MERRIGUM golfers played a pairs ambrose on AFL grand final Saturday but players took to the course early.
The day was fine but a little cooler than it has been recently but it was still pleasant enough for a round of golf.
Given that it was a long weekend in both Victoria and NSW, albeit on different days, there were a number of regulars missing from the field, with the president and his fairer half among the notable absentees.
Hopefully they are reconciling rather than adding to their woes during their golfing trip to the Riverina.
Like the grand final there was very little in Saturday's event in the end, however, Andrew Wood and Frank Leyden got over the line with a round of 75-8-67.
They teamed well together and did just enough to win by less than a shot.
Ball competition winners were Tony Borrelli and Roger Gillon after they finished with 77-9.25-67.75.
Roger Gillon was the only nearest the pin winner, taking the jackpot on the 12th.
This Saturday's event is stroke for the Privilege Cup and is also the seventh and final round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic for this season.
A reminder with the advent of daylight saving next weekend, the twilight season will start next week Thursday, October 11.
Also be advised Wednesday, October 10 is the annual general meeting of the Merrigum Golf Club at 8pm.
THE AFL Grand final wasn’t the only close sporting contest at the weekend with countbacks required to find winners in both of the men’s grades in Friday’s stableford event.
In A grade it was a battle of the Peter’s with Peter Blackmore emerging from the countback the winner with 39 points thanks to an excellent back nine of 21 points.
Peter Mangan was the runnerup having fared better around the front before posting a respectable 17 points on the homeward side of the course.
Peter B also picked up the A grade NTP ball on the third.
It was a very similar story in B grade with the winner and runnerup again sharing the same first name as John Flett got the better of John Burrows in the countback after both handed in cards with scores of 38 points.
Fletty’s back nine added to 20 points against JB’s 18 though JB added the B grade NTP ball to his runner-up trophy in a more satisfying round than the one he had enjoyed the previous day at Rich River.
There was no countback required for the ladies though where Julie Neale was the clear winner with 38 points from the in form Leonie McMaster-Smith with 35 while Helen Armstrong won the ladies NTP ball.
Other ball winners on the day were Pooch McHale with 36, Dom Cerrone (36), Alan Hausler (36), David Collins (35) and Les Hall (35).
Johnny Heywood won voucher on the 15th.
A reminder that this week’s Medal round also incorporates the Medalist of Medalists event with the ten men to have won Monthly Medals over the past twelve months eligible to compete for this title.
The captain has also asked me to mention the play nine qualifying round on next Sunday with assembly at 9.30am for a 10am hit off.
The event represents a new golf the format with the winners and runner-up (men and ladies) qualifying for the regional event later at Mooroopna with subsequent state and national events culminating in the national winners travelling to Ireland to play on the same week as the 2019 British Open.
Entry on Sunday is $15 which includes a barbecue lunch after play. For information, please contact Doug Kajewski on 0428 538 741.
This week: Saturday, October 6 (Assembly 11.30am). Stroke/ Medal/Medalist of Year. Duty: D Collins and P Noble. Sunday, October 7 (Assembly 9.30am). Play nine. Duty D Kajewski and P Noble.
Ladies A SMALL field took to the course for a stableford event last Wednesday.
Undeterred by the newly cored greens, several players returned very good scores. Julie Neale, who is enjoying a hot streak at the moment, was the winner with 41 points. Liz Haw also had a great day out with 40 points, to claim the runner-up prize.
Congratulations to Jenni Bauerle who was the A grade net winner at the Golf Victoria Spring Tournament held recently at Curlewis and Barwon Heads Golf Clubs.
This is an outstanding effort in a competition enjoyed by top country golfers from around the state.
Summer Pennant starts next Monday, October 8. Valley View has entered two teams. The first matches will be hosted by Kialla Golf Club.
Golf next week is a stableford event with Leanne Busch, Helen Emery, Wanda Hacon and Tracey Wade on duty.
THIS Saturday is the start of the spring tournament with the Mixed Pinehurst to start the week-long events at Parkland.
A men’s stableford event will also be held for those without partners. Assemble at noon for 12.30pm shotgun start.
Sunday will be the play nine event with the top two players to proceed to a regional final at Mooroopna.
The nine hole event will start from 9.30am with a barbecue to follow.
More than 60 players turned out for the traditional footy day event.
Mary Trimby was the winner of the women’s stroke taking home the A grade trophy with a score of 68-18-50.
Runner-up was Pauline Laidlaw with 72-19-53 after a countback.
B grade was won by Jan Gentle on 76-26-50 while runner-up was Faye Roberts with 77-26-51.
Trevor Price capped off a good week winning the men’s A grade with 63-12-51 while Tom Haigh was runner-up on 65-12-53.
Mel Lusher shot the round of the day to win B grade with 65-16-49.
Runner-up was Cameron Knott with 68-14-54 after a countback from Paul Kuiper.
C grade was won by Lindsay Tatterson with 70-22-48.
Runner-up was Fred Roberts with 73-20-53 after a countback.
Nearest the pins went to Rhonda Cox on the 1st, Bev Howard on the 9th and Geoff Forbes on the 18th.
Ball winners were Val Hanke, Bev Howard, Heather Sleeth, Les Jones, Les Mitchell, Sam Attardi, Ken Risstrom, Mick Sullivan, Chris Omen and David Kuiper.
The encouragement awards went to Dot Atkinson and Wayne Peterson.
Thursday’s stableford event was a combined effort with both genders contesting.
Mary Elliott won the women’s A grade with 38 points with Marg Tucker runner-up on 35 points after a countback.
Val Hanke was the best of the event finishing with 42 points to win B grade.
Trevor Price made 36 points to win the men’s A grade. Runner-up was Wayne Ferguson on 34 points.
Cameron Knott shot 40 points to win B grade with a visitor in Henry Keil runner-up on 37 points. Another visitor in Neil McKenzie won C grade with 38 points after a countback from Glen Smith.
Ball winners were Lorna Alchin, Dot Atkinson, Heather Sleeth, Glen Smith, Chris Tindale, Col McDougall, Roger Gillon, Vin Sleeth and Norm Tucker.
Nearest the pins went to Mal Baker first, Craig Kane ninth for the Kyabram Pizza and Pasta voucher.
The 15th went to Matt O’Brien for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher while Mary Elliott collected the voucher on the 18th from Kyabram Main Street Butchery.
Encouragement awards went to Daphne Smith and Howard Teasdale.
Coming Events: Saturday annual tournament: Mixed Pinehurst and men’s stableford. Noon12.30pm. Shotgun. Duty: Committee. Bar: D McKenzie. Sunday: Daylight saving. Play 9 Holes 9.30am to 10.30am. Hit off. Duty: Committee. Tuesday: Ladies four ball best ball stableford. 9.30am10am. Shotgun. Duty: Special catering group: Duty: M Tucker, N Key, H Ward, P Reyment.
Wednesday: (October 10) men’s four ball best ball stableford. Duty: Committee. Bar: K Bell.