Female golfers reflect on decades of fun as club celebrates 50th anniversary

d494867a Melville Glades Golf Club members Roma Martin (90), Lois Lively (90) and Nena Katnic (84) at their beloved golf course. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d494867a Melville Glades Golf Club members Roma Martin (90), Lois Lively (90) and Nena Katnic (84) at their beloved golf course. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

FUN and friendship has kept three women on the golf course for many decades.

Melville Glades Golf Club members Roma Martin (90), Lois Lively (90) and Nena Katnic (84) have seen many changes since the golf course opened 50 years ago.

Mrs Martin is an inaugural member, having joined the club when it opened in 1969 with her husband Jack. Mrs Lively and Mrs Katnic joined together in 1974 after first meeting while on duty in the tuck shop at Santa Maria College.

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The duo have played in the annual foursome championships, only missing twice due to injuries, and have won five times.

Mrs Katnic said the golf course was “top notch” and it allowed her to expand her friendship circle.

“I’ve loved being a member, it’s a chance to play golf, have a drink and a laugh,” she said.

“Golf has changed a lot, back in the day women weren’t allowed to play unless they had a 36 handicap but now more women can play.

“It used to be more strict about what the women could wear but it’s relaxed a lot.”

d494867f Melville Glades Golf Club members Roma Martin, Nena Katnic and Lois Lively. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie

Mrs Lively said her favourite memories revolve around companionship over the years.

“There’s been plenty of enjoyable moments, especially around championship time and we’ve had lots of lovely dinners,” she said.

“We’ve also been able to visit other golf courses in the South West such as Donnybrook and Capel.”