Throwback to 1974: Rose's Stones and Nancy's Fancies follow their leads


Not as large as Arnie's Army or Lee's Fleas,

but Rose's Stones & Nancy Fancies follow their leads

Originally published in 1974, by Esther Newman

The Pacific Women Golfers' Association's three-day championship was hosted this year by the Rohnert Park Women's Club. Twenty-two Association clubs were represented in flights seeded according to handicaps.

Results of the first two days of match play found Sonoma's Rose Stone defeating Doris Brooker of Concord, 6 and 5, and the 1972-73 PWGA Champion Melinda Bailey of Sonoma, 5 and 3, in the upper bracket of the Championship Flight. 

In the lower bracket, Nancy Gapinski of San Geronimo defeated Beatrice Trumer of Bethel Island, 2 and 1, and Bess Pera of Walnut Creek, 5 and 4.

On the final day, the two golfers were faced with 36 holes to play. At the end of 18 their match was all even and the scene began to take on the appearance of something you would view on television. 

Many of the other golfers, after finishing their matches, decided these two gals were going to have a gallery. It was not as large as Arnie's Army nor Lee's Fleas, but they became Rose's Stones and Nancy's Fancies; applauding great shots and moaning missed putts. There was tension and excitement in the air.

Favoritism! How impossible to favor either one, they played great. Partiality! Well, perhaps just a spark from their own personal friends.

Melinda Bailey, who was one of the spectators said, "How can anyone have a favorite or be partial to either one. They are great gals and good friends." Well spoken Melinda, and 'e gads, how they can hit that ball! One of their missed shots looked like one of my best!

As they played on, the hot sun beating down upon them, we could see both were tiring and still they managed to keep smiling and joked with the crowd.

On the 30th hole Rose went 1-up and it remained that way through the 31st and 32nd hole. She began to get her second wind and went 2-up on the 33rd, cinching the title on the 34th by defeating Nancy 3 and 2. This was the second win for Rose Stone. She also won the title in 1962.

Felicitations on your victory, Rose, also for making it possible for the Sonoma Women's Club to have a PWGA Champion three years in a row. How proud we are. The Sonoma gals fared very well in this tournament that was all-around great success. Credit goes to many hard working golfers.

Awards were presented by PWGA President Jean Anink, Tournament Chairman Doris Brooker and Prize Chairman Charlotte Segerstrom.

Losers of the first round match played a 2-day eclectic. The winners: 1st Fl (63 N) Jackie Gant, Tilden; 2nd Fl. (64 N) Fran Foane, Tilden and Betty Stratton, Rohnert Park, 3rd Fl. (65 N) Mable Vincent, Sonoma. Last day Consolation, 1st place went to Freda Pedretti, Rohnert Park, with net 70.