Nicholls playing superbly

Tuesday saw the Pat O'Brien match play competition heat up in the final quarter finals. Colleen Howell and Leonie Kellaway advanced to the 19th with the former taking the honours while Diane Thorpe was again 'steady Eddie' defeating Maree Farr.

Johanna Gogan gained the upper hand in defeating Beverley Shiell and Jacqui Kerr came up trumps against Gelske Rogers. The four winners advance to the semi-final being Colleen Howell versus Jacqueline Kerr, and Diane Thorpe versus Johanna Gogan. I do like to bet, however, not on this occasion. The winners of these two matches are far too hard to predict. Good hitting to both pairs. A nine hole stableford event was contested on the back nine which is certainly a nice change from repeatedly fronting up on the front nine. 

With the ladies scratch being 36.5 one lady golfer will put a dent in her handicap and that is the in-form Marge Nicholls who will be soon 'swabbed' if she keeps coming in with such outstanding scores. Just joking. Nicholls carded 22 stableford points in a game where I hear she could do no wrong, in any facet of the game of golf. What a great score! Nicholls was six stableford points better than her nearest rival. Well played! Margaret Lewis was runner-up on 16 points, next came Raelene Foubister (Raz) on 15, so too Heather Prosser and Diana Slater, all of whom received a ball. Nearest the pin on the 18th was Val Callaghan whose second shot finished a mere .69cms from the flag. Great skill! Diana Slaters' name was drawn in the ball raffle. Still no Heather Prosser's name to come out! Surely her luck will change shortly!

I saw Noel Goldsworthy (chairman of the board) spraying and tidying around the welcome development at the Port Augusta Road entrance.  You certainly set a good example of club volunteers, Goldy! Great effort! Thursday's competition was an 18 hole stroke event and was sponsored by L.H Perry's Fuel company, to whom we thank for their generosity. It was the first round of the Peter Calliss Cup and was played in very cold and breezy weather. The winner in Div I was Diana Slater who was in top gear to record a nett score of 72. Slater is at the peak of her golf and competes well at all times.  Runner-up was Marge Nicholls on nett 73 has played superbly of late having improved dramatically from Div II of late to be successful in the higher grade. Nicholls won the Car Bath award for her effort as did the runner-up in Div II. Michelle Hart continues to perform well to take the honours in Div II with a creditable nett 73. Her stroke making is well executed in all facets of the game and her handicap will improve on a regular basis (by that I mean grow less!). Audrey Discombe replicated her good form of late to take out the runner-up voucher. Well played Audrey to finish with nett 75. Golfers to win a ball in the run down comprised Colleen Howell nett 76, Thelma Murray 77, Leonie Kellaway 78, Dianne Thorpe 79 and Raelene 'Raz' Foubister 80. Jean Brown birdied the 18th while Leonie Kellaway did likewise on the par three seventh. 

The McLeod Motor Company nearest the pin awards for the two closest drives went to Jean Brown 1.63 mtrs and Leonie Kellaway .93 cms from the pin. Well done ladies! Jean Brown again showed her class on the 18th winning Div I NTP (for second shot - both grades) by putting the ball in the hole for a birdie with Audrey Discombe taking the honours in Div II her second shot finishing 2.6 mtrs from the flag. The luck ball draw resulted in Gelske Rogers and Michelle Hart each winning a ball. It must be (Christmas in July) for sure as several turkeys were scored (chip ins) with Thelma Murray 15th, Gelske Rogers 16th, Jean Brown 18th, Margaret Herbert 9th and Diana Slater 4th all successful. Well played!

All club members are saddened by the loss of Brian Brown recently and extend sincere sympathy to Lyn and family members. May Brian rest in peace. Club membership fees are now due. Ensure that to be eligible for prizes of events you must be financial. A snippet given to me by a very willing worker of our golf club: “The club is full of winning people, some willing to work, the others willing to let them!” Food for thought?

Player profile

Name: Jacqueline Kerr. Birth place: Kew (Victoria). Years playing golf: 3 ½ years. Favourite AFL team: Crows. Favourite AFL player: Eddie Betts. Favourite foods: Savoury. Favourite music: Elton John. Favourite TV programme: Wentworth, Love Child. Favourite pastime: Jigsaws, sports, crafts. Morning or evening person: Both. Best advice ever given: Just be yourself. Best three inventions: Electricity, phones, automobiles. If possible three things you would change in the world: No wars, no poverty, no homelessness. Dislikes: Liars, two-faced people, cheats.

Jacqui (as she is known to us all) is an integral part of the golf club having had experience in several other sporting bodies, which is vital in many aspects as it sometimes gives one a broader collective to compare. Jacqui played netball, basketball and tennis, and was awarded life memberships of the Wildcats Basketball Club and also of the North Football Club for services rendered over many years. She has taken to the game of golf like a duck to water, with a sound knowledge of the rules along with stroke selection. Her handicap has been broken on numerous occasions and is currently 33. It is certainly an indication of her ability, having gone from 45 to 33 in just three and a half years.

Jacqui is an extremely long hitter of the ball and she has found accuracy of late to become a threat in all competitive matches. A very cool, calm and collected individual, Jacqui has become a great acquisition to ladies golf and the club in general. Her attitude to various matters within the club are first class along with her involvement as assistant bar manager and voluntary tasks. A very pleasant member to know, I'm sure this golfer will give the sport of golf all that she has to offer and that is heaps! Her escalation up the ranks will be sure and steady, and I can see Jacqui as a future ladies captain. – Glenda Clayton