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Laura Saf, a dear friend and former WTNGA board member, visited with Wilma recently. She took the photo that is shown to the left. She found Wilma very thin as the photo shows. We thank Laura for sending us this photo and an email about their visit. Wilma was our WTNGA annual editor for years and each of you know the work and heart that she put into publishing that excellent magazine for Women’s Golf year after year. It was her pride and joy and she never stopped accumulating news and photos for the annual. In addition to the annual, Wilma was instrumental in seeking and securing WTNGA Amateur sites through her many relationships with developers, designers and golf friends. We have a lot to thank Wilma for so lets send cheers and greetings to Wilma at her home in Kimball, Nebraska.
Honoring her more than three decades of service as a volunteer, Jayne Watson, of Town and Country, MO, will be the recipient of the 2017 Joe Dey Award. The USGA has presented the Joe Dey Award annually since 1996 in recognition of an individual’s meritorious service to the game as a volunteer. It is named for Joseph C. Dey Jr., who served as the USGA’s executive director from 1934 to 1969, before serving as the first commissioner of the PGA Tour.
Watson first became involved with the USGA in 1987 and was an early expert in the USGA Course Rating System™ and the USGA Handicap System™. Her course rating knowledge earned her a place on the first USGA Course Rating Committee and she has rated hundreds of courses in Missouri and Illinois.
A stalwart in the St. Louis amateur golf scene, Watson has rated courses for both the Missouri Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) and Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA). She served two terms as president of the MWGA and is one of only six honorary lifetime members of the association. The MAGA Women’s Amateur Championship trophy is named the Jayne M. Watson Trophy in her honor.
Through her work with the MWGA, MAGA and St. Louis Women’s District Golf Association, she has helped raise money to support college scholarships for female golfers in the area. On a national level, she has served many functions to help conduct USGA championships and USGA championship qualifiers, and currently serves on the USGA Senior Women’s Championship Committee.
Will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with ceremonies in New York in September, 2017.
Lorena played in the 2001 WTNGA Amateur Championship held at Fargo Country Club, Fargo, North Dakota. She was the runner-up to Virada Nirapathpongporn.
She was awarded the Amateur Medalist with qualifying rounds of 69 – 72 / 141. Lorena and team mate Ali Martin Del Campo represented Guadalajara Country Club and won the Howell Team Award for their club.
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November 24, 2016
PEGGY KIRK BELL
Our last visit to Mid Pines was in 2005 when we conducted the WTNGA Amateur. Peggy Kirk Bell welcomed the WTNGA with open arms and was a frequent visitor to see many of our players on the course. Peggy welcomed the WTNGA and spoke to many players. She enjoyed passing on a few of her classic reminders of a proper grip and her approach to playing a course. She never tired to talking to the players. She was gracious and watchful, looking for those complete swings, as she often said.
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ED DELL WORTZ
Ed Dell Wortz served as WTNGS President in 1952.
It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Bruce Gilliland, husband of our newly announced Honorary Director and long time member of the WTNGA, Wilma Gilliland. Bruce and Wilma were married for 73 years.
Bruce’s contributions to golf began in 1966 when the Kimball, Nebraska City/County Park and Recreation Board was formed and decided to build a Complex complete with 4 Baseball Fields, Archery Range, Trap Club, Tennis Courts and of course a golf course. Bruce designed 9 holes and with help from hired contractors the original 9 was completed in 1969. Bruce did all of the surveying, design and a lot of the manual labor. The second 9 was completed in 1993. Once again Bruce did all the surveying, design and a lot of the manual labor, but this time very little outside help was used. Bruce and his gang of young men also converted the original manual watering system with a fully automated system. Everyday you could see Bruce down in a trench helping the boys with a fitting or a valve or simply hand digging the trench.
One day Bruce and Wilma were driving home from a trip and were talking about the congestion that the Junior Golf program caused around the Pro Shop, putting green and driving range. Bruce told Wilma ‘You get the money and I will build it’, well they did and he did. In 1995 they applied for a Junior Golf Grant from the United States Golf Association and received $35,000.00. Bruce built 2 greens and a driving range tee, one of the greens even has a sand trap beside it. Later he even designed and built a gazebo beside the Junior Golf building. There is never a charge to play these holes and Juniors have priority. It is a great place to practice your short game and many times you will see adults with children playing a few holes.
For 21 years Bruce was the volunteer Scoreboard Printer for the Women’s Trans National Golf Association and also did the scoreboard for the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship for several years. Bruce was a founding member of the Kimball Rotary Club and a member of the Kimball Country Club since 1961. He was a founding member of the Nebraska State Sand Greens Golf Association, Co-founder of the Panhandle Golf Association and a Lifetime Member of the Nebraska Golf Association.
She was our friend, our co-worker, our Amateur Championship Director. Merilee Giddings passed away on December 29. She was a treasure that will be missed by each and every member of the WTNGA Board. We thank all of you for extending your thoughts and prayers to her through her CaringBridge site. She fought to the end and with the same grace and patience that we witnessed from her throughout our years of friendship; she never complained just faced her destiny along with her dear friend pictured here, Phoenix. We will miss her smile, her knowledge of golf, her undying need to make sure the player was presented a well defined venue for each and every championship. In her mind, the player came first. She was a classy lady and our hearts are broken.