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The Ladies’ Golf Association of Blue Ridge Country Club ended its 2009 season with its annual Memorial Tournament, awards presentation and banquet on Oct. 3. Earlier in the season, a Solheim Tournament was held in which association members were grouped into an ‘American’ team and a ‘European’ team. The Americans won and were therefore served their meal by the Europeans during the banquet.
Earlier in the day a Memorial Tournament was held and, after matching cards with Myra Kirby of Galax, Cherie Downey was declared the winner for the year. Both ladies shot a net score of 63. In conjunction with the Memorial Tournament, a Net Team Play Tournament was held. Each player used her handicap to count off strokes on each hole. The lowest net score was recorded by the team of Dot Lord, Margaret Cheek and Downey. Second place went to Kirby, Jeanne Webb and Carol Lundquist with a 56. The third-place team was Wanda Cox, Margaret Hensley and Betty Parrish, who also scored a net 56. This year the association sponsored a Season Gross Play in which each player’s Tuesday score was recorded and the best five scores were averaged at the end of the season. The scores were then listed from lowest to highest and divided by three to make three flights. Each flight consisted of nine players. The winners of the first flight were Judy Chambers with an average score of 75.6, Cheek with an 80 average and Alice Hill with an 81.6. The second flight produced a tie for two positions. Cox and Lucy Neff tied for first place with identical averages of 94.2, while Joanne Richardson and Lord tied for second, each with an average of 96. In the third flight, Brenda Harmon took first place with a 98.4, Martha Rose was second with a 100.8 and Margaret Ballard placed third with a 102.4 The winner of the Ringer Tournament this year was Lord, who improved her score from the beginning of the year by 37 strokes. In this tournament, each player records her first score of the season on a card that also lists each hole score. On each play day, the player records the score of each hole that she improved upon. At the end of the season the lowest score of each hole is added to make up a final score. Lord improved her score from a 110 to a 73. The winner of the Most Improved Golfer was Downey, who lowered her handicap by five strokes. Indexes were used to break the tie between her and Mary Jane Carico, who also decreased her handicap by five strokes. A hole-in-one prize was awarded to Trish Golding, who aced the 121-yard 15th hole at Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd on July 9. Eagle awards were presented to Cheek and Hill, who scored eagles on No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, at BRCC. The Birdie Tree Tournament consisted of four divisions according to handicap. Each Tuesday the ladies recorded the birdies they had for the round. Those scoring the most birdies were Chambers (Division I) with 22 birdies, Hill and Cheek (Division II) with 10 each and Carico (Division III) with nine. Division IV ended in a six-way tie between Earlene Ogburn, Judy DeVries, Linda Morton, Mary Collins, Wilda Fayne and Martha Rose. Each lady recorded one birdie. Trophies were presented to the winners of the Ladies Golf Association Net and Gross Championship. In the Net championship, winners were DeVries in first and Carico in second. In the Gross championship, first place went to Chambers and second to Golding. The association also elected officers for the 2010 season: Trish Golding (president), Margaret Hensley (vice president), Margaret Hensley (secretary/treasurer), Mary Jane Carico (tournament chair) and Judy DeVries (social chair).