Women Golfers Play Like the Polar Bears

Polar Bears playing, Feb. 15, 2021

For the third year, the Robson Ranch Women’s Golf Association (RRWGA) has organized a group of golfers known as the Polar Bears to play in the winter months when most of us would rather stay in with our hot coffee or chocolate. The idea was the creative inkling of LaDonna Womochel who patterned it after her pre-retirement experience when she and colleagues played tennis late after work in the cold months. In 2020, 30 WGA women came together as the Polar Bears and played December through February. In 2021 the group grew by two, and this year there are 35 Polar Bears. Players are randomly assigned to teams and play Tuesday mornings. Pam Kanawyer is a new member to the group this year and enjoys the informal environment and camaraderie. She finds she gets to play with women she usually does not play with on WGA play days. Ruth Bowen has been with the group since its beginning and says the group provides a “low level” way to play with a smaller group of women. She hasn’t seen much change over the years and has enjoyed the opportunity to continue playing with WGA members when the league is not playing during its official calendar. Because play at the Wildhorse Golf Course is lower during early mornings in these winter months, the women help make effective use of the course.

The final day of play for Polar Bears was Feb. 22, and winners, based on low net, for the year were announced. Flight 1: 1st Ok Cha Cummings, 2nd Pat Sands, and 3rd Linda Phillips; Flight 2: 1st Darlene Lamb, 2nd Sue Halsted, and 3rd Gabie Bull; Flight 3: 1st Cheryl McCally, 2nd Ruth Bowen, and 3rd Peggy Puckett

The purpose of the RRWGA is to promote the advancement of golf and good sportsmanship through women’s individual and team play, tournaments, and social events. Membership is open to women residents at Robson Ranch. Anyone interested in joining can contact Chris Hagen, membership chair, at [email protected].