The weather gods blessed the Cummins golfing ladies with glorious autumn weather on Wednesday May 17.
The forecasted thunderstorms never eventuated and the ladies enjoyed soft sunshine for the annual Cummins District Community Bank Branch Club Championship foursomes 27 hole and the Shylie Rymill 18 hole competitions.
The rains from the previous day had the birds rejoicing nosily around the course, which was a delight on the ear.
The newly washed fallen leaves on the fairways fairly shone in the sunlight, which on occasion made it a trick to decide to find the ball as they shone too.
There was an eerie moment of silence when Joyleen Pedler was setting up to chip onto the scrape.
The birds quietened off and the slight puff of breeze dropped away, all waiting with baited breath for Pedler to connect with her ball.
The next moment the cone of silence was gone and all sounds were back.
It was quite bizarre according to Fiona Dahlitz, Leah Carr and Lemmey Secker who were all witnesses.
Melissa McCracken is really finding rhythm with her new sticks with quite a productive round. She should be dropping her handicap soon.
One particular group of foursomes had some not so fun times on the third teeblock.
Tiff Firth drove into the rough along the creek. Kathy Modra also drove into the rough along the creek.
Judy Holman drove high, bounced off a tree and watched her ball disappear into the rough along the creek.
Thank goodness for Carmel Sheehan who drove long and true.
All lost balls were retrieved with a bit of crawling on knees in amongst the young Sheoak saplings.
Leonie Phelps and Joan Nelligan, last year’s championship winners, have a wonderful partnership on course.
Their policy is they never say sorry for duffing a shot and putting their partner in a challenging position for the next shot.
The 2017 Cummins District Community Bank Branch Club Championship foursomes stroke winners were Joyleen Pedler and Fiona Dahlitz with 143 off the stick.
Handicap winners were Chris Koch and Tracey Wooley with net 105.25.
The Shylie Rymill foursomes, the 18-hole competition was won with a sub-par score of 68.5 was also Chris Koch and Tracey Wooley.
Wooley also had a sweet chip into the cup on the second scrape. Kathy Modra and Carmel Sheehan had a beautiful birdie on seventeen.
Modra’s near perfect drive over the creek saw her ball roll to a stop just shy of the cup to which Sheehan easily dispatched.
Novelty for the day was the second hit on the ninth.
Joyleen Pedler and Fiona Dahlitz placed the pin on the frog just to the right of the scrape.
It was a fabulous first drive followed up by a long second shot.
Tomorrow is a par round with Judy Holman and Fiona Dahlitz on Tee Duty and Carmel Sheehan as hostess.
The Cummins Club wishes all golfers from EP travelling up to Streaky Bay for the competition on Wednesday the best of luck and may the course be with you.