This week the San Saba Ladies Golf Association lost a charter member, a past president for three different years, our club champion for two years, a unique character, a good golfer, archer, photographer, mother and grandmother and great grandmother, and dear friend, when we lost Wadene Ivy! For many years she was a fixture at the San Saba Golf Course. She participated in every event and supported the course in every way, from finances to helping on the scoring to what every job she was called for. I would venture to say the golf course was one of her great loves in life. The San Saba Lady golfers served as honorary pall bearers. Brother Jack Riley, a friend to Wadene and her family, preached the memorial service. The service opened with Elvis Presley singing, “I Did It My Way” which was very fitting. Her nephew told what Wadene had meant to him in his life. He described her as the glitz and glitter in his life. She bought him clothes and took him out for dinner and would say order whatever you want we will just pretend we are rich! It was very touching. Then Brother Jack came around the altar taking off his coat jacket and I thought perhaps he was warm. But no, he had a golf club in his hand and began a beautiful sermon comparing golf to life and explaining that the club could represent the Bible and what it means to you as you go through life and then he changed to a putter and continued the comparisons. It was appropriate and inspiring, and Wadene would have loved it! Only Brother Jack could have delivered such a loving tribute in such a clever way!
The San Saba Ladies hosted their annual San Saba Pecan Classic Four Lady Summer Tournament on August 22, 2009 with 20 teams participating. It was a beautiful day and everybody had a great time. We are so appreciative of the Mills County State Bank who have sponsored this tournament for many years! It’s great to be neighborly and it happens in Central Texas! We plan to give ‘em heck in football but we love our friends across the river!
The ladies were welcomed by our pro, Keith Harris, and the Club President, Anita Miles. We can’t say enough good about Keith! He helps us in a million ways and is always so gracious and accommodating. His wife, Crystal, is also a great asset to our club!
The ladies were presented with colorful sun visors as an entry gift and were also served donuts and coffee and juice. Then during the play Jay Carney served in the snack stand where the ladies had ice tea, peanut butter, cheese, and crackers! Jay did a great job in serving and making the ladies feel welcome. We have missed Jay. Although she is a member she has given up golf, so it was special to have her with us for this tournament. Thanks, Jay Carney!
San Saba is noted for having a beautiful immaculate course, because of Keith and our ground crews. But we are also noted for serving the best food of any club because of Betty Ann Johnson. Once again she outdid herself with the salads! We had chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, homemade bread, and then to top it off our traditional pecan pie! What would a Pecan Classic Tournament be without pecan pie? The visiting ladies are always impressed with our lunch. Thanks so much, Betty Ann!
On a sad note we had no winners. This is very unusual and I guess we need to do more ‘swinging’! Sandra Baskin did win closest to the pin! So we were proud of Sandra!
There were five San Saba teams: Anita Miles, Jo Anne Hardy, Vivian McCall, and Sandra Baskin; the Sterner Team, Dorothy Sterner, Debbie Lee, Kay Barclay, and Courney McNeal; Betty Sue Hardy, Flossie Woodward, Jo Ann Humpheries, Casy Cantu; Bette Odom, Hattie Rogers, Jo Ann Snow, and Priscilla Muse; and Becky Hardin, Shirley Hardin, Sandee Hartley, and Janet Hoyt.
August 20, 2009 the San Saba Ladies Golf Association met for play day with the chair for August, Dorothy Sterner, calling for a game of “Best at Something”, where you receive a point each time your drive is in the fairway, a point for a one putt, and a point for getting on the green in regulation; however, you have to subtract a point for every three putt, or lost ball, or being in the sand trap. It is a fun game. First Place went to Anita Miles who had a great day shooting a Low Gross of 88 and also scoring the Low Net for the day. Second Place went to Hattie Rogers and Third Place went to Sandee Hartley. Other ladies participating were Dorothy Sterner, Becky Hardin, Bette Odom, Janet Hoyt, and Aileen Roberts. We are enjoying Aileen and Janet and hoping they will become members this fall. The ladies were thrilled to have Bette Odom for play day as she now lives in Hamilton, Texas and we have missed her. Pat Ribb and Bobbie Churchill also joined in on the fellowship even though they aren’t playing golf yet, but maybe soon! And Jo Anne Hardy joined the ladies for lunch.
Before play day the President, Anita Miles, asked for a call meeting and the ladies voted unanimously to buy the fountain for Hole #18 for the City to install. It will make this hole absolutely beautiful!
Becky Hardin and Shirley Hardin attended the Traveling 4-Ball tournament at Blue Lake on August 18, 2009 and Shirley was on the first place team! We appreciated these ladies representing our San Saba Club!
We have one more tournament for this year, the Club Championship on September 19-20, 2009. We are hoping this year more members will participate in this event. We will be having a dinner and annual meeting after play on September 20, 2009 where the new rules will be presented and the goals set up by the Golf Advisory Board and the City of San Saba. Please make plans to attend this important meeting. In the mean time, if you want to be a thirteen times club champion like David Potts, you’d better get out there and be “swinging”!