McKee Clas­sic con­tro­versy

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

Sean Robin­son and John Whe­lan were the big win­ners of the 37th an­nual Brian McKee Golf Clas­sic played on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 4, with scratch and nett scores of 82 and 67 re­spec­tively.

Sean’s twin brother Dy­lan reg­is­tered the sec­ond best nett score of 86 while the ir­re­press­ible Vin Slat­tery shot 87 - af­ter re­cently be­ing on fire win­ning a YMGCR com­pe­ti­tion with 45 points then, as lo­cal fire bri­gade cap­tain, at­tend­ing two fires in Mul­wala that evening.

But con­tro­versy fol­lowed af­ter McKee Clas­sic chief or­gan­iser num­ber two, Daniel McKee, an­nounced the team com­pris­ing Greg Stephen­son, Moose Muir, Sam Austin and Merv Cussen reg­is­tered the best av­er­age nett score (72) in the Ea­cott Fam­ily Award.

How­ever, McKee ju­nior then ad­vised that un­der clas­sic chief or­gan­iser num­ber one - his late fa­ther Brian’s rule - no first-time player could win a tro­phy and that “no cor­re­spon­dence would be en­tered into”. Stepho’s son-in­law Sam was in that cat­e­gory.

There­fore the award for a score of 73 was pre­sented to the team of Chris O’Neill, Cam Car­ling, Tye Prim­mer and Sean Robin­son.

More con­tro­versy nearly fol­lowed when Aqua Flana­gan was an­nounced the long­est drive win­ner. “These two blokes (for­mer Mul­wala res­i­dent now of Ade­laide, Col An­der­son, and his mate Bob Dalmeyer from Queens­land) de­serve to share it - they drove the fur­ther­est!” ‘Casey’ Slat­tery sug­gested. Then Stepho’s name came up, hav­ing driven from Nowra. But Aqua rightly claimed the bot­tle of wine which, in­ci­den­tally, was do­nated and pre­sented by Casey.

In an­other big change, long-time cook ap­pren­tice and fine lawn bowler Smav Flana­gan was re­placed by West­ern Bull­dog fan, Defa Ham­son to as­sist top long-serv­ing cook Redda Larkin at the bar­be­cue con­trols.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed Smav has cho­sen to play in a bowls fi­nal in­stead of help­ing me,” Redda said. “Un­for­tu­nately Defa’s knee has stopped him play­ing golf but he’s re­ally stepped up to the mark.”

A field of 38 played Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort’s Lake Course and Tony Moy­lan pro­posed a toast to the late and great, Mul­wala and district Cit­i­zen of the Year Brian McKee who left us, sadly, aged 60 years, in 2011.

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