Golfers keen for open events
PROSERPINE GOLF MENS
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.