The women’s golf team from Saticoy Country Club made its first trip to the Women’s Southern California Net Team Championship one to remember.
Needing to grab five of the seven points available during the final match against Hacienda Country Club, the Saticoy women made a furious rally over the final nine holes to pull out a win and two ties.
Thanks to the late-match heroics, Saticoy secured the five points, allowing it to win the 2009 title, 7-6. The final event was played July 31 at Saticoy Country Club.
“I am so proud of all my players,” said team captain Diane Grimes. “Our team handicaps go from a 7 to a 31, and we had players from the lowest to the highest in every match.”
The comeback was no surprise to Grimes. She said when playing a home-and-home match like the team did against Hacienda, a team expects to win at home and lose away. The key is getting enough points in the loss to allow your team to have a chance to win by holding serve at home.
“I went to Hacienda the first day hoping to get two points, so I was really pleased with 2,” Grimes said. “Only one team all year had gotten 2 points at our course, so I knew we had a shot. Thank heaven we got the 2 because they did get two points at Saticoy.”
The regular season began in April with 82 clubs in Southern California playing in four divisions. Each division had four groups that consisted of an average of five clubs. Saticoy had the top regular-season record, earning the right to host the final.
“In the 14 years I’ve been team captain, winning the WSCGA championship was beyond anything I thought we could accomplish,” Grimes said. “We have won our group many times, but only advanced as far as the semifinals once. Everyone at the club has been as happy and excited as we’ve been. Our men’s team won their championship several years ago, and they all made a point of congratulating us.”
The 26 members of the Saticoy team are: Grimes, Leslie Fair, co-captain, Jody Duclos, Dee Fairbanks, Vangie Butler, Debbie Hoekstra, Dyan Veseth, Joanne Riley, Kay Kurahashi, Tina Cho, Tammy Reed, Mary Karrh, Debbi Maruyama, Nancy Conant, Sharon Lutton, Patti Channer, Diane Perez, Connie Kim, Helene Dufau, Gayle Powell, Maureen Kohli, Penny Joseph, Rene Lawler, Ann Hall, Judy Warner and Leandra Matter.
Written by Bob Buttitta and published in the Ventura County Star on August 12, 2009. Reprinted with permission.