Date: December 20, 2012
Author: Forster Tuncurry Lady Golfers

Golfers honoured for 50 years in game

Five golfers were recognised for 50 years in the game during the annual presentation night of the Forster Tuncurry Lady Golfers on November 26. The annual event at the Forster Golf Club, which included dinner and dancing, had a Roaring 20s theme and was attended by 150 Lady Golfers. The ladies outdid themselves with the majority dressing-up for the occasion and looking very glamorous.
The club was delighted to have Patronesses, Olga Gerathy and Priscilla Jeffery at the function together with several sponsors including Di Elkington from Harvey Norman, our major sponsor. Dorothy Brownsmith transformed the Club into a fine dining restaurant and as always really excelled herself. Jennifer Sampson scooped the pool, winning the Club Championship, Foursomes Championship, Veteran s Championship, Veteran s Foursomes Championship and Mixed Foursomes Championship. Jennifer was very disappointed not to be in attendance as she was holidaying in Vietnam. A very special presentation was made by President Verelle Miller to five lady golfers who have contributed significantly to the development of the game of golf in NSW and provided over 50 years of service. Lyn McCudden, Audrey Crow, Valerie Hooper, Marie Smith and Carole Blair are still gracing the fairways each Tuesday and Friday. LYN McCUDDEN commenced her golfing days at Orange in 1951 and subsequently became a member of Golf Clubs at Townsville Qld, Claremont, Tasmania, Asquith and finally joining Forster Tuncurry in 1993. Lyn is presently Vice President and Welfare Officer of the Club and has been a member of the Pennant team for many years. AUDREY CROW joined Liverpool Golf Club in 1962 and this Club was one of the first Clubs to allow Lady Members to play on Saturdays and to wear shorts and long socks in a competition. Audrey subsequently became a member of Golf Clubs at Rugby League Country Club, Taree, Wingham and Forster Tuncurry. Audrey was also a member of the Board and Ladies Committee at Forster and Treasurer of Women’s Golf Central North Coast for 5 years. VALERIE HOOPER joined Liverpool Golf Club in 1962 and subsequently became a member of Rugby League Country Club, Bankstown, Ryde-Parramatta, Wingham and finally Forster Tuncurry Golf Clubs and has held various positions at these Clubs and specialised in putting together and performing in most annual presentation nights. MARIE SMITH S love of golf began at the age of 15 at Lithgow Golf Club. Marie subsequently became a member of Lane Cove and then Monash Country Club where she played in their first pennant team and was the Business Girls Representative. Thereafter Marie joined Bayview and was instrumental in the starting of The Peninsula Week of Golf and from there to Mona Vale and finally Forster Tuncurry in 2005. Marie is a valued member of the BBQ crew who cater for the Ladies special events. CAROLE BLAIR s golfing career commenced when Carole joined Bowraville Golf Club in 1950. When Carole moved to Sydney she joined Moore Park and in 1965 joined Ryde-Parramatta. Carole played grade pennants for 39 years and won the Club Championship 21 times, and the Business Girls Championship 24 times. Carole became a NSW State and Australian Captain in 1987 and represented Australia on 4 occasions. Carole joined Mona Vale and finally Forster Tuncurry and Carole is also a member of the BBQ crew. Carole plays off a handicap of 6 and her lowest handicap was +1. These ladies are truly an inspiration to our lady members having devoted so many years to the wonderful game of golf. On receiving their awards the ladies were unanimous that many friendships were made during these days and still remain.