Women’s Golf, Pamela McRae

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The beautiful golf course at Kew Country Club will be the site of the 78th Annual WGCNC Three Day Tournament from 7th – 9th August. Pamela McRae, President of the KCC Lady Golfers, fills us in about the event, but also explains how golf is a fantastic way for women and girls of all ages to get together and have some fun – regardless of skill level!

Hi Pam. What’s your association with the Camden Haven/Greater Port Macquarie area?

My husband, Keith and I retired here 14 years ago from Sydney. My parents retired to North Haven 40 years ago; we used to holiday at North Haven every Easter and Christmas and knew this was the best place to retire when the time came.

When and why did you take up golf?

I took up golf 13 years ago, so that Keith and I could enjoy it together. Camden Haven Community College regularly run “Learn to Play Golf” courses, which entails six weeks of one hour lessons with the Pro at Kew Country Club.  

From there, my friend Sue and I started playing nine holes on a Wednesday and Friday and then moved to playing 18 holes twice a week and weekend social games on Sundays with our husbands.

You’re the President of Kew Ladies Golf Club … and I know you’ve all been extra busy organising an upcoming tournament at Kew Country Club – the 78th Annual Women’s Golf Central North Coast (WGCNC) Three Day Tournament. What’s been involved with the behind the scenes organisation of this event?

Kew Country Club (KCC) Lady Golfers applied to hold this event approximately three years ago and were very excited to be advised in 2016 that our club had been selected. Not much has been required until earlier this year, when our committee met with the committee from WGCNC and we went through a list of requirements – the main one being that from lunch time Monday 6th August we hand the course over to WGCNC and no one else can play on the course while the tournament is in progress, which means “Ladies Only” Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 

LUSC have come on board as our Major Sponsor, which we greatly appreciate. We will provide morning tea each day, the Bistro will be busy with lunches etc., and our Course Superintendent Brendan will be making sure the course is in tip top condition for the three days.  

A Presentation Dinner will be held at the LUSC Wednesday evening, with entertainment provided by the Kew ladies, and Gary King will make sure the ladies have a great time dancing the night away.

How’s the programme for the tournament shaping up?

The CNC Committee accept the entries and organise tee times, which will be forwarded to Kew prior to the event. Our Pro Shop has the job of making sure we have enough carts for those ladies who require them. We will need Spotters on the course on several of our tricky holes.  

A Meet and Greet will be held Monday evening (6th August) at 6pm at the Golf Club, at which time we will offer all ladies temporary membership of the LUSC; they can catch up with people they haven’t seen since the last tournament, check their tee times and generally have a catch up with others.  

There is also a 9 Hole “Ball Comp” Monday afternoon, organised by the Pro Shop for any ladies who would like to play on the course prior to the start on Tuesday 7th August.  Depending on the number of entries, we can take up to 160 per day, there will be four divisions (Div 1 and 2 playing Stroke, Div 3 and 4 playing Stableford) with two tee times – 7:30am and approx. 11am.

What golf skill level/club membership is required for those ladies who may wish to take part in the tournament?

This is an Open Event, so handicaps will vary with very low markers right through to those on the highest of 45. Anyone can enter the event, as long as you have a current handicap. These events are all about being away with your friends and enjoying the game of golf at a different course.

What’s your favourite thing about the golf course at Kew Country Club? Is it a challenging course?

Kew is definitely challenging; just when you think you have worked it out, a few bad shots bring you back to Earth! However, that’s what most of us like – different holes make you think about where you should be placing the ball, even though that isn’t how it works out sometimes.  

As I say, sometimes the golf works, sometimes it doesn’t. If the weather is great, and you enjoy the company of the people you are playing with and the catch up after, a good game of golf is a bonus.

Where can we find out more info about the tournament and Women’s Golf Central North Coast?

Women’s Golf Central North Coast is a non-profit organisation which provides a range of golfing experiences, on a variety of courses and for all levels of players. Clubs in the group’s district range from Bulahdelah in the south, through to Woolgoolga in the north, and west to Gloucester.

Each year WGCNC puts on two tournaments, including a senior tournament for those over 50 years and an open tournament for all ages.

Visit: http://womensgolfcnc.org.au/

Final say …

The Kew Ladies Golf Club is open to new members, and we also welcome any young girls who are looking to take up golf. We have a wonderful Junior Program at Kew and we hold the Jack Newton Junior Golf Tournament each year.

Thanks Pam.

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