At last, some fine spring weather and lack of other distractions such as football and golf trips has seen golfers turn out in force at Merrigum.
It was the best day for golf in some time and with the course drying out, golfers were up to taking on the challenge.
A good number of ladies also decided to take to the course on a Saturday, which was also great to see.
Bruce Brown has been missing in action a little bit lately and after seeing him play I suspect he has been honing his skills on the quiet with a view to making a raid on the trophies that will be up for grabs over the summer.
Bruce was the A grade winner with a round of 82-12-70, the only player to at least equal the par of the course, his long hitting being a distinct advantage with the course still playing very long after the recent rains.
The only consolation for the rest of us is that he will have a shot less to play with at his next outing.
Bernie McGrath was the B grade winner with 93-21-72.
Boulder also has the ability to give the ball a fair clout and he was by far the best of the B grade players as the A grade players dominated the top end of the field.
He too will have a shot less to play with the next time he takes to the Merrigum course.
The ladies winner was Tash Doherty with a round of 94-15-79 and it was good to see the younger generation of golfers competing in the ladies event.
Ball competition winners were Bruce Brown, Andrew Wood, Peter Hayward and Bernie McGrath, the latter three on a countback from Simon Doherty and Clint Prygoda.
Nearest the pins were won by Roger Gilbert on the ninth, Russell Dunn on the jackpot 12th and Bruce Brown on the 14th.
With the advent of daylight savings the twilight competition kicked off on Thursday evening with another great field of players obviously desperate to get back on the course.
Andrew Wood always seems to be up among the leaders of the twilight competitions and he made a great start again this year, winning with 44-5.5-38.5.
Simon Doherty was the runner-up with 49-7-42, while Greg Hall joined the pair as ball competition winners with 42.5.
Nearest the pin winners were Ant Newham on the jackpot ninth and Tash Doherty on the 14th.
Craig Doherty won least putts with 156 and the two-point cut was 43.5.
Saturday’s event is the second round of the ‘Tree-Ball Challenge’, so get your partners from earlier in the year to have a chance of taking off the trophy.
The annual general meeting is now on Wednesday, October 26, at 8pm and presentation night is on Friday, October 21, from 6.30pm. All members please make the time to attend both.
Golf got back to some normality during the weekend at Parkland with a stableford event.
Kathy Bell survived a countback to win the woman’s section with 33 points after a countback from Heather Sleeth.
Mary Elliott was third with 32 points.
Lynne McLean was the bolter in B grad, carding 39 points to win easily from Jan Gentle on 30 points.
Third went to Geraldine Prendergast with 28 points.
Craig Kane was a clear-cut winner in the men’s A grade with 37 points.
Runner-up was Michael D’Augello with 35 points while David Kuiper finished third with 34 points.
B grade was won by Steven Marsh with 34 points.
John Bauerle was runner-up on the same score while Mal Baker took third spot with 33 points.
Murray Maxwell shot the round of the day to card 40 points to win C grade.
Len Flint was runner-up on 38 points with Rob Reid third on 34 points.
Ball winners were Mary Trimby, Kathy Fanning, Rhonda Cox, Pauline Laidlaw, John Thompson, Graeme Hiriart, Tim Nelson, Lindsay Wickham, Barry Scott, Peter Fraser and Brian Prendergast.
Nearest the pins went to Geoff Coad first, Mary Elliott ninth, Peter Myers 14th and Graeme Hiriart 18th.
The encouragement award went to Doug Cox and Daphne Jewell.
The rescheduled tournament is as follows.
Wednesday, October 19, is the men’s four ball best ball stableford.
Thursday, October 20, is the men’s and women’s 50 and over stroke.
Saturday, October 22, is the mixed pinehurst and men’s singles stableford.
The men’s 36-hole open stroke championship is on Sunday, October 23. This event will also incorporate a separate afternoon 18-hole stroke event.
MyGolf Promotion is on Friday, October 14, starting at 5pm and running until 6.30pm. A free barbecue will follow.
A nine-hole event for golfers/juniors men and ladies will also take place at the above starting times. Players may organise their own groups.
Coming events: Saturday: Mens and ladies stroke. Medal round. Duty: C McDougall. Bar: M Maxwell. Tuesday: Ladies stroke. Duty: S Reid, L McArdle, D Tonkin, C Mackenzie. Wednesday, October 19: Mens stableford. Duty: R Ludeman, A Williams. Bar: T McDonald.
A tremendous round of 77-6-71 in heavy conditions has delivered a third 2016 calendar year monthly medal to Miles Gould along with the medallist of the tear (2015-16) title.
After our grounds staff worked miracles to get the course up after more heavy rain.
Miles made a shaky start bogeying the first two before turning his it around and finishing with a 39 on the front and 38 on the back.
All this without his favourite 90 degree lob wedge which young son Oscar had borrowed to practise his own short game the consequence of which undoubtedly will be an empty sock at Christmas for the young Gould.
Missing several greens, Miles was forced to pitch with his regulation wedge which left him relying heavily on his putter to scramble, albeit successfully, for pars and birdies.
Miles claimed the medal by two shots from A grade runner-up David Collins who carded 87-14-73 and B grade winner, Les Hall who finished with 96-23-73.
An in form Alan Hausler finished as the B grade runner-up with 94-20-74.
Marlene Topp was the ladies winner with 105-29-76 by three shots from Nancy Saunders with 104-25-79.
Ball winners on the day were Kevin Bauerle with nett 74, John Heywood (75), Mick Coyne (75), Geoff Squires (76), Pooch McHale (78) and Paul Kuiper with (78).
Miles’s score won him the best gross score, while nearest the pin winners were trophy winners were Pooch (A grade), John Heywood (B grade), Anne Hawking and Val Powley who picked up the voucher on the 15th.
A special courage ball awarded this week to Craig Larcombe who completed his round after being stung on the head by a wasp. Gutsy effort that.
Continuing the medical theme, a cheerio to former member Craig Richardson who is recovering at record pace from a recent double knee replacement.
Sunday’s scheduled mixed round has been deferred until Sunday, November 27, to enable our visitors from Axedale to enjoy the course at its best (optimistically assuming the rain will ease up).
Finally, in a recent scan of the local real estate pages I happened across the recently listed house of one of our members and was rather struck by what was clearly a home gym kitted out with weights, exercise bike and other assorted exercise gear all in near new condition.
The equipment, I am reliably informed counted for nought in assisting a fellow member loading his new couch.
Prospective buyers might be able to get David to throw in the gym equipment to get the deal done.
Saturday is a stableford event. Assemble at 11.30am. Duty: Craig Larcombe and Bill Murray
Valley View women
Jenni Bauerle did well at Murray Downs’ three-day tournament last week.
Not only did she have a nearest the pin, but Jenni also had the best B grade score on the second day.
An impressive result in such fierce competition.
Our annual bus trip this year became a car trip to Deniliquin for 14 players where we joined local members in their stroke event.
Tracey Wade was runner-up in A grade with 75 nett, Bev Lyon was runner-up in B grade with 76 nett and down the line ball winners were Helen Armstrong, Judy Greer, Julie Neale and Nancy Saunders.
The weather was beautiful, but learning the club is expecting a flood surge that will close them down for weeks was sobering.
Members are reminded that presentation day and night has been moved to Wednesday, October 26.