The Oak Tree Country Club Women’s Golf Club held its annual awards luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 3, to recognize its major award winners and significant achievements of 2016, as well as install its 2017 board of directors.

The meeting began with outgoing president Linda Cross welcoming four of the club's honorary members to the luncheon: charter member Donna Grier, Joyce Deegan, Gretchen Turner and Lynette Spencer.

Handicap chair Kristi Thomas announced the winners of the most coveted yearly awards, Most Improved Player.

Nine-hole most improved went to Caron Castner, while Meg Prior was awarded the 18-hole honor.

Prior earned her award despite missing the last three months of the season while stationed in Afghanistan as a civilian on special assignment from the Pentagon, filming our troops. This was her first public outing since returning home just before Thanksgiving.

Monetary awards were handed out for winners of the Ringers, the Wednesday playdays and the Friday playdays. Additional special awards for the playdays were then presented.

For the nine-holers: Low Gross/Year, Caron Castner; Low Net/Year, Susan Tuttle, and Low Putts/Year and Average Putts/Year, Marie Scammon.

For the 18-holers: Low Gross/Year, Linda Cross; Low Net/Year, Diane Griffin, and Low Putts/Year and Average Putts/Year, Karen Dixon.

Also recognized were the major tournament award winners, who received their monetary certificates. Club champion and senior club champion was Linda Cross, President’s Cup winner was Bridget McGowan, and Vice President’s Cup winner was Anita Gifford.

New board members were Dede Potvin, president-first vice president; Joy Webber, second vice president; Kathy Chapman, secretary; Lee Kapka, treasurer; Karen Dixon, handicap chair, and Eva Lance, WSCGA rep.

This year, for the first time, club members also made a large donation of toys and gifts to families in need in Bear Valley Springs. Donations were given to BVS Police Department volunteers who have been collecting items for these families.

Sports Writer, Tehachapi News