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Embracing new roles

as seen in The Moyne Gazette, 10/02/11, by Anthony Brady 


The new ladies leadership team at the Port Fairy Golf Club is testament to the club's welcoming attitude to new players.

New Women's Club President Pam Brebner and Women's Club Captain Kaye Patterson both started their golfing careers at Port Fairy.

Both ladies took up the game in 2005, coming through Beryl Duncan's fortnightly New Golfers Program.

“Beryl has done a wonderful job for a long time helping new players pick up the game and feel comfortable at the club,” Mrs Brebner said.

“It is a very nurturing program. Beryl makes sure the new players have an experienced player with them and it really takes the pressure off trying to meet the challenges of the game."

“The ladies can then decide if they want to just keep coming along and playing on Tuesday or they can go on and play women's pennant on Mondays or participate in Ladies' Day on Thursday.”

As well as the New Golfers Program, the club will be hosting Give Golf a Go clinics for women over the next month.

The clinics will begin on Tuesday with a come-and-try day and will continue on for the following three Tuesdays. The clinics will be held at 10am and will run for an hour at a time. They are run by Golf Victoria.


Photo:  Port Fairy Golf Club Women's Club President Kaye Patterson (left) and Women's Captain Pam Brebner (right)


Mrs Brebner and Mrs Patterson are keen to encourage ladies interested in playing golf to attend and use the clinics to launch themselves into the sport.

Both ladies came from outside the town to first play at the club, having been introduced to Port Fairy by friends who were club members.

Mrs Brebner joined the golf club two years before she became a Port Fairy resident in 2007, while Mrs Patterson happily makes the journey from her home in Warrnambool over to Port Fairy to play.

The duo said they had never intended to take on leadership roles when they first joined but said there had been a natural progression into the roles.

“When I started I would never have thought I would take on the role of club captain, but I think we just really wanted to put something back into the club which has been so welcoming to us,” Mrs Patterson said.

These thoughts were echoed by Mrs Brebner, who said that as well as getting the opportunity to take on the challenges the game of golf offered, she had also benefited socially from the game.

“It has given me a really good social network which has been so good,especially when we first came to live here in Port Fairy.”

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