The Clear Lake Ladies Golf Club celebrated its 75th year on August 31, 2022. The group recognized its diamond anniversary with a luncheon at the NINE Restaurant at the Clear Lake Golf Course.
The Wasagaming Ladies Golf Club was first formed in 1947 thanks to the vision of Helen Hickling, a practicing Winnipeg lawyer and Clear Lake cottage owner, who decided to compete in the Manitoba Championships tournament in Winnipeg. Helen approached the first superintendent of Riding Mountain National Park, Mr. Hislop, to ask for permission to join the Manitoba Ladies Golf Association so that she could compete in the tournament. Permission was granted, Helen competed and subsequently became the first president of the club.
At the 1995 spring meeting, The Wasagaming Ladies Club changed its name to the Clear Lake Ladies Golf Club. The late 90s also saw the formation of the Fall Classic Tournament which had a very successful run for many years thanks to the efforts of several dedicated members. The membership currently sits at thirty-five players and one associate member. The Club has active members in their nineties continuing to enjoy coming out to play. Once a week, members take turns hosting a “social” at their cottage after a scheduled weekly game and for many members, this is a definite perk of belonging to the club.
Competitive golfers within the club included Muriel Clark, Geri Ferris, Betty Hall, Helen Hickling, The Lawrence sisters ( Donna, Heather and Marion), Donna Lawson, Joan Kullberg, Lynn MacDonald, Bea Matheson, Ann McDiarmid, Mabel Mitchell, and Marg Patrick. Notable junior members, Stacey Bieber and Kaitlin Troop, made their mark with impressive tournament play in Manitoba, Canada and the US.
The Clear Lake Ladies Club is proud to celebrate seventy-five years of memorable moments celebrating golf, women and good times that have defined the club’s past and will shape its future.