Matthews in Simpson Cup competition

Wednesday's nine-hole stableford event for the senior guys was played in real cool wintry conditions, just ideal for golf with the competition played on the back nine holes. Obviously these men find the back a little more difficult to execute than the front, although mostly they compete on the first to ninth which of course begs the question practice makes perfect. Dave Graefe was outright winner on 15 points from Bob Clayton. Graefe continues to play consistent golf and should be pleased with the outcome. Reggie Hocking had a disastrous start on the 10th and never really recovered. Sorry to mention it, Reg!

What a shame that the Port Germein Golf Club has had to shut up shop. The picturesque golf course with views of the ocean and green surrounds (not in drought times) was a unique part of the locality. Due to lack of volunteers to maintain the course the obvious came to fruition. Is it a sign of the time? I'd say that the decision was a tragedy. With the crippling costs that all golf clubs face, it is time to think long and hard re volunteers in our own neck of the woods. Without these hardworking individuals our club would not survive as they are responsible in keeping the fees to a minimum.

Several seniors were absent on Saturday for the nine-hole stableford competition. The weather was superb for golfing with little to no wind and an overcast sky. Guys, why did you not turn up to play? On this occasion Bob Clayton was not the bridesmaid but the outright winner on 17 points with Chris Scanlon runner-up on 15.

There was a delightful report in the Sunday Mail about the 2019 Men's Simpson Cup, played at The Vines that day. Golfers represent Southern, Grange, Glenelg, Royal Adelaide, The Vines, Thaxted Park, Kooyonga and Mid North. Shannon Matthews of Kimba is a representative for Mid North who will play off against Southern in the first encounter. Both Shannon and father Colin always attend our Whyalla Open and many will remember Colin who played football for Westies a few decades ago. For weeks on end, Shannon has had to travel 466 kilometres by car to join his newly promoted Tanunda Pines based Mid North team. This chap can hit the ball a country mile and has all the attributes of a star golfer. Shannon will lead the side this year with members from Tanunda Pines, Barossa Valley, Sandy Creek and Kapunda. After eight years at number one for the Grange 'B' team, the promotion to Div I appears warranted and a long time coming. Shannon is certainly a dedicated sportsperson and deserves all of the accolades that come his way. We all wish him every success in the Simpson Cup Competition. Country folk can make the grade, but it takes a great deal of guts and determination. Well done, Shannon!

RESULTS

Tuesday, May 7, stroke

Winner Helma Bambridge nett 39. Runner-up Heather Prosser nett 40.

Ball winners Di Thorpe nett 40 and Glenda Davies nett 44. Nearest Pin G. Scatena and sweepstake Margaret Dunn. Turkey Catherine Kwaw.

Thursday, May 9, stroke, nine holes only played due to weather.

Winner Di Thorpe nett 38. Runner-up Annette Cotter nett 39. Ball Winners Glenda Davies nett 41 c/b Helma Bambridge. Nearest Pin Di Thorpe and a birdie. Sweepstake Margaret Dunn.