Port Macquarie's 18-hole golf course is officially opened, February 27, 1968

Port Macquarie’s 18-hole golf course officially opened

With the clubhouse packed to capacity, the state president of the NSW Golf Association, Mr Les Graham, officially opened Port Macquarie’s 18-hole golf course on Saturday night.

The night took the form of a dinner dance and was attended by more than 250 guests.

Gift: Una Robertson presents her painting of the new golf course to club president Jack Pike, along with associate president Enid Hudson, 1968.

Gift: Una Robertson presents her painting of the new golf course to club president Jack Pike, along with associate president Enid Hudson, 1968.

Role models: Port Macquarie High School captains for 1968, Donna Moore and Don Beattie were presented with their badges by primary school principal N.R. Payne.

Role models: Port Macquarie High School captains for 1968, Donna Moore and Don Beattie were presented with their badges by primary school principal N.R. Payne.

Mr Graham congratulated the club on its achievement of finishing the 18-hole course. He said he was delighted with the exhibition of club spirit that existed at Port Macquarie, which assures the success of any club. He congratulated the municipal council on their understanding of the club’s place in the community and the assistance they had given.

A good golf course which Port Macquarie now have, will help to bring more visitors to the town, said Mr Graham.

He then presented club president Mr Jack Pike with an official banner of the NSW Golf Association.

Before declaring the course officially open, Mr Graham made reference to the visiting golfers who were present.

Glen Fowler was emcee and club president Mr Jack Pike welcomed the visitors and gave a brief history of the club. He spoke of the untiring efforts of the ground staff and in particular Mr “Blue” Hicks, who was green-keeper when the move to go to Tacking Point was made, and the present greenkeeper Mr Pat Trotter for his most dedicated efforts in having the course in the shape it was today.

The mayor tendered a civic welcome to the official guests and congratulated the golf club on their efforts and said it was another first-class attraction for the tourist development of the area.

High School Speech Day

At Friday’s High School speech day, mayor C.C. Adams, said council awaited completion of the transfer of Education Department land in Bridge Street.

He said kerb and gutter work had commenced on the Bridge Street frontage, and conversion of the area into a suitable sports ground would commence immediately all details were in order.

The Ritz Theatre was packed for the function, highlight of which was the induction of new prefects for 1968. They included the new school captains Don Beattie and Donna Moore, and vice-captains, Ross Elliott and Susan Bowie. They were each presented with their badges by Mr N.R. Payne, Primary school principal.

Michael Stuart won the Dux of the School award for 1967. Mrs J. Keena representing the P and C made the presentation to Michael’s mother, as he was away at University.

Colleen Fowler won the Rotary Club senior citizenship award. The function was chaired by Dr N.E. McLaren, president of the High School P and C Association, and the Benediction was spoken by Archdeacon A.E. Warr. The school choir conducted by Mr B. Borger and accompanied by Mr W. Sneddon, rendered choral items during the function.

Returned to Office

At Saturday’s election, Mr Bruce Cowan (Country Party) was returned to office for his second three-year terms as State Member for Oxley. He pulled 15,358 votes, while his only opponent, Mr. J. Cordner (Independent) polled 3,630.

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