The no-nonsense outta-my-way Stamford Women’s Golf Association (SWGA) 18-Holers ruled the Sterling Farms roost, each Tuesday morning this past season, and unleashed their boundlessly refined grace, and power, upon the task of unraveling the ingenious set-ups devised by golf course superintendent Mike Golden, in his efforts to protect the sanctity of par from those wishing to snatch, save, and/or even downright steal away even one single stroke from his clutches!
While all 18-Holers are forever young, there’s another quality they all equally share: a burning desire to get the ball into the hole, and now! Don’t mess with the 18-Holers, because they mean business!
The standard-bearers of this prestigious, yet welcoming, league of women golfers is its leader: two-time Stamford Town Amateur Golf Champion, Jeanette Chagaris, as well as a bevy of other past Stamford City Amateur Champions, and or similarly decorated devotees.
“There are many benefits to playing in the SWGA,” Jeanette recently explained.
“I think the biggest benefit is getting to meet so many great ladies who share a love of golf. I’ve made so many of my best friends through golf,” the great champion continued, adding “Other benefits include weekly competitions, blocked off tee times every week (Tuesday at Sterling Farms, and Thursday at Hubbard Heights), handicap maintenance, and social events like our opening breakfast, closing luncheon and/or dinner.”
The SWGA’s 18-Holers comprise a field of women golfers as diverse and varied as they are determined.
There is little doubt in my mind that all love to play the game, and play it well these SWGA 18-Holers indeed do.
They heed the rules, putt out their golf ball, and set-up events so those with higher handicaps have a crack at victory, which is often the case. This makes for a level playing field for all Stamford women golfers who want to compete, and play, in the league’s twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) 18 hole events.
And, starting in 2021, the SWGA will have their own automated scoring system, thanks to Sterling Farms golfer, Stamford town resident, and mathematics PhD computer scientist/genius Mike Thornton—a former collegiate star golfer in his home country of England, who just happens to know how to make a golf association’s member’s shine.
Much like the USGA’s Golf Genius, which was adopted by the Sterling Farms Men’s Club this season, Mister Thornton’s leaderboard.systems is a simple, and enjoyable, means of automating the management of events, posting of scores, and offers players something of a dashboard they can enjoy using. (I’ve used it for three years myself, at the Griff Men’s Club, and find it get me out and onto the course, wanting to play, because suddenly… my game… mattered.)
“Lots of good feedback,” Jeanette said of the new SWGA member leaderboard.system benefit she, and the SWGA’s board, are rolling out in 2021. “I’m excited to use it for a full season to be able to use all of its benefits.”
If there is one thing I can say about the SWGA adoption of a new web-based tournament management system like leaderboard.systems, is that it ought to make reporting on the SWGA’s 9- and 18-HOLER golf action much easier, and hopefully improved, in 2021! The SWGA members were courageous, heroic, and brave fighters during Covid-19-impacted 2020 season which found the ranks somewhat thinned as a result. Better days ahead!
The gallery above consists of the last photos I was able to take during the 18-Holers’ 2020 season. Thanks to all of you who lent me a smile during your year.
From the desk of Paul grillo, executive director, Stamford Golf Authority
Welcome to Sterling Farms Golfer. Over the past five decades, Sterling Farms has evolved into one of the premiere golf destinations anywhere in the region. We continually strive to maintain, if not exceed, that distinction, and know we owe it all to our Stamford families, friends and neighbors, as well as our patrons like you. Now is the best time of the year to play our spectacular 18 hole championship golf course. Our Golf Course Superintendent, Mike Golden, and his whole team, are leaders in the world of greenkeeping, and we are very proud of the quality of their hard work. I think you'll find our putting greens, fairways, tees, roughs—and every landscape feature here—reflects their devotion and hard work. It is spectacular. Sterling Farms is home to the area's top driving range facility. You won't find a better value, or level of quality, anywhere! We take great pride and joy serving you, and our local community. On behalf of all of us here at Sterling Farms, welcome and thank you!