Personality: Margie R. Booker

Spotlight on chair of Top Lady Clubbers’ 20th Anniversary Banquet

8/23/2018, 6 a.m.
Golf is considered a metaphor for life. It challenges you to be the best you can be as you work ...
Margie Booker

Golf is considered a metaphor for life. It challenges you to be the best you can be as you work daily on your personal skills.

This is how Margie Booker, a member and parliamentarian for the Top Lady Clubbers, approaches the game and her life.

She has been playing golf since she started lessons in summer 1997 with a girlfriend. Her girlfriend dropped out. Ms. Booker continued.

She finds the game “stimulating, exciting, electrifying, exhilarating, gratifying, interesting and enjoyable,” she says. And when an interest group started among African-American women in April 1998, Ms. Booker was a part of it.

She became vice president under the president and founder, the late Marie Moore. Ms. Booker also served as president in 2000.

Want to go?

What: Top Lady Clubbers 20th Anniversary Banquet, a tribute to the club’s late founder, Marie Moore.

When: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, 1700 Lakeside Ave.

Speaker: Lillian L. Lambert, entrepreneur, author and golfer.

Cost: $50.

Additional events: Marie Moore Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament, Sunday, Aug. 26, at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Tickets: $65.

Details: Margie R. Booker, banquet chair, mrasbooker@aol.com

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the 20-member Top Lady Clubbers is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a banquet. Ms. Booker is the volunteer chair. Lillian Lambert, a Richmond-based entrepreneur, author and golfer, is the keynote speaker. The golfers will use the anniversary to pay tribute Ms. Moore, its founder.

The Lady Clubbers also will host the Marie Moore Memorial Member/Guest Golf Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club.

When the group was started, there was no organization in the Richmond area supporting women wanting to learn the game, Ms. Booker says. Through the Top Lady Clubbers, she has enjoyed not only playing golf, but the fun, exercise and relationships she has established with other women golfers.

Her golfing partners call her “Fairway Margie” because she is not the best driver but keeps her ball on the fairway. “I play straight and don’t try to outdo people,” she says. “I keep the ball on the green.”

Her bottom line: The game should be fun, especially for women.

Her advice to new players: “You may not be the best player, but it’s important to play your own game. It is also important to understand, when playing in a tournament, golf is then a team sport and players contribute to the team.”

Meet golf lover and Top Lady Clubbers anniversary banquet chair, this week’s Personality Margie R. Booker:

No. 1 volunteer position: Chair of the Top Lady Clubbers’ 20th Anniversary Banquet.

Occupation: Retired director of grants and contracts accounting and effort reporting at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Date and place of birth: May 16 in Wilson, N.C.

Current home: Henrico County.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, Virginia Union University; MBA, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Family: Daughter, Monica.

Mission of Top Lady Clubbers: To operate a nonprofit association to promote sportsmanship and competition among its members, to sponsor league play and to hold tournaments and other events. Also to cultivate fellowship, promote membership and recruit women age 21 and older who are interested in the game of golf.