The SaddleBrooke Lady Niners gladly welcomes new members. Ten new members joined this year and more are joining. Most new members moved to SaddleBrooke recently. Many golfed elsewhere and are eager to continue golfing here. Some already enjoy league play. Snowbirds often are members of our Lady Niners plus a league at their other homes. This enables them to golf year-round.

Some new members are keen to return to golf after COVID. Sandy Wagoner, Vice President and Membership Chair, states “Fortunately, COVID did not stop the Lady Niners from golfing. We rode in our own carts so we felt safe and we did not have to go into the Pro Shop to pay.” Even now, we may email or call the Pro Shop asking them to charge our accounts for golf that day. We still check in with a starter. Since only two carts are allowed on the fairways at a time, we usually ride two ladies to a cart but we honor those who are more comfortable riding alone.

We also attract ladies who are new to league play. They may have golfed socially, often with their husbands but not been in a league. Others began golfing after moving to SaddleBrooke. They usually start by playing in Nine and Wine and taking lessons. Once they have improved their golf games and understanding of golf rules and etiquette, they join the Lady Niners. We play by the rules but are a very welcoming and fun social group. A joy of league play is golfing with different ladies, socializing and getting to know them at the RoadRunner Grill after golf.

Nancy Paine moved here in October 2020 from Sammamish, Washington. She had golfed only with her husband Jim and his friends then began golfing with their wives who told her Lady Niners is a great way to meet people. She joined in January and is very glad she did. Nancy said, “Golfing with only women was new to me. I had to force myself at first, it was so different. I had never been in a competitive situation nor kept precise scores so I hesitated. I thought it might be too serious and strict but it isn’t. Everyone is very friendly here; people help one another. I’m not very outgoing but the whole experience has helped me meet and get to know people. My advice for other ladies is to join Niners right away because it is such a good way to meet people.”

Randi Tonnessen moved here from Park City, Utah two-years-ago. She golfed socially but did not have a handicap card/GHIN number. Lady Niners has an easy process to get a handicap card through our league. All Randi had to do was play six 9-hole rounds of golf, keep track of her scores and have someone sign to verify each score. She submitted these scorecards with her application and now is a Niners member with a GHIN number. Randi said, “Niners is a fun group. I look forward to meeting new women every week.”

Sue Mobley started golfing after moving here in 2015 from Snohomish, Washington. She describes her husband Chris as a golf fanatic who was happy to golf 18 holes with the guys then another 9 holes with her! She golfed with Nine and Wine then joined the Lady Niners in 2016. She was in Lady Niners for only one year when, unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She quit to manage her health then rejoined this June. S ue stated, “I like to have a regular schedule of golf, learn the rules and etiquette, and meet new people. Playing regularly with a set schedule is easier for me; otherwise, I might talk myself out of playing.” Sue encourages others to return to golf after an illness for the fun, physical activity and uplifting socialization.

Lady Niners membership is open to SaddleBrooke residents in either SaddleBrooke One or SaddleBrooke Two. Application forms are outside the SaddleBrooke Pro Shop and at Membership fees are reduced for the rest of the year. Every Tuesday we golf in friendly 9-hole games plus we have a variety of tournaments throughout the year.

New members learn about pace of play, etiquette and rules plus how to use the Chelsea booking system and post social golf scores on GHIN. New members are linked with a seasoned member who golfs with them, explains league play and answers questions. Play every week or only when you want to play. It’s very flexible.

We Lady Niners always are appreciative of our event sponsors: Desert Life Pharmacy, RidgeView Physical Therapy, Coyote Golf Cars, Golf Cars of Arizona, and Morris Hall PLLC.

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