For a second straight year COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of the Golf Australia SA Women's Country Week Bronze Salver event in Port Lincoln.
Female golfers from across the state were to compete in friendly golf and events scheduled between Tuesday, July 20 to Thursday, July 22, however the event was cancelled in light of the statewide lockdown.
Port Lincoln Golf Club women's captain Kaye Jaensch said the event was one female golfers looked forward to every July with events held at clubs across the state.
Cancelled Women's Country Week events were also planned for Maitland (Bronze Plate), Victor Harbor (Bronze Shield) and Murray Bridge (Silver) golf clubs.
She said there was a welcome party on the Monday afternoon with a fun meeting between players and teams were drawn for the Country vs Metro event.
"The next day players were allowed to have a social round and when the news came of the lockdown, I had the duty of driving around in the golf cart alerting them to the sad news," she said.
"Some stayed on in Port Lincoln while others immediately organised to travel home."
Ms Jaensch said the cancellation meant the club missed out on money that Golf Australia would have given them as a result of the entries, as well as other benefits to the Port Lincoln community.
"On a personal note it means we miss out on them coming to Port Lincoln to see the area, come back on another date, play on our course and socialising," she said.
On a positive note major sponsor Bendigo Community Bank Port Lincoln has agreed to let the club keep its sponsorship money to help defray costs incurred.
Ms Jaensch said thanks also go to Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, Member for Flinders Peter Treloar, Port Lincoln Hotel and Cafe Chino's for their support, as well as all the women who helped prepare, decorate and clean the clubhouse before the event.
Special mentions have been made to past captain Cindy Carr and Bronze Salver entrant Val Sharrad for their creative decorating ideas and to dedicated worker and House Committee chairperson Carolyn Cocks.
Ms Jaensch said during their brief time in Port Lincoln players had been appreciative of the hospitality and the effort put in to prepare for the event.
"Hope everyone who can gets vaccinated, we're all in this together," she said.
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