Great field for monthly medal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


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.

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