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April 2016

FWGA Member Meets Golf Legend Johnny Miller!

IMG_1442.JPGFWGA Member Meg Walsh and friend had the opportunity to meet Bay Area Golf Legend, Johnny Miller in February at a Golf Channel AM Tour event. 

Meg says “He was very nice.  I'm glad I met him before the round because I would have complained to him afterwards that the fairways he redesigned at Silverado were too narrow!!!!”


 Board members in attendance: Liz Riddle, Cheryl Ramirez, Alleen Hodgkin, Joanne Larson, Shelly Kopp, Denise Qualls, Pat Charles, Betty McCabe   Excused: Joan McCarthy, Sally Panella

  • The theme for this year’s annual on October 16 was voted on and approved.
  • New member mixer is set for Saturday, May 14th.  Breakfast at 9:00 – meet and greet.  Golf at 10:30 for those who are interested.
  • EGG’s have their first clinic and golf on April 10th – clinic on golf etiquette with April Kenyon. 9 holes at Dublin Ranch to follow.  Clinics are posted on the website and ready for members to sign up.
  • Eagle Vines on April 2 was a huge success.  We had 42 players, prizes were awarded and several giveaways in celebration of our 20th anniversary.  FWGA invitational tournament is April 30 and May 1 at Saddle Creek and Sequoia Woods – it is currently still open for registrations.  The Vintner’s 9 hole tournament had to be relocated as the course is aerating 3 days before the tournament.  Several locations are being looked into.
  • Casual play is doing well.  Twilight is beginning the first week of April.
  • Communications is collecting historical data and will archive the information so FWGA has the data available for the future.
  • FWGA discussed creating an updated “tear” sheet that could be posted at various clubs on their posters to recruit new members.
  • Charities has set a personal goal to raise $10,000 this year and is working on several ideas to raise funds for 2016.  First letters scheduled to go out in April.  Denise is looking for volunteers to help with the silent auction.
  • FWGA is still looking for a volunteer to run the Club and Players championships in 2016
  • Handicaps and Clinics have arranged all the clinics and posted them on the FWGA website.  There was an issue raised that some members were having a problem using their credit card to pay online.  Cheryl is going to check into this.
  • New software will be needed to create a 2017 budget.  FWGA Pay It Foreward program is bringing in a good amount of money for our charities. Joanne is tracking the donations and charity amounts.

FWGA President’s Message for April- Pace of Play

Spring is here – It is time to brush the cobwebs off your clubs, get out and play more golf!

FWGA prides itself in the fact that our members are fully aware of Pace of Play etiquette. In honor of that, here are a few tips and ideas to remind us how to help keep your group in a round under 4-5 hours.


  • Tee off as soon as the group ahead is safely out of way
  • Carry tees, two ball markers, a ball mark repair tool and extra ball in your pocket
  • Watch your partners shots, be ready to help direct them if they lose sight of their ball
  • Use the time spent getting to your ball to think about your next shot – yardage and club selection
  • If sharing a cart, drop the first person off at his ball, drive on ahead to the second ball.
  • The first player – take 3 clubs (the one you think is the right choice, one shorter and one longer)
  • On the green – begin lining up your putt and reading the break as soon as you reach the green. Opt to putt out instead of marking the ball when you have a short putt.
  • Complete your scorecard at the next tee box.
  • Limit your practice swings
  • Keeping pace means watching the group in front of you and keeping within one shot or half a hole of them.

Please remember to cooperate with marshals and starters. They are there to help you.  Respect your playing partners also. If they request you speed up or advise you of the rules of golf, try to accommodate without making the round uncomfortable for you or the person who asked.

The complete list of Pace of Play tips and Care for the Course can be found on the website.

Have fun and enjoy your golf! Liz Riddle, President






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Watch the best players in amateur golf!  9 of the 11 teams are in the top 25 in the country!

Time frame is about 6 hours.


You will have a cart if you want or you may walk along with a designated group and score for them.  You will have a phone-like device and send the scores in after each hole.  Very easy.  And you get to watch an entire round and have a cart and free lunch!  The players have their score recorded on a card as well it's just so we can have live scoring.

They are playing in 2 and 3 somes so play will go fairly fast.  4 hour rounds.


Be at a designated place on the course and watch where balls end up.

Don't worry there are plenty of rules officials out there to do the rest!  You don't have to do anything but spot balls.  We can use people in smaller time frames like 3 hour shifts.

E-mail Nancy McDaniel @ if you can commit to a day or have any questions

Thank you for supporting women's collegiate golf!


Nancy McDaniel

Head Coach
Women's Golf

Intercollegiate Athletics
493 Simpson Center (SAHPC), 2227 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720
P: 510-643-7940  C: 510-439-8392  E:

FWGA 9 Hole Tournament Redwood Canyon Golf Course Castro Valley; June 4, 2016, 1:00 p.m.


Stats from Gold Tees: Par: 71 Yards: 5188 Rating: 70.3 Slope: 120
Course Architect: Bob Baldock (1967)
Course Address: 17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Pro Shop Phone: 510-537-8001

For the first 9-hole tournament of the 2016 season and in celebration of FWGA’s 20th Anniversary, we are playing Redwood Canyon Golf Course (aka Willow Park) located in Castro Valley.  If you have not played this 18-hole course, this celebratory tournament will give you a taste with the first 9 holes. Then you’ll be begging to return and play all 18 holes another day!

Redwood Canyon Golf Course is celebrated as one of the Bay Area’s most enjoyable golf destinations.  It is nestled away among the rolling hills of the east bay and is home to some of the most beautiful golf scenery in Northern California. Completely surrounded by breathtaking, natural wild life, including the San Leandro Creek that comes into play on nearly every hole, this course offers some of the most unique golf around and is truly enjoyable for golfers of all levels.

Member Fee: $ 38.00
Guest Fee: $ 43.00

Registration on-line at www.ghin under Events.  Deadline is May 20, 2016.

Tournament Director: Judith Coleman-Cohen


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FWGA is proud to announce our 20th anniversary!  We celebrated during our first tournament of 2016 at Eagle Vines Golf Club.  Our tournament season got off to a great start with 42 players in attendance, 15 were past members who remembered the beginning days of FWGA.  We also had 5 past presidents playing…Tina Higashi 2000-2001, Judy Miller 2004-2005, April Kenyon 2008, Tami Waddell 2012-2013 and Della Gutierrez 2014-2015.

Players showed up early to warm up their sticks and get their game on.  Lunch was provided and our “Pay it Forward” program was on site to promote our new logo wear.  It was a flurry of activity!

Eagle Vines supplied us with a shotgun start at noon and the format was two best low net balls.  There were two flights and very close competition.

First place in the “A” flight went to Maureen Richardson, Della Gutierrez, Cheryl Ramirez and Liz Riddle with a team score of 125.  2nd place in the “A” Flight was Julie Campiotti, Terri Malatesta, April Kenyon and Tami Waddell with a score of 130.

In Flight “B”, the first place team was Meg Walsh, Alice Hansen, Marilyn Bestion and Debbie Hellman scoring 127.  The 2nd place team of Judith Coleman-Cohen, Sharon Greene, Shirley Walker and Carol Papke had a score of 131.

On to our low gross and low net scores, each receiving a sleeve of ProVI golf balls.

        Low Gross Flight A – April Kenyon, Score 85

        Flight B – Cheryl Ramirez, Score 106

        Low Net Flight A – Tami Waddell, Net Score 72

        Flight B – Therese Johnson, Net Score 76

We were excited to present a round of golf at Eagle Vines to our two Closest to the Pin winners - Hole number 5 was April Kenyon, 27’, Hole number 14 was Allison Caplan, 11’  Chip in’s by April Kenyon, Cheryl Ramirez and Linda Dobb.   Our Birdie Board starts off with the following players – Meg Walsh, Liz Riddle and April Kenyon (2)

Congratulations to all!!

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we raffled off some additional gifts – 2 sets of US Open LPGA tickets -Judith Coleman-Cohen and Brenda Hofbauer were the winners.  A tee shirt which reads “I know I play like a girl – try to keep up” to Mindy Canner, a Titleist Visor and a couple of ladies golf gloves.

I want to thank all the volunteers – Judith Coleman-Cohen, Linda Dobb, Della Gutierrez, Cheryl Ramirez, April Kenyon, Therese Johnson and Shelly Kopp. Without you, my job would be impossible!

I also want to thank all the players for coming out and celebrating our anniversary.  It was a fantastic day sharing stories from the past and playing such a beautiful course.

Liz Riddle, President