Whilst most sports have experienced closedown during the current pandemic, golf has been the lucky sport albeit with added restrictions and rules adapted for play which have now almost become the norm.
Lithgow Golf Club Members are doing very well and consider themselves very fortunate to be able to get out for some exercise and fresh air playing the game they love to play.
The Club too has seen an influx of players encouraged back to play the sport. Only last week in the school holidays a program was run to introduce kids to the game.
A parent and in some cases grandparent bought the kids outside into the fresh air to have a "go" at golf and received encouragement awards for being aware of what was happening around them. Thanks to the Lolly Bug for their sponsorship and Natasha Drury for her input.
The Lady Members at the Club have also been out and about with fields attracting good numbers for both competition days, Wednesday 18 holes and Friday 9 holes (or 2 x 9 holes) as well joining in with the Monday medley competitions.
The sibling rivalry between sisters Carol Osborne and Julie Murnane has thrived through lock down. Julie has been playing well throughout, knocking strokes off her handicap regularly while last Saturday Carol won the C Grade section of the Medley competition with 70 nett, picking up the daily voucher and would have been the monthly medal winner had she been eligible (male members are only eligible for the Saturday Medal as women play their monthly medals mid week).
They are both very competitive, especially with each other and are enjoying their golf as they are playing well.
Jennifer Wild appears to be the 9 holes specialist winning many of the Friday competitions and Fran Le Fevre has benefited from more time spent on the course by being in the winner's circle very regularly.
Last Wednesday Fran amassed 43 points, an excellent score considering the course is not playing that easy.
Up until last week the players were playing in groups of two. We are now considering ourselves lucky as we are permitted to play in groups of three or four with a couple of stipulations, all players in the group must be double vaccinated and those playing in carts must have only one person per cart.
Playing in groups of three and four is much more sociable so more chatter is happening not only between the women but the men also.
Moving forward, the Ladies are hoping to play their Foursomes Championships at the end of October, these were postponed in August because of the two player per group rule.
The players are looking forward to again having the Clubhouse open so we can go inside, have something to eat and a drink and catch up with what has been happening amongst the Members.
Emails are a great source of communication but we miss the personal interaction between golfing buddies after the game while following social distancing rules of course.
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