THE weekend’s weather was about as perfect as you could hope for as a climax to winter golf.
Merrigum held their annual 27-hole Open Championship on Sunday and nobody could blame the weather if they were looking for an excuse for poor golf.
Mooroopna’s Ashley Kuiper held a one-shot lead over Hill Top’s Matt Miller after shooting a four-over-par 74 for the morning’s 18 holes. A full stomach after lunch often tests the resilience of golfers and so it was on Sunday, however Ashley shot a four-over-par 40 for the final nine holes to win the Open Championship and the Wilson Trophy by three shots from Matt.
In B grade the 27 holes scratch event was won by Ashley Sanders who was very consistent over the whole day and won with 127, two less than his nearest rival, Paul Kuiper.
Winners of the handicap events in A and B grades respectively were: 27 holes, Cory Berghofer 106 and Greg Hall 104.5. 18 holes, Wayne Thorson 72 and Paul Kuiper 67. Nine holes, Andrew Wood and Clint Prygoda both with 37.5. The only nearest the pin to go off was to B grade’s Paul Kuiper on the ninth.
The weather on Saturday was just as perfect as Sunday’s for the Privilege Cup, which also incorporated the Kyabram Tyre Service award, eclectic and the least putts, which was sponsored by the almost divorced Simon and Tash Doherty.
Bruce Brown sponsors the Privilege Cup round and this month he saved himself some cash by winning the day with 82-11-71, two shots ahead of his nearest rivals. Bruce also picked up maximum points in the Kyabram Tyre Service award and would have done his eclectic no harm either. Ball winners were Simon Doherty and John Fuller, both with 73. John also won the jackpot for nearest the pin on the jackpot 12th, while Mick Sullivan won least putts with 27.
As alluded to earlier the marriage of the club’s hierarchy was almost in tatters after the loss of a set of keys. The president was asked several times by his wife if he had the clubroom keys or knew of their whereabouts to which the answer was always an emphatic ‘no’. Not too sure what the president thought he was playing with in his pocket, but after a frustrating 20 minutes he rather sheepishly pulled out the keys and had to confess the misdemeanour to his not very impressed better half. I’m guessing he’d better find his own house key if he wants to sleep in a warm bed this week because if he doesn’t he could be sleeping with next door’s dogs.
Saturday’s event is stableford.
Saturday’s multiple stableford tested the resilience of playing partners as at times one may have the maximum score while the other could bomb out. The scores weren’t overly great but Jan Gentle and Marg Flint were surprised winners for the women with 77 points. Runners-up were Pauline Laidlaw and Kathy Bell on 75 points while Helen Ward and Naomi Cartwright were next with 73 points. Glen Smith and Ken Risstrom were the men’s winners with 76 points. Runnersup were Vin Sleeth and John Thompson on 73 points. Third were Tony Lassini and Vaughan Moss with 72 points. Ball winners were Thelma Wootton-Jones/ Barbara Duke, Bev Howard/ Mary Elliott, Tom Haigh/Col McDougall, Barney McDonald/ David Kuiper, Len Flint and Fred Roberts. Nearest the pins went to Marg Mould ninth, Matt O’Brien first and Bruce Walkeden on the 18th for the Eagle’s nest winning a dozen balls courtesy Chapel Corner Tyres. The encouragement award went to Pam Spokes/ Marg Tucker and Tim Nelson/ Scott McLennan.
Peter Barrette was the winner of the men’s A grade stableford event on Wednesday with 37 points. Runner-up was Allan Williams with 35 points. B grade was won by Roger Gillon with 36 points after a countback from Ken Risstrom while third went to Trevor Price with 34 points. Glen Smith shot the best round of the day to record 39 points winning C grade. Runner-up was Roden Brady with 38 points. Third was Kevin Davis on 36 points. Ball winners were Raff Ludeman, Tom McDonald, Norm Tucker, Len Flint, Vin Sleeth, Max Jenkins and Brain Prendergast. Nearest the pins went to Wayne Ferguson first and ninth with the latter for the Kyabram Pizza and Pasta voucher. Peter Barrette on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher while Tom Hogarty on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher. The encouragement award went to Kjell Johnsen.
JUNIOR GOLF: Junior golf is on Saturday mornings commencing at 9.15am. Naomi Cartwright can be contacted for further details.
Last Saturday week money raised from the “Hot Dog” sales reached upwards of $180 in support of club member Wayne Peterson whom will attempt to climb the Crown’s Metropol Tower this Saturday in full firefighter gear. Wayne will be supported by two other members of the Kyabram fire brigade. The overall funds will go to support of Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to fight depression.
Coming Events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Stroke. 12-12.30pm. Shotgun. Medal Round No 11. Eclectic No 7. Privilege Cup/Magic Goblet. Duty: J MacFadyen. Bar: A Richardson. Tuesday: Ladies Stroke. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. A, B, C grades. Medal Round for Best Net Score. Count Putts. Roma Fraser Memorial Brooch No 5. Wednesday (5th): Mens Stroke. 9.30am10am. Duty: B Clements. Bar: P Barrette. Kitchen: C Brisbane. Ladies A Stableford Event played by 28 players on Tuesday with the winner in A grade Heather Sleeth with 36 points on a countback from Marg Mould.
B grade winner Jenny Todd with 38 points, runner-up Lyn Fraser 37 points.
C grade winner Barb Duke 37 points, runner-up Jan Gentle 33 points.
Ball Competition. Bev Howard 37 points, Dot Atkinson 34, Marg Tucker 34, Maureen Leyden 33, Betty Baker 32. Nearest Pin on Number 17 - Jan Gentle.
ALLAN Hausler has a theory that nothing good can come of having a par or starting well on the first hole of a golf round.
Clearly, he was taking no chances in Saturday’s par round, wiping the first four holes before deciding it was safe to play some positive golf and start rebuilding his round.
And rebuild it he did playing the next 14 holes in seven up to finish his round with a score of three-over and a comfy two-shot win from Peter Noble and Kevin Bauerle who both finished oneup before Nobby’s superior back nine got him across the line in the countback for runner-up.
Jenni Bauerle and the everreliable Nancy Saunders (yes Jan McHale, I have a thesaurus) fought out a countback in the ladies’ comp with one-up each before Jenni emerged as the winner.
Ball winners on the day were KB with his one-up along with Paul Dickens, John Neale and Jan McHale. I know that John finished square with the card but am uncertain of Paul and Jan’s scores as our winner, who just happened to be on office duty, left their scores off the results sheet. I guess only one score really matters!
Lawrie Casey was the only NTP winner on the third while Haus also picked up the voucher on the 15th.
Peter Blackmore was a comfortable winner on Tuesday with 35 points from Kerry Kreeck with 31. Les Hall picked up a ball in the ball comp with 30 points from Doug Kajewski. Peter Mangan was NTP on the third.
This Week: Sat Sep 1 (Assembly 11:30am). Stroke/Medal. Duty: J Burrows and G Armstrong. Tuesdays: Assembly 11.30am. Stableford. Ladies Congratulations to Helen Emery and Julie Neale for their success at the Goulburn Murray Golf Association Foursomes event at Hill Top. Julie and Helen had a winning 33 points.
The winners of our recent Doris Chambers Foursomes were Janice Johnstone and Marlene Topp with 33 points, followed by Helen Emery and Tracey Wade on 31 points, with Bev Lyon and Marie Watt on 30 points. All winners were very happy to receive prizes donated generously by Fab Flowers
Nearest the 12th pin was Judy Sutton and on the 15th it was Helen Emery.
Helen and Tracey will be representing our club at the next stage of the Doris Chambers, to be held at Sanctuary Lakes later in the year. We wish them well.
Judy Greer will sponsor our Stroke event on Wednesday, September 5, and President’s Day will be on the 12th.