Open Country Week a success

Well! The Open Country Week was finally here; with Whyalla to host women golfers with a handicap from 0-16 in the silver division. Much planning needs to be organised for any golf tournament to be successful and our match committee certainly got things right.

From the course and surrounds, from the clubroom (both lower and top deck) and immediate surrounds, to catering, trophies, decor and sponsorship ... the list goes on and on.

Competitors from the city and country centres converged on Whyalla on Monday, July 22, with many taking the opportunity to visit the golf course to test their skills. A 'meet and greet' evening was held to get aquainted there after.

Serious competition commenced on Tuesday morning and was repeated on Wednesday. The weather was not perfect, however, it could have been worse. The temperature reached 19C on both days but as any open space will attract swirly wind gusts that challenges any golfers, and one has to deal with these elements.

Trophies were presented at the dinner on Wednesday evening with sponsorship provided by Leading Edge Jewellers of Westland Shopping Centre. The decor in the clubroom was simply magnificent with visitors and local ladies who attended very impressed along with the sumptuous meal provided.

Whyalla's Mayor Clare McLaughlin was a special guest at the function and was very impressed with the proceedings.

On Thursday, the foursomes event took place with our own Val Callaghan and partner Ceri Nicholson the runners-up in the gross section. An achievement to be very proud of indeed!

Glenda Davies was also a trophy winner from the 18-hole stroke play,

Both Val and Glenda were previous captains of our local club so certainly were aware of what it takes to achieve recognition at this high level.

Each year, the state golfing body selects country centres to accept the responsibility to host either the silver (0-16), bronze salver (16.4-21.4), bronze shield (21.5-28.0) or the bronze plate (28.1-45.4), with Whyalla receiving the silver in 2019.

I'm quite sure that the entire tournament from every possible aspect this year will be long remembered by our visiting golfers and locals alike as one of excellence.

Congratulations to all who worked so tirelessly to ensure that the standard of Whyalla event was certainly maintained.

Due to the women's state 'silver' event, the senior guys did not compete in a competition on Wednesday but come Saturday that all changed.

The 'swords' were out and it was game on with fantastic scores and indication of the rivalry experienced.

Kenny Foubister again showed his class scoring 21 stableford points in the nine-hole event. An excellent result!

Bob Worby was again in the groove to notch up 19 points with the irrepressible Tony Jones carding 17 points.

Jones had a birdie on the par three 7th and 9th hole with Bob Worby and Danny Bastian also birdieing the 7th. A great day out, hey fellas!

Shaun Rehn was a guest on the 'front bar' last Thursday evening (re TV). He will be remembered as a top ruckman for the Crows football team in the past.

The local interest part is that he married Kerri-Ann Larvin, a former Whyalla hockey player.

They now own a macadamia nut farm in NSW and are enjoying life to the max.

- GLENDA CLAYTON