Welcome back to the Bendigo Advertiser's central Vic golfers in profile series.
This week we caught up with Quarry Hill's Sandra Davey to talk about her love of golf, in addition to all of the other great things the game has brought into her life, whether it be volunteering or the social aspects.
Name: Sandra Davey
Handicap: GA 19.1 (17 at Quarry Hill).
Home club: Quarry Hill Golf Club. (Current life member and treasurer, former president 2002-08)
How long have you been playing? Introduced to golf when I was 18 by my then boyfriend, now husband Stewart.
I played socially at Quarry Hill on Sundays whilst also playing netball on Saturdays. I then started playing in the club competitions a couple of years later. I enjoyed the switch from a team sport to one that's entirely reliant on your own ability. I then stopped while our children were little, however, when our children went to school i recommence playing in 1998. Over the years I've enjoyed playing both home competitions and at local district clubs in their tournaments and also pennant.
Ball: Wilson Staff Duo Soft
Clubs: Powerbilt irons, Callaway driver, 5 wood and 7 wood and a 10-year-old reliable putter.
Best score (and where): 79 at Quarry Hill
Favourite hole: 16th at Quarry Hill. It has a lovely view looking down over Bendigo's Sacred Heart Cathedral
Favourite shot on the course: 100m out with a cleanly struck 8 iron.
Best golf memories: Both my husband Stewart and I both winning club championships this year at Quarry Hill.
I also had the chance to play at Rossdale Golf Club after winning local representation silver spoon. Couldn't believe it, the bunkers were like magnets and it didn't help coming from a sand scrape course, but had great company and it was way outside of my comfort zone.
Another memorable game was when I was seven months pregnant and played a mixed Pinehurst competition at Marong Golf Club and found my ball on the side of a bank of a dam. I couldn't see the ball over my tummy. Stewart and I both laughed and sure enough missed the ball, but being a Pinehurst we had another ball in play.
Current golfing goal: I would love a hole-in-one. Also to restart an adult coaching clinic/social morning at the club to attract more members and show how much enjoyment golf can bring.
Why I love golf: I not only love playing golf and learning to take the good with the bad days, but also being involved with the club on both an administrative and social level.
I enjoy being a volunteer here at Quarry Hill as we have so much to offer the community and would dearly love for the course to continue for many years. It's a gem to preserve.
I love that golf is a generational sport. Nothing promotes a smile more than to see children out playing with parents and grandparents.
It really is a joy to be out in the fresh air with the birds chirping and spring wax flowers around the fairways. I'm so thankful for life, good health and being able to play golf in nature's garden. I often pause during a game and recognise how thankful and blessed. This is why I volunteer, to save our course.
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