Ladies golf comp tees off at Dungog

SOFT LAUNCH: Karen Crighton, Wendy Middlebrook and Nicole Osmond on the golf course on Monday for the official start of the ladies comp at Dungog. Picture: Brian Leggett

SOFT LAUNCH: Karen Crighton, Wendy Middlebrook and Nicole Osmond on the golf course on Monday for the official start of the ladies comp at Dungog. Picture: Brian Leggett

Sixteen players teed off in a "soft" launch of a ladies golf competition at Dungog Golf Club on Monday.

During the past 12 months the golf club's board has held a number of well-attended 'Champagne' golf and social afternoons. This was followed by a series of training clinics.

The club's secretary Brian Leggett said this concerted effort has seen a number of women taking up club membership.

"The club used to conduct weekly ladies' competitions until 2011 when the numbers participating declined," said Mr Leggett.

"The recent upturn in participation led the club's board to consider re-introducing a ladies competition at some time but the strong participation in the training clinics and new memberships bought the plans forward to introducing the new competition this week."

The resurgence in ladies golf at the club has been led by vice-captain Wendy Middlebrook, who has done a lot of work behind the scenes playing social golf regularly with groups of ladies and encouraging their participation in the training clinics.

The training clinics have been conducted by club members John Campbell, Ben Turner, Warren 'Snowy' Gorton and Maitland member Melissa Beavis (who works at Amy Martin's office).

The first competition on Monday was a nine-hole stroke event and was taken out by Nicole Whale with a Nett score of 32, second was Nicole Osmond with a score of 34 and third was Julie Henniker with a score of 41 on a countback.

Sixteen played in Monday's competition with some who are in the early stages of their club membership providing scores that can be used to determine their initial golf handicap.

The ladies competitions will continue each Monday and operate under the current COVID regulations and restrictions which include the clubhouse being closed for trading.

When the COVID lockdown ends, a special gala 'launch' day will be held to celebrate the return of the ladies competition to the Dungog club.

If you would like more information about taking up golf either socially or becoming a member of the club, call Mr Leggett on 4992 1394 or send an email to dungoggolfclub@gmail.com.

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