What perfect autumn weather we are experiencing. It's very pleasant for us human beings but our sporting fraternity is crying out for rain, particularly golf, football and soccer. Probably we'll see rain fall on Anzac Day - that seems to be the go.
Our 'senior' men who enjoy their nine hole stableford events on Wednesdays and Saturdays have struck it lucky recently with fine weather in abundance. Wednesday's competition was won by Kenny Foubister who carded 17 points. Foubister is a very consistent golfer and frequents the honours list regularly. Well played!
Our 'older' guys were once again on the receiving end of great weather conditions on Saturday for their nine hole stableford event. The scores were again excellent with Reg Hocking amassing 19 points to win the competition from runner-up Terry Brown who carded 18. Richard Dunn is one the trail again to good form in golf finishing third on the day. Dunn, who had heart surgery in recent times, proves again that you can't keep a good man down.
Margaret Lewis has again had a stint in hospital with a recurring health problem but I'm pleased to say she is up and about once again.
The Whyalla Golf Club was programmed to host the latest round of the Northern Districts Veterans Event on Monday. Of the Upper Spencer Gulf cities, Whyalla's temperature was the coolest being 30C but with cloud cover conditions were not too oppressive for golf. A field of 34 vets competed with visitors from many country centres in our zone travelling for the event. It was somewhat disappointing that locals were poorly represented. After completion of play, competitors were treated to an enjoyable feast. It was great that Murray Peters was able to attend to guide the 'new' recorders in the right direction. The ladies in the kitchen received an ovation for their culinary skills. From memory, it was the first time in 20 years I have not worked on the day.
I haven't heard any news re Marge Nicholls of late (since having knee surgery) but hope her recovery is progressing well. From reports coming through, John Smith is not in 'peak form'. So here is hoping you'll be back on track soon, Smithy. John gives of his time in the golf shop with a friendly and professional manner. The club is indeed grateful for voluntary assistance.
The organisers of the Masters Games in Port Pirie recently must be delighted with the attendance of athletes who competed and must be congratulated on the success of the event. The massive newly appointed stadium would certainly have had a full work out. Well done to all volunteers.