Date: April 23, 2015
Author: Christian Puccini / Golf SA

The Mary Cudmore �Girls into Golf Camp�

/> Golf SA Development Coach Allan Telford, Jenny Butcher and Elysia Yap with Girls Golf Camp attendees.

The Mary Cudmore ‘Girls into Golf Camp’ a ‘live in’ camp hosted by Golf SA at Scotch College was successfully held from 13- 15 April.

23 juniors from ages 10 to 14 years from metro areas and regions such as Naracoorte, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge and Broken Hill took part in the three-day development camp.

Golf is a game for life, simply through participation it develops many good attributes required to live a healthy lifestyle.

This camp was very much about having fun, while introducing the basic concepts of golf to the girls so they can acquire new skills.

Skills and topics covered were putting, chipping, pitching, driving, game play and fitness. Basic rules and etiquette was also covered.

1997 Australian Open Champion and South Australian Golf Hall of Fame Member Jane Crafter benefited greatly from attending Girl’s Golf Camps as a junior, when they were held down in McLaren Vale at Tatachilla.

“I have many fond memories of fun times”. Crafter said.

“Not only will you be learning a great deal about golf, the fundamentals of the game and the importance of etiquette, you will also be making lifelong friends with other girls who love golf too. Golf is a game for a lifetime, and these types of camps are a wonderful building block for your character and your game”.

“Mary Cudmore was a dear and generous soul who loved golf. I owe her a great deal and she was like a Mum to me, always there to encourage and support me, as well as all her junior players! It is a fitting tribute that this camp should be named in her honour and I encourage you to take part, enjoy the opportunity to learn and to forge friendships over a common bond, this great game of golf.” Crafter added.

“A little bit about Mary”

Mary was President of the SA Ladies Golf Union (later Woman's Golf SA) during the years 1972, 1973 and 1974. Mary followed Rhonda Watson as President of the Union and had been Junior Vice President in 1969 and Senior VP in 1970 and 1971.  Mary was also a delegate to the Australian Ladies' Golf Union from 1970-1974.

Mary was a country woman who had a long involvement with junior development, she was a former matron of the Naracoorte Hospital. Mary played at Royal Adelaide Golf Club where she became a life member. 

Mary the wonderful woman, through the years gave so much of her time to junior golf, she also believed that golf etiquette and the ability to make a small thank you speech was an important aspect of development. 

Mary sadly passed away in 2005 which is golf’s loss.

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