NCGA Women’s Golf Volunteers of the Year
Hard work pays off, we are certainly proud of and thankful for these amazing ladies.
PWGA – Volunteer of the Year
Helen Lengfeld Award for Outstanding Service by a PWGA Volunteer
Congratulations to Linda Ellis of Sunnyvale WGC, who was nominated by her club and selected by the committee from the pool of candidates for this award based on her dedicated volunteerism at both the club level and the county level as she shares her time, knowledge and love of the game. In the words from her nomination – Linda is a great ambassador for women’s golf and typifies what volunteerism is all about.
What better way to end the year than to honor Joanna Duran as the Volunteer of the Year? Of course, we could have bestowed the honor on Joanna last year, or the year before or even the year before that. Joanna has been involved with women’s golf groups and held various positions including the office of Captain at Tracy Golf Club, Valley Hi Country Club and her present club, Serrano Country Club. She was a WGANC Director for two years followed by serving as a Rules Official from 2007 until the end of 2018 and held the position of Rules Chair for the River Valley Area during the last six years. She served four years on the California Women’s Championship (CWC) board and chaired the CWC tournament at Ojai in 2018. She also served on the committee for California Women’s Amateur Championship which involved two tournaments each year. She was on the Serrano Country Club Board which was a three-year commitment.
Joanna has a hard time saying “no.” This year, she co-chaired the Serrano Invitational as well as the Senior Invitational which was no easy feat with the addition of dealing with COVID-19 restrictions and postponements. Joanna is always upbeat, pleasant to be around and meticulous no matter what her duties (ask anyone who’s worked with her). Joanna’s knowledge of the game and her willingness to help others understand and enjoy the game are greatly appreciated. Her contribution to women’s amateur golf cannot be overlooked. She is a well-deserving recipient of this honor.
NCGA – Outstanding Volunteer
Dana Carrigan was awarded a 2020 NCGA Outstanding Service Award, and we think she was a most deserving recipient. Dana began her volunteer service in 2010 when she joined the Bay Area Course Rating Team. Dana then developed an interest in the Rules of Golf, she has been the Rules Director for the PWGA since 2016. In 2019 Dana became USGA Rules Certified and earned her NCGA Rules Badge. Dana produced some terrific Rules of Golf Videos this spring that helped engage golfers during the Covid-19 lockdown. Dana officiates many events each year and continues to rate courses. Congratulations Dana!
Ryan Gregg presented award to Dana Carrigan