Notebook: A Pinetop History Lesson
Rita Ward, the 2013 secretary of Pinetop, sent along this history of how the organization was founded.
The group was formed in January 1973 after Southern Pines took a one-year leave from the Triangle League. A new neighborhood league was formed, by Ellie Sowers, in anticipation of greater involvement from local clubs. The initial name was the Pines Women’s Golf Association, but was changed in the second year to Pinetop. Member clubs were the Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, Foxfire, Country Club of Whispering Pines and Southern Pines. CCNC hosted the first event with a field of 96 players: 12 players in each of the eight flights.
Prizes continue to be awarded for low gross and low net in each flight. The prizes have changed over the years from julep cups to Jefferson cups to glasses that are etched with the Pinetop logo. Each gross winner receives one of the etched glasses or the choice of three Pinetop golf balls. The net winners receive Pinetop logo balls.
The clubs that are current members of this popular organization are Country Club of Whispering Pines, Seven Lakes, Foxfire, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Pinewild and Woodlake.
Each club is allowed 12 players as well as four alternates, and space available fills up very quickly. The first competition will take place on April 22 at Whispering Pines.
Pinehurst: The Silver Foils played Feb. 12 in a one best ball of the foursome format: Jan Kuklok, Joan Yue, Judy Lewis and Irene Corbin, 58 (MOC); Pauline Roe, Mary Scott Arnold, Lynn Delgarn and Jacque Weston, 58 (MOC); Nancy Dorato, Jeanne Casey, Ruth Graham and Cathy Renner, 60.
The Birdies played Feb. 14 and the game was “V for Valentine.” The format was two best balls on holes with a “V” (five, seven, eleven, 12, and 17) and one best ball on all others. Joan Breslin, Cindy Motter, Ann Nash, Sandy Smith, 79 points; Joyce Arnott, Mary Bartley, Tereece Little, Joan Yue, 80 points; Betsy McCann, Maureen Quinn, Sue Smith, Joan Sponik, 82 points; Karen Anderson, Betsy Bindley, Elanora Voelkel, Nancy Dorato, 84 points.
Sally Means won low gross with 82. Sue Griggs won closest to the pin.
Knollwood: The Sandblasters played Feb. 12 and the format was two best balls of the foursome. Sam Ott, Glen Kendall, Bob Mellinger, Len Grasso, 57; Wallace Gourley, Jim Burrill, Jim Shoemaker, Paul Aschmetat, 59 (MOC); Ed Campbell, Ralph Lien, Dick Maderia, Joe Alden, 59 (MOC).
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