History reflected at Coffin Bay Golf Club 40th birthday

BIRTHDAY: Peter Blacker cuts the birthday cake with David Sims and Lorraine Bradford. Photo: supplied
BIRTHDAY: Peter Blacker cuts the birthday cake with David Sims and Lorraine Bradford. Photo: supplied

More than 60 people attended the Coffin Bay Golf Club's birthday celebrations and the opening of the Phil Olds veranda on February 13.

The original Ladies Committee was well represented with patroness Elva Hodge, president Lorraine Bradford, captain Cathy Myers, treasurer Jean Puckridge, handicapper Sandra Peters and committee member Raelene Wheaton attending.

There were many photo albums available for browsing and many memories were recalled with a lot of laughter.

Ian Beeby welcomed everyone and then handed the microphone to David Sims who gave a brief history of the golf club concluding with the establishment of greens.

Lorraine Bradford spoke about the early days of the lady's club and then asked Peter Blacker to cut the cake.

Mr Blacker opened the club 41 years ago and gave a summary of the acquiring of the land from Stan Morgan, the Parks and the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council. Brian Hurrell was the then councillor who negotiated the deal.

PLAQUE: Brenda Olds reveals the plaque dedicated to her husband Phil Olds. Photo: supplied

PLAQUE: Brenda Olds reveals the plaque dedicated to her husband Phil Olds. Photo: supplied

The working bees were spoken about particularly the rock collections, teas and barbecues that happened in the old club rooms. The wood stove was lit on these days to boil the kettle.

Peter Bradford entertained us with some of the antics of early players.

A lovely afternoon tea followed, and then the afternoon was concluded with the opening of the Phil Olds (First President) Veranda.

Mr Olds was a major driving force in the early days with not only the golf club but many other projects including at Wangary.

Brenda, his wife gave a brief summary of the voluntary work that he was involved in and then revealed the plaque to honour Phil.

Golf buggies were made available for people to tour the grounds which many past players took advantage of.

We thank our early and current volunteers for providing such an asset to Coffin Bay.