Throwback to 1975: Mixed Couples Tournament


Mixed Couples Tournament

Originally published in 1975 by "The Golfer."

Seven years ago, the idea of a Mixed Couples tournament became another first in the way of a Major Tourney for the Pacific Women Golfers. The Black Lake Golf Course, Santa Maria played host to 114 golfers on May 4th and 5th, 1968. The event was initiated by the officers of PWGA: President Eve Maxie, of San Jose; tournament chairman Yvonne Lapham, of Walnut Creek; Trudy Luke Campbell,; Jean Anink, of Alameda; and Jessie Williams, of South San Francisco. 

The original idea was to honor a past-president by scheduling a tournament in the month of her birth. The Mixed Couples mushroomed into a gigantic success. Unfortunately, the original intent was lost as it became more difficult to obtain golf courses in the desired months.

On July 12th and 13th, at the Rancho Canda Golf Course in Carmel, the PWGA celebrated still another first by holding two Mixed Couples, combined low-net tournaments. In previous years, the field had been limited to the first 80 couples (160 players) selected by postal date. This year, 160 couples (320 players) sent in their entries on opening date. Three cheers for tournament chairman Mabel Vincent, of San Rafael; President Lorraine Impelman, of San Francisco; and golf pro of Rancho Canada, who put their hands together and made it possible to accept all the golfers and disappoint none. The solution was to split the field and have a double shotgun start both days, ergo two separate tournaments. A low net over the field, plus prizes in all classes were awarded at two separate banquets.

The entire staff at Rancho Canada and the PWGA's committee must be commanded for the excellent food and extremely long hours put into the tournament to make it so successful. We also want to make it clear to all who participated, in no way is PWGA responsible for that gosh-awful weather.