross/low-net.  We have been enjoying many of the neighboring invitationals and guest days.  We are now working hard for our “Rally For the Cure” to be held on October 11, 2012!  We would love to have you join us!

Team Play:  Our Team Play Captain, Doris Bunnell has kept us working hard as we are holding onto our number two position in our division.  We have a secret power this year for team play.  If you are part of our team, you get a lovely “Angel Golfer Pin!”  This has been a great motivating tip as 20 ladies have participated in the 2012 team play season so far!

Corena Green:  Some of our members will be volunteering to serve as markers for the day at Marin Country Club.  They are looking forward to playing a sweet round of golf before the event.

Open Days:  We cannot forget the three Open Day events this year as they have been fun.  We have four more Open Days to go with Twain Harte being the next one on our calendar to visit.

Members:  We have one new member, Rona Hulen and we are happy to welcome her to our family of lady golfers.

This year our ladies are more involved with understanding the rules and improving Pace of Play.  We are continuing to enjoy golf and all the many friendships we have made.

Sierra Pines Ladies Golf

By Thelma Rapson

Who can predict what one’s club will put forth until it is tried?  Sierra Pines Ladies Golf Club ventured forth to WOW the sox off of our fabulous gal pals from other clubs the way they always do us and in all modesty, I think we did!!  The theme was “Grin and Bear It” and bears it was: big time. The bear decorations are to be donated to the Police Dept. and to Wellspring to give out to children.  There were forty-five interesting baskets to be won, delicious grilled chicken apple salad to be eaten and of course wine, margaritas, et al, to be (I hate to say) drunk in the dining room.  The golf was not secondary by any means. It was great. Our ladies and their gentlemen had a wonderful day taking care of carts, food, libations and sharing the fun of showing off our beautiful course.  We hope to see these lovely new and old friends back in Roseville availing themselves of our facilities!

Sierra Pines Ladies Golf in Roseville has been saddened by the loss of their original Captain (1997) Donna Treleaven who passed away this month after a long illness.

Stockton Golf and Country Club

By Kathy Chinchiolo

The Stockton Tuesday Ladies are happy the weather is getting better for golf. We have dodged the rain and wind on many Tuesdays, but we did get our nine holes played. In April, team play began with SGCC hosting a Team Play Tournament. We had many happy winners and I think all players enjoyed a fun day. Each year we look forward to team play and meeting all our WNHGA fellow golfers. We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a golf tournament and party. The weather was perfect for golf. Our party was fun, we enjoyed delicious food, and we gave prizes for the winning golfers. Our members continue to support Corena Green Junior Girls Golf Tournament. One way we do this is when a golfer goes into the water or sand trap when playing she donates $.25. Yes, the money has been adding up. Summer will soon be upon us and as Sue Bowen from Marin Country Club said, “Remember that golf is just a game, so have fun.”

Rancho Murieta

By Mary Lou Dininger


After being rained out in April, on May 3rd the Niners held their Guest Day.  We hoped the rain would hold off long enough to get nine holes of golf played without getting wet and it did!

Our theme was Birdies and Butterflies.  There seemed to be a lot of butterflies floating around the heads of some of the Niner volunteers. After a delicious breakfast of fruit, muffins, breads and two kinds of quiche; a Texas Scramble was played on the North Course.

Captain Barbara Buzdon and Guest Day Chairs Sue Girsch and Connie Enzensperger welcomed members and guests.  A wonderful lunch (prepared by Chef Jason) of Cornish Hen, rice and mixed vegetables was served follow by dessert of sherbet and butterfly cookies.

Director of Golf, Don Thames announced the winners for the day:

Closest to the Pin

Hole #2- Guest-Janet Winslow 39’3″

Niner-Linda Williams 22′

Hole #12-Guest-Sandy Clark  48′

Niner-Toni Vaughan  18’5″


Front nine-Birdie flight:

1st: score 20  Bonnie Foley-Janet Winslow-Patty Harris-Alene Reeve

2nd: score 21 Carol Randall-Sheryl Bray-Cathleen Riebe-Gayle Reichmuth                             

3rd: score 22  Dixie Pavloff-Kristy Galet- Elaine Fowler-Mindy Jenkins

4th: score 22  Annalee Somers-Michelle Basurto-Mary Lou Dininger-Mary Martin

Back Nine-Butterflies flight:

1st: score 20   Diana Gibson-Ginny Volbert-Debbie Launey-Hallie Studlley

2nd: score 22 Toni Vaughan-Marilyn Moore-Sally Montagne-Sharon Moyles

3rd: score 23  Chris Pasek-Gerry Banicevich-Judy Benjamin-Sandra Birnie

4th: score 23   Liz Smaker-Sandra Clark-Marybeth Alameida-Barbara Harris

Raffle for the Santa Cruz Condo donated by Connie Enzensperger was won by a new Niner member, Jeanette Segura.

Everyone reported having a great time and all look forward to next year.

Woodbridge Club News

April was a busy month for the Woodbridge Fore-Tee Niners. We had our Handicap tournament where we had the opportunity to play each of our three nine-hole courses using a match play format. Our Tournament Chair, Jan Jordan, did a fabulous job setting up the event, including breakfast, lunch, and prizes. Everything was wonderful and it was so much fun. It is always fun to experience match play. When you have a bad hole, you lose that one.  However, it does not mess up your entire game!

Our winners were: First Flight: 1st place Nikki Barr , 2nd place Anne Weisenberg , 3rd place Annette Brass .

Second Flight: 1st place Penny Meyers , 2nd place Jan Jordan , 3rd place Evelyn Gannon .

Third Flight: 1st place Meg McKenzie , 2nd place Rosemarie Kellar , 3rd place MaryAnne Bergstrom .



By: Linda D. Aguirre

Exchange Day: The PGCC Pen Niners hosted an Exchange Day on April 24, 2012. Our guests included golfers from Palo Alto Hills Country Club, Stanford Country Club, Almaden Country Club, Saratoga Country Club, and San Jose Country Club. There were over 50 women at the club that morning having a great time. It was a pleasure to host such a wonderful group of women golfers.

Team Play: Our Team Play players are in second place after having played at Saratoga Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, May 23. Saratoga stands at 45.5 points to PGCC’s 40.5 points. The Pen Niners finish up the Tournament on July 24, 2012 at the San Jose Country Club, followed by playoffs at Oakdale Country Club.

Spring Tournament: The Pen Niner annual Spring Tournament ended on May 15. The winner of the first flight was Diane Mason. The consolation winner was Elaine Sotir.

Spring Tournament winners, Diane Mason and Elaine Sotir.

Tom Toschi Clinics:

We have been fortunate to be the beneficiaries of weekly golf clinics by Tom Toschi, PGA, Director of Golf Operations at PGCC. Tom as been with the PGCC for 30 years and is only the fourth head pro in the club’s 101-year history. He is a wonderful instructor and all of us that attend his clinics immediately notice improvement in our games.


By Rosemarie Hyatt

Summer is here and we 4-C Niners are looking forward to beautiful weather and golf, golf, golf!

Our Spring Guest Day was marvelous and the authenticity was absolutely amazing.  On Thursday, April 26th, it was raining in Paris – on Thursday, April 26th it was raining at Crow Canyon Country Club on our April in Paris Spring Guest Day.  We ate crepes and crème brulee while French music floated through the room. One could close her eyes and imagine Edith Piaf singing “La Vie en Rose.”  Oh, and we played golf!  We thank Carol Willson, her Co-Chair Annette Annunziato, and the invaluable support of Ann Glover and Carol Watson.  It was a day not to be missed.

Our winners will agree:  On the front 9 – 1st place – Sheila Berry, Gisele Smith, Carol Reisewitz, and guest; 2nd place – Mary Nelson and guests; and 3rd place – Annette Annunziato and guests.  Back 9 – 1st place – Linda Mixon, Roxana Hing and guests; 2nd place – Nancy Domde and guests; 3rd place – Molly Steele, Donna Zaballos and guests.

Twilight Golf on May 5th was another evening not to be missed.  The weather was marvelous and the food delicious.  The fried chicken, corn bread, biscuits, pecan pie and bread pudding were a perfect accompaniment to the Kentucky Derby and best decorated visor contest.  Thank you Gwen Russum and Co-Chair Annette Annunziato with yet another fabulous event for the 4-C Niners.  And, Ginny Francioni will tell you that we played golf – she and her foursome came in 1st place; with Nancy Moore and her team coming in 2nd place (Nancy also won the visor contest with her beautiful flowers and veil draping over the sides); and 3rd place was Laura Berry and her team.

We continue to add new members to our team of 4-C Niners with Debbie Brans and Julie Klingel.  If you are interested, please contact our Captain Judy Brooks, or Susann Green, Membership.


By Sherry Marks

The First Tee of Contra Costa

    Research has shown the primary reason more children, and especially economically disadvantaged children, do not play golf is because of the lack of places that welcome them. In 1997, the World Golf Federation created The First Tee as a way to bring golf to young people that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values.

Locally the East Bay Golf Foundation and The First Tee of Contra Costa provide learning facilities and education programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. The First Tee of Contra Costa has received a three-year grant from the USGA.

The Niners have invited 8-10 teenage girls, members of The First Tee, to join them in a round of golf and afterwards to have lunch on Thursday, June 21. All members are invited. Look for details in the club area.

WNHGA Team Play

Members of Rossmoor’s Niners who participate in Team Play are excited and proud to be currently in second place in our division. On Thursday, June 11th, we host the fourth round and later in the month participate in the fifth and last round at Moraga Country Club.

We are especially proud to show off our new facilities finished last year, the Pro Shop, restaurant and meeting rooms at Creekside. There are current modifications being made to both golf courses as Rossmoor prepares to build an Event Center adjacent to the Dollar course.

Heading up the Rossmoor Niners this year are Captain Sylvia Landgraf and Co-Captain Lydia Bolinger.  Membership Chairperson is Gerda Peterson.


By Jan Wilcock

We are having a wonderful spring and really enjoying our beautiful course.  We had our very first Friends Day on May 29, and it was a big success.  We had over 20 friends join us for golf and lunch afterward out on the terrace.   As a result, we added new members.  It was so successful that we plan on doing it again in the fall.

We are busy planning the final details of our “Go for the Gold” Invitational on August 7.  We hope you can come and share in our Country’s pride, and have a delightful day at Lake Wildwood.

We started an “After Lunch Bunch.”  When we play on Tuesday morning we come in for lunch and then head back out for another nine holes.  This has been a lot of fun and enhanced our camaraderie in our club.

Our club also had our annual Golf 4Two on Thursday evening, May 10, followed by dinner at the Clubhouse.   In advance of the tournament, we drew a color out of a hat – which turned out to be the color yellow.  There was something special on each hole having to do with that color, and you were awarded points if you had or did, what was specified – i.e., drive as far as the happy face balloon, had a yellow hat on, etc.  It was an extremely fun and well attended tournament.

We hosted the “Odd Couples” Tournament last month.   We played golf with the Men Niners.  We enjoyed a lovely breakfast and then the tournament.  Later we had drinks and appetizers in the clubhouse where the prizes were awarded.

Finally, last month the Board Members of both the 18 hole and nine hole groups enjoyed a golf tournament and lunch.  It was a wonderful way to share ideas and keep the lines of communications open between our clubs.  We all had a lovely day together.

Wow, we’ve been busy, and we are just getting going!

Saratoga Country Club

By Sandy Leung

Can’t believe that almost half of 2012 has gone by!  Our Saratoga Niners again were pretty busy during the past few months!  We had been enjoying numerous home Tournaments – Eclectic, Valentines, St. Patrick, Ham Shoot, King and Queen!  Our club’s newly re-constructed Hole #5 opened on April 1st and it’s been quite a challenge for us!  On May 23rd, we were delighted to host the Team Play #4 and gladly everything went smoothly.  Our most recent Exchange Day on June 13th was a blast too!  Eighteen guests from other clubs joined our two Best Ball game and we had a wonderful time!  Last but not the least, we were most excited to have four new members join our group during the past few months!   It’s really fantastic to see that our group is growing Bigger and BIGGER!!!

Marin Country Club Nine Holers

By Jill Linehan

The highlight of our Spring would have to be the “Nine Wine & Dine” we held on a summer-like April afternoon.  We had a full field of 52 Nine Holers with their husbands or guests.  It seems like the guys look forward to this event even more than we do!  We had a fun tournament organized by Sue Bowen consisting of 3 holes of “Best Ball”, 3 holes of “Alternate Shot” and 3 holes of “Step-Aside Scramble”.  What made it even more fun was the sale of string, mulligans and hand shots – all proceeds to benefit Corena Green.  We finished the day with a delicious Prime Rib Dinner and, of course, plenty of wine!

Speaking of Corena Green, we are all looking forward to the Corena Green Tournament coming to Marin Country Club this July.  Our membership co-chair, Juanita Andros, organized a group of us to attend a taping of “7live” on ABC Channel 7 in hopes of getting a plug in for the tournament.  It was a great afternoon in the City and we all agreed we are lucky enough to be part of a group that have as much fun off the course as we do playing on it!

Pine Mountain Lake

By Cyndy Krout

We have tried many different ways to raise funds but our most successful so far has been our cookbook that we published a year ago.  A committee gathered recipes from everyone in our club.  The book was set up in chapters from “Hole 1” through “Hole 9”. These covered everything from appetizers thru main courses and desserts and finished with “This and That”.  It included tried and true family favorites to party treats.  We had the book printed and club members donated time collating the book and binding it.  It came out in time to sell as Christmas gifts and for Mother’s Day.  We also were able to sell many in our community at events. We have had feed back from people that they have really enjoyed it and have used the recipes.

Another way that has raised funds for our club has been a white elephant type auction.  We have done this at our annual Christmas Party and again after a general meeting.  Ladies have brought nice items that they don’t use or maybe were given that did not fit their style. One of our members has baked wonderful pies that bring a premium price. Another of our ladies has a special knack at auctioning off these items and getting good prices.  It has been a great way to pass on some items and earning extra money for the club. It was also a great source for some holiday gift items at good price.

Moraga Niners

By Sue Harris

This has been a very exciting year so far for the Moraga Niners.   As some of you know, the golfers at Moraga Country Club lived out of “Camp Moraga” last year as we watched our old clubhouse get razed and a new one built. Our new clubhouse opened in February in time for the beginning of the 2012 season. The Orinda Country Club Niners graciously hosted us in 2011. We were now able to host them at our new clubhouse. We played nine holes and then enjoyed lunch in our new dining room.  A great time was had by all.

We are big supporters of the Corena Green Tournament for Junior Girls.  Carol Farrior and Juanita Gilbertson are doing a fantastic job of lining up prizes for our monthly raffle.  We also contribute money to our large, pink piggy bank when we land in water or a bunker.  Regrettably, the pig is getting very fat! This money goes to support Corena Green Junior Classic for girls.

Leslie Mortimer, our Team Play Chairman with assistance from Celeste Warner and Joanne Frudden, have done a fabulous job of organizing our enthusiastic Team Play this year. They started the season by picking beautiful new turquoise tops sporting our new club logo.

Sharon Scott, with the help of Susan Spendorio and Marguerite Birkenfeld, will be managing our Tournament of Champions competition at MCC in July.

We are having a good year with many fun events The Niners continue to add new members to our group.  If you’re interested in finding out about joining, please contact Nadine Coburn, our Membership Chairman.

Cold Springs Country Club

By Heidi Matlack

Springtime has been very busy for the Cold Springs Lady Niners. On Monday, May 21, we hosted our golf invitational, Mardi Gras Madness.   It was a huge success with 76 ladies attending from ten clubs. Ladies came as far away as Lake Wildwood and Discovery Bay to participate in the festivities. The tournament format was “Nine-Hole Jester Wild Best Ball.”  Dee Russo was the visionary behind our Golf Invitational effort and through her leadership and countless hours of work, it was a great day and enjoyed by all.

Many of our Niners contributed to the success of this event. Dee was joined by a strong Tournament Committee of Debbie Massaro, Niner’s Captain; Linda Hareid, Co-Chair; Diane Bagdonas, hole sponsorships (we had 25 sponsors!) and donations; Heidi Matlack, Graphics, registration and programs; Linda Leake, tee prizes, mulligans and cart favors. Vearl La Berge, Anna Marie Calderwood and Sharon Blevens created beautiful themed decorations; Jeanine Henderson-Hodges handled the raffle; Connie Oetinger, managed the tournament rules and Margee Snyder, Pam Bailey and Vi O’Donnell greeted our guests at the registration table.

Many of our husbands joined in the festivities as bag boys and course spotters.  Two of our gentlemen were awesome in their tuxedos and shorts running the putting contest. Our invitational raffle was also a great success with some awesome baskets and lots of rounds of golf from local clubs. Iris Appleby made a beautiful hand-knitted ivory afghan and Anna Marie Calderwood created a gorgeous hand-made quilt.

The Lady Niners are thrilled to report that our invitational raised $3,500 that will be given to local high schools to support girls golf!

Our Ladies have also been enjoying Team Play with River Valley Division A. We have completed our tournaments at Lake of the Pines, Rancho Murieta, Cameron Park and Yolo Flyers and our final tournament will be on June 26 at our home course. Currently, our club is tied for 2nd place. Good Luck Cold Springs Lady Niners!

Castlewood Country Club

By Sandra Salmon

The Castlewood Country Club’s 9 hole Castlettes, presented their Invitational Tournament, “Women Fore Women” May 15th, 2012.  What a fabulous event…A big “Well Done” goes to Maureen Shevlin and her committee of dynamos.  From start to finish, it was a fun-filled day of golf, food, drinks, shopping, more food, more golf, more drinks and a fabulous raffle and silent auction. 120 fortunate women competed in this over the top event.  It was certainly a huge social, financial, and golf playing success.

Congratulations to all the winners!

1st flight:

  1.  Monica Wang, Peggy Jeng, Jennifer Arnold, Judy Etterman
  2.  Christi Hilton, Wilma Hilton, Ellie Wrenn, Karma Glynn
  3.  Doris Bonnell, Debbie Ruiz, Kris Villyard, Kathy Readler

2nd flight:

  1.  Janet McFarlane, Sandy Leung, Betty Lee, Loretta Levin
  2.  Liz Barker, Mary Cleland, Janet Gatti, Janet Ryerson
  3.  Pat Cochran, Sharon Wolinski, Karen Brown, Shereve Chandler

3rd flight:

  1.  Sandy Foschler, Maureen Olsen
  2.  Donna Colteaux, Erin Ashburn,Heidi  Emerson,Darnelle Aynesworth
  3.  Sharry Bautista, Connie Cannella, Mary Ann Hern, Alma Rosa

Palo Alto Hills

By Jackie Yao

The Palo Alto Hills Niners 2012 Invitational “Go for Gold” was held on June 26th.   79 golfers participated from 22 clubs around Northern CA.  Breakfast was a stunning display of foods representing England.    The weather was perfect as we started the morning.  Two flights were set to play a scramble on the back and a best ball on the front.  We celebrated the 90th birthday of Mary Casper along with Celeste Warner, Ellen Barton and Loren Archer who were also celebrating birthdays.  The last golf event was a putting relay through the piles of sand and pine coned forest on the putting green.  We finished the day with a “High Tea” cocktail party.   Special thanks to Antonia Tu, Invitational Chair, for her leadership in organizing a fabulous event with support from her committee and our staff at Palo alto Hills!  See you next June for the 2013 PAH Invitational.