2024 Niblick Tournament

For over two decades, the Colorado Golf Association has hosted the CGA Niblick tournament for women golfers with handicaps between 18 and 36. 

Format: 4-Ball Stroke Play – Two competitors play as partners, each playing her own ball. The lower of the partner’s scores is the team score for the hole. Teams are pre-flighted according to combined Playing Handicap with approximately 8 teams per flight. An Overall Low Net Team will be crowned.

The 2024 edition Niblick Tournament was hosted at Homestead Golf Course on Wednesday, June 19th. It was a cold and breezy one, but the women expressed they had a blast! The tournament’s Overall Low Net Honors Champions with a net 7-under-par 58 are Patricia Graham of South Suburban LGA-18 and Sarah Patterson of Littleton LGC Women’s 18. Jenny Elliott of Foothills LGA-18 and Nanette Neelan of Fox Hollow LGA-18 excelled in the first flight, scoring an impressive 5-under-par net 60, which included eight net birdies and a spectacular hole-in-one by Jenny Elliott on hole 8.

Jenny Elliot with her Hole-In-One ball

The first flight low net champions were Wendy Davis + Linda Utard, 64. In the second flight, the 1st place low net score goes to Kris VanBladeren and Rochelle Tisdale with a score of 79. Amy Wesoloskie + Priscilla Nuwash of CommonGround GC won the third flight with a low net score of 3-under-par 62. Melissa Tondi + Marianne Kleve of Homestead GC won the fourth flight with a low net score of 4-under-par 61. Laura Laux + Margi Schmick of Legacy Ridge and Homestead won the fifth flight with a low net score of 2-under-par 63. Barbara Brookshier + Karen Hamilton of Lake Arbor and Homestead won the sixth flight with a low low net score of 1-under-par 64.

Additionally, Melissa Tondi from Homestead GC LGA Associate Club made an eagle on hole 5. This remarkable achievement marked her first-ever eagle. Tondi hit a solid drive to 60 yards from the hole and then holed out her second shot with a 58-degree wedge. Her four-ball partners witnessed the exciting moment as the ball disappeared into the hole.

Melissa Tondi after her eagle on hole 5.

Jenny Elliott and Nanette Neelan in the first flight, along with Patricia Graham and Sarah Patterson in the second flight, posted the tournament’s lowest four-ball low gross scores of 74.

Second flight low gross champions: Paulette Dalpes + Sue Reily of City Park, 77.

Third flight low gross champions: Jeanette Paone + Susie Bucholz of Overland Park WGC, 79.

Fourth flight low gross champions: Terri Nelson of Blackstone/Black Bear LGA Sally Garrett of Homestead Weekend Women, 79.

Fifth flight low gross champions: Lucille Moreno-Peacock of Overland Park WGC and Lourdes Swanson of Homestead WGA-18, 80.

Sixth flight low gross champions: Dee Martinez + Lori Cowan of West Woods WGA 18, 83.

There were two closest to the hole winners. Closest to the hole on hole #6 was Marcia Hall. Closest to the hole on hole #17 was Terri Knight.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the annual tournament, featuring 59 twosomes. All participants have handicaps between 18 and 36.

Bonus note: A “niblick” was one of golf’s earliest wedges, used for short approach and bunker shots. Fortunately, today’s equipment has greatly improved!

To see results from the day, CLICK HERE.

To view photos from the day, CLICK HERE.