Cindy Watts - EWGA Member since 1997, Argyle Cup Creator and Coordinator
The fact of the matter is, I have complete ambivalence, and in some cases disdain, for every sport on the face of the earth except for this one and it consumes me. I find that mystifying. How did that happen?
For starters, my Dad wouldn’t let up. I got an inexplicable set of clubs for Christmas when I was 17 (Nancy Lopez was having record earnings, by the way). This was followed by a series of lessons, lots of range time and a few rounds, but it didn’t really stick. Years later and still adamant, my Dad presented me with an EWGA brochure that he picked up at his muni course. In 1996 I made my debut at league play in Houston after work. Because the friend I was meeting decided to go off early, the course paired me with three perfectly nice lower handicap players. I was horrified and so I did what any of us would have done - I faked an injury on the 6th hole, left the course and did not return for another two years.
I wish someone had told me then what I know now, and that is that no one gives two hoots that you are spraying your ball all over the course as long as you do it quickly and with an easy disposition.
Dad was gone by the time I embraced my passion for golf and I have to believe that he knows that I finally got what he was trying to tell me. The first time I broke 80 I wagged my scorecard to his grave and showed it to his headstone. I have never played a round of golf without thanking my lucky stars and my Dad for introducing me to this maddening yet rewarding game and I know that he is winking at me from above.
I’ve spent my career in the Interior Design industry. Currently I am the Showroom Manager for Robert Allen – Beacon Hill in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. We sell fabric and furniture to Interior Designers.
My favorite format is Match Play, which is why I created The Argyle Cup for our Chapter. This is a season long, match play tournament with a championship bracket and a consolation bracket. The 32 players that signed up have reported enjoying the format and at the end of the season, we will be crowning our Argyle Cup Champion. Now that we have our inaugural year under way and we know there is a big interest in this format, we should be able to field a 64 player bracket next year, so plan on joining in on the fun.