Strong fields of golfers en­joy Easter

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT REELIN’ IN -


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.

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