Strong fields of golfers enjoy Easter
GOLFERS contested the Hotel Metropole Stableford at the weekend with numbers only mildly affected by the Easter holidays.
A total of 55 players turned out in ideal playing conditions. With the back nine still recovering from the recent rains courtesy of Cyclone Ita, players had to compete over the front nine twice.
Airlie Beach Hotel owner Mark Bell will get a chance to try the dining facilities at his Proserpine competitor, the Metropole, coming away victorious with 41-points. Just one point behind Bell – rewarded with a food voucher for his efforts- was runner-up Jim Dowell, who came in with 40 points on a countback from Trevor Nosworthy.
The rest of the rundown comprised of Lance Lloyd and Matt Bluck on 39-points each followed by Shaun Thorpe, Scott Wardroper, Michael Cragg, Jake Nurse (38), Mick Bur- rows, Mick Dibben (37), Gary Scotford and Matt Bower (36).
The ladies comp was won by Trish McNeill who edged out Tina Badenhorst on countback.
McNeill and Badenhorst finished on 33-points, marginally ahead of Meg Lyons with 32.
Nearest to the pins went to Ross McNeill on No.2, Trevor Nosworthy for the men on the 9th, and Anna Winterbourn for the ladies.
Nosworthy, who birdied No.9, also won the two shot club.
Earlier in the week, a somewhat reduced field of 45 players fought out a stableford event in two divisions over 18-holes, plus a 9-hole competition on Thursday.
Michael Ward was victorious in division one (0-18 handicap), finishing with a score of 39 – just one ahead of the in-form Mark Bell (38).
The rundown comprised of Wayne Temby and Bill Woods on 37, followed by Trevor Nosworthy, Ken Muller and Shane Cooke on 36.
Steve Thorn took out the division two title with 37 points, one ahead of runner-up Russell Reardon - who snuck in on countback from four other players also tied on 36-points.
Joe Taylor, Peter Krause, Dave Rumble and Dave Gates couldn’t be split with their respective rounds of 36, with Mick Caton closing out the rundown from one other on countback with a score of 35.
Meanwhile the 9-hole competition was won by Barry Mortimer (22points).
Mortimer edged out Dave Rumble (21-points) for the prize.
Dave Gates and Mark Bell also finished with 21-points on the day, followed by Michael Ward, Bill Woods and Warren Deighton (20-points each). Nearest to the pins went to Warren Deighton on the second and Trevor Nosworthy on No. 9.
This week there will be a reduced field on Saturday with the club’s best B and C-grade players away at Pioneer Valley contesting the regional Pennants.
Those players remaining at home will compete in a Stableford event over 18-holes, as the back nine is expected to re-open this week.
Today’s players will compete in a Versus Par event in two divisions over 18-holes, as well as a 9-hole competition. Tee times are available from 6.30am on both days to suit individual player times, but please register with the pro shop to ensure smooth play.
Penny Wardroper made the most of surprisingly good conditions to win the ladies Single Stableford last Wednesday.
Ten ladies hit the course despite a battering of rain just days prior to play. Penny Wardroper finished with 27-points to marginally pip Jenny Hounsell’s round of 26.
Trish McNeill finished third on the day with 24-points following a countback from Tiina Randmae and Bernice Perterson. The chip ins for the day went to Jacqui Wall on the fifth and Beryl Miller for her efforts on No. 8.
Tiina Randmae also claimed the nearest to the pin for the 0 to 25 grade, with Trish McNeill (all grades) and Penny Wardroper (26 to 45 grade) collecting their respective divisions.
On Sunday Dawnies played the front nine, with Paul Grace triumphing thanks to a round of 58/43.
Vic Feldman was runner-up with 49/45 ahead of Beryl Nosworthy (62/ 46).
Nearest to the pins went to Don Schuring (second) and Chris Henderson (nine). The snake putter was Mark Conen, who also finished with the least amount of putts with 16.
The bradmans was won by Schuring with 62/58.