Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Association (18’s) News

By Kathy Traci, PLWGA Publicity Chairperson

PLWGA Captain Meryl Friedman announced that Ann Nugent was the winner (“Match Play Queen”) of the Port Ludlow WGA Match Play Captain’s Cup and that the runner-up winner was Diane Kobz.  The winners were announced at a September after-golf party at the Dusty Green Café. Event Chairpersons, Bonnie Vahcic, Dana Durasoff, and Diane Kobz, crowned the Captain’s Cup queen and cake was served to all attendees.  Ann Nugent’s name will be added to the Match Play Champion’s Plaque in the PLGC’s Hallway.

Via e-mail, PLWGA Handicap Chairperson Diane Germain distributed a Scores Posted Report.  To reflect an accurate handicap for members, Germain included tips regarding how to keep the GHIN system updated: list the date of play, golf course, home or away designation, tee box (e.g., gold) and score type (e.g., competition). Unless the player designated the play as a practice round prior to play, all rounds must be entered on the GHIN database.

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Dove House Golf Benefit

by Barbara Berthiaume, Contributing Writer

The 9th Annual Dove House Golf Benefit was held at the Port Ludlow Golf Course on Friday, August 27 with 128 intrepid players teeing off at noon. The weather was sunny and warm every day before and every day after the 27th.  There was an unexpected rainfall all morning, leaving the registrars no option but to punch holes in very wet player lists. Raffle baskets were quickly gathered up and sheltered in nearby tents. It wasn’t until the 8th hole that the rain relented and it warmed up. By the time players checked into the Bay Club for the Awards Dinner, everyone was dry and the day ended on a brighter note.  The most popular volunteers at the event were Gary Caven and Michael Stuben who ran the bar on the patio! This year, we had 11 major sponsors, 23 tee sponsors and 30 raffle basket donors. After expenses, a check will be presented to Dove House for direct client services.

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Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Leagues News

by Kathy Traci, PLWGA and Lady Niners’ Publicity Chairperson

Port Ludlow Lady Niners’ Captain, Sharon Russell, welcomed three new members to the Lady Niners’ league. These three individuals are currently playing rounds with experienced members of the Lady Niners to obtain their GHIN handicap. When their handicap is secured, they will participate in the Lady Niners’ weekly competition for prize money. The Lady Niners “Best of Three Rounds Captain’s Cup Tournament” is being held this year. The winner will be announced at the end of the year Lady Niners’ luncheon.

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The Ryder Cup comes to Port Ludlow

by Tim Propeck, Sports Editor

The Port Ludlow Men’s Golf Association (PLMGA) completed a tournament in July modeled after the Ryder Cup played by a team from the United States against a team from Europe. It is played every two years and the location cycles between courses in the US and Europe. Players in the tournament are selected by their team captains based on the player’s performance in tour events.

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Duplicate Bridge Opportunity

by Dan Darrow, Contributing Writer

Keeping an active mind is essential to good health.  A study by the University of Wisconsin found that playing card and board games can help people maintain their mental sharpness.  Researchers discovered that the frequency of playing games is associated with greater volume in several brain regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  Those who played more often also scored higher on cognitive tests.

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Port Ludlow Yacht Club Cruising Season and New Members Galore

By Lori Longo, PLYC Commodore

PLYC members and guests are enjoying a beautiful summer on the water and from the deck of the Club. Summer cruising season has been a pleasure with gorgeous weather. The Commodore’s cruise to the San Juan Islands hosted fourteen boats. We enjoyed wine tasting from Madrone Cellars at Roche Harbor, a delicious BBQ dinner at Matt’s Smokehouse at Deer Harbor, and a delightful outing to Eastsound followed by a fresh seafood dinner at Buck Bay Bistro while moored at Rosario Resort. The days were filled by kayaking, paddle boarding, walks through the islands, chatting with friends, and enjoying a good book. Anchoring out in Echo Bay, Sucia Island, and Hunter Bay off Lopez made great bookends to a relaxing cruise.

PLYC has welcomed a record breaking 23 new memberships to date this year.  The positive energy at the Club is contagious. Half of these folks are boaters and the other half are joining for the social connection. Please consider joining, and your first meal will be free with one of the Flag Officers as your host. To express your interest in visiting PLYC, please complete the form on our website at plyc.us/visit.

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Port Ludlow Hiking

by John Nuerenberg

Unless otherwise noted, hikers meet at the Bridge Deck at 8:15 a.m. to get directions to the trailheads and depart at 8:30 a.m.

The hikers abide by the “Stay Healthy” recommendations and follow CDC guidelines for outdoor recreation.

Those on the hiking email roster receive an update the week of a scheduled outing. If you would like to be added to the email roster, send a note to plhikingclub@yahoo.com, or go to the club’s website: portludlowhikingclub.com and click on “Contact” to send a message.

Friday, September 10 – Grand Valley/Moose Lake

This hike begins at the 6,000-foot Obstruction Pass trailhead and descends via the Badger Valley trail to Grand Lake and Moose Lake. The flowers will be gone by September, but it is still very much a first-class descent to the lakes, both of which are equally perfect wilderness jewels. The hard part begins on the ascent up and out of this setting to the Lillian Ridge trail. This is a trail that is very difficult both in amount of elevation gain and scree-covered hillsides. Please take stock of your limitations if they include steep climbs and lots of scree. This is not an easy hike. We will meet at 7:45 a.m. and depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Bridge Deck.

National Park Pass or another Interagency Pass is required. The hike leader is Burt Peterson: 360-437-0849.

Friday, September 24 – Lower Gray Wolf River

The Gray Wolf Trail is 5.4 miles roundtrip with 800 feet of elevation change. The turnaround point will be a bridge that was washed out several years ago. The hike to this point is some of the best riverside hiking in the Olympics. It is considered a moderate hike. National Park Pass or another Interagency Pass is required. The hike leader is Jack Riggen: 360-437-0370.

Every Wednesday: Timberton Loop. Walk the 4.2-mile Timberton Loop. Enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains. This is a no-leader hike. Meet other walkers at the parking lot trailhead on Timberton Drive at 9:00 a.m.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 8:00 AM. Join the “Trail Club Group” that meets at the golf club parking lot for a self-led walk on the abandoned golf cart path trail or other alternative route.

For more hiking information, map of the Port Ludlow Trails, and descriptions and pictures of previous hikes and other destinations, go to portludlowhikingclub.com.

Duplicate Bridge Opportunity

by Dan Darrow

Keeping an active mind is essential to good health.  A study by the University of Wisconsin found that playing card and board games can help people maintain their mental sharpness.  Researchers discovered that the frequency of playing games is associated with greater volume in several brain regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  Those who played more often also scored higher on cognitive tests.

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Port Ludlow Hiking

by John Nuerenberg

Unless otherwise noted, hikers meet at the Bridge Deck at 8:15 a.m. to get directions to the trailheads and depart at 8:30 a.m.

Those on the hiking email roster receive an update the week of a scheduled outing. If you would like to be added to the email roster, send a note to plhikingclub@yahoo.com, or go to the club’s website: portludlowhikingclub.com and click on Contact to send a message.

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Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Association (PLWGA) Update

by Kathy Traci, PLWGA Publicity Chairperson

On Tuesday, June 29, The Port Ludlow Golf Club Ladies’ Invitational welcomed women golfers from an array of golf clubs, including White Horse, Kitsap, Jackson Jills, Sunland, Cedars @ Dungeness, Gallery, Avalon, Discovery, Emerald Canyons, Swinomish, and Gig Harbor. A number of PLWGA members were in the winners’ circle of the Invitational. They included individuals Lucinda Thompson for longest putt on hole 9 and Beth Weaver for straightest drive on hole 18. Additionally, the following teams were successful in their quest: Lucinda Thompson and Bonnie Vahcic for Flight One Gross, third place; Debi Bozanich and Sue Fechner for Flight One Net, fourth place; Linda DeForest and Beth Weaver for Flight Two Net,first place; Sharon Russell and Kathy Traci for Flight Two Net, second place; and Meryl Friedman and Alice Chang for Flight Two Net, fourth place. Visiting players were quite impressed and effusively complimented the excellent condition of Port Ludlow Golf Course. The event ended with winner announcements at a delicious late afternoon luncheon served by the Dusty Green Café. The weather was perfect, and many participants vowed to come back to play Port Ludlow Golf Course again.

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