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Opening luncheon is always a joyful event to kick off new season on the Summerfield Golf Course

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - A week after the Summerfield Women's Golf Club opening luncheon, (from left) Ann Uphoff, Barbara Kelley and Jan Anderson play golf April 20 before the rain hit the Summerfield Golf Course.No doubt the happiest day of the year for members of the Summerfield Women's Golf Club is the annual opening luncheon each spring that kicks off six or seven months of beautiful weather for golf.

And the April 6 event was no exception. The ballroom was full of members dressed in black and white celebrating both the theme "Live, Love, Golf" and five new members who were introduced by their club "big sisters."

"I want to thank the board for inviting us to this," said golf pro Rob Lindsey. "This is a great event and brings everyone back for the new year. I can't say how excited I am for this year to start.

"It was a rough fall, winter and start of spring (with record-setting rain and several snow storms). All we need is a little sun. I'm looking forward to the start of the year."

In fact, Lindsey reported in the April "Summerfield Summary" that the golf course was closed five times in February due to excessive water, and there 18 rain days out of 28.

Rick Sullivan, golf course superintendent, jokingly asked, "Is there anyone in the room who enjoyed the snow as much as I did? Spring is right around the corner, and we're looking forward to summer. It was 84 degrees on this day last year."

President Becki McWaters introduced the other board members, Vice President Linda McCall, Treasurer Irene Jordan and Secretary Judy Hiefield. Jan Meek announced that the club is trying a new format on the first Thursday of the month, making it a shotgun scramble.

Wendy Pfeiffer announced that the theme of the member-guest tournament and luncheon on June 15 will be "Life's a Beach." "We will have a beach party," she said.

McWaters ended the luncheon, which was catered by Dalton's saying, "We want everyone to have a wonderful golf year, and we're glad you came."

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