Perry Golf and Country Club will celebrate its 100-year birthday
By Stephanie Ivankovich
A century ago a hobby for locals included golfing at Perry Golf and Country Club.
One hundred years later the locals still golf at Perry Golf and Country Club.
To celebrate its 100-year-old birthday, Perry Golf and Country Club will hold several events next week.
Denise Niebuhr, bookkeeper with Perry Golf and Country Club, said events for its members will kick off at noon on July 7 with a luncheon. This event is for current members, guests and past members.
On July 8 there will be a couples golf tournament and dining for members and guests.
On July 9 a family picnic and kids’ day with pool events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is for members and past members.
That night a cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A group photo opportunity will be held at 6:30 p.m. and dinner with a program will start at 7 p.m. This event is for current members, guest and past members.
On July 10 the Memorial Golf Tournament will be held and open to anyone that wants to play. The tournament will honor Lois Worrell and Ron Reitz, two long time past members of the club that are both deceased. Dr. Randy McCaulley, a member of the country club and city council member, said that Worrell was a life-long member of the Perry Golf and Country Club.
“She greatly enjoyed playing golf, rummy, and bridge with her friends,” McCaulley said. “And she was very supportive of the club and any efforts to make improvements to the course, clubhouse, or swimming pool. She loved her family and friends. And if you called her to play golf or cards, the answer was almost always ‘yes’.” She stayed very active in later years, continuing to play golf and traveling to places such as Australia, he added.
Reitz was also a long-time member of the Perry Golf and Country Club and he served on the board of directors for many years and was continually looking for ways to make improvements to the course and club. “He was a dear friend to many people, including the late Dean Witmer and the late Pete Lester, among many others,” he said. “He took several golf trips to the south during the winter months with his golfing buddies. Staying true to his volunteer work on the course, Ron died in a tragic accident on the golf course as he was doing repair work on a flag pole.”
To sign up for a tee time for the Memorial Golf Tournament call the Clubhouse at 515-465-3852.