Seventy-three ladies from 19 respective clubs throughout South Australia converged on Whyalla last week to contest the highlight of the golfing calendar, this year being the 75th anniversary of the Silver Salver.
Whyalla was the host club this year for this prestigious event, held annually in the last week of July.
The event opened Monday evening with Annette Cotter (vice captain) introducing Noel Goldsworthy, chairman of the board, giving a brief history of the club, followed by Susan Seja, Golf Austtralia's SA rep, and Val Callaghan (acting captain) a brief on rules and housekeeping.
The clubroom's tables and surrounds were decorated by our talented Jean Brown who used the theme of silver to present the club in an outstanding way.
A grazing table, prepared by Helma Bambridge and the hardworking lady volunteers, was eagerly devoured by all present and was the talking point of many.
Day one competition commenced on Tuesday with those competing having handicaps ranging from 0-16.
This was followed by day two, incorporating a Veteran's event (over 70), Country Champion, Overall Champion, and a Foursome Event on day three.
Three local ladies, Val Callaghan, Glenda Davies, and Ilona Hansen were eligible to play in these events, but only Val in the Veterans.
A prestigious dinner was held on Wednesday evening with Stewart Payne and Chris Scanlon (club members) providing dinner and dance music.
This kept the girls on their toes and with the clubrooms presented in such a way that everyone thought the event very special.
Thanks to the bar staff for keeping the ladies hydrated.
Clare McLaughlin (our Mayor), with Leading Edge Jewellers being the major sponsor, attended and gave a brief on Whyalla. We thank Clare for her attendance in her busy life, and her generosity.
Thanks to Brian Cotter and Russell Bambridge for erecting the canopy, a stunning effect to the room, with silver the main theme.
Diane Thompson from the Northern District Zone, attended on behalf of the region, with Susan Seja and herself starting the events each day.
The amount of work and help that went into preparing for the event, was immeasurable, and for those who participated in any way, your involvement was much appreciated.
A special thanks must go to David Carpenter (course manager), David Tilly (assistant) and volunteer Peter Scheide for the endless work and hours that they put in to present the course in the best possible condition.
This did not go unnoticed as all those competing were more than impressed.
Those who had never visited Whyalla enjoyed the challenge of the course (with day one being an extremely windy day).
The overall presentation of the course, the club, hospitality and the experience of accommodation and Whyalla in general were appreciated by all and many vowed to return to experience more.
Some even took the time between games to do a tour of the steelworks, and some stayed on to swim with the cuttlefish.
Whyalla Golf Club is a public course, so we encourage those who would like to experience the game to come out and give it a try.
Winner - Deb Christie (Lameroo) 165 after a playoff with Ceri Nicholson (Port Aug) 165 (2 days)
Country Champion - Deb Christie (Lameroo) Runner Up Ceri Nicholson (Port Aug).
Veteran Winner - Pam Hamilton (Royal Adelaide) Net 149, R/U Paula White 174(Blackwood) (2 days)
Best Net - Pamela Hamilton 71, R/U Dorothy Paterson (Kooyonga) 73 (day 1) Best Net- Sally Graham (Blackwood) 71 R/U Glenda Davies 74 (Count back) Day 2.
Metropolitan versus Country Teams of 12.
Metro defeated Country 957 to 984 (Day 1 results)
Foursomes - Ceri Nicholson (Port Aug) Val Callaghan (Whyalla 85 gross)
Ceri and Val (75 net), Gundi Holzer and Lynne Kennedy (Blackwood) (net 75)
Gale McPherson and Marta Schrader (Blackwood) (net 77.5).