Cudmore Bowl's big crowd

Naracoorte Golf club held a very successful Mary Cudmore Bowl tournament last week in the most perfect of weather conditions for golf.

This was the 22nd year of the tournament which attracts women from all over South Australia and also western Victoria. The tournament is named in honour of Mary Cudmore who was a fabulous contributor to the golf club during the 1950s-60s.

Fifty-four women were welcomed at a dinner at the club on Tuesday night. The food was very professionally prepared and served by a group of Naracoorte golf ladies with rave reviews by all who attended.

On Wednesday, 15 clubs were represented in a field of 79 players who played an individual stableford competition. Julie Koch kindly sponsored the day, and not only provided fabulous trophies, but also a delicious lunch for the golfers.

On Thursday, 26 clubs were represented in a field of 114 players in an individual stableford competition.

Teams of 3 players, representing individual clubs, played for the coveted Mary Cudmore Bowl. The day was sponsored by the William MacIntosh Motor Lodge. The atmosphere in the clubhouse after the golf was fabulous with excellent feedback on the condition of the golf course and also the wonderful catering, so well convened by the ladies president Robyn Talbot.

The club has installed a new electronic card system which has streamlined the printing of cards and preparation of results. This was a real bonus for the match committee with such large fields.

Results were instantly printed once the last players had come in with no need for card checking or any of the other jobs the committee have faced in the past.

Sabine Grein from Loxton was the winner of the A grade on Wednesday with 35 points. In B grade, Carmel Evans of West Lakes with 37 points was the winner and Lesley Gosse from Waikerie was the winner in C grade with 36 points on a count back from Chris McDonald of Naracoorte, also with 36 points.

The Mary Cudmore Bowl was won by Blue Lake with a combined score of 101 points. The club was represented by Annette Ford (34 points), Helen Myers (33 points) and Lee-Anne Medhurst (34 points). Individual winners were Pam Hood of Naracoorte with 36 points in A grade, Fleur Finlayson of Kaniva with 37 points in B grade and once again Lesley Gosse of Waikerie in C grade with 36 points. Lesley certainly had a very consistent couple of days of golf!

Nearest the pin and longest drive trophies for each grade were also presented on both days.

The clubrooms and course looked amazing and it was great to showcase the wonderful facility. Visiting golfers talked so positively of the course and the competition and many were already talking about returning next year.