Duran women’s golf league a success despite shortened season


It was a record year for the Duran Women's Golf Association with 59 members signed up to play. Diane Dabbs, left, Marie Sanders, Patricia Ryan, Katie Clay and Duran head golf pro Matt Morrison adhere to social distancing.

Carl Kotala

The coronavirus might have forced the season to end early for the Duran Women’s Golf Association (DWGA), but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a hit.

“We had our most successful year, with the most members (59) the league has ever had,” DWGA committee member Marie Sanders said. “Our members are very active participants in the league. They don’t just join and not play.”

Sanders was one of three committee members in this year’s league. The other two were Sally Soutter and Shel McAnulty. All three women live in Viera.

Golf Carts Unlimited was the league’s sponsor.

“We are thrilled with the growth that our DWGA has seen year after year,” Duran Head PGA Professional Matt Morrison wrote in an email. “It was a shame to see the season cut short due to the virus. However, we are confident that next season will be our biggest and best ever thanks to the generous support of our sponsor and the hard work from our committee members.”

The DWGA season runs from October through April, though many of the golfers continue to play year-round. The league is open to the public and more information is available by calling the pro shop at 321-504-7776.

As Morrison pointed out, Duran offers two other league options for female players on a year-round basis.

There is a nine-hole league on the championship course that runs on Monday afternoons. On Tuesday nights, there is a nine-hole league on the Par 3 course.

One thing is for sure, Duran is always looking to create events for all of its players.

“We are thrilled to continue to be able to grow the game of golf for ladies,” Morrison wrote. “We will continue to roll out new instructional programs and exciting leagues and activities throughout the summer and into next season.”