Women’s Golf Club Holds Fundraiser

Denise Gasti -- The Alameda Women’s Golf Club held a charity the “Norma Arnerich and Jack Clark tournament,” Thursday, July 28. Arnerich, right, founded AJGA in 1991. Jack Clark, left, was an honorary Alameda Women’s Golf Club member for his support.

Women’s Golf Club Holds Fundraiser

The Alameda Women’s Golf Club sponsored a fundraiser for the Alameda Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Thursday, July 28. The “Norma Arnerich and Jack Clark tournament” was renamed this year to add and honor Norma Arnerich, who founded the Alameda program for youth to be able to learn and play affordable golf. The tournament formerly called “The Jack Clark Memorial Tournament” honored Jack Clark, a well-known golf and sports supporter in the Bay area. Norma passed in 2018, but many of her family members attended the fundraiser.

The tournament made more than $15,000 with 136 players representing service clubs and men and women’s golf clubs in the area. Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland was the venue for golf and an awards luncheon. The AJGA would like to thank the many generous businesses, donors and players.

AJGA teaches young men and women the rules and etiquette of golf, accurate score keeping, course care and the joy of playing a sport that can last a lifetime. AJGA is a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation founded by Arnerich in 1991. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the city’s golf commission in 1978. The teaching range at Corica Park was dedicated to Norma in 1997. She was awarded the Helen Langfield Award in 2010 by the Pacific Women’s Golf Association (PWGA).

Clark was a sports editor in the area for more than 62 years. He worked for many years for the Alameda Times Star. When he was not writing, he worked tirelessly to promote golf and sports for all ages. He was made an honorary member of the Alameda Women’s Golf Club in 1989 for his support and dedication.

AJGA is looking for individuals and volunteers to lead this youth program into the next 30 years. Contact AJGA at www.alamedajuniorgolf.memberplanet.com.