Eden bowlers Peg Davey (skip) and Sandra Symonds teamed up with visitor Edna Leeming to win the 10th Thelma Puttifoot Memorial bowls tournament on Saturday 11 August at the Eden Country Club.
Hosted by the Eden Women’s Bowling Club, the tournament is a popular annual event sponsored by Paul Puttifoot and family in his late mother Thelma’s memory.
A field of 36 bowlers from the Eden women’s and men’s bowling clubs, along with visiting members, contested the Thelma Puttifoot Friendship Trophy with team Davey winning ahead of Bob Cassie (skip), Pam Hunter and Mark Scott.
Thelma Puttifoot was a popular member of the bowling club for many years and former president, having switched from golf, and soon earned the nickname “Have-a-chat”.
“Golf was never her game because Mum was always lifting her head to chat with anyone in hearing distance,” said Paul, adding that it was the social aspect of the sport she loved the most.
“She was a woman who never used a computer or owned a mobile phone. All she needed was a group of good friends whose company she would enjoy and Mum found that at the bowling club.”
Eden Women’s Bowling Club resident Annie Strickland praised the Puttifoot family and other sponsors for continuing to support the event.
“This event could not happen without them and the willing work of our members, the participants from the Eden Women’s and Men’s Bowling Clubs, visitors and the donations for the raffle including a fantastic fish box given generously every year by Southland Fish Supplies, Eden,” she said.