Cleveland Dominates Chapter Championship Semi-Finals 2016
The Quail Hollow-Devlin course was the host of the Upper Mideast District Championship on Saturday, August 27. Home cooking and being surrounded by familiar faces (with all the volunteers) did the trick as Cleveland dominated the 6 other chapters winners from Canada, Detroit and Ft. Wayne. The weather was another one of those hot-humid days as we have experienced on multiple occasions this year.
For the first time (based on Wendy’s recollection) Cleveland chapter qualified four golfers (Denise Andres, Susan Curtis, Gloria Merritt and Wendy Shick) to the EWGA Championship Finals. First gross and first net winners are eligible to travel to the Landsdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA on October 14-15.
Denise Andres and Gloria Merritt both shot the “best” rounds of the day finishing with 66 nets on the par 71 course. Those are two awesome rounds of golf under the conditions of the play.
The following are the placements by flight.
Championship flight – Wendy Shick 1st net – 68, Clare Labaj 3rd net – 77
1st flight – Leigh Murray 2nd net – 70
3rd flight – Gloria Merritt 1st gross – 98, Debbie Kandel 2nd gross – 99. Debbie actually played in place of Kim Behm who was forced to withdraw Friday because of an injury..
4th flight – Denise Andres 1st gross – 103, Susan Curtis 1st net - 75
Scramble team – 2nd place – 69 for Kim Bailey, Debbie Brenner, Nancy Cetina and Lori Maxwell.
Other golfers who participated included Lisa Bizjak, Cindy Darwal and Eileen McCarthy.
Another big winner of the day was Donna Byrnes winning the 50-50 pot – over $400 !!
A district event takes a lot of work from many volunteers. Debbie McCreery as the Chief Volunteer Coordinate and Susan Curtis was the Asst. Chief. Others that volunteered on either Friday or Saturday or both included: Cindy Darwal, Leigh Murray, Monica Wilson, Marilyn Weinke, Dina Stier, Laurie Schroeder, Donna Byrnes, Ann and Tom Shamess, Jane and George Spellacy, Gwen Virag, Pat Blackmon, Elsa Arriola, Kate Vezdos, Diane Ward and Sharon Sammon.
The Cleveland also put together one of the best Participant Gift Bags in quite a few years. Donations were obtained by/from Cindy Darwal (Giant Eagle and Winking Lizard), Karla Maschmeier, Sharon Sammon (Sherwin Williams), Deb Solyan (AFLAC) and WTF Golf by Lisa Bizjak, Ann Shamess and Andi Shimek.
Winners Advance to Quail Hollow Sectional
Saturday was a scorching day to be on the golf course as 36 golfers participated in the Chapter Championship at Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club. The rains over the two days leading up to Saturday had the course wet in a few spots, but things dried out in the afternoon as temperatures reached 92. Leigh Murray and Gloria Merritt posted the best rounds of the day (when comparing net scores) as both has 67 net. Five scramble teams were vying for the one spot in the Scramble competition, so that part of the competition was hotly contested. Lots of cold drinks and fun was had by all at the 19th hole. The first place gross, first place net winners and first place scramble team will advance to the Sectional Tournament at Quail Hollow – Devlin course on August 27. With our chapter hosting the event, we are expecting to advance a few players on to the Nationals that will be held in Virginia in September. If you are interested in volunteering to work on August 26 or 27, contact Debbie McCreery at email@example.com. You will be given a tee shirt and $10 towards food purchase.
Championship Flight – Handicaps of 12.0 and under, played from 5,300 yds
First Gross - Clare Labaj, 82
First Net – Wendy Shick, 86
1st Flight – Handicaps between 12.1 and 19.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Leigh Murray, 87
First Net – Eileen McCarthy, 74
Second Gross – Patricia Blackmon, 99
2nd Flight – Handicaps between 19.1 and 25.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross –Lisa Bizjak, 97 (with tiebreaker)
First Net – Cindy Darwal, 73
Second Gross – Donna Schreiber, 100
3rd Flight – Handicaps between 25.1 and 32.0, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Kim Behm, 100 (with tiebreaker)
First Net – Gloria Merritt, 67
Second Gross – Debra Kandel, 108
Second Net – Donna Byrnes, 82
Third Gross – Monica Wilson, 122
4th Flight – Handicaps between 32.1 and 40.4, played from 4,900 yds
First Gross – Susan Curtis, 107
First Net – Denise Andres, 73
Second Gross – Ann Shamess, 109
First place team – with 66 (5 under par plus 0 strokes for team handicap) Debbie Brenner, Nancy Cetina, Lori Maxwell and Kim Bailey
Second place team – with 67 (6 under par plus 2 strokes for team handicap) Kelli Chronister, Jo Dangel, Kristen Miller and Diane Kovachik
Third place team – with 70 tiebreaker (1 under plus less 0 strokes for team handicap) Terry Baxter, Aly Ales, Barb Tsivitse and Rosanne Fiorilli
We appreciate all the non-board volunteers that came out to help make the tournament run smoothly. Those included: Tom Shamess (Ann’s husband) who was in charge of the event, Debbie McCreery, Karla Maschmeier, Sharon Sammon, Michelle Walters.
Champ, 1st and 2nd flights - Clare Labaj moved skillfully around the course with 4 skins for $24.00. Pat Blackmon collected $18 with her 3 skins, Eileen McCarthy had 2 skins for $12 and Wendy Shick rounded out the list with one skin for $6.
3rd and 4th flights - Gloria Merritt cashed in on 3 skins for $40, Kim Behm pulled in 2 skins for $27 and Susan Curtis finished with one skin for $13.
Scramble - There were only three skins – with each of the following teams claiming one. Team Baxter-Ales-Tsivitse-Fiorilli had an eagle to win $34, Team Brenner-Cetina-Maxwell-Bailey had a birdie to win $33. Team Chronister-Dangel-Miller-Kovachik started their round with a birdie for $33.
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