Throwback to 1974: How Sweet It Was

How Sweet It Was

Originally published by Ann Miller, Editor. 

Van Nuye, California 91405

July, 1974

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You hear that millions of people go to bed hungry each night and immediately draw one conclusion: all are men whose wives play golf.

This was not the case the weekend of June 29th and 30th, at the Ridgemark Golf Course in Hollister, when the Pacific Women Golfers' Association held their Mixed Couples 36-hole low net tournament. There was no dining alone for them at some restaurant nor relying on T.V. dinners while mama left town for a few days.

The Ridgemark Women's Golf Club put out the welcome mat for 184 golfers representing 32 member clubs from all sections of Northern California. Entries had been limited to the first 80 couples selected by postal date but requests were so numerous, pro Dick Rautmann allowed twelve additional entries. Regretfully, many others had to be returned. 

Searching through records, the first Mixed Couples Tournament was held in May, 1968, at the Black Lake Golf Course, a few miles south of Arroyo Grande, with a field of 114 golfers participating. Presiding was Eve Maxey, President, with the able assistance of Yvonne Lapham, Jean Anink, Jessie Williams, and Trudy Luke. The tournament proved to be a success and thus became an annual affair.

The popularity for this type of format is understandable, however, the success of it entails many details, all of which must be planned far in advance and checked out thoroughly. Some of the preparations are the time of year, golf course to be played, facilities adequate to accommodate a large group for luncheon, tee prizes, award selections and the tournament itself. With these responsibilities it is no wonder the chairman seldom are among the winners.

President Jean Anink should have realized everything would work out beautifully and she really could have concentrated a little more on her golf. Charlotte Sagerstrom's name was never called either, wonder what was on her mind. Then there was tiny Carol Hendrick, who very recently took over as tournament chairman when Doris Brooker moved out of state, she worried for naught, her debut made all of us proud of her. Heard some gossip on the course about broken homes, could it be?

Before the winners are announced, want to wager a bet the men folk were impressed with exquisite menu? We love them all and extend an invitation for next year.