SBWGA-18—Tucson Phoenix LPGA Event and SaddleBrooke Solheim Cup

The 2022 Desert Dove Match Play Competition winners

Shirley Hamann

The 2022 Desert Dove Tournament was held at Robson Ranch Golf Club in Eloy. This tournament has an impressive history, having been held for more than 20 years, formerly as an EWGA tournament. Eighteen Wonder Women from Tucson competed in a match play event against 18 Super Girls from Phoenix. Although the day began a bit chilly, it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day, full of great golf, wonderful camaraderie, and a fun lunch.

The competition was fierce, and the match was very close, but in the end, the Tucson Wonder Women took home the beautiful Desert Dove trophy!

The following SaddleBrooke Women’s Golf Association (SBWGA-18) women were part of the Tucson Wonder Women team: Cathe Kropp (captain of the Tucson Wonder Women), Joan Chyall, Connie Culley, Sally Drennen, Patty Mawe, and Bonnie Westra.

Solheim Cup Event: The annual Solheim Cup two-day event was held in November. This year’s theme was Country versus Rock and Roll. The Country Team was captained by Debra Finn and Ann Chatham, while The Rock and Roll Team was captained by Angie Denahan and Nancy Sartor.

The format was match play. There were 28 ladies on each team with 14 partner matches. Competition included a 9 hole scramble, a 9 hole modified alternate shot, and two 9 hole net best ball events.

The Country Team won 247 to 221 strokes. Although both teams had choreographed dances to start the event, the winning Country Team performed at the December luncheon.

On Dec. 6 the SBWGA-18 members participated in the annual Beat the Pro and President event. Two-person teams attempted to beat the score posted by the pro Jane Chanik and Nancy Sartor who played in place of Anne Stonecipher.

Thanks to the outgoing SBWGA-18 board members, with special thanks to President Anne Stonecipher’s leadership in 2022.