by Chris Tobin
Societal changes have impacted sport vastly in recent years and golf is no exception.
In the past, members of the ladies’ section of the Timaru Golf Club played mostly during the week when women tended not to work outside the home.
That changed a long time ago.
Life member and immediate past club captain Susan Brown said time constraints made playing golf more problematic these days.
“The South Canterbury women’s match play and stroke play events were played every year at the club but when numbers decreased due to women continuing to work they were discontinued.”
Yet the club has adapted.
Some women still play mid-week but also now on Saturdays, and nine-hole rounds have proved very popular.
“The nine-hole golf competition was created in 1999. This has brought many, young and old, into the game and it continues to grow,” Brown said.
In the last few years the club started a Monday evening introduction for new players which has also been successful.
Such adaptation has allowed the ladies section, now numbering just over 50 members, to continue its long and successful history.
Club members Lynda Brown, Angela Gerken and Ginny Bolderston are current Aorangi interprovincial team representatives while former representative Anne Seed is still actively involved in the selection panel.
The Kerr Cup team event hosted by the Timaru Club which started in 1937 is still keenly contested.
Last week the club celebrated its 120th anniversary with a dinner and reminiscing, together with the annual prizegiving.
“It was great, a lot of fund and plenty of chatter,” Brown said.
“People met up who hadn’t seen each other for a long time.”