AFTER being on the verge of quitting golf last week, an air swing free round and a vastly improved putting performance has enabled Craig Larcombe to break a Richmond-esque golfing drought at the weekend.
Larco has struggled with his game for some time and it has been a good 12 months or more since he has been among the winners largely due to a severe case of the putting yips.
But on Saturday he was able to (for the most part) take control of his errant putter as he racked up 45 stableford points, albeit from an outrageous handicap of 24 to take advantage of some excellent fairway play.
On a steamy hot day where playing numbers were down this gave him a comfortable seven shot win in the single grade event from the very consistent Lawrie Casey who finished with 38 points.
This was an amazing effort on Lawrie’s part given he could barely see his ball on the tee having lost his best pair of spectacles on course the previous week.
Case did mention that this was offset somewhat by the fact that with pennant finished he could concentrate on his own game without the pressures of propping up his pennant partner.
Scoring was also very good in the ladies event with the amazing mayonnaise lady, Marie Watt, revelling in the heat with 39 points claiming a two-shot win from Jan McHale with 37.
Ball winners on the day were Pooch McHale with 37 points, along with John Burrows, Doug Kajewski, David Collins and the immaculately attired Graeme Harrison all with 36 points.
Pooch won the nearest the pin ball on the third and the voucher on the 15th while Larco was robbed of a NTP ball by virtue of the fact that there was only one grade on the day.
Saturday’s round was the final round of the Summer Cup and, despite his absence from the field, Steve Usher was a comfortable winner of the Title with the three round total of 118 points.
Larco’s round propelled him into second spot with 112 points in a count back from Lawrie Casey and David Collins while John Burrows rounded out the top five with 110 points.Jan McHale finished the best of the ladies with 108 points.
The club would also like to send another cheerio to Johhny Heywood who is still on the long road to recovery from illness and we just want him to know we are missing his company and are thinking of him at this time.
Saturday: assembly 8am and 11.30am. Par. Duty: P Downe and P Noble.
February 25: assembly 8am and 11.30am. Four-ball multiple stableford. Tuesdays: stableford: assembly 9am.
Competition was restricted to a nine-hole stableford event as the temperature rose and the heat rule was applied at Valley View on Wednesday.
Tracey Wade continued her run of good scores to win A grade with 19 points. Janice Johnstone was runner-up with 17.
Anne Hawking was in fine form returning a great score of 23 points to win B grade from Marie Watt who finished with 18.
Par will be played next Wednesday. Gloria Pell, Marilyn Ross, Trudy Denham and Mary Cooke will be on duty.
Members are reminded that the Syllabus for 2017/18 is now available for collection. Opening day for the winter season is on Wednesday, March 1.
HOT weather took its toll on numbers at Parkland during the past weekend however there were still those brave souls that did battle
David Wells was the standout player, carding 40 points to win the men’s B grade trophy on Saturday.
Runner-up was Geoff Ward with 39 points
Brian Clements put some sting into his game to win C grade with 39 points with Max Jenkins runner-up on 35 points.
Doug Cox carded a modest 35 points to claim the A grade trophy while Vin Sleeth was runner-up on 34 points after a countback.
Kathy Bell was the winner of woman’s A grade with 38 points. Runner-up was Lynne McLean with 37 points.
Ball winners were Geraldine Prendergast, Vaughan Moss, Norm Tucker, Bruce Cooper and John Bauerle.
Nearest the pins went to Rhonda Cox 1st, Mareza Bauerle 9th, David Wells 14th and Don McKenzie 18th.
The encouragement award went to Kathy Fanning and Geoff Forbes.
Paul Price and Harry Wayland were narrow winners of the Chop Suey event on Wednesday.
The modified event consisting of pinehurst, ambrose and best ball stroke provided a challenge.
The winning pair carded 49.87 while runner-up was Lindsay Simms and Rodan Brady with a net 51.50. Don McKenzie and Raff Ludeman were third with 52 net. David Wassall and Roger Gillon finished with 52.10 for fourth.
Ball winners were Wayne Ferguson/Brian Prendergast, Geoff Forbes/Geoff Ward, Peter Fraser/Sam Attardi, Kevin Davis/Jim Miller and Howard Teasdale/Glen Smith.
Nearest the pins went to Kevin Davis 1st, Lindsay Simms 9th, Jim Miller 15th and Bob Ferguson on the 18th.
The next two Saturday’s will be an 8.30am for 9am shotgun start.
Pennant: Although Parkland was not involved in the Pennant finals held at Numurkah on Sunday it was a close decision in the two sections.
Rich River defeated Rochester 3/2 while Tallygaroopna also accounted for Rushworth 3/2.
Responsible Serving of Alcohol Course: The above course is on Tuesday, February 21, at Parkland, starting at 5.45pm for Registrations. People wishing to involved with the course can contact Peter Fraser 5852 2769 for details and cost.
Coming events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stroke. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun. Medal round number four.
Duty: A. Richardson. Bar: M. Maxwell. Tuesday: Ladies Chapman Foursomes Draw for partners. 8.30am- 9am. Shotgun. Duty: M Elliott, V Hanke, L McArdle, D Van der Drift. Wednesday, February 22, mens stableford. 9.30am-10am. Duty: G Gordon. Bar: M Maxwell, T McDonald.
Ladies played a stroke/medal round.
A grade: Kathy Bell 68-15-53, 1; Heather Sleeth 72-17-55, 2.
B grade: Kathy Fanning 80-24-56, 1; Dot Atkinson 78-21-57, 2.
C grade: Jan Gentle 83-26-57, 1; Noalene Key 85-28-57, 2
Ball comp: Mary Elliott, Helen Ward (56), Pauline Laidlaw (58),
Bev McLay, Rhonda Cox (59)
NTP: Kathy Fanning
Monthly Medal ( best nett score): Kathy Bell
Ky Pizza & Pasta award ( best scratch score): Kathy Bell
THE hot weather had all Merrigum gofers hitting off early on Saturday and most were pleased to have made that choice by the time they reached the clubhouse after their round.
Handicapper Greg Hall had the best round of the day, winning with 37 points.
The result was heavily scrutinised however, after some dodgy work was found to have been done by the handicapper on his own handicap last week, entering less than half his points accumulated for handicapping purposes, especially odd given he is in one of the leading teams in the summer fourball.
Has he been taking lessons from one former local handicapper or was it the two hours sleep in 48?
We’ll give him the benefit of doubt and put it down to the latter.
He did lose half a shot from his handicap this week but it will not impact him next weekend.
Bill Bray found a little bit of form to finish in the ball competition with 36 points.
Roger Gillon was the next best with 34 points
New member Ashley Sanders had his eye in, taking both nearest the pins to go off, the ninth and the jackpot 12th.
The penultimate round of the twilight competition was played last Thursday and Keith Hogeboom made a late charge for the overall honours by winning with a score of 49-8-41,k albeit on a countback.
Keith was a long way behind but two wins and two seconds in the past five weeks has seen him put himself in contention.
Andrew Wood still leads but was not able to make it last week which was unfortunate for him.
Another new member Rhonda Eberle was the runner-up with 63-22-41 and can consider herself unlucky to miss out on a countback.
Craig Doherty took the nearest the pin on the 14th, while the jackpot on the ninth didn’t go off so will be held over to the final round this week.
Tash Doherty won least putts with seventeen on a countback from Keith Hogeboom and the two point cut was 42.5.
This week is the final round of the summer fourball and will be a tussle between two pairs, Simon Doherty and Greg Hall, and Tony Borrelli and John Fuller. Both pairs are locked together on 28 points and so long as both show up it will be a two team shootout.
The event is aggregate par, keeping the best until last.
Happy birthday to our esteemed president who reached a milestone on the weekend.
Apparently he didn’t get too close to his cake though because of the killer pythons decorating it.
All the more for everyone else.
ONE hundred and seventeen veteran golfers appreciated the fine conditions, the excellent golf course and the renowned hospitality of the Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club on Monday.
Trophies for the stableford event were donated by Numurkah Golf Club.
Winner of A grade was Ray Falla (Nathalia) with a score of 41 points from Bruce Morris (Mooroopna) on 40 points.
Joe Labas (Nagambie) took out B Grade with 40 points, on countback from Les Hall (Valley View) also on 40 points.
Geoff Squires (Valley View) survived a countback to win C grade from Ian Clark (Nagambie), both on 39 points.
Nearest the pins: Bill Green (A grade), Rolf Weber (B grade) and Graeme Gordon (C grade).
Down the line golf ball winners: Bernie O’Hare, Bill Green, John Keller, Vin Edwards, Ron Smith, John McHale, Kevin Humbert, Glen Evans, Neil Hutchins, Ian Gray, Alan Dalton, Graham Scott, Rob Kilgour, Leo Hartup, Richard Maxwell, John Fuller, Peter Eade, Bruce Collins, Rolf Weber, Dick Hutchison, John Meincke, Geoff Partington, Alby Seenan, Ken Harris, Roden Brady, Laurie Steward, John King, Graeme Frostick, Bruce Whebell, Ron Dixon, Bill Waite, John Bunn, Lindsay Tatterson, Phil Cooper, Jim Miller, Ken Walter.
Next veterans event will be the challenge match against central vets, at Axedale Golf Club, on Monday. Assemble 9am for a 10am shotgun start. Few paces still available. Contact Max Dawber.