Newcomer wins monthly medal
A TOTAL of 52 players braved very windy conditions to play for the September Airlie Beach Hotel monthly medal.
The overall winner and C grade winner was newcomer Neil Ustick who came in with a fine 65 nett to beat off runner-up Bob Platt with a nett 72.
A grade winner was Mick Leo with 68, four ahead of runner-up Paul Douthwaite on 72.
In B grade, Wade Dobson took out the medal with 70 nett, closely followed by runner-up Trevor Paroz on 71. It was great to see the ladies numbers improving with the new prizes on offer, and Heather Luvis walked away with the winner of $50 with 70 nett, two ahead of Sherri Meade on 72.
The rundown comprised Albert Pini, Kelvin Stephens and Steve Knight on 72, Steve New, Harry Gellatly and Michael Cragg on 72, with Tony Woolridge, Theunis Venter and Mick Kavanagh all with 74 nett.
Nearest-the-pins went to Steve Knight on hole 2, Jim Cochrane on 9, Mick Leo on 13, and Steve New on16.
The two shot club was shared by Anna Winterbourn and Mick Leo who both birdied hole 13.
Thursday players were almost blown off their feet in more windy conditions, which did not make for a good golf day, but Benn Ryan managed some fine scores to win both the 9 and 18hole comps with 29 and 66 strokes respectively.
Runner-up in the 18-hole section was Neil Ustick on 67, followed in the rundown by Peter Krause on 68, Joe Taylor with 69, Harry Gellatly and Ron Jamieson both carding 70, and Shane Cooke and John Dodds with 71, ahead on countback from three others.
The 9-hole comp runner-up was Rob Webb with 30 on countback from Ron Jamieson and Rob Raiteri, with the rest of the rundown comprising Harry Smith, Mark Nicol and John Dodds all on 32, and Mal Carter with 33 on countback from three others.
Nearest-the-pins went to Al Greedy on hole 2, Peter Williams on 9, Paul Joice on 13, and Chris Doblo on 16.
As well as winning the Proserpine leg of the Holden Scramble, it was Proserpine players to the fore in the Bowen leg on Sunday when Chris Doblo, Peter Stone and Gavin Mile (Proserpine) with Jayson Dowie from Ayr took out the title with a score of 54.375 points.
They will be going to Paradise Palms in Cairns on the 13 October for the regional final.
Time is quickly running out for the month’s free membership offer for new members who will receive September’s membership free if joining before the end of the month.
With the cancellation of the Garth Copp Memorial day, this Saturday will be a normal clubsponsored event.
Thursday players will play a stableford event over both 9 and 18-holes.
For both days, ensure you book your tee time with the pro shop to ensure smooth play.
The ladies September monthly medal rounds were held on Wednesday 4 and Saturday 7 September. A total of 26 ladies competed for the trophy. Windy conditions prevailed, however Trish McNeill conquered with a fine 71nett, to win the McNeill Monthly Medal. Jenny Hounsell was runner-up with 73 nett, Jacqui Wall was 3rd while Marlene Gray, Paula Wronski and Tina Badenhorst completed the rundown.
Marlene Gray, with a fantastic 25 putt round, won least putts for the day. Nearest-the-pin winners were Mandy Patterson on hole 6, Trish McNeill on holes 11 and 13 while Paula Wronski was successful on hole 16.
Coming up, we have a versus par competition on the 18 September followed by Reh Hull and Tiny Emerson’s stableford fun day on the 25 September.
On Sunday the dawnies played the front 9 and the winner was Tom Fleming with 41/45 followed by Barry McKenzie on 52/47 and third place went to Tony Sellwood with 43/51. Nearest-the-pins went to Tom Fleming on number 9 and no one was able to claim on number 2. Snake putter was Mick Burrows and the least number of putts went to Tony Sellwood. The Bradmans went to Bob Slater with 56/62. Next week the Dawnies will be play on the back 9 followed by the usual barbecue breakfast.