RHONDA Cox and Allan Richardson shared the limelight, both finishing with 51 net in Saturday’s stroke round at Parkland.
Rhonda finished with 71-20-51 to take the woman’s A grade trophy. Runner-up was Denise Hee with 70-16-54. Third went to Heather Sleeth with 72-17-55.
B grade was won by Bev Howard with 78-25-53 with Lyn Fraser runner-up 79-24-55 after a countback from Marg Flint 86-31-55 third.
David Kuiper won A grade for the men with 62-8-54. Runner-up was Don McKenzie 69-13-56. Third went to Harry Wayland on 68-11-57.
John Bauerle won B grade with 70-15-55 after a countback from John Doherty 72-17-55. Third went to Malcolm Baker 73-16-57.
Allan Richardson was one-shot clear of his rival in C grade, carding 69-18-51 for the best round of the event. Runner-up was Harley Hee with 73-21-52. Third went to Sid Trevaskis 77-24-53.
Ball winners were Thelma Wootton-Jones, Barbara Duke, Mareza Bauerle, Lyn McArdle, Kathy Bell, Di Day, Daphne Smith, Raff Ludeman, Bert Blackney, Andrew Phillips, Derek Campbell, Lindsay Tatterson, Vaughan Moss and Tom McDonald. Nearest the pins went to Bev Howard 9th, Ray Coleman 1st and Tom Haigh 18th. The encouragement award went to Max Jenkins and Lorna Alchin.
Wednesday’s men’s stableford event saw a win to Peter Barrette with 36 points to claim the A grade trophy. Runner-up was Doug Cox on 35 points while Mick Sullivan finished on 33 for third.
John MacFadyen won B grade with 36 points with Mel Lusher next on 35 points after a countback from Mark Percy. Lindsay Tatterson shot the round of the day to card 42 points for the C grade trophy. John Doherty was next on 40 points with Bert Blackney on 38 points for third.
Ball winners were Derek Campbell, Raff Ludeman, Les Jones, Roger Gillon, Howard Teasdale, Max Jenkins, Len Flint, James Miller, J.Richardson and Eric Simpson. Nearest the pins went to John Doherty 1st, Paul Price 9th, Allan Richardson 15th and John MacFadyen 18th. The encouragement award went to Fred Roberts.
■Golfers are reminded events will revert back to afternoon golf assemble at noon, commencing with a shotgun start at 12.30pm on Saturday.
■Five Kyabram Junior golfers featured in a team effort at the Golf Victoria Country Championships at Rosebud at the weekend.
Jackson Gentle was the best accredited of the local golfers, carding a two-round scratch total of 153 to finish sixth in a field of 79. Blair Christie from Rich River was runner-up with 144. Jarred Baker was beaten on a countback for the handicap event, finishing with 142.
The Goulburn Valley District for the second year in a row took out the team’s handicap event total. Others to represent Parkland were Nathan Richards (Rich River), Cooper Gentle and Austin Baker.
■Twenty three players enjoyed the cooler conditions with hot dogs on offer after finishing nine-hole golf on Friday night.
Bruce Walkeden won A grade with 20.5 net while Geoff Spencer was next with 21.5.
B grade was won by Joshua Cartwright who carded a great 34 net 14 to win, while Riley Locke was runnerup on a net 19.
Nearest the pins were Russell Locke and Olivia Cartwright.
Friday night will also the My Golf program, under control of Naomi Cartwright, starting at 5pm.
Twilight golf will also continue on the back nine.
The Goulburn Valley District junior program training is on at Numurkah on Sunday. Enquiries can be made with Naomi Cartwright.
Coming events: Saturday: Mens and Ladies Stroke. Noon-12.30pm. Shotgun. Medal round number 5. Intersport Bennett‘s birdie hole No 16. Duty: B. Clements. Bar: R. Ludeman.
Tuesday: Ladies stroke. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun. Wind-up. Plate to share. Duty: J. Gentle, N. Key, L. McLean, I. Paynter.
Wednesday, March 8: Mens stroke. 9.30am-10am. Duty: J Doherty. Bar: N Tucker.
■Thirty four ladies played in a Chapman Foursomes event with perfect conditions on the course the day was sponsored by Tangles hairdressers.
A grade winners Carmel McKenzie and Denise Hee 68.20.5-47.5. Runners-up were Jill Siddall and Kathy Bell 69.19.5-49.5.
Ball competition winners Marg Flint and Heather Sleeth (50 points), Jenny Todd and Sonya Coldwell (50), Bev Howard and Heather Gunstone (51), Daphne Smith and Sally Powderham (51.5).
Sally Powderham won nearest the pin on the ninth, sponsored by Kyabram Fauna Park.
Reminder to members there is a working bee on March 6.
FOUR ball multiple stableford is a game that tests the best of friendships with the infamous Prideuax-Hausler incident of some years ago now part of Valley View folklore.
It is an event, where an inopportune wipe while your partner has a four-point score (leaving the pair with no points for that hole) that is guaranteed to generate some steely glares if not outright verbal abuse as occurred on the 16th all those years ago.
An even bigger faux pas at the weekend with our president John Flett well pleased with himself after chipping in on the fourth for a birdie three and five points only to be informed by his unnamed partner “I’ve got some bad news for you John”.
But I digress, so now to the results which will put a fresh spin on the strained friendship theme with Kevin Livingston, in the absence of regular partner Lawrie Casey, teaming successfully with Rod Breen to take out the event with the the excellent score of 82 points.
It was such an even performance with respective individual scores of 38 and 39 points, Tiger is now left with the delicate problem of how to let Lawrie down gently with news that he has signed Rod as his exclusive four ball partner for the rest of 2017.
Fortunately for Tiger, Lawrie is an avid Free Press reader!
Four shots back in the runners-up spot were morning golfers in the Leyland Brothers (aka Paul and Ashley Kuiper) with 78 points.
Meanwhile the ladies, not so good at their maths, chose to play an individual Stableford event which Anne Hawking won with 37 points from Julie Neale with 34 points.
As a result of the ladies rebellion, the ball comp reverted to individual scores with balls won by Alan Hausler with 40 points (yes Ripley that is correct), Pooch McHale Peter Blackmore and Michael McQueen-Thomson (each with 39 points) and Craig Larcombe with 38. If only he could have scored a lousy couple of points on that fourth hole!
Miles Gould and Peter Blackmore took home NTP balls on the 3rd while Baden Thorsen took home the voucher on the 15th after a very good tee shot to within 2 metres of the pin before just sliding his birdie putt past the hole on the low side in a similar manner to the way he missed his birdie for a round of drinks on the ninth.
Saturday 4 March (Assembly 8am & 1130am)
Stroke / Medal!Duty: D Kajewski & J Neale
Tuesdays: Assembly 9am; Stableford.
■The final round of summer golf competitions concluded on Wednesday.
Janice Johnstone was the star of the par event with a very impressive score of +6.
Janice was the clear winner in A grade.
Liz Haw played very well for a +3 result to win B grade. Judy Sutton won nearest the pin.
Anne Hawking continued to show her liking for the front nine, taking out the nine holes out event with +2.
Jenny Bauerle won the nine holes in with +3.
Golf on March 8 is stroke and putting and the first round of the monthly medal, sponsored by Kyabram Bakery.
Judy Greer, Helen Armstrong, Jenni Bauerle and Mary Cooke will be on duty.
Golfers are reminded that the Menzies Challenge Bowl is on Thursday, March 16, at Valley View.
Entries are being taken for teams of four now. All welcome
SATURDAY’S Privilege Cup stroke round at Merrigum was the final opportunity for players to earn a spot in next month’s ‘Tiger Cup’ play-off.
That event will be a poignant one given it will be the first since the passing of sponsor and past president Kevin ‘Tiger’ Pratt.
Places in the play-off are very much sought after, much more so than the rewards that go with the Privilege Cup which in years gone by were used and sometimes abused by the winners.
It’s a sign of the times and changing attitudes.
Clint Prygoda survived a countback to win the Privilege Cup and the place in the play-off with a round of 83-13-70.
He has plenty of as yet largely untapped talent and when he gains more consistency we will all be in trouble.
The unlucky player to lose out on a countback was Roger Gillon who scored 88-18-70.
Roger never seems to play too far from his handicap, the type of player who frustrates those of us who shoot scores all over the place.
John Fuller has long been known as the accurate one and he proved it to be so again with an absolute ripper nearest the pin on the ninth, putting it within 30 centimetres of the flag.
Craig Doherty took the only other nearest the pin to go off, the jackpot 12th. The Victoria Hotel voucher for nearest second shot on the eleventh was not won, however Clint Prygoda won the least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty with 24, four better than the next best.
Next Saturday’s event is the Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford sponsored by Audrey Doyle.