THE warmer weather didn’t deter golfers from turning out for the H.W. Greenham and Sons event on Saturday.
Partners were geared up for the annual challenge — the aggregate stableford. Highlights of the day’s proceedings were the eagle’s nest being won by two players on separate holes.
That achievement went to Mary Elliott (ninth) and John Thompson (18th) where both members were inside the metre. Both players received a dozen golf balls courtesy of Chapel Corner Tyres.
The main event saw a win to Barbara Duke and Thelma Wootton-Jones finishing on 74 points after a countback from Mary Trimby and Kathy Bell.
The men’s winners, also on a countback, were Fred Roberts and Eric Simpson with 72 points. Runners-up were Scott McLennan and Scott Hausler.
Third went to John Thompson and Vin Sleeth with 71 points. Ball winners were Kathy Fanning/ Heather Sleeth, Denise Hee/Faye Glover, Les Mitchell/Rick Walsh and Mick Laurenson/Vaughan Moss.
Nearest the pin on the first went to Mary Trimby. The encouragement award went to Len Flint/ Brian Prendergast and Bev Wickham/Marg Flint.
Rick Walsh representing H.W Greenham and Sons presented the trophies.
Lyn Fraser and Lana McInnes were the winners of the Cup Day four-ball best ball with 45 points — just a length from Mary Trimby and Geraldine Prendergast on 44 points. Tom McConchie and Barry Williams’ 46 points won by a couple from Ray Coleman and Kevin Jewell on 44 points with Roden Brady and Mal Baker relegated to the ball comp after the countback.
Other ball winners were Heather Sleeth/Denise Hee, Christine Coleman/Sandie Scapin, Peter Price/Kevin Stone and Allan Richardson/Brian Clements. Encouragement awards went to Bob Troy/Max Jenkins, Maureen Leyden/Val Hanke.
Nearest the pins went to Bob Troy first and 18th while Marg Tucker claimed nearest on the ninth.
Paul Price shot a special round of 59 five over the card to win the men’s A Grade stroke on Wednesday. Paul finished with a net 51 off eight.
Runner-up was Geoff Coad with a net 52 while Brian Prendergast was third with a net 54.
Allan Richardson survived a countback to win B Grade with a 68-17-51. Runner-up was Roger Gillon with a net 51 while John MacFadyen came in third with a net 54. Kjell Johnsen won C Grade with 78-25-53 after a countback from Roden Brady 73-20-53.
Third went to Glen Smith with a net 55 after a countback from Les Jones. Ball winners were John Bauerle, Peter Barrette, Les Jones, Tony Lasini, Peter Fraser and Fred Roberts.
Nearest the pins went to Don McKenzie first, Brian Prendergast ninth for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher while Sam Attardi on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funerals voucher.
Roger Gillon was nearest on the 18th for the Main Street Butchery voucher. The encouragement award went to Tom McDonald.
Annual meeting: The club’s annual meeting will be held on Monday, November 20 starting at 7.30pm, all voting members are invited to attend.
Junior/senior Friday golf: The juniors dominated Friday’s nine hole event with Jarred Baker taking first prize as well as nearest the pin. Jarred finished with a net 24 off his eight handicap. Riley Locke was second with a net 25.5 off his 14.5 handicap.
Melbourne Junior Pennant: The division one team drew their match at three all, while the division two team lost 2.5- 3.5. Olivia Cartwright and Riley Locke won their matches, while Tait Peterson squared his game. Both teams played at Sanctuary Lakes. A general bye will be held this week. Coming events: Saturday men’s and ladies stroke. Medal round number one. Privilege cup/magic goblet. noon12.30pm shotgun. Ron Stagg Memorial Singles Matchplay Knockout Qualifying Round. Top 32 Players. Duty: H Wayland. Bar: J Ellis.
Tuesday: ladies par 8.30am9am. Duty: M Elliott, V Hanke, L McArdle, D Van der Drift.
Wednesday, November 22: Chop Suey. 9.30am - 10am. Duty: M Maxwell. Bar: A Phillips. Kitchen: M Maxwell.
LINCOLN Ferrari from Drummond Golf Shepparton (this week’s sponsor) joined us for lunch and golf on Saturday as Peter Noble got away to an excellent start in the Summer Cup with 42 points and a one shot win in A Grade from Pooch McHale with 41 points.
The irony of that result wasn’t lost on Pooch who only recently negotiated the sale to Nobby of the very clubs that took him to the one shot victory.
Despite the best endeavours of the handicapper Mick Gallivan continues on his merry way and took out the third placing in A Grade with 39 points from a substantially reduced mark of 14 in a count back from Ashley Kuiper and Kevin Bauerle who each picked up balls in the ball comp for their efforts.
In B Grade Johnny Heywood had an excellent day posting 39 points and that was good enough to give him a one shot win from Peter Nelson and John Neale who both finished with 38 points.
After a false start at presentation Penguin got the nod in the count back for runner-up which saved him from indulging in his favourite pastime of “writing a letter” while Nails took home the voucher for third.
Dot Bennett proved she was multi-talented on the day, submitting a very amusing joke to the captain for presentation before taking out the ladies event with 38 points.
Count backs were the order of the day and Gill Thorsen duly took out the runner-up trophy from Marie Watt after they both scored 37 points.
Our sponsor had a good day on the course with 38 points (from a handicap of four) after completing the front nine in two under while other ball winners on the day were Bill Stone, Craig Larcombe and John Burrows with 37 points, along with Barry Scott and Anne Hawking (36 each) and Paul Kuiper, Lawrie Casey and Peter Mangan each with 35.
Lincoln was the only player on the day to find the target on the third while Bill Murray picked up the voucher on the 15th before making the putt for birdie.
The club extends its sincere thanks to Lincoln and Drummond Golf Shepparton for their generous sponsorship and support of the club.
Our syllabus indicates we should have moved to dual tee-off times however the Match Committee has decided that due to the cooler than expected spring we will continue with the one assembly/hit off time of 11.30am for 12.15pm until further notice. Coming up: Saturday, November 18: Assembly at 11.30am. Stableford duty: P Noble and J Burrows.
Saturday, November 25: Assembly at 11.30am PAR. Duty: P Downe and A Hausler.
Tuesday’s stableford: Assembly 11.30am. Ladies Melbourne Cup Day was a great success for Kelly Cheong and Mark Soden who scored a wonderful 61 nett in the Best Ball Stroke event. Runners-up for the men were Johnny Heywood and Bill Stone, on a countback from Peter Blackmore and John McHale, all of whom had 63 nett.
Marilyn Ross and Gill Thorsen were the winners of the ladies, with a creditable 64 nett, while Liz Haw and Anne Hawking were close on their heels with 65 nett.
Thanks to Anne (Mrs TAB) Hawking for organising the sweeps.
The following day, a smaller than usual field contested a Stableford event. A Grade winner was Helen Armstrong, 38 points and B Grade winner was Shirley Soares, 34 points. The Out winner was Julie Neale with 19 points and Tracey Wade sewed up the In competition with 20 points. No one landed on the 3rd.
THE warm weather is now well and truly upon us so it was appropriate that Merrigum golfers contested the first round of the summer fourball on Saturday.
The event was 4BBB stroke and it attracted a strong field keen to establish some superiority early in the five round competition.
Greg Hall and Bruce Brown would be the most overhandicapped pair going around at the moment (which should come as no surprise since Greg has only just relinquished the role of handicapper) and if they were gamblers they would have been barred from every casino in the country.
They were clinical in their demolition of the course, finishing with a 12 under par 58 nett, which gave them a two stroke win.
The tone was set early; starting on the back nine Greg birdied the par four tenth for a nett 2.
From there on they shared the scoring duties and their sensational round had only one blemish, a six on the par four fourth.
John Fuller and Tony Borrelli will be another formidable team in this competition, heading the ball competition with the next best score of 60.
Tash Doherty and Cory Berghofer also featured in the ball competition with 61. Nearest the pins were won by John Fuller with a great shot on the long sixth, Bruce Brown on the ninth, Russell Dunn on the jackpot 12th and Greg Hall on the 14th.
Of course captain Greg couldn't resist having another swipe at last week's winner, who was able to attend presentations this week, by thanking everyone for staying back.
He’ll be happy to know that the GoFundMe page set up to assist with said winner's transfer to a new club has been well and truly over-subscribed and will now come with an around the world golfing tour too.
Last Thursday's twilight competition was very well attended and was easily won by Clare Doherty with what was probably the best score of the year so far.
Her score of 51-20.5-30.5 was three shots ahead of her nearest rival Cory Berghofer who was runner-up with 39-5.5-33.5.
Ball winners were Barry Webber and Damien Sceney with 36 and 37 respectively. Clare won least putts with 16 while Cory took the jackpot on the ninth. The two point cut was 39.5.
Greg Hall and Bruce Brown warmed up for the summer fourball with a run in the Melbourne Cup 4BBB Stableford last week, an event they won with 43 points.
They were just one point in front of Barry Webber and Keith Hogeboom, the next best. It was a blanket finish with only three points covering first to last. Tony Borrelli took the nearest the pin on the ninth.
Next Saturday's event is par.