The 2018 WGA 18-Hole kicked off the season with their annual Spring Meeting and Breakfast/Meeting at Granada Grill. More than 100 women attended.
Pat Pochert WGA 18-Hole 2018 president kicked off the meeting introducing the special guests: Tom Heffer and Mike Socha (HSV golf department), Gary Myers (HSV agronomist), and Bryant Fortin and Bryce Wolfe (ASGA).
Pochert reminded the members that the WGA 18-Hole is celebrating 46 years in Hot Springs Village. Eleven former presidents, some who are still active board members, attended the meeting.
Play days were explained and additional committee members were introduced who gave short presentations about measuring closest to the pin, sportsmanship, pairings, rules, scoring, and handicaps.
The Hole-in-One (HIO) club was explained by chair Emma Pinson. She told of some facts about the club, which is open to all women golfers in the Village.
HIOs can be made on courses excluding Diamante and only on the executive course of Coronado.
The club was established in 1984 by Eve Gourley with 112 members. The first HIO made was on May 4, 1986 with Eve herself making it on DeSoto No. 9 with her payout of $92. The last HIO was awarded to Sherrie Nichols, Oct. 24, 2017, 34 years later, on Nina No. 8 with a payout of $180.
To date there have been 238 HIOs with a payout of at least $48,000. Membership dues are $10. If a HIO is made, that person receives $1 from each member in the HIO club. Currently there are 197 members. For more information, contact Pinson at 501-922-1451
WGA play days are Thursdays from April through October. The season begins Thursday with a Welcome Scramble at Granada.
A different game is played each week.We play a different game each week which include: pick your partners and tournaments – Invitational in July, Crush Cancer in September, Low Gross/Net in October – and end the season with the very popular Member/Member.