The predicted 20C temperature on Tuesday certainly rang true for the ladies 18-hole pinehurst event with little to no breeze that certainly encourage the pesky flies to be out and about.
Even though Daylight Saving has commenced, the heat could be felt from 10am (ish). Different competitions from the normal format are very enjoyable and create interaction with golfers one may not have played with during the season.
The winners were Jacquie Kerr and partner Diana Slater who recorded a score of nett 77. Well played, ladies!
Next in line was Maree Farr and Glenda Clayton not too far behind on nett 78 and third placed was Gelske Rogers and Michelle Hart one further shot back on 79. It was a light-hearted day of golf that was enjoyed by all competitors.
On Thursday it was a stableford event scheduled to be played over 18 holes and weren’t we golfers lucky again with the weather with the temperature peaking at 20C. The previous day was a stinker for our male golfers for it blew a gale and 33C, was bit too hot to handle for some of our guys.
Sponsorship for the stableford event was supplied by Perry’s Fuel Distributors and Passion for Hair. We thank Marcus and Paige Pope for their support of women’s golf - it is much appreciated. The scratch rating on the day was 74.
School holidays had a couple of our ladies sharing time with grandchildren so numbers were down slightly. Johanna Gogan played very steadily to record 36 stableford points to win the Division I section.
Considering the gusty conditions this total was very creditable and Jo was pleased with her performance. Well played! Beverley Shiell was runner-up on 35 stableford points and continues her consistency. A great effort!
The winner in Division II was Helma Bambridge who carded 29 stableford points. Heather Prosser gaine runner-up in the Division II section with 25 stableford points.
Ladies to win a ball in the count-down featured Jacquie Kerr with 35 points, Kay Freeth 34, Jean Brown 32 and Maree Farr also 32 points. Chips-ins (turkeys) were achieved by Leonie Kellaway on the third and Diana Slater the eighth. Well played! Jean Brown and Gelske Rogers shared the luck in the ball raffle.
Nearest the pin on the seventh that is sponsored by McLeod Motor Company saw Jean Brown 15.47mtrs and Annette Cotter 6.84mtrs the two closest. A north-westerly wind did not make the task easy by any means. Well done!
Nearest the pin on the 18th enables both divisions a second shot to determine the winners. Maree Farr could almost get nearest for Div I with her eyes closed! On this occasion, her form held true being just .79cms from the flag to win the competition for the umpteenth time this season. In Division II it was a tied result with Helma Bambridge and Robyn Phillis both .96cms off target. This is one such time that a countback cannot determine the result. Good effort, ladies!
The winter season is almost completed with the closing luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 that will start with an Irish stableford played over nine holes followed by a ladies AGM then lunch and trophy presentations thereafter. All ladies are requested to to bring a plate.
Christmas is fast approaching so golfers can request (as a gift) golf clothing or merchandise from our well-stocked shot, from their family or friends. Jerry or a member of his staff will only be too happy to assist with any purchase. The choice is vast.
All members have been saddened by the passing of Jimmy Weir and offer condolences to all members of his family. Also, a long-time member in Jan Fischer who passed away recently after a long illness will be sadly missed by us all. To Ernie and family members, our thoughts are with you at this sad time in your lives. May both past members rest in peace.
On a lighter note - the Whyalla Players Inc will present Jungle Fever at the golf club on Saturday, October 28. It is a way for our members to enjoy a fun night out!
The production is one of humour and will be most entertaining to all patrons. The cost is only $20 per person and is a BYO supper event.
Full bar facilities will be available and the show is recommended for over 18. Tickets can be purchased at the golf shop.