With a prelude to the annual tournament, the junior tournament was conducted on Thursday.
Twelve-year-old Olivia Cartwright provided the highlight of the day, holing out at the ninth.
Olivia, who has been playing golf since she was six, plays off a handicap of 16.
She used her driver on the 129m hole to achieve her first ace.
Olivia, with her father David, then on Saturday won the opening of the tournament mixed event supported by Peter Walsh MP with a scratch score of 59.
Mary Trimby and Francis Ryan combined to win the handicap event with 64-12-52.
Runner-up was Caitlyn Cartwright and Russell Locke with 68 net 53.4.
Third went to Pauline Laidlaw and Ricky Walsh with 67 net 53.5.
Ball winners were Mareza and John Bauerle, Heather and Vin Sleeth, Nola Arnold and Harry Wayland, Lyn McArdle and Tom Haigh, Sandie Scapin and John Ellis.
David Kuiper won the singles stableford event with 37 points, while Col McDougall was runner-up on 32 points.
Ball winners were Peter Smith and Geoff Ward.
Nearest the pins went to Natasha Doherty (Merrigum), Vaughan Moss 1st, Francis Ryan 14th and David Cartwright 18th.
The encouragement award went to Tom McDonald, Allan Richardson and Noalene Key.
Golfers are reminded Saturday’s starting time is 10am, shotgun start.
The annual Tournament will continue next week with the women’s event Tuesday, men’s event on Wednesday and the 50 and over championship on Thursday.
■Cooper Gentle shot a scratch score of 56, two over the card, to win the open junior championship on Thursday.
Jarred Baker won the A grade handicap with 72-16-56 with Austin Baker runner-up on 70-12-58.
B grade was won by Joshua Cartwright with 77-30-47. Runner-up was Zayden Wills with 91-30-61.
Caitlyn Cartwright won the girls’ section with 83-31-52. Runner-up was Olivia Cartwright on 77-18-59.
Nearest the pins went to Joshua Cartwright 9th and second shot on the 3rd, Cooper Gentle 9th and Jackson Gentle second shot on the 3rd.
Olivia Cartwright with her hole in one on the 9th claimed nearest the pin while Caitlyn Cartwright was on the 3rd for her second shot.
Visitors were from Rich River and Hilltop.
The Mygolf program will commence on Friday, October 14.
■Coming events: Saturday, mens and ladies par. 9.30am-10am, shotgun. Duty: H.Wayland. Bar: R. Stockdale and J. Thompson
Tuesday, annual tournament, ladies 4BBB stableford. 9.30am-10am, shotgun. Duty: special catering group. Duty :H. Sleeth, S. Scapin, L. Alchin, P. Spokes.
Wednesday, October 5, mens 4BBB stableford, 9.30am-10am shotgun. Duty: Committee. Bar: committee.
Thursday: Mens and Ladies Stroke 50 and Over Championship. 9:30am-10am Shotgun. Duty: committee.
Parkland ladies played a stableford Medley round with teams of three.
Winners Val Mulholland, Bev Howard, Mary Elliott 64 points.
Runner-up was Heather Sleeth, Mary Trimby, Sally Powderham with 59 points on countback.
Ball competition: Geraldine Prendergast, Bev McLay and Pauline Laidlaw with 59 points. Runners-up were Marg Tucker, Kathy Fanning, Kathy Bell with 59 points.
Nearest the pin on the first hole was Bev McLay.
Two excellent scores of 40 points were the headline acts in Saturday’s stableford event, generously sponsored by Kyabram Free Press.
In the current conditions, 40 points is a mountainous score and not surprisingly came from two men in Miles Gould and Andrew Purdy with the distance games to reach greens in regulation and they left the rest of the field in their wake as they fought for honours in A grade.
Ultimately Miles won the ensuing count back with an excellent back nine of 21 points as he made a mockery of the conditions with a gross score of 75 off the stick.
Andrew has only been with the club for a few months but has featured regular on the leader board or in the ball comp and is clearly adapting to the course without much fuss and he was a very unlucky runner up on the day.
B grade was also decided by a countback with Alan Hausler getting the better of Geoff Squires after both carded 33 points.
Alan’s win came in spite of himself as he tells me he missed two putts from around just a foot.
Contrary to the results reported in the Sunday papers (our error) Sharon Harrison was the ladies winner for the second week running with 35 points while Helen Armstrong was runner up with 30 points, in another count back, from Marlene Topp,
Ball winners were Mick Coyne with 36 points, Parkland’s Jamie Baker (35), Kevin Bauerle (35), Lawrie Casey (35, Michael DÁugello (33) and Rod Breen, Rory Kerr, Dom Cerrone and Gavon Armstrong all with 32 points.
David Collins (A Grade) and Wanda Hacon won NTP balls on the third while Riley Bacon won the voucher on the 15th with an eight iron that he later conceded to me he “skinnied a bit”.
On Tuesday Pooch McHale had a very good win with 37 points from Kerry Kreeck (34) and Doug Kajewski with 33. Pooch also won the NTP Ball.
This week, weather allowing , there will be a stableford event on Friday with assembly at noon for a 12.30pm tee off.
On Saturday the office will be manned from 8am to noon though it would be wise to arrange your own groups.
The Thursday night comp will resume at 5.30pm on Thursday, October 6.
The club’s annual general meeting was on Tuesday night and saw the existing executive of John Flett (president), Jan McHale (secretary), Miles Gould (vice president) and Marie Watt (treasurer) re-elected unopposed.
The other five board members elected were Doug Kajewski, Helen Emery, Graeme Topp, Cam White and John Burrows who filled the vacancy left by Gavon Armstrong who did not seek re-election.
Valley View ladies
ANOTHER wet Wednesday meant yet another lunch to replace the golf.
But Tocumwal did manage to hold a dry Betty Senior Classic, bookended by two very wet days.
Seven Valley View ladies played and Helen Armstrong surprised everyone, but mostly herself, with a win on the second day in the handicap event for B grade.
Her 72 net was a 14-shot improvement on the day before and 3 shots ahead of her nearest rival.
Our participation rate for pennant always draws the praise of other clubs, and once again we are able to enter two teams in the summer teams event, with 24 players keen to be involved.
Sometimes a good score wins and sometimes a very average score can win, and on Saturday at Merrigum we got an example of both.
It was the final round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic and it did take the final round to find the winners this year, with points being shared among quite a few players throughout the year.
The winners of those competitions will be announced at presentation night on Friday, October 21.
One player was able to handle the heavy going with ease which left the rest of us wondering why our limited golfing skills have deserted us all simultaneously.
Jeff Newham was in sensational form and was a clear-cut winner in A grade with a score of 83-17-66.
He was eight shots ahead of his closest rivals for the day, which seems to be the way at the moment, one great score and the rest pretty ordinary.
Jeff will have one less shot to play with the next time he hits the course at Merrigum after losing well over half a shot from his handicap.
Phil Savage said he was embarrassed to accept the B grade trophy for his round of 94-18-76, however that didn’t stop him from leaping out of his seat to make sure he didn’t miss his moment in the spotlight.
He will be delighted to know his handicap actually went out slightly – but not enough to give him a shot back which will be a disappointment.
Ball competition winners were Jeff Newham, Bill Johnson and James Campbell, both with 74 on a countback from Clint Prygoda.
Nearest the pins were won by Bernie McGrath on the sixth and jackpot twelfth and Clint Prygoda on the fourteenth.
Rod Newham won the Victoria Hotel of Tatura voucher for the nearest second shot on the 11th and Jeff Newham won the least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty with 25.
Saturday’s event is par. With it being AFL grand final day players can organise their own groups and hit off from 9am.
I would suggest the players intending to play in the afternoon also organise a group to make sure you have someone to play with.
If the clubhouse is closed drop your cards in the green fees box.