With a dozen or so of Valley View’s regular golfers on their annual trek to Swan Hill, a smaller than usual field enjoyed an overdue spring day while racking up points in a stableford event.
As a result, there were trophies for one just grade on offer but this did not deter Tiger Livingston who carded the day’s best score of 38 points in an almost faultless round with his only wipe coming on the 18th.
Tiger, with a football-free mind, was a clear three shot winner from Miles Gould who with his trusty lob wedge safely back in his bag, put together a round of 79 off the stick to finish with 35 Stableford points.
Miles’ round was that much more meritorious as he struggled with a debilitating back injury for most of his round, doubling over in pain on several occasions much to the mirth of his unsympathetic playing partners who cruelly made comparisons with a couple of Australian tennis players.
Miles had the last laugh though adding the A grade nearest the pin ball and the voucher for nearest the pin on the 15th to his runner-up trophy.
In the ladies event Marie Watt narrowly avoided what would have been a five way count back when she took home the winner’s voucher by one shot with 34 points leaving Helen Emery to claim the runner-up trophy with 33 points in a four way count back.
Marlene Topp, Trudy Denham and Nancy Saunders were the unlucky participants in the said count back and all had to settle for a ball in the ball comp along with Harro who also had a round of 33.
Next week is the Drummond Golf day which will kick off with a barbecue at 11am before the usual assembly and tee off times.
There is always an excellent array of trophies on offer on this day so load up the car with family and friends and get out to Valley View for what promises to be a great day’s golf.
Finally, last week’s column resulted in the threat of litigation from at least a couple of members and one member’s son.
On advice from my solicitors at Nofax and Associates, I have been advised to make certain retractions and as such I can confirm that the gym equipment in question has been used while young Oscar is adamant he put dad’s wedge back in his bag.
Saturday, October 22 (Assembly 11.30am): Stableford Sponsor: Drummond Golf Shepparton — Duty: P Downe and B Thorsen.
Tuesday: Stableford. Assembly at 11.30am
Thursday: Nine Hole Stroke. Tee off at 5.30pm
Valley View women
Thanks to the dedicated work of our grounds volunteers, pennant players arrived on Monday, October 10, to a well-presented course.
Valley View Green team started the season with a resounding 5-0 win over Rich River Blue. The White team who had the bye took on catering duties.
This week Valley View Green took on Valley View White at Mooroopna. Results of the inter club battle will be published next week.
Wednesday’s golf saw players take to a less soggy course at last and miraculously no one was carried away by the giant mosquitoes which have enjoyed the casual water around the course.
Marilyn Ross returned the round of the day to win B grade with 37 Stableford points. Nancy Saunders was runner-up with 30 points.
Next best score of the day went to A grade winner, Tracey Wade with 34 points. Judy Greer was runner-up with 30 points.
Wanda Hacon was C grade winner with 32 points and she also collected the nearest the pin. Kaye Stanton was runner-up with 29 points.
Helen Emery, Jenni Bauerle and Leanne Busch all acquitted themselves well at the Golf Victoria Spring Tournament at Morwell and Traralgon last week.
Leanne Busch was placed fifth in the open handicap event which is a very commendable result.
Golf today will be a stableford event as the coring of the greens has been postponed to November 9. Next week will be our presentation night. A stroke event will be played at the usual time. Match committee will be on duty.
Good weather brought the golfers out of the woodwork for Saturday’s Drummond Golf stroke event.
The clubhouse was abuzz with more than 90 players in the field.
Mary Elliott won the women’s A grade with 73-21-52. Mareza Bauerle was runner-up with 74-19-55 after a countback from Sandie Scapin on 65-10-55.
Bev McLay won B grade with 79-24-55 after a countback from Marj Brisbane 87-32-55. Lynne McLean was third with 81-24-57.
Peter Fraser won the men’s A grade with 63-10-53. Runner-up was John Ellis with 68-11-57. Third went to David Kuiper on 67-9-58.
Phil Currey won B grade as well as the monthly medal. Phil carded 68-17-51 after a countback from Mick Sullivan on the same score.
Ron Pyke a visitor from Trafalgar won C Grade with 79-26-53. Len Flint was runner-up on 75-19-56. Bert Blackney was third with 81-24-57.
Ball winners were Alison Ballantyne, Marg Tucker, Rhonda Cox, Sally Powderham, Nola Arnold, Jill Siddall, Vaughan Moss, Les Jones, Harry Wayland, Mel Lusher, Norm Peacock, Kevin Stone, Barry Scott, Murray Maxwell, Geoff Forbes, Michael D’Augello and Peter Smith.
Nearest the pins went to Bernie Elliott (first), Michael D’Augello (fifth), Marg Tucker (ninth), Peter Fraser 14th, Phil Currey 18th (eagles nest courtesy Chapel Corner Tyres).
The encouragement awards went to Mez D’Augello and Akos Kerekes.
In Wednesday’s stableford event, Peter Fraser finished with 40 points to win the men’s A grade with 40 points. Runner-up was Tom Haigh on 38 points with Paul Price third with 35 points.
Vaughan Moss won B grade on 40 points with Kevin Stone second on 34 points. Don McKenzie was third with 34 points.
Rob Reid won C grade with 36 points while Luca Campanelli on 33 points was second after a countback from Barry Nankivell and Tom McDonald in that order.
Ball winners were Mick Butler, Harry Wayland, Geoff Ward, Col McDougall, Tom McDonald, Trevor Price, Kevin Bauerle, Max Jenkins, Richard Stockdale and Norm Tucker.
Nearest the pins went to Harry Wayland (first), Richard Stockdale (ninth, Ky Pizza and Pasta), Kevin Bauerle (15th) and Col McDougall (18th).
David Wassell won the encouragement award.
There are some vacancies for Sunday’s 36-hole event with a separate feature 18 holes in the afternoon.
Twenty golfers enjoyed the festivities on Friday evening with Peter Myers claiming the voucher in A grade with a nett 27.5. Runner-up was Austin Baker net 28.5.
B grade went to Joshua Cartwright with net 25 while Tait Petersen was runner-up on 26.
Twilight will continue on Friday, starting from 5pm, with hit off at 6pm.
Men’s open 36-hole championship draw
7.50am: P Newton.
8:10am: W Ferguson, B Troy, I Troy, P Barrette.
8.20am: D Kuiper, A Kuiper, P Kuiper, V Sleeth, J Burrows.
8.30am: K Stone, Peter Price, P Myers, A Williams, H Wayland.
8.40am: G Coad, J Baker, J Baker, A Baker, D Cartwright.
8.50am: M Jenkins, L Jones, D McKenzie, C McDougall, M Hateley.
8am: R Reid, D Cox, V Moss.
8.20am: S McLennan, R Walsh.
8.30am: P Fraser (cart), M Baker (cart), C Gentle, J Gentle.
8.40am: C Pilcher, R Lancaster, G McKinnis, D McLeod, M Read.
8.50am: J Bauerle. vacant.
Today: Mens’ four-ball-best-ball stableford. 9.30am-10am.
Tomorrow: Men’s and women’s stroke 50 and over championship, 9.30am-10am.
Saturday: Mixed pinehurst and men‘s singles stableford. Noon-12.30pm. Duty: committee. Bar: committee.
Sunday: Men’s 36 and 18-hole open stroke. Duty: committee.
Tuesday: Women’s pinehurst draw for partners. Wind-up, 9:30am-10 am. Duty: H Caldwell, D Hee, H Ward, D Jewell.
Wednesday, October 26: Men’s stableford. Duty: D McKenzie.
Last week 26 women layed a round of stroke, sponsored by Ky Showcase Jewellers.
A grade winner Mary Trimby had a great score with a 74-19-55. Runner-up was Lyn McArdle with a score of 77-18-59.
B grade winner was Helen Caldwell with a score of 83-24-59 and runner-up was Bev McLay with a score of 84-24-60.
C grade winner was Noalene Key with a score of 87-31-56 and runner-up was Geraldine Prendergast with a score of 84-28-56.
Ball competition: Daphne Jewell 59, Pauline Laidlaw 60, Maureen Leyden 60, Sally Powderham 61, Denise Hee 61 and Rhonda Cox 61.
Nearest the pin winner was Mareza Bauerle and Roma Fraser Brooch winner was Kathy Bell.
Saturday was a perfect day for golf at Merrigum with the course drying out nicely after several months of wet weather.
There was no need for preferred lies and it won’t be too long before there will actually be some run to be found out there.
Judging by some of the scores there are quite a few players who are holding out for that summer run, but in the mean time, enjoy the course at its best.
The event was stableford, a surprise for some, and there was a great turnout for the second week in a row. Wayne Thorson achieved what his beloved Hawks couldn’t this year, a win in spring.
He did it in great style by winning A grade with 38 points, two better than anyone else was able to manage and in the process he will find he has lost a shot from his handicap, something that will probably not please him that much.
Greg Hall was the B grade winner with 36 points.
Greg, like many of us, has been in the golfing doldrums for a few months so he has given us all hope that the good round we crave might be just around the corner.
The winners were joined in the ball competition by Bruce Brown with 35 points and Peter Hayward with 33.
Nearest the pins were won by Wayne Thorson on the sixth, Bruce Andrews on the ninth, Cory Berghofer on the jackpot twelfth and Andrew Wood on the fourteenth.
Last season’s twilight winner Craig Doherty has made a good start to defending his title by winning the second round of the new season with 48-11.5-36.5, three shots ahead of his closest rivals.
Frank Leyden was the runner-up with 51-11.5-39.5 on a countback from Greg Hall who scored 50-10.5-39.5.
No nearest the pins were won so there will be a little extra cash in the jackpot this week.
Simon Doherty, the club’s reigning second best putter took out least putts with fourteen and the two point cut-off was 41.
In a case of back to the future, this Saturday’s event will definitely be the second round of the Tree-Ball Challenge, a pairs ambrose cross-country.
This Friday night is presentation night, beginning from 6.30pm. Make our club a strong one by being there and enjoying a social evening.
The annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, at 8pm with the election of office bearers for the next twelve months taking place.
Eighty-seven veteran golfers competed in the second stroke round of the championship matches at Hill Top on Monday.
The course staff are to be congratulated on presenting the course in such excellent condition, especially considering the recent heavy rains that forced the earlier cancellation of this event.
A Grade winner was Peter Myers (Parkland) with a nett score of 68 on countback from Neville Smith (Numurkah), also on nett 68.
B Grade was won by Frank Hill (Hill Top) with an outstanding score of 63 from Max Ryder (Nathalia) on 67.
In C Grade, the winner on countback was Doug Barber (Rich River) with a nett score of 68. Runner-up was Ian Whatley (Rich River) also on nett 68.
Nearest the Pin Winners: Len Adams (A grade), Bob Oliver (B grade) and Peter Giorchino (C grade).
Down the line golf ball winners: Greg Freer, Graham Peat, Alan Dalton, John Keller, John Fanning, Neil Hutchins, Len Adams, Martin Schofield, Kevin Milner, Tom Haigh, Graham Scott, John Meincke, Bob Wildes, John Bauerle, Peter O’Halloran, Graeme North, Ian Hannaford, Bob Oliver, Wayne Ferguson, David Shiells, John Bunn, Les Hall, Ken Walter, Rex Howell, Jim Miller, John Thompson, Fred McMahon, Allan McGrath, John King.
Our next event is the third round of the championships at Mooroopna on Monday, November 7. Assemble 9.30am for a 10am shotgun start.