MWGA Update; Weiss is MWGA Player of the Year

Annual Meeting & Spring Scramble, Golden Fox, Plymouth
Match Play League Opener, Links of Novi, Novi
Yvette Gagnon of Bloomfield Hills Scores Hole-in-One


FARMINGTON, MICH. – May 5, 2015. The Michigan Women’s Golf Association started their 2015 season with
the 29th Annual Meeting and 4-Woman Scramble at the Golden Fox Golf Club in Plymouth, Mich. on
Saturday, May 2. Francine Pegues, President, discussed the state of the association, noting membership holds
steady at approximately 225, the association remains stable even though an $8,000 deficit is projected for 2015,
and the successful MWGA/LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program will expand again this year. A continuing goal of
MWGA is increasing membership. To help accomplish this, a Membership Outreach Committee has been formed.
Monica Oliver, Treasurer, reviewed the 2014 Association financial statement, and Cynthia Pinkard,
Adviser/Webmaster/MPL Coordinator, touched on some of the 2015 competition schedule highlights. Barbara
Porter, Juniors Director, shared details about the 2015 Girls Golf Program plans. The program is offering
professional instruction to girls ages 7-17 at three venues: 6/23 – 8/18 Beginners Program at Rouge Park GC,
6/19 – 8/18 Advanced Program at Chandler Park GC and 6/23 – 8/18 Beginners Program at Belle Isle Golf
Center, a new location added this year. For information about the GGP, contact Barbara at 248-231-4221 or
[email protected].
Next on the agenda was Joan Cleland, an MWGA member and Committee Chairperson for the Michigan
Women’s Golf Summit, of which MWGA was a proud sponsor. Joan reviewed highlights of the April 25 wellattended
Summit at Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Center in Novi, and noted the small profit will be
carried over for a future event.
Shirley McClain, Membership Director and co-chair with Judy Petrere of the GoFundMe campaign initiated to
hopefully defray or even alleviate the projected 2015 deficit, shared with members in attendance how to go to the
site to make a tax deductible donation:
Wrapping up the program, Barb Coury, Vice President, presented the Golfer of the Year and Player of the
Year Awards. The Michigan Women’s Golf Association 2014 Golfer of the Year and winner of the Sara Wold
Trophy was Shelly Weiss of Southfield with 1612 points.





Runners up were Lori Rogers of Washington with

1250, Cindy Hill of Ypsilanti with 1237, Debra Horning of Bloomfield Hills with 1162 and Olivia Bayagich of
Washington with 1000.
Players of the Year:
Flight A – Lori Rogers, Washington with 72 points
Flight B – Olivia Bayagich, Washington with 75
Flight C – Barb Coury, Plymouth with 82

 Flight D – Monica Oliver of Farmington Hills with 61


Name, City – Hole(s) Name – Hole(s)
Karen Condino, Warren – 1 Lori Rogers, Washington – 14
Kristy Haboian, Ann Arbor – 4 Pat Shelton, Farmington – 6
Flavia Palazeti, Catawba, OH -15 Amy Skogstrom, Ypsilanti – 14
Karen Popchock, Northville – 12 Lu Stockton, Canton – 7, 11
The highlight of the 2015 Match Play League opener on May 3 at Links of Novi was the hole-in-one
scored by Yvette Gagnon of Bloomfield Hills. Yvette used her 6 iron to ace the 120-yard par 3 4th hole on the
West course for her second hole-in-one. “I hit a clean shot to the three-tiered, elevated green and heard it hit the
pin, but didn’t see it go in,” said Yvette. A playing partner did witness it going into the cup and when Yvette got up
to the green, sure enough her ball was in the hole.


 Upcoming MWGA competitions include:

• Sat., May 23 – 2-Person 4-Ball, Sugarbush GC, Davison (women’s, mixed women/men teams)
• Sun., June 7 – President’s Stroke Play, Salem Hills GC, Northville
• Sat., June 13 – Skills Clinic, Eagle Crest GC, Ypsilanti (2 sessions, Sandy Wagner, Inst.)
• Sun., June 28 – 2-Woman 4-Ball, Heather Highlands GC, Holly
To learn more about MWGA, join the association, make a tax deductible donation and/or register for an
event, go to
Competitions are open to all amateur female players. In the 2-person competitions, male partners are also
welcome. A current USGA Index is required. If not available, golfers will play at scratch or as determined by the
MWGA handicap director. The fee for 18-holes and cart is $63 member/male partner, $83 non-member. An
additional $10/day optional, paid-in-advance fee is required to participate in games such as skins, closest to the
flagstick and chip-ins. Registration is available online. Deadline for entry is 10 days prior to event date. A first-time
one-year new membership cost is $35 so after playing in just two events this cost can be recouped. Direct
questions to Cynthia Pinkard, 248-227-8170 or [email protected]
Runners up were Flight A Cindy Hill, Ypsilanti with 60, Flight B Debra Horning, Bloomfield Hills with 74,
Flight C Lu Stockton, Canton with 69 and Flight D Janie Tischler, Clarkston with 60.
The 4-Woman Scramble had a 1:30pm shotgun start. Winning teams were:
Place Name City Gross Net
1LG Lori Rogers, Washington 66 59
Debra Horning, Bloomfield Hills
Olivia Bayagich, Washington
Yvette Gagnon, Bloomfield Hills
1LN Kathryn Stellema, Wayne 67 53
Cynthia Pinkard, Southfield
Andrea Williams, Detroit
Paulette Hatfield, Livonia
2LG Cindy Hill, Ypsilanti 67 58
Amy Skogstrom, Ypsilanti
Kirsty Haboian, Ann Arbor
Angie Cook, Ypsilanti
2LN Carol Rudder, Dearborn 67 53
Theresa Snyder, Northville
Lois Heikkinen, Plymouth
Kathy Brennan, Plymouth
3LG Lori Moore, Dearborn Heights 71 54
Linda Bermingham, Rochester
Maria G. Trahan, Rochester Hills
Lu Stockton, Canton
3LN Janie Tischler, Clarkston 74 55
Barbara Coury, Plymouth
Joan Cleland, Bloomfield Hills
Loni Grunz, Sterling Heights
4LG Ellen Howell, Livonia 71 58
Arlene Shields, Livonia
Alice M. Stanley, Livonia
Sherry K. Broyles, Westland
4LN Deborah Gorski, Livonia 75 58
Annette Wisehart, Redford
Flavia Palazeti, Catawba, OH
Santina Palazeti, Farmington Hills
Closest to the Flagstick
Hole Yards Flight Winner Distance
3 117 A Cindy Hill, Ypsilanti 4′ 10″
B Angie Cook, Ypsilanti 9′ 4″
C Paulette Hatfield, Livonia 33′ 4″
6 144 A Lori Rogers, Washington 4′ 11″
B Lois Heikkinen, Plymouth 8′ 10″
C no winner
14 105 A Kathy Stellema, Wayne 5′ 2″
B Shirley McClain, Shelby Twp. 11′ 0″
C Kathy Brennan, Plymouth 2′ 11″