GJGA Women

Players representing Berkley Hills Golf Club, Ebensburg Country Club, Oakbrook Golf Club, Somerset Country Club, Sunnehanna Country Club and Windber Country Club gather during a Greater Johnstown Golf Association women’s event at Windber Country Club in Salix on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Johnstown resident Pam Moot had hoped for a large turnout during a women’s golf event hosted by Windber Country Club on June 22.

Moot and others in a group hoping to reestablish the Ladies of the Greater Johnstown Golf Association were ecstatic when 42 players participated at the Salix course.

The strong showing provided momentum and generated enthusiasm as the Ladies of the Greater Johnstown Golf Association prepare for two more events on July 13 at Sunnehanna Country Club and Aug. 10 at Somerset Country Club.

“We are trying to promote women’s golf in this area and bring back competitive golf,” said Moot, who is a Windber Country Club representative for the women’s players in the GJGA. “We had 42 players in the Windber Country Club tournament. For 42 women to show up, it’s a big deal. It was just a great, great day.”

Represented at the June 22 event were teams from Berkley Hills Golf Club, Ebensburg Country Club, Oakbrook Golf Club, Somerset Country Club, Sunnehanna Country Club and Windber Country Club.

“We play for our respective clubs,” Moot said. “This is to bring competitive golf for women in the area. We want to be able to interact with other people, see different skill levels.”

Moot said cumulative scores from each of the three events held over three months will be compiled to determine a winner.

“The championship trophy will go to the low gross team – the three low-gross scores of the three tournaments,” she said. “Anyone who belongs to the respective club can participate in the tournament. There are players who are not members of the Greater Johnstown Golf Association.”

Moot said women’s golf has been a part of the region for decades. The Ladies of Greater Johnstown Golf Association hope to bring the women’s game to prominence in an area that hosts one of the best amateur events in the country, the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions.

Moot listed representatives from the six participating clubs: Berkley Hills Golf Club (Rene Fetchkan, Julia Nesbitt); Ebensburg Country Club (Joelle Sweeney); Oakbrook Golf Club (Pat Barrett); Somerset Country Club (Teryll Gribble); Sunnehanna Country Club (Vicki Price); and Windber Country Club (Moot).

“Anything to try and expand the game of golf is good for the area,” said John Yerger, co-chairman of the annual Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions. “Anything that’s done to try to get people playing competitive golf is a good thing.

“If they had 42 women play (on June 22), that’s fantastic. 

“That’s phenomenal.”

Mike Mastovich is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5083. Follow him on Twitter @Masty81.