It was a perfect golf day. A day which would inspire a poet. Warm sunshine shone on trees just considering when their leaves would turn. There was a quiet breeze, the temperature in the low 70s.
It was day number one of the final event of the 2016 Michigan Women’s Golf Association, ‘Eraser At Thoroughbred’ held at the Arthur Hills designed Thoroughbred Golf Course at the Double JJ Resort. Over seventy women competed on this championship course, celebrating their love for and devotion to the sport.
The Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA), was established in 1986 to help promote the game of golf and to provide education and information for all levels of female amateur players in our state.
A veteran golfer of about twenty years and a member of MWGA, Melissa Middleton had played a practice round the day before, her first time on the Thoroughbred.
“My initial impression of the course is that it is beautiful. The tree-lined fairways are gorgeous. I imagine this course in the fall is a sight to behold.”
Since it was a ‘shotgun start’, foursomes began at different holes on the course. Melissa was part of the group teeing off at the 17th hole. She addressed the ball and took her swing resulting in a hole-in-one; her first shot of the day on the first day of the tournament. Also, her first hole-in-one.
“When I first saw the ball go into the hole, I was in shock. I was thinking – ‘Did that really go in? Really?’ The girls behind me were screaming, but it took me a minute to join them because I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I just got a hole-in-one.”
At a luncheon concluding the tournament, the Double JJ Resort presented Melissa a Thoroughbred golf shirt, along with a $50 pro shop gift card. The resort also recognized MWGA founder Sara Wold’s achievement with a hat, personally autographed by golfing legend, Sammy Snead.
“The staff at the Thoroughbred course was incredibly kind and helpful. Everyone was cordial, enthusiastic, and truly seemed to enjoy their jobs and having our group play their course”, commented Middleton.
The Double JJ Resort is proud to have hosted the Michigan Women’s Golf Association’s event, and especially pleased that Melissa Middleton secured her first ever hole-in-one at the championship Thoroughbred Golf Course.