The midweek rain played havoc with our weekend schedule.
Friday and Saturday’s rounds cancelled due to the amount of water lying around the course.
Our illustrious captain has asked me to mention that this Saturday is the October medal round as well as the medallist of the year play off featuring all available monthly medal winners from the past 12 months.
As usual, assembly is at 11.30am for a 12.15pm hit off.
Doug also asked me to mention that there will be a mixed 4BBB stableford event on Sunday and we are expecting several guests from Axedale to join us for the day.
Assembly at 9.30am for a 10am tee off.
If I am not mistaken the round will be followed by a barbecue lunch.
Also, don’t forget that the midweek twilight season kicks off tomorrow at 5.30 pm. If you need more details, call Peter Noble.
Valley View women
Julie Neale had several reasons for being happy that the course was dry enough to play on Wednesday.
A generous trophy from Sue Walley at Fab Flowers, as well as a monthly medal winner’s shirt.
Julie’s 74 nett was well ahead of her nearest rivals in A grade – Helen Emery, Janice Johnstone and Jan McHale who all finished with nett 82.
B grade was a much closer contest, with Judy Greer, nett 76, a nudge ahead of Tracey Wade on 77, while in C grade, Val Powley, nett 84, finished ahead of Shirley Soares, 87.
The only golfer to have a nearest the pin was Jenni Bauerle. Helen Emery had the least number of putts, 29.
The syllabus has been torn apart by the rain, but pennant will start on Monday, all being well.
Wednesday's golfers were playing for the chance of dining out at Melbourne’s Tramcar Restaurant.
The three grade winners were the recipients of the generosity of the Clements Family, Brian and Brendan.
Vin Sleeth was the A grade winner of the stroke event with 66-12-54. Runner-up was Scott McLennan on 65-10-55. Third went to Lindsay Wickham with 68-11-57.
Phil Curry won B grade with 75-17-58 while Mal Baker was runner-up on 76-17-59 after a countback from Geoff Ward 73-14-59 for third.
Murray Maxwell claimed the C grade prize with 77-22-55. Runner-up was Rob Reid with 80-24-56 after a countback from Geoff Forbes 76-20-56.
Ball winners were Kevin Davis, Noel Reddrop, Mel Lusher, Harry Wayland, Raff Ludeman, Richard Stockdale, Peter Barrette, Peter Fraser, Allan Richardson and Luca Campanelli.
Nearest the pins went to Vin Sleeth (first), Allan Richardson (ninth), John McInnes (15th) and Kevin Jewell (18th). The encouragement award went to Tom Bright.
Saturday’s golf was another washout along with the woman’s event.
Hopefully the club can complete the rest of the annual tournament without any hold ups.
Summer membership is now available. Enquiries can be made at the Clubhouse. Peter Myers and Lynne McLean are the leaders of the Prior’s Bobcat Services Golfer of the Year award. Peter with 59 points leads David Kuiper on 56 while John Ellis is next on 50. Lynne McLean with 70 points has a five point buffer over Mareza Bauerle on 65. Pauline Laidlaw is next with 58
The results will go down to the wire with a potential three rounds to be played.
Saturday and Sundays event have been postponed until further notice.
Tuesday ladies event was best net score in each grade.
A grade: Mary Trimby (58) 1, Heather Sleeth (58) 2.
B grade: Dulcie Vanderdrift (54) 1, Pauline Laidlaw (57) 2.
C grade: Bev Howard (58) 1, Maureen Leyden (62) 2.
Ball competition: Olivia Cartwright, Bev McLay, Lyn Fraser, Carmel McKenzie, Geraldine Prendergast.
Nearest the pin: Val Hanke.
A small contingent of golfers took to Merrigum’s course on AFL grand final Saturday to once again do battle with the elements in a par event.
Overnight rain did nothing to make the course easier, even with preferred lies, and this was backed up by the fact that more than half the field finished in the double-figure minuses.
With Clint Prygoda playing, the result was much more predictable than the AFL grand final.
Unlike the Bulldogs, there has been no long term drought for Clint as he notched up what was probably his fourth or fifth win in the past couple of months.
His score of -2 was, as well as being good enough to win the event, good enough to cost him a shot from his handicap the next time he plays at Merrigum.
Clint is quite possibly the only player in the club to lose multiple shots from his handicap over the trying winter conditions and wet start to spring; most have in fact gone the other way.
If it ever dries up, he will be on single figures in no time.
Simon Doherty was the runner-up with -3 and aside from Clint has probably more consistently handled the wet than most others.
He too lost a small portion from his handicap while everyone else in the field stayed where they were or more commonly went out.
Simon took the only nearest the pin to go off, that was on the ninth.
Saturday’s event is stroke.
The Merrigum Lions day that was scheduled has been cancelled for this year.
With the advent of daylight savings, the twilight competition will kick off on Thursday evening.
The annual general meeting is on Wednesday, October 12, at 8pm.
This is your chance to have a say in the future direction of your club and elect a new committee for the next year.
The more people actively involved in our club the better it will be.
Presentation night is on Friday, October 21, beginning at 6.30pm.
Come along and applaud the year’s winners, it is quite likely that you are one of them.
We want a strong club and for that, your support is essential.