By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Women’s golf took centre stage as Port Shepstone Country Club played host to the third annual South Coast Ladies Festival of Golf this week.
The fourball alliance competition attracted over 100 players from across the country and produced two memorable days of play and great camaraderie on Monday and Tuesday.
Sheppie’s most decorated club champion in history Colleen Eaton, Women’s Golf South Africa president Karen Olivant, KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union second vice-president Jane Lind and former Sheppie club captain and KwaZulu-Natal selector Corky Kirby drew first blood by winning Day One in dominant fashion.
The formidable foursome went on to place second on Day Two to be crowned ‘Queens of the Greens.’
“The Golden Oldies rule,” Eaton told eHowzit. “We’re a fourball of friends that go way back. We were all determined to win as we seldom get the opportunity to play together.
“The Port Shepstone Country Club ladies section worked hard to raise funds and it was once again an excellently run and managed event this year.
“Because of that, this is becoming an increasingly popular and sought-after event,” she added.
A strong start saw Eaton and her team post a winning score of 95 points, six ahead of second-placed Jackie Porrill, Annie Stoppel, Cecelia Verster and Nicole New.
Lan Yeadon, Tina Routledge, Margie Sherratt and Jean Powell finished third on 87 points, while Beryl Olden, Rona Kirkpatrick, Dot Linaker and Judy Clow won the PG Glass Ball Challenge on 41 points.
Eaton snapped up the closest to the pin prize on the 17th, the other sharpshooting prizes going to Denise Labuschagne (5th), Candida Amm (8th) and Lyn Doveton (14th), with former hockey star and 2015 Port Shepstone ladies strokeplay champion Kim Strauss securing the longest drive prize.
Day Two belonged to Sharon de Lange, Jackie van Eeden, Amm and Lyn Doveton with Eaton and company second and Glen Wickham, Terri Holloway, Debi Stewart and Lydia Muhl third.
De Lange, Van Eeden, Amm and Doveton’s strong finish earned them the overall runners-up position, while consistency earned Martie Horn, Carol Chamberlain, Michelle Dold and Corinne Cozens third place overall.
Photos by Jenny Hulley