Port Ludlow golfers swing through summer

Posted 9/4/19

Port Townsend and Discovery Bay aren’t the only local golf clubs who have been hitting the links this summer, since the men and women of Port Ludlow have been staying in the swing of things as well.

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Port Ludlow golfers swing through summer


Port Townsend and Discovery Bay aren’t the only local golf clubs who have been hitting the links this summer, since the men and women of Port Ludlow have been staying in the swing of things as well.


Tim Propeck reported that the Port Ludlow Men’s Golf Association held its annual Club Championship tournament on July 23, 24 and 25, drawing a total of 34 golfers, who were split into three flights based on handicap index and tee choice.

There was a competition for both low gross and low net scores, and the overall club champion was the golfer with the best total low gross score for the three days.

This year’s champion was Shelly Washburn, who won the title by seven strokes over the runner up, John Germain, while Shelly’s wife, Lucinda Thompson, was the winner of the club championship for women.

“Nothing like keeping it all in the family,” Propeck said.

The low net winner for the first flight was Mike Raymond, with the winners of the remaining two flights as follows:

• Flight 2 Low Gross, Tom Harry; Low Net, Rick Morasco.

• Flight 3 Low Gross, Jim Laker; Low Net, Jack Hirschman.


Kathy Traci, the Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Association publicity chairperson, reported the Captain’s Cup Match Play Tournament consisted of matches played throughout June and July, with winners announced at the mid-year luncheon on July 31.

Captain’s Cup Tourney Chairs Beth Weaver and Linda De Forest announced Traci herself as the Captain’s Cup Winner, with Sue Fechner winning the consolation round.

According to Traci, the MGA/WGA Exchange on Aug. 7 was well-attended, as the men hosted the women for “a delicious lunch” at Niblicks Cafe following 18 holes of play.

The WGA Club Championship was played on July 23, 24, and 26 this year, and tournament chairs Beth Weaver and Linda De Forest announced the winners as follows:

• Gross Champion: Lucinda Thompson, with a 248 gross score.

• Gross Runner-Up: Debi Bozanich, with a 251 gross score.

• Low Net Champion: Mandy Whipple, with a 205 gross score.

Linda Aho was the low net winner of Flight 1, and Barbara Berthiaume was the low net winner of Flight 2, while Diane Kobz was the low gross winner for Flight 2.

Looking ahead, Traci touted the All-Star Port Ludlow WGA competition on Sept 17 as “the most anticipated event of the season,” during which members who have the most participation points for the season form two teams that compete in this three-part, 27-hole event.

Likewise, while Port Ludlow Golf Club League Couples 18s events were well-attended in August, Traci is already excited about the couples events scheduled for Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, the latter of which will see chairs Elaine and Mike Raymond announce the winners during the dinner at Niblicks Cafe.

And event chairs Meryl Friedman and Carly Oros have announced that the Sept. 23 Play-Day-Away destination is the Alderbrook Country Club, while the chairs of the Fall Gals’ Getaway, Sharon Russell and Dana Durasoft, announced the fall’s destination as Bellingham, albeit with some members playing local courses, and other members participating in a WSPLA tournament.

“Members should contact the chairs to sign up for the Fall Gals’ Getaway,” Traci said.

Port Ludlow Golf Course Pro Tyler Sweet has announced that the “first annual” King and Queens Invitational Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 21-22, is already “attracting entrants from afar,” adding that entry forms are available in the golf shop.

In the meantime, Traci advised members to continue to use “Golf Genius” to sign up for Tuesday play, while sign-up sheets for Friday casual play are on the bulletin board in the women’s locker room.

Port Ludlow WGA Captain Linda Haskin invites prospective members to play with the group any Tuesday.

To sign up to play with the Port Ludlow WGA, or to join the league, contact the Port Ludlow Golf Course Pro Shop at 360-437-0272.

Port Ludlow Golf Club membership is a prerequisite for joining the golf leagues.


Port Ludlow Lady Niners’ Captain Elaine Girard encouraged her gals to volunteer at the week-long Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Boys and Girls tournament in August.

“When the Port Ludlow Golf Club was closed for the tournament on Aug. 8, Girard also arranged for three tee times for 18 holes of golf with a cart at the White Horse Golf Course for Lady Niners members,” said Traci, who also serves as publicity chair for the Lady Niners. “A great time was had by all, playing at the White Horse and enjoying a late lunch at their beautiful clubhouse cafe.”

The next Lady Niners’ Captain’s Cup Thursday event is scheduled for Sept. 12, with members’ net scores totaled for the season, and the winner of the Captains’ Cup announced at the October Captain’s Luncheon.

Traci reported the Lady Niners’ Couples Shotgun event on Aug. 29 drew a healthy attendance and offered the customary luncheon at Niblicks following play, and she looks forward to the next 3 p.m. Couples Shotgun event on Sept. 26, with dinner to follow at Niblicks.

“Members should sign up two times on Golf Genius, once to play in the couples’ event, and the second time to attend the dinner,” Traci said, adding that participants need to arrive at the clubhouse prior to 2:30 p.m. to pay for prizes and their dinners.

Traci advised the Lady Niners’ active and social members that they also need to mark their calendars for the Captain’s Lunch on Oct. 17, and the Niners Couples’ Banquet on Oct. 24, both of which will feature nine holes of golf prior to the meals.

And Girard welcomes prospective members to play with the Lady Niners any Thursday morning. Individuals should contact the Pro Shop, and again, Port Ludlow Golf Course membership is required for participation in any of its golf leagues.


Which is not to say the Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club hasn’t been keeping active as well, as they played “Beat the Pro” Aug. 29, during which Discovery Bay Golf Club Pro Jeff Kent played 18 holes with the women.

The object was to beat Kent’s gross score with the player’s net score of their gross minus their handicap.

Two women did indeed “Beat the Pro,” while another one tied him.

First place was Jane Guiltinan, with a net 70, while second place was Jane Peoples, with a net 72.

Wanda Synnesvedt tied Kent, and came in third place, with a net 77, while fourth place was shared between Starla Audette and Marrianne Ott, who shot a 79.


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