SATURDAY saw the start of yet another winter season.
The “Techies Tyres” supported event had some highlights with a hole in one to Geoff Ward.
Geoff carded his ace on the first hole, although not his starting point. Geoff’s had a previous ace coming in 2007 on the fifth.
Geoff’s achievement was the second of the week with David Kuiper performing the feat on Thursday in the stroke event.
Lyn Fraser — playing the first — heard the yell of exclamation as David’s seven iron shot found its way into the hole on the ninth after one bounce.
It’s David’s fifth ace at the club with others being 15th twice, five and 18 over a period spanning nine years.
Jennifer Todd and Marg Mould Echuca based golfers won the women’s best ball event with 45 points.
Runner-up were Pauline Laidlaw and Rhonda Cox with 44 points while third went to Faye Fankhauser and Mary Elliott on 41 points after a countback.
Doug Cox and Mick Laurenson won the men’s section with 46 points after a countback from John Thompson and Ed McQuienn who was second while third went to Scott Hausler and Scott McLennan with 45 points.
Ball winners were Faye Glover/ Denise Hee, Kathy Bell/Mary Trimby, Barney McDonald/David Kuiper, Trevor Price/Rob Falconer, Bernie Elliott/Don McKenzie, Vin Sleeth and Brian Prendergast.
Nearest the pins went to Geoff Ward 1st, Mick Laurenson 18th, Glen Smith 18th, Mary Elliott on the 9th and Alison Ballantyne on the 5th. Encouragement awards went to Jan Gentle/Geraldine Prendergast, John MacFadyen/John Doherty.
Thursday’ stroke event had a mixed flavour with Denise Hee winning the women’s A Grade event with 68-13-55. B Grade was won by Pauline Laidlaw with 76-22-54.
Runner-up was Helen Caldwell with 80-23-27. David Kuiper with the help of an ace won the men’s A Grade with 59-8-51.
Mal Baker was second with 67-13-54. Les Jones was the only survivor in B Grade with 72-17-55.
C Grade was won by Kevin Jewell with the best round off the day 70-20-50.
Ball winners were Heather Sleeth, Kathy Bell, Val Hanke, Peter Barrette, Charlie Anderson, Paul Price, Harry Wayland and Col McDougall.
Nearest the pins went to Kathy Bell 9th, Wayne Ferguson 1st and Brian Prendergast 18th. Encouragement awards went to Noalene Key and Geoff Forbes.
Last Monday week was Holiday mode with Denise Hee on a roll winning the women’s A Grade with 33 points after a countback from Heather Sleeth who was second.
B Grade went to Marg Flint on 31 points while Pauline Laidlaw was runnerup on 29 points. Brian Prendergast won the men’s A Grade with 38 points. Runner-up was Kevin Bauerle with 36 points.
Trevor Price won B Grade with 34 points while C Grade went to Rob Reid on 33 points.
Ball winners were Peter Fraser, Austin Baker, Mick Sullivan, Vaughan Moss, Mary Elliott, Mary Trimby and Rhonda Cox.
Nearest the pins went to Harry Wayland 1st, Kevin Bauerle 18th and Kathy Fanning 9th. Encouragement awards went to Max Jenkins and Bev Howard.
FRIDAY GOLF: This Friday is the last round of the current summer season nine holes. It will be a 5 p.m. onwards start.
Austin Baker won last week’s nine hole event with a net 24. Austin was also nearest the pin.
Saturday: Mens and Ladies Stableford. Noon-12.30pm shotgun. Monthly Medal No 6.
Intersport Bennett’s Birdie Hole No 1. Duty: T Haigh. Bar: M Maxwell.
Tuesday: Opening Day. Ladies Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 9.30am-10am shotgun. Royal Women’s Hospital $7 per pair. Duty: G Prendergast, P Laidlaw, D Atkinson, B Baker.
March 28: Mens Stroke. 9.30am-10am. Bar: M Sullivan. Kitchen: R Stockdale.
FOLLOWING last week’s match and handicap investigation — see last week’s report — Nobby and Harro fled to the high country where the bushrangers roam.
They took quite a few other players with them as well.
The conspiracy theorists would suggest it had something to do with the greens being cored earlier in the week.
However even with the above group away there was a healthy number of players who enjoyed a warm day and a good-looking course.
In A grade Laurie Casey kicked the dew off the grass to post a very good 40 points, which despite the best efforts of the afternoon golfers helped us to win with Brad Goodman having 38 points for runner-up.
B grade provided the score of the day with Dean ‘Hollywood’ Hubble scoring a very impressive 44points with some very consistent golf.
With 22 points on each nine — if dean can get out onto the course more often his handicap should come down to a more realistic figure.
Paul Dickens also had a great score of 41 points to finish as runner-up. We could be hearing a lot of these two with the club championships not far away.
In a smaller than normal field of ladies Bev Lyon scored a very nice 38 points to win from our keeper of the drinks, Marlene Topp, with 36 points.
Ball winners on the daywere Wayne Cowley with 39 points, Tom Mangan (38), Alan Curnow (38), Kevin Livingston (38), Miles Gould (37) and Les Hall (37).
On the par threes we saw the jackpot go off for the second consecutive week.
Dean Hubble played a great shot on the third hole to win the B grade NTP as well as a dozen golf balls.
Unlike last week’s jackpot winner, Dean made his putt for a nice birdie. Maybe this has something to do with our usual writer of this article getting a computer virus and calling for backup.
Luckily at least one board member was present to take up the challenge. Peter Blackmore won the A grade NTP on the third and John McHale won the voucher on the 15th.
It was fantastic to see some newer faces on the course and we look forward to seeing them more often. One of those was Wayne Cowley who witnessed his first ever eagle when Miles Gould managed to coax his ball into the hole on the par five fifth.
The men did not play during the week due to the coring of the greens. The ladies did play on Thursday but I do not have the results to present.
Coming events: March 24, Opening day Pinehurst medley. Assembly 11.30am. Duty: J Burrows and D Collins.
CORED greens meant a group of us enjoyed a round of Stableford golf at Merrigum last Wednesday. The course must have been very much to Gill Thorsen’s liking as she scored 36 points, followed by Judy Greer as runner up. Leonie took to the winners’ circle once again in B Grade with 34 points and Shirley Soares was her runner up. Gill also made Nearest the Pin.
Our next weekly event is Stableford, with Bev Lyon, Gloria Pell, Tracey Wade and Liz Haw on duty. Registration is 9.30am for 10.
But more importantly, our MENZIES BOWL is on Monday March 26. Teams of 4. Generously sponsored by Boomerang Travel. All welcome and it’s not too late to enter.
A NEW season of golf got underway on Saturday with a 4BBB stableford event.
It was another hot day with the summer like weather not quite gone yet.
There was a good roll-up with players keen get the new season off on the right footing in the hope that the winning form will continue throughout the rest of the year.
Russell Dunn and Andrew Wood were the pair that set the pace and will be hoping that their form will see them through the coming months after winning with a score of 46 points.
Woody played well enough to lose a couple of points off his handicap while Russell covered any slip-ups that may have come along the way.
Tash Doherty and Rhonda Eberle teamed up a few weeks ago in the final round of the summer fourball and put together a phenomenal score.
This time the score was not quite as good but it was good enough the be winners in the ball competition, finishing with 45 points.
Tash will have a shot less to play with next time she takes to the course. Nearest the pins were won by Phil Savage on the long sixth (not too sure that Phil didn’t use the 48 metres of string, less knots, he collected last week to get on the green), Ash Sanders on the ninth, John Fuller on the jackpot twelfth and Tony Borrelli on the fourteenth.
Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup sponsored by Bruce Brown and is the annual Tiger Cup play-off.
Players who have qualified for the play-off 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.
Least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty will also be part of the day and it is also the first round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award.
March 31: Stableford.
April 7: Tree-Ball Challenge round one.
April 14: Mixed Canadian Club Championship.
April 21: Stroke Championships round one.
April 28: Stroke Championships round two.
May 5: Stroke Championships round three.
May 12: Stroke Championships round four.
May 19: Fitzsimmons Memorial three person ambrose.