WAGA-Tales

The Newsletter of the Western Amputee Golf Association
April, 2015


headstevensI am excited for 2015 and all the golf ahead of us. This is the first year in a long time that we will have more tournaments to offer so you have more chances to get together and meet new people.

We have new tournament chairmen for California, Oregon and Washington. I am encouraged by the excitement and their ideas to improve the events. With that said I want to openly invite any member to start a local tournament. This may seem scary but with the help from fellow members with experience you too can host a golf event/tournament. Chris Paulsen took over the Sacramento Open, Lonny and Tiffany took over the Kent WA tournament, and I started the Oregon Open. You can sign up for all the events online now through this link www.wagagolf.org.

We have a strong membership that is very active at numerous events. I want to encourage all of us to invite others to join us. Many times I have encountered another amputee that lives in my area that had no idea our group existed. It reminds me to not assume they play golf or even think they can.

Many amputees have thought once they lost a limb their days of playing a sport are over. You are the few who have persevered on and ventured into the life-long fun of golf. Please take in our newsletter and even the NAGA magazine into your prosthetic office. It is an easy way to help others know we are out there with open arms wanting them to join us.

I want to say a special thanks to Eric Johnson for taking on the project of redesigning our outdated website.

Eric has delivered a fantastic website that is mobile optimized. Please go to www.wagagolf.org  to visit the new site. On the website you will find info about who we are, events/tournaments, media, our sponsors and links to other groups we are partnered with. We now have the ability to sign up for WAGA events online via PayPal!

Please feel comfortable to reach out to any of the new board members or tournament directors with questions or ideas. I hope to see all of you at a WAGA event this year.

Cheers, Danny Stevens


TREASURER’S REPORT
CONTACT INFORMATION & OFFICERS

BEGINNING BALANCE 1/1/2014
Income……………..
Expenses…………..
ENDING BALANCE 1/1/2015
External assets…..
WAGA Savings…..
TOTAL BALANCE
 7,837.34
  5,405.72
  1,078.05
12,144.71
 5,872.69
17,495.61
35,513.01

Newsletter Editor:
Ross Martin
rossmgolf@gmail.com

Danny Stevens – President
Ph 503-522-5390
dstevens503@gmail.com

Chris Paulsen – Vice President
Ross Martin – Treasurer
Brenda Granier, Secretary
Craig Van Kessell – NAGA Trustee


Internet Update!
Please be sure to surf on over to the new WAGA website (www.wagagolf.org). While there you will be able to checkout past tournament results, get in contact with your local board member or simply enter to play in one or more of the upcoming events.

We have made tournament entry as straightforward as possible. To that end we are now offering online registration for all entrants. Simply fill out the form for the event you would like to attend, hit the send button so that your information gets transmitted to the appropriate tournament director, and then add all of your appropriate fees to your PayPal cart and check out.

No PayPal account? Would you rather pay by check? No problem. Once you hit the send button on the form an email will be directed to the web address you specified. Merely print a copy of that email and enclose it with your check to the mailing address indicated and you are all set.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.


Sacramento Amputee Golf Open, June 6th & 7th, 2015
Hello my Fellow Golfing Amputees!

paulsenIt is another year of fine WAGA Golfing, and I hope to see all of you out at many of the tournaments in 2015 as you are able. I want to first say thank you and it will be a great opportunity to serve as your Vice President of WAGA. I hope I do a great job and if there is any ideas or thoughts you might have in the direction WAGA is going, please feel free to contact me or any of the board members.

I am also looking forward to the upcoming golf tournaments in Sacramento, Portland and in Washington again. We tried to get a southern California tournament going, but with my own time in the events, I want to make the Sacramento Open a big event again.

I want to say the new website, www.wagagolf.org is going to be one of the biggest accomplishments this year’s board has done. Each golfer or guest will be allowed to get access to all of the entry forms and actually submit their entry online to WAGA. This is great for everyone.

I look to get more sponsors and sponsorships for our local golf tournament. If you know any company or organization that would want to sponsor our golfing tournaments, please have them fill out the sponsor forms. Our organization is non-profit. The Tax ID is on the form. The more sponsors we have for our events, the less amount it cost for our amputee golfers and it allows up to get prizes and awards to the golfers.

One of the new rules for our organization this year is that the board ruled that if there is a new amputee golfer that comes into our organization and plays in their first event, WAGA would pay for their entry fees into that event. So please, pass on the good word to other amputee golfers. If they like to join our organization and play in upcoming events, the first one is one US.

Thank you all. Chris Paulsen, Vice President

Portland Amputee Golf Championship, July 11th & 12th, 2015
NEW TOURNAMENT!
Danny Stevens has arranged a new WAGA event at his home course of Pumpkin Ridge. This has been the site of many LPGA and USGA Open and qualifying events. It is a most beautiful golf course, and full service clubhouse and banquet facilities. Golf Ghost Creek in North Plain’s picturesque wetlands and dense forest. The par-71, 6,839-yard Ghost Creek golf course merges imaginative design with breathtaking beauty.

Just one month after opening in 1992, Pumpkin Ridge received the unprecedented honor of being named the host site for the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship. Golf Digest named Ghost Creek the “Best New Public Course in the U.S and Witch Hollow the “#2 Best New Private Course in the U.S.”

Four years later, in 1996, Tiger Woods brought notoriety to Witch Hollow when he won his unprecedented third consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship. Just one month after opening in 1992, Pumpkin Ridge received the unprecedented honor of being named the host site for the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) 1996 U.S. Amateur Championship

Western Washington Amputee Open, July 25th & 26th, 2015
The Western Washington Amputee Open will continue with a new director, Lonny Meadows, assisted by Tiffany Hartline. Alas, we will miss Ed Wilson, as he and his wife have sold their home and have moved to New York.

The Riverbend Golf Course will continue to host our two days of golf. Lonny has arranged a block of rooms at the Best Western on the Green, next door to the golf course. A shotgun start is scheduled for Saturday at 8 am, banquet at Meekers Bar & Grill. Same on Sunday, then awards right after golf at the course.

FROM OUR NAGA TRUSTEE
Craig Van Kessel, Western Trustee for NAGA and WAGA member has received two honors in the last year, both from the Land Down Under.

CRAIGIn April of 2014, Craig received and e-mail from his dear friend Bernadette Berry asking him to become the Overseas Ambassador for the Disability Recreation and Sport South Australia called “No Handicap Golf Club” (NHGC). He eagerly accepted and travelled to Adelaide, Australia in June of 2014 to help kick off the new organization.

In November last year, Craig received an even bigger honor. At the end of their annual tournament, Mark Howells, Director of DRSSA, described Craig as our awesome overseas ambassador. Bernie’s son Aidan spoke of his many achievements with head of wheelchair sports. Because of this, Bernie, Adian and DRSSA decided to strike a Craig Van Kessel/Captain America trophy in 2015 to be awarded to a member/carer for outstanding services to the club . It would be an annual award.

Of course, Craig was honored and will try to make it back over to present the first ever award.

Craig has volunteered with WAGA and NAGA since 1995. When asked why he does it, his answer is simple, “Spend just one day with these incredible men, women and young adults and you will know why I do it.”


Please notify Ross Martin if you have a new e-mail or mailing address. Send in this application as a Life Member if you have moved or changed your contact information. WAGA currently has 88 Life members, and 84 paid annual members. 2014 tournaments saw about 80 of our members participating..”