The Wee Waa Golf Club recently presented Trish Wall with life membership and recognised her tireless and enthusiastic contribution to keep the club ticking over the last 20 years.

“Trish has certainly always had the club at heart and really deserves the life membership of the Wee Waa Golf Club and as far as I know she is the first lady member to achieve the honour,” said Wee Waa Golf Club president David Russell in a presentation speech.

“The directors of Wee Waa Golf Club wish to honour ‘one of their own’ – a long-standing director, treasurer and secretary of our club, Mrs Trish Wall,” he said.

“Trish recently retired from the board of directors, which shows the rest of us there is a way out, after a long innings,” joked Mr Russell.

“Trish nearly kept the club going by herself at times with her computer and accounting skills but fundraising was her speciality and she raised lots of money for our club with functions and special events like the ‘golf ball drop’ onto the green by aircraft, the winner was the closest ball to the flagstick from the aircraft,” he said.

“A very unique competition indeed.

“Thank you and congratulations hopefully, you will still have a game of golf and a low alcohol wine when you can.”

Mrs Wall said the presentation was a complete surprise but she was “thrilled” to receive life membership, and also felt “very proud” to be the first female to receive the recognition.

“Like most things in the country – you do a job once and you’ve got it for a lifetime.”

Mrs Wall said she first put her hand up to help the club 20 years ago when there were concerns it might be closed.

“I thought not under my watch,” she said.

“I felt the club was important to Wee Waa and the community.

“And now it’s thriving.”

Mrs Wall has been a driving force behind the club’s success, both on and off the green, organising a number of social events and charity fundraisers.

“One of my favourite functions was on a June long weekend and everyone dressed up as kings and queens,” she said.

“We had a polo match but in golf carts, everyone was running around in crowns and capes for the royal theme.”

Mrs Wall said the helicopter ‘golf ball drop’ was another highlight.

“It was the only one in Australia.”

And she also fondly recalled a Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraising event that made an impressive $12,000.

“We had a ladies lunch and detective superintendent Deb Wallace from Sydney came to speak – it was great, another highlight.”

Mrs Wall said she thought the Wee Waa Golf Club had a bright future and praised president David Russell for doing a wonderful job in encouraging young people to get involved and join the club.

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