Great field for monthly medal
A GREAT field of 72 players (57 men and 15 ladies) took advantage of the dry weather to compete in the March Airlie Beach Hotel monthly medal in ideal playing conditions.
Winner of the monthly medal was B grade golfer Troy Smith, who came in with a fine 66 nett to take out the overall title for March.
Continuing his good form of late was junior golfer Matt Bluck who came away with the A grade title on a 71 nett, one ahead of runner-up Paul Douthwaite on 72.
B grade runner-up behind Smith was Michael Kavanagh on 69, who has also been putting in some good rounds in recent weeks.
C grade was taken out by Dean Kercher with a nett score of 69, one ahead of runner-up Matty Bower on 70.
The ladies winner on the day was Lynne Muller who carded 75 nett, four ahead of runner-up Bernice Petersen on 79.
The men’s rundown comprised Perri Simpson on 69, Greg Walker 71, Rob Smith and Steve Knight on 72, with Mick Leo and Simon Dobbins coming in with 73 each.
The ladies rundown was Jenny Hounsell winning on count back from Elspeth Scotford, both on 81 nett.
Nearest-the-pins went to Gavin Milne on 2, Matt Goldman (mens) and Anne Gardel (ladies) on 9, Mick Leo on 13, and Larry Muller on 16.
Club president Ross Meade knew when to bring out the big guns in the twice jackpotted two shot club.
He scored a birdie on hole 13 to take home a great prize pool of $139.20 as the sole winner.
Club captain Greg Walker has upped the ante for Thursday players with a great new competition format, which will see the field broken down into a low handicappers section (0-18) and a high handicappers field (19+).
This doubles the prize money and gives the lower handicappers a much better chance of winning their section of the competition, compared to previously when it was normally a high handicapper who was having a good day who took out the money.
Also, the local handicap system for the 9-hole competition has been discarded and players now compete using half of their GolfLinks handicap, which evens the field down to the winner being the best player on the day over this section of the competi- tion. Low handicap section winner over 18-holes last Thursday’s stroke comp was Dave Rumble who came in with a nett score of 72, ahead of runner-up Michael Ward on 74.
This section’s rundown comprised John Roser on 75, Bill Woods, John Grosskreutz and Greg Walker on 76, with Steve New winning on count back from one other with 77.
The high handicap comp was taken out by Nick Apruzzese with a fine 69 nett, one ahead of runner-up Russell Reardon who won on count back from Ron Little, both with 70 nett.
The rest of the rundown included Tom Fleming and Jim Dowell on 72, Les Bradford 73, and Mick Dibben winning on count back from one other with 76.
The 9-hole comp was won by Nick Apruzzese with 31½, ahead of runner-up Russell Reardon on 33.
In the rundown were Gary Flannery with 33½, Jim Dowell 34, Ron Little 35, Tom Fleming 35½, and John Roser winning on count back from one other with 36.
Nearest-the-pins went to Rob Raiteri on hole 2, Kevin Duffy on 9, Tom Fleming on 13, and Steve New on hole 16.
Saturday players will be competing in a stableford aggregate event, when two partners’ scores are added together for the final outcome.
Thursday players will be fighting it out in a stableford event over both the nine and 18-holes in two sections of low and high handicappers for the main event.
Tee times are available to suit individual players from 6.30am onwards, but please book with the pro shop to ensure smooth play.
On Sunday, the Dawnies were lucky enough to play the monthly mug on the back nine.
The event ended with a three way tie for first place on 39 net between Mick Burrows, Lisa Schuring and Chris Henderson.
Special congratulations must go to Burrows with a great 39/39.
Nearest-the-pins on number 13 was Larry Muller and on 16 Tom Fleming, snake putter was John Anderson courtesy of Beryl Nosworthy.
Thr least number of putts went to George Stevenson and Bradman after a very adventurous round was Mark Mulley with 72/62.
Next week will be the front nine subject to the weather conditions.