Well, I’ve been banging on about the magpies again and now the plovers are having a go. They are making a nest on the eighteenth, so golfers and dog walkers beware of them.
But, the biggest news of all was the eagles on the course on Saturday. Two of them. There was one on the thirteenth and the other on the fourth.
They were a bit of a different eagle though and it is not too often that you get two in one day. Yes, I am talking golf eagles.
An eagle is where a golfer pots his ball two under par. One shot under is a birdie, two under, an eagle.
And in the gale force winds of last Saturday, the scores for the day were very reasonable and the eagles, well, phenomenal.
The first into the clubhouse with an eagle on his card had been Andrew Chivell. He had shot his on the thirteenth, almost an unheard of achievement. Congratulations Andrew.
I had grabbed all of the balls out of the eagle’s nest and packed them up for Chivell, but it wasn’t long before Trevor Spillman handed his card in and lo and behold there was another eagle, this time on four. This also, in my books anyway, is a magnificent achievement. So there I was halving the balls, half each, seven each. Well done.
The day had been sponsored by Betta-View Windows, a stroke round, and a very generous sponsorship for the day at that. Betta-View Windows have been sponsoring a golf day for many years now and the club appreciates their generosity in assisting the pulling together of their winter season golf days.
With the poor playing conditions who would have thought that the winner for the day would be finishing his game with one over on the front nine, six pars and one birdie, and had pared the back nine with another six pars and an eagle.
Relatively speaking the winner, Andrew Chivell had a most reasonable day. Finishing his game with one over par, he had penciled in a sixty eight.
But shiver me timbers, who was right behind him with a sixty eight net also, well, none other than John Penny. When Penny had entered the clubhouse I had asked how his game had been, hmmm, I won’t say what his answer was, but it wasn’t in the positive direction. Little fibber. A very good game for Penny.
For those that don’t know, John Penny has been selected as a finalist in the Clubs SA Awards for Excellence, Volunteer of the Year. This is quite a prestigious honour to have been selected as a finalist.
Even though Penny is up against some stiff competition, just the thrill of being in the finalist list is enough, a fine representative from the Port Pirie Golf Club.
Mind you no-one deserves this as much as he does. Any club who has a volunteer like him, is more than lucky. So it was good to see him have a decent round of golf and end in the winner’s list.
While we are on the subject of fine fighting men, let me say about Malcolm and Jayson Meyers, both members of our club. The Meyers’ are beginning to work on more redevelopments just behind Acacia Street and had a need to remove quite a bit of top soil. And what beautiful top soil it is at that.
They had run sheep and grown wheat on this land for many years, so over time the mulch had worked into the land, producing the rich, fertile soil that it is today.
What is the golf course so desperately in need of, apart from water? Rich, fertile soil.
The Meyers’ donated this soil to the club. John Penny arranged with Lin Joyce to cart the soil, and believe me Lin looks after the club also, and between the two lots, there is now a nice stockpile of soil to be used over the course.
Thank you, gentlemen, all of you, we can’t thank you enough.
So back to golf and Tony Coombe, a B grade Player, blitzed that grade. Coombe finished with a sixty six net. He plays off a handicap of nineteen and is one of the early birds, up and at ‘em before my eyes are even open.
It is good to see Coombe have a win, he, Alan Peters and Leon Sampson are genuine contenders when it comes to the nice guys of golf. Kevin Stokes pulled up second in the B Grade with a sixty nine net, a wee way back from Coombe.
C Grade winner, and it was another contender for the nice guy of the year, Don Dietman. Donny finished with a seventy two net with his playing partner Wally Zilm, oh there are too many Mr Nice Guys around, finishing on seventy three.
It was really nice to see David Langston out playing nine again as did Roger Huxtable.
They started playing with Alastair Wilson but Wilson transferred to Penny and Tattolis’ group when the first two had finished on the nine.
Alastair Wilson experienced a bit of a thrill when he had hit his ball just over the bunker on the fourteenth.
The ball sat, just gripping the grass above the bunker, when along came a big puff of wind and blew the ball straight back into the bunker. Oh no, cried Wilson.
A funny little story to finish off this week, and incorporating the same fellow. Alastair Wilson, getting ready to travel to Tarcowie to play golf.
He loaded up the little pockets at the front of his buggy with different length and sized tees. He filled up the water bottle on his buggy and headed off. He was ready for a day of golf.
On arriving at Tarcowie, Alastair had been bewildered to find that he no longer had any tees or any water for that fact.
Yes, the road to Tarcoie would have been littered with coloured tees and the water had bounced its way out of the bottle also. A lesson learnt, even at Alastair’s age.
Until next week, happy golfing!