I know I bang on a bit about the magnificent volunteers at our Kapunda Golf Club, but when you have 23 of them turn up to assist with the greens renovations I think that speaks for itself.
And what a magnificent job they did. Just five days after the event the greens were not only playable but pretty consistent although a little slow as you would expect on Saturday.
David Jones certainly has his helpers well trained and eager to assist.
Once again they were treated to a great feed with meat supplied by Boo Menzel and Margie, Jan and Cindy ensured they had some salads and sweets to go with it.
Let me assure you the members really appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the cause.
Well done to all concerned.
The week turned out to be almost a carbon copy of the one before with hot weather on the Wednesday and Thursday and a bit cooler on Saturday.
The fillies played a stroke round on Wednesday with ten teeing up. Sue Byrnes and Gloria Potter put daylight between them and the rest of the field when both carded net 71's.
On this occasion it was Sue who topped the podium after the countback.
Jenny Menzel had 76 and Glenys Pierce 77.
Wednesday was also the first twilight round for the season and a fantastic field of 26 players braved the warm afternoon to play the nine holes.
"Lit'l Mo" Moten may have been practicing in the "off" season and he started things off with a great score of 22 points.
George Ackerman just pipped Jaimie Lindeblad in a countback with 21 points.
The "non golfer" prize went to Brett Calley with 14 points.
Jenny Menzel topped the ladies field with 16 points in what proved to be a precursor to a great Saturday round.
With such a good turnout for the opening round we are optimistic the twilight season may bring back the big fields of a few years ago.
The hot weather probably caused a few of the Thursday players to take a break with the field reduced to 23 starters.
It didn't seem to bother Dave Waters as he returned to the winner's circle with a net 69.
Wayne Morris also had a pretty good day with 71. Ray Thorning was a shot further back and Terry Fidler had 74.
Frankie Schulz played Darrell Davies in their Dave Forrest "Top Dog" 'matchplay' match and Frankie was pretty keen to let me know he won with a 30' putt on the last hole to win the match one up. Well done "German".
Saturday brought about a cool change in the weather and either the forecast or the thought of sandy greens kept the field to 62.
As it turned out, the very light "mist" cleared early and the day presented near perfect conditions.
Rob Harcourt certainly got the message from his playing partner that deciding not to play in the "rain" proved to be a poor decision.
Most of those that did play seemed to struggle, either with the slower greens, or the lack of ability on the day, as scores were nothing to write home about.
The trio of Menzels and a couple of others were the exceptions.
As I alluded to earlier, Jenny Menzel continued her good mid week form to have the best round of the day and claim the C grade Monthly Medal with a great net score of 68 (reduced to 66 under new R&A rules). Husband Mick had to settle for the "bridesmaid" prize in the grade a couple further back.
Brother in-law Boo had a win in the B grade despite 4 putting the 16th green, finishing with 73.
Harvey Murray was runner up in the grade after a countback with Johnny Harris on 74.
The A grade was won by part timer Russell Minett, also in a countback on 74 with vice skipper Leigh Durdin who really only had two bad holes on the day.
Russ, playing only his second round in about six months, not only won the A grade Monthly Medal but also picked up the jackpot prize of almost $200- with a birdie on the par four 13th.
Not a bad outing for the likeable leftie and it was great to him out for another hit.
Other half decent scores came from Kym Mosey with 72, Glennis Warrior continued her consistent form with 73, and Sal Hambour, Alan Strawbridge, Maxy Wilson and Geoffrey Zerk all carded 75.
Darrell Davies must have wondered what he had done to upset the golfing gods after trying three times to extricate his ball from the edge of the dam, trying not to get covered in mud in the process.
The putting comps for each grade were won by Andy Peters and Harvey Murray in the A & B grades respectively with 27 apiece and Darrell Davies had a little more luck in the C grade with 28 with the flat stick.
Skipper Eugene has generously extended the cut off by a couple of weeks for the next rounds of the "Top Dog" to be played to give those involved a chance to get their matches done.
Wayne Morris needs to arrange a game with Brett Woodards to see who will come up against Mick Hennessy and Glennis Warrior is up against Alex Nicholson to see who will meet Willow.
Both German and Von Altus await the winners of those rounds to go into the final.
Just a reminder that on Thursday night the AGM will be held in the Clubhouse at 7pm.
Please make the effort to come along and support the Club in voting in your new committee for the upcoming twelve months. It is an important event in the calendar and deserving of a good turnout in a show of support for your hard working committee.
It is an opportune time to wish president Pete all the best as he will be spending the afternoon under the knife and hammer and chisel having his second replacement hip done.
I have it on good authority he would rather be at the AGM.
All the best for a speedy and successful recovery Pete.
Next week we take a break from the stroke rounds with a little more relaxing stableford round.