Big Canoe Women’s Golf Association Recent Events

By Jocelyn Smith

The BCWGA is enjoying the summer season with new events, fun Play Days, Play Away days, and celebrating more winning lady golfers.

The Aces & Graces Scramble scheduled for Monday, May 23 was “rained out.” A great disappointment for the 40 Aces and 40 Graces who had registered to play. The event, however, is being rescheduled for the Fall.

On WednesdayMay 25, fourteen BCWGA members braved the morning precipitation and traveled to Crystal Falls for our first Play Away Day of the 2022 season.  The group enjoyed a great lunch at the Crystal Falls grill, teamed up to play 9 holes and reconvened for some after-play liquid refreshment. Another Play Away Day at Crystal Falls is scheduled for June 29. Plans are in the works for a couple of overnight trips including one at Lake Lanier this Fall.

While Memorial Day was not an official play day for the group several members participated in the Big Canoe Memorial Day Golf Tournament over the holiday weekend. Kudos to Laura Smith and her spouse for achieving a 4th place victory. Additionally, members Colleen Adams, Cindy Metzler and Heidi McClain paired with their partners to finish in the top 20.

June 6th was play day #6 and thirty members participated in a Shamble. The first-place prize was shared by the following winners: Lura Wright, Mary Yolinsky, Marilyn Green, and Jana McCann.

The following June Play Day winners will be posted in the August Smoke Signals issue.

June 13 – Play Day #7 – O.N.E.S.

June 20 & 27 – the ever-popular 2022 Ringer Tournament.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the “funnest” ladies golf group at Big Canoe. There are a total of 17 Monday Play Days this year, two Scrambles with the Learning Ladies coming up, one scramble with the Bent Tree 9’s on July 21, a Member-Member tournament on August 15, two more Nine, Sip & Snack Partee’s, a Sadie Hawkins Tournament, the BCWGA Charity Event on October 6, and the BCWGA championship on October 10.

The BCWGA is a golfing organization with a 40+ year history. The group is open to any woman, aged 21 and over, who is either a property owner or a golf amenity member in good standing at Big Canoe. Members are afforded the opportunity to play nine or eighteen holes of golf in a relaxed atmosphere while having fun and simultaneously working to improve their skill set and handicap. The establishment of a USGA handicap is required of all members.

Activities and events are designed to promote a better understanding of the rules of golf and to improve pace of play. Members work together to boost confidence on the course and encourage socialization with other women of similar skills. Integrity, respect for each other as well as the game of golf, and a firm sense of fellowship are key principles of the BCWGA.

We also would like invite anyone interested in taking advantage of the best value to learn how to play golf at Big Canoe by signing up for Learning Ladies lessons with Joan Delk, one of Big Canoe’s professional golf instructors. You can also reach out to Cindy Metzler and TyAnne Schmidt, BCWGA Liaisons to the Learning Ladies.

Ladies of all levels of play are welcome to share the spirit and warmth that exemplifies BCWGA – “Ladies who just want to have fun playing golf.” For up-to-date information, please visit our website regularly,

New members are always welcome, no matter their skill level. The contacts for the group are Carolyn Witt (, BCWGA President, Elise McBryde (, BCWGA Vice President and Christine Flaherty (, BCWGA Treasurer.

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