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  SGA 2024 Homecoming
Waynesville Inn & Golf Resort ~ Springdale/Cold Mountain
North Carolina's Smoky Mountains 
Greetings from the beautiful Smoky Mountains
Jim, Jane, Sharon & Ken celebrate SGA's Homecoming
Ken, Bill, Sarah & Ken
Bill, Janie, Kate & Tim
Danny, Candy, Sharon & Clark
You have to pick one: Florida---
or, Florida State????
When the smoke is on the Smokies, it's heaven on earth...
Ken, Bob, Jane, Kate & Danny
Es, Bob, Edwina, Bill, Candy & Dan
Smoky Mountain Greetings from SGA! 
The Senior Golfers returned to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and were pleased to find their old favorite resort and golf course in a new and updated condition. Waynesville Country Club is now the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club. 
The event began with drinks and dinner on the pleasant and inviting front porch of the Waynesville Inn, overlooking the mountains and #1 tee. Many old friends were delighted to see one another, and everyone was welcomed warmly. 
After the three very beautiful days of golf, SGA Coeur d'Alene event winner Jim Harrenga again took first place for the men. "I have loved being here with all the great people I have played with this week. Something very meaningful to me is the beautiful views we had of the Smoky Mountains throughout the week. Springdale and Waynesville are a page out of Charles Frazier's classic book Cold Mountain. Over all these years, the area has kept its pristine beauty. This has been a great week in every way." 
Winner for the ladies was Jim's wife Jane Harrenga. "Jim and I love visiting the Carolinas," said Jane.  "Everything here at Waynesville has been lovely. We always enjoy the SGA trips, and it was especially nice to be with SGA friends we have gotten to know over the years. I'm surprised, but happy, to be a winner!"  
Sharon Werner and Ken Young also were honored winners. Low Gross and Low Net winners took home gift certificates, as well as North Carolina pottery vases from the vintage dinnerware market on Main Street in downtown Waynesville.
Runners-up were Candy Pole, Ken Rabalais, Janie Risley, Tim Rickards, and Clark Werner. Close to pin winners were Bob Cummings, Jane Harrenga, Danny Pole, Ken Rabalais, and Kate Rickards. Winning Best Ball team was Ken Rabalais, Bill Suehs, and Ken & Sarah Young. Putting winners were Bob & Es Cummings, Bill Cembor & Edwina Gates, and Candy & Danny Pole.
Special prize of a Limoges French salad plate from the now-discontinued collectible Wild Birds of the World collection went to  Sarah Young for her amazing feat of striking a bird in flight with her ball right over the green on Waynesville #4. After falling to the ground, stunned, the bird recovered. You have both our admiration and sympathy, Sarah!
SGA will return to the North Carolina mountains at Jefferson Landing in September of this year.  Plan to join us!
Ken, Tim, Janie, Candy & Clark

Senior Golfers of America & Book Club 

If you haven't seen/read it, now's the time!
North Carolinia native Charles Frazier, bestselling author

     Before going to an SGA event,  Director Cynthia Swanson always loves to read a book about the area. Often she forces these books on SGA members, buying them on EBay and mailing out to those she thinks might read them. A favorite of hers over the years is a wonderful book based on a family tale from the Springdale/Waynesville area.
     A bestseller back in the late 1990's, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain  was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renee Zelwegger. Many readers feel that the movie was one of the few which was actually even more enjoyable than the excellent source book.
     Charles Frazier was born in Asheville and grew up in the Smoky Mountains. He wrote the novel based on the true-life experiences of his ancestor, W. P. "Pink" Inman, a Civil War veteran who, after being wounded in the war, became a deserter and walked from the army hospital in Raleigh all the way back home to Haywood County.
     When the current owners redeveloped Springdale Golf Club (home course of many famous SGA members), they incorporated the name Cold Mountain, as the landmark is a part of the course landscape. When playing the course, it is easy to step back in time and imagine the events of history, both tragic and joyful, that have taken place in this timeless mountain area.

Coming Up...

Plan to join SGA at a future event. Give Catherine a call at 310-600-9278 with any questions.
If you want to have fun, come along with us!
Tom Morris Tribute Tour • The Old Course • Dukes • Castle • The Old Course Hotel • St. Andrews, Scotland, June 16-20, 2024
Rory McIlroy Tribute Tour • Holywood • Castlerock • Galgorm • Galgorm Resort • Ballymeade, Northern Ireland • June 23-27, 2024
Lobster Festival • Samoset-on-the-Ocean, Rockport, Maine                  July 22-25, 2024
SGA Lake Time • Arnold Palmer Signature Course • Stonewall Resort • Roanoke, West Virginia • August 19-22, 2024
End-of-Summer in the Mountains • Jefferson Landing Club • West Jefferson, North Carolina • September 22-25, 2024
If you want to have fun, come along with us...

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