Dark storm clouds gathered over the Summerfield Clubhouse on June 15, but inside the Ballroom, a beach party was going on.
The Summerfield Women's Golf Club's annual Member-Guest Tournament and Luncheon kicked off in the morning with 72 players playing in a shot-gun start, scramble format, and some players reported that the weather was only dicey on the first couple of holes.
Wendy Pfeifer was chair of the event, and she and her committee chose "Life's a Beach" as the tropical theme. "It was a fun day, and the weather god was kind," she said.
As the players wandered in after the tournament, they enjoyed "leaded" and "unleaded" Arnold Palmers around the beach bar before checking out themed gift baskets that were the prizes for a later raffle and finding their seats at round tables to enjoy a lunch catered by Dalton's Northwest Catering.
Pfeifer, who acted as MC, thanked her committee members and in particular Beth McPhearson, who had made every member and guest a beaded bracelet that read "I LOVE GOLF" and came with a magnetic closure. "Read the beads," Pfeifer kept saying.
Club President Becki McWaters welcomed everyone and added, "Thanks to the committee. Every committee needs a chairperson. Thank you, Wendy."
It wouldn't be a golf luncheon without prizes handed out, and $10 each went for KP on No. 9, with member Sharon Comstock winning with a distance of 12 feet, 3 inches, and guest Hanna Sutton winning with 12 feet, 11.5 inches.
For the tournament itself, there were several ties for low scores, with Golf Pro Rob Lindsey tallying the scores while the women enjoyed a three-salad lunch with banana bread and fruit, a light dessert and more Arnold Palmers.
Using last names only, first place with a score of 35 gross went to the team of Rieder, Toler, Hargis and Brennan; second place was a four-way tie with a score of 36 gross that went to the following teams: Katz, Reed, Brewer and Simms; McWaters, Barron, Dufort and Howe; Launder, Hathaway, Meek and Comstock; and Primrose, Hay, Casciato and Bradley.
Sixth place with a 37 gross went to the team of Talarico, Ovall, Johannes and Christian; and seventh place was a five-way tie with 38 gross that included the following teams: Krueger, Gagliasso, Vanderpool and Williver; Stayton, Christiansen, Baldwin and Eichelberger; Lynch, Roberts, Buchanan and Held; Fletcher, Bloom, Torrance and VanderVenter; and Smith, Brewer, Kelley and Duberg.
Following the announcements of the winning teams, raffle tickets were drawn, and members and guests alternated getting beautiful themed gift baskets with wine included in several of them.
But the biggest laughs came at the end when Pfeifer read a poem that resulted in someone at each table getting the centerpiece, which was a bucket partially filled with sand and a small bottle of wine plus a wine glass.
Pfeifer warned that the first person described in the poem would likely not be going home with the prize but everyone's hopes were raised as one by one, they briefly thought they were the winner.
The centerpiece would have gone to the youngest person at the table, except it was changed to the one with the darkest hair (didn't have to be natural) to the one who last swam in a pool to the tallest person to the one wearing the most jewelry.
While sunscreen is a must, the next prize would have gone to the woman with the smallest bust, when comments were heard such as "No shirt lifting" and "Where's a measuring tape?"
Finally, the winner was sitting two seats to the left of the previous would-be winner, and those women had to juggle getting the pails of sand and wine and glass to their cars along with their golf clubs and raffle prizes.
Pfeifer's committee consisted of Astrup, J. Knutson, Tyler, McPherson, Primrose, C. Smith, Montgomery and Launder.