IT WAS a mixed bag for our golfers in the first two rounds of the club championships at the weekend with scoring excellent on Saturday but not so hot on Sunday.
Two rounds stood out for the weekend with Bud Thorsen claiming the May monthly medal with a clinical round of 81-13-68.
The strong suit of Bud’s game is his driving and he was at his best on Saturday with big bertha storming the front nine in four over 40 before posting 41 off the stick out the back.
At one stage Bud was just six over after fifteen holes before double bogies on the 16th and 18th holes almost derailed his round.
Although he did slip in a birdie on the 17th thanks to a radar like approach from about 140 metres.
The other stand out round on the weekend came from Miles Gould who has posted some excellent scores in recent times and finished just one shot behind Bud in the medal after he climbed out of his sick bed to fire a superb round of 75-6-69.
The round has enabled Miles to take a firm grip on the club champion title which would be his first at Valley View.
In B Grade Doug Kajewski brought his A game and was the day’s winner with 95-24-71 by three shots from Gavon Armstrong who took the runners-up trophy with 94-20-74 in a countback from Fred Andrews (99-25-74) and John Burrows (97-23-74).
While the men started the first leg of the championships the ladies played a Stableford event which was won by Trudy Denham with 38 points from Helen Armstrong with 36. Helen won the runners-up trophy in the same fashion as Gavon’s defeating Val Powley in a countback.
Players found the going a lot tougher on Sunday with a south westerly breeze gusting up to 26km making scoring more difficult.
Rod Breen won A Grade with 88-14-74 in a countback from runner-up Ashley Kuiper (81-7-74) and Peter Noble (89-15-74).
Despite a serious case of putting yips Craig Larcombe won B Grade with 96-21-75 in yet another countback from an unlucky Les Hall with exactly the same figures.
What all this means in club championship terms is that Miles Gould leads the club championship title with a two round gross total of 158 and he has a seven shot buffer from his nearest challenger in Ash Kuiper with 165.
They will be joined in the final group by medal winner Bud Thorsen (173) and Rod Breen (174) who also won the Kyabram Showcase Jewellers watch for the best two round net score of 146 in a countback from Miles and Bill Murray.
Those three players lead the A Grade handicap event with Bud Thorsen a further shot back on nett 147 and they make up the qualifying groups for the A Grade Greenham Match Play title.
In B Grade the field will be chasing Les Hall and John Burrows who have two round nett totals of 150.
They will have Doug Kajewski (153) and Gavon Armstrong (154) nipping at their heels and I would expect the B Grade winner to come from this group.
While something catastrophic would have to occur for Miles not to win the club champion title my tips for the A and B Grade handicap titles are Bud Thorsen (A) and Les Hall in a tight contest in B Grade.
Other winners on the weekend were:
Saturday; Ball winners: Bill Murray (71), Rod Breen (72), Val Powley (36 points), Nobby (74), Gill Thorsen (33 points) R Breen A Grade NTP, John Burrows B Grade NTP, Marlene Topp Ladies NTP, Miles Gould Best Gross. Paul Kuiper voucher on 15.
Sunday: Ball winners: Nobby (74), John Burrows (75), Bill Murray (75), Lawrie Casey (76), Paul Kuiper (76), Bud Thorsen A grade NTP and Doug Kajewski voucher on 15.
This week will revert to an 11.30am for a 12.15pm shot gun start except for the final B Grade group and the final group of championship contenders which will follow the field from the first tee.
Our sponsors for this week were GMCU Credit Union, Bennetts Sports and Kyabram Showcase Jewellers and the club thanks them all for their generous support over a long period.
Best of luck to all contenders next week.
Leanne Busch struggled home last Wednesday weighed down by her many rewards. Winner of A Grade with 90-16-74. Winner of nearest the pin for A Grade. Winner of the GV Brooch. And winner of the monthly medal — her second one for this year.
There was only one other contest she could have won, but that went to Marie Watt who carded only 25 putts.
Winner of B Grade was the event’s sponsor for the day, Judy Greer, 75 nett, on a countback from Nancy Saunders, while Val Powley was a clear winner in C Grade, with 76 nett, ahead of Gloria Pell, 78 nett.
Janice Johnstone rounded off the A Grade competition with 97-18-79 and the other nearest the pins were won by Helen Armstrong and Val Powley.
Thanks to everyone involved in making the fashion parade such a wonderful success, especially all those non-Valley View ladies who braved the cold to come and support us.
New Image and All About Shoes delighted the audience with their wonderful garments and shoes, and Bev Lyon was a very polished event co-ordinator.
Next week our stableford event is sponsored by Ian Collie and there will be a gold coin donation in support of breast cancer research.Parkland
SATURDAY’S medal round was a clear cut decision with Glen Smith’s card emerging as the round of the day.
Glen carded 72-23-49 to take home the coveted award. Glen’s win also has put him in for a strong claim for the C Grade championship title.
Runner-up in the C Grade was Kjell Johnsen with 77-25-52. Paul Dickens was third with 72-19-53.
Scott McLennan put in a serviceable round to win A Grade on 64-12-52. Runner-up was Bob Troy with 63-9-54. Third went to Geoff Coad with 66-11-55. John Thompson finished with 70-16-54 to win B Grade. Runner-up was Barry Williams with 71-16-55.
Barney McDonald was third with 71-15-56. With the championship rounds best three out of four, challengers are starting to emerge. David Cartwright 59, Michael D’Augello and Jamie Baker 62, Bob Troy 63 and Scott McLennan 64 are in line with Cooper Gentle 60, Rohan Gentle and Peter Fraser 62 who scored well in the first round.
The other two divisions are also closely contested with Barry Williams, Paul McInnes, Rick Walsh, John Thompson and John Bauerle all in contention. Paul Dickens, Glen Smith, Vin Hourigan and Howard Teasdale lead the C Grade charge.
Nola Arnold showed some class to win the women’s A Grade with 66-17-49. Runner-up was Olivia Cartwright with 70-17-53. Third went to Helen Ward with 71-17-54. Pauline Laidlaw won B Grade with 73-21-52. Runner-up was Kathy Fanning on 77-23-54.
Third went to Bev McLay with 79-23-56. Nearest the pins went to Heather Sleeth 1st and Max Jenkins 18th.
Ball winners were Heather Sleeth, Marg Tucker, Denise Hee, Kathy Bell, Geoff Forbes, Vin Hourigan, Wayne Ferguson, Howard Teasdale, Rodger Donohue, Austin and Jarred Baker, Doug Cox and Tom McConchie.
Val Hanke and Les Jones earned the encouragement awards.
Glen Smith and Rodger Donohue teamed for the multiple stableford event to win with 71 points on Wednesday.
Tom McDonald and Kevin Jewell were next with 70 points while third went to Geoff Forbes and Tony Lasini on 68 points.
Mick Laurenson and Roden Brady were fourth with 67 points. Ball winners were Wayne Ferguson/
Doug Cox, Rob Reid/Murray Maxwell, Mal Baker/Lindsay Wickham, Les Jones and Max Jenkins. Nearest the pins went to Peter Price 1st and 15th, Derek Campbell 9th and Roden Brady 18th. Kevin Stone and Peter Price won the encouragement awards.
Olivia Cartwright won the eighteen holes on Saturday with 67-17-50. Runner-up was Lincoln D’Augello with 83-27-56. Luke Westerveld was third with 82-22-60. Jacob Cartwright won the nine hole event with a net 22. Liam McInnes was the winner of the six hole event with a net 22. Olivia Cartwright was nearest the pin.
Coming events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stroke. Hit off from 11am - Round 3 men’s championship.
Round 3 veterans 60 & over championship. Eclectic No 3. Duty: J.Thompson. Bar: L.Wickham. Tuesday: Ladies Stroke. Round 3 championship. Best scratch score A, B and C Grades.
Duty: M Trimby, D Smith, D Tonkin, J Todd.
Wednesday: (17th) Men’s three person ambrose.
(Three clubs only) duty: committee 9.30am-10am. Bar: D Cox.
First round of stroke for ladies club championship was held Tuesday with 35 keen players participating in the event which was sponsored by Three620 cafe.
A grade winner was Heather Sleeth 69/16/53 with Chris Coleman71/17/54 runner-up; B grade winner Kathy Fanning 75/24/51; runner-up Thelma Wootton Jones 75/20/55; C grade winner Barbara Duke 80/26/54, runner-up Marg Flint 85/30/55; ball competition - Nola Arnold 55, Lana McInnes 55, Marg Tucker 55, Pauline Laidlaw 56, Pamela Reyment 56, Sue Reid 57, Mary Elliott 57, Dot Atkinson 57 pts Nearest Pin Maureen Leyden Ky Pizza & Pasta. Kathy Fanning Silver spoon round winner Heather Sleeth
THE third round of the club championships was played at Merrigum on Saturday and it was almost a repeat of the first round.
The second round last week produced some sensational scores, however, Saturday’s round reverted to the struggle of the first week and no players were able to equal let alone better the par of the course.
The round also did nothing to suggest who will win any of the championships with all grades still being wide open.
Bill Bray was the winner of A grade and scored maximum points in the Kyabram Tyre Service award with a round of 86-15-71.
He beat two C grade players on a countback for the Ky Tyres points after all finished with 71 nett.
After missing last week’s round he will be hard pressed to feature in the race for the club champion title, having too much ground to make up in a single round.
Craig Doherty was the C grade winner with 95-24-71 after a countback with Keith Hogeboom who scored 92-21-71.
It was probably fitting they battled the day out because the C grade scratch winner will more than likely come from this pair.
They are currently equal with Keith having a slight edge if both player were to drop their first rounds next Saturday.
Roger Gillon was the B grade winner with his round of 95-18-77, one head of Ant Newham.
Ash Sanders is best placed to take the B grade scratch title after his great round last week but possibly played himself out of the club champion title this week.
The competition for the club champion title appears to be a three way contest between Wayne Thorson, Andrew Wood and Simon Doherty, with the former two not having the luxury of being able to drop one of their rounds.
Luke Roberts is also a chance if he can reproduce one of his better rounds.
Predictions are difficult when the competition is so close and players are able to drop one of four rounds.
In the event of a tie in any of the three scratch events there will be a sudden death play-off.
Ball competition winners on Saturday were Bill Bray, Craig Doherty, Keith Hogeboom and Andrew Wood with 74.
Nearest the pins were won by Craig Doherty on the ninth and Simon Doherty on the jackpot twelfth.
Saturday’s event is stroke and the final round of the championships.
Good luck to all participants.