February 10, 2017

Valley View

A MID-WEEK decision to revert to his real name (John Mellencamp style) had no affect on the recent good form of Pooch McHale, with The Curmudgeon taking out the February monthly medal, with a tremendous morning round of 76-12-64 ,although his disguise as Tutankhamun did catch the field off guard.

Pooch set the course alight with an outward nine of one over 37 and was actually one under the card after the seventh.

He then maintained the pressure on the return leg with an excellent back nine of 39 to set the afternoon golfers the almost impossible task of mowing down his nett 64 score.

One man undaunted by the task was Tiger Livingston, who set about the chase with relish only to fall one shot short, with a gallant round of 88-23-65.

Peter Blackmore was an unlucky runner-up in A grade with the score of 85-18-67 which on many a day would be a medal-winning score.

Tiger finished five shots clear in B grade from Michael McQueen-Thompson (97-27-70) and Cam White (94-24-70) with the Doc taking out the countback for second.

Ann Hawking was the ladies’ winner in a tight contest with 98-28-70 from Helen Armstrong with 96-25-71.

In one of the best scoring days in some time, only nett 72 or better would get you a ball with the recipients being Steve Shrapnel Usher (nett 69), Ashley Kuiper (70), Cam White (70), Lawrie Casey (71) and Marlene Topp (72).

Peter Blackmore won both the A grade nearest the pin ball and the voucher on the 15th while Gavon Armstrong took out the B grade nearest the pin ball.

Peter Mangan also achieved the rare fete of birdying the ninth in consecutive weeks to claim another round of drinks courtesy of Phil and Trudy Plumb and Ky Cleaning Services.

Our pennant team completed its season with a 2-3 loss to Shepparton at Parkland on Sunday, with Pooch pairing with Kevin Bauerle for a dominant seven and six win while David Collins and Harro won their match four and three.

The combinations of Steve Usher and Mick Coyne (one-down) and Miles Gould and Peter Blackmore (two-down) went within a whisker of turning the result into a 3-2 win.

The last pair of Lawrie Casey and Tiger spent all their petrol tickets the day before and went down by a margin I have been asked not to mention (seven and six).

A big thanks from the club to David Collins (as captain) and the dozen or so guys who made themselves available once again to represent the club.

The early forecast this week is for 40 degrees on Saturday so please keep an eye on the forecast for the possibility that the heat rule will be implemented on Saturday afternoon and in need please contact the captain for clarification.

This week: Saturday, February 11, assembly 8am and 11.30am). Stableford and round four of the summer cup. Duty: D Kajewski and A Hausler.

Tuesday: Stableford. Assembly 9am


FEBRUARY kickstarted in a blaze of glory for Janice Johnstone, winner of the putting competition with 27 putts and winner of A grade, 90-22-68.

Tracey Wade had the only nearest the pin for the day.

Our captain Gill Thorsen proved you can deal with multiple issues before sending out the field, and still concentrate on your golf. Gill posted 102-30-72 to win B grade.

Helen Armstrong and Marilyn Ross also scored well, but for only half of the game, with an out score of 33 and an in score of 32.5 respectively.

Next week’s event is another stroke and putting with Bev Lyon, Helen Emery and Marg Smerdon on duty.


TOM Haigh made Saturday’s golf all his own.

Tom fired a stroke score 62-13-49 to claim the men’s A grade trophy.

The Privilege cup went with the win as well as birdieing the 16th for a dozen balls courtesy of Intersport Bennett‘s.

Hot on Tom’s heels was Scott McLennan with 62-12-50. Third went to captain Geoff Coad 63-12-51.

Mick Sullivan saluted in B grade with 64-14-50, while Eric Simpson on 67-15-52 was runner-up after a countback from Phil Currey

C grade was won by Col Brisbane with 74-22-52 after a countback from Barry Nankivell 52. Third went to Mark Percy with a net 55 off his 18 handicap.

Helen Ward won the Women’s A grade with 71-19-52. Runner-up was Kathy Bell with 70-15-55. Third went to Lyn McArdle also with 71-16-55.

Betty Baker’s round of 83-33-50 earned her the Magic Goblet and the B grade trophy. Runner-up was Lyn McLean with 74-23-51. Third went to Noalene Key with 80-29-51.

Nearest the pins went to Rhonda Cox 9th, Peter Price 1st, Scott McLennan 14th and David Wells 18th. Ball winners were Bev McLay, Sam Attardi, David Wells, Doug Cox, Don McKenzie, Les Mitchell, Jan Gentle, Brian Prendergast, Faye Glover and Harry Wayland. Encouragement awards went to Pamela Reyment and Brian Prendergast.

Wednesday golfers played a pinehurst with newcomer Tony Lasini and Luca Campanelli getting the spoils with a net 47.7 net, while runner-up was Harry Wayland and Wayne Ferguson on 48.75 net. Third were Allan Richardson/Paul Price with a net 49.50 while Peter Fraser and Sam Attardi finished fourth with a net 50.

Ball winners were Steve Thompson/Howard Teasdale, Nathan Barker/Noel Reddrop, Col Brisbane/Bill Clark, Eric Simpson/Kjell Johnsen, Allan Smith and Roger Gillon.

Nearest the pins went to Bob McArdle 1st, Andrew Cooper 9th, Eric Simpson 15th while Trevor Price collected at the 18th. The encouragement award went to Bob McArdle and Kevin Jewell.

Friday golf: Vaughan Moss won the first division nine hole event with a net 23 after a countback from D’Arcy White. Caitlyn Cartwright turned in a blinder to finish with a net 19.5 to win her section. Nearest the pin was won by Geoff Spencer and Caitlyn Cartwright.

Pennant: Parkland finished on a high note when they defeated Rochester at Rich River on Sunday 3 ½- 1 ½. Barry Scott/ Paul Dickens had an early finish for 6/5 success while Rick Walsh/Jarred Baker combined well for their 2/1 win. Austin Baker/Jackson Gentle squared with Jamie Baker/Geoff Coad won 4/3. Michael D’Augello and Cooper Gentle lost 3/1. The final of both divisions will be played at Numurkah with times to be advised.

Coming events: Saturday mens and ladies stableford. Duty: P. Currey. Bar: J. Doherty. Sunday: open stableford. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun.

Tuesday: Ladies stableford. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun. Best stableford score A, B. and C grades. Duty: M. Trimby, D. Smith, D. Tonkin, J. Todd, M. D‘Augello.

Wednesday, February 15, men’s stroke 9.30am-10am. Duty: R. Reid. Bar: K. Johnsen.


IN COOLER conditions, ladies played a round of stableford.

A grade winner with great score was Helen Ward 36 points on countback to runner-up Marg Mould 36 points. B grade winner Bev Howard had a day out on 40 pts on countback from Runnerup Jenny Todd 40 pts BAll competition Barb Duke 40 pts, Doreen Buckley 36 pts, Jan Gentle 35 pts, Kathy Bell 35 pts, RHonda Cox 34 pts, Mary Elliott 34 pts, Dot Atkinson 33pts.

NEarest Pin no 14 Heather Gunstone


IT WAS a case of déjà vu for Merrigum golfers on Saturday after Phil Savage made it two on the trot.

He won this week’s stroke round with a score of 87-20-67, one shy of his score last week.

No doubt he still has a bit up his sleeve but at last the handicapper was able to relieve him of one shot at least.

Phil must have miscalculated however because he won by two shots when a win by one might have saved his precious handicap for another week at least.

Hopefully Phil’s handbrake was still working after the round otherwise he might have rammed his cart into his trailer when he came to load it.

John Fuller joined Phil in the ball competition with his round of 85-16-69, beating Tony Borrelli on a countback after Tony scored 90-21-69.

Simon Doherty took the nearest the pin on the ninth while in the absence of Bruce Brown, Phil Savage took the jackpot on the 12th.

Simon Doherty was the winner of last week’s twilight competition with a round of 40-5-35 in a field stacked with the Doherty clan.

Simon has notched a few wins for the season but will still battle to overhaul the leader.

It’s great to see the number of juniors and new members playing twilight and getting into the game of golf; hopefully they will become the future of the club down the track.

The runner-up was Wayne Thorson with 42-5.5-36.5.

Phil savage managed to sneak into the ball competition with 37 and also won least putts with thirteen on a countback from Andrew Wood.

Clare Doherty cleaned up the two week jackpot for nearest the pin on the ninth and Woody was nearest on the 14th. The two point cut was 39.5.

Saturday’s event is stableford.

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