The Chewelah 18-Hole Lady Golfers regularly recognize member’s achievements, but an especially notable event took place during the June Ace of Aces contest.
The winner of the lowest net round was Maggie Owens, the senior member of the group at 86 years of age.
On Wednesday, June 29, Owens was tied for the lead after 18 holes with a low net of 68. She clinched the win with a birdie on the first hole of the tie-breaker, thus naming her Ace of Aces for June. Owens credits her approach shots and putting as the parts of her game that allow her to be so successful. She said, “The pitch and run is my favorite part, and my drives are still good.”
Owens began playing golf in the Philippines in 1962, over 50 years ago. When she came back to the states she joined the Hangman Valley ladies club and was active in SAWGA, the Spokane Area Women’s Golf Association. She played every Thursday while working as a full time registered nurse at Sacred Heart in Spokane.
Later she regularly golfed 9 holes at Downriver Golf Course before retiring and becoming a “full-timer” at the RV park in Chewelah. Currently residing in downtown Chewelah, Owens has been a member of the Chewelah 18-hole Lady Golfers for over twenty years.
Owens claims good genes and her background allow her to play the game in her 9th decade of life. Born near Chewelah, Owens says, “We lived out, so had to walk to school, and we ate healthy too.”
Several times she faced challenges that kept her off the course, but only temporarily. “I had knee surgery, and last year I fell and broke both arms and got a concussion.” Maggie says she’s just thankful for her recovery, and happy to be able to continue to play.
And play she will, as she joins the other monthly winners of the Ace of Aces on September 7, for the final competition of the season. Owens’ handicap has gone up over the years, but her spirit and obvious love of the game remain as steady as her putter as her golf ball falls into the cup.
-Submitted by Chewelah 18 Hole Lady Golfers