2019 Golf League Plans Set

By Susan Thompson

There are several options to participate in golf leagues in 2019 at the two courses owned by the Lake Panorama Association. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA. 

At Panorama West, there is a Tuesday morning women’s league, a Tuesday evening men’s league, and a Thursday morning men’s league. League members must either purchase an annual Panorama West membership, or pay the $16 daily green fee. 

The women’s league is individual play, with weekly prizes and special events. Dues for the year are $30. The kickoff luncheon is Tuesday, April 30, at the LPN conference center. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. The cost is $15. Make reservations with Paula Hansen at hansen@iowatelecom.net or 712-249-0780.

League play begins May 7 with a two-gal best shot at 9 a.m., immediately preceded by a golf clinic presented by Gary Babcock, LPN Head Golf Professional. The first day of regular play will be May 14, with August 27 the last day of regular play. A four-gal best-shot and awards luncheon will be September 3. For more information, contact Emily Spradling, 515-669-9326 or espradling@msn.com.

The Tuesday evening men’s league will begin April 23 and run through August 27. Dues are $20 to cover weekly prizes, plus individual scores are turned in for prizes at the end of the year. Play begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Merryman at 641-751-5957 or jaymerryman1@gmail.com; or Bill Eby at 515-240-7652 or wheby@stineseed.com.

The Thursday morning men’s league will begin April 25and wrap up August 29 with a tournament and awards banquet. Members can tee off beginning at 7 a.m. with play continuing until noon. Dues of $20 covers regular play with weekly cash prizes and individual awards at the end of the season. For more information, contact Virgil Hoehne at 641-757-0962 or 2grandkids@live.com.

While it’s not an official league, there is one more opportunity for competitive golf at Panorama West in 2019. Couples are invited to participate in six “Fore Fun Friday Couples” competitions. 

This two-couple scramble with fun twists and strategies will be held June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 16 and August 30. Play will begin at 5 p.m. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with couples asked to arrive early to learn about that week's event, get hole assignments, and pay the $1 per couple entry fee. Those who aren’t Panorama West annual golf members also will need to pay green fees. 

No preregistration is necessary, but those who need a cart should call the Panorama West pro shop at 641-755- 2250 to reserve. Entry fees are returned as prize money as players gather on the deck after the round. For more information, contact Bill and Karen Eby at 515-480-4633.

At the 18-hole Lake Panorama National, all league players must have an LPN annual membership and an established USGA handicap. The cost of the handicap is $30 plus tax per person per year. With questions about LPN memberships or the USGA handicap, call the LPN pro shop at 641-755-2024.

Men's leagues are on Wednesdays. For the 18-hole noon league, members can play from the white, yellow or red tees. This is individual play, using the Stableford scoring system. Nine-hole, match play leagues begin at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Players in the 3 p.m. league can play from either red or white tees. Everyone plays from the white tees in the 6 p.m. league. Cost of all men’s leagues is $75.

The Men’s Stag on May 1 will kickoff the league season. Members or potential members are invited to attend compliments of the LPN. Cocktails and munchies begin at 5:30 p.m. with a brief program and raffle drawing at 7 p.m. League play begins May 8.

For women, Lake Panorama National offers both a 9-hole and an 18-hole league each Thursday. The 9-hole league uses a two-person, match-play format. It begins with registration at 5 p.m., announcements at 5:15 p.m., and a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. 

The 18-hole league begins at 2:30 p.m., with assigned tee times and individual play using the Stableford point system. The 18-hole league is limited to 24 players, and has a waiting list. To get on the list, contact Kathy DeLucca, 641-757-2844, larryba@netins.net; or Linda Reis, 515-490-1454, linda.reis@gmail.com.

Both women’s leagues gather in The Links after play for weekly food and drink specials, and to recognize special event winners. Annual league dues are $60, which covers the kickoff dinner, post-season party and league prizes. The kickoff dinner May 2 begins at 5:30 p.m. League competition gets underway May 9. 

There is a junior golf league for LPN members at 5 p.m. every Monday beginning June 3 and running through August 5. There is no cost for this league, and all skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Gary Babcock at 641-755-2024 or gbabcock@lakepanorama.org.

Annual membership forms for both LPN and Panorama West, plus LPN golf league forms, are available at lakepanoramanational.com.