It was not unusual for the Casey name to be in the thick of things come presentation time but this week the name was there twice with Nic Casey (visiting from Wagga Wagga) launching a hit and run assault on the Techies Tyres Trophy cabinet in an early morning group of golfers.
Nic set the pace for the rest of the A grade field with 41 points, which would ultimately prove to be just be out of the reach of those in pursuit with David Collins getting closest with 40 as he settled for the runners-up trophy but never the less made an excellent start to the Summer Cup series.
Another morning golfer in the multi-talented Steve Usher had earlier left the course on his way to bowls more than happy with this his 39 points but had to settle for third place.
Meanwhile Peter Mangan has set his sights on a return to A grade winning the B grade event with 38 points and he finished two shots clear of Kerry Kreeck with 36 points while captain Doug Kajewski was next best with 35 points.
A three-way countback was needed to find the ladies winner with the ever consistent Jenni Bauerle getting home with 35 points from Helen Emery and Tracey Wade in that order.
Ball winners on the day were Steve Usher with his 39 points, Kevin Bauerle (37), Lawrie Casey (37), Doug Kajewski (35), Tracey Wade (35), Dom Cerrone (34), Gary Cleary (34), Ashley Kuiper (34), Jan McHale (34), Judy Greer (34), Bud Thorsen (33) and the injured (again) Marie Watt with 32.
Gary Cleary (A Grade) and Kerry Kreeck (B) picked up NTP balls while Val Powley won another NTP trophy on the 15th.
A big thanks Techie for his generous sponsorship of this week’s event.
One man who could not join the field was Peter Noble who — sorry Ripley I don’t know what he was thinking — tore his tricep muscle on Thursday night trying to move a golf cart the hard way.
On Sunday we were joined by visitors from Axedale for a 4BBB Stableford event with an excellent field turning out.
Wanda Hacon and Les Hall combined superbly for 47 points finishing two shots clear of Owen and Pam Davies from Axedale with 45.
Other trophy winners on the day were:
B/C: Leslie and Peter Elvey (44) Kev and Jenni Bauerle (43) Pooch and Jan McHale (41) Steve Usher and Leanne Busch (41) Kev and Val Powley (41).
NTP 3rd: — Men Len Rodda. Ladies - Leanne Busch. 15th - Steve Usher.
This week sees the start of the dual tee times with your choice of assembly times of 8am for 830 tee off or 1130am assembly for 1215 tee off in the afternoon.
Please note that the assembly times are as stated and you should either be at the course by these times or have phoned the duty team to register for the comp by said times.
Tuesday’s event has also moved to the morning only time of 8am assembly for 830 hit off.
Finally, the best wishes of all at the club go out to John Neale who is in hospital in Melbourne and we sincerely hope that Nails will have a full and speedy recovery.
Sat 3 Dec (Ass 8am & 1130am)
Stroke / Medal!Duty: D Kajewski & C Larocmbe
Valley View women
A smaller than usual field took to the course on Wednesday, as some members were away enjoying the challenges of the course at Cape Schank Golf Resort.
Marilyn Ross won the 18-hole event with 31 points on a countback. Anne Hawking shone for nine holes on the outward nine, with 20 points. Leanne Busch won the nine holes in with 16 points.
Saturday is the women’s putting lunch for Saturday golfers. Hit off is at 8.30am and all are welcome to play.
Monday is flag day at Mooroopna, when Valley View Green will play off for the Summer Pennant. We wish them well and have high hopes of another flag finding its way to Valley View..
Wednesday next week is president’s day and also our Christmas party.
Please bring a plate to share and a gold coin donation for charity.
Helen Armstrong, Helen Emery, Sharon Harrison and Liz Haw will be on duty.
Saturday's best ball stableford didn’t provide any surprises as low handicaps have had a bearing on the overall results.
A countback decided the winners of the woman’s section with Bev Wickham and Geraldine Prendergast claiming the trophies with 44 points. Runner-up was Jill Siddall and Thelma Wootton-Jones. Third went to Heather Sleeth and Kathy Bell on 43 points. Len Flint and Mel Lusher finished on 46 points to win the men’s section while Glen Smith and Eric Simpson were next with 45 points. Graeme Gordon and Phil Currey were third with 43 points after a countback from Col Brisbane and Bill Clark who featured in the ball rundown with Harry Wayland/Peter Fraser, Max Jenkins/Bob Troy, Barney McDonald/Bernie Elliott, Peter Smith/Bruce Cooper, Jackie Pearce/Lynne McLean, Marj Brisbane/Lyn Fraser and Muriel Malcolm/Mary Elliott. Nearest the pins went to Bob Troy 1st, Mary Trimby 9th, Billy Westerveld 15th and Eric Simpson on the 18th. The encouragement award went to Doug Cox/Mick Laurenson and Val Hanke/Betty Baker.
Kevin Bauerle was a five shot winner in Wednesday stableford event to claim the A Grade trophy with 40 points. Peter Myers was runner-up with 35 points while Mick Laurenson was third with 35 points. Harry Wayland won B Grade with 39 points with Mal Baker runnerup on 37 points. Mick Sullivan was third with 36 points after a five way countback. Tom Hogarty shared the limelight with Lindsay Tatterson to win C Grade with 41 points with Lindsay relegated to second spot. Bill Clark was third with 36 points. Ball winners were John McInnes, Rohan Gentle, Roger Gillon, Vaughan Moss, Len Flint, John Quirk, Mel Lusher, Paul Price and Craig Kane. Nearest the pins went to Chris Tindale 1st, Vin Sleeth 9th, Kevin Davis 15th and Peter Myers 18th.The encouragement award went to Rob Curtis.
GOLFERS PLEASE NOTE: Saturday’s starting time is 9.30am for a 10am shot gun start.
FRIDAY GOLF: D‘Arcy Whyte won the nine hole event with 35-14-21. Runnerup was Olivia Cartwright with 34-10-24. Jennifer Baker was the winner of B Grade with 42-21-21. Runnerup was Tait Peterson with 41-19-22. Nearest the pin went to Olivia Cartwright.
COMING EVENTS: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stableford. Summer Golf starts: 9.30am-10am. Shotgun.
Privilege Cup/Magic Goblet. Intersport Bennett‘s Birdie Hole No 16. Ron Stagg Memorial Singles Matchplay Knockout Round 1 Completed. Duty: L.Wickham. Bar: G.Ryan.
Sunday: Open Stableford. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. Committee.
Monday, December 5: Goulburn Valley Veterans Golf. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun. Christmas Luncheon.
Tuesday, December 6: Ladies Stableford 8.30am-9am. Shotgun.
Wednesday, December 7: Two Man Ambrose (Six drives each). Duty: J.Hausler. Bar: P.Barrette.
An open 4BBB Stableford sponsored by Dawes and Vary Riordan Lawyers was held with visitors from Heathcote, Hill Top, Ky Valley View, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Nathalia, Rich River and Shepparton.
Winners: Mary Elliott, Lyn Fraser (Ky Parkland) 44 pts.
R/up: Frances Mark, Sue Turnbull (Merrigum ) 42 pts c/b.
Third: Sheryl Curran, Di Day (Hill Top) 42 pts.
Fourth: Jill Siddall, Lois Pope 41 pts c/b.
NTP 1: Sue Turnbull ( Merrigum )
9: Verity Steward ( Mooroopna)
18: Alison Keogh ( Nathalia)
Ball comp: Division 1: Tracey Wade, Nancy Saunders ( Ky Valley View) 40 pts; Mary Trimby, Bev Wickham 39 pts.
Division 2: Geraldine Prendergast, Heather Sleeth 41pts; Bev Howard, Maureen Leyden 40 pts
Merrigum golfers contested a stroke round for the Privilege Cup on Saturday with a light breeze providing an additional challenge in club selection, but at least it helped to lessen the impact of the flies and mosquitoes.
There was a good roll-up because there was plenty to play for; as well as the Privilege Cup and a spot in the next ‘‘Tiger Cup’’ play-off there was the Victoria Hotel of Tatura voucher for the nearest second shot on the eleventh and the least putts competition sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.
Andrew Wood was in great form winning A grade and the Privilege Cup with a round of 77-11-66, three shots better than his closest rival for the day’s honours. His score means that he will lose a shot from his handicap the next time he plays at Merrigum. Barry Webber continued his recent good form and was the B grade winner with 104-35-69 and at least this week he had something to show for his good round. He will also have a shot less to play with at his next outing. The two winners headed the ball competition and were joined by Simon Doherty after a three-way countback with Bruce Andrews and James Campbell, all three having had 70 nett. Nearest the pins were won by Bruce Brown on the ninth, James Campbell on the jackpot twelfth and Andrew Wood on the fourteenth while Wayne Thorson won the voucher for the nearest second shot on the eleventh. James Campbell won least putts with 25.
Last Thursday’s twilight competition was won by Keith Hogeboom with a round of 51-10.5-41.5. Simon Doherty got the better of another three-way counback to be the runner-up with 48-6.5-41.5. The players he beat were Andrew Wood and Greg Hall. Keith had least putts with fourteen while Woody got a ball in the ball competition. There were no nearest the pin winners while the two point cut was 43.
This Saturday’s event is a pairs ambrose, the second round of the summer fourball.