Charlie a member for life

RECONIGSED: Whyalla Golf Club Chairman Noel Goldsworthy, left, with new life member Charlie Agett.
RECONIGSED: Whyalla Golf Club Chairman Noel Goldsworthy, left, with new life member Charlie Agett.

At the Whyalla Golf Club Annual General Meeting, Charlie Agett was awarded Life Membership. The Golf Club in recent years has lifted the criteria for such an award, but Charlie has been an outstanding volunteer and player for over 40 years, so this was well earned and long overdue.

He has given freely of his time over these years to make sure that the competitive side of the club is functioning at a high level.

He was instrumental in the Pennant formation, and generally making sure that all competitions and interclub events were organised and efficiently run, even to the point where he would stand aside from the competition to do that.

The lowest handicap that Charlie has attained has been 4 and currently plays on 9, quite a creditable achievement as he did not take up golf until his latter years. He has won both A and B grade championships has won 22 Open events, which includes 3 Whyalla Opens.

Has had 2 hole in ones and won Club Foursomes, Mixed Foursomes (lucky to be his partner in most of those), Toll 36 hole event, Whyalla Trophy Shop 72 hole event, and in November 2019 was able to shoot his then age of 73 off the stick.

The Marce Brown and Jim Dawson Memorial handicap Match play are just another two events to add to his success. He captained the Pennant team over 20 years and represented the club on 81 occasions, which is a club record.

Moving onto football, Charlie started his career with West Colts and won 2 Whyalla Football League Senior Colts medals.

In Senior football he played in 5 A Grade premiership sides and won the Whyalla News medal in 1969. He is a Life Member of both West Whyalla and the Whyalla Football League.

He played combined A Grade football for Whyalla on 7 occasions, and has been a Tribunal Committee member for the Whyalla Football League for approximately 20 years.

Just to add another sport to his criteria, he played A Grade cricket and started in that grade from age 16. He played in many A Grade premiership sides, one of which was Wests first ever A Grade premiership.

He played in many combined A Grade teams and several as Vice Captain. He won the A Grade batting aggregate for the Association on 3 occasions, was voted Whyalla cricketer of the year in 1981-82.

I am exhausted just listing these achievements, but a better sportsman would be hard to find, and Charlie is most modest and fair when it comes to competition.

I wish Charlie all the best for the rest of his sporting days.