Chiltern takes on challenge
SIXTY-five players from the Indigo Shire’s four towns descended on the Yackandandah Golf Club on Sunday for the annual Indigo Challenge.
Unlike the discovery of gold, it was Chiltern who placed first as their seven players averaged an unassailable 35.7 Stableford points.
Sadly, it didn’t pan out well for the other three clubs, with Beechworth (33.9), Yackandandah (32.4) and Rutherglen (31.3) failing to capitalise on their larger representation.
In the individual categories, the overall winner came from the foothills of Mt Stanley with Beechworth’s Gary Pool sewing up victory with an impressive 45 points, with Chiltern’s Maurice Potter best of the ladies on 35.
Prizes were also awarded to the player with the highest score from each club, and Tyson Carey (42) and Mick Noonan (41) took the honours for Beechworth and Chiltern respectively.
Jim Britton joins the cast of Strange Bedfellows as notable things to come out of Yackandandah with 40 points, and while Sydney may have a nice harbour, Rutherglen has a great port and Des Wheelan who topped their team with 37 points.
Just like council meetings, the handing out of balls was highly debated with Rex Chamberlain, Ben Glass, Vick Lees, Andrew Lawson, John Sheehan, Terry Smith, and John Dwyer gaining the votes (on 38 or 39 points).
Rex left quite a large trail as he also rode away with a Nearest the Pin on the 4th, while Geoff Pearce and Glenda Marshall shared the spoils on the 6th.
Also during the week, the true honeys of Beechworth came to play on Wednesday with four ladies sticking together in a Stableford event. Queen of the hive was Lorraine Poyntz (28) who was buzzing all day long before posting a score of 33 points, keeping clear of both Coral Ward (19) and Jan Lang (24) on 29.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to bee for Pam Nankervis (26) who finished with a not-so-sweet 16 points.
The ladies will swarm back to the course this Wednesday for September’s Monthly Medal and there is more notable events coming up in the region, with Beechworth (October 22) and Yackandandah (November 5) to host their Annual Tournaments, with Beechworth also holding a special Grand Final Day Ambrose this Saturday morning from 9.30am.
WINNERS: The winning Chiltern Golf Club team members of the Indigo Challenge. (From left) Mick Noonan, Maurice Potter, Neil Potter, Colin Orr, Vick Lees (President), Rhonda Boxall, and Casey Gamble.