IT’S GAME on, as the fourth round of Parkland’s Club Championships will come to a close this weekend. After three rounds Peter Barrette leads by one shot over the talented Austin Baker. Barrette sits on 188 while Baker has 189. Players can drop off their worst round in the best three of four. Mark Percy and John Bauerle are dead level with one to go both sitting on 215 going for the B grade title. Mel Lusher has a stranglehold on C grade with 224, with Les Jones second on 228. The 60 and over championship is pretty much tied up with Peter Barrett all but over the line. Austin Baker will claim the Junior title.
Marg Mould with 74-18-56 was the winner of the women’s A grade stroke event on Saturday while Lynne McLean was runner-up on 80-20-50. Val Hanke won B grade with 82-26-56. The leaders in the men’s Championship finished one and two in the stroke event with Peter Barrette finding touch with 62-7-55 while Austin Baker shot 64-8-56 to be runner-up in A grade. Third went to Scott McLennan on 66-9-57. B grade went to Mark Percy with 68-14-54. John Bauerle was runner-up on 71-15-56. Scott Hausler 74-18-56 won C grade with Les Jones runner-up on 76-19-57. Nearest the pin went to Wayne Peterson 1st, Thelma Wootton-Jones 9th and Scott McLennan 18th.
Wednesday’s men’s stableford event attracted a field of 56 players. Paul Price cleaned up A grade with 39 points. Runner-up was David Kuiper with 36 points while third went to Tom Haigh on 35. Richard Stockdale won B grade with 37 points with John Thompson runner-up on 36. Corey Pilcher was third with 35 points. Norm Tucker won C grade with 36 points while runner-up went to Rob Reid with 35 points after a countback from Glen Smith for third. Nearest the pins went to Tom Hogarty 1st, Geoff Coad 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Murray Maxwell on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funerals voucher while Ken Campbell for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher on the 18th. The encouragement award went to Kevin Jewell.
STATE TITLES: The Victorian Par Three Championship will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7 for the women, while the men’s event will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Entries will still be accepted unless fields are full. Entry enquiries can be made with Naomi or go to the Golf Victoria website for further information.
SOCIAL: This week the Bingo jackpot will rise to $1300 in 59 calls while the Big Bucks Bingo was worth $452.
JUNIOR GOLF: Juniors wishing to have coaching lessons can be at the Clubhouse at 9am on Saturday mornings for registration or contact Naomi for further information.
Coming Events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stroke. 11.15am-12.30pm. Hit Off. Round 4 Mens Championship. Round 4 Veterans 60 and Over Championship. Privilege Cup/Magic Goblet. Duty: R Brady. Bar: M Percy. Tuesday: Ladies Stroke. Round No 4 Club Championship. Luncheon to follow. Duty: M Flint, S Scapin, D Tonkin, D Van der Drift. Wednesday (May 23): Mens Stableford. 9.30am-10am. Duty: M Jenkins. Devonshire Afternoon Tea. Bar: M Maxwell. Kitchen: A Richardson.
SECOND Round of Ladies Championship kindly sponsored by Kerr’s Amcal Pharmacy saw A grade winner Margaret Tucker 68-17-51 from runner-up Kathy Bell 67-13-54. B grade winner Helen Caldwell 79-23-56, runner-up Barb Duke 80-24-56, C grade winner Jenny Todd 80-29-51, runner-up Noalene Key 87-28-59. Ball Competition: M Mould 56, K Fanning56, P Laidlaw 57, L McInnes 57, D Vanderdrift 57.
Nearest the Pin on Number 4 - Denise Hee. Best Scratch Score Kathy Bell 67.
NEITHER of the main protagonists in the men’s club championship had any idea which of them had won the title. Both had difficulty with the concept of the best three scores of four rounds counting, but as it was noted last week, Andrew Wood had a one shot lead over Bruce Brown taking into account only their best two scores. However, Woody’s final round had to count while Bruce already had a handy third score on the board. The changed weather made Woody’s task more difficult and as it turned out it was a task that was just beyond his reach. Bruce’s last round was the one he dropped but he finished a two shot winner with a three round total of 241 compared with 243 by Woody. Congratulations Bruce Brown on becoming our new men’s club champion. In the ladies club championship Tash Doherty put together rounds of 89 and 90 to be the easiest of winners and a deserving club champion. The ladies handicap winner was Rhonda Eberle with 162. In the men’s B grade championship John Fuller was an easy winner on 250, which was ten shots ahead of Ash Sanders, while the C grade champion was Russell Speed with 289, six shots ahead of Darryl Johnston. The handicap winners in A, B and C grade respectively were Andrew Wood 215, Greg Hall 210 and Darryl Johnston 223.
Saturday’s winner came from B grade, John Fuller, with 84-14-70, a solid effort in the windy weather. Bruce Brown won A grade with 87-11-76 and Frank Leyden won C grade with 100-24-76. The ladies winner was Tash Doherty with 89-15-74. Ball competition winners were Greg Hall 71 and Craig Doherty 72 while nearest the pins were won by Rhonda Eberle on the jackpot 12th and Ash Sanders on the 14th.
This Saturday’s event is the Fitzsimmons Memorial three person ambrose sponsored by the Fitzsimmons family and teams can be men, women or mixed. Hit-off is between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Just a note to Fabulous Phil, please return Greg’s golf ball and drop in and pay your bar bill. Selective amnesia is a wonderful thing when you don’t want to put your hand in your pocket.
A STRONG southerly wind gusting at times at up to 48km/h saw Valley View at its most challenging for the final round of the Club Championships on Saturday.
It did not affect Ash Kuiper though, who strolled to his first Valley View Club Championship.
Ash carded a final round of 85 for a three-round total of 239 (76-78-85) and finished 13 shots ahead of 2017 Champion Miles Gould.
In A grade, a final round of 84-14-70 from President Mick McAuliffe saw him take out the A grade handicap title with a nett three round score of 216 from Ash Kuiper with nett 218 and the very consistent Kevin Bauerle with nett 222.
Meanwhile the B grade handicap event ended in dramatic fashion with Gavon Armstrong clinching a one-shot win on the final hole from Dean Hubble who started the last with a four shot lead.
All was well off the tee at the last for Dean with a long straight drive of 250m before pulling his second shot slightly into the tree line on the left of the fairway just metres from the green.
What seemed like a decent recovery shot from the trees to the green became a nightmare for Dean as the ball trickled into the bunker on the other side of the green. A handful or so shots later and Dean’s four shot lead had evaporated leaving Gavon as the stunned B grade champion with a three round nett score of 224.
There was also the weekly event being contested and Mick McAuliffe won A grade with his round of 84-14-70 from Kevin Bauerle with 88-15-73.
Graeme Harrison took out B grade with an excellent round of 92-20-72 from Gavon with his round of 94-21-73.
Julie Neale won the ladies with 97-20-77 in a countback from Bev Lyon with 11-24-77.
Ball winners were Dean Hubble with (95-25-75), Phil Downe (Nett 76), Paul Kuiper (76), Bill Murray (77), Miles Gould (78) and Marilyn Ross (78).
A big thank you to this week’s sponsor the GMCU.
Sat May 19 (Assembly 11.30am)
Stableford. Sponsor: Farm Fresh Butchery. Duty: J Neale and P Noble.
Sat May 26 (Assembly 11.30am)
Wally Shaw 4 Ball Aggregate. Duty: B Thorsen and G Armstrong
TRACEY Wade is in sizzling form with 91-21-70, which gave her an A grade win on the day and a handy lead in the B grade Championships. Not too far behind is the ever steady Janice Johnstone who scored 94-22-72. Jenni Bauerle’s excellent 87 off the stick did not go unnoticed.
Marlene Topp earned the best score in B Grade 99-28-71 ahead of Bev Lyon 96-24-72.
Janis Tamburini won C grade on a countback, with 108-30-78, while Leonie McMaster-Smith was deemed the runner-up with 117-39-78.
The Nearest the Pins went to Janice Johnstone and Janis Tamburini. Our Division One and Five teams had a loss, Division Four had another draw and Division Two had a win against Mooroopna.
The Championships will finish today and we thank M&S Accounting Group for their sponsorship. We also thank Kerr’s Amcal Chemist for sponsoring the day.
Next week we will be supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital in a choose your own partner 4BBB. The sponsor will be Open House.