Perfect day for nine-hole stroke event

Lady golfers could not have asked for a more perfect day on Tuesday for the playing of their nine-hole stroke event. The temperature was a mere 20C, with a hint of sunshine and not a breath of air to contend with after the very windy previous day. The scratch rating was 37.5 which seems to be the normal figures. Marcia Smith was in full flight winning the competition with a very creditable nett 35. Smith has been stroking the ball consistently of late and on this occasion combined all of the facets of golf to perfection. On the difficult par three ninth Smith slotted her drive into the hole for two (a birdie) but the prize for this feat only occurs for 18-hole competitions. A great effort nevertheless!

Runner-up was Glenda Clayton who scored nett 37 to edge out Glenda Davies on a countback. Next in line was Jean Brown on nett 38 followed by Margaret Dunn who carded nett 40. Dunn who has been hitting the ball well of late was very accurate with her chipping and delighted that everything came together on the day. Well played! Winner of the ball raffle was Maree Farr.

Two 'new' ladies fronted for their first competition day being Ghislaine Scatena and Catherine Kwaw who were welcomed into the club by captain Leonie Kellaway, and guess who won nearest the pin on the seventh (par three)? Yes, it was Ghislaine whose drive had the power and accuracy to finish just a couple of metres from the flag. Great shot! What a vast difference a couple of days can make to weather conditions. Thursday's weather was cold and blustery with threatening rain clouds. The strong wind gusts took many well hit shots off target in the 18-hole stableford event with the scratch rating being 74.

Glenda Davies was the winner in Div I scoring 30 stableford points and winning the voucher from Penny's Exquisite Flowers (we thank Penny for her generosity in providing sponsorship for women's golf). Davies is really showing her class of late with a very consistent brand of golf. Colleen Howell was runner-up on 29 points and is another having a 'purple patch'. Helma Bambridge was really in the groove to take the honours in Div II. Her front nine was first class, however, she was not happy with the last nine, but hey! The result was classy!

Runner-up was Dianne Thorpe who after an absence of several weeks performed well. The runners-up received a voucher each from Car Bath thanks to Brian Sartaini. There will be perfumed rooms in the winners homes and immaculately clean cars owned by the runners-up! Ball winners on the day were Johanna Gogan 29 points, Glenda Clayton 28, Maree Farr 27 and Heather Prosser 25. Guess who won the ball raffle (second week in succession)? Yes! Maree Farr. Jealousy is a curse. Well done, Maree.

The McLeod Motor Company provide sponsorship for nearest the pin on the par three, seventh hole and this Thursday the closest for Div I was captain Leonie Kellaway and Thelma Murray in Div II. Great drives, ladies. Surprise, surprise! This week not one Div I golfer managed to land on the 18th green (first shot) while Div II (whereby the local rule allows for the second shot to be counted) saw Helma Bambridge edge out Audrey Discombe for the prize. A great effort!

Snippets

Dianne Thorpe is finally back from holidays and playing good golf.

Sincere sympathy to Marilyn Dunn and family at the passing of their loved one Ron.

To the family of Elva Cuddity, we also offer sincere sympathy upon hearing of the passing of their much-loved mother.

The change to the programme re the cancellation of last week's eclectic and grandmother's first round will see that competition played on Thursday, May 17, and the second round played on Thursday, May 24. Coincidentally, May 24 is also the date set down for the women's 18-hole stroke 'Toll' championship.

Golfers are requested to retract sprinkler heads (that have not reset under the turf on fairways) by pushing same down with pressure of one's foot. Each costs $90 and recently nine have had to be replaced due to damage caused by buggies, carts, etc. The money could well be spent on other amenities.

Up and coming events:

Monday, May 21 in Whyalla - Northern District Foursomes

Thursday, May 24 - Women's 18-hole Toll Championship and Men's Stableford

Friday, May 25 - Women's Stableford and Men's Stableford

Saturday, May 26 - Men's 18 and 36-hole Championship and Women's Stableford

Sunday, May 27 - Men's 18 and 36-hole Championship and Women's Stableford

(First round of the Jim Dawson Event to be played by this date)

Many 'helpers' will be required for these major events, please assist where possible.