Callaghan still in the lead

Jacqui Kerr and Colleen Howell had to compete to the 18th whereby Kerr sneaked home in a nail-biter, being one-up.

Glenda Clayton

It seems to be a repetitive weather system of late, being wild windy conditions.

Trying and tiring times for the women golfers.

Ladies who played in the Pat O’Brien match play quarterfinals were up against it.

However there are always those who blossom no matter what.

The top two seeded golfers in our club in Val Callaghan and Ilona Hansen were opposed with Callaghan winning four up and three to play.

Johanna (Jo) Gogan and Maree Farr looked to be very evenly matched.

However the former mentioned was in full flight to take the honours.

Marcia Smith continued her good form accounting for Leonie Kellaway three up with two holes to play and Jacqui Kerr and Colleen Howell had to compete to the 18th whereby Kerr sneaked home in a nail-biter, being one-up.

Advancing to the semi final will be Val Callaghan versus Johanna (Jo) Gogan and Marcia Smith versus Jacqui Kerr.

Who knows how these games will go is anybody’s guess, but they’ll be two very tight contests.

Good luck to all! Ladies not in the match play competition competed in a nine hole stableford event played on the back nine.

Two visiting golfers entered the competition being Linda Winterborn of the Eagle Ridge Golf Club and Andrea Robert from the Vines Club at Reynella.

Both ladies were impressed with our course. Rightly so it seems as Winterborn took the honours hands down scoring 18 stableford points in her first game on an unfamiliar course. A very positive achievement!

Runner-up was Di Slater on 16 points followed by Kay Freeth 15, and Raelene Foubister 13 points on a countback from Gleske Rogers. Nearest the pin on the 18th saw the drive from Jean Brown finishing its run 4.26 metres off the target. Good effort indeed on a gusty day!

The Lucky Ball Draw went to Glenda Davies who seems to be in luck quite often of late. I’ll have to do a backward flip on my statement that Tuesdays are continually windy as Thursday posed a dreadful day for lady golfers also.

Open space such as experienced on the golf course make for a tiring three and a half hours of play when strong winds prevail. This certainly was no deterrent for many of our golfers who excelled in the eighteen hole stroke event with the scratch rating being 74.

Top of the Town Lingerie courtesy of Anne and Greg Boston of Car Bath sponsored the day. Many thanks for their generosity. Div 1 saw Kay Freeth really stroking the ball well to card a super score of nett 73. Great effort!

Runner-up was Beverley Shiell whose game of 77 nett was also a fine effort considering the conditions. Diana Slater won the Div 2 section finishing on Nett 75 which was very pleasing for this keen golfer. Runner up was the enigmatic Audrey Discombe who came in with a Nett score of 77. Discombe a long standing member of the golf club certainly loves to compete and continues to play to the best of her ability.

Ladies to win a ball in the rundown were Colleen Howell nett 78, Glenda Davies 78, Helma Bambridge 79, Linda Winterborn 80 and Maree Farr nett 81. The McLeod Motor Company sponsored hole no. 7 re nearest the pin for the two nearest drives saw Kay Freeth just 1.13 metres and Robyn Phillis 10.80 accept the awards.

Nearest the pin on the 18th went to Helma Bambridge 4.64 metres along with Johanna (Jo) Gogan 9.67 metres off the target. Well done ladies! The two lucky ladies to win a ball in the raffle were Robyn Phillis and Wendy Beames. There was not one birdie on the day nor any chip-ins. We’ll blame the wind.

Snippet: A gentleman by the name of John Lewis was not going very well in Saturday’s nine hole stableford competition and actually contemplated throwing in the towel. However on reaching the par 3 seventh John’s drive finished a couple of feet short of the hole so he astutely putted the ball in to gain 2 for 5 stableford points. It just goes to prove - don’t ever give in.

Snippets

1.John Inglis (Jinglis) was out on the course last Saturday in the nine hole competition and from what I hear has not lost any of his touch! Good to know.

2.Golf fees have been increased for the following year. Newspapers, rates, petrol etc. have also. The cost in maintaining the actual golf course in mind boggling with water, sand, fertiliser, petrol, diesel and machine maintenance just to name a few of the expenditure costs incurred.Then there are house expenses which include electricity, a cleaner and cleaning agents, bar expenses (ice), breakages and the list goes on!

We are certainly very fortunate in having a fully greened golf course such as ours in such a an  arid part of SA. Let’s all thank our lucky stars!

The spoils gained include friendships, trophies, vouchers, golf balls, a lot of banter, a unique non contact sport and lots of fresh air. What more could one want.

3. John Inglis (Jingles) was a surprise package on Saturday. He played his first eighteen holes of golf, walked the course and came in with a score of nett 77.

An excellent effort!

4. What is going on? I look forward to reading the Saturday golf results for men only to discover no Whyalla section in the Sunday Mail. Doesn’t it only take a phone call?

It is the second consecutive week that Whyalla results were a no show!

Come on, guys!