Catalina Island News

Catalina Island Women's Golf Celebrates St. Paddy's Day

Catalina Island Women's Golf Club

The Catalina Island Women's Golf Club held its annual St. Patrick's Day tournament on Thursday, March 16 with all players appearing in some sort of green attire and several team members using shamrock ball markers.

"The various greens were sort of fun," said one member. "I think I looked like a green bean, and there was a fantastic aqua green in one skirt. I loved that color but it probably won't show in the photo."

The scramble format provided fun and stress-free golfing for the ladies and the weather was perfect. Nancy Pinizzotto, Ellen's sister from Lee Vining, was delighted at the warm, sunny day and played well as her team tied for first place. The tie was broken through using hole score comparisons with the team of Betty Tejeda, Elizabeth Madden, Sue Bray and Trina Aune taking the official first.

Second place went to sisters Nancy Pinizotto and Ellen Guion playing with Pat Hoefs.

The third team of Elena Maria, Alison Osinski, Judy Grear and Val Schafer was only one point away from a three-way tie. "We had a putt that should have gone in," said Schafer. "It hit the rim and drifted off, otherwise we would have all tied. I was really pleased at how close the teams were, even though we are all individually of different levels."

The Catalina Island Women's Golf Club meets on Thursday mornings (starting at 8:30 in the summer). Anyone may join and any level is welcome. Some members will help arranging for clubs or for tips on rules or strokes. "Right now we meet at 8:45 and would be delighted to introduce anyone to the game. We have a good time and are only 'sorta' competitive," said Schafer. "Golf really is a more individual game," she added. "You get a really nice atmosphere and just try to make your own game better. Also, this group of ladies is so warm and welcoming." The group also goes to lunch each Thursday and often former members or players or visiting friends join them for lunch. To learn more, contact Val Schafer at