PGA Coach Donna
Donna Crouch is a golf professional based at Whaleback Golf Course. She's about to end her second stint at Whaleback and will be greatly missed.
Donna is a wheatbelt girl, from a farm in Yelbeni which is just a bit further out than Wyalkatchem. She describes it fondly as a town with three houses, a wheat bin, general store and a golf course. Yelbeni Golf Club was well ahead of its time, allowing Donna to play with adults from age 12. They had men and women playing on the same day, and handicaps up to 54 - which wasn't brought in until two years ago by Golf Australia. In Donna's words: "Why wouldn't you help people?" Coincidentally, Yelbeni is also the birthplace of Terry Gale - another very successful Western Australian golf professional.
To become a golf professional (PGA member) requires a three year traineeship which covers the business side of golf as well as repairs, fitting and teaching. Donna did two years at Yokine and her last year at Whaleback in 1999, where she continued as a professional until 2005. After that she worked primarily at Maylands Peninsula Golf Course before returning to Whaleback in late 2018.
Despite living and working in the city, Donna is still passionate about country WA and takes numerous trips each year to sell golf stock, meet people and play around the state. She has been involved in a GolfWA country tournament for many years which raises money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Donna wears a $4 Cannington op shop dress in shades of pink and orange which is auctioned off each year. This can earn $2000 in 15 minutes, which Donna highlights is much quicker easier than baking cakes all year. The tournament is held in a different country town each year and has raised around $25,000 to date.
Donna coaches juniors, ladies and mixed groups as well as individuals. She loves running group clinics, seeing people improve, and getting encouraging messages from participants. It's a hard job to leave, but the FIFO world is calling. The good thing is she'll be available to run half day clinics during her week off. We wish Donna all the best.
Junior Golf Clubs Winner
Canning Vale mother of three, Martha, won the April draw of our junior golf clubs. Pictured is daughter Anna 7, who will share the clubs with her younger siblings. Dad is pretty happy about the win and looking for a second hand set of clubs to get back into the sport with his children.
For just $5, children can play with an adult. A great way to get young children involved is to have them play from where your tee shot landed, or perhaps every second hole.
Hole in One
SCUDS Social Golf Club member John recently played a hole in one, a first for the 82 year old! He was part of a group from the Whaleback based club on an away trip to Marri Park when he played a perfect shot on the 180m par 3 on the 17th. Despite feeling good about the drive, his ball was nowhere to be found and he thought it had rolled off the green. A playing partner suggested he look in the hole, and there it was!
John has been part of SCUDS Social Golf Club for the past two years after previously only playing the occasional game. "They're a great bunch of blokes, though it is very competitive." The club has around 40 members, of all ages.
Whaleback Golf Course hosts a number of social clubs, all welcoming new members. Click here
to see the contact details for each club.