TRADITION carried on for the opening of a new golf season on Saturday when president Vin Sleeth and women’s president Pauline Laidlaw laid the foundation for a great day in a sea of purple colour as golfers were supporting “The Gift”.
Vin and Pauline both drove their opening ball from the front of the clubhouse much to the delight of the ninety members present.
Techies Tyres were the sponsor of the men’s and woman’s fourball.
Winners of the women’s event went to Sally Powderham and Jill Siddall with 44 points.
Runner-up was Mareza Bauerle and Bev Wickham on 43 points after a countback from Marg Flint and Jan Gentle.
It took a three way countback for the men to decide a winner.
Brian Prendergast and John Ellis were the winners with 46 points, runner-up went to Max Jenkins and Les Jones while third went to Derek Campbell and David Wassell.
Ball winners were Pauline Laidlaw/Bev McLay, Rhonda Cox/Mary Elliott, Helen Ward/Mez D’Augello, John Thompson/ Les Mitchell, Greg and Connor Ryan, Len Flint/Peter Fraser, Tom McDonald/John MacFadyen and Francis Ryan/Steve Grills. Nearest the pins went to Daphne Jewell 1st, Jamie Baker 5th, Rhonda Cox 9th, Sally Powderham 14th and Steve Grills 18th. Encouragement awards went to Faye Glover/Lynne McLean and Barry Nankivell/Eric Simpson.
■ Wednesday’s men’s stableford event was highlighted with Harry Wayland making a hole in one at the fourth.
Harry generally uses his driver on most holes.
This was no exception.
However none of the playing group had actually seen the ball disappear until they ventured onto the green to see the ball nestled beside the flagstick.
It was Harry’s day as he also claimed the A grade trophy with 39 points.
Runner-up was David Kuiper with 36 points while third went to Peter Fraser on 35 points.
Sam Attardi saluted in B grade with 37 points. Richard Stockdale was runner-up with 36 points after a countback from Vaughan Moss who was third.
Graeme Gordon won C grade with 40 points while Luca Campanelli was runner-up on 39 points. Bruce Cooper was next with 37 points after a countback.
Nearest the pins went to Max Jenkins, Tony Lasini, Murray Maxwell, Mel Lusher, John Bauerle, Allan Richardson, Paul Price and Howard Teasdale.
Nearest the pins went to Mal Baker 1st, David Kuiper 9th and 15th while Lindsay Wickham on the 18th. The encouragement award went to Peter Price.
■ Monday’s Labour Day Holiday stableford event saw a win to Heather Sleeth with 35 points. Runner-up was Mareza Bauerle on 34 points.
B grade was won by Bev McLay with 35 points after a countback from Pauline Laidlaw who was runner-up.
Harry Wayland won the men’s A grade with 37 points, runner-up was Geoff Coad with 35 points. David Wells won B grade on 37 points. Runner-up was Barney McDonald with 35 points. Lincoln D’Augello won C grade with 39 points while Paul Dickens was runner-up on 38 points.
Ball winners were Bev Wickham, Lyn McArdle, Christine Coleman, Rob Reid, Graeme Gordon, Vin Sleeth and Ray Coleman.
Nearest the pins went to Kathy Bell 9th, David Wells 1st and Vin Sleeth 18th.
■Sunday is the Royal Children‘s Hospital Day event. The event will start at 9.30am-10am. Shotgun start with a barbecue to follow.
■Another good field contested Friday Twilight with Vaughan Moss winning A grade with 21 net. Runner-up was Mal Baker with 21.5 net.
B grade went to Joshua Cartwright with 15 net while Tait Peterson was runner-up with a net 18. Nearest the pins went to Keagan Shaw and Caitlyn Cartwright.
Coming events: Saturday, mens and ladies stroke. Noon-12.30pm. Shotgun. Magic Goblet, Privilege Cup. Duty: T. Haigh. Bar: P. Price.
Sunday: Men and Ladies Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. Royal Children‘s Hospital Day. Barcecue to follow.
Tuesday: Ladies Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 9:30am-10am. Shotgun. Royal Women‘s Hospital $7 per pair.
Duty: H. Caldwell, B. Wickham, R. Cox, J. Siddall. L. Alchin.
Wednesday, March 29, Mens Three Person Ambrose. 9:30am-10am. Shotgun. Duty: K. Bell. Bar: B. Elliott.
■Tuesday was ladies opening day sponsored by Kerrs Pharmacy with 35 players enjoying a stroke event followed by lunch.
A grade winner with great score 65/10/55 on countback from runner-up Mary Elliott 73/18/55.
grade winner was Bev Howard 78/24/54, runner-up Sally Powderham 80/25/55.
C grade winner was Barb Duke 84/29/55. runnerup Val Hanke 83/26/57.
Ball competition: Dulcie Vanderdrift 56pts,Heather Gunstone 56, Thelma Wootton Jones 56, Dot Atkinson 56, Kathy Bell 57, Rhonda Cox 57, Di Day 58, Helen Ward 58/
Nearest the pin: Rhonda Cox.
Best scratch score: Sandie Scapin.
Ky Pizza & Pasta winner: Bev Howard had a successful day also winning the SIlver spoon Round one .
SATURDAY was the opening of a new golf season at Merrigum with a good numbers turning up to contest the 4BBB stableford event.
It was a perfect day for golf but it has taken the return of Cory Berghofer to get a score that reflects the conditions the round was played in. He teamed with Simon Doherty to achieve a score of the likes not seen at Merrigum for quite some time, 47 points. We have come to accept mediocrity as the norm for so long that it came as a surprise to see such a good score come in. Cory put in a blinder which saw him score on thirteen holes and lose a shot from his handicap. Simon no doubt contributed well on the other holes, bar one, and would have done an outstanding job holding the flag for Cory. The pair were three shots ahead of two other pairs who needed a countback to determine the runners-up. John Fuller and Tony Borrelli got the nod over Wayne Thorson and Roger Gillon after both pairs finished with 44 points. Nearest the pins were won by Alan Savage on the ninth and Ash Sanders on the jackpot twelfth. With the new season underway hopefully we can all look forward to some better golf ahead.
This coming Saturday is a Privilege Cup round is also the play-off for the past twelve Privilege Cup winners. They will compete for the "Tiger Cup", an award initiated and sponsored by Kevin "Tiger" Pratt, a past President of our club. Sadly Kevin passed away in June last year but such was his devotion to the club he made provision for the Cup to continue in his memory. This therefore will be an especially significant and moving day for those involved in the play-off. The players who have qualified for the play-off are Darryl Johnston, John Fuller, Peter Hayward, Roger Gilbert, Andrew Wood, Clint Prygoda, Jeff Newham, Keith Hogeboom, Bernie McGrath and Phil Savage. Woody and Clint qualified twice, hence only ten players. Also on offer will be the Victoria Hotel of Tatura voucher for nearest second shot on the eleventh and least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.
DESPITE the absence of a contingent of our golfers on their annual trek to Bright a good field turned out on a perfect afternoon for Saturday’s Stableford event.
In A Grade a count back was required to sort out Bill Murray, Lawrie Casey and Peter Blackmore after they each posted 37 points with Bill emerging as the winner, a good result for him after some recent solid rounds where he had scored well but had not quite got the job done.
Lawrie, who seems to score 37 points every second week emerged from the count back as runner up leaving Peter to collect a ball in the ball comp for his efforts.
Geoff Squires had the best score of the day from the men with 39 point and that gave him a one shot win from Alan Curnow whose handicap has started to tumble after some excellent scores over the last couple of months and he should see another shot or two disappear after Saturday’s 38 points.
The BIG score of the day though came from Gill Thorsen who won the ladies event easily with 43 points, seven shots clear of runner up Bev Lyon with 36.
With husband Bud one of the aforementioned visitors to Bright Gill was clearly in “The Zone” on Saturday and while she could not pin point the exact reason for her excellent round I would seriously recommend that she not risk messing with a potentially winning formula and relegate Bud to the chicken coup of a Friday night at least for the time being.
Other ball winners were Peter Lyon with 37, Doug “The Modest One” Kajewski (36), The Pres John Flett (36), Paul Kuiper (36) and Pooch also with 36.
Lawrie Casey (A Grade) and Doug Kajewski (B) picked up NTP balls on the 3rd, while Andrew Purdey took home the voucher on the 15th.
On Monday Kevin Bauerle was a clear winner with 43 points from an in form Greg Bond with 39 while Leanne Busch finished with 39 points and a four shot win in the ladies event.
Jan McHale was the runner up with 35 in a count back from Marilyn Ross.
David Collins, Peter Lyon, Alan Hausler all won balls with 38 points as did Bud Thorsen with 37. Bud also picked up the NTP ball while Anne Hawking won the voucher on the 15th.
Some of our men then backed up again on Tuesday with John Flett’s thoroughly presidential round of 41 points getting him across the line from Paul Kuiper with 39.
Just a reminder that before the proposed four day week comes into effect we will sneak in a working on Sunday from 9am to do some pre work on the greens before coring starts on Monday.
As mentioned last week the course will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while the green renovations are underway.
Sat 25 March (Assembly 1130am)
PAR!Duty: A Hausler & J Neale
■ Last Wednesday’s Par event was contested in just two grades. Marie Watt was the winner in A Grade with plus one followed closely by runner up Anne Hawking who finished square with the card. Dot Bennett won B Grade on a count back from Gill Thorsen when both finished on plus one. Nearest the pins went to Marie Watt and Kaye Stanton.
Due to the coring of the greens, Golf for Wednesday 9th will be 9 holes followed by lunch. Contact Captain Gill Thorsen for details.
Those ready for a later start on Wednesdays will be pleased to know 9.30 for 10.00 hit offs will start on Wednesday the 5th of April. Stableford will be played. Duty team will be Gloria Pell, Marilyn Ross, Anne Hawking and Sharon Harrison. Please note the 36 holes foursomes will now be played on Wednesday 19th of April.
On Thursday the Menzies Bowl, teams of 4 Stableford event was contested by players from across the Goulburn Valley. The Bowl was won by the Valley View 2 team who finished on 147 points, three points ahead of their nearest rivals. Jenni Bauerle, Marlene Topp, Janice Johnstone and Shirley Soares were the proud winners of the Boomerang Travel sponsored event.
In the individual events Jan McHale won A Grade with 42 points, Judy Greer won B Grade with 36 points and in C Grade, Trudy Denham lost the count back to Wendy Fulton from Nathalia who also won the Veteran’s prize. Both finished on 40 points.
Nearest the pins were won by Norma Pollock from Shepparton in A Grade, Helen Kiss from Mooroopna in B Grade and Cheryl Curran from Hill Top in C Grade.
Balls down the line went to Trudy Denham with 40 points, Liz Clarke from Kialla and Judy Sutton both with 36 points.