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Results of 2017 Questionnaire

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:05 PM by Sue Jacobson

Click the following link, 2017 Questionnaire Responses as of November 12th, to see the responses to the 2017 end of year questionnaire.

2017 New Members

posted Jan 12, 2018, 9:58 AM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Jan 12, 2018, 10:00 AM ]


Liz and her husband, Mark, moved to Bella Vista on March 17, 2017 and joined the WGC the next day on March 18!  We like your enthusiasm Liz! 

Liz is an Iowa girl having lived in Marshalltown, Clarinda and Ames. She started playing golf at age 18 and is still waiting for her first hole in one.  Liz enjoys her three children and four grandchildren. 

She is a former teacher and her hobbies include reading, walking, playing cards, knitting and quilting.


Stephanie moved to the NWA area in 1983 and is currently living in Bentonville with her husband, Doug.  She moved from Tulsa but grew up in Fayetteville.   She has also lived in Missouri and Eureka Springs.  

She joined WGC this year after retiring as a teacher and coach.  She now has time to pursue her hobbies of running, golf and yardwork.  She started playing golf at young age of 49 but is still waiting for that illusive hole-in-one. 
She has four children and seven grandkids.  

She feels privileged to be part of our group!  


In 2005, Rose moved from Allen, Texas with her husband, Owen and starting playing golf in 2006.  Rose especially enjoys Berksdale and her all time favorite course is Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.  

Rose grew up in Jamaica and has lived in New York and Texas.  Rose and Owen have two children and two grandchildren.  Her hobbies are golfing, walking and gardening.  


Susan and husband, John moved to Bella Vista in 2011 from Loves Park, IL which is Northwest of Chicago.  Susan recently retired.  Her former jobs included Project Manager for IBM and Toshiba where her teams wrote software for Retail Store Systems. 

Susan started playing golf at age 16 for a few years, took a 35 year break and started up again about 5 years ago. No hole in one yet. She has lived in Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Naperville, IL.

Susan enjoys walking the trails in BV, gardening, painting and quilting.  She has one son and no grandchildren on the horizon.

Susan is on the Bella Vista Golf Advisory Committee and she would love to talk with you about any ideas to improve our golf experience.  Also, her husband is on the Bella Vista Board of Directors.   



Laurie lived in BV from 2001 to 2006. Went back to Minnesota when her mom had stroke. Moved back in 2014.  She has been married to Ken for 47 years.  Laurie started playing golf 30 years ago and had a hole in one on Scotsdale #15 in 2015.

She was born in Sibly, IA and moved to Paynesville, MN when she was ten.  Besides IA & MN, she lived in AZ, MO, IL, OK, PA & TX.

She has two sons. Jason is a warrant officer in the Army and flies fixed wing planes. Eric is a chef.  She has two granddaughters and two grandsons. 

Laurie spent 20 years working with special needs adults and then worked for 12 years for Holiday Retirement Corp. She also has worked in day care and managed apartment buildings.  Many of you will recognize Laurie because she is works 3 days a week at Branchwood Recreation Center.


Judy moved to Bella Vista in 2016 with her husband, Mike from Kansas.  She started playing golf when she was 22.  Prior to her arrival, she had already made a hole-in-one.  Her preferred BV course is Highlands and her favorite course ever is Mahogany Bay in St Thomas.  Judy worked in the insurance business, on the family farm and was a bookkeeper and operator for a bowling alley.

Judy has two sons, 10 grandchildren and 2 pets.  She wants us to know that she is very kind and likes to have fun! 


Ardell and her husband, Curt moved to Bella Vista in 1999. All her BVWGC friends are delighted that she decided to join our group this year.  The Highlands is Ardell’s favorite BV course and Teeth of the Dog in La Romana, Dominican Republic wins as her favorite course ever played!  She started playing golf in her 20’s but is still waiting for that allusive hole in one.

Prior to moving to Bella Vista, Ardell lived in Richardson, TX.  She was born in Iowa and also lived in Illinois.

Ardell had two sons, one is still living with twin boys, age 7 in Texas.  A fun fact about Ardell, she used to be involved with Canine Companions.



Gail moved to the area in January of 2016.  She hopes to become a Bella Vista resident this year.  Prior to moving to Arkansas, she lived in Tehachapi, CA.  She grew up in Fremont, NE and has lived in KS, OK and FL.

Gail started playing golf at age 19 and has had a hole in one.  Her favorite course that she ever played is Oak Quarry, Riverside, CA.

She has two standard poodles.  Golf, quilting, stained glass, walking/hiking and birding occupy Gail’s time when she is not working at Metfield.  Her former jobs include being an educator, in real estate, and a business owner.                                                        

Give Gail a call her if you want to play a round!


Lisa and her significant other, Bud Kennedy moved to Bella Vista in December, 2016.  It was Bud that introduced Lisa to the game of golf and she’s been hooked ever since.

Lisa moved here from Bartlesville, OK. She grew up 2 hours southeast of here in Waldron, AR.  She has also lived in Fort Smith, AR and  Colorado Springs, CO.

Lisa has 2 daughters and Bud has a son and daughter.  She has one beautiful 19 month granddaughter Emma with another on the way. 
Bud also has an amazing granddaughter, Kaylee.

Her favorite time is spent with family and friends doing anything or nothing at all.  She loves to do craft type activities, sewing, quilting, card making (paper crafting). She is a sports enthusiast.  Her favorite was softball (until being introduced to golf). 

Lisa spent 30+ years as an IT professional for Phillips Petroleum, which later became ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, OK.  Bartlesville was wonderful place to work and raise a family!   Lisa is thrilled to be retired and living on Loch Lomond in Bella Vista.  With her daughter in Bentonville and family in Fayetteville, she is excited to be living this next chapter of life!  

WGC team wins 2017 Bella Vista Chairman's Cup

posted Nov 4, 2017, 2:57 PM by Susan Nuttall

The team of Mary Riorden, Jan Burkybile, Linda Roberts and Wanda Barton won the 2107 Bella Vista Chairman's Cup Women's Division.  Only one team can from each golf group are eligible to enter.  The tournament was a Modified Stableford format with points being awarded for eagles, birdies, pars and bogies.  The total points earned are then adjusted by the player's handicap.  Our team won with a score of +14.  Jan Burkybile was also the Women's Individual Champion. Congratulations to all!

Arlene and Pat Respond to Being Inducted into HOF

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:04 AM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:11 AM ]

"BVWGC Members:

We were both a little overcome with emotion when we were given the Hall of Fame award at the fall brunch, so we didn’t properly thank the members and previous winners.  What an honor it has been to be inducted into the BVWGC HALL OF FAME for 2017! It has been a joy being a member of the club for many years and we have made many good friends.   Being a member of the Board and being involved in many committees has helped to broaden our understanding of how many members it takes to make the club run smoothly. Many of you have spent so much time supporting our club and we appreciate your efforts.  It has been a great experience playing with such an amazing group of ladies.

Thank you again for honoring us as members of the BVWGC Hall of Fame in 2017." 


Arlene Alford and Pat Davis

2017 in Review - Fall Brunch

posted Oct 28, 2017, 12:39 PM by BV WGC   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 5:48 AM by Sue Jacobson ]

The Bella Vista Women's Golf Club's Fall Brunch was held October 26th commemorating the completion of 40 years of Women's Golf in Bella Vista.  WGC President Sue Jacobson presided.  The Social committee, led by Stephanie Kappel and Kathy Dinwoodie, planned a spectacular morning with great food and a theme of "Thankful and Blessed". Rythm and Q provided the food.  The success of our 2017 season is the result of the contributions of so many people. It starts with our members serving as executive officers, committee chairs and volunteers. We are supported in all that we do by our extraordinary Golf professionals and the personnel in the Golf Office. 

Sue Jacobson, Steve Morrow, Biddy Pyle
We welcomed our sponsors, Allens represented by Steve Morrow, Lakepoint represented by Tommy Lee, Concordia Nursing and Rehab, and Acura of Fayetteville represented by Michael Sandlin.  Our sponsors provided support in many ways including gift certificates, prizes for Closest to the Pin, Hall of Fame winners and support for the general fund.  We are thankful for the support of Women's Golf and happily support their businesses.

Sue introduced other guests from the Bella Vista Golf Division.  Phillip Wright and Darryl Muldoon represented Golf Operations.  Our PGA Professionals, Gavin Smith, Alex Sanford and Chuck Ritter help our group no matter which course we are playing on.  Leslie Terry, Retail Manager, stocks our Pro Shops with items we love and the Golf Maintenance crews led by Keith Ihms create a golfing experience that constantly exceeds our expectations.

WGC Donations to BV Animal Shelter, BV Courtesy Van, Village House
This year, the group chose the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, the Bella Vista Courtesy Van and the Village House as our charities.  Donations are raised through the weekly Closest to the Pin contest and the sale of WGC logo'd merchandise.  This year $550 was donated to each charity.

In our 40th year, our club numbered 129 playing members and 4 social members for a total of 133. Of those, 9 were new members. This was a challenging year with the impact of a major flood resulting in limited use of Berkdale and short-term closure of Country Club. Welcome renovations at the Highlands and not so welcome hot weather in July added to scheduling challenges.  Members remained flexible as schedules and locations changed right up until the day of play.  Everyone made it, we teed off and had a great year of golf and friendship.

2017 Hole in One Winners
End of the year awards included those for Hole-in-One, Most Improved Golfers and 2 new Hall of Fame Inductees.  Nan Delany and Jan Holm recognized seven deserving women for shooting a Hole in One this year.  They are Sandy Collins, Mary Riorden, Eva White, Elaine Twyman, Sheryl Pankratz, Roxianne Dwyer, and Judy Lemoine. Most Improved Golfers by Percentage and Strokes were presented by Biddy Pyle. Ronnie Nelson improved her handicap by 22% and Patty Walker improved by 5.5 strokes.  

In celebration of our 40th year, Nancy Gross presented a plaque honoring our founding members. 
The founding members are Bea Lester-President, Doye Bull-Vice President, Jackie Shoffner-Secretary, Wanda Collins-Treasurer, and Dolores Bowlin- NWA Rep.  Dolores still plays with the group every week. 
Sandy Trigg inducted Pat Davis and Arlene Alford into the WGC Hall of Fame.

Highlights of the year included:
The Rules Committee sponsored the "Rules as Tools" workshop.  Darryl Muldoon and Stevie Lamar helped the group have a better understanding of the Rules of Golf, and how, at times, you can use them to your advantage.

2 woman partner Match Play event.  48 players signed up to play in the event and the players loved the new format and the friendly competition.  Match Play Madness Champions were Linda Roberts and Wanda Barton, 2nd place went to Judy Hudson and Myrlene Zimmerman and the Consolation Bracket Winners were Wanda Barloon and Robyn Wolters

The Firecracker Scramble, held at the end of June, had a field of 46 2 person teams in 7 flights! From the cart parade to the closing prayer of the program, we enjoyed celebrating our country's birthday with our golf friends. September rolled in with the Bella Vista Invitational “Fall Fling!”.  The Board provided an amazing array of goodies for the breakfast and we welcomed several guests from outside Bella Vista.

The Club Championship was played the week after the “Fall Fling” and the weather continued to be absolutely beautiful as were the courses. This year we played at Dogwood and Country Club.  Our 6 club champions are: 
 Low Gross from the Red Tees - Brenda Dandy, Low Gross from the Gold Tees - Jan Simm,  Low Net - Lisa Vines, Senior Low Net - Jan Holm Senior Low Gross from the Gold Tees - Pat Slatton, Senior Low Gross from the Red Tees - Mary Riorden.

Just one of the '61' teams
The MGA/WGC Scramble started off the fun in October. The scramble had been postponed due to the spring flooding in May. 132 players joined in the fun.  It was a birdie fest with many scores in the 60's.

The brunch concluded with the 2017 Fall General Meeting.  During the meeting, Biddy Pyle was elected
2018 Executive Officers
President for 2018.  2018 Executive Officers are Ellen Shelley-Vice President, Elaine Twyman-Secretary and Jan Holm-Treasurer.  Biddy requested that 2018 Membership Applications be returned by February.  Members return the 2017 Questionnaires which helps guide the planning for next year. The group recognized Sue Jacobson for her leadership this year.  The meeting was adjourned.

Bella Vista Women's Golf Club membership is open to all ladies who are 18 years of age or older. The Women's Golf Club welcomes new members at any time of the year and will assign "Big Sisters" to assist and guide their "Little Sisters".  More information can be found on our website at: 

Arlene Alford and Pat Davis are 2017 inductees into WGC Hall of Fame

posted Oct 27, 2017, 3:04 PM by BV WGC   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 9:08 AM by Sue Jacobson ]

2017 BVWGC Hall of Fame “Thankful and Blessed”

Presented by Sandy Trigg:
Pat Davis, Alrene Alford
It is my honor and with great respect that I present our 2017 BVWGC Hall of Fame Award.  There are some rare people in this world that we have met and gotten to know for whom our theme “Thankful and Blessed” is so appropriate and certainly applies. They have a warmth, an aura of caring and a genuine willingness to help in any capacity needed…over, and over and over again, including recruiting a husband to help or baking goodies for a meeting.

THANKFUL indeed, for this year, our 40th anniversary as the WGC we are BLESSED to have not one, but for the first time ever…TWO outstanding recipients who not only meet all of the qualifications and standards but exceed them with their leadership and 18 or 19 or so years of contributing service.

I’d like to tell you a little more about these special ladies. And the first thing that comes to mind to me and obviously to the many nominators are the words “hardworking”, “friendly”, “kind”, “helpful”, “talented” and one said “a representative of good will and friendship for our club!” What a positive impact they have made! Not only do we usually smile when we see them, but my goodness what they have have done in leadership and service to our golf club.

One of the two joined the WGC in 1999. This is a list of just some of committees on which she has served: Special Tournaments 2000-2003 & 2012, 2003 - net score club champion, Telephone 04 &05, 2010. Treasurer in 2006 & 2007, in 2008, she served on Pairings and Social Committee. She has also served on these committees innumerable times. Handicap Membership/Hole in one, Big Sister, Telephone, Social, Scoring and Rules (for many years starting in 2011).

Our second honoree joined the WGC in 2001 again this list is just some of the positions/committees on which she has served: 2002 Social, 2003 Pairings and Scoring, 2006 Membership/hole-in-one, 2007-08 Pairings, 2008,09,10 Handicap, Scoring, Social and Special Tournaments, 2011 Scoring, 2012 Handicap, Publicity /Newsletter Chair, 2016 Play-it-forward and Co-Chair Social.

These two ladies have shared two important things- a wonderful, long friendship and the WGC leadership position of President in 2009 and 2008. It is an honor, privilege and with the deepest respect that I introduce to you, our BVWGC 2017 Hall of Fame recipients.

Please stand as we honor the newest Hall of Fame members - ARLENE ALFORD and PAT DAVIS!

Help at the Veterans Day Golf Tournament

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:21 PM by Sue Jacobson

The Veterans Day Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 11th at the Kingswood and Country Club golf courses.

All proceeds will benefit the Arkansas State Veterans Home in Fayetteville. 100% of the money given to the activities account will be used to enhance the Veterans lives through various means.

If you do not plan to play in this tournament, we need your help . . .  we need Volunteers to help on the courses. We need the following:

Registration of golfers = from about 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. ( 3-4 each course )

Serve beer on course = from 10:00 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. ( 3 each course )
(If you know your way around a keg we can sure use your help)

Hole in One Spotters = from 10:00 a.m. until about 2:30 p.m. ( 2 each course )

Help serve food at Riordan Hall = from 2:00 until about 3:30 ( 4 needed )

If you can help in any one of these positions,

Please email Ruth Hatcher ==  or call Ruth Hatcher at 855-4196.

Judy Lemoine Toasts Hole-in-One

posted Oct 12, 2017, 8:14 PM by BV WGC

It's never too late!!!  Here it is the second to last play day of the WGC season and Judy Lemoine knocks in her tee shot on #9 at Highlands!  It was Judy's first hole-in-one.  She hit a 
pitching wedge perfectly to the front pin position on the hole.  It went straight at the flag, kind of hopped and rolled into the hole!!!  The 4some on the tee even got in the spirit and was hooting and hollering with excitement!  Judy's 4some celebrated with fountain cokes after their round!!!

It's never too late and it never gets old!!!  Congratulations again to Judy!$!$!

WGC/MGA Annual Golf Outing was a Birdie Fest

posted Oct 11, 2017, 9:58 AM by BV WGC   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 1:01 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

The Bella Vista Women's Golf Club and Bella Vista Men's Golf Association joined together for the Annual WGC/MGA Scramble golf outing on October 5, 2017. The scramble, usually held in the Spring had been postponed due to inclement weather. A combined group of 132 players played under perfect skies at Kingswood Golf Course in Bella Vista.

The game was a 4-person scramble with a 2 putt maximum. Birdies or better was the score to get. There was a lot of laughter as the 'birdie juice' flowed. Teams quickly learned about each other and their games because each player needed to contribute one drive per side. A score of 61 was the magic number with three teams winning their respective flights.

The day wrapped with lunch provided by Gusano's at the Kingsdale Pavilion. New friends were made and a good time had by all. For more information about the WGC and MGA, visit

Flight 4 Winners
Flight 2 Winners 
Flight 2 Winners

Flight Winners:

Flight 1-62: Stevie Lamar, Marianne Smyth, Biddy Pyle, Dean Collins

Flight 2-61T: Alice Panter, Karen Schneider, Mark Milton, Randy Wyatt

              Ronnie Nelson, Lenora Weber, Steve Munch, Paul Burris

Flight 3 64T: Sandy Casebolt, George Ann Seymour, Ron Garris, Stan Fure

                     Jean Meadows, Jo Hogan, Jim Angstead, Bill Harris

                     Barbara Forsyth, Betty Gilliland, Mike Wolters, Don Dragland

Flight 4-61: Glenda Burris, Claudia Kimmel, Duane Wilmes, Mike Jett

Flight 5-65: Gayle Placial, Laura Wiersema, Tom Bannen, Scott Sylvester

Closest to the Pin prizes were awarded to:

Women: Hole 2 Stephanie Kappel, Hole 7 Brenda Dandy, Hole 10 Jan Holm, Hole 12 Karen Brashears, Hole 17 Sandra Collins

Men: Blue Tee Sergio Monje, White Tee Paul Burris, White Tee Charley Powell, White Tee Mike Jett

Roxi Dwyer Cards 4th Hole-in-One!

posted Sep 30, 2017, 6:21 PM by BV WGC

Roxianne Dwyer had her 4th hole-in-one and second on #12 at Kingswood on Saturday, September 30th!  As a matter of fact, it seemed like an "instant replay" to Roxi.  Seems she has had another hole-in-one on #12 and the pin was in the same place.  The pin was middle back and behind the sand traps.  So Roxi hit a great shot!!!

At first, Roxi did not believe she had a hole-in-one.  She thought the flagstick was obscuring the ball as she had watched it go behind the flagstick.  But playing partner Allison Muldoon started saying "It went in!  It went in!"  Roxi was playing with her husband Mike and John and Allison Muldoon.  But none of them thought to take a photo of the big event?$?

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