FORTY golfers from the Mainland travelled over to Kangaroo Island last week to join 18 local golfers for the annual KI Ladies Golf Week.
It was the ninth year of the event and it was the biggest one yet.
Eighteen clubs from around the state were represented and 25 of the visiting ladies were attending for the very first time.
The Islands three golf club’s members had all been working hard over the previous weeks and presented their courses in magnificent condition.
The weather was kind with three perfect days for golf, the ladies of each club served amazing food and showed how hospitable the island can be.
The first day, on Tuesday September 19 was an ice-breaker for the ladies never having experienced scrapes before with a Canadian foursome on the Penneshaw Golf Course.
This day was sponsored by Granny Stirling’s Craft Shop, False Cape Wines, the Penneshaw Business Centre, Hog Bay Apiary and Toni Skrigin Gift Cards.
Fifty-two ladies enjoyed the day immensely and all were impressed with the course and the hard work put in by such a small club.
- Handicap foursome winners: Sally Graham and Karen Brien (Blackwood) Nett 74
- Handicap foursome runners-up: Judy Bell (Kingscote) and Jenny Wiese (South Lakes) 74 7/8
- Long drive: A grade – Ann Turbill (Kingscote); B grade – Michelle Barrett (Kingscote); C grade – Gayle Legoe (Mt Osmond)
- Nearest the pin: Fourth – Fiona McLeay (Royal Adelaide); ninth – Anne Marie Clark (Parndana)
On Thursday, 52 ladies ventured out to Parndana to experience another perfectly presented Course all a little bit wary of the mention of creeks and water but all expressed how much they enjoyed the course.
This day was also supported by local businesses Landmark and Davo’s Deli.
This event was a stableford competition and some great scores were returned.
A grade winner: Sally Graham (Blackwood) 37 points
A Grade runner-up: Ann Turbill (Kingscote) 36 points
B grade winner – Rosemary Freeman ( Mannum) 39 points
B grade runner-up – Susan Telfer ( Stirling) 35 points
C grade winner - Sue Ball (Royal Adelaide) 35 points
C grade runner-up – Denise Harding (Parndana) 34 points
Long drive: A grade – Sally Graham (Blackwood); B grade – Ruth Main (Robe); C grade – Angela Bonnin (Royal Adelaide)
Nearest the pin: Seventh – Paula White (Blackwood); 14th – Marta Schrader (Blackwood); 16th – Ann Morton (Echunga)
On another glorious day, 48 ladies enjoyed the Kingscote Golf Course on the Friday. They had all been told how different this was to Parndana with totally different scrapes, lots of lateral hazards and were once again impressed with the course and its presentation.
The ladies that had played well at Parndana were all out to do it again as the overall prize for the aggregate over the two days was a return trip for two people and a car to KI donated by Sealink.
This was the pot of gold at the end of the golf week and everyone wanted to be the lucky winner. Kingscote’s daily sponsor for their day were Bob Watson Fire and Safety and Maureen Pease.
A grade winner - Sally Graham ( Blackwood) 36 points
A grade runner-up – Paula White (Blackwood) 35 points
B grade runner-up – Rosemary Freeman (Mannum) 39 points
B grade winner - Michelle Barrett (Kingscote) 34 points
C grade winner – Joy Florance (Kingscote) 39 points
C grade runner-up – Joan Jenkins (Kingscote) 35 points
Long drive: A grade – Jenny Wiese (South Lakes); B grade – Ruth Main (Robe); C grade – Sue Pentelow (Royal Adelaide)
Nearest the pin: Third – Karen Brien (Blackwood); sixth – Julia Tennebring (Tea Tree Gully); ninth – Michelle Barrett (Kingscote); 14th – Sha Huxtable (Parndana); 17th – Ann Arnfield (Royal Adelaide)
The lucky overall winner returned two scores of 39 points for an aggregate of 78 points, winning the Sealink voucher was Rosemary Freeman from Mannum. I am sure she will be back next year and expressed her thanks to Sealink and the islands three clubs.
Second overall was the ever-consistant Sally Graham from Blackwood with 73. Sally has recently moved back to Kangaroo Island where she grew up and has been a welcome addition to the Kingscote club.
Third place went to Kingscote’s Joy Florance with 69 on a countback from Paula White (Blackwood) and Ann Turbill (Kingscote).
Event organisers report the event ran smoothly. Facebook was a part of the club’s event campaign this year and here are just a couple of the favourable comments:
"Thank you to all the KI golf clubs' committees, helpers, mowers, rakers, cooks, administrators and sponsors for a fantastic week. Your courses looked amazing and we all loved the sunshine ,enjoyed the golf, new friendships and amazing food and hope to return next year. Heartfelt thanks to you all for excellent planning and hospitality"
“Here! Here! I'm the same! First time playing in this event. My golf was quite poor but I had a fabulous time. I brought in the A Grade winner at Parndana and the A Grade runner up today at Kingscote BUT the very best part was all of my playing partners were super girls. Heartiest congrats to Jude and everyone who helped her put this show down on for us. You guys know how to run a great tournament. We will be back for sure.”
“Topping off a wonderful couple of days at Penneshaw and today Parndana golf clubs with a celebratory dinner. A really big thank you from The Blackwood contingent. We have loved the hospitality, golf and people of KI. Thanks for turning on the good weather for us.”