March 2003

The month of April is a busy one for the PMGA membership. We are beginning the second year of the Holly Challenge on April 1, and the Li’ Abner is scheduled for April 11.

The PMGA is Offering the membership a chance to have Organized play “AWAY” games at six courses this year once a month, April through September. Look for the sign up sheet in the men’s locker room for the first away game on April 15. The “Away” game cost will include your golf, cart fee and lunch for the day. 

The Medal series for 2003 also begins in April with sign ups from March 7, through March 31. Entry fee is $10.00 again this year. The tournament is a season long stroke play competition awarding points for individual gross and net scores. Rather than winning a single event, the Medal Series emphasizes accumulating points in many events for during the year. There will be 7 medal series events this year, with the best 5 counting toward your accumulated points for the championship. These events will be held on peer play days. The entry fee of $10.00 will be used to pay 1st 2nd and 3rd place gross and net in each flight. A more detailed explanation of the tournament can be found on the PMGA web site.

We need volunteers to help Mike Skrabak with the record keeping task for this tournament. If you have Experience with access or excel spreadsheets and can help, please contact Mike Skrabak.

The annual LI’L ABNER Tournament will be held on Friday, April 11th 2003. This is one of the most popular PMGA Tournaments of the year, so mark your calendar and start looking for your “Daisy Mae”. Two person teams composed of a PMGA member partnered with a PWGA member will compete. Remember men, you can invite any PWGA member to be your partner EXCEPT your spouse. This year the format will be a modified alternate shot (on each hole both team members tee off, then hit each other’s tee shot, then pick one ball to play and alternate shots until the ball is holed). The field is limited to 72 teams who will be divided into six flights based on 40% of the March 31st handicap of the higher handicapped team member and 60% of the March 31st handicap of the lower handicapped team member. First, second and third place low NET teams in each flight will receive a prize. An entrance fee of $35.00 per team will be charged to the PMGA member.

There will be a 9:00 AM shotgun start on the Magnolia course. We will gather at the range at 8:30 for instructions and hole assignments. Free range balls will be provided. Upon completion of the game we will meet at the clubhouse for the included LUNCH, refreshments, presentation of prizes and a general good time. Posters will be displayed in the clubhouse about mid March to remind all interested parties to SIGN UP BEGINNING MARCH 28TH in the men’s locker room. Start getting your teams together for a day of great fun! If you have any questions about Li’l Abner, please contact Dick Gilbert  295-7184 or Art Dube 215-9696.

Holly Challenge

It’s time for PMGA members to get ready for exciting match play competition in the second annual Holly Challenge. This tournament offers the opportunity to compete against your peers in head to head match play, the greatest golf format of all. No teammates to carry you or let you down, just you and your opponent vying for victory and advancement to the next round. The flexible schedule allows most everyone to compete in this classic event.

The tournament is played over a period of five months with one month allowed for completion of each match. Play opens on April 1 for the first round and opponents will have one month to schedule and complete the first round and each succeeding round. Win four matches in your flight and advance to the tournament of champions featuring the eight flight winners.

Competitors in each match are responsible for arranging a mutually agreeable tee time. In the unlikely event that a tee time cannot be agreed upon during the prescribed time period, the person not available to play on the last day will forfeit. Players will post their own results on the roster in the men’s locker room upon completion of each match.

All play will be on the Holly course. Competition will consist of eight flights of 16 players each. Flighting will be based on handicaps calculated as the average of high and low index for the entire year and this handicap will be used for the entire tournament. The first flight will play from the blue tees, flights two through six will compete from the white tees and flights seven and eight will contest from the gold tees. The entry fee for this event is $15. Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up of each flight and to the winner and runner-up of the tournament of champions.


Ladies of the Evening is our name and fun is our game!

The Ladies of the Evening (LOE) will start playing golf again on Thursday, April 17, initially at 5:00 p.m., but eventually we will resume our normal time at 5:30 p.m.

The LOE is not a league so there are no yearly dues and no pressure to perform.  The only requirements are to play nine holes, bring a dollar, maybe food or beverage of your choice and a joke to share after we play golf.  Chief Fun Officer, Gloria Tanner, will come up with a weekly game that will give everyone an opportunity to win.  Half of the proceeds will be given to the winner(s) the rest will go towards our end of the year event.

This group is ideal for those that work and others that don’t participate in Pinewild’s events.  It is an opportunity to meet and get acquainted with others that live in the Pinewild community.   

 If you are interested in joining us or need more information, call me at: 295.0833 or email:

Martez Norris 
The Other Chief Fun Officer!


Sunday, March 2nd – Twilight Golf – Holly
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday March 3rd – 5th – Holly Closed
Friday, March 7th – PMGA Opener
Monday, March 10th – Magnolia Closed
Tuesday, March 11th – PWGA Opener


Ladies’ Bridge Luncheon
Second Monday of Each Month (February 9th & March 9th)
We invite you to join us from 10:00am – 2:30pm
“Social Bridge for all Levels”
For Reservations – please call Cecilia Ten braak 295-4571

Men’s and Ladies’ Card/Game Night
Thursday, January 30th & February 27th
Sign-up located in the locker rooms

Pinewild Duplicate Bridge
There will be no Duplicate Bridge in January or February
Wednesday, March 12th
Pinewild Clubhouse at 7:00 pm
Please Call – Beverly J. Shebs 295-5058


REMEMBER – BREAKFAST will be served every Sunday morning from 8:00AM through 11:00AM. There will be a number of menu items to choose from – with something for everyone!

No reservations are needed for Breakfast

Please call 295-5732 to make all your dining reservations, or for any questions that you may have.  Email


Mike & Carol Kroes – West Lafayette, IN
Peter & Carolina Higgins – Sandwich, MA
Brian & Sheila Henderson – Pinehurst, NC
Richard & Adrianne Rosenberg – Wantagh, NY
Dan & Antoinette Weirich – Pinehurst, NC
Raymond & Gail Threlkeld – Southern Pines, NC
Peter & Barbara Harbeck – Pinehurst, NC
Patrick & Cheryl Bagnal – Elkton, MD
Michael & Karen Wirt – Whispering Pines, NC
Angelo & Peggy Scarsella – Grove City, PA


Now that you have all gotten your new 2003 Calendars and have them posted neatly on a wall or desk somewhere, it’s time to fill in the REALLY important dates – such as Friday, December 5th.  That’s the date for the 2003 PPOA Holiday Dinner Dance, which will be held at the Pinehurst Hotel again. 

The responses from the attendees of the 2002 Dinner Dance were so positive about the hotel that a few days after the event, the committee contacted the hotel and reserved the ballroom for 2003.  The committee also observed that about 75-100 Pinewild-ites were still kicking up their heels to the music of the band (the Vision) at 11:00 (that is not a typo; I did mean 11:00.  And that’s PM not AM.).  Based on the large number of late-night dancers and the many complimentary comments about the band from party-goers, the committee also took immediate action to book the Vision for the 2003 event. 

It may be a little premature to purchase gowns and make reservations for the party, but it is not too early to put the date on your calendar and begin talking to friends about creating a table.  The 2003 Dinner Dance promises to be every bit as special as the 2002 event.  If you have suggestions for making it even better, please contact committee Chairperson Susan Foster at 295-1183 or


The Advisory Board held its’ meeting on December 11th, 2002 – Highlights were as follows


Please remember – a FULL set of the minutes with ALL the attachments is available in the Clubhouse Foyer, as well as the Men’s and Ladies’ Locker rooms. Additionally, a copy of the minutes can be found at