January 26, 2018

Touch conditions greeted players for Saturday’s stableford event at Parkland.


This week’s golf has been overshadowed by the fortunes of the Bingo players at Parkland. Coming off the back of a recent $10,000 prize another lucky player took home over $2000 in Thursday night’s session. Over the three years of big buck’s bingo more than $22,000 has been won in major prizes. Not to say that this week’s in house jackpot stands at $900 in 59 calls.

Players took the advantage of an early start for Saturday’s stroke event as other sports took a hit in the hot conditions.


Geraldine Prendergast was the winner of the women’s section with 80-24-56. Harry Wayland shot the best round of the year four over 58 to win the men’s A Grade finishing with a net 46 (a handicapper’s dream). Vaughan Moss won B Grade with 68-16-52. Rick Walsh was runner-up on 68-15-53. Ball winners were John Ellis, Eric Simpson, Vin and Heather Sleeth. The encouragement award went to Mary Trimby and Peter Smith. Nearest the pin went to Harry Wayland 1st, Rhonda Cox 9th and Scott Hausler 18th.

Wayne Ferguson managed a credible 40 stableford points to win the men’s A grade on Wednesday. Geoff Coad was runner-up on 38 points while Barney McDonald finished third with 36 points. Richard Stockdale did it easy in B grade clocking up 39 points to take the trophy. Runner-up was Phil Currey on 36 points after a countback from John Hausler third. Murray Maxwell also scored 39 points to take the C grade spoils. Runner-up was Jim Miller on 38 points after a countback from Bert Blackney. Mick Butler and David Wassell also in the running were relegated to the ball rundown with Mark Percy, Roden Brady, Charlie Anderson, Graeme Gordon, Vaughan Moss and Vin Sleeth. Nearest the pins went to Mark Percy 1st, Don McKenzie 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Glen Smith 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher while Roger Gillon took the voucher from Kyabram Main Street Butchery on the 18th. The encouragement award went to John Doherty.

PENNANT: Sunday’s pennant at Rich River was cancelled because of the hot weather. The next round will be on Sunday, February 4, where Parkland will play Tallygaroopna at Kialla at 8am.

COMING EVENT: Numbers for catering are required for Fridays’ Australia Day Four Ball. Those attending can enter their names on the sheet on the notice board.

DRIVING RANGE: The first stage of the development of driving range bays was completed on Saturday when the concrete slab was laid at the start of the practice fairway. The hitting bays are expected to be in operation in time for the Victorian Amateur Championship in June.

Coming Events: Friday, Australia Day: Mens & Ladies Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun Start. Barbecue to follow. Duty: Committee; Saturday: Mens & Ladies Stableford. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun Start. Duty: M.Laurenson. Bar: L.Jones; Tuesday: Ladies Multiple Stableford. Choose own partners. 8.30am-9am. Duty: M.Tucker, N.Key, H.Ward, P.Reyment; Wednesday, (January 31): Men’s Par. 9.30am-10am. Duty: G.Ward. Bar: C.Anderson. Kitchen: M.Jenkins.


The weather last Tuesday was in contrast to the previous week of lightning and thunder which saw the players abandon play.

Results: This week was won by Heather Gunstone and Pamela Spokes 67-14.3-52.8. Runner-up Marg Mould and Geraldine Prendergast 73-16.5-56.5. Denise Hee and Dot Atkinson were third with 70-12.8-57.3. Ball Competition H.Sleeth and F.Roberts 57.5, L.Fraser and D. Vanderdrift 59.3, R.Cox and P.Reyment 59.4. Nearest Pin on hole one was Rhonda Cox.

Valley View

Saturday’s forecast of 42 degrees saw our heat policy invoked for the second time in three weeks meaning that there was no afternoon field.

Those hitting off in the morning were still confronted with some warm conditions, especially toward the end of their rounds with the temperature hitting 37 degrees around 11.30am.

Nevertheless scoring was very good with David Collins posting the day’s best score of 41 Stableford points and he was a two shot winner in A grade from Brad Goodman with 39.

David’s recent good form must surely see his handicap falling from the generous 16 mark that he has been playing off for some time.

Pooch McHale was a further shot back picking up a ball with 38 points along with the A grade NTP ball and the voucher on the 15th — not to mention KB’s $2 (but seriously guys isn’t it about time you got fair dinkum and started playing for paper money?).

A smaller than usual B grade field turned out with the in-form Alan Hausler (speaking of small) the winner with 38 point from Gavon Armstrong with 34.

The club’s favourite McHale in Jan won the ladies event with 39 point from Jenni Bauerle (ditto the Bauerle household) with 33.

Other ball winners on the day were Paul Kuiper with 37 points and the luckless Mick Coyne with 36.

A footnote to last week’s results with B grade runner-up Craig Larcombe handing back his voucher after being advised that any club alterations during the course of the round are illegal if you continue to use the club in question. In Larco’s case the word is that his broken putter didn’t actually do him any harm on the green’s at all.

The lucky beneficiary of Larco’s DSQ is Peter Nelson who is now the official runner-up in a count back from Paul Dickens.

There will be a Stableford comp on Friday with assembly at 8am for an 8.30am hit off. Players are welcome to organise their own groups for an earlier tee off if they wish (same arrangement applies on Saturday).

Our members may actually want to take advantage of the Friday event with another 40 degree plus day predicted for next Saturday (Friday’s forecast is a cooler 38 degrees) so another lost afternoon session looms.

Coming Events: Friday, January 26. Assembly 8am for Stableford, duty: D Kajewski; Saturday, January 27, Par event. Duty: C Larcombe and B Thorsen; Tuesdays: Stableford, assembly 9am.


Leanne Busch won A grade last Wednesday with 90-17-73 while Wanda Hacon was the best of the B grade golfers with 108-30-78.

Janice Johnstone won both the Putting competition with 28 putts and the Nine Holes In with 36 and a half. Jenni Bauerle had the same score to win the Nine Holes Out.

The Nearest the Pin went to Shirley Soares.

Next week we will play a Stableford event.


IT WAS another early start for Merrigum golfers on Saturday as the forecast suggested temperatures were again going to hit 43C by the afternoon.

The weather bureau was right on the mark as the temperature had reached 42C by the time most found their way back to the clubhouse shortly after 1pm.

The event was 4BBB stableford and was the fourth and penultimate round of the summer fourball. Simon and Craig Doherty made a late challenge for overall honours by winning Saturday’s event convincingly after scoring 46 points.

They were four points ahead of two pairs and now find themselves within five points of overall leaders Greg Hall and Bruce Brown.

It will still be a tough ask to bridge the gap in the one remaining round but the event is aggregate par which can produce any number of scenarios because one player can’t ride on the coattails of their partner as they can in a best ball format. Frank Leyden and Andrew Wood were deemed the runners-up with 42 points after a countback from Roger Gillon and Russell Dunn.

Nearest the pins were won by Greg Hall on the sixth, James Campbell on the jackpot 12th and Cory Berghofer on the 14th. Most imagine golf as a relatively sedentary game with a quiet walk the only fitness benefit.

They certainly don’t see it as a muscle building game, but that it proved to be on Saturday. Bruce Brown’s guns developed so much during the round that he burst out of the sleeves of his shirt to reveal what would be best described as a pair of oversized canons that would be the envy of any bodybuilder. Someone facetiously asked whether Bruce turned green while this happened but they were probably just jealous. Better shop in the Mr Big section of David Jones next time Bruce.

Greg Hall was the winner of last Thursday twilight competition with a score of 48-9-39, a shot and a half ahead of runner-up Simon Doherty who scored 44-3.5-40.5. Greg also won least putts with fifteen and nearest pin on the fourteenth. Simon is the best placed competitor to challenge Andrew Wood for overall honours as the twilight competition edges towards a close at the end of February. The two-point cut was 42 nett.

This Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup and the final play-off spot in next month’s ‘‘Tiger Cup’’. Also on offer is the ‘‘Incredible Hulk’s’’ secret nine and least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.

GV Veterans Golf

SEASON 2018 opened at Parkland on Monday, January 22 with a forecast high temperature one degree below that which would have invoked our heat policy. Fortunately the cloud stayed overhead all day and we did not experience any extreme conditions. Despite the added queue to re-register for annual membership the formalities were conducted efficiently and 112 contestants teed off on time. Congratulations to the Parkland volunteers for presenting the course in such good condition.

Winners in the 4BBB event were Rex Howell and Doug Barber of Rich River with 50 stableford points. Runner-up pairing of Nick Trianidis and Brian Reiners (47 pts) of Shepparton and Kialla respectively. In third place were Freddo McMahon, Hill Top and Bob Dixon of Shepparton (46pts).

Nearest the pin on the 140 metre 18th hole in A-grade was Geoff Coad (Ky Parklands) and in B-grade Bruce Whebell (Mooroopna) while no C grader managed to find the short grass off the tee.

Ball run down included Robert Oliver, John Bunn; Bill Holyman, Leo Hartup; Laurie Stewart, Don McKenzie; Tom McConchie, Barry Williams; Phil Cooper, Bill Murphy; Richard Maxwell, Tony Lasini; Trevor Price, Allan Richardson; Joel Watson, Bob Kilgour; John McHale, Roden Brady; Kevin Humbert, Andrew Harris; Geoffrey Partington, Neville Smith.

The Annual Meeting was also conducted most efficiently with the president, treasurer and captain reading their reports. Election of the 2018 committee was scrutinised by Robert Taylor, 2017 president of the Victorian Veteran Golfers Association and we again welcome his attendance at this important time. Anyone who would like a copy of the President’s report is welcome to contact Graham Scott and he will email or post one to you. As usual Max has managed to maintain the GVVGA on a sound financial footing.

Office bearers for 2018 include President Ron Wilkinson, Secretary Rolf Weber, Treasurer Max Dawber, Captain Ron Smith, and Vice-Captain John McHale. The committee comprises Bill Chilcott, Bill Holyman, Rex Howell, Mel Lusher, Ken Martin, Jim Rae, Kevin Stone and Immediate Past President Graham Scott.

All members of the 2017 committee received praise for their contribution but special mention was made for retiring committee members Alan Dalton, Bob Dixon and Ken Walton.

2017 “Golfer of the year” award, presented for the highest aggregate stableford points of the 6 best rounds went to Tony Ciavarella; with grade awards to John Keller A grade, Phil Jarvis B grade and Jimmy Rae C grade.

There are still vacancies in our team for the annual Central Challenge on 26/02/2018 hosted by Mooroopna Golf Club. Your last chance to enter will be at our next outing on February 12 at Numurkah which will be our normal 9.30 assemble deadline.

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