Golfers play back nine
AFTER two weeks off due to the flooded course last week, players got back into the rhythm of things with both the Thursday competition.
The rain delayed February Airlie Beach Hotel monthly medal from being played.
This is the first time for many years that the club has suffered only a two week closure due to the limited wet so far, but with the back nine still recovering from another flood event, both comps were played over the front nine twice.
The February monthly medal saw a reduced field of only 46 men and 7 ladies take to the course and the medal was taken out by C grader Tony Woolridge who came in with a good 65 nett to claim the overall medal as well as the C grade title, ahead of C grade runner-up Adam Stralow with 70.
A grade winner was Gary Scotford with a 68, one ahead of runner-up Gavin Kerwand on 69.
B grade went to club captain Greg Walker with 71, also one stroke ahead of his runner-up Kevin Duffy on 72.
Ladies winner on the day was Brenda Cowan with a 74, ahead of runner-up Wendy Bradley on 79.
The men’s rundown comprised Dean Kercher on 72, Jim Cochrane on 73, Jake Nurse and Paul Lennon on 75, with Troy Dobbins and Trevor Paroz coming in with 76 each.
Nearest-the-pins went to Anne Gardel on hole 2 and Pascal Neunreuther on 9.
The two shot club didn’t go off and the prize of $38.40 jackpots to this Saturday’s round.
Major club sponsor and general manager of Airlie Beach Hotel Mark Bell continued his good form of late to take out the 18-hole section of Thursday’s stableford comp with a score of 36, winning on count back from John Roser.
With a limited field of only 34 players competing over the front nine twice, the rest of the rundown in the main event comprised Tom Fleming and Karl Gottschalk with 35 points each, Gavin Kerwand on 34, and Paul Joice and Pascal Neunreuther winning on count back with 33 each.
The 9-hole comp was won by John Roser on 23 points, winning on count back from Mark Thompson.
The rest of the rundown included Karl Gottschalk, Mark Bell and Troy Dobbins on 22, ahead of Brendon Meharry and Gavin Kerwand on 21.
Nearest-the-pins went to Michael Ward on hole 2 and Pascal Neunreuther on 9.
There will probably be the monthly Hotel Metropole stableford on offer for Saturday players, and Thursday players should be competing in a stroke event over both 9 and 18-holes.
Tee times are available at players’ convenience, but please book with the pro shop to ensure smooth play.
The full 18-holes of the course are now open again and, hopefully with no further rain should remain so, at least for this week.
With the inclement weather, Dawnies travelled to Bowen on Sunday.
18 players attacked the course with the winner being Al (Happy) Greedy with 57/38.
Runner-up was Vic Feldman with 45/ 39 and third place went to Beryl Nosworthy with 56/41.
Nearest-the-pins went to Beryl Nosworthy on number 3 and Tom Fleming on 7. Snake putter was Don Schuring, with least number of putts going to Mick Burrows with 16 while the Bradman’s went to Don Schuring 64/69.
Sunday should see everyone back at home playing in Proserpine.
FLYING HIGH: Major club sponsor, Airlie Beach Hotel’s Mark Bell, continued his great form of late to take out Thursday’s 18-hole competition.