Meet the Board: Meet Sandra Ferrario
Meet Sandy Ferrario
By Alejandra Duffy
As you can see, we're starting a new series on our blog to help you get to know our Board members. Maybe you already know some of them, but hopefully you'll understand why they give so much time and love to the Pacific Women's Golf Association after reading each of their stories.
Today, we're interviewing Sandy Ferrario, the PWGA Nine-Hole Club Director.
How I started my golf journey
I was a late bloomer as far as taking up the game of golf. I was always an athletic type of person who enjoyed playing tennis, adult soccer, and snow skiing. After several injuries on the slopes, I had to give up those sports I enjoyed. I had always thought golf was for when I got “older.” Not so, I have learned golf takes a lot on stamina, focus, and dedication.
My husband did play, and I had gone to the range with him several times and enjoyed hitting balls. He had taken me out to the Pleasanton Fairgrounds where I got to play and learned the foundation. I had also seen that there was a group of ladies starting up a golf club at Poppy Ridge, so I attended a few meetings and “Ladies of the Vineyard” became a reality. We played on Thursdays. Those that wanted to play 18-holes would start off and when we made the turn, those that wanted to play 9 holes joined up and then we all would meet at the 19th hole.
How I contributed to the golf community
In 2003, we moved from Livermore to Ione. We lived on the Castle Oaks Golf Course and of course met many of our friends through golf. Our neighbor across the street invited us to join a couples’ league and from there I met several of the ladies that belonged to the Castle Oaks Women’s Golf Club. I joined and continued to play every week. I often would see the boys’ high school teams out playing on the course and noticed there were no girls’ teams playing tournaments. I talked to our golf pro and he told me there had been only one girl who he knew of that played golf on the high school team and went on to play at college. Well this just did not seem right. I met with the golf pro and told him I was interested in starting up a Junior Girls golf team at Castle Oaks and asked for his help. I went to the Amador Service Organization and pitched the idea and was able to secure financial aid to get the first Castle Oaks Junior Girls Golf Club started.
Connection to PWGA
I had heard that PWGA gave out grants to girls’ golf teams. Of course, we were not a high school team, but had lots of spunk. For several years we were awarded junior grants to help fund the first couple of years. After 5 years, I turned the management of the girls’ golf over to a colleague to take the girls to the next level in competing in tournaments. The greatest reward from this was one of the little girls, who at 7 years old started with me and was good enough to play on the boys’ high school team. She is now playing on the Sierra College Golf Team.
Excited to serve
Nancy Boggs who was the Stockton Area Director at the time was coming to the end of her term and asked me if I would consider joining the Executive Board. I would become the next Stockton Area Director for 2 terms and enjoyed being in the know and meeting up with a group of positive dynamic ladies. After several years had passed and Castle Oaks had started their 9-hole Swingers team, I got involved again when I was asked if I was interested in being the Nine Hole Director. Of course, I was up for the challenge. I enjoy being on the board and planning the path for the Niner Clubs. I enjoy the communication and the friendships I develop along the way and want to thank all those that have stood with me and encouraged me to continue.