The recent Southbroom Ladies Classic was another roaring success – competitive, fashionable and three stunning autumn days.
The 16th edition of the tournament proved to be a special and saw Lynne Blackstock and Karen Burns fend off Sandy FitzGerald and Gill Huddy by two points to take the title.
The scoring was good and competitive with FitzGerald and Huddy (39 pts) and Jennifer Abernethy and Tinker de Swart (40 pts) trailing the shared Day One leaders Blackstock and Karen Burns together with Wendy Counihan and Binny Stephen, who had posted totals of 42 points each.
Saturday night’s highlight was the Southbroom Pro Shop Fashion Show. This year’s theme was ‘Around the world in just three Days’ commemorating Southbroom Golf Club’s 80th birthday. Ladies dressed up from different times and parts of the world. There were Egyptians, Cow Girls, Mexicans, Hawaiian Dancers, Australians, Zulu Dancers, Leprechauns and the mighty All Blacks from New Zealand, just to name a few.
After the fashion show and Nic’s famous potjie, the ladies were straight to business on Sunday morning, starting with resident pro Derek James’s clinic at 9am and a shotgun start at 10am. The wind was up early and blew all day; it was by no means a gale force, but enough to remind players to take an extra club or two.
The ladies were definitely better equipped on Day Two to battle the wind as the scoring was very good and still as competitive. Just three points separated five teams – Rene Matthew and Kathy Bush (42 pts), Biffy Dunn and Isobel Fyfe (43 pts), Blackstock and Burns, FitzGerald and Huddy (both on 44 pts) and Southbroom vice-captain Allyson Thomas and Shirley Jeffery, who won the day with an incredible 45 pts.
Going into the final day, the scores were close. High scoring on the Monday brought many back into contention, so there was a lot of excitement in the air.
Golfers were greeted to mainly overcast conditions, and no wind at all meant they were in for a cracker of a day. Winning the final day with a staggering 49 points were Janet Humphrey and Irene Schanda. That haul blasted them all the way up the leader board to a very respectable fifth spot.
It was a two-horse race for the Classic, with FitzGerald and Huddy having to make up three points on Blackstock and Burns if they were to lift the trophy. While they played brilliantly on the final day, Blackstock and Burns did equally well and eventually came in with 43 points, one behind FitzGerald and Huddy’s tally. That would be enough for Blackstock and Burns to secure their first-ever Ladies Classic crown by two shots.
The Classic Show and Winton Smile took centre stage on Sunday evening. Carrying on with the theme of ‘Around the world in 80 Days’, Allyson Thomas (Lady Captain) and her merry team attempted to take the crowd around the world in roughly 15 minutes, with acts from South Africa (Waka Waka), America (Born in the USA and It’s Raining Men), Britain (The Beatles and Spice Girls), Sweden (ABBA), Spain (La Macarena), South Korea (Gangnam Style) and to finish it off, Freddy Mercury with Queen’s We Will Rock You!
With great food, entertainment and music, it was a great party filled with company, dancing and many laughs.