KILMORE’S Jessica Pickwick has been crowned the 2017 Victorian Women’s Par Three champion, claiming her fourth title last Thursday.
The weather was a treat for the 98 women who attended from 32 clubs across the state.
Pickwick sat in third place after round one, before firing a final round 57 equalling her course record to reel in overnight leader Jo Flaherty (Commonwealth) by a single stroke.
Flaherty finished with a final round 60 to narrowly miss forcing a playoff whilst fellow Commonwealth member Casey Wild finished in third place on 121 and also equalled the course record with a 57.
The A grade nett winner was Alex Kerr from Victoria Golf Club – who finished with a final round nett score of 59 to win the trophy.
The B grade gross title went to Myrtleford’s Jan Roseby also on a countback from overnight leader Mary Walkinshaw.
Dot McGillivray (Heathcote), who is a regular visitor to Parkland, held her nerve to claim the B grade nett title by one stroke from Shepparton’s Di Wood.
C grade honours went to Mornington’s Jenny Brown by four strokes after finishing with a two-round total of 151 to win by four strokes. The nett trophy went to Melton Valley’s Margaret Azzopardi who edged Brown on a countback for the nett title with a score of 105.
Jenny Brown also took home a set of tyres from the nearest the pin shoot out after no-one claimed the hole in one prize.
Golf Victoria commended Kyabram Parkland GC on presenting the course in the best condition of the tournaments history, setting the scene for great scoring for the tournament.
The committee members, volunteers and course staff of Kyabram Parkland are to be congratulated on the fantastic hospitality shown to all players and guests during the championship.
The 2018 event will be held at Kyabram Parkland once again on June 6 and 7.
Local players Kathy Bell and Lana McInnes featured in the top 15 of the gross results out of the 98 players.
Par three men’s event
THE scene was set for a dual between the national champions for the state championship event.
National junior champion Cameron John and national amateur champion Matias Sanchez didn’t disappoint over the two day, 54 hole event at Parkland Golf Club.
John on a handicap of +3, on day one shot an afternoon round of 52 to go into day two with a three shot lead from Sanchez. Day two had its challenges for the two players.
Birdies were illusive for Cameron John and he finished with a 57, while Sanchez had three birdies, three bogeys and one double to finish with a 56.
The course and weather, the best it has been in many years certainly entertained the 80 golfers from more than 30 clubs.
Day one, only 19 scores from 160 were under 60 which highlighted the importance of a golfers short game around Parkland.
The A grade event went to Ray Walker (Gardiners Run) for the 54 hole nett score of 170 while the A grade gross score of 172 from Nathan Schneider (Beechworth Golf Club) gave him the win. John and Sanchez were ineligible for this event.
A strong local contingent turned out some impressive results from none other than 15-year-old Cooper Gentle.
Gentle after the first two rounds was leading all events in the B grade section and held an impressive score of 57.58 for two rounds which gave him the honour of playing in the penultimate group showing his golfing ability amongst the best junior golfers in the country.
He looked comfortable playing with Cameron John, national junior champion and Matias Sanchez, national amateur champion, their handicaps being extremely challenging on this par three course with +3 and +2 respectively.
Cooper playing off five showed no nerves and handled the pressure well.
Cooper shot all three rounds under 60 to finish with 173 gross winning the B grade gross and finishing equal fourth over all.
He also would have taken out many other events however the format restricts prizes to one 36 hole and one 18 hole nett round.
As Gentle was unable to take out the nett event in B grade, it went to local player and Rich River member Nathan Richards.
Richards third round score of 54 nett gave him the win with a total 166, on a countback from Glenn Cartwright from Mooroopna Golf Club.
C grade, a new inclusion in this year’s, event went to local player Wayne Ferguson with a total of 202 winning the gross event.
Paul McInnes stared in the nett section with 163 nett.
A slightly new format with best nett for each grade, each round receiving a trophy certainly kept the field interested.
YOU would not find a more perfect winter’s day for golf than Saturday.
After a cool start to the day the sun shone warmly for the afternoon, meaning jumpers and cardigans were shed to soak up the early winter rays.
The course was in great shape thanks to our dedicated band of volunteers so players had no one or anything to blame but themselves if their game was not up to expectations.
Bill Bray has been in consistent form since the start of the club championships without doing anything startling and so it was again on Saturday.
He won the day with a round of 83-14-69, nothing out of the box but good enough to hold off his fellow competitors by a couple of shots.
His day was almost done on the first hole which he birdied.
As most golfers know, if you par or worse still birdie the first hole your day is almost certainly doomed.
The next few holes seemed to bring some truth to this adage before he salvaged his round with a couple of pars several holes later.
Apparently Bill’s acceptance speech was memorable as he thanked all and sundry who contributed to the win, most importantly his playing partners Simon and Phil.
Greg Hall has had a couple of great rounds recently and he was next best with 91-20-71.
John Fuller was the third player in the ball competition with a round of 86-14-72.
Nearest the pins were won by Ash Sanders on the two longest par threes, the sixth and the fourteenth, while Tony Borrelli took the money on the jackpot twelfth.
Next Saturday is an open 4BBB stableford event sponsored by the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic. At this stage the weather forecast is almost identical to last Saturday’s so a great day of golf is assured. Get your partners organised and come and enjoy a day on the Merrigum course. Visitors are most welcome.
MAYBE it was the full moon but it was an odd weekend at Valley View with pitching wedges disappearing mysteriously almost into thin air, carts breaking down, players hitting wrong balls and a winner that wasn’t.
Peter Noble’s form has been building since the club championships and on Saturday he was back on the winner’s list taking out A Grade with 38 points by two shots from David Collins (36 points) who was returning from a couple of weeks off after laser surgery.
Mind you David did give Nobby’s cause a helping hand, incurring a costly two shot penalty for playing the wrong ball on the fourth hole. Apparently the laser surgery was not such a success.
Dom Cerrone was a further shot back with 35 points and picked up a ball in the ball comp.
David’s round did not get any better when his and playing partner John Burrows’ cart broke down mid round with the only bit of luck they had all day being that they were playing in a group with two other Uber carts and were able to hitch a ride.
In B Grade Gavon Armstrong went home as the day’s runner-up with the excellent score of 41 points having been another victim of the last group syndrome with Craig Larcombe posting 43 points.
But he woke to the news that he had been promoted to winner after a late night epiphany compelled Larco to phone the Captain on Sunday morning to advise that he was 99 per cent certain he had recorded an eight on the par five 14th when in fact he had marked his card with seven shots leaving no option than for Larco to be disqualified.
Fred Andrews was the other beneficiary of Larco’s error promoted to runner-up with 37 points, one of his best rounds for some time.
Our winners and runners-up on the day took home vouchers courtesy of Fitzgerald’s Farm Fresh Meat and we thank Fitzgeralds for their ongoing support.
Meanwhile Doug Kajewski, John Neale and Graeme Harrison all picked up balls with 36 points.
Some semblance of sanity with the ladies (unless you are a shaky UK PM) with Nancy Saunders posting the excellent score of 39 points and taking a four shot win from Marlene Topp who was once again in the trophies as runner-up.
With 35 points Toppy got the runners-up trophy in a countback from Helen Emery who had picked up a ball in the ball comp.
Nearest the pin winners on the day were Peter Blackmore in A grade, Lancefield visitor Dale Schmitt in B grade and Gill Thorsen in the ladies.
In another unsettling occurrence Les Hall took advantage of Miles Gould missing the 15th green to win the voucher on that hole. Strange days.
Finally, as alluded to earlier the search is on for an errant pitching wedge that was last seen in the air space around the 18th green before disappearing into thin air. Or rather that is, into a very dense melaleuca tree.
While the owner of the wedge cannot be identified Air Traffic Control reports that the club was Miles in the air before being lost on the radar as it spun into space.
Some good news to follow up from last week’s column with word that Mick McAuliffe was back in black socks at Rich River on Thursday after a speedy recovery from a heart scare the week before.
This week: Saturday June 17 (assembly 11.30am)
Stableford again: Sponsor: Ky Hire & Batteries: Duty: B Thorsen & J Neale.
Tuesdays: Stableford: Assembly 11.30am.
Ladies: The winners of last week’s Stableford event were Jan McHale on 36 points, Julie Neale on 39 and Liz Haw on 40.
Runners-up were Tracey Wade 32, Helen Armstrong 35 and the unstoppable Dot Bennett on 38. Leanne Busch, Nancy Saunders and Val Powley were the straightest hitters onto the 15th.
And if you’ve heard any of the rumours about Valley View Golf Club being on its last legs; ‘Tell ‘em they’re dreamin’.
We’re strong, healthy and doing well.
Today marks the start of the ladies championships, which runs for three weeks.
Good luck to all competitors, and a reminder to those who are not interested in trying to be A grade champion.
Everyone is welcome to play in each of the daily competitions.