June 15, 2018

Bev Lyon, Helen Emery, Bess Wood, Marlene Topp and Janice Johnstone.

Valley View

FOR some years a subtle debate has run among the Valley View fraternity as to just who the best golfer in the Neale household might be with John, from time to time mounting a determined, yet ultimately futile bid to wrest the title from Julie.

However, in Saturday’s Kyabram Vet Clinic Stableford event, a new contender emerged with young Peter mounting a challenge of his own in a hit and run mission that yielded him a comfortable with a win in B grade with 43 points, albeit from a generous handicap of 32.

So comfortable was the win that the nearest B grade challengers were Graeme Harrison who took the runner-up trophy with 35 points on a countback from Gavon Armstrong and Cam White who won balls in the ball comp for their trouble.

In A grade Mick Coyne had an excellent win with 37 points finishing one shot ahead of Kevin Bauerle with 36.

A further shot back, picking up balls in the ball comp with 35 points, were Miles Gould, Pooch McHale and Phil Downe.

Jan McHale was best of the ladies with 33 points while Toppy won the count back for runner-up with 31 points from Jenni Bauerle.

Mick Coyne picked up the A grade NTP ball on the third and Miles picked up the voucher on the 15th breaking a three month drought in the process.

The B grade and Ladies NTP balls remained with the club.

A big thanks to the day’s sponsor in the Kyabram Veterinary Clinic which has had a long and valued association with the club.

Just a minor correction to last week’s report which stated that Kevin Bauerle had won this third Monthly Medal. The report should have read that KB had won his third medal in 12 months as he has at least a couple of medal wins from another era.

Coming events:

Saturday, June 16: Assembly 11.30am, Par. Duty: B Thorsen and G Armstrong.

Saturday, June 23: Assembly 11.30am, Stableford. Sponsor: Kyabram Newsagency, duty: P Noble and A Hausler.

Tuesdays: Stableford, assembly 11.30am.


IN 1953, Bess took her youngest child to school and then headed out the door to Valley View, to begin a long and wonderful connection with the golfers out there. Last Wednesday Bess returned, as a most welcome sponsor, and with a large group of friends, for a delightful afternoon of reminiscing.

Bess is very fondly remembered as a fine golfer, who supported, encouraged and advised many past and present players.

‘‘Walk straight to your ball and socialize inside the clubhouse’’ was a mantra recalled by one of the winners.

Bess presented prizes drawn for lucky cards as well as prizes earned by good golf. Helen Emery and Bev Lyon won the 4BBB with 44 points, followed by Janice Johnstone and Marlene Topp, who won the Countback from Helen Armstrong and Anne Churches, all on 42 points.

Our Gold Watch Day is this Friday, a 4BBB Aggregate, sponsored by past Kyabramites Anne and James Lally. 9.30am assembly for 10am hit off.

On Wednesday, June 20 it’s a gold coin donation Stableford event for Breast Cancer research. Ian Collie is our sponsor.


GIVEN the long weekend and dicey weather there was a good turnout for Merrigum’s stroke event on Saturday. The rain had a dramatic impact on scores with the winning score probably the highest it has been for quite a long time. James Campbell handled the conditions the best and won the day with a round of 85-11-74, although there were a plethora of players who were just one shot behind.

This provided a headache for the office staff having to do the ball competition countbacks. Jimmy’s form has been reasonable of late without being brilliant but his ability was clear in the tougher conditions encountered on Saturday. The ball competition winners were Cory Berghofer, Ash Sanders and Simon Doherty, all with 75 on a countback from John Fuller, Tony Borrelli and Andrew Wood. Rod Newham had had a tough couple of holes leading up to the 12th and would have just about been able to name his own odds on winning the jackpot on the 12th for nearest the pin.

Not only did he take the nearest the pin but he birdied the hole as well, which brought the average for the first three holes of the back nine down somewhat. His was the only nearest the pin. One of our members was bragging recently how his new cart will run on the smell of an oily rag. That’s fine so long as you remember to put the oily rag in. It was probably even more economical being pushed around by his playing partners.

Next Saturday’s event is Stableford.

Winter pennant begins this Sunday at Mooroopna where Merrigum will take on Shepparton, hitting off at 11.30am.

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