By Liz James – Club Correspondent

The Rossmoor 18ers ushered in the new golf season with a celebration of the Year of the Dragon on Feb. 1 at the Event Center. Over 70 golfers enjoyed a Chinese New Year themed luncheon catered by Yan’s Chinese Bistro along with custom made fortune cookies for golfers as well as traditional almond cookies.

The gathering offered opportunities to catch up with old friends and welcome 15 new members into the club.  Teddi Swanson introduced Mindi Canner, Judy Freed, Yunho Ju, Ki Hee Lee, Seung Park, Marta Parker, Yvonne Perkins, Mary Piscitelli, LaLani Rapp, Min Ryoo, Audrey Szutu, and Jae Yang who joined in 2024 and Joel Jackson, Judy Leckonby and Barbara Musante who joined in the later half of 2023.

Booths around the tables offered sign-up for the Birdie Fund, Eclectic Play and East Bay Team Play for the 2024 golf season.  The ladies also got to preview Open Day golf opportunities at other golf clubs in Northern California, discuss golf rules with Joyce McCann, 18ers Rules Chair, and receive guidance on using the Golf Genius App with Laura Kim of the Technical Committee.

Toni Snyder, Club Captain, conducted the first general meeting of the year and inspired everyone by noting that, “The Year of the Dragon is known for prosperity and good fortune and believe it or not brings great golf.” Snyder thanked the social committee for organizing a wonderful beginning to the 2024 golf season and introduced the 2024 Board,  Co-Captain, Mirna Wong; Secretary, Judy Moran; Treasurer, MaryJean Kid; Tournaments, Marsha Jennings;  Membership, Teddi Swanson; Handicap, Daisy Soo Hoo; Rules, Joyce McCann; Golf Advisory, Robin Moreau; Social, Lana Yagle; East Bay Team Play, Karla Witte and Pat McSween; Technical Committee, Maryjean Kidd, Laura Kim and Claudia Terry; Publicity Claudia Terry and Liz James, and Past Captain Margo Dutton.

Jacque Vigil, Head PGA Golf Professional, welcomed everyone for the 2024 golf season and Mark Heptig, PGA Director of Golf, provided an update on the golf course highlighting the new, high-tech golf ball machine to be installed soon at the driving range and the arrival of new score cards with QR codes for easy access to golf rules.

The meeting was adjourned, but many stayed to chat as everyone is looking forward to the upcoming season.