Generosity keeps club swinging

The right smell . . . Owaka Golf Club president Barney Bloxham (left) discusses the merits of the bale they were judging with Simon Walker, one of the volunteer judges at the Owaka Golf Club’s annual hay and baleage competition. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

Entries in the Owaka Golf Club hay and baleage competition and auction were rolled out on to the course last Friday for the judging of the 51st annual competition.
‘‘It is a great way to raise the money needed to keep this wonderful community asset going,’’ Owaka Golf Club president Barney Bloxham said.
‘‘We only have a small membership and we rely on the generosity of Catlins farmers and businesses to keep it all going here.
‘‘Despite the demands put on local farmers for baleage help in other areas, we managed to get 70 entries . . ..
‘‘The auction of the bales .. . will help us maintain the course and purchase a new tractor this year.
‘‘We couldn’t have done it without the generosity of the community.’’
The Bloxhams of Hillend won best bale, while the Deans brothers of Owaka Valley won the small bales competition. Craig Napier, of Tahakopa, won the big hay section.