Sitting stoically on the banks of the brimming Balonne River the St George Golf Club provided a perfect backdrop to a flurry of pink in March this year as 54 ladies gathered for the Particularly Pink Golf Day. Now in its seventh year, the hit and giggle Ambrose competition teams golfers with enthusiastic non-golfers. Warwick Golf Club Professional, Rob McConnell, who has taught at St Andrews in Scotland, faced a very big challenge when he tried to create order with free lessons for all the women prior to the game. His mantra was to stick to the basics. “If you have your grip, stance, posture and alignment right, the swing will follow and you will have consistent results week in and week out.” The lesson was well taught but the St George fairways still echoed with laughter and shrieks of “fore” as the non-golfers demolished the nine holes and raced back to a lavish lunch at the Club House where almost $3,000 was raised for the McGrath Foundation. The Ambrose competition was won by sister-in-laws Fran, Paula & Kerry Hetherington. Runners up were Virginia Jamieson, Chrissie Hill and Mary McIntyre. The Don Bradman Award for a cricket score effort went to Ella Hall, Shirley Southern and Jane Corbett. The Nearest the Pin on number 17 for a golfer was won by Lola Cuffe and for a non-golfer by Sally Rigney.
Story & Photos by Sally Rigney re St George golf day on Tuesday 19th March
Around 40 golfers from the district arrived in Inglewood to play the first district event of the year. The teams event, unfortunately, was shortened to 9holes due to incessant showers. However, that did not dampen the chatter in the club house during a very enjoyable lunch provided by the host club. The event was won by Pittsworth club, with Inglewood runners up. Click on photo to open gallery
Our junior girls matchplay team, consisting of Paige Large (Gatton), Darcy Habgood and Jordyn Mahony (Toowoomba) and Lori Ryan (City), recently gained invaluable experience playing at Coolangatta/Tweed and the return match at City Golf Club. Eventhough Gold Coast took home the plate, the friendship and commaradarie shown at these events is always a great outcome.
On 5th November, 68 players made their way to the Toowoomba Golf Club for the annual Mixed Foursomes Championship. Players who attended the day were from our district and beyond. The Gloria Victor Memorial Trophy was won by Trevor Box and Rhonda Morgan from Windaroo, on a combined handicap of 9, with an excellent score of 79 Gross. The 18hole Nett Champions were Collette Rynne & Don Story with 691/2 Nett. Thanks again to Willowglen Retirement Village for sponsoring the event.
Gross Winners Ray Cole & Margaret Richards 82 R/Up Roger Johnstone & Carmel Macdermott 86
Gross Winners Barry Christison & Anne Woodruffe 93 R/Up Clive McIntosh & Janet Barlow 95c/b
Trevor Box and Rhonda Morgan from Windaroo
Nett Winners Ken & Pauline Rogers 71 R/Up Ross LaGasic & Yvonne Lebeter 73½
Nett Winners Graham & Joy Wilson 73c/b R/Up Ossie & Lyn Baker 73