The last week of April and the first week of May promised to be typically pleasant, Kerrville spring weather – sun-filled days, temperatures hovering in the very comfortable 70 to 80 degree range, relatively calm winds. But wait ...
What is that blip on the weather radar screen? Is that a cold front racing toward Kerrville, predicted to arrive around May 2 or 3 – the dates scheduled for the 2013 LGA Member/Guest Tournament?
The Comanche Trace Pro Shop kept a watchful eye on the weather station, the LGA Member/Guest Planning Committee and all registered participants kept their fingers crossed...please, please, please let the front bypass us – let us enjoy warm, temperate, spring weather for our yearly tournament!!
Alas …Thursday morning, May 2nd in Kerrville, we all woke to sleety rain, unseasonably cold temperatures, and blustery winds nearing forty miles per hour. We might postpone the start time for the tournament, but we could not postpone the tournament. Guests had arrived from St. Louis, Atlanta, Fort Meyers, Florida; Liberal, Kansas; Dallas, Houston, Huntsville, and the surrounding San Antonio area. In fact, the turnout for this tournament was record-breaking – fifty-six participants in all.
What could the women of the LGA and their guests do? Well... we all put on our “big girl panties”, as well as rain and wind gear, gloves, woolen socks, ear muffs, hats, and extra layers for warmth. Bundled up, we bravely faced the weather and drove to our starting holes. The tournament must go on!
After four hours of howling winds, stinging sleet, and cold, Joan and Randy Spear welcomed us into their lovely and warm home. They were hostingus for cocktails and mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres. Randy, Todd Ezell, and Danny Almond were on hand to serve up beverages of choice and words of encouragement. We had a chance to finally thaw out, share tales of good holes, reconnect with old friends, and strengthen existing friendships. We all hoped for warming, calmer weather for the final day of our tournament.
Alas ... Day two - Friday, May 3rd, weather proved to be a replica of our first day. The start time was delayed somewhat, but we had to move forward as a wonderful lunch was being prepared for us following play.
We all did finish - and we were able to laugh as we renamed our “Ropin’ the Win” tournament – “Ridin’ the Wind”.
The Winning Teams:
- Member Michelle Tomlinson and her guest, Marilyn White Member Camille Luppino and her guest, Cheryl Redwine
- Member Nancy McKeen, and her guest, Linda Riley Member Teresa Perdue and her guest, Kayla Hoffman
- Becky White, Becky Brusilow, Ariana Almond, Linda Southwick
- Michelle Tomlinson, Marilyn White, Becky Brusilow, Polly Rickert
Longest Drive was awarded to Tracy Partin and Straightest Drive was awarded to Jan Woolnough.
We are thankful to Comanche Trace for their support of this tournament, as well as Stavinoha Enterprises and White Construction, who each sponsored money for our Closest to the Pin prizes. Nannine Reynolds and Trish Butler donated door prizes. The LGA Planning Committee was chaired by Trish Butler, with much help from Margie Hirsch, Ariana Almond, Cindy Gosmano, and Jennifer Phelps. LGA Members, Linda Southwick and Sherry Maytorena, as well as Colby Nash and Jarrick Cooper from Lifestyle Magazine, were on hand to take our great photos. Tony Johnson and his Pro Golf Staff and Diane Hagne and the Food and Beverage Staff contributed hugely to the success of this tournament. Thank you all so much.
And finally, thank you to all of the LGA members and their guests for their brave and cheerful commitment to this tournament. As we all lingered over wine and dessert after lunch and awards, we glanced out the windows as the sky cleared, turned a brilliant blue, and the winds ceased. The twoday cold front was moving on – typical, pleasant Kerrville spring weather was returning. We had truly “weathered” the storm and most of us were making plans for our next round of golf.