Rogers wins scorcher day

A nine-hole stableford event was programmed for Tuesday, however, with a forecast top of 35C it was to be expected for many golfers to withdraw.

Expectations were correct and only a small field of competitors fronted for play.

After hearing later in the day that 40C was the maximum heat, one would have to say those of us who chose to site home in a comfy chair and watch the Commonwealth Games in action showed a lot of common sense.

The tough cookies who competed came in with some excellent scores.

The outright winner was Gelske Rogers who carded 20 stableford points which was an outstanding result. Well played!

Ladies to win a ball included Jacqui Kerr 19 stableford points, Ilona Hansen 19 and Thelma Murray 18.

Nearest the pin winners on the seventh featured Gelske Rogers who really had a good day out and Annette Cotter.

The lucky ball draw was won by Colleen Howell.

Ladies found the temperature much more to their liking for a comfortable game of golf on Thursday due to a sharp drop of 12 degrees overnight making the temperature 25C (not 37C).

An 18-hole stroke round was scheduled and a good field nominating for the event with the scratch rating 74.

Ilona Hansen is certainly making a statement at the club of late with scores that can only be envied.

Hansen won the Div I section with a classy score of nett 66. Yes, 66. How good is that!

From her playing group it was an absolute pleasure to watch this lass in action.

Since her arrival back to Whyalla, Hansen has carved eight strokes from the handicap taking it from 24 to 16. What a golfer!

Her time back with us has only been a couple of months, so what more is to come.

Keep up the great golf, Ilona!

Runner-up was Johanna Gogan who had a creditable score of nett 72.

On any other day this score would have taken the honours. Good effort, Jo!

Marcia Smith is getting back into the swing of things and won the Div II section with a nett 77.

Smith has been out of the game for several years and is now stroking the ball well.

Runner-up was Thelma Murray not far behind with a score of nett 78.

In the ball rundown, golfers to score a ball featured Gelske Rogers nett 72, Jacqui Kerr 73, Glenda Davies 75 and Diana Slater 76.

The McLeod Motor Company sponsored hole (seventh) for nearest the pin saw Gelske Rogers drive beautifully executed to finish close to the hole then putted in to score a birdie. Well done!

Thelma Murray was the second player to win a ball on the seventh.

On the 18th it was Glenda Davies the successful Div I golfer to win nearest the pin while Annette Cotter took the honours in Div II (no lengths given).

The lucky ball draw was won by Helma Bambridge and Val Callaghan.

I’m keeping a tally of winners who will be fined at the end of the season and so far Val Callaghan leads the pack with four success.

I’ll take credit card payment, Val!

What a wonderful 11 days of Commonwealth action we have witnessed; completely in awe of the athletes and their endurance and athleticism in the recent games held on the Gold Coast.

The dedication and hard work by athletes at that level is remarkable and should be admired by all.

Snippets

A modern-day good samaritan can be hard to find; however, our local golf club certainly has the real deal! Kenny Foubister makes time to visit, and may I say, cheer up any male golf member who may be sick or recovering from surgery and the like. He has been committed to these acts of kindness over many years and may I say that members are very pleased and grateful for his efforts. Well done, Ken!

The recent heatwave where several consecutive days of 35C and higher have been experienced has taken its toll on our course (and some of us members). Our course volunteers have done an amazing job in assisting Garry Brandford water and attend to our massive golf course. They have been tested to the hilt and can be justly proud of their effort.

The Northern District Men’s Veterans Competition to be held in Whyalla will take place on Monday, April 23. We are hoping for a good roll-up and pleasant playing conditions for competitors.

A big cheerio to Marge Nicholls who is recovering from hip surgery. We all wish Marge a speedy recovery and hope to have her back on the course as soon as humanly possible.