Marathon golfers LeeAnn Peterson and Anne Fabry participated in the inaugural First Tee of Greater Washington, DC Golf-A-Thon. By getting pledges for playing 36 holes in one day, Anne and LeeAnn raised $1,500 for the First Tee’s Girls Golf Program. The funding will be used to continue supporting college scholarships for local First Tee girls.
Overall, the first ever Golf-A-Thon was a huge success. For the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, 50 boys and girls ages 7-18 participated. In addition, the marathon participants played nearly 1,200 holes of golf with the leader at 115!
In total, the event surpassed the fundraising goals and raised $17,500. I know this would not have been possible without WCGA’s support. Please extend our sincere gratitude to LeeAnn and Anne for playing an important role in making this event a success.
WCGA wanted to start spotlighting the diverse group of our women members from young staff assistants to seasoned lobbyists. Our first profile is WCGA’s Board member Barbara (Barb) Dodge.
Barbara Dodge, WCGA Membership Co-chair
Barb Dodge away from Capitol Hill
Barb has more enthusiasm and energy than almost any other WCGA member. She’s worked on Capitol Hill for the last 16 years starting as a scheduler and now serves as a Financial Administrator for several Hill offices. She started golf later in life when she went back to school get her Bachelor’s degree eight years ago and needed a PE class. She took a golf class to fulfill the requirement and has been hooked ever since. She credits WCGA as being a big help and encouragement to continue golfing. As Barb says, “this is a lifelong activity that I hope to improve upon. Even if I don’t improve, I will still enjoy it.” Barb lives in Frederick, Maryland and is married with two sons.
Here are some highlights. We have started Monday league night at East Potomac, with almost 50 members signed up – a great way to start off the work week! We will continue through the summer as “Meet Up Mondays.” We are bringing back the popular “Sunrise Golf” at East Potomac. Early risers gather every other Friday during June and July for nine holes on Friday mornings. All skill levels are welcome.
To practice your swing, we’re teaming up with East Potomac’s Young Professional group to do a monthly “Driving Range Social.” Starting on June 12th, this is perfect for all golfers. You come to mix and mingle while hitting golf balls at the range and enjoying beers after work.
Our clinic co-chairs have been very active by organizing beginner and intermediate clinics, making deals with local PGA pros for one-on-one lessons, and organizing our recent PGA Get Golf Ready Mixer.
Also, in recognition of our 15th year anniversary, a real push this year has been made to supporting women’s golf in the area this year by cosponsoring an upcoming Women’s Golf Month Reception on June 11th, working with PGA on their Get Golf Ready program, and the recent National Golf Day on Capitol Hill.
And finally we have plans for more weekend outings, social events like Ladies Night at National Park, and many more golfing opportunities.
Continue to check our events tab, like our Facebook site, or contact me at President@wcga.org for more information and to share any ideas you may have for events.
Thanks for your support of WCGA. Best, Sally