Watson is champion
On Tuesday, May 20 the finals of the Benalla Golf Club Ladies’ Championships were played in perfect conditions.
All four grades were keenly contested and played in excellent spirit.
The final of the open championship, played over 36 holes, was won by Marsha Watson, who defeated Anne Thomson on the 32nd hole.
Both women played some excellent golf, with Watson taking an early lead and maintaining this during the match.
In B-grade, played over 18 holes, the winner was Judy Cowan, defeating Marg Felmingham in a sudden death playoff on the 19th hole.
The C-grade winner was June Brauman, defeating Katrina Bailey 4-3, and the D-grade winner was Helen Roscoe, defeating Jenny Baker 5-3.
Results, Les and Joan Robins handicap event:
Ladies open handicap: Hazel Briggs; ladies B-grade handicap: Sue Oakley; ladies C-grade handicap: June Brauman; ladies D-grade handicap: Lindy Wrest; The Beryl and Late John Roe Award, best handicap score: Sue Oakley; The Masters Award sponsored by Anne Thomson: June Brauman.
Benalla Golf Club
Saturday was the second round of the club championships and a stroke round was played.
A-grade was won by Stuart Squires with a net 69 from Adrian Squires on 73.
B-grade went to Les Thompson with 75 from Terry Marchant with 76 on a countback and C-grade went to Lachlan Spinks with 72 from Terry Meagher on 74.
Last Wednesday was stableford and A-grade went to Roger Burton with 39 points from Ron Sallows on 38.
B-grade was won by Ian Foletta with a good score of 44 points from Tyrone Kidd on 35 and C-grade was won by Don Gill with 38 points from Albert Hoskins on 37.
Results May 24, stroke, 76 players.
Winners, A-grade: S. Squires 69, bogies A. Squires 73; B-grade: L. Thompson 75, bogies T. Marchant 76 c/b; C-grade: L. Spinks 72, bogies T. Meagher 75.
Nearest-the-pins, first Oliver’s Mensland: B. Dean; fifth Video Ezy: T Squires; eighth Srixon/Golf Shop: W. Hocking; 13th Spalding/ Golf Shop: L. Thompson; KFC Birdies: W. Hocking, M. O’Brien; NAGA: R. Jensen.
Ball competition: 74 R. Close, G. Dalton D. Dunster, S. Spinks, 75 B. Ferguson, S. Thomas, I. Wise, 76 D. Crothers, B. Hubble, K. Levy, B. Reid, A. Shearer, T. Squires, T. Willmott. May 21, stableford, 73 players. Winners, A-grade: R. Burton 39, bogies R. Sallows; B-grade: I. Foletta 44, bogies T. Kidd 35; C-grade: D. Gill 38 bogies A. Hoskins 37.
Nearest the pins, third Video Ezy: R. Close; eighth Golf Shop: I. Foletta; 12th McDonalds: M. Groves; 13th Fruits ‘n’ Fare: R. Burton.
Ball competition: 36 B. Firth, B. Nevill, B. Symes, 35 G. Budd K. Levy, 34 R. Cowan, M. Hayward, 33 T. Armstrong, B. Ferguson, L. Jensen, R. Powell, G. Woodman.
Golden Vale Golf Club
Last Sunday was Legacy Charity Golf Day stableford.
The winner with 41 points was D. English; runner-up on 35 points was G. Harper.
Ball winners were P. Mudd 34, B. Steegstra 34, S. Lindsay 33, R. Lawless 31, P. Harper 30, D. Self 28.
Ladies winner was K. Hyland with 31 points, runner-up K. White with 27 points.
Nearest the pins, third: GVGC; seventh: K. White; 15th: M. Moncrieff.
Teams event winners were D. English, M. Moncrieff, S. Lindsay and G. Harper.
Today is stableford, Saturday is stroke and Sunday is Karen and David’s Day Ambrose threes. You need to organise your teams for this event.
Women’s indoor medley
On Tuesday, 56 bowlers from clubs in northern Victoria and southern NSW played an excellent medley event at the Benalla Bowls Club.
The event consisted of 10 ends of fours, two pairs, triples and singles.
Winning team, with four wins and one loss and 33-shots up was T. Murphy (s), M. Tomlinson, A. McKain and F. Cash from the Mulwala Bowls Club.
In their first game they played J. Doherty (s), K. Dean, J. Furlong and J. Russell from the Mooroopna Bowls Club in a fours game, winning 12-8.
In the first and second pairs games the Mulwala team played two bowlers from the Moama RSL team of P. Reyment, H. Smith, B. Guarda and J. Simpson and two bowlers from the Benalla Seniors team of N. Dobson, V. Burke, O. Wilson and B. Ilsey.
The first pairs game was won by Mulwala, 13-4, and the second pairs game was also won by Mulwala, 15-4.
In the singles game the Mulwala bowler played a bowler from the Tocumwal team.
The Mulwala bowler dominated this game and won 14-4.
In the final game the Mulwala triples team, skippered by T. Murphy, played the Benalla triples team skippered by Muriel Horsburgh.
The Mulwala team started strongly, but the Benalla team fought back strongly and won three of the five remaining ends to win the game 9-8.
On Thursday, 12 bowlers played three games of eight ends of triples indoors.
The winning team, with three wins and a total of 19-shots up, was Yvonne Dows (s), Maureen Cromie and Marg Price.
In their first game they played Muriel Horsburgh, L. Watson and Doug Tarbuck, winning 13-5.
In their second game, Dows’ team played Phyllis Robinson (s), Joan Fluck and Margaret Goudie and won 9-4.
In their third game Dows’ team played George Pryor (s), Phyllis Tarbuck and Lorraine Billman and went on to win 10-4.
On Wednesday, 84 bowlers from the Violet Town, Mansfield, Wangaratta, Swanpool, Moira and Benalla bowls clubs played two games of 14 ends of two-bowl triples in fine weather.
The winning teams in the first game played each other in their second game to determine the winning team for the day and the teams who lost their first game played each other in their second game to determine the runner up team for the day.
The winning team was Mark Jacobson (s), Tony Williams and Graham Moore.
In their first game they played John Dennis (s), Bob Chalmers and George Kennedy, winning 14-7.
In their second game Jacobson’s team defeated M. Empy (s), T. Reaper and A. Rowler. The runner up team was Richard Allen (s), Brian Bacon and Graeme Kettle with a 20-6 win. Senior citizens’ bowls Tuesday, May 20, 27 players: Winners: R. Elkan (s), L. Saunders, H. Harper and Bob Harper with three wins, 26 shots up; runners-up: M. Ryan (s), V. Beecroft and M. Goudie with two wins, 15 shots up. Friday, May 23, 24 players: Winners: V. Scholz (s), L. Quick, I. Wright and S. Marquison with 2.5 wins, seven shots up; runners-up: R. Elkan (s), T. Anderson, G. Worland and H. Harper with two wins, 16 shots up. Saturday, May 24, 31 players: Winners: T. Anderson (s), R. Elkan, J. Gelletly and A. Degan with three wins, 15 shots up; runners-up: B. Wastell (s), V. Gillespie, J. Quick and M. Goudie
with three wins, nine shots up.
On Saturday, 32 bowers from the Swanpool, Bendigo and Benalla clubs played two games of 10 ends of fours in fine weather.
The winning team, with two wins and a total of 13 shots up, was Doreen Tilbury (s), Max Tilbury, Barry Robinson and Tom Wales.
In their first game they played John Dennis (s), Kath Noonan, John Cleary and Jack Lemin and won 14-5.
In their second game Tilbury’s team played Graham Lessing (s), Dorothy McFadzean, Graeme Kettle and P. Brook, winning 10-6.
The runner-up team for the day was Alan Burge (s), Richard Allen, Brian Bacon and Phyllis Tarbuck with two wins and a total of four shots up.
Swanpool Bowls Club
The annual general meeting of Swanpool Bowls Club was well attended last Monday night and Brenda Sunderland was reelected president for another year.
Senior vice-president is Rob Mathieson, while Maureen Box and Margaret Warnock remain as secretary and treasurer respectively.
Sutherland presented club life memberships to Nancy Brennan and Margaret Warnock, who have made enormous contributions to the club over many years.
Greens manager Shane McGinty has retired from the voluntary position, and negotiations are in progress for a replacement manager.
The next general meeting will be on Monday, August 18.
Activity at the club will be minimal during winter months, before opening day for the next season on Saturday, September 13.