Well! The Whyalla Open is finally upon us with the ladies to play their championship 18-hole stroke event today (August 22). A mixed pinehurst event and men's stableford will follow on Friday then on Saturday the men's 36-hole stroke competition (18 holes on the first scheduled day) then round two (Sunday) the final 18 to determine the champion.
Valued sponsorship has been provided by McLeod's Whyalla Motor Company, the Whyalla News and Drummond Golf for which the club is most appreciative. A good flow of entries has been accepted for all days and all we ask for now is good weather. Much preparation takes place behind the scenes for an event of this kind in particular the catering.
Helma Bambridge has again taken the reins re the food department so all competitors can look forward to variety and, of course, first class quality.
Many helpers will be required for kitchen duties and other work to be done. As they, many hands make for light work.
There was a slight increase in numbers for the men's nine-hole stableford competition on Wednesday.
Maybe the pleasant weather encourage a few more away from their cosy lounge chairs.
Terry Brown found good form to score 18 stableford points to take the honours on the day. Well played!
On Saturday, Col Rodda struck the ball particularly well to accumulate 18 stableford points in the senior nine-hole competition.
The system used in this event is to encourage a fair distribution of golf balls won over the course of the season.
Every time a golfer wins a ball that tally is then taken from his score.
Danny Bastian came in with a score of 21 but due to the fact he had previously won the competition five times his score reverted back to 16.
No ball, Danny, but a great score regardless.
The golf club was a hive of activity on Saturday with the 18-hole, the nine-hole competition and the junior open all accommodated.
The Whyalla Junior Open is played on Saturday so that visiting golfing families can also compete in the junior open at Port Augusta on the Sunday. That equates to common sense, to cut down costs as visitors travel from far and wide.
All junior competitors were treated to food and drinks also golf balls and of course trophies!
Gordon and Mark Worsnop, Garry Stevenson, Max Barnes and Bruce Coulter's donation of golf balls were much appreciated along with frisbees from Roger Thompson of Electrical Discounters plus Engal wallets and playing cards.
The announcement that Pat Walker's (from Mitre 10) sponsorship has been retained for junior golf was well received. Sponsorship for 2019 was also supplied by GFG Alliance, Electrical Discounters and club members.
Many thanks to Allan and Diana Slater, Shaun Rouse and Yvonne, Andrew Grindell, Bruce Rogers and Chris Scanlon for their effort prior to and during the championship. A task well done!
The successful competitors on the day were:
Girls champion - Elkie Philp, runner-up Abbey Grindell
Boys champion - Alex O'Dea, runner-up Tyler Harslett
Handicap champion - Kaleb Philp, runner-up Abbey Grindell
Longest drive - Kaleb Philp (boys), Abbey Grindell (girls)
Best exec course nine holes boys champion - Toree Holden, runner-up Josh Inglis
Best exec course nine holes girl champion - Cheyenne Fotio, runner-up Marlee Payne
Beginners six hole comp - Elcee Holden (first girl)
Nearest pin H/C players ninth - Alex O'Dea (boys), Abbey Grindell (girls)
Nearest pin beginners 4th hole - Cheyenne Fotio (girls), Josh O'Dea (boys)
Congratulations to them all! The junior championship was a very successful event with compliments extended to the administrators and all who assisted in any way.
Championship Foursomes played Tuesday, August 13.
Division 1 Winners Val Callaghan and Jean Brown. Runner-up Di Thorpe and Glenda Davies. Division 2 Winners Marge Nicholls and Thelma Murray. Runner-up Annette Cotter and Marg Dunn.
Stroke Comp played Thursday, August 15.
Winner Jacquie Kerr nett 74 Top of Town Lingerie voucher. Runner-up Annette Cotter nett 80 Garden Centre voucher. Ball winners Glenda Davies and Thelma Murray nett 81, Marg Dunn nett 82, Raz Foubister nett 83, Bev Shiell nett 85. Nearest Pin 7th Audrey Discombe and 18th Jacquie Kerr Lucky Ball Val Callaghan. Turkeys Annette Cotter 12th and D Slater 6th. August Monthly Medal Jacquie Kerr
- GLENDA CLAYTON & MARGE NICHOLLS