This year marked the 21st annual MountainView/Preserve Women’s Golf Association’s (MPWGA) Presidents Cup Championship honoring our 12 past presidents, and our current president, Debbie McMullin. However, the best-laid plans of mice and men, and the MPWGA, often go awry when the Presidents Cup is scheduled during leprechaun season. The 2020 championship was altered due to the Pandemic, and this year it was altered by the hanky-panky of a few little hooligans dressed in green who thought it hilarious to sneak onto the golf courses during the night and paint them white. The shenanigans caused the cancellation of the first of the consecutive two-day, 36-hole tournament set to begin Tuesday, March 16 at the Preserve. But the bonny lasses did not waste their time dithering around in Direland, and the little rascals had MountainView painted back to green the next day, and the championship became a one-day, 18-hole low net score celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. Our past presidents inspired us with many values including adaptability and community spirit, and to play the game we love come rain or shine. Just not snow.
Wednesday, March 17 was a beautiful and sunny day at MountainView with 39 players garbed in glittery green outfits with beads, good luck charms, shamrocks, and hats beginning their roundabout. Each of seven flights allowed three winning places, and with a few tie scores, Lady Luck found 23 winners, whose net scores ranged 67 to 78. There was no pot o’ gold waiting at the end of the rainbow, but a huge stash o’ green cash with pictures of past U.S. presidents.
Two lucky and charming women, Midge Mollenkopf and Corky Bosch, shot an impressive net 67. Midge found the path to the green, green, grass of home on the first hole of the sudden death playoff to take the title. Congratulations to both Midge and Corky for their fabulous rounds!
Following the championship, 25 players returned for the afternoon awards presentation. The Greenies who found four-leaf clovers on the par-three clover patches close enough to the pin to mark their balls with lucky pennies were: #4 Karen Erickson; #8 and #17 Gail Campbell; and #13 Diane Anderson. Kim Cox left the other players green with envy with her award for best Saint Patrick’s Day outfit.
We appreciate our Title Sponsor, Golf Cars of Arizona, for their dedicated support. Many thanks to our Tournament Chair and last year’s champion, Donna Watson, for planning the event, and fitting two days of fun into one. As always, heaps of gratitude to our local pros, Matt Hudson and Mike Karpe, for their part in the enjoyment and success of our club events on our lush green playground.
Faith, hope, and love— virtues our past MPWGA presidents surely hoped for in their members, are represented by the three heart-shaped leaves on a clover. The fourth leaf, found on about one in 10,000 clovers, and about as rare as a golfer able to shoot a net 67, represents luck. We know how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful community, where among our bountiful blessings is our ability to adapt and go with the flow. And the snow.