Battling the elements
Twilight golf resumed at Avenel on Friday.
Golfers were greeted with windy conditions that made scoring difficult.
While the golfers battled the elements, social members enjoyed Tim’s bar-room banter and Joan’s nibbles.
If you are looking for a fun Friday night come along; all welcome. It is a 5 pm tee off for golfers. Results: Winner: H. Jones; ball competition: H. Wheeler, D. Fullager.
Golfers have again avoided both the heat and rain this week so all competitions went ahead as usual.
In the women’s par competition on Wednesday, Tina Fountain (29) had her first individual win as a golfer when she scored +2 to win on a count back from Ricky Rickman.
The extra competition was tied between Sue McCall and Marg Bailey with both of them in the hole for their third shot on the eighth hole.
The balls went to the top scorers — Fountain and Rickman.
The men played stableford on Wednesday and Jerry Bender (21) had 39 points to win on a count back from Rob Oldman.
Nearest-the-pins went to Bender on the fourth, John Porter on the sixth, John Callaghan on the 12th and Greg Pell on the 17th.
To get a ball in the ball pool a score of three points was needed.
Dawn Leece (39) continues to dominate the mixed nine-hole competition, winning this week with 16 points on a count back from David (Stubby) Byrne.
The next best scores were Ann Wilson with 13 points and June Gordon with 12 points, and both received a ball as well.
The Friday social nine holes was stableford over holes 10-18 and Gary Wright (12) had the best score of 21 points to win.
The next best score went to Greg Pell with 19 points.
The really hot scores seemed to be saved for Saturday this week.
Rhys Waugh backed up his win from last week to again win B-grade with a terrific score of 82-17=65 which was the best score of the day.
The A-grade winner, John Boruch, also had a great score of 79-11=68.
The best scratch score was tied between Craig Zotti and Greg Pell who both had 77.
Gary Wright was nearest-thepin on the fourth, Gary Neville won the sixth, Warren Austin was the closest on the 12th and Ian Richardson was nearest on the 17th.
The drive and pitch on the eighth was won by Mark Fountain and the 15th went to Joey Passmore.
To get a ball you needed a net score of 72.
In the women’s competition, Liz Gee had a great score of 91-22=69 to win the day.
The extra competition of nearest-the-pin on the 17th went to Lynne Munari.
The balls went to Liz Gee, Tina Fountain and Dale Stuart with net 72 on a count back.
The social nine holes on Friday this week is par over holes 16-6.
On Saturday it is stroke again for the final round of the Beale Family Summer Cup for both men and women.
Wednesday saw 13 players out on the course for a stroke day.
Moz Fowler was the winner of A-grade again with 91-19-72 nett.
The B and C-grade winner as well as the extra nine-hole event was Jane Bow with 115-41-74 nett and 50-20.5-29.5 nett respectively.
Balls down the line for 18 holes went to Fowler, Bow and Jenny Jeong with 95-21-74 nett.
The nine-hole balls went to Bow, Fowler with 43-8.5-33.5 nett and Jeong with 46-10.5-35.5 nett.
Today’s event is par and February 1 is stroke.
The course is getting better each week with many thanks to Dad’s army and the heavens above for the wonderful rain.
The chicken run on Thursday saw 23 players playing stableford for the chicken, with the winner being Dan Kennedy with a 23 points.
No nearest-the-pin was achieved this week.
Tomorrow will be par on the back nine.
It was great to have a unisex Saturday with four players for a nine-hole stableford round.
The winner was Gareth Bow with 22 points; unfortunately no one was able to score a nearestthe-pin.
The ‘‘Big Man’’ does it again to claim his second win in three weeks.
Jeff ‘‘Mully’’ Lodding produced another amazing stableford round to take the win by five strokes, obviously the stableford format agrees with his fire-brand, aggressive style of play.
After being in the wilderness for many years, Mully was asked about his recent change of fortune on the golf course and what has altered.
He was quoted as saying ‘‘yeah, you’ve just got to get your handicap out a bit.’’ Nice one Mully.
Runner-up went to Phil Deane with a solid 37 points, with next best being Joe Labas and Shaun Spicer both on 35.
The nearest-the-pin awards went to W. LeCerf on the third; G. Bow has made the 13th hole his own of late; and P. Deane sticking it close on the 16th.
The Nagambie pennant team were away this week facing top side Kialla at the Kyabram Parklands course.
With both teams undefeated at the start of the day’s play, this was how it remained at the end of the day’s play, both teams sharing the points with 2.5 to 2.5.
Next week’s golf will be a stroke event and the fourth round of the Summer trophy.
On office duty will be J. Lodding and in the bar B. Cassar.