Shiell back on track

Elysia Yap from the Glenelg Golf Club was the winner of the 2017 Whyalla Ladies Open. Matthew Kirk from Drummond Golf presents the trophy to Elysia.
Elysia Yap from the Glenelg Golf Club was the winner of the 2017 Whyalla Ladies Open. Matthew Kirk from Drummond Golf presents the trophy to Elysia.

Yet another northerly wind was the order of the day for lady golfers making conditions anything but pleasant for the playing of the programmed 18-hole stableford event.

Due to repair work carried out on the front nine competitors had to play the back nine twice.

Top of Town Lingerie supplied sponsorship for the event and we thank Anne for her continued support.

The A Grade or Div 1 winner was Beverley Shiell who almost played to her handicap scoring 35 stableford points.

Shiell went through a lean period midway through the winter season but of late has been right back on track.

A lot can be said about 'mind over matter' particularly in the game of golf.  Well done Bev!

Runner-up was Glenda Davies who accumulated 32 points.

Davies continues to play well and consistently features in the day's winners list.

Div 2 saw Annette Cotter come in winner on 39 stableford points and is performing well on a regular basis.

A great game, Annette.

Glenda Clayton was runner-up on 38 points that equals her next best result.

Ladies to win a ball in the run-down included Helma Bambridge 34 points, Margaret Dunn 32 along with Jean Brown and Kay Freeth.

Due to the closure of the front nine ladies had two opportunities to snare a prize for nearest the pin (both on the 18th).

The first time around Beverley Shiell (second shot for all) was closest for Div 1 just .08cms off target while Glenda Clayton was winner in Div 2 2.79mtrs from the pin.

Second time round saw Glenda Davies victor for Div 1, her second shot 1.05mtrs away from the hole and Helma Bambridge was closest in Div 2 3.59mtrs short of the pin.

The rear to side wind really affected accuracy with one lass finding the bunker to the right of the green, then would you believe her well executed shot out went into the rear bunker (they're the breaks, Jo!).

Gogan had a fabulously constructed chip on the 15th from a long way out that found this hole for a turkey. Great shot!

The ball raffle saw Jean Brown's name drawn out and Heather Prosser's whose luck has taken a turn for the better of late (about time too, says Heather!).

Ladies, please take note - the handicap foursomes (draw for partners) will now be played on Tuesday, September 26 along with a nine-hole par event not as printed in our diary (Tues, Sept 12).

The closing date will be September 21.

Since the fairway edges have had a short back and sides, it is so much easier to determine 'is my ball on or off?'. A great innovation!

The Whyalla Players Inc will perform Jungle Fever at the golf club on Saturday, October 28.

Already a great deal of interest in attending has been shown.

Tables of 10-12 persons while ideal; singles, couples and small groups will be accommodated.

Please let me know of your interest. The cost is $20pp and it is a BYO supper evening. Should be fun!

Tuesday's weather was very 'golf friendly' for the ladies nine-hole stableford event played on the back nine.

Maree Farr was in total control of her game coming in with a very creditable 19 stabledford points to be winner on the day.

Farr won on a countback from Thelma Murray and Beverley Shiell also on 19 points.

You can come in with a score to be super please with and dip out on a countback!

Never mind, ladies! You all performed well.

Next in line was Kay Freeth who finished on 18 points then Marge Nicholls 16 points and Leonie Kellaway 15 points.

Maree Farr almost has  a mortgage on nearest the pin on the 18th (second shot for all) this time a mere .34cms from the flag. Well played.

Maybe I should alter that statement to declare Farr has 'paid' for that NTP competition - handsomely.

Margaret Dunn (just back from a long break in Darwin) in her first outing wins a ball in the raffle so too did Johanna Gogan (jealousy is a curse so they say).

Members are reminded that the front nine is receiving major repairs and will be closed to allcomers for the next few weeks.

Garry Brandford and crew would appreciate any help forthcoming from members no matter the amount of hours that can be given.

The improvement will benefit all who play the game so more helpers the merrier.

Whyalla hosted the junior open golf event.

The Whyalla Junior Open Golf Event was held on Saturday, August 19.

Precision-like planning by Allan Slater ensured that the championship event was judged as a highly successful competition, with junior golfers and parents receiving a right royal treatment.

Allan, along with junior coach Shaun Rouse and match committee member Darren Blake, left no stone unturned in the organisation.

Onesteel/Arrium, Electrical Discounter and club members provided sponsorship on the day.

Russell Bambridge, Tony Harrison and the Worsnop brothers donated golf balls as some of the prizes.

Junior golfers competed in Whyalla on the Saturday then at Port Augusta on the Sunday to eliminate much travelling and accomodation expenses for parents.

How lucky were competitors to receive other prizes (re frisbees - fishing tackle - and small electrical equipment) kindly supplied by Roger Thompson (Betta Electrical) and Ged Palmer.

Many thanks to all donors.

Shakira-Ann Kuys of Port Augusta won the girls championship (her third in Whyalla) and runner-up was Elke Philp of Broken Hill.

For the occasion, Justin Woods of Port Augusta was the boys champion golfer also taking out the handicap section, with Kaleb Philp of Broken Hill finishing as runner-up to the champion.

Elke Philp was handicap champion girl.

The longest drive event was won by the two champions Justin Woods and Shakira Kuys who really excel with penetrating hits.

The best beginner over nine-holes for the boys was our own Josh Inglis who was champion (nine-hole) golfer.

Best beginner nine-hole champion runner-up was Fletcher Ryan from the Grange Golf Club.

In the girls section it was Charli Moyses of Whyalla the best with Cheyenne Fotiou from Port Augusta runner-up.

Nearest the pin awards went to Fletcher Ryan of Grange, Jessica Smith of Port Augusta and (six-hole event) Skyler Edwards also hailing from Port Augusta.

In all the junior golfers had a great day out and it is certainly hoped that they all continue to participate in this unique sport.

Congratulations to our members who give their time to coach and nurture these youngsters. A task well done.