Golfs monthly medal bat­tle

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THERE are four car­di­nal di­rec­tions on a com­pass, and last Wednes­day, they were used to de­scribe the per­for­mance of the four ladies at the Beech­worth Golf Club in Septem­ber’s Monthly Medal.

If the fair­way rep­re­sented north, Jan Lang (22) rarely strayed east or west and nav­i­gated her way to 30 points cour­tesy of a four pointer to start and fin­ish the round.

Things went south very quickly for the other girls in­clud­ing Gail Smith (18) 28, Coral Ward (19) 27, and Glenda Mar­shall (14) 24.

Coral, how­ever, did get her bear­ings right with a Near­est the Pin on the 10th, and the ladies might need the map again this Wednes­day with a Ver­sus Par event to start at 9am.

Change is a nat­u­ral process that hap­pens all the time with or with­out con­sent, and it was cer­tainly the lat­ter for eight men on Sun­day, with the daily com­pe­ti­tion be­ing amended at the last minute to al­low for Septem­ber’s Monthly Med- al to be played af­ter it was ac­ci­den­tally omit­ted from the yearly cal­en­dar.

Win­ning an­other medal­lion six months on from his last was Ja­cob Howard (23) who stum­bled over the fin­ish line to end on 67 nett, with Dean Howard (20) beat­ing Jamie Dolny (16) on a count­back for sec­ond on 69.

The change in for­mat be­came too dif­fi­cult to ac­cept for some, in­clud­ing Peter Smith (18) 70, Bren­ton Pool (12) 70, Col Car­mody (23) 71, Brian Cro­p­ley (34) 74, and Dave Atkins (26) 86.

There was no need for Bren­ton to change any­thing on the 7th with his Near­est the Pin, but play­ers will be sub­jected to a new en­vi­ron­ment this Sun­day at 10am when Chiltern hosts the 2018 In­digo Chal­lenge.

The next out­ing at Beech­worth will be on AFL Grand Fi­nal Day (Satur­day Septem­ber 29) with an Am­brose event to com­mence at 9am, fol­lowed by the Club’s Qual­i­fy­ing Round for the 2018 Play 9 Tour­na­ment at 12pm on Sun­day Septem­ber 30.

These events will end a busy month for the Club af­ter 19 men and 3 women at­tended the 2018 Vic­to­rian Sand­green Cham­pi­onships in Mal­don from Septem­ber 5-9.

De­spite the lack of in­di­vid­ual suc­cess on Wednes­day and Thurs­day, Glenda Mar­shall de­fended her ti­tle with Al­bury’s Ros Kerr in the Women’s 4BBB on Fri­day with a score of 46 points, and this was backed up by Dy­lan Pool & Dave Atkins who were run­ners up in the Mens’ 4BBB on 49 points.

On Satur­day, Zane Howard tasted vic­tory in C Grade with a score of 60 nett, and Josh Carr had one of the rounds of his life on Sun­day by shoot­ing -1 off the stick, and re­sul­tantly win­ning the A Grade Nett on 56.

This score saw Josh fin­ish fifth in the 36 hole Scratch, with Dy­lan Pool and Nathan Sch­nei­der also mak­ing the top 10.

The Club would like to thank Dean Howard for vol­un­teer­ing to be bus driver for the week­end as well as Gary Pool and Deb Peel who had the guys look­ing the part in their cus­tom-made shirts.

MAL­DON SANDGREENS: Mem­bers from the Beech­worth Golf Club com­peted at the 2018 Vic­to­rian Sand­green Cham­pi­onships in Mal­don.

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