Stanley takes out club championships
PROSERPINE GOLF MENS
ONCE again Rob Stanley added two more entries on the Proserpine Golf Club’s honour boards with his wins as club champion and A grade champion for 2013.
Played over 72 holes over the past two weekends, this year’s championships attracted a record number of entries with some very fine golf scores deciding the winners across the three grades.
A mighty battle ensued in Sunday’s final round in all three grades, with Stanley and club captain Gavin Milne going neck and neck to decide the club championship, with Milne getting ahead of Stanley at the halfway mark.
But Stanley managed to fight back to hold off Milne’s challenge to eventually win by an overall five strokes.
B grade was also a tough battle, with Matt Goldman holding off a late challenge by Paul Douthwaite to eventually take out the title by two strokes.
Tony Woolridge had it a little easier in C grade, but having to hold off a determined challenge by Warren Deighton who came from eight strokes behind going into the final round to finish only three strokes behind the eventual winner.
The nett winners were Gavin Milne (285) from runner-up Jake Nurse (298) in A grade, Ross Meade (280) winning from Troy Smith (285) in B grade and Paul Lennon (283) beating Scott Wardroper (286) in C grade.
Fifty-two players started out contesting the championships, with 41 eventually going the full four rounds and submitting cards.
The club wished to thank club captain Gavin Milne for his fine organisation, club pro Kane Nusteling who did a wonderful job putting the scoreboard and tee rosters together and the greens staff for having the course in absolute first class condition for the event.
Two normal club events were held in conjunction with the championships again this weekend, and the club’s self confessed world’s worst golfer went close to losing his title with a blistering score of nett 61 in Saturday’s event, 10 strokes under par.
He was three strokes ahead of runner-up Troy Smith on 64, with the rundown comprising Ross Meade on 66, Theunis Venter and Matt Goldman on 67, Ron Jamieson and Gavin Milne with 68, Paul Douthwaite and Adam Stralow on 68, Michael Caton on 70, and Stuart Win, Russell Ashby, Mark Nicol and Kelvin Stephens all carding 71.
Nearest-the-pins on Saturday went to Peter Smith on hole 2, Kym Hill on 9, Jim Watson on 13 and Ross Meade with a beautiful shot that nearly went in the hole on 16.
In the Sunday club-sponsored event, the scores were a little closer to average, with Scott Wardroper taking out the money with a fine 67, one stroke ahead of runner-up Rod Wecker with 68.
The rundown comprised Peter Smith and Warren Deighton on 70, with John Roser, Kelvin Stephens, Trevor Paroz and Gary Scotford all carding 71.
Nearest-the-pins went to Chris Doblo on hole 2, Gary Scotford on 9, Ross Meade on 13 and Steven Abel on 16.
As if his win in the 9-hole comp two weeks ago wasn’t enough, the 91-year-old who is arguably Australia’s oldest competitive golfer, George Gnezdiloff did it again last Thursday, taking out the 18-hole comp this time with a fine 39 stableford points.
This followed on his practice round with golfing mate Dave Thomas on Tuesday when he carded a brilliant 45.
With a good field of 52 players competing on Thursday in brilliant conditions, the 9-hole section of the competition was won by Nick Watson with 25 points, three points ahead of runner-up Steve Mitchell who won on count back from Ron Little and Glen McKinnon on 22.
The rundown included Tony Woolridge and Adam Stroud on 21, with Albert Pini, Al Greedy and Peter Browning all on 20.
Runner-up to George in the 18hole competition was Albert Pini who lost on count back with 39 points, followed in the rundown by Paul Joice, Steve Mitchell, Ron Little and Glen McKinnon on 38, with Greg Walker, Rob Stanley and Tom Fleming all coming in with 37.
Nearest-the-pins went to Rob Stanley on holes 2 and 9, Michael Simpson on 13 and Vic Feldman on 16.
This Saturday will see the running of the July monthly medal, deferred because of the club championships, with tee times to suit individual players.
Thursday comp players will compete in a stroke event over both 9 and 18-holes, again with individual tee times to suit.
Last Wednesday’s competition completed the Proserpine Ladies Golf Club Championships for 2013.
A grade’s gross winner was Trish McNeill ahead of runnerup Lyn Muller while the nett winner was Mandy Patterson, edging out Beryl Miller.
Anna Winterbourn was the gross winner of B grade, beating out runner-up Di Dobbins.
The nett winner of B grade was Marnie Win ahead of Elspeth Scotford.
C grade’s gross winner was Paula Wronski, ahead of Tessa Aitken while the nett winner was Viv Demartini and the runner-up Pam Casey.
Saturday’s daily competition winner with a nett of 72 was Paula Wronski.
Anna Winterbourn, Di Dobbins, Sherri Meade, Marnie Win and Heather Luvis completed the rundown.
The McNeill Monthly Medal was held in conjunction with last Wednesday’s final championship round. Tiina Randmae was the June winner followed by Pam Casey, Anna Winterbourn and Tessa Aitken.
Least putts for the round was a tie between Marnie Win and Tessa Aitken with 30 putts each.
Nearest-the-pin winners for the day were Mandy Patterson on holes 1 and 9, Caroline Awdry on holes 11 and 16 and Heather Luvis on hole 18.
On Sunday the dawnies played their monthly mug on the back 9 and it was good to see a couple of new faces.
Winner on the day was Tony Sellwood after a chip off with 41/ 45 ahead of runner-up Bruce Upchurch 47/45 and third-placegetter Mark Conen on 54/45.
Mick Burrows was nearestthe-pin on hole 16, the snake putter was Bruce Upchurch and the least number of putts came from Tony Sellwood with 14.
Al Greedy claimed the Bradman's with a 64/65.
Next Sunday the dawnies should be on the front 9 and they hope to see everyone there bright and early.
GRADE CHAMPIONS: 2013 grade champions Tony Woolridge (C grade), Rob Stanley (A grade), Matt Goldman (B grade) with club captain Gavin Milne.