THe Summerfield Women's Golf Club celebrates the beginning of the golf season.

Evelyn Yardley, one of the club's best golfers, said the secret to succeeding in golf is to just keep trying.The Summerfield Women's Golf Club kicked off their annual season last month with a luncheon that included about fifty attendees. Over a meal of chicken, finger sandwiches, salad and wine — rosé was served, perhaps in anticipation of warm summer weather — club members shared stories, laughs and excitement for the season ahead.

That season starts in May and goes through October. This will be the ninth season for resident golf pro Rob Lindsey, who called the club "a good group of people."

"Even though this winter has been much better than the winter previous, it's been long," he said to appreciative chuckles. "I'm sure a lot of you are bored."

Club president Sandy Brewer also have a welcoming speech, which referenced golfer Evelyn Yardley who Brewer said "won everything — and still wins everything."

Yardley's secret? She's been playing golf for 40 years, and said to "just stick with the game, and keep trying."

Yardley said Summerfield's most difficult hole is No. 6. It's also the longest.

Also sitting at Yardley's table was Dottie Alsman, who will turn 99 in May. She took up golf after retiring from a 33-year teaching career, and said she enjoys the sport because it helps her keep active.

Her friend Jean Madrid joined the club five years ago, after moving to Oregon from California. She enjoys golfing — "when I have a good game," that is — and said she appreciates the sport for keeping her in touch with "the social side of life."

ALL PHOTOS BY BLAIR STENVICK - The Summerfield Women's Golf Club held their annual opening luncheon on Thursday, April 5.

Dottie Alsman, right, enjoys lunch with her friends. She will turn 99 this golf season, and is still hitting the links.

President Sandy Brewer of the Summerfield Women's Golf Club addresses the club in their first meeting of the 2018 golf season.

Members of the Summerfield Women's Golf Club look at old club scrapbooks at the annual opening luncheon.

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