By JEFF STEPHENSON

The Harry Woodrow Memorial Golf Day attracted a healthy field of classy and some not-quite-so-classy golfers last week and how apt that among them was a great mate of the man after whom the event is named.

Ray Jennings explained at the presentation how he was “a true mate” of Harry’s and that he had been playing for 24 years in the hope of winning a major prize in the day that honours his long-time friend.

“Harry was a great guy,” Ray said.

“He was really responsible for what the Sharks club has evolved into today – he turned the club around.”

Ray is more readily known as an NRL supporter who follows St George and says it was Harry who introduced him to AFL, where he now gives Hawthorn his support.

“He also introduced me to some of the biggest men I’ve ever met.”

Ray remembers Harry as “a hopeless golfer”.

“We called him Flash because it took him so long to hit a golf ball and when he did get the swing going, he couldn’t hit it anyway.”

Ray and Harry became friends in 1973 when the latter subdivided land that was previously a strawberry farm, owned by Harry’s father.

Ray purchased one of the blocks and lo and behold soon found himself living next door to Harry.

Harry Woodrow died in 2006 and it was his rock-solid guidance of the Sharks club and the commitment he forged with his wife Ann back in those early days that led the club to establish the golf day that ensures the name is always remembered.

Ray teamed with Peter Daitkus, Peter Harris and Peter Rae – the Hydrogas Team.

There were 28 teams involved in the classic event – played as an ambrose – and all enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

It was unfortunate however, that every player missed the opportunity to collect a spanking new car, which was the prize from Redland Bombers’ sponsor Capalaba Mt Gravatt Volkswagen, on the tricky 13th hole.

It was an “open-slather” affair too, as the dealership was offering a car to ANY golfer who holed out meaning if six did then all six would receive a car.

There were some valiant attempts, but none found the hole on what, to be fair, is a particularly tough par three.

Redland Football Club business manager, Maree Thomson, thought the day had gone off “fantastically well”.

“I guaranteed everyone before the event fine weather, a fun day and a great day of golf and that’s what everyone got,” she said.

These days don’t happen without the grand work behind the scenes of a lot of very dedicated people led by Maree.

To this end here’s a big thanks to Nicki, Chelsea, Abby, Joy and Cameron for their very special efforts.

We can’t let the platitudes slip by without a big thanks to our friend Richard “Champs” Champion for his efforts on course and back in the clubhouse as MC and to comedian Anthony Lamond, who kept us entertained, drawing lots of laughs in the process.

Also, a big thanks goes to Redland Bay Golf Club who presented a course in tip top condition and then served us so fabulously well both before and after.

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