of the Tuesday Metropolitan Women’s Golf Association celebrated
the group’s golden anniversary last week.
celebrates 50 years of Tuesday morning golf
By Zachary Dzurick
Published August 2, 2006
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Anna Eucker was looking for a place to play golf.
She discovered that a group had started a summer league that had
met every Tuesday for six years at the Big Met golf course in the
real close to my home," the Fairview Park resident said. "The
park was kept up like a country club and everyone was so friendly."
So Eucker kept
coming back every year. This is now her 44th year as a member of
the Tuesday Metropolitan Women's Golf Association. She is the longest-standing
member of the group that celebrated its 50th anniversary as a league
on July 25.
usual round of morning golf, the group gathered in the new Big Met
grille area to enjoy a catered luncheon to celebrate the silver
anniversary. Long-time member Betty Herrmann also prepared homemade
chocolate for each member with a 50 imprinted on it.
The course is
a big draw for many of the members. Rocky River resident Irene Joy
has a been a member since 1980. She loves the beauty and challenge
of Big Met.
the Metroparks," Joy said. "This is a fabulous place to
play. You can't beat it. The course is always in great shape.”
The group has
consistently stayed full over the years. At times, there was a waiting
list as there was a limit of 72 golfers. One member, Maryann Jewel,
said she had to wait three years before there was a spot to join
the group in the early 1990s. The association currently has 66 members.
always been a nice group," two-time champ and long-time member
Anna Barrett said. "We have never had any problems. The regulars
were here so long, everyone stayed. When someone would leave, there
was always someone to take their place."
With the founders
of the league long gone, the association has remained strong because
of how it welcomes new members with open arms. Current president
and Rocky River resident Terrie Botkins has only been a member for
"I am a
fairly new member and still ended up being president this year,"
Botkins said. "There are a lot of nice people. It was an easy
group to work into as a new member. I had no idea it was this old
when I joined. Everyone is always bringing in new friends and neighbors."
Most of the
golfers share a similar story. Rocky River resident Kay Coster has
been a member for 24 years.
the influence of a neighbor that got me to join," Coster said.
"I got to love the place because it was so close. It is very
challenging and a good way to compete. I love it and it gets my
adrenaline going. It is like therapy. I always call this my valium
in the valley."
Joy Gdodin is a three-time champion of the league. She said another
reason the group has stayed around for so long is the flight system
25 years ago," she said. "Everyone was so nice and very
competitive. They stuck to the rules of golf. One reason I liked
this league is we have flights A, B, C and D. So you play with players
your own skill level which promotes good golf."
The league competes
May through August. Two months they participate in match play and
for two months they play for low score. Every month the group hands
out prizes and hosts two parties a year. The group shows no sign
of slowing down and seems poised for another 50-year stretch.
a lot of good friendships," Coster said. "We are always
looking for new members."