March 15, 2017

Valley View men

BUD Thorsen made a dramatic return to form in Saturday’s Stableford event with a scintillating 40 points.

Recently acquiring the nickname ‘the chauffeur’ because of his remarkably consistent driving Bud found some form with his short game which had deserted him to some extent until Saturday’s round.

His 40-point tally and superior back nine of 21 points got him the non gender specific green light as A grade winner in a countback from Kevin Bauerle who made good use of his minor’s helmet to post the same score in the very, very early morning.

Meanwhile as if recent reports of UFOs over Tasmania were not enough to confound the experts Alan Hausler submitted another entry for the Ripley’s almanac with the day’s best score of 41 points and a two-shot win in B grade from an unlucky Peter Mangan with 39.

I am told by one of Alan’s playing partners that he had not seen Alan hit the ball so well in a very long time if ever and even his usually dubious putting was rock solid on the day.

Another luckless golfer in Greg Bond who had stormed around the back nine racking up with 13 point in holes 14 through 17 finished a further shot back with 38 points after his purple patch ended on the last hole with a wipe

In the ladies event, Marlene Topp chalked up yet another win with 35 points from another regular podium finisher in Marie Watts with 34.

Bondy picked up a ball in the ball comp with his 38 points as did Dom Cerrone, David Collins, Lawrie Casey, Les Hall and Doc McQ-Thomson all with 37 points.

Bud Thorsen added the A grade NTP ball to his winner’s voucher with Peter Mangan claiming the B grade NTP ball while Pooch McHale took great pleasure in erasing Alan Hausler’s name from the NTP sheet as he claimed the voucher on the fifteenth.

Some notes from the captain and ground staff.

Firstly a reminder that this Saturday we will revert to a single assembly time of 11.30am for 12.15pm hit off while Tuesday golf will now revert to an 11.30am assembly for noon hit off.

Also the course will be closed from Monday, March 27, to Wednesday, March 29, for sanding and coring of the greens and there will be a working bee on Sunday, March 26, from 9am to do some light preparatory work on the greens.

Those who can attend the working bee are asked to list their name on the roster inside the club house or see Pooch. A barbecue lunch will be provided for those who can attend.

Coming events

Saturday (Assembly 11.30am) Stableford. Duty: P Downe and C Larcombe.

Saturday, March 25. (Assembly 11.30am). Par. Duty: B Thorsen and J Neale.

Valley View women

AN EARLY morning baby sitting stint saw Leanne Busch arrive wide awake and ready to play last Wednesday.

Leanne scooped the pool in the stroke, putting and medal round.

Her score of 87-16-71 won A grade and the monthly medal and her 26 putts won the putting competition. Marilyn West was runner up in A grade with a fine score of 93-21-72.

Tracey Wade played very well to be the B grade winner with 95-23-72 and Bev Lyon claimed the runner-up prize with 98-24-74.

In C grade, Dot Bennett shone with the impressive score of 107-34-73. Kaye Stanton was runner up with 114-35-79.

Golf for Wednesday, March 22, will be stableford. Bev Lyon, Julie Neale, Dot Bennett and Trudy Denham will be on duty.

Due to the coring of the greens no golf will be possible at Valley View on Wednesday, March 29. Please contact captain Gill Thorsen for alternative arrangements.


CAPTAIN Geoff Coad and Lynne McLean were the victors in Saturday’s best ball stableford event.

The pair carded 47 points to win the Goulburn Murray Credit Union trophies.

Runner-up was Dot Atkinson and Harley Hee with 46 points after a countback from Mareza and John Bauerle . Pauline Laidlaw and Les Mitchell were fourth with 44 points.

Peter Price won the men’s singles stableford event with 36 points. Runnerup was ten year old Lincoln D’Augello on 35 points after a countback from his Father Michael.

Ball winners across the field went to Tom McDonald, Bruce Cooper, Bev McLay/Mick Sullivan, Mary Elliott/Allan Richardson, Di Day/ Max Jenkins, Helen Ward/Harry Wayland and Bev Wickham/Vaughan Moss. Nearest the pins went to Mary Elliott 9th, Vaughan Moss 18th and Dot Atkinson for the lucrative prize on the 1st. The encouragement awards went to Graeme Gordon, Bert Blackney and Doreen Buckley.

Wednesday’s men’s stoke event attracted another good field. Vin Sleeth saluted in A grade with 64-13-51. Runnerup was David Kuiper with 61-9-52 while Kevin Bauerle came in third with 63-10-53. B Grade was won by Trevor Price with the best round of the day to finish with 65-15-50. Runnerup was Sam Attardi on 65-14-51. Third went to John Doherty with 71-17-54. Rob Reid won C grade with 77-25-52 after a countback from Tony Lasini 82-30-52. Third went to Wilf Reuther with 80-27-53. Ball winners were Wayne Ferguson, Lindsay Tatterson, Col McDougall, Kevin Davis, James Miller, John Thompson, John Bauerle, Tom Haigh and Roger Gillon. Nearest the pins went to Paul Price 1st, Les Jones 9th, David Kuiper 15th, Kevin Davis 5th and Vin Sleeth 18th. The encouragement award went to Bert Blackney.

Congratulations to Captain Geoff Coad who along with playing partner Megan Carr (Kialla) won their way into the State Final of the Mazda Fourball to be held at Sorrento and The National next week. They carded 47 points for the stableford event held at Hill Top Golf Club.

Friday Twilight golf

Geoff Spencer along with Peter Fraser both carded one over the card 28 in the nine-hole event. Geoff got the spoils with a net 18.5 while Peter was runnerup with a net 20.

Wayne Peterson won B Grade with 36-18-18 while Vaughan Moss was runner-up on 33-14-19. Nearest the pins went to Caitlyn Cartwright and Geoff Spencer.

Coming events: Saturday opening day. Mens and ladies four ball best ball stableford. Noon to 12.30pm.

Shotgun. Purple day. Duty: J. Ellis. Bar: G. Forbes.

Tuesday: Open Day. Ladies Fourball Best Ball Stableford 9:30a.m.-10:00 a.m. Shotgun. Contact Clubhouse for information. Special Catering Duty. Duty: B.McLay, M.Brisbane, P.Spokes, D.Day. F.Fankhauser.


There was another good roll-up for Merrigum’s Saturday competition, although that should come as no surprise since the event was par. There could be no better way to end one season and look forward to the next with opening day being held this coming Saturday. Three players finished with +2 and once again Tony Borrelli was to the fore, winning B grade for the second week in a row. Also for the second time in a week the handicapper will relieve Tony of a shot from his handicap as he continues his good run of form. There was a countback required to determine the A grade winner with Simon Doherty getting the nod over John Fuller after both finished with +2. It came as no surprise that the results were forwarded to the scribe almost before the results were announced this week after the President notched up a win. Simon too will have one shot less to play with next week after the handicapper was able to extract some revenge for the reptile incident of several weeks ago. The three afore-mentioned players were the ball competition winners while nearest the pins were won by James Campbell on the sixth, Wayne Thorson on the ninth, Tony Borrelli again for the second week on the trot on the jackpot twelfth and Daniel Clarkson with a ripping shot on the fourteenth.

This coming Saturday is opening day and the event is men’s and ladies 4BBB stableford. Assembly is at 12 noon for a 12.30pm shotgun start.

Ladies golf

Ladies had their wind up day of Summer Golf: Stroke round with - 33 players

Winners were

A Grade: Rhonda Cox 73-19-54

R/Up: Kathy Bell 70-14-56

B Grade: Dot Atkinson 71-20-51

R/Up: Lorna Alchin 80-23-57

C Grade: Barb Duke 81-30-51

R/Up: Val Mulholland 84-26-58

Ball Comp: C. Coleman 56, C.Mackenzie, B. Howard, H. Ward 57, J Gentle 58, M. Mould, B. McLay, M. Elliott 59

NTPin # 9 sponsored by Ky Fauna Park Café: Denise Hee

Summer Golfer Aggregate: Kathy Bell 37pts, Denise Hee 27 pts, Jan Gentle 21 pts

Chip Ins: Daphne Jewell (7)

Birdies: Kathy Bell (6)

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