EASTER eggs were the favourite prize in Saturday’s stableford event at Parkland with a shared limelight between Naomi Cartwright and Debbie Tonkin.
Both women scored 39 points in their respective grades to claim the spoils.
Naomi off a 15 handicap won A grade with Marg Tucker runner-up on 38 points.
Third went to Mary Trimby with 35 points.
B grade went to Debbie Tonkin off a 21 handicap while Di Day was runner-up on 36 points, third went to Pauline Laidlaw with 35 points.
President Vin Sleeth won the men’s A grade with 36 points off a handicap of 12 after a countback from Don McKenzie.
John MacFadyen was third with 35 points.
Trevor Price won B grade with 36 points off 15 after a countback from Maurie Hateley.
Third went to Mark Percy with 34 points.
Len Flint off 18 won C grade with 32 points with Norm Tucker second on 31 points.
Bernie Elliott was third with 29 points. Eggs down the line went to Denise Hee, Heather Sleeth, Jan Gentle, Bev Howard, David Kuiper, John Ellis, Jacob Parker, Scott McLennan, Barney McDonald, Peter Fraser, Graeme Gordon and Fred Roberts. Graeme Gordon featured in both nearest the pins on the 1st and 18th while Lana McInnes on the 9th. The encouragement award went to Bev McLay and Geoff Forbes.
The course played tough on Wednesday with winning scores at 54 net. Russell Locke managed to win A grade 62-8-54 after a countback from Peter Fraser with the same score and Rohan Gentle 65-11-54 with the latter finishing in that order.
B grade was won by Fred Roberts with 71-17-54, Graeme Gordon was runner-up on 72-17-55 while third went to Neville Thompson with 72-16-56.
Wilf Reuther won C grade with 77-23-54.
Runner-up was Lindsay Tatterson on 74-19-55. David Wassell was third with 82-26-56.
Ball winners were Harry Wayland, John Bauerle, Norm Tucker, Allan Williams, Paul Price, John Thompson, Peter Barrette, Charlie Anderson and Richard Stockdale.
Nearest the pins went to Mal Baker 1st, John Thompson for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Russell Locke on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funerals voucher and Peter Fraser on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher.
The encouragement award went to Kevin Davis.
This coming weekend is the Ron Lamont Memorial Golden Putter Mixed Pinehurst being held on Saturday with a 12.30pm start.
There will also be a singles stableford for men.
BINGO: This week’s Jackpot will be at $700 in 53 calls while the Big Bucks game last week was $362.
Coming events: Saturday Mixed Pinehurst and Singles Stableford. Duty: D McKenzie. Bar: Tuesday: Ladies. Doris Chambers Stableford Foursomes. $5 per pair. Duty: H Sleeth, R Cox, J Todd. Wednesday (April 11) Mens Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. Bar: A Phillips. Kitchen: T Haigh
MERRIGUM’S stableford round on Saturday was more of the same with Simon Doherty making it two on-the-trot with his best ever round of 42 points.
That equated to 76 off the stick, some three shots better than his previous best.
Now Simon played with the two ladies in the field on Saturday and some of us are wondering if he didn’t play off the ladies tees too such was the magnitude of his score.
The big question now is whether this rich vein of form can continue for another six weeks so that he can achieve his goal of winning the club championship.
His great round cost him a shot from his handicap which shouldn’t be any great cause for concern for him.
On any other day Jeff Newham’s 40 points would have been a winning score but he had to settle for leading the ball competition while Andrew Wood and Clint Prygoda joined him with 38 and 36 points respectively.
Nearest the pins were won by Clint Prygoda on the jackpot 12th, proving he has the finesse to play the short holes as well driving the ball 300 metres as he did on the third, and by Tony Borrelli on the 14th.
The captain took it upon himself to reintroduce the NAGA on Saturday after it was banished years ago because it cost the club members.
He did so just to make fun of the scribe who had a tough day at the office so to speak.
The captain had better hope that he doesn’t have a form slump or he will have to suffer the consequences. That is unless he chooses to take over the role of scribe of course.
This Saturday’s event is round one of the "Tree-Ball Challenge", a pairs cross-country ambrose.
A PERFECT autumn day provided the back drop for some excellent scoring in Saturday’s Stableford event however the day’s best rounds were over shadowed by another “McNoble you’ve done it again” golf cart moment.
Firstly to the golf. A superb round of 42 points by John Burrows gave him a four shot win in B grade from Kerry Kreeck with 38 points.
JB’s deft touch around the greens was the major factor in his win finding the cup from off the green on two occasions.
In the ladies event Marilyn Ross went one better carding the day’s best score of 43 points and she too was a four-shot winner from Marlene Topp with 39 points in a countback from Jan McHale.
In A grade Peter Noble, Peter Mangan and Bill Murray fought out a countback for the honours after they each posted 41 points with the countback placing the players in the aforementioned order.
Nobby’s win was a testament to his mental and physical durability as he shook off a severe case of whip lash after he was involved in yet another golf cart accident only minutes prior to his round.
Our readers with memories not ravaged by the passing years will recall that about 15 months ago Nobby had some problems with golf carts starting with an ill-advised decision to try and move a cart by hand that led to arm surgery and an extended period out of the game.
No sooner had he returned to golf than he managed to tumble out of a moving cart.
So it came as a surprise to no-one when he almost totalled Harro’s cart on the weekend losing control as he desperately tried to manoeuvre the cart, from the passenger seat if you don’t mind, away from some shrubs only to make full on contact with the side of the clubhouse.
With winter almost upon us the members are not too happy about the new addition to the ventilation system.
Ball winners started with the unlucky Bill Murray and extended to Mick Gallivan with 40 points, Jan McHale (39), Paul Kuiper (38), Kelly Cheong (38), Pooch McHale (38) and Helen Emery also with 38.
Paul also took home the A grade NTP ball on the 3rd, Trevor Whithall (who may need to bring his paint brush next week) picked up the B grade NTP ball while Nobby can use the voucher he won on the 15th as a down payment on repairs to the club house.
Sharon Harrison won the ladies encouragement award while Bud Thorsen is finding out that body building does not necessarily help your golf winning the men’s NAGA.
On Saturday April 21 we will hold a special event sponsored by Big 4 Albury Tourist Park which is run by former members Craig and Kerrie Richardson.
The format will be a 4 Ball Aggregate Stableford with a Calloway event for social golfers.
The day will kick off with a barbecue lunch at 11am and there will be some excellent trophies on offer so mark the date on your calendar and rustle up as many golfers as you can for the day.
Inquiries to Peter Noble on 0438521775 or Craig Larcombe 0448556824.
It would be remiss of me to sign off without thanking our guest columnist who so capably brought you this column over the last two weeks while I sorted out some computer issues.
From what I can gather writers block was not an issue for the big fella though apparently he did struggle with the dilemma of reporting one’s own success or as he may or may not have eloquently put it – “ït’s hard to write about yourself when you are this damned good!!”
Saturday April 7 (Assembly 11.30am)
Stroke/Medal: Duty: J Burrows and G Armstrong
Saturday April 14 (Assembly 11.30am)
2 Person Puttose: Duty: J Neale and C Larcombe
Tuesdays: Stableford: Assembly 11.30am
OUR Menzies Bowl was played in beautiful weather, with players from around the Goulburn Valley commenting on the excellent course conditions. The course was particularly appreciated by Rich River 2, who had 139 points and were delighted with their Boomerang Travel vouchers.
The A grade trophy went to Leanne Busch with 40 points, B grade to Sandie Harvey from Rich River (37 points) and Lyn Cogger from Shepparton (42 points) took home the C grade win as well as a Nearest the Pin. The other accurate shooters were Joy Kelly and Anne Hawking.
Two days later, Leanne showed her win was no fluke, topping A grade once again, this time with 37 points.
Marilyn West was close behind on 36 points. Wanda Hacon was delighted with her 41 points in B grade, to take the win from Marilyn Ross on 38, while Leonie McMaster Smith notched up an impressive 39 points followed by Judy Sutton on 35 points. The only nearest the pin went to Helen Armstrong.
Ciavarella Electrical will sponsor our Stroke and Putting event next week.
It will be the Monthly Medal, as well as the 1st round for each of the Silver spoon, the Yearly Medal and the Mona McLeod.