The 32nd annual Discovery Bay Women’s Club Invitational celebrated timeless traditions of golf with 108 players dressed in knickers and argyle representing over a dozen visiting country clubs.
Opening ceremonies included sounds from champion bagpiper, Fred Payne to the raising of the tournament flag by Liberty High School Junior Girls Golf Club member, Isabel Moomey, and a group photo of the entire field of players on Hole #1.
Honorary Guest Speaker, Earline Dal Porto, first captain and co-founder of the club in 1987, delivered a tearful tribute to the club as she spoke about its beginning stating ” back then, you had to live in Discovery Bay to be a member, so I bought a condo!”. She and her best friends Bobby Pearson and Jean Davis shared an equal love for the sport and played well into their “golden” years. Earline also owned and operated Brentwood Ford, now Bill Brandt Ford in Brentwood, and married the love of her life, Bob Dal Porto, a local rancher and Liberty High School Hall of Famer.
As a tribute to the event, co-founder of the LPGA and author of the book “From Green to Tee”, Shirley Spork spoke at the awards banquet via live Face Time on the big screen. After wishing us well on our tournament and taking us on trip through time in women’s golf, she received a standing ovation and closed with the words “Full swings girls and hold your finish ’till the ball lands!”.
Our guests enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner from our wonderful Discovery Bay Golf & Country Club and thanks to the Pros and the entire golf course staff, the course welcomed players to three days of competition and fun. 48 players won low net in their flights, with two teams winning overall low gross and low net, as well as 24 winners in various on site competitions. Thanks to the many local sponsors and 15 country clubs donating rounds of golf, the tournament was able to help support the Liberty Union High School Junior Girls Golf Club.
1st Place Becky Frazier, Carol Bade, Darlene Martel, Cori Bertucio
2nd Place Dana Wardstrom, Jill Chase, Tracy Lape, Gina Rand
3rd Place Donna Grover, Jeanette Chang, Bridget Albosta, Sue Canossa
4th Place Lisa Ferrante, Monica Sanders, Alicia Sinclair, Natalie Inouye
1st Place Sandy Mize, Lisa Bates, Peggie Schuitemaker, Kathy Ulibarri
2nd Place Jan McCleery, Nonie Greenfield, Tammy Slabaugh, Gina Bischofberger
3rd Place Charlene Kleiner, Donna Nook, Susan Leeper, Conchita Christensen
4th Place Christina Browning, Susan Graham, Dana Carrigan, Kelly Simpson
1st Place Frances Shipilov, Brenda Reisinger, Linda Stebbins, Linda Barbara
2nd Place Julie Hanson, Carolyn Barnes, Stacey Moro, Judy Bame
3rd Place Joanne Smith, Linda Mayer, Val Stewart, Terry Foley
4th Place Marie Verza, Pam Musselman, Lauralee Verdename, Sandy Mocco
Overall Low Net
Mary Watkins, Cheree Mendonsa, Donna Ybarra, Lani Meloney