Saturday's golf at Parkland was played in the near perfect conditions with eighty players trying for that extra Christmas golfing bonus.
Kevin Jewell was the outstanding golfer of the event carding 71-25-46 to easily win the men’s C Grade trophy. Kevin was six shots clear of Bernie Elliott on 73-21-52. Third was Les Jones with 72-19-53.
Harry Wayland survived a countback to take the A Grade trophy with 66-12-54. Runner-up was Bob Hoye 67-13-54 while Ray Coleman ran third with 67-12-55. Max Jenkins 70-18-52 won B Grade after a three way countback from Col McDougall 69-17-52 and Mick Sullivan 68-16-52 to finish in that order.
Heather Sleeth won the woman’s A Grade with 69-17-52. Runner-up was Helen Ward with 74-20-54. Third went to Marg Tucker with 71-16-55.
Betty Baker carded the best round for the women with 82-32-50. Runner-up was Jill Siddall on 76-25-51. Third was Kathy Fanning on 78-25-53.
Ball winners were Marg Flint, Pauline Laidlaw, Thelma Wootton- Jones, John Bauerle, John Doherty, Bert Blackney, Col Brisbane, John MacFadyen, Barry Nankivell, Craig Kane and Vaughan Moss. Nearest the pins went to Ray Coleman 1st, Christine Coleman 9th, Max Jenkins 14th and Steven Marsh 18th. Val Hanke and Don McKenzie won the encouragement awards.
Mal Baker and Bruce Walkeden were the winners of the men’s ambrose on Wednesday finishing with a net 48. Runner-up was Bruce Cooper and Scott McLennan on a net 49 while third went to Harry Wayland and Wayne Ferguson on a net 49.30. Laurie Coble and Phil Currey were fourth with a net 49.5.
Ball winners were Barney McDonald/ David Kuiper, John Thompson/Brian Prendergast, Murray Maxwell/Mick Sullivan, Lindsay Simms/Roden Brady and Vin Sleeth/Trevor Price. Nearest the pins went to Paul Price 1st and 15th, Wayne Ferguson 9th and Trevor Price 18th. The encouragement award went to John Doherty and Col Brisbane.
TWILIGHT GOLF: This Friday will be the Christmas break-up nine holes starting from 5pm-7:30pm. A barbecue will follow the event.
Winner of section one last week went to Olivia Cartwright with a net 22. Runner-up was Rohan Gentle with a net 23.5 while Tait Peterson was the winner of the second section with a net 18 after a countback from Wayne Peterson.
■ Members are reminded that on Tuesday, December 27 there will be a Men’s and Ladies Stableford Event, 9am for a 9:30am shotgun start.
Coming Events: Saturday: Mens and Ladies Pinehurst 9:30am-10am shotgun. Christmas Event. Duty: A.West. Bar: M.Lusher.
Tuesday: Ladies Stableford. 8:30am-9am Shotgun. Duty: B.Howard, T.Wootton-Jones, N.Arnold.
Wednesday: Men’s Stableford. Duty: R.Walsh, R.Stockdale. Bar: P.Newton.
A GROUP of 32 Ladies played a round of Stableford on Tuesday. We have welcomed some newcomers lately who are enjoying our course.
A grade winner was Denise Hee with 36 points. Runner-up was Mary Trimby on 35 on countback from Marg Tucker, Dot Atkinson.
B grade winner was Carmel McKenzie 37, runner-up Di Day 35. C grade winner Debbie Greenwood 39, runner-up Barbara Duke 39. Ball competition winners Val Hanke, Geraldine Pendergast, Marg Tucker, Dot Atkinson, Jan Gentle, Thelma Wooton Jones. Nearest Pin: Carmel McKenzie NO 17
IT WAS a very pleasant summer’s day for golf on Saturday but scores didn’t really live up to expectations at Merrigum given the extra run players are getting now.
Two players managed to break par with the always steady John Fuller winning A grade with his round of 86-17-69. John is one of those players who has the ability to just keep playing down the middle, something us hackers would like to be able to do on a much more regular basis.
The in-form Barry Webber again won B grade with 103-34-69, a pretty good effort given that he threw in a 10 along the way as well.
Anyone coming down the eighteenth with a reasonable round happening would be crushed to see Bazza’s car still in the car park, knowing full well that a good score has already been posted and that yours probably won’t be good enough.
Unfortunately for the rest of us Barry won’t have lost a shot from his Merrigum handicap so it is up to us to lift our games if we are to dethrone him.
The ball competition winners were John Fuller, Barry Webber and Greg Hall and visitor Rod Schunke both with 70.
Nearest the pins were won by Wayne Thorson on the ninth, John Fuller on the jackpot 12th and Simon Doherty on the 14th.
Craig Doherty is stamping his claim to make it back to back twilight competitions with another win last Thursday evening. He has become something of a twilight specialist and his score of 48-10-38 was more than three shots ahead of his closest rival. Tash Doherty has taken over the role of bridesmaid after finishing as runner-up for the second week running with a score of 48-6.5-41.5. Bruce Brown won least putts with fourteen, Craig Doherty was nearest the pin on the fourteenth and the two point cut was 43.5.
This coming Saturday’s event is par.