Golfers throughout Rotary District 9790 took to the superb Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods as part of a sporting welcome to the district’s 2018 conference for the following three days.
Forty golfers played a stableford event with the first four male and female placegetters receiving prizes in a competition well organised by the conference’s sports and recreation day director Noel Thomas.
“I thank the McCully family and all at Black Bull. Ross (Ross Lloyd, conference chair) and I sat down with them two years ago. They’ve been fantastic,” Noel said.
It was a very happy conference chair. “It’s been a very successful start to the conference,” Ross told the 30 male and 10 female golfers.
“I’m very, very proud we’ve got some winners and I hope we all have a wonderful evening (Sportsman’s Dinner, Friday night).”
Kelvin Rogash from Mooroopna, with 42 points was the best in the men’s field. With her score of 31 points, Euroa’s Mandy Edwards was first placed lady.
And Mr Lloyd’s wish for a wonderful Friday evening came true, with special guest speakers, local Kim Forge and South Australian Wayne Phillips informative, enlightening and entertaining the 132 diners in the Willow Room at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club resort.
Introduced by Master of Ceremonies, David Anderson from the Yea Rotary Club, both received a big round of applause for their talks and, later, after receiving and answering questions.
Kim, 46, told of her beginnings at curling as a five-year-old in West Canada, rolling her lunch box along the icy driveway of their home.
In 1980 she met a young man who worked as an agricultural exchange type student on her parents’ farm. Kim married that person, Rod Forge, from Burramine, at the golf club where she spoke last Thursday night.
An Australian champion, Kim finished fifth in a world event in Russia and is Australian Curling Federation President.
Wayne, 60, played 27 Test Matches and 48 one-dayers for Australia, coached SA and loves his speaking engagements in Yarrawonga/Mulwala, as previously reported in the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
A big innings player and classy wicketkeeper, the left-hand batsman was a big hit with the Rotarians and partners with his brilliant sense of humour.