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Sand and Suds - WGC hosting April 11 at Kingswood

posted Apr 6, 2018, 1:48 PM by Susan Nuttall

You're Invited To Join Us For Sand & Suds

All Bella Vista Members and their Families are invited to join the BV Staff as we work together sanding divots, repairing ball marks and picking up tees. Enjoy two complimentary soft drinks, beer or wine while we repair the course.

April 11 - Kingswood
April 17 - Berksdale
April 25 - Country Club
May 1 - Dogwood
May 8 - Scotsdale
May 15 - Highlands
Meet at Putting Green to break into groups and receive assignments. Reservations are required. Space is limited to the first 60 people.

Contact the Golf Operations office at (479) 855-5079 to reserve your space.

Email Blast 4/5 Blue Fish, Info on Secure Site, Check out About Us-Our Members

posted Apr 6, 2018, 10:24 AM by Susan Nuttall

Blu Fish Fundraiser
Lets all meet and have drinks and a good eat!!
April 6th That's tomorrow night.
First Play Day Done.  We did it.  All those involved in making it happen, Thank you.
The Member’s Only section of the BVWGC website has the updated version of the Handbook and Roster with the corrections highlighted in RED. Please check here for additions and changes to the roster. We already have several changes to the handbook Roster. It will be updated through the season.
Remem er that the Members Only site has changed. /bvwomensgolfclubmembers/ The link is on a sticker on the NOTES page of your handbook. Remember to bookmark it! If you want to start a Profile Page, send an email to
Susan created a new web page in the About Us section - Our Members. On this page she linked to the presentations with the pictures and the photo album. I also show the pictures and names (easy access for someone wanting to see what their partner looks like). She added links to the old Member Info Page (which talks about the secure site), Link to Officers page and link to Photo Archives.

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Invite a friend to play - Member-Friend Day, May 24th at Kingswood

posted Apr 2, 2018, 6:31 PM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 6:33 PM ]

This year, the WGC is revitalizing our Member-Friend Day to be more inclusive and more fun.  We will be playing an 8:00 am shotgun at Kingswood.

This is your chance to invite a friend and having a great day playing with the WGC.  The game is a two-person scramble with your guest against the twosome you are paired with. Handicaps are not necessary and pairings will be random. This is a play day for fun and laughs. Small prizes will be awarded to the winning member & guest.

We will be hosting lunch at the Kingswood Pavilion after play. 

Members who have not invited a guest are always welcome. You will be paired with a fellow member, maybe someone you haven’t played with. When signing up to play on May 24th, please indicate whether you are bringing a guest and/or staying for lunch.

All players are responsible for greens fees and carts. Call Karen Owens 268 5657 for more information.

Bowlin Cup - Team Match Play Competition scheduled for May 7,9 & 11

posted Apr 1, 2018, 3:38 PM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 4:27 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

It is that time again.
MAY 7TH, 9TH, 11TH
We compete with handicap!!!

If you want to check it out, either click this link or go to the WGC website About Us page and click the Bowlin Cup link under the Community heading.

Notice the deadline for entries is April 23rd!

Hope to have all of you join in the fun. We do have fun. Everyone is welcome. 

Biddy, Marianne, Sue

2018 Match Play Madness Bracket Party Scheduled for May 3

posted Apr 1, 2018, 2:53 PM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 4:59 PM ]

The BV WGC hosts a Handicap Match Play Tournament for WGC Members.  We will crown either an individual or a team champion who has won all their matches. The tournament is organized by the Special Events Committee, Karen Brashears, Claudia Kimmel and Ann McClintock.

The format is 2-person teams using full handicaps in a single elimination bracket.  You have the same chance of winning regardless of your handicap - everyone can have fun in spirited match-play competition.  Play from the same tees you select for League Play.  The first round of play begins May 3rd.  There are approximately 6 rounds of play depending on the number of players.

In 2018, if you need a partner, use the Find A Partner tool to register.  Check the list to see who else is looking for a partner.  Call them to arrange to play, then return to the tool to mark your success.

The Bracket Party is scheduled for May 3rd after golf.  Elaine Wolfe is hosting at her home - and of course there will be snacks!

The entry fee is $10 per person ($20 per team) by April 26 and checks should be made payable to BVWGC.  All entries will be paid out as prize money. 
Results of each 2018 match should be called or sent to Karen Brashears 479-530-8389 or  Please read the “Rules of the Game” document on this website for tournament details. 

News of tournament happenings will be posted to a special Match Play Tournament (MPT) yearly News page on this website. Be sure to check it frequently as match results will be posted there as well as in updated brackets.  Updated brackets will be available online.

Officer & Committee Chair Information now on BVWGC About Us

posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:04 PM by BV WGC

Due to the recent changes in the secure Members Only site, the contact information for the 2018 Officers and Committee Chairs has been moved to the bvwgc site, About Us, Officers and Committees.

The 'Mad Hatter' Delivered a CRAZY Good Brunch to Kick Off 2018

posted Mar 30, 2018, 9:15 AM by BV WGC   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 4:19 PM by Susan Nuttall ]

The 2018 Spring Bunch, Mad Hatter Madness, delivered on it's crazy theme with attendance well over 100, a fashion show of the new apparel items available at the awesome Country Club Pro Shop, great giveaways from Acura and Arvest Bank, 15 new members and much more.

Penny Williams and Brenda Dandy, along with the Social Committee, planned and decorated Riordan Hall for the event.  The delicious brunch was provided by Papa Mike's. Our guests included Steve Morrow from Allens, Ethan Duncan from Acura of Fayetteville and Kelli Lawrence, Ellen Shelley's daughter.  The staff from Golf Operations joined us including Phillip Wright, Darryl Muldoon, Gavin Smith, Alex Sanford, Bruce Fleming, Paul Gomez, Kristi Johnson and Leslie Terry.

Biddy kicked off the meeting with a drawing of a free 3-day rental from Acura of Fayetteville.  It's a good thing she didn't draw, because out of the magic hat popped Biddy's name.  Arvest Bank donated a beautiful, blue golf bag, which was 
given away.  

Phillip discussed some of the upcoming events sponsored by the POA.  These include Sand & Suds, April 10th and Kingswood, Golf Fest, Get Golf Ready, Get Golf Ready 2, the Jr. Programs and upcoming tournaments.  Links for the Bella Vista Open and 2-Person Women's Eclectic Tournament are on the home page. 

The group was then presented with a fashion show of some of the new styles available at the Bella Vista Country Club.  The new clubhouse opened on the 29th.  There is a wide variety of women's coordinated outfits and basics in a variety of price ranges.  The pro shop also carries shoes, balls and a wide variety of accessories.

Biddy started the business meeting.  After approving the Minutes and Treasurer's Report, the Nominating Committee was announced. Barb Carlson, Robyn Wolters, and Peggy Crabtree will be asking members to volunteer for leadership roles in 2019.  Please say 'YES". Biddy recognized the past presidents, the Officers, and the Committee Chairs. 

This year we have 15 new members. The Big Sisters introduced their Little Sisters and welcomed them to the WGC.  New Member information is available on the website.  Unfortunately, our after-brunch golf outing 
was canceled due to the recent flood.

Ellen Shelley reviewed the Directory and introduced our new format for Bring a Friend Day on May 24th. She also reminded the group that logo'd merchandise was available for order.  The final order this year will be June 1.

Vicki Styles, our NWA Rep, discussed some of the tournaments available through our membership in the area.  Flyers for Regional tournaments are posted on the About Us page on the BVWGC website.

Biddy made several announcements before she closed the meeting.
  • Fundraiser at Blu Fish House and Raw Bar on April 6th starting at 4.  
  • We will be having  Gusano’s after golf when we play Dogwood 
  • Match Play Madness will be as was last year - Karen, Claudia, Anne 
  • Invited 9-holers to play with us at Firecracker
A good time was had by all.  See you at Dogwood, next Thursday, April 5th for our first playdate.

BVWGC Welcomes New Members

posted Mar 28, 2018, 2:28 PM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 8:18 PM by Sue Jacobson ]

The Bella Vista Women's Golf Club welcomed it's newest members at the annual Spring Brunch on Thursday, March 28th.  This year, the WGC has over 130 members.  We are looking forward to a great season of weekly golf, special events like the Match Play Tournament and Firecracker Scramble. 

The WGC also sponsors the Fish Fest at the Blu Fish Grill on April 7th.  WGC members volunteer for the Golf Fest, APT Tournament and LPGA Tournaments.  The club is going to be participating in the inaugural year of Sands & Suds.  Many members also participate in Community Tournaments including the Bowlin Cup, Rally in Pink, BV Club Championship, BV Sr. Club Championship, the Village Cup and many more.  The Women's Golf Club is a great place to meet friends, have fun and play golf.

Amy Parker

Amy is serious about golf but FUN is more important. She moved to Bella Vista in December 2017 along with her husband, Steve. She grew up in Paynesville, Minnesota, lived in Iowa and then to Arizona City, Arizona. Amy has 4 children, 4 stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, and 4 Great Grandchildren. Amy's favorite course in Bella Vista is Scotsdale and favorite anywhere course is Poston Buttes in Anthem, AZ. In addition to golf, Amy likes to shop.

Bonnie Crow

Bonnie is a new resident of Bella Vista, moving here in January 2018 after a long career as a  Materials Controller Beech Aircraft Finance in Wichita, Ks.  She enjoys golf, bowling, and reading.  Bonnie's favorite course in Bella Vista is the Country Club and her all-time favorite course is Dornick Hills, Ardmore Ok (first Perry Maxwell course).

Carol Hodges

-- info to come --

Cathy Hughes

Cathy moved with her husband, Chuck, from Colorado Springs to Bella Vista late last year. She grew up in an Air Force family and has lived all over the US and Europe. Her 2 sons and their families also moved to Northwest Arkansas making it a family affair. She is now only 17 minutes from the grandkids. Her favorite course is Bandon Dunes in Bandon, OR. Cathy likes to ski, paint and read in addition to golfing.

Cynthia Augspurger

Cynthia moved to Bella Vista from Marshalltown, Iowa last year and live on Lake Windsor.  She has been visiting Bella Vista for over 30 years.  She and her husband Terry have 2 children Amy & D.J. and 2 Grandchildren Miles, 11 and Rose, 5.  Cynthia loves colorful socks, giraffes and she plays the bassoon.  In her career, Cynthia was a Bank officer, handled communications for the school district, and taught computer skills to mentally disabled adults.  Her favorite golf course is the Highlands.

Dee Korte

Dee joined BVWGC at the urging of sister-in-law Darla Luzum.  She found her way to Bella Vista with her husband Jon and dog, Lady.  After growing up in Iowa, living in Arizona for 40 years, then Minnesota, Dee found her way to Bella Vista.  In her professional life, Dee was a Contoller/Accountant.  She has one child and 4 grandchildren.  Her favorite course in Bella Vista is Berksdale and is looking forward to breaking 100 this year!

Elsie Imhof

Elsie is a long time resident of Bella Vista, moving here in 2001. She grew up in Streator, Illinois and lived in Ottowa, Illinois prior to moving here. She has a Havanese named Butkus, 2 sons, Geoff and Mark and 2 Grandchildren. She works for Robert Lewis State Farm Insurance as a Health Specialist. Elsie enjoys sewing, gardening, golf, fishing, travel, and reading. Her favorite course is at Kapalua.

Laura Singleton

Laura lives on the east side of Bella Vista and her favorite course is Dogwood.  She moved to Bella Vista in 2014 from Austin, Tx.  Prior to that, she lived in Mobile, Alabama and San Antonio, Tx.  Her family includes husband, Jeff, Ginger the Cat, 2 kids and 2 grandkids.  Laura was a CPA during her working years and enjoys kayaking and photography.  Laura's favorite golfer is Stacey Lewis.

LouAnn Davis

LouAnn was born in Memphis, raised in New Jersey and Chicago.  All of her family is from Little Rock where she lived there 32 years before relocating to NWA in 2014. LouAnn likes golfing, camping, fishing, hiking, bicycling, Hogs, interior design, entertaining, and fundraising for non-profits.She has been a Real Estate Agent since 2014. An outdoors person, LouAnne enjoys being closer to all the Hog games, and met the love of her life, Chris, in 2015.  Her 3 daughters have 3 grandbabies on the way!

Marilyn Tomasson

Marilyn and her husband David moved from Garland, Texas to Bella Vista in late 2017.  Marilyn is an Arkansas native, growing up in Camden, AR.   She was a teacher, has a daughter Anna, son Lee and 3 grandchildren.  Marilyn enjoys golf and traveling, especially to visit her favorite golf course, Pebble Beach.

Nancy Shy

Nancy recently moved to Bella Vista from Pleasant Dale, Nebraska.  She grew up in California and Hawaii and has also lived in Colorado, Washington, DC and North Carolina.  Nancy is a dog-person - 1 1/2-year-old chocolate Lab named Mojo.  Her family includes husband, Pat, and 2 boys Clee and Gus.  Nancy was an HR Director before she retired.

Paulette Conerton

Paulette returned to Bella Vista recently from Port Charlotte, Florida.  Her favorite course ever played is Lemon Bay Golf Club in Englewood, FL and her favorite course in Bella Vista is Kingswood.  Paulette and her husband, Jim, share their home with 2 pets.  She was a Telephone Engineer - AT&T and her indoor hobby is quilting.  Welcome back!

Peggy Barron

Peggy moved from Houston to Bella Vista in 2016 along with husband, Jerre.  The Barrons have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Peggy enjoys golf, Country Club is her favorite course, sewing, reading, and fishing.  During her career, Peggy was a cosmetologist and Cosmetology instructor.

Sara Landstrum

Sara is a new resident of Bella Vista, moving here in 2018 from Hot Springs Village. She, like a growing number of our members, lives in the new Villas Way development. Sara grew up in Iowa and lived in Des Moines. Sara has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Her daughter is her favorite golfer!

Sher Barns

Sher moved to Bella Vista in 2011 with her 2 cats, Skeeter and Turbo and husband, Jim. She is an Iowa girl and her favorite golfer is Zach Johnson who is from nearby Cedar Rapids. Newly retired from a career as a mental health counselor, flexibility is her long suit. She loves the variety of courses in Bella Vista, will use whatever ball comes her way and doesn't have a preference about clubs.  Sher serves with the adult worship team at New Life Christian Church, as well as leading large group worship for the K-6th grade program once a month.  She has 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren.

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Drama Concludes 2018 Rules as Tools Workshop

posted Mar 25, 2018, 6:28 AM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Mar 25, 2018, 7:29 AM by BV WGC ]

The packed room was silent as one by one, the 8 finalists in the Rules as Tools Quiz dropped one-by-one
 with answers of FALSE to the tie-breaking question.  "When a player determines her ball is unplayable, she may mark the ball, lift and clean the ball or replace the ball."  In a dramatic conclusion, Ronnie Nelson was the last finalist standing with the TRUE answer and was the winner of the prize gift basket.

The Workshop kicked off the 2018 Golf Season and started with a breakfast provided by the WGC Board of Directors. The BVWGC 'Heart' logo'd apparel and merchandise was also presented. It was a chance to reconnect with friends returning from winter travels and meet many of our 13 new members. Lisa Vines, 2018 Rules Committee Chair, welcomed the 90+ members and guests in attendance. 

 Ruth Hatcher kicked off the program with a plea for 'volunteers' to help with the APT Tournament again this year.  Bella Vista is the only stop on the APT tour that supports the tournament with a full slate of volunteers.   

The program was then turned over to our PGA Professionals, Phillip Wright, Director of Golf Operations, Gavin Smith, PGA Pro at Kingsdale Golf Complex and Alex Sanford, PGA Pro at the Highlands.  Phillip provided tips to improve Pace of Play.  We are focused
on being able to finish our rounds in 4 hours, leaving plenty of time to socialize after the round.  These tips included simple, common sense steps including taking a club to the tee box, playing ready golf and finishing up scoring on the next hole. Gavin and Alex discussed the finer points of the rules including those related to hazards.  Keith Ihms, Director of Golf Maintenance, talked about how golfers can help the maintenance team by filling divots with sand and fixing ball marks properly.  The Pros then took questions from the crowd.

The Quiz, presented by the Rules Committee, put the crowd on edge.  One by one, the questions were asked and answered, with those answering incorrectly sitting down - usually accompanied with comments ranging from 'WHAT???' to 'I never knew that!!'.  In the end, Ronnie Nelson took home the top honors.

The event was a complete success and our thanks and appreciation go out to the Rules Committee, our guest speakers, Board Members and everyone who attended.  The next event on the BVWGC schedule is the Mad Hatter Madness Spring Bunch on Thursday, March 29th.


89 Women Golfers are Registered for the Rules as Tools Workshop

posted Mar 17, 2018, 10:21 AM by Susan Nuttall   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 11:58 AM by Sue Jacobson ]

It will be a full house when 89 Bella Vista Women's Golfers attend the Annual Rules as Tools Workshop on Thursday, March 22nd.  The event is being held at Riordan Hall.  Breakfast will be served at 7:45 am with the program following at 8:30.  The program will include tips from the Bella Vista Pros on how you can use the rules to your advantage, plus, having a better understanding of the rules may help you avoid needless penalties.

Special Guest Speakers include Keith Ihms-Director of Golf Maintenance, Phillip Wright-Director of Golf Operations, Gavin Smith-PGA Pro (Kingsdale Complex) and Alex Sanford-PGA Pro (Highlands).  The Rules Committee, chaired by Lisa Vines, has created some fun quiz questions.  There will also be great door prizes. 

It will be a fun time to reconnect with friends.  If you want to come and have not registered, please call Jean Meadows at 479-381-0202.

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