December 22, 2017

THERE were plenty of Christmassy prizes on offer for the men’s and women’s Pinehurst event on Saturday at Parkland.


THERE were plenty of Christmassy prizes on offer for the men’s and women’s Pinehurst event on Saturday at Parkland.

More than 70 players had finished before the heat of the day set in.

Special thanks to the members who selected the prizes with winners sharing amongst other members.

Kathy Bell and Heather Sleeth were the women’s winners with a net 52.9 while Mary Trimby/Marg Tucker were runner-up with a net 55.3.

Third went to Denise Hee/Marg Flint with a net 56.6. Fourth place was taken by Sue Flint (Neangar Park) and Kathy Fanning 56.9.

Wayne Ferguson and Ed McQuienn won the men’s section with a net 51.6 after a countback from Harry Wayland/Barney McDonald. Third went to Scott Hausler/Scott McLennan with a net total of 51.9. Michael and Lincoln D’Augello were next with a net 52.

Down-the-line goodies were won by Jackie Pearce/Rhonda Cox, Nola Arnold/Sandie Scapin, Helen Caldwell/Val Mulholland, Col Brisbane/John Ellis, Max Jenkins/Les Jones, Mick Sullivan/Barry Williams and Bob Troy/Don McKenzie.

The encouragement award went to Bev Howard/Bev McLay and David Kuiper/Les Mitchell.

Nearest the pins went to Denise Hee 1st, Mary Trimby 5th, Wayne Ferguson 6th, Lynne McLean 9th, Ed McQuienn 14th and Kevin Stone 18th.

Mick Sullivan won the men’s A grade stableford event on Wednesday with 37 points. Runner-up was Peter Barrette with 36 points after a countback from Kevin Stone who was third.

Barney McDonald won B grade with 38 points, two clear of Eric Simpson 36 while John Thompson came in third with 35 points after a countback.

Charlie Anderson with a rare score of 43 only just got over the line in C grade from Roden Brady 42 points. Vaughan Moss was third with 37 points.

Ball winners were Mick Butler, Paul Price, John Bauerle, Murray Maxwell, Mal Baker, Trevor Price and Tom Hogarty.

Nearest the pins went to Mick Sullivan 1st, Allan Williams 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Doug Cox on the 15th for the Clive Coventry voucher while the Main Street Butchery voucher went to Mal Baker. Tony Lassini won the encouragement award.

Mal Baker won Friday’s nine-hole event with a net 22.5. Nearest the pin was Bruce Walkeden. A barbecue followed golf. There will be a break over the Christmas period with re-starting dates to be announced in the New Year.

Membership: If you are looking for a belated Christmas present why not take out a membership at Parkland. Contact Peter Fraser for further details 58522769.

Bingo: Tomorrow night’s Bingo will feature three $200 games as well as the Big Bucks Bingo. Last week’s winner collected $366 for their efforts.

Bingo will take a break over the festive week re-commencing on January 4.

Management notice: On behalf of the president and committee of the club, we extend best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to our members, sponsors, advertisers and supporters. We thank them for their generous support over the past year.

Coming events:

Saturday: Mens and Ladies Stableford. 9.30am-10am, shotgun. Duty: G Gordon. Bar: B Walkeden.

Tuesday: Boxing Day — no golf. Duty: H Caldwell, B Wickham, R Cox, J Siddall, L Alchin.

Wednesday 27: Men’s and Ladies Stroke event. 9.30am-10am, shotgun start. Duty: L Jones. Bar: G Ward. Kitchen: K Davis.


A CHAPMAN Foursomes was played. Winners: Helen Caldwell and Marg Mould by a narrow margin of 70-15.8–54.3 from Rhonda Cox and Betty Baker 72-17.3-54.8.

Ball competition: Mary Elliott/Marg Flint 56.5, Marg Tucker/Jan Gentle 57.3, Alison Campbell/Gerald Prendergast 58.9.

Nearest the pin Daphne Jewel, hole four, Heather Gunstone, hole 14. Past and life members were welcomed to share a Christmas lunch which was enjoyed by all.

Valley View

A RESURGENT David Collins has continued his climb out of the deep golfing abyss that had engulfed him for most of 2017 with an excellent round of 41 points at the weekend.

David’s golfing trough had reached the point where he was on the verge of demotion to B grade and the possibility that he might be overlooked as summer pennant captain.

But he has put all those queries to rest recently — at least for the moment — as he gradually worked his way back into form over the past month.

His round at the weekend saw him take out A grade in a countback from Dom Cerrone and, while I do not have the progress scores, is bound to have put him into Summer Cup contention after two rounds.

In B grade Tiger Livingston had an excellent day which included a jackpot NTP on the third hole that led to a tap-in birdie for four points on his way to a round of 40 Stableford points.

That score gave Tiger a three shot win from John Flett and Audi Alf Hausler who fought out a countback for runner-up with 37 points.

Despite a recent tangle with the handicapper that saw him lose two shots John continues on his merry way taking out the runner’s voucher.

Marie Watt won the ladies event with 39 points from Jan McHale with 38 while Marilyn Ross was next best and picked up a ball with 36 points.

Other ball winners on the day were Nobby with 39 points, Haus with his 37 along with Ash Kuiper, Geoff Squires, Peter Blackmore, Kevin Bauerle and Harro all with 36 points.

Mick Galivan (A grade) and Tracey Wade picked up the other NTP balls on the third while Peter Mangan took out the voucher on the 15th with an excellent tee shot to within a metre of the pin before making birdie.

While I don’t have the progressive totals yet Nobby’s 39 points would see him hold his lead in the Summer Cup after he burst out of the blocks in November with 42 in the first round.

On behalf of the club I would like to take this opportunity to wish our members and Free Press readers a very Merry Christmas and a very happy, safe and prosperous new year.

Coming Events: December 23, assembly at 8am and 11.30am, Stableford, duty: J Burrows 0418147580 and P Noble 0438521775. December 26, assembly at 9am for 9.30am tee off, Stableford. Duty: C Larcombe 0448558824 and P Noble.


IT WAS like Christmas had come early for Merrigum golfers on Saturday as they got to play their favourite event, par.

It is always a highlight on the syllabus and each one is eagerly awaited by members, so much so that our new captain is sure to include a few more in next year’s syllabus.

Rod Newham enjoyed it more than most, winning the day with an excellent plus 4. It was Rod’s best round in quite some time and in the process he managed to beat the in-form "Snork" Hall, no mean feat in itself.

Fortunately the handicapper was able to relieve Rod of one of his precious shots from his handicap.

Ball competition winners were Greg Hall and Simon Doherty, both with plus 3.

Snorkel has had an advantage over the rest of us during the past couple of wet weeks, being well equipped to deal with the copious amounts of water that invaded the course.

President Simon also seems to have turned the corner and has been in better form of late. Nearest the pin winners were Rod Newham on the sixth, Bruce Brown in the ninth, Bill Bray on the jackpot 12th and Simon Doherty on the 14th.

Last Thursday’s twilight competition was won by Ash Sanders with a great round of 39- When you consider that nearly half his round was made up of putts, there could be considerable room for improvement yet, which doesn’t bare thinking about by those who have to compete against him. The distant runner-up was Barry Webber with 52-17-35.

Barry has had a pretty good twilight so far and should not be too far away from the leaders. Russell Speed was the ball winner with 36. Wayne Thorson took the jackpot on the 12th and Simon Doherty won least putts with 14. The two-point cut was 38.

Next Saturday’s event is stableford and will be followed by the Christmas party barbecue, so golfers organise for your families to come out and enjoy the get-together.

Golf continues as normal over the festive season. A very merry Christmas to all and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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