PARKLAND’S annual tournament got off to a great start on Saturday with more than 70 players in the field for the traditional mixed pinehurst and men’s stableford event — supported by Peter Walsh, Member for Murray Plains. The winners in the handicap section were Helen Caldwell and Ken Risstrom with 49.1 nett while Lyn and Peter Fraser were runner-up on a nett 50. Third was Heather and Vin Sleeth on a nett 52.9. Best scratch score went to Denise Hee and David Kuiper with 59. Ball winners were Pauline Laidlaw/Les Mitchell, Bev McLay/Mick Sullivan, Mary and Bernie Elliott, Lynne McLean/ Geoff Coad, Bev Howard and Barney McDonald.
Singles winner was Andrew Phillips on 36 points after a countback from Craig Kane and Bill Clark. Ball winners were John and Scott Hausler as well as Brian and Brendan Clements. Nearest the pins went to Graeme Gordon on the first for the Mitre 10 voucher, Lorna Alchin on the ninth and Mal Baker on the 18th. Encouragement awards went to Kathy Bell, Geoff Forbes and Rick Walsh.
Sunday morning was the ‘Play Nine’ event with Mal Baker and Glen Tonkin advancing to the next round at Mooroopna on October 28. Mal carded 18 points with Glen Tonkin one shot back on 17 points. Debbie Tonkin, with 21 points, will represent the women with Annette Pell runner-up. Members enjoyed a barbeque lunch after the game.
Highlight of Wednesday’s men’s stroke event was the hole in one to Mark Percy. Mark, who has only been playing just a couple of years, made the great shot at the ninth with an eight iron. Peter Barrette was the winner of A grade with 60-7-53 after a countback from Trevor Price 65-12-53. B grade was won by John Thompson on 67-16-51 after a countback from Max Jenkins 66-15-51. Third went to John Hausler on 71-17-54. Geoff Forbes played the round of the day to win C grade with 72-23-49. Kevin Jewell was runner-up with 75-22-53, with Roden Brady next with 73-19-54. Ball winners were Vin Sleeth, Tom Haigh, Roger Gillon, Harry Wayland, Mark Percy, Lindsay Wickham, Wayne Ferguson and Sam Attardi. Nearest the pins went to Luca Campanelli on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher, Paul Price on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher, Mark Percy on the Ky Pizza and Pasta ninth with an ace and Allan Richardson was nearest on the first. Fred Roberts won the encouragement award.
The men’s 36 holes event will be held on Sunday, with assembly at 8.30am for a shotgun start at 9am. Entries can be forwarded to Peter Fraser on 5852 2769 or enter on the club notice board.
BINGO: The jackpot has risen to $1000 in 56 calls tomorrow night with the punters expected to go for the big money. Last week’s Big Buck’s Bingo was worth $440 with 100,000 up for grabs if you are lucky.
Coming Events: Annual tournament continues Saturday: Mixed Pinehurst and Stableford 12-12.30pm. Shotgun. Bar: K Bell. Sunday: Men’s 36 Hole Open Stroke Championship. Tuesday: Ladies Stableford. Duty: D Day, F Glover, N Cartwright. Wednesday (17) Mens Pinehurst. 9.30am10am. Duty: C McDougall. Bar: P Price.Kitchen: P Fraser.
ONE of the great wonders of sport is its capacity to throw up stories of triumph against adversity, stories of raw physical and mental courage or more simply a victory against all odds. On Saturday at Valley View in the Knights Building Supplies October Medal round we saw all that and more from our October Monthly Medallist. After watching his beloved Magpies go agonisingly close to victory at the MCG, Graeme Harrison was so devastated, such an emotional wreck, so scarred that he was barely able to leave his house all week. Too despondent even to attend the Stanhope F.C presentation night on Friday evening. Yet on Saturday he rose above the doom and gloom of Collingwood’s 11th grand final loss during his lifetime, dusted himself off and made his way out to Valley View to play the round of his life taking the Monthly Medal with the outrageously good score of 85-21-64. On a perfect day, Harro’s remarkably consistent round featured seven pars, nine bogeys and just two double bogeys. The round was so good he beat regular playing partner and 11 handicapper Peter Noble off the stick by one shot and was four shots clear of his nearest challenger in Paul Dickens with 92-24-68. Dicko may have been the Medal and B grade runner up but that score saw him claim the Medallist of the Year trophy by one shot from the day’s A grade winner, Ash Kuiper, who was also at his best with the outstanding score of 76-7-69. Ash was incredibly unlucky, there aren’t too many days when a gross score of 76 nett 69 isn’t the winning tally and his round was a reminder of the form that took him to the Club Champion title earlier in the year. Rod Breen was a shot behind Ash taking the A grade runner-up trophy with 84-14-70. The incomparable Marie Watt won the ladies with 99-28-71 from Helen Armstrong with 100-24-76. Balls went to Parkland’s Matt Smith with nett 69, Mick Coyne (71), Lawrie Casey (71), Doc McQueen-Thomson (72), Gav Armstrong (72), Peter Costello (73), Dean Hubble (73) and Les Hall (73). Mick McAuliffe, Doug Kajewski and Helen Emery won the NTP trophies on the third while Bud Thorsen won the voucher on the 15th with an excellent tee shot but could not cash in, missing his birdie putt. Tuesday’s winner was Kerry Kreeck with 39 points from Hally (38) and David Clue (37) while Strachannie won the NTP ball. In Sunday’s inaugural Play Nine event Les Hall (nett 34) and Bud Thorsen with nett 34.5 (in a countback from Gavon Armstrong) won the qualifying spots for the regional leg as did Gill Thorsen with nett 35 and Liz Haw with nett 36 in the ladies’ section. This Week: Saturday, October 13 (Assembly 11.30am). Stableford. Sponsor Ky Hire and Batteries. Duty: P Downe and P Noble. Ladies LEANNE Busch had a spectacular return to form in last Wednesday’s Stableford event. Birdies and pars were commonplace as she accumulated a massive 46 points to win A grade. Margaret Smerdon, also on the comeback trail, might have expected to be the winner with her 41 points, but had to be satisfied with the runner-up prize. In B grade, Liz Haw continued her good form to win with 36 points from Marie Watt with 35 points. Away from Valley View, Jenni Bauerle, continued her excellent form to win the A grade event at the Tocumwal tournament. Golf next Wednesday will be a stroke event followed by presentation night. The match committee will be on duty.
IT WAS a superb day for golf on Saturday as Merrigum golfers played the final round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic for the season. The Privilege Cup and least putts sponsored by Bruce Brown and Simon and Tash Doherty respectively were also up for grabs so it was an all-round great day for golf. The day was warm without being too hot and the wind was benign so there were not too many external influences to ruin a day on the course. The ever reliable John Fuller survived a countback with Ash Sanders to win A grade after a round of 82-14-68 as compared to Ash’s 83-15-68. In doing so he earned Bruce Brown’s voucher as well as the Privilege Cup and maximum points in the Kyabram Tyre Service award. Both players lost a portion from their handicaps, however unfortunately for the rest of us they did not lose enough to suffer any major damage for their next rounds. Tony Borrelli was the B grade winner with a round of 89-20-69. It’s no wonder John and Tony are such a formidable fourball team because they seem to almost always be near the top of proceedings. Ash Sanders headed the ball competition with his 68 while Bill Bray and Bruce Brown edged out Greg Hall and Rod Newham for the other two balls after all four had 72. Nearest the pins were won by Simon Doherty on the sixth, John Fuller on the ninth and Bruce Brown on the jackpot 12th. Least putts was won by one half of the sponsorship team, Simon Doherty, with 29.
The twilight competition begins this Thursday from 4.30pm. The first round will be a nine hole competition with the male and female winners going on to play at Mooroopna and with the possibility of going further in the competition from there. After the first week, twilight will revert to the usual 10-hole competition.
Next Saturday’s event is stableford.
A reminder to all that this Wednesday the annual general meeting will be held at 8pm. Come along and support the incoming committee, or better still, be a part of it. It’s your club so have a say in and help with the day to day running of it. Don’t leave all the work to the same people all of the time. Bowls Our final practice for the pennant season will be held at the clubrooms at 1pm on next Saturday, October 13. Please be there by 12.45pm and if you have a preferred position in the team, please make this known to the selectors. There is no need to wear your club uniform.
Our meals begin this Thursday night at 6pm. As in the past the club will be very grateful for salads etc. This year the price of the meals is $8 for members and $10 for visitors. Drinks are available at bar prices and you would be welcome to join in our practice or have a session with our qualified coaches.
Our midweek division team got off to a winning start against Nagambie. Lee and Noreen lost narrowly but the rink of Donna Meola, Rob Dennis, Sally Horan and Carmen Quattrocchi had a good win by 15 shots. This week Division 4 go to Mooroopna Golf.
We are hosting the film Ladies In Black at the Plaza Theatre in Kyabram on October 30. The film is highly acclaimed and the screening commences at 7.30pm. Cost is $15 which includes a light supper. All members will have tickets or you can contact Lee on 5855 2245 or Maureen on 0419 385 502.
Congratulations to Young Joe, who has been chosen as Volunteer of the Year for Central Murray Goulburn region for this year.
On Sunday we had a great day on our trip to Rich River. The 55 guests were treated to a delightful two course meal and enjoyed the company and friendship of the group. Thanks to all who helped to make the day so enjoyable.
❝After watching his beloved Magpies go agonisingly close to victory at the MCG, Graeme Harrison was so devastated, such an emotional wreck, so scarred that he was barely able to leave his house all week❞