March 01, 2018

SATURDAY’S event at Parkland was a bonanza result for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.


SATURDAY’S event at Parkland was a bonanza result for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Kyabram Fire Brigade personnel were in attendance to handle the after game barbecue and salads.

Players were competing for the right to have their names inserted on the Bert Wileman shield.

Sixty-four players took to the field for the best ball stableford event. Faye Glover and Faye Roberts were the winners of the women’s section with 42 points.

Runners-up were Betty Baker and Rhonda Cox with 40 points after a countback. Rob Reid and Fred Roberts were the winners of the men’s group with 45 points after a countback from Greg Ryan and Phil Plumb.

Ball winners were Pauline Laidlaw/Mary Trimby, Nola Arnold/Lana McInnes, Wayne/Tait Peterson, Glen Smith/Bernie Elliott and Ian Troy/Len Flint. Nearest the pins were Bob Troy first, Alison Ballantyne ninth and Peter Price 18th. Second shot on the eighth went to Lana McInnes and Geoff Coad.

Encouragement awards went to Sue Reid/Geraldine Prendergast and Kevin Jewell /Kjell Johnsen. Brigade spokesman Mick Crompton thanked the club for hosting the event as well as business houses of the town for their support in providing trophies and goods.

Many prizes were on offer from the raffle with Phil Plumb winning enough to start his own “Easter rabbit supermarket”. The Members generosity raised $1300 for the Good Friday Appeal.

Roger Gillon and Allan Smith were clear cut winners of the Pinehurst event on Wednesday. The pair finished with a net 52.9 while Merv Close and Peter Barrette were next with a net 54.

Third went to Bruce Walkeden and Graeme Haslem with 54.9. Fourth were Glen Smith and Mal Baker with 56.4.

Ball winners were Vaughan Moss/Murray Maxwell, Rob Reid/Len Flint, Raff Ludeman/Don McKenzie as well as Wayne Ferguson and Rob Falconer.

Nearest the pins went to Murray Maxwell 1st and Steve Jones 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Howard Teasdale on the 15th for the Clive Coventry voucher, Paul Price was nearest on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher. The encouragement award went to Kjell Johnsen and Kevin Jewell.

The final round of the interclub pennant series turned out to be a non-event. Parkland had to forfeit their game against Rich River due to a large number of players being unavailable for the game.

This included five club members representing the Goulburn Murray Golf Association at the Country Championships and the Regional Teams Junior Championships at Rosebud. Parkland junior members Cooper Gentle and Nathan Richards both carded 81 in the first round while playing better in the second to score 78.

Others were Austin and Jarred Baker. Jamie Baker finished 48th in the senior section.

The GMGA Junior team finished third in the handicap section.

Friday golf: Naomi Cartwright finished with a net 23.5 to take home the nine hole event trophy.

Runner-up was Bruce Walkeden on the same score. Naomi was also nearest the pin. There will be no golf this Friday night.

Yet again the Bingo Jackpot has risen. This week will see another record of $1150 up for grabs in 64 calls.

The inhouse Big Bucks Bingo was worth $511.

Coming Events: Saturday Men’s and Ladies’s Stroke. 8.30am-9am, shotgun. Medal Round number Five. Intersport Bennett’s Birdie Hole number 16. Duty: B Clements. Bar: D Cox. Tuesday: Ladies Pinehurst, choose own partners. 8.30am-9am, shotgun. Wind Up. Wednesday, March 7, Mens two-man Ambrose. 9.30am-10am. Duty: L Wickham. Bar: K Stone. Kitchen: B Walkeden.


A STABLEFORD event was played on Tuesday. In Division One Margaret Tucker was the winner with 36 points and runner-up with 35 points was Denise Hee. Division Two winner was Sally Powderham with 40 points and runner-up D Vanderdrift 39 points. Ball Competition R Cox 34 points, K Fanning 34 points, P Reyment 33 points, P Spokes 32 points, H Gunstone 32 points, P Laidlaw 31 points. Nearest the Pin on Number 1, Denise Hee.

Valley View

HAVING emerged from the brink of pennant oblivion in recent weeks the dynamic duo of Tiger Livingston and Lawrie Casey turned their attention to Saturday’s Four Ball Multiple Stableford event turning in the excellent score of 73 points.

Clearly the pair have mended their fractured relationship after it got back to Lawrie that Tige had questioned his capacity to convert his nearest the pin on the third last week into birdie from just a few feet.

Four shots behind Lawrie and Tiger were Paul Dickens and Barry Scott who picked up their first Valley View trophy as a four ball partnership with 69 points.

The scoring fell away from there however, with the next best score of 64 points coming from David Collins and John Burrows while Penguin and Bud Thorsen took home the remaining ball in the ball comp with 60 points.

One partnership that looks doomed is that of Peter Blackmore and Paul Kuiper who were convincing NAGA winners with 34 points.

Multiplication is not a strong suit for our ladies so they played a regulation Stableford event which Kay Stanton won with 38 points from Jenni Bauerle who took home the runners-up trophy with 34 points in a countback from Leonie McMaster-Smith and Nancy Saunders.

Pooch McHale had a good day on the par 3 holes winning the A grade NTP on the third and the voucher on 15 while Penguin took home the B grade NTP ball.

Our Pennant team had the bye in the final round and has missed the finals this year. As always, we thank the players who made the commitment to represent the club with a special thank you to the team captain David Collins for his efforts.

Meanwhile course preparations for Sunday’s pennant round took an unfortunate turn for one of our grounds staff who had risen at 6am, skipped breakfast and dutifully made his way to the course to mow the greens in time for tee off at 8am.

A particularly considerate chap, he thought it best, not to leave the entry door at the side of the shed open, lest the wind blow debris into the recently tidied shed while he was away mowing and so carefully pulled it shut.

Having diligently completed his duties he returned the greens mower to the machinery shed his mind roaming to the pleasures of a long overdue coffee and bacon and egg breakfast as he slid the large sliding door shut engaging the padlock to safely secure said door.

This is where his earlier thoughtfulness backfired, as he had not actually left the side door unlocked — and now trapped in the shed he suddenly came to the realisation that breakfast might be a good way off yet.

With his mobile phone safely nestled usefully in the console of his car he was left to peer through the narrow gaps from behind the locked doors where he had a narrow view of the bowling green (nothing doing there) and the second fairway where he could only admire the play of the pennant golfers as they went by oblivious to his muffled calls for help.

Finally, after what seemed an eternity a very hoarse and hungry groundsman was finally rescued by a bemused Rod Donahue who had made his way out to water the bowls greens.

Speaking exclusively to the Free Press as he tucked into his bacon and eggs the embarrassed volunteer would not confirm how long he had been trapped saying only that it was “longer than I would have liked”.

While I have promised not to name the unfortunate volunteer I will just say that it is fortunate that his namesake did not make the same mistake with the lunar module door on that historic day in July 1969.

Coming Events: Saturday, March 3. Assembly 8am and 11.30am. Stroke/Medal, duty: P Downe and P Noble. Tuesdays: Stableford, assembly 9am.


SHARON Harrison and Kay Stanton both scored a square at last Wednesday’s Par event, and so were crowned the A and B grade winners.

Nine holes in was won by Tracey Wade on plus 1 and Wanda Hacon won the nine holes out on a countback from Anne Hawking, both players having a plus 1 as well. The best shot onto the third was by our president Marilyn Ross. Our opening day event on March 7 will be sponsored by Hurley’s Bar and Bistro. It is a three-person modified Ambrose with a draw for partners. Members are asked to bring a plate to share. Registration is 8am for 8.30am. This will be the last day of summer starting times.


LAST Saturday’s event at Merrigum was stroke for the Privilege Cup sponsored by Bruce Brown and included least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty. Competition was tight with a now cashed up Phil Savage taking the honours with a round of 87-21-66. Hopefully his over-inflated handicap will have taken a hit after his recent good form because Phil looks after his handicap like no other. Next to the dollar he took off Simon Doherty in their weekly challenge, his handicap is his most cherished possession. His dollar was on very shaky ground though early in the day after Simon got through the first nine with his best ever one over par 37 off-the-stick, including three birdies. Unfortunately after his spectacular start Simon’s game unravelled somewhat on the back nine and he finished one shot behind Phil. As well as the Bruce Brown voucher, Phil earned the final spot in the Tiger Cup play-off which will be played on March 24. Ball competition winners were Bill Bray and Simon Doherty with both finishing with 80-13-67. Nearest the pins were won by Jeff Newham on the sixth, Bill Bray on the ninth and the accurate one John Fuller on the jackpot 12th. Least putts was won by Bruce Brown with 25 on a countback from co-sponsor Simon Doherty who once again looked to have the putts covered at the half-way mark, having had just 11 on the front nine.

Next Saturday is the Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford.

There are a couple of changes to note for the syllabus in upcoming weeks. The Saturday, March 10 par event has been banished and replaced by a captain’s pick called string golf. The captain will offer a detailed explanation as to how this novelty and very tactical event is played prior to us taking to the course, so don’t worry if you are not up to speed on it yet. Saturday March 17 is opening day 4BBB stableford, a 12.30pm shotgun start. The next Privilege Cup round which incorporates the annual Tiger Cup play-off will be played on March 24, replacing the stableford event listed in the syllabus. Surprisingly for a small club there are 12 separate qualifiers, and they are Simon Doherty, Ash Sanders, Darryl Johnston, Joe Chant, Bruce Brown, Cory Berghofer, Tony Borrelli, Greg Hall, Bill Bray, Barry Webber, John Fuller and Phil Savage.

Goulburn Murray Golf Association Four Ball pennant

THE final round of the GMGA Summer Pennant competition was played in cool conditions last Sunday.

Division One was hosted at Hill Top Tatura, therefore the locals had the bye and had to wait on the outcome of the rubber between Numurkah and Shepparton which was important for the ladder and finals appearance. Numurkah did the right thing by Hill Top by managing a draw with Shepparton. Hosie and Scanlon led the way for Numurkah with an impressive 6/4 win over Fitzsimmons and Pilcher. Grinter and Fuller struck back for Shepparton with a 4/3 win over Sheridan and Hegarty. Piggot and Gibson scraped in for Numurkah 1 up against McLeod and Birks. Harper and Kite, Faram and Hickey played a draw and then Shepparton’s Lancaster and Shields got home 2/1 over Klaesson and I’Anson. Two and a half matches each.

Rushworth played Mooroopna and came away with a 3/2 win with the matches of the first three of the pairings going to Rushworth and Mooroopna winning the last two groups.

Rochester and Rich River in the battle of the north western clubs was not seen as an important contest as Rochester started slowly this season but in the last two weeks have proven they are very competitive and finished with a 3/2 win over the ladder leader. The highlight was two very big wins when Lawford and White defeated McLaughlin and Whytecross 6/4 and Hicks and Cartlidge defeated Scott and Tewhata 5/3. Pearson and Suffolk were the only winners for Rich River with the other two matches drawn. This win gave Rochester a real boost to end their season whilst Rich River might be very worried about the drop in form when having to play the Tatura team next week.

Rich River maintained top position and Hill Top took second spot just ahead of Shepparton but with a better games win ratio. The two top teams play off at Rich River at 8am next Sunday.

Division Two was hosted by Valley View. Rich River Two gained a walk over from Ky Parkland which gave them a real boost toward second spot. Mooroopna Two played a 3.5/1.5 win over Nagambie with two big wins of Morris and Treves defeating Baldwin and Whitecross 3/2 and Pointer McNamara defeating Ezard and Cryer 3/1.

Next was the clash of the season when ladder leader Tallygaroopna took on second placed Kialla. Hosie and Lewis (T) lost to Hutchison and Christie (K) 2/1, then Larson and Karl (T) defeated Pettie and Gagliardi (K) 4/2. Sidebottom and Davidson (T) lost to Gubbins and Farrell (K) one down. The Montgomery pair drew with Newton and Martin then in the final group the Brett pair (T) defeated Mallis and Brown (K) 3/1 that means two wins, two losses and a draw for both teams and this equals a drawn rubber. However, this was just enough for Kialla to hold second place on the ladder with the same points as Rich River but with a better games won ratio to get them to the final.

Therefore the outcome for the final to be played at Rich River next week is a repeat of the last round when Tallygaroopna will play Kialla.

GV Veterans Golf

IT WAS a very tight contest between Central District (Bendigo based) and Goulburn Valley Veteran Golfers Associations at Mooroopna on Monday 26 February 2018. A full field of 124 players enjoyed the excellent weather and well presented course at Mooroopna.

Central and GV Vets compete for the Tom Downie Shield on an annual basis in memory of a great friend and character who encouraged both competition and collegiality. Tom was a Central Vets Member when living in Bendigo with wife Val and children. After moving to Shepparton he quickly became a popular GV Vets member and will always be affectionately remembered for his outgoing personality and sense of fun. Tom passed away in 2012. As was stated at the presentation “Tom always left the room leaving behind mischief and laughter and you always looked forward to the next time you would meet.”

The championship is decided on the aggregate of the best 40 stableford scores from both teams and Central compiled 1389 points, just short of the GV total of 1399.

Best scores from Central District were Mark Davies 41, and a countback amongst the next 5 players on 39 points saw Don Bennet and Brian Lennegan emerge in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Down the line balls were awarded to scores of 37 or better.

Heroes for the GV team were Don Ducksbury (Kialla) 40 pts, John Boruch (Seymour) and Dennis Koik (Mooroopna) both on 39pts on a countback from Roy Parrot (Kialla).

Ball run down included Gary Bow, Ken Harris, Bill Murphy, Peter Eade, Vin Edwards, Leo Hartup, Neil Hutchins, John King, Geoff Partington, Linsay Simms and Bruce Whebell.

Nearest the pin on the 10th hole, set at about 130m, was Jon King (Rich River) and on the 7th hole, about 155m was Joel Watson (Rich River).

Next year Central District will be the host, possibly at Broadford.

Our next regular event will be at Kialla on Monday, March 5, 9.30am assembly, 10am tee.

At the Kialla meeting there will be entry forms available for the VVGA Country Championship to be held at Shepparton on May 7-8. Although the 36 hole championship event is restricted to a maximum h/c 16 (GA 14.6), there are also 4BBB and stableford events for longer handicaps on the Monday and Tuesday respectively.

We will also take entries for the Intra-zone Challenge at Broadford on 14 May 2018. This event is restricted to 36 players from each district of Dalhousie, Goulburn Valley and North East.

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