STORY AND PHOTOS BY GREG GARDNER
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED BY INDIAN RIVER MAGAZINE
While some stereotypical images of golf make it a
game for the guys spending time away from their
wives, some members of the PGA Country Club
dispel that image by using the game to spend more time
with their spouses.
At the PGA Country Club, the Monday Couples group
has evolved into a social scene that includes golf, dinner,
statewide outings and the annual Turkey Classic Golf tournament.
“I think the most exciting thing about this group is every
Monday,’’ said Ralph Schiavone, who with his wife, Lucille,
created the group. “We play golf and then we come to dinner
and tell stories.’’
The group is open to all members of the club, said Sharon
Farnon, chair of the club’s steering committee. “It’s a comfortable
place to be. Everybody’s welcome. Everyone can get
involved even if they don’t play golf.’’
The members enjoy the socializing and the different outings
held in addition to the Monday get-togethers. “I’m not
a great golfer,” said Bunny Webb. “I joined because I like to
play golf with my husband. I didn’t know anyone here.
These people befriended me. It’s a unique group.”
The retired members include a former Broadway show
manager, tugboat captain, and executives from Ford Motor
Opposite page, Ralph Schiavone putts to No. Eight at PGA Country Club
as his wife, Lucille, and Bunny and Horace Webb stand by. Below, these
Florida sandhill cranes also enjoy family on the golf course. At bottom,
about half of the members of the Monday Couples group pose for a
photo. Before Thanksgiving, the snowbirds will return and the club will
be at full strength.
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