Golf Club’s Historian Honored

Courtesy photo    Unsung hero of the Alameda Sun sports page, Bobbie Hoepner has tirelessly supplied Sun staff with her golf club’s news nearly since the paper’s inception in 2001.

Alameda Women’s Golf Club (AWGC) bestowed an honorary life membership to Bobbie Hoepner in recognition of her many years of untiring service to the Club. AWGC is the oldest Women’s club west of the Mississippi. The club celebrated its 90th anniversary in October 2019. 

As the club historian, Hoepner has diligently catalogued and recorded the history and records the winners of tournaments and maintains the historic trophy collection. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the club and its links to the Fry brothers and additional stories with club members. 
Hoepner is an accomplished photographer and records the club winners. Her photos are often published in the Alameda Sun along with the results of the week’s play. 

This week’s report
Cheryl Saxton had a superb day on the course at the Alameda Women’s Golf Club net tournament event Thursday, Jan. 30 on the Jack Clark Course.

Saxton, who competed in the first flight among golfers with a nine to 14 handicap, not only shot the lowest net score of the tournament with a net 70, but also the lowest gross score with an overall 81. She put up a sizable distance between her and the rest of the first flight. Tai Chewpanich and Kari Vadnais both shot net 75s to tie for second place in the flight. Jenny Bae posted a net 76 for fourth place, while Kathy Nagakura shot a net 80 for fifth place.

Claire Loud won the second flight — handicap of 15 to 22 — with a net 72. She finished a stroke ahead of Chris Bailey who posted a net 73 for second place. Cindy Withrow shot a net 79 for third place, while Maggie Lindquist posted a net 81 for fourth place. Kimiko Hiyoshi and Debbie Adams shot net 84s to tie for fifth place in the flight.

Connie Bates also shot a net 72. She won the third flight — golfers with a handicap of 23 to 28. Sarah Valentine posted a net 78 in the flight. Barbara Mickle shot a net 78 for third place. Holly Cromer shot a net 85, while Sonia Kwak rounded out the top five in the flight with a net 89.

Alice Wong won the fourth flight — handicap of 29 to 32 — with a net 73. Barbara Burton shot a net 79 for second place. Beatrice Lebrec posted a net 80 for third place. Louise Eilhardt and Pat O’Hara shot net 81s to tie for fourth place.

Sandi Kaney and Jean Cho finished the event tied atop the fifth flight — handicap of 33 to 35. Both golfers posted net 76s. Susan Yoon shot a net 79 for third place. Siv Richards won the sixth flight — handicap of 37 to 40 — with a net 74. She finished one stroke ahead of Irene Park and Pam Curtis who both shot net 75s.

Withrow won the closest-to the-hole competition of the fifth hole with her ball landing 10’ 5” from the hole. Hiyoshi won the competition on the 16th hole with her ball landing 18’ from the pin.

Claire Loud contributed to this report.