Bailey blitz gets win
A good turnout of 14 women played the second round of the Belle Hamilton Trophy on Wednesday.
The best score of the day went to Marg Bailey (24), who had a terrific score of 45 points to win B-grade.
This combined with her score of 40 points last week gave her an aggregate score of 85 points to win the Belle Hamilton Trophy.
The A-grade winner on the day was Ricky Rickman (14) with 38 points.
It was hard to beat Bailey for the extra competition for the best odd holes, as she scored 24 points on those nine holes.
The balls went to Bailey, Rickman, Liz Gee and Tina Fountain with 38 points.
In the men’s competition, there were four players on 39 points, but only two could get into the winners circle.
Dave Pearce (7) was the winner of the countback, with John Mundy (29) the runner-up.
Joey Passmore and Duncan Chisholm were the unlucky two who could only be satisfied with also having the best score of the day.
Nearest-the-pins went to John Hedley on the fourth, Mark Fountain on the sixth, Greg Pell on the 12th and Mark Fountain again on the 17th.
To get a ball in the pool a score of 37 points was needed.
The mixed nine holes was won by Dawn Leece (37) with a steady score of 18 points. The next best score of 17 points went to John Jennings.
Phil Block and Melva Gardner were also in the ball pool with 14 points each.
Several of our ladies travelled to Yea on Thursday to compete in the Isobel Bett Tournament.
While no one from our club won the trophy, which is for the best scratch score, we did have winners in the handicap prizes.
Di Byrne won the A-grade handicap and Liz Gee won the B-grade handicap.
The Friday social six holes was played over holes 10 to 15 this week.
The best score went to Kevin Mulaney (20) with 15 points.
The other ball recipients were John Callaghan with 14 points, Adam Pell and Ian Stuart with 13 points, and Gary Neville and Terry Lemon who had 12 points each.
As it was AFL grand final day on Saturday, there more players out early on the course than usual so they could get their round in before the centre bounce.
The best score for the men’s competition went to Kevin Summers (22), who had 39 points to win B-grade.
The A-grade winner was John Porter (13) with 36 points.
For the nearest-the-pins, Jerry Bender was the closest on the fourth hole, Summers won the sixth, Gary Neville was nearest on the 17th and the sixth stayed with the club.
A score of 34 points was required to get a ball in the pool.
The best score of the day by far was in the women’s competition.
Di Stammers (22) had a fantastic score of 45 points for her win.
No one claimed the extra competition and the balls went to Stammers, Jane Fletcher, Di Lemon and Irene Davey with 37 points.
As daylight savings has now started, the Friday social competition is back to nine holes and this week it is stroke.
On Saturday, it is the monthly medal for the men and the first round of the mens championships.
The women will be playing par on Saturday.
Last Wednesday we had 11 women for a stroke round.
The winner of the 18-hole competition with a return to form was Sally Bazeley 84 gross (16) 68 nett.
The 18-hole balls went to Bazeley, Megan Carr (Mooroopna) and Irene Keogh.
The nine-hole competition was won by Carr with a nett 34 and the nine-hole balls went to Carr, Annette Mills and Bazeley.
Nearest the pin on the eighth was Bazeley and on the 13th was Annie Pell (Kyabram Parkland).
Today we will have a 4BBB stableford round with partners drawn, and next Wednesday will be a stableford round for the monthly medal.
The chicken run on Thursday was won by Alan Labas with +3 from a field of 24 players.
Nearest the pin on the 13th was Dave Love.
Tomorrow will be a stroke round on the front nine.
Please remember to fill in your card correctly and ensure it is signed.
Starting on Saturday will be a series of clinics for beginners and novice golfers with Golf Victoria.
These will go for five weeks and will be followed by a further five weeks of supervised play.
Please phone Jo Goodacre on 0412 050 805 if you are interested in participating or have any questions regarding the clinics.
Gary Bow booked a place in the gold medal play-off in a fortnight’s time after a comprehensive win in the October monthly medal.
Bow’s recent form has been good, but Sunday’s effort was exceptional, carding 82-17-65 to win by four clear strokes.
Runner-up, also with a great round, was Jeremy Ezard shooting one under par 71-2-69, but not having enough handicap to get close to Bow.
The next best were Bill Leviston, Jeff Mills and Peter Lawrence all signing for nett 70.
The nearest the pins produced some good shots.
Bob Norris got to within a foot on the third, Dean Brown reached the eighth, Peter Lawrence made birdie from his somewhat mongrel strike on the 13th and Joe Labas claimed the 16th.
Next week’s golf will be a two-man ambrose sponsored by McPherson Wines.
On office duty is S. Bryant and in the bar is J. Lodding.
Success: Belle Hamilton Trophy winner Marg Bailey (left) with trophy sponsor Unice Ekberg. The trophy is named after Unice’s mother.
Well done: Liz Gee won the B-grade handicap at the Yea tournament.