Medal players combat strong winds
PROSERPINE GOLF CLUB
SATURDAY’S Airlie Beach Hotel monthly medal saw a reduced field of just 45 men compete in atrocious, blustery conditions – making for a difficult day’s golf.
C-grade’s Wayne Fitzgerald wasn’t fazed by the conditions, romping ahead of the field to take out the overall win with a fine nett of 68, three ahead of runner-up Scott Wardroper (71).
The A-grade medal was won by Darren Jones (72), who finished three strokes ahead of Rod Wecker (75).
Peter Stone bested the Bgrade group, winning on a countback from Shane Cooke (71). Just 10 ladies braved the conditions for their Green Energy Technologies Saturday competition, with Tessa Aitken saluting with a nett of 76.
Elspeth Scotford finished in second with 79.
The men’s rundown comprised Gary Scotford, Kevin Duffy, Pascal Neunreuther (72), Peter Krause, Wall Reintals (73), Michael Cragg, Jake Nurse and Theunis Venter (74).
Nearest-the-pins (NTP) went to Peter Stone (no. 2), Scott Wardroper and Elspeth Scotford (no. 9), Kevin Duffy (no. 13) and Elspeth again on 16.
The two-shot club was shared by Wayne Fitzgerald, who birdied 13, and Scott Wardroper who sunk his NTP on no. 9.
Meanwhile, players faced better conditions last Thursday, when 46 competitors turned out for a Versus Par event over both nine and 18 holes.
Winner of the division 1 18hole competition was John Grosskreutz (+3), who finished just one ahead of Greg Walker (+2).
The division 1 rundown comprised Bill Woods, Michael Cragg (+1), Mark Bell, Gavin Kerwand and Paul Joice (even).
Division 2 saw Rob Wilson clean up, carding +3 to edge out Gary Flannery (+2), with the rundown including Tom Fleming (+1), Barrie MacKenzie, Peter Lewis (even), Jim Dowell and Mark Dibben (-1).
The nine-hole competition went to Gary Flannery with a fine +3, winning on a countback from John Grosskreutz, Greg Walker, Kerry Hall, Peter Krause (+3), Gavin Kerwand and Tom Fleming (+2).
Nearest-the-pins were claimed by Rob Stanley (no. 2), John Roser (no. 9), Scott Wardroper (no. 13) and Peter Stone (no. 16).
This Saturday the Proserpine Junior Open will be held, which means the course will be closed to members play until 12.30pm, when a shotgun start will see players compete in a four-ball aggregate stableford event over 18-holes.
Today players will contest a stroke event in two divisions over both nine and 18-holes.
Last Sunday the Dawnies played the front nine at the Proserpine Golf Club led by Paul Grace, who carded the winning score of 53/49.
Alan Ford was runner-up (50/49), followed by Bob Slater (55/50).
Nearest-the-pins went to Mick Burrows (no. 2) and Lisa Schuring (no. 9) while Larry Muller had the least number of putts (14).
Jim Evans was the bradman for the day.
This Sunday the Dawnies will play the back nine.
Tessa Aitken claimed the ladies McNeill Building Monthly Medal last Wednesday, finishing four strokes ahead of Jacqui Wall with a nett of 69.
Jacqui Wall (73), Penny Wardroper and Bernice Petersen (74) comprised the ball rundown.
Bernice Petersen and Kath Borer claimed nearest-the-pin titles for the day, with their respective efforts on holes one and 11.
Chip-ins went to Viv Demartini (13), Kath Borer (12), Tessa Aitken and Marlene Gray (5).
In other news from ladies golf, Sheree Hasson has won the Proserpine Ladies Open for 2014.
Eighty-five players from across North Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria contested last week’s event, but it was Mackay’s Sheree Hasson who was crowned victorious following a round of 77.
Frances Lacey (Mooranbah) claimed the B1 grade with a score of 92, while Del Henderson (Collinsville) and Judy Visitin (Hydeaway Bay) won the B2 and C grades respectively.
Of the local contingent, Mandy Patterson (72) and Caroline Awdry were the nett runner-ups in the A-grade field, while Anna Winterbourne claimed the same title in B1.
Wendy Bradley (75) claimed the nett win in the B2 grade, while Elspeth Scotford (76) was runner-up.
Jacqui Wall claimed a nearest-the-pin (no. 6) and Jenny Hounsell won the longest drive in A-grade.
Toni Clauss (29 putts) and Tessa Aitken (31) finished with the least putts for their respective divisions.
On August 20 the ladies will contest an 18-stroke with least putts game and a nine secret eclectic before returning to the course on August 27 for a ladies versus par.
WINNERS: A-grade Airlie Beach Hotel Monthly Medal winner, Darren Jones (left) and B-grade runner-up Shane Cooke (right) are congratulated by club captain Greg Walker after Saturday’s win.
LADIES CHAMP: Mackay's Sheree Hasson claimed the Ladies Proserpine Open last week. Here she is pictured with sponsor Trish McNeill.