“Go Red. “
These chants were heard throughout The Oaks Golf Club clubhouse as the players arrived for the first day of the 2017 Katte’s Ladies Cup three-day tournament fashioned after the Ryder Cup format Friday morning.
Two teams of 12 women, Red vs. Blue, will square off during the weekend in hopes of winning the Katte Cup and some bragging rights.
On the first day of competition, the teams competed in alternating shot followed on the second day with the best ball format. The three-day event will end Sunday with match play.
The Cup is named after the two organizers, Karen Fisher and Charlotte Schaub, who helped bring this tournament to life for fun and also to promote women’s golf in the area.
“Her (Fisher) and I decided we wanted to do a Ryder Cup, per say as they do on television, with the European and the Americans and so I approached her,” Schaub said. “We have a women’s league (at the Oaks) on Monday night which consists of 18 two-women teams, so I told her you pick from that group of women and I play at other courses too so I got a hold of some ladies at Lost Creek and some other ladies I know at Hidden Creek in Bluffton so I composed a team and she composed a team and we decided to keep it as close to the Ryder Cup format as we can.”
The concept for the tournament began last year when the two women watched the men from the Wapakoneta Country Club play its own version of a Ryder Cup against Lima area linksters.
“We had tried to get this going the year before with the Wapakoneta Country Club but they did not have enough players,” Fisher said. “But when Charlotte approached me this year I said ‘Oh yea, of course.’ We got the ball rolling and most of the ladies we asked said yes right away. A few couldn’t do it but wanted to. We are very fortunate to have a very fun group of people we all golf with.”
With an enthusiastic response from area Lima golfers, the teams were formed into two 12-member squads and soon a new tournament and a fun rivalry was born.
“Everybody was excited to do it,”Schaub said. “We have a lot of trash talking that has been going on the last couple of weeks.”
Even before teeing off, the rivalry began to heat up regarding who was going to be the blue team and who was going to don the red colors.
“We started talking about how we can name the teams … and I said we can do red and blue and both of us at the same time said, ‘I want to be blue.’ So she (Fisher) said my favorite color is blue and I said my favorite color is blue so I said alright we are going to flip a coin.”
Fisher won the toss with a compromise. Fisher’s squad got to wear blue Friday and again Sunday with Schaub’s team wearing blue today. Schaub also joked that neither team had a wardrobe that had three blue or three red shirts.
“Some ladies even had to go shopping,” Schaub added.
Schaub is hoping this can inject some life into the women’s golf community in the area and they want to continue this tournament as an annual event. She remarked how the Lima City Tournament traditionally attracted more than 30 golfers to the event but in recent years the numbers have declined.
“Women’s golf is not really a strong thing in the area so hopefully this might bring a little more people into it,” Schaub said. “Plus we all like to have fun and a lot like the competitiveness of playing.”
Schaub added that she hopes the event will attract younger linksters to play not only in this event but the other events in the area.
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