A TRADITION continued on Friday with golfers enjoying the Australia Day sausage sizzle and lamingtons after a game of golf.
Faye Roberts and Sonja Cordwell were the winners of the women’s section with 45 points for the stableford event. Runners-up were Jackie Pearce and Lynne McLean on 42 points.
Peter Fraser and Peter Smith were comfortable winners for the men with 44 points.
Andrew Phillips and Luca Campanelli on 42 points were runners-up after a countback from Les Mitchell and Tom Haigh as well as John and Scott Hausler who featured in the ball rundown with Vin Sleeth/Barney McDonald, Harry Wayland/Geoff Coad, Faye Glover and Geraldine Prendergast.
Nearest the pins went to Sonja Cordwell 9th Alison Ballantyne 1st and Michael D’Augello 18th. The encouragement ward went to Di Day/Allison Ballantyne, Vaughan Moss and Mark Percy.
Saturday’s stableford event saw a win to Bev McLay with 32 points in the women’s section, with Di Day runner-up on 30 points.
Harry Wayland shot a pretty good round of 40 points in warm conditions to win A Grade. Runner-up was Scott McLennan with 37 points. B Grade was won by Andrew Phillips on 37 points, with Lindsay Tatterson on 36 points for runner-up.
Ball winners were Pauline Laidlaw, Mick Sullivan, Tom McConchie, Graeme Gordon and Max Jenkins. Nearest the pins went to Peter Fraser 1st, Di Day 9th and Lindsay Tatterson on the 18th.
The encouragement award went to Bev Wickham and Kjell Johnsen.
Peter Fraser continued on a roll when he took the honours in A Grade in Wednesday’s stroke event. With a score of 60-10-50 he was one shot clear of Wayne Ferguson on 61-10-51.
Third went to Jarred Baker with 63-10-53. B Grade was won by Max Jenkins with 67-14-53. Runner-up was John Thompson with 72-16-56.
Lindsay Tatterson won C Grade with 73-21-52. Charlie Anderson was runner-up on 71-18-53 with Fred Roberts third on the same score.
Ball winners were Allan Williams, Don McKenzie, David Wassell, Merv Close, Mick Laurenson, Kjell Johnsen, Mick Sullivan and Brian Prendergast. Nearest the pin went to Paul Price 1st.
Paul also claimed the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher on the 9th. Peter Fraser was nearest on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funerals voucher.
David Kuiper was nearest on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher. The encouragement award went to Roden Brady.
BINGO: Another milestone was reached at Thursday’s session with a record $409 for the in game house Big Bucks game. Also, the jackpot is creeping towards $1,000. This week it will be $950 in 60 calls.
PENNANT: This week will be at Kialla against Tallygaroopna starting at 8am.
Coming Events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stroke. 8:30am-9am. Shotgun. Privilege Cup/Magic Goblet. Intersport Bennett‘s Birdie Hole No 16. Duty: Peter Price. Bar: K.Stone. Tuesday: Ladies Stroke. 8:30am-9am. Shotgun. A.B.C. Grades. Medal Round for Best Net Score.
Duty: D.Day, F.Glover, A.Campbell, N.Cartwright. Wednesday (7th): Mens Stroke. 9:30am-10am. Duty: E.Simpson. Bar: R.Reid. Kitchen: K.Johnsen
A par event was played with Marg Mould the winner of Division 1 with up 4 and Kathy Bell runner-up with down 1. Division 2 Jenny Todd, up 1 and runner-up Kay Sargentston square. Ball Competition: Bev McLay down 1, Denise Hee down 1, Lorna Alchin down 1, Heather Gunstone down 1, Marg Tucker down 1, Daphne Jewellery down 1. Nearest Pin on the fourth, Heather.
IT WAS a busy week at Valley View with three events in five days culminating in Saturday’s par event won by Audi Alf Hausler with +1.
To paraphrase The 12th Man, Haus’ form has improved out of sight since he changed his name recently and I’m sure our readers would agree “Alf’ just seems a better fit.
The Gracious One, Steve Usher, one of four players to finish square, won the countback for runner-up from Debonair David Collins, Pooch McHale and Gavon Armstrong, with those three players winning balls in the ball comp although Gavon must feel a bit left out being the only player on the leader board without a fancy nickname.
The ladies seemed to struggle with the hot humid conditions, Julie Neale posting the winning score of 5 down and Marlene Topp winning a countback from Jan McHale for runner-up with 7 down.
Interestingly Julie wasn’t the only golfer from the Neale residence to post 5 down on Saturday; she was however the only one to go home a winner.
Pooch won the Men’s NTP ball while Paul Kuiper picked up the voucher on the 15th.
The scoring was better in the Australia Day stableford event, with Mick Coyne in seriously good form with 43 points from a handicap of 13 (shooting 80 off the stick along the way) and he finished three shots in front of Mick Gallivan with 40.
Jan McHale won the ladies event with 34 points and Jenni Bauerle finished as runner-up with 32, though as far as I know there is no side wagering between Jan and Jenni.
Ball winners were Pooch with 40, Miles Gould 37 and Lawrie Casey also with 37.
Lawrie was the only player to have success on the par three holes, taking home the NTP ball on the third.
I have results this week from Tuesday’s comp, which means two things. One, Bud Thorsen played and two, he won. Bud finished with 39 points, six shots clear of runner-up Alan Curnow with 33.
The forecast for this coming Saturday is a much more golfer-friendly 30 degrees, just about perfect for our February medal round.
Sat 3 Feb (Assembly 8am & 11.30am)
Stroke / Medal!!Duty: P Downe (0458 688 457) & P Noble (0428 521 775)
Sat 10 Feb (Assembly 8am & 11.30am)
Stableford / Rd 4 Summer Cup!Duty: D Collins (0418 143 244) & A Hausler (0437 617 077)
Tuesdays: Stableford: Assembly 9am
Twenty points was all it took to be a winner in the nine-hole, reduced field competition last Wednesday. Helen Armstrong and Liz Haw had a countback tussle, with Helen emerging as the winner. No one landed on the 3rd.
Next week will be a stroke and putting competition.
IT WAS another hot day on Saturday and therefore an early start for Merrigum golfers in an effort to beat the heat.
While the temperature may not have reached the forecast high, the humidity more than made up for it and made the latter part of the round pretty uncomfortable.
Despite the weather there was a good roll-up for the Privilege Cup stroke round with the winner also taking Bruce ‘‘Muscles’’ Brown’s voucher and the final place in next month’s Tiger Cup play-off.
Simon and Tash Doherty sponsored least putts so there was plenty worth playing for.
John Fuller was the winner after a three-way countback. He was his usual steady self in compiling a score of 86-15-71. John has the frustrating — for most of us — knack of playing up the middle all day, something we all aspire to but which very few of us can achieve.
He will be a formidable opponent for those who have qualified for the Tiger Cup play-off next month.
Frank Leyden headed the ball competition with a round of 95-24-71 and was followed by James Campbell who has been in good form since his return to the fold. His score was 81-10-71.
All three of those players lost a portion from their handicaps but none lost enough to lose a shot at their home club.
Nearest the pins were won by Tony Borrelli on the jackpot 12th, a hole he regularly takes the cash on, and by Bruce Brown on the 14th.
Least putts was won by Russell Dunn with 25.
Last Thursday’s twilight competition was won by Phil Savage quite comfortably with a round of 47-11-36. Given that it is getting late in the season, Phil seems to feel no need to ease on the handbrake anymore so we get a chance to see his real ability.
Simon Doherty made up a couple of vital points on overall leader Andrew Wood by finishing runner-up with 42-3-39 but did have to survive a countback with wife Tash who scored 45-6-39. Simon also took the nearest the pin on 14 while Phil had least putts with 15. The two-point cut was 40.
This Saturday’s event is stroke and by the current forecast hit-off should revert to the normal time.