Callaghan in good form again

The first round of the ladies championships commenced on Tuesday, June 5.

As the competition is the best three of four 18-hole games it is far too early to come to any conclusion just yet.

The next scheduled rounds will be played on June 7, 12 and Thursday the 14th will be the championship deciders with the field divided into A B and C grades with gross scores counted.

Although it was a championship round the Div I and Div II stroke competition still featured with Greg Boston of Car Bath the good guy who provided sponsorship for lady golfers.

The scratch rating was 74 on the day.

Val Callaghan continues to show good form coming with a nett score of 76 to win the Div I section. Well done!

I suggested last week thar Glenda Davies was continually playing bridesmaid, well it happened yet again with Davies the runner-up on a countback from Callaghan also finishing on nett 76.

I feel that the bubble is about to pop!

The Div II winner was Dianne Thorpe who keeps on keeping on, showing great control of her shots to card nett 77.

Runner-up was Marcia Smith who finished the game on nett 79 and is another showing good form.

Those to win a ball in the run down were Beverley Shiell nett 76, Kay Freeth 77 on a countback from Ilona Hansen also 77 and Thelma Murray nett 80.

Ladies to score birdies included Helma Bambridge on the seventh, Ilona Hansen on the 14th and Beverley Shiell on the par three, seventh.

Nearest the pin awards on the seventh with sponsorship provided by McLeods Motors went to Helma Bambridge 6.43 mtrs from the flag and Kay Freeth 15.45 mtrs off the target.

The nearest the pin award on the difficult 18th (second shot) saw Diana Slater’s chip in finish just .30 cms from dropping into the hole. Well executed, ladies!

Skilful chips that slotted into the hole for ‘turkeys’ were from the clubs of Beverley Shiell on the seventh and Gelske Rogers making it a double achieving the result on the sixth and 16th! Great effort!

Audrey Discombe was the lucky recipient of the ball raffle.

Rain threatened for the second round of the women’s club championship event in the form of 18-hole stroke play.

Light rain actually fell just prior to hit off time but the weatherman did the right thing and switched the ‘on’ button to ‘off’.

A fairly strong wind pattern eventuated making golfing strokes a little harder to execute on the wide open fairways.

Results were indicative of that theory.

The scratch rating on the day was again 74 with Car Bath supplying much sought after sponsorship - thanks to Greg Boston.

Division I saw the long hitting Ilona Hansen come in the nett winner on 76.

Hansen is a very keen golfer and keeps on erasing strokes from her handicap when she is really on song.

It was ‘bridesmaid’ again for Glenda Davies who finished the game runner-up on nett 80.

The winner in Div II was Audrey Discombe who continually defies the odds, her score being 79.

Runner-up was Thelma Murray who carded 83 nett.

Beverley shiell was again in the ball run down on nett 80, just missing out on runner-up in Div I on a countback. Oh! So near!

Others in the run down included Val Callaghan nett 81, Maree Farr 82, Diana Slater 82 and Colleen Howell 83.

Only one golfer landed their drive (re NTP) onto the McLeods Motors’ sponsored seventh hole, being Ilona Hansen who was just 3.20 mtrs from the flag.

Considering the cross wind it was an excellent shot.

On the difficult 18th hole re nearest the pin award it was Pam Beinke the winner for Div I her drive 6.25 mtrs from the hole while Thelma Murray (second shot for Div II) executed her chip well to finish 3.2 mtrs off target. Well done!

Winners in the ball raffle saw Val Callaghan and Johanna Gogan accept the spoils.

After the second round of the championships the winners are very unpredictable.

With the best three results from four games played in each grade adjudged the winners and with two games left who knows what the outcome will be.

Thursday, June 14, all will be revealed.

I’ll tip some very close scores.

Best of luck to all competitors.

Pink Charity Day will be held on Saturday, June 16.

There is bound to be lots of ‘pink’ outfits around.

A raffle will be conducted to raise money for this very worthy cause.

Snippets

Whilst sorting of old records from back in the 80s, some very interesting data came forward. It appears that a Neil Schulze was the club secretary on the general committee for several years and handled the role in an excellent manner until transferred from Whyalla due to his occupation. Ladies in the club in those days could not be full members and were known as associated! How times have changed! Fay Jurgens was a long serving ladies secretary and coped admirably in her position.

A cheerio to stalwart John Inglis who was seen up and about recently. John is a well-known identity in Whyalla and we all wish him well.

On hearing of the death of former long time member Rom Siwek it saddened all golf members. We send our sympathy to Ron’s family members at this sad time.

My heartfelt appreciation re the friends and golfing colleagues who phoned or sent messages concerning my welfare recently. I thank you sincerely.

It was great that Reg Hocking was back into action for Saturday’s golf.

We don’t hear of a ‘hole in one’ being achieved very often. Chad McLean, the men’s captain, was really on song on Saturday his drive from the par three 18th slotting into the hole. Congratulations, Chad.