Swinging away for more than 50 years (and counting).

A lunch buffet was set up in the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course clubhouse (Charles Town)—complete with a bowl of M&Ms on each table. It seemed a curious way to start lunch, but there was a logical explanation. It was the day of the annual M&M Tournament, which stands for Members and Males—the only day when men play golf with the ladies of the Sleepy Hollow Ladies Golf League.

Dr. Marshall Glenn opened Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, the first golf course in the Charles Town/Harpers Ferry area, in 1962. It is still operated by his sons Marshall “Marney” Glenn II and James “Jimmy” Strider Glenn. Only Stonebridge in Martinsburg is older.

The Sleepy Hollow Ladies Golf League was founded in 1964, and has been continuously active since then. The ladies get together each Thursday for games, monthly tournaments, and occasional luncheons. The competition is friendly—an opportunity to get outdoors, get some exercise, and meet with friends. Members come from all walks of life, and you might meet a teacher, a physician, or a hair stylist.

Ages range from 40s to 80s, and all look fit and energetic. Some are new to the game; others have been playing golf for decades. Some were golfers years earlier—until family and job obligations competed for their time—and returned to golf after retirement.

Barbara Hedman is the newest member, and a beginning player. This is also Sarah Marino’s first year with the League, but she has come back to golf after a long hiatus. “I hadn’t played for twenty-five years, and I ran into a friend at the gym who suggested I try it, so I started back.”

Donna Lacey, 67, said that she started playing at 43, took ten years off, and started again. “Now I play every week. I go out and whack it around—though I don’t know if that’s called playing!” Similarly, Suzanne Bucci hadn’t played in about ten years, but she’s been back for two years and enjoying the fellowship of the League. “I didn’t know anyone, but this is a wonderful group of women and they made me welcome.”

Peggy Sowers started playing after she retired, as did Marneerat Vongxaiburana, who’s been playing since 2003. Maggie Whitehair, at 81, says that she has “only” been playing for 11 years, which she says is “like a baby” in experience compared to some other League members. Asked what inspired her to take up golf at that age, she replied, “I had a boyfriend who golfed.”

Senior-most member is Dot Sager, at 82, who just “took up golf” some 15 years ago. She explained that she had a good friend who played. “My friend’s husband passed away, and I took up golf to keep her company. I had never played before. I played and loved it.”

League president Lynne Wiseman grew up near a golf course, but she didn’t play until about eight years ago. She encourages everyone to come out and try golfing. The League welcomes new members of all ages and levels of experience. (It’s never too late to start.)

For more information, contact Lynne Wiseman at 304-676-2725 or lewiseman@aol.com, as well as Margaret Lutman at 304-839-2077 or 4lutman@comcast.net.

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