CENTENNIAL GALA DINNER
The rain on the evening of the Centennial Gala dinner could not dampen the spirits of the 156 folks attending a very special evening at Interlachen Country Club.
Interlachen Country Club
How special it was to see everyone dressed to the nines as we celebrated 100 years of the MWGA. The evening began with a social hour complete with a display of MWGA trophies, memorabilia, and a video interview of John Salvator, MN women’s golf historian. The dining room was decorated with a fall golf theme. The meals were delicious and enjoyed by all in attendance.
MWGA President Ellie Layton welcomed the attendees. Darlene Bell, the overall chair for the MWGA Centennial events, was the emcee for the evening. Introductions of special guests were followed by a presentation by Linda Smith of the last 100 years in Minnesota women's golf. Linda was dressed for the occasion in what women golfers would have worn 100 years ago. Linda served as our Gala Chairperson and we thank her for organizing this historic event.
Our keynote speaker for the evening was Hilary Lunke (nee Homeyer). What an inspiring presentation she gave! Hilary had words of wisdom for all of us. Below are a few quotes from her presentation.
"Less than three months before the U.S. Open, I hit my rock-bottom point in golf. I actually contemplated giving up the game because I was just so miserable. My dad came to the rescue. He gave me a little pep talk where he encouraged me to just start playing golf as a game again and to set aside ALL my expectations. I entered the next week trying to block out all other thoughts beyond just playing the game of golf. My husband Tylar was my caddy, and having him with me with his easy-going attitude helped me relax and enjoy my life on Tour much more. As a result, fewer than 90 days after that rock-bottom day, I won the biggest tournament in my sport. It was quite the turnaround. I promise you, whatever you're going through is molding and shaping you for something wonderful later down the road, whether you recognize it or not."
Hilary left us with these final words:
"No matter where you are right now with your golf game, your career, your family life, always know that good things can and WILL come from it. You can't predict how or when that will happen, but you can relax a bit, take it one shot at a time, experience and savor the moment, and just enjoy the game."
Above are many of the photos from the evening. To view all of the gala photos, please click here.
2015 MWGA Senior Women's State Amateur
The 2015 MWGA Sr. Amateur was held on August 26 and 27th at Elk River Golf Course. The weather was great for this Championship.
Congratulations to this year's Champion Brenda Williams who won in a 3 hole playoff with five time champion Leigh Klasse. Congratulations also to all the flight winners. For more information, please go to:
2015 Minnesota Senior Women's State Amateur Championship
The MWGA wishes to thank Elk River Golf Course and the many volunteers who helped to make this a great championship.
2015 MWGA State Match Play Championship
The 20th Minnesota Women's State Match Play Championship was held on August 17-19th at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, MN. Mother nature was less than cooperative for this championship.
This year's Champion is Sarah Burnham who defeated Anna Laorr 4 and 3.
The Senior Division Champion is Leigh Klasse who defeated Brenda Williams 1 up. For additional information please go to:
2015 MN Women's State Match Play Championship
Congratulations to the division champions and consolation flight winners.
The MWGA wishes to thank Deer Run Golf Course and the many volunteers who made this a successful championship.
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Retiring MWGA Board Members
The MWGA would like to thank two retiring Board Members who were so selfless in giving of their time and talent.
Dar Bell has served as President Elect, President, and Past President. In addition, this past year she spearheaded the Centennial Celebration for the MWGA. Also, while President of the MWGA, she served on various committees for the MGA, among them the original committee which entered into the discussions of the proposed merger of the MWGA and MWPGA into the MGA. As President, Dar ran timely meetings, always had a willing ear for concerns, and even managed to play in MWGA tournaments. Taking on the Centennial celebration was an enormous undertaking. From making countless decisions in regard to Centennial merchandise and giveaways, to being the Master of Ceremonies at the Golf Event and the Gala, Dar worked with the Centennial Chairs to ensure that all in attendance had an unforgettable experience. She even sold Centennial logo items out of the trunk of her car! Thank you Dar for all your hard work and devotion to the MWGA.
Laurie Velett has served as the Director of Rules on the MWGA Board for the past six years. Her presence was felt at every MWGA tournament. She arrived at the crack of dawn and was the last Rules Official to leave a tournament at the end of play. Laurie was a truly organized leader and always had a ready smile. She has a great knowledge of the Rules of Golf. Although no longer Director of Rules, Laurie assures us that she will still be a presence at MWGA functions. Thank you Laurie for your devotion to the MWGA and the tournaments of the MWGA!