More than anything she loved to play golf and bring friends to Prairie Dunes. As the sometimes self-appointed greeter for generations of people coming through the doors of her beloved golf course, Pat beamed with pride. She was never short on her opinions. One of her proudest achievements in golf came when she won the Jeanine Washburn trophy in 2003 and 2009. It had been her idea to celebrate her friend, Jeanine, by creating a trophy for the Senior woman who played the best in the annual City Tournament.
|Trudy, Pat, Letty, Doris, Manon, LeeAnn, Pat Lemmon 2003|
Putting was her favorite part of playing golf, and she secretly carried on conversations with the original designer of Prairie Dunes, Perry Maxwell, about the dastardly breaks and nuances of the greens. When her golf ball rolled in the hole you could see her blue eyes sparkle in delight. However, her golf ball sometimes went sideways instead of straight ahead, causing much laughter by those of us in her group. One time she hit the ball on the heel of the club causing the ball to eject behind her on the left side. In a heartbeat Trudy and I leaped skywards avoiding a sharp blow from the golf ball. As we stood stunned Pat merely looked at us and asked, “Why were you standing there?” Why explain that we thought standing behind someone and a few yards up was generally a safe place to be! After stunned silence there was laughter, and with Lemmon Drop you could count on her high pitch laughter.
|Ike, Pat Lemmon, Sonja. Book Club dinner|
At book club she regularly had a point to make. When we heard her words, "Now I have something to say." We all turned. She waited until the room was silent, then with her strict teacher/principal look she’d hold the book up for us to see and state her mind. We might have disputed her opinion from time to time, but we remained focused on her when she spoke. Madam President knew how to control the situation.