29 Oct Pretty in Pink
We have become accustomed for many years now to providing the venue for the Golf Australia (Queensland Branch) Katherine Kirk Junior Girl’s 54 Hole Tournament each September. Not only is it a chance to showcase our facilities but it also gives our girls a slight “Home Club” advantage with familiar surroundings. It will also be combined in future with the Inter District Junior Jug Competition and Junior Training sessions. COVID prevented this innovation which was due to commence this year but had to be cancelled because of the uncertainly of travelling.
We took advantage at this year’s event to speak to the GA representative about a potential review of the Scratch and Slope Ratings of our Women’s Course now that six years of data is available. We were advised that data suggests some changes should be made and this will be provided in the near future. We have made formal application for this review.
As a matter of course, a review of indexing is done every twelve months to reveal the actual playing difficulty of each hole as reflected by system data. This will be done again in the New Year although the changes in the last couple of years have been minimal, and we expect this situation to be similar this year.
It was wonderful that 23 Maroochy River Women travelled by bus to Murgon recently to support our “sister club” on their annual Life Members’ Day. We all enjoyed the challenge of their lovely course (and marvelled at the fact that it is completely volunteer operated, course, bar, and kitchen). The local hospital was the beneficiary of some $1300 raised on the day. It was with a touch of nostalgia some of us recognised the former Horton Park cart sheds now housing some forty local carts at Murgon which were dismantled by volunteers, transported by donated trucks, reassembled and assisting in the success of the Club up there for the cost of the concrete block. We can be proud of our continued association which has been in existence now for almost 50 years.
The Weekend Medal of Medals Championship was held recently and I’m pleased to advise that the winner was Julie Turner. The October Weekend Monthly Medal is Di Vincent.
The 2021 Match Play Championships were held recently and our talented Match Play Champion was Tam Reid. Winner of Division 2 was Elaine Sandow and Division 3 was won by our legendary past President, Coral Welke. Well done to all the players who competed and especially those who made the final, Kim Romijn, Pam Baynes and Dee Walker.
Our “Pinktober Day” was successful once again. This was thanks to our generous Sponsor, Judy Polkinghorne from “Girls on Tour” enabling us to donate $1,400 to the local charity, Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program, servicing the Sunshine Coast to assist our many breast cancer sufferers. The funds raised were also due to the generosity of our men and women who bought tickets from our volunteer raffle ticket sellers, Dee Barry and Rosemary Coombes. The lucky winner of the 1st prize basket of wine was Neil Horn and the 2nd hamper prize went to Roberta Rogers. The women dressed in pink for the occasion, as did Kevin Law in the Proshop who looked rather dandy in his pink tutu.
The 2021 Pennant Match Play Presentation Night was held recently and the players showed their appreciation to the Members of the Board for sponsoring their event.
Many thanks to Director Gary Sumpton from Sunshine Coast Air Conditioning Services and sponsor of the Pennant shirts this year who addressed those present and received great applause for his generosity. The 2021 Maroochy River Women’s Pennant Player of the Year, Di Daly with 5½ wins, was presented with her Trophy. Congratulations Dynamic Di! Runner-up was Joyce Marsden. Great golf Joyce!