Club celebrates 90th birthdays of five of its stalwarts

LADIES WHO LUNCH: Byron Bay Golf club celebrated 90th birthdays of five of its members. From left: Maureen Parker, Tweed Taylor, Bev Porter, Joan Martin and Jean Milgate. Photo Mitchell Craig
LADIES WHO LUNCH: Byron Bay Golf club celebrated 90th birthdays of five of its members. From left: Maureen Parker, Tweed Taylor, Bev Porter, Joan Martin and Jean Milgate. Photo Mitchell Craig

BYRON Bay women's golf club has celebrated the 90th birthdays of five of it stalwarts with a special lunch.

About 60 female golfers turned out for the afternoon to celebrate Joan Martin, Jean Milgate, Maureen Parker, Bev Porter and Tweed Taylor.

All five ladies have turned or will be 90 this year with Maureen still playing once-a-week.

"Having a cart to get me around the course definitely helps," she said.

"The ladies are all really kind, they still put up with me.

"It's all about the company and this is such a great place to play.

"We're very proud of our golf course.

"I've been playing here since 1981, we've travelled away to lots of places together and we've all been on the committee at some point in time.

"Some of the ladies here (for the party) we haven't seen in a long time, it's great catching up with them."

The women's golf club is an inclusive group who play Tuesday and Thursday every week. Club professional, Greg Stewart, and ladies captain, Marjorie Askew, also help newcomers learn the game on Monday and Fridays.

"These women that we're celebrating are an inspiration to anyone new to the game," Byron Bay golfer, Jenny Trezise, said.

"They are some of the original members who were here when the golf course was developed from a dairy farm.

"Even now they're not playing they're still very much a part of the club.

"To have so many people turn up for a lunch shows how much we value them.

"It's special to think how much influence they've had here since the 1980s.

"We've always been a really happy, community-based club.

"Days like this make it even more fantastic."

Jack Newton Junior Championship

Byron Bay and Ocean Shores golf club will host the Jack Newton Junior Championship in July. About 240 junior golfers will play in the four-day event from July 6-9. Players who make the cut will compete in the final round at Byron Bay.

Ballina Golf Club will host a two-day junior event on July 4-5.

The Jack Newton organisation aims to deliver golf to girls and boys under 18 years of age in New South Wales. Newton has been the driving force behind junior golf development since the group started in 1986. It aims to promote pathways at school and club level.