Golf club celebrates centennial in style

Honoured . . . Life memberships were awarded to (from left) Bill Clayton-Reed, Mervyn Hale, Liz Oliver and Jack Kennedy at Kaitangata Golf Club’s centennial celebrations over Easter. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Golf was the winner at Kaitangata Golf Club’s centennial celebrations over Easter.

Visitors and locals played golf on Saturday afternoon and turned out in force for the annual ‘‘Easter Chicken Run’’ on Easter Sunday.

‘‘The weather was sunny although the wind was a bit of an issue for those trying to hit a straight ball,’’ centennial coorganiser and club historian Joyce Beck said.

A highlight of the weekend’s activities was the presentation of life memberships to Liz Oliver, Bill Clayton-Reed, Jack Kennedy and Mervyn Hale, all members or ex-members whose years of service to the club were greatly appreciated.

‘‘It was a total surprise to them all and they were a bit speechless at the acknowledgement bestowed on them,’’ Mrs Beck said.

Marion Dodds and Mr Hale cut the centennial cake as the oldest life members of the club.

Hana-Rae Seifert and Mahal Pearce from Golf Otago and New Zealand Golf joined ex-Kaitangata member and well-known Otago golfer Bruce Tourell as well-received guest speakers.

All attendees were piped into the Kaitangata Community Centre by club president Tony Beck, acknowledging golf’s origins at the ‘‘Old Course’’ in St Andrews, Scotland.

‘‘Plenty of golf was played, raffles were drawn, books and named memorabilia were sold, delicious food was shared and old friendships were renewed,’’ Mrs Beck said.

‘‘A great weekend was had by all.’’