Callaghan in top form to win Division One

A forecast of 30C with little to no breeze over the first nine holes made for some discomfort; however the conditions were far better for the remainder of the 18 hole stableford event. Our appreciation to the Bay View Hotel and Car Bath for their generosity in supplying sponsorship on the day. Val Callaghan was in great form to win Div I playing precisely to her handicap carding 36 stableford points. An excellent result! Raelene ‘Raz’ Foubister was runner-up on 35 stableford points and is striking the ball well. Not being one to compete in the summer golf competition, Raz is really getting her stroke making to a very consistent level. Division II was a close affair with Helma Bambridge taking the honours scoring 31 stableford points on a countback from Glenda Clayton also on 31 points. Bambridge was composed throughout the game in most facets of golfing skills.

Golfers to score a ball in the rundown included Glenda Davies 35 stableford points, Beverley Shiell 34, Maree Farr 33, Leonie Kellaway 32, Colleen Howell 30 on a countback from Gelske Rogers. Bad luck, Gelske. So near to a ‘new’ ball yet so far. The McLeod Motor Company nearest the pin award on the seventh for the two closest drives saw Leonie Kellaway and Jean Brown accept the prizes. On the 18th hole three were two exceptional (second shots) that of Margaret Herbert who was just .77 cms form the flag and Maree Farr .87 cms away. Only one birdie was scored on the day that of Leonie Kellaway. Well done. Whilst on the 15th hole away Audrey Discombe and Margaret Lewis were about 20 feet from the flag - Discombe chipped straight into the hole then not to be outdone Lewis does likewise as if it was to be expected. Guess what? I chipped (or rather putted) and mine fell a few inches short - I guess they’re the breaks! 

The two lucky recipients of the ball raffle were Margaret Lewis and Jacqui Kerr. With such good scores on the day our ladies scratch rating was 74. To the men who give their time to assist our house manager Jerry Zukowski on a roster basis ‘man’ the golf shop, a thank you from all club members. The income generated through volunteers is immeasurable and golf fees can be kept to a minimum. Help is always required in many areas of our club. One has to wonder what has brought about the thousands of small black ants thriving on our tee blocks at the moment. Although minute in size they certainly latch on to one’s legs. Golfing ladies were treated to near perfect weather for the programmed nine hole strike event on Tuesday, with the scratch rating 36.5. There was little to no breeze to speak of and the temperature was a glorious 25C. The overall winner was captain Glenda Davies who simply creamed the course coming in with a classy nett 32. An excellent result indeed. Beverley Shiell wasn’t far off the pace with another first class score of nett 33. Other ladies to win a ball were Maree Farr nett 38 on a countback from Jean Brown and Gelske Rogers. The latter was in great touch to win nearest the pin on the 18th (second shot) being just .23 cms from the hole. Glenda Davies was also lucky to win the ball courtesy of the ‘draw’. Like the saying goes, ‘when you’re hot, you’re hot’! The semi final of the match play event saw Marge Nicholls just edge out Michelle Hart with the 19th hole being the decider. In the other pairing Val Callaghan pulled out all stops to defeat Audrey Discombe. Callaghan either parred or birdied the holes in an excellent display of golf. Neither Hart nor Discombe should feel disheartened for they also performed well on the day. The final match should be a beauty - between Callaghan and Nicholls.

Player profile: Glenda Davies

Birth place: England. Years playing golf: 12. Favourite AFL team: Adelaide Crows. Favourite AFL player: They’re (Crows) all great. Favourite food: All food. Favourite music: 60’s. Favourite TV programme: Mrs Brown’s Boys. Favourite pastime: Golf and watching my grandson play sport. Morning or evening person: Morning. Best advice ever given: Keep your head down. Best three inventions: The pill, antibiotics, television. If possible, three things you would change in the world: No drugs, no wars, peace worldwide. Dislikes: Irritating people, idiots on the road, snakes. 

Although Davies has only played golf for 12 years, she has reached a high standard. One could see from day one that her desire to success was strong and she left no stone unturned to do so. Coaching was sought and her willingness to ‘be told’ was a huge factor in her progression. Having served on the match committee as vice captain for two years, Glenda is now ladies captain this (2017) being her second year in the role. Travelling to other golf venues to participate in tournaments is high on her priority list not just for the sport but social interaction. After a very successful summer season, I’m quite sure this winter season will spring no surprises.