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BVWGC supported Veterans at the 2nd POA Veteran's Day Tournament

posted Nov 13, 2017, 8:27 AM by Susan Nuttall

Members of the WGC were active in the 2nd Annual POA Veteran's Day Tournament held November 11, 2017 at Kingswood and Country Club Golf Courses.  The tournament raised over $6,000 for local veterans at the Fayetteville Veteran's Home.  Volunteers from the WGC staffed the registration tables, beer cart and served lunch.

36 teams played and the WGC was well represented up and down the tee sheet.  The format was the 'Lone
Soldier' where two scores were counted on each hole.  One score was the designated 'Lone Soldier' that rotated throughout the round, and the other score was the best score from the remaining players.   Each player could also buy "Emergency Rations" for a $10 donation.  This included 1
Mulligan, 1 Move Up One Tee, 1 Automatic One-Putt and 1 Relief from Hazard.  The use of 'Emergency Rations' involved quite a bit of strategy.  Alas, no one won the Hole-in-One prizes of a $5,000 Dream Vacation or $5,000 cash.

Scores ranged from 130 to 181.  WGC Members Penny Williams and Brenda Dandy took home 3rd place along with teammates Donald Deal and Jerry Dill. It was a fun day for a good cause.  Put this tournament on your calendar for next year and help support our local veterans.    

Highlights from Fall WGC Board Meeting

posted Nov 10, 2017, 7:41 AM by Susan Nuttall

By: Biddy Pyle, 2017 WGC President

The WGC board for 2018 had their first meeting (Nov.3rd).

First, it is great news that we have to date 73 members for the 2018 season. Hope your money is in the mail. Don't forget about those hole in ones that you might get this winter!!!!

I would like to share with you the things that were decided for the 2018 season at the board meeting:
a. We will once again have the logo wear and items that we will be selling. Shortly you will receive a email that will be for holiday shopping.

b. As the board studied the results of the Questionnaire we have decided that we will have two weeks a month that Golds will compete only against Golds. Reds only against Reds. In 2017 we played one week a month this way. This will mean we will have Low Gross/Low Net and then one other game.

c. We also decided to subscribe to online software and buy supplies to do our own pairings, scorecards, results, ect. This will enable us to do our own pairings and it will make scoring and record keeping easier for those that volunteer to do these jobs. We will continue to use the handicap system from the poa system. This will mean that Pairings and Results will be found on the WGC website and not the POA website. With this system, Data has to be input in the beginning of the year about the player. The system learns to read this data about this player so once it is input best not to be changing frequently. This means that players will need to declare their tee box preference at the beginning of the year. You will be able to make one change during the year. If a second change needs to occur it will have to be ok by president and vice president.

Food for thought, In the meeting today it was brought to our attention that the Gold tee players struggle with handicaps having a varied range. This is also true in the first flight of Red players handicaps can will range from 6 to 18 many times. We have now played the Gold tees for a number of years and the handicaps should've settled to be true handicaps for most Gold tee players. When we play Low Gross/Low Net the lower handicappers stand a better chance of winning the Gross and the higher handicappers the Net. We have both Gross and Net winners that everyone in the flight has a fair opportunity to win either one of the prizes. I hope this explanation will help those that feel frustrated with our attempt not to regulate who can play from the Golds.

We have several new board members and we will respect tradition but there is nothing wrong with going in new direction.

2017 Year in Review

posted Nov 10, 2017, 7:15 AM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

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: 

New WGC Logo'd Products available for order

posted Nov 10, 2017, 6:35 AM by Susan Nuttall

It's a new golf season and once again, Ellen Shelley, has provided the WGC with some fun new products to keep your winter golf soaring with the Eagles.

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We have a new logo for this year that shows what a big heart our club has. There are 5 items to choose from: a long sleeve polo, ¼ zip fleece, crewneck sweatshirt, solar umbrella and a set of coasters.

The supplier has graciously offered the full-size range and color selection for the low bulk price. Indicate the number, size, and color on the attached form.

The order deadline is December 1, 2017 for delivery before Christmas. Ellen's daughter, Kelli Lawrence will be helping to pull the order together. If you have questions, Kelli's contact information is or call 417-689-3160Order today!

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