Smith shoots hole in one
Albertson and Thomas take out Saturday’s stableford
GOLF: Ben Smith lived every golfer’s dream on Saturday when he got a hole in one on the 16th while competing in a pairs stableford aggregate event.
It will now be up to the “rules Nazis” whether he is credited with his name on the honour board as the hole is currently shortened due to a tee upgrade.
A good field of 66 men and eight ladies competed in Saturday’s event.
A big win went to Brad Albertson and self-confessed “world’s worst golfer” Dave Thomas, who both carded 41 points for an aggregate 82 to take out the competition.
Runners-up were Mick Leo and Jon Kent (80), followed by Ross Richards and Jason Bartz (77).
In the rundown were Ken McCallum and Mark Richards (76), Jim Dowell and Troy Hayes, Dave Gates and Pascal Neunreuther (75), Mick Kavanagh and Troy Dobbins (74), Kelvin Stephens and Mick Kavanagh, Benn Ryan and Matt Goldman (73), Steve Knight and Andy Pearson, John Dodds and Michael Cragg (72), with Ben Pollard and Nick Watson bringing up the tail with 71.
Nearest the pins went to Vic Feldman (No.2), Kym Hill, Trish McNeill (9), Jim Dowell (13) and Ben Smith’s mighty hole-in-one on 16.
The two-shot club was shared six ways, with Jason Bartz, Kym Hill and Mick Leo all birdying No.9, while Theunis Venter, Ross Richards and Matt Goldman all sunk it in two on 16.
On Thursday, 50 players competed in a stroke event.
Vic Feldman took out the division one 18-hole event with nett 65, while Joe Taylor claimed the laurels in division two with 64.
Runner-up in division one was Barry Mortimer, losing on countback to Feldman, followed by Troy Hayes (67), John Grosskreutz, Bill Woods, Warren Deighton (69), Perri Simpson and Glen McKerley beating two others on countback with nett 70s.
Division two runner-up was Gary Flannery (65), ahead of Jim Dowell (67).
In the rundown were Bill Jesser and Les Bradford (70), with Russell Reardon, Ernie Holstein and Steve Mitchell beating out two others on countback with nett 71s.
The nine-hole competition went to Trevor Paroz, who beat Joe Taylor on countback, both with nett 30, ahead of Barry Mortimer (30.5), Gary Flannery (31), Reg Kercher (32), and Warren Deighton (32.5).
Nearest the pins went to Gary Flannery (No.2), Paul Joice (9), Peter Krause (13), and Les Bradford (16).
This Saturday will see the running of the Airlie Beach Hotel monthly medal for February.
Thursday players will be competing in a stableford event in two divisions over 18 holes, as well as a nine-hole competition.
SUNDAY saw 24 dawnies play the back nine in very hot conditions.
The winner was Paul Grace (48/37), with Jason Bourke (43) relegated to runner-up under rule 99.
Rule 99 states new players cannot win on their first game with the Dawn Busters.
Third placed was Ben Raymant with 45/38.
Nearest the pins went to Larry Muller (13) and Chris Henderson (16).
Maurie Moody won the snake putter contest, while Tony Sellwood won least number of putts with 11.
George Stevenson was the bradman and the lucky nett score ball was won by Barry Mount.
Next Sunday will be the monthly mug on the front nine.
WITH 23 players taking to the greens, John Grosskreutz scooped the nine hole competition with 31.
Runner up was Warren Deighton on count back from Dave Gates (32), ahead of Bill Woods (33), John Lord (34), Pascal Neunreuther (43) and Trevor Paroz (43).
Nearest the pins for the men was Pascal Neunreuther, while Mandy Patterson claimed the ladies.
In the 18 hole competition it was Mandy Patterson who took home the laurels with 67, ahead of John Lord (68).
In the run down were Bill Woods (69), John Grosskreutz (69), Dave Gates (71), Lez Bradford, Warren Deighton and Russell Reardon (72).
Nearest the pins went to Russell Reardon and Mandy Patterson.
The putting competition went to Bill Woods on 25 for the men, and Jan Shuwalow on 32 for the ladies.
Veteran players will hit the local greens again next Tuesday.
MORNING SHOT: Dean Kercher taking a swing at the Proserpine Golf Course on Saturday morning.