Womens - 23/2/2021
This week in women's golf has been dominated by the consistency of two players, Wendy Rhea and Majella Kahler who have shared the rewards for their efforts, including a reduction in handicaps. Last Wednesday both players returned a score of 35 points in the Style Shoes sponsored Stableford. Majella pipped Wendy in the countback to be runner-up but both were then upstaged by Jill Barnes who also returned 35 points, helped by a fantastic back nine, to claim the winner's voucher. Melanie generously provides vouchers for best nine scores and Wendy's great score of 21pts on the front nine saw her collect a voucher. Marg Adcock was awarded the back nine prize with 18 pts. Jill had a stroke of luck on her side when her ball landed in an old tree stump that was now home to a staked and thriving small Flame tree. This was a good lesson in how knowing the Rules can help a player. Balls in the rundown went to 29 on a countback. Other scores were: M Adcock 32, J Stewart, K Devereux 31, A Lyons 30, A Payne, D Johnston 29, H Olsen 28, D Evans 27, J Stiff, V Bennett 26, T Ingall, D Macdonald, J Burt, Y Pinington, R Darton 25, A Ellis 24, P Hemmings 23, A Cox, J Aspinall 21, L Hamilton.
On Saturday our new sponsors, Cleaning and Catering, provided an impressive array of cleaning products so beautifully presented that the winner, Wendy Rhea, was heard to say she was going straight home to start cleaning! Many thanks to Jules and Steve for supporting our club so generously. Wendy's score of 40 pts was almost as impressive and featured two 4pt holes, with pars on the 9th and 14th. Her gross of 97 equals her best score to date since joining our club from St George. Needless to say Majella Kahler was just behind with an also excellent 39pts and took home the runner-up basket of goodies. Majella had six pars during her round which was as good as anyone in the field. Those in the rundown, Annice Payne, Anna Cox, Liz Cockram and Helen Olsen deserved better than one ball with good scores of 38, 37, 36 and 35 pts respectively. The field of 17 players returned the following scores: R Darton 34, D Seibel, M Adcock 32, Y Pinington, M Scotney, J Barnes, M Young 31, T Ingall, K Marrison 29, J Stewart, P Eastwell 26.
Saturday also featured the first of the new 9 hole format games and five ladies took advantage of the opportunity to either get out of the house, or to ease themselves back into golf after a break. The majority played in the field with 18 hole players then after finishing their nine holes some stayed for a chat and one drove the second nine with her group. Patti Hemmings was the best of the group and won the Pro Shop voucher with a score of 17pts. Lois Wilson was next with 16pts. Lou Carey, Jan Aspinall and Gill Young all enjoyed their 9 hole outing. Keep the date in mind for the next 9 hole comp - Saturday 20 March.
After a year of no Open Days ten players have to date nominated to travel to Pittsworth Open Day next Wednesday 3 March. If you missed out, there is another, closer-to-home opportunity available with Clifton holding their day on Wednesday 17th March. Captain Ros has changed the Irish Day to Wednesday 10th to allow for the drop in local numbers. If you are planning to go please write your name on the white board at the back of the Presentation Room. All the details are available there. At home today we have the Mid-Week Medal sponsored by our generous supporters at the RSL Memorial Club. The single Stroke event is a good lead-up to the quickly approaching Club Championships in March. On Saturday our hard working Secretary Michelle will no doubt have some pleasant surprises for her day, the Secretary's Pen, a red Stroke event. With the course drying out and important events about to begin women golfers are urged to please take the issue of divot repairing seriously. Women do take divots so carry a bucket of sand and use it regularly. If not on your own divot, fill others you pass.