Golfers keen for open events

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THIS week­end will kick off the big­gest week of the year for the Proser­pine Golf Club, with the an­nual open cham­pi­onships set­ting the scene for the an­nual Win­tersun tour­na­ment for vet­eran golfers from around Aus­tralia.

The opens will kick off on Fri­day with the Ladies open cham­pi­onship, fol­lowed on Satur­day with the mixed open, lead­ing up to the men’s open cham­pi­onship on Sun­day.

While this is hap­pen­ing, lo­cal car­a­van parks and show­grounds will be fill­ing up with hun­dreds of grey no­mads ready for the dis­trict-wide Win­tersun tour­na­ment.

The golf course will be un­avail­able for ca­sual play from Fri­day through to next Tues­day, with nor­mal golf start­ing again on next Wed­nes­day.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come to come and watch as the top golfers from all around North Queens­land fight it out to be­come the 2013 Proser­pine cham­pi­ons in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

Food and bev­er­age ser­vice will be avail­able on all days of the opens and for Win­tersun.

A good field of 68 golfers turned out for the an­nual Ugly Duck­lings day on Satur­day, with pair­ings com­pet­ing in a 4BBB com­pe­ti­tion with sta­ble­ford scor­ing for the ti­tle.

Win­ners on the day were Wilf Her­weg and Anna Win­ter­bourn with 48 points, who snuck in just one point ahead of run­ners-up, Jim Cochrane and Greg Walker on 47.

The run­down com­prised Michael Bur­rows and Tony Sell­wood on 46, Nathan Holmes and Matt Muller with 45, Paul Len­non and Wally Rein­tals, Mal Carter and Rob Rai­teri, and Joe Tay­lor and Rus­sell Rear­don all on 44, with Shane Cooke and Kelvin Stephens bring­ing up the rear with a 43, on count back from two other pair­ings.

Near­est-the-pins went to Chris Weigand on hole 2, Rob Smith on 9, Jim Cochrane on 13 and Tina Rand­mae on 16.

Sixty Thurs­day play­ers made the most of fine con­di­tions to brave it out in a 9 and 18-hole stroke com­pe­ti­tion.

Win­ner of the main 18-hole event was Mal Carter with a fine nett 67, two ahead of run­ner-up An­drew Walsh on 69.

The 18-hole run­down com­prised Karl Gottschalk on 71, Michael Ward, John Dodds and Richard McGrath on 72, with Tim McBride and Peter Scrivens card­ing 73s.

In the 9-hole comp, Peter Scrivens won on count back from run­ner-up Les Brad­ford, both with 32.

In the run­down were Bar­rie MacKen­zie and Bill Jesser on 33, Peter Fox and An­drew Walsh with 34 each, and Bruce Munro and Ron Lit­tle win­ning on count back from one other with 35 each.

Near­est-the-pins went to Rob Rai­teri on hole 2, N Beecroft on 13 and Gavin Noo­nan on 16.

There will be no Satur­day comp this week­end due to the opens be­ing played, but Thurs­day play­ers will get in a round with sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tions over both 9 and 18holes.


LAST Wed­nes­day saw Ali­son Day’s tro­phy day and the tiger sta­ble­ford event made for some di­verse re­sults.

Tak­ing out the tro­phy for the day was the pair­ing of Viv De­mar­tini and Jenny Houn­sell, just one point ahead of Ber­nice Petersen and Tina Baden­horst, on a count back from Marnie Win and Jan Shuwalow. Mar­garet Cunningham col­lected the con­so­la­tion prize.

Near­est-the-pin win­ners for the 0-25 hand­i­cap­pers on hole 1 were Lyn Muller and Beryl Miller while Caro­line Awdry and Tessa Aitken won hole 16 with their 2nd shot.

Jac­qui Wall, Heather Lu­vis and Tina Rand­mae scored a chip in each dur­ing their round.

Two teams of ladies trav­elled to Townsville last week­end to com­pete in the NQ Ladies Pen­nants.

Lyn Muller, Ber­nice Petersen, Di Dob­bins, Jenny Houn­sell and Nola Gid­dens fin­ished in third over­all in the sil­ver di­vi­sion pool 1.

Mar­lene Gray, Marnie Win, El­speth Scot­ford, Ann Gardel and Di Maxwell com­peted in the bronze di­vi­sion and they fought it out on the fi­nal day with Mys­tic Sands be­fore fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all.


THE dawnbusters played the front 9 on Sun­day and the win­ner was Ray Lawder with 58/ 47.

Run­ner-up was Don Schur­ing on 56/48 from Mark Martell also with a 48 net.

Near­est-the-pins were taken out by Chris Hen­der­sen on num­ber 2 and Tony Sell­wood on 9 and the snake put­ter was Jill Ford.

The least num­ber of putts was won by Bruce Upchurch (af­ter a four way putt off ) with 13, and the Brad­man’s was taken out by Lisa Schur­ing.

This Sun­day, Au­gust 4, the dawnies are go­ing to Bowen with the bus de­part­ing the Ju­bilee Tav­ern at 6am and the Proser­pine Golf Club at 6.45am.

UGLY DUCK­LING WIN­NERS: Win­ners of Satur­day’s an­nual Ugly Duck­lings day, Wilf Her­weg and Anna Win­ter­bourn.

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