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2017 New Members


Liz and her husband, Mark, moved to Bella Vista on March 17, 2017 and joined the WGC the next day on March 18!  We like your enthusiasm Liz! 

Liz is an Iowa girl having lived in Marshalltown, Clarinda and Ames. She started playing golf at age 18 and is still waiting for her first hole in one.  Liz enjoys her three children and four grandchildren. 

She is a former teacher and her hobbies include reading, walking, playing cards, knitting and quilting.


Stephanie moved to the NWA area in 1983 and is currently living in Bentonville with her husband, Doug.  She moved from Tulsa but grew up in Fayetteville.   She has also lived in Missouri and Eureka Springs. 

She joined WGC this year after retiring as a teacher and coach.  She now has time to pursue her hobbies of running, golf and yardwork.  She started playing golf at young age of 49 but is still waiting for that illusive hole-in-one. 
She has four children and seven grandkids. 

She feels privileged to be part of our group! 


In 2005, Rose moved from Allen, Texas with her husband, Owen and starting playing golf in 2006.  Rose especially enjoys Berksdale and her all time favorite course is Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. 

Rose grew up in Jamaica and has lived in New York and Texas.  Rose and Owen have two children and two grandchildren.  Her hobbies are golfing, walking and gardening. 


Susan and husband, John moved to Bella Vista in 2011 from Loves Park, IL which is Northwest of Chicago.  Susan recently retired.  Her former jobs included Project Manager for IBM and Toshiba where her teams wrote software for Retail Store Systems. 

Susan started playing golf at age 16 for a few years, took a 35 year break and started up again about 5 years ago. No hole in one yet. She has lived in Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Naperville, IL.

Susan enjoys walking the trails in BV, gardening, painting and quilting.  She has one son and no grandchildren on the horizon.

Susan is on the Bella Vista Golf Advisory Committee and she would love to talk with you about any ideas to improve our golf experience.  Also, her husband is on the Bella Vista Board of Directors.   



Laurie lived in BV from 2001 to 2006. Went back to Minnesota when her mom had stroke. Moved back in 2014.  She has been married to Ken for 47 years.  Laurie started playing golf 30 years ago and had a hole in one on Scotsdale #15 in 2015.

She was born in Sibly, IA and moved to Paynesville, MN when she was ten.  Besides IA & MN, she lived in AZ, MO, IL, OK, PA & TX.

She has two sons. Jason is a warrant officer in the Army and flies fixed wing planes. Eric is a chef.  She has two granddaughters and two grandsons. 

Laurie spent 20 years working with special needs adults and then worked for 12 years for Holiday Retirement Corp. She also has worked in day care and managed apartment buildings.  Many of you will recognize Laurie because she is works 3 days a week at Branchwood Recreation Center.


Judy moved to Bella Vista in 2016 with her husband, Mike from Kansas.  She started playing golf when she was 22.  Prior to her arrival, she had already made a hole-in-one.  Her preferred BV course is Highlands and her favorite course ever is Mahogany Bay in St Thomas.  Judy worked in the insurance business, on the family farm and was a bookkeeper and operator for a bowling alley.

Judy has two sons, 10 grandchildren and 2 pets.  She wants us to know that she is very kind and likes to have fun! 


Ardell and her husband, Curt moved to Bella Vista in 1999. All her BVWGC friends are delighted that she decided to join our group this year.  The Highlands is Ardell’s favorite BV course and Teeth of the Dog in La Romana, Dominican Republic wins as her favorite course ever played!  She started playing golf in her 20’s but is still waiting for that allusive hole in one.

Prior to moving to Bella Vista, Ardell lived in Richardson, TX.  She was born in Iowa and also lived in Illinois.

Ardell had two sons, one is still living with twin boys, age 7 in Texas.  A fun fact about Ardell, she used to be involved with Canine Companions.



Gail moved to the area in January of 2016.  She hopes to become a Bella Vista resident this year.  Prior to moving to Arkansas, she lived in Tehachapi, CA.  She grew up in Fremont, NE and has lived in KS, OK and FL.

Gail started playing golf at age 19 and has had a hole in one.  Her favorite course that she ever played is Oak Quarry, Riverside, CA.

She has two standard poodles.  Golf, quilting, stained glass, walking/hiking and birding occupy Gail’s time when she is not working at Metfield.  Her former jobs include being an educator, in real estate, and a business owner.                                                        

Give Gail a call her if you want to play a round!


Lisa and her significant other, Bud Kennedy moved to Bella Vista in December, 2016.  It was Bud that introduced Lisa to the game of golf and she’s been hooked ever since.

Lisa moved here from Bartlesville, OK. She grew up 2 hours southeast of here in Waldron, AR.  She has also lived in Fort Smith, AR and  Colorado Springs, CO.

Lisa has 2 daughters and Bud has a son and daughter.  She has one beautiful 19 month granddaughter Emma with another on the way.
Bud also has an amazing granddaughter, Kaylee.

Her favorite time is spent with family and friends doing anything or nothing at all.  She loves to do craft type activities, sewing, quilting, card making (paper crafting). She is a sports enthusiast.  Her favorite was softball (until being introduced to golf). 

Lisa spent 30+ years as an IT professional for Phillips Petroleum, which later became ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, OK.  Bartlesville was wonderful place to work and raise a family!   Lisa is thrilled to be retired and living on Loch Lomond in Bella Vista.  With her daughter in Bentonville and family in Fayetteville, she is excited to be living this next chapter of life!