IT’S been a really strange few days news wise.
On Thursday it was reported that a University of Melbourne study had found that termite flatulence is responsible for one to three per cent of global methane emissions each year.
On Friday the ABC reported that Reggae Music had joined the likes of Czech Puppeteers and Mongolian Camel Coaxers on the UN Global Cultural Heritage List.
Now I know what you are thinking, as news goes it doesn’t get much more bizarre than that.
Wrong again Ripley because on Saturday we had the third leg of the trifecta with Peter Penguin Nelson winning his second monthly medal of the year.
The Penguin bettered his February medal win with the excellent round of 97-32-65 to claim the medal by three shots from A grade winner Peter Blackmore (84-16-60), B grade runner-up Les Hall (89-21-68) and Wally Tink who somehow managed to lose a count back to Hally with 99-31-68.
Lawrie Casey, playing in the morning, finished two shots back from that trio with 87-17-70 and picked up the A grade runners-up trophy.
Testimony to the consistency of Penguin’s round was that his card did not contain one par but did have 12 bogeys as he made smart use of his handicap. Playing partner Peter Noble told me that Penguin ‘‘kept his head down, slowed his swing and hit the ball straight all day’’.
Meanwhile, Helen Armstrong and Tracey Wade fought out the women’s event with Helen a oneshot winner with 94-24-70 from Tracey with 93-22-71.
Peter Blackmore, Wally Tink and Jenni Bauerle won the NTP ball on the third while Jan McHale won the voucher on the 15th with what I am told was an excellent tee shot.
Ball winners were Wally with his Nett 68, Paul Kuiper and Bev Lyon with Nett 72, David Collins (73), John Burrows (74) and Miles Gould (74).
Best gross score balls went to Miles Gould (82) and Hally in B grade.
Some other interesting escapades at the View this week starting on Tuesday when the club captain was convinced by his playing partners that he was indeed good enough to play his ball as it lay half way up the bank of the dam on the 12th. A handful of shots later as he picked up his ball without a point on the hole but a fair amount of the damp clay from the bank on his back, they conceded that perhaps he wasn’t that good after all!
In spite of all this Doug finished his round with an excellent score of 42 points but to no avail with Pooch McHale carving up the course with 46 points and the NTP ball. Geoff Strachan won a ball with 41 points.
Fast forward to the Par three third on Saturday and a nicely struck tee shot that just fails to hold the green before running off the back to a less than ideal lie. Consider a pitch shot left halfway up the bank. Picture a moderately more successful second effort leaving a very makeable four-foot putt back up the hill. Imagine a pulled putt that misses followed by an ill-conceived back handed putt that strikes the now highly excited player on the foot. Add a two-shot penalty and two more strokes of the putter before the ball eventually settles at its intended destination. If you can comprehend all of that you will have a fair wrap on Peter Nobby Noble’s week from hell.
Tuesday golfers please note from next week (Dec 11) you will move to a 9.30am assembly time.
Finally, some good news for members Paul and Renae Dickson with the arrival of Lachlan this week. Congratulations guys.
Next week: Saturday, December 8 (Assembly 8am and 11.30am). Stableford Rd 2 Summer Cup. Duty: A Hausler and J Neale. Tuesdays: Assembly 9am: Stableford.
MORE than 70 Wednesday golfers and past players were treated to a good old fashioned Christmas luncheon provided by the women’s catering committee. Highlight of the day was when John Thompson was announced as the Wednesday golfer of the year. John MacFadyen 67-15-52 won B grade while Bruce Walkeden finished with 68-16-52 for runner-up while Graeme Gordon showed some rare form to take third spot with 71-17-54. Paul Price won A grade with 61-8-53 after a countback from Wayne Ferguson 65-12-53 and Peter Fraser 63-10-53 in that position. Allan Richardson provided the round of the day with 69-19-50 in C grade. Noel Reddrop was runner-up with 71-19-52. Third went to Brian Clements with 76-23-53. There were a number of ball winners with Allan Williams, Laurie Coble, Mick Sullivan, David Kuiper, Harry Wayland, Vin Sleeth, Chris and Peter Tindale, Nev Thompson, Max Jenkins, Norm Tucker, Geoff Forbes, Geoff Coad and Tony Lasini. Nearest the pins went to Paul Price, David Kuiper ninth for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Tom Hogarty on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher. Geoff Coad was nearest on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher. The straightest drive on the second went to Fred Roberts. Second shot on the eighth Brett Childs, second shot 13th Sam Attardi, 11th Wayne Ferguson while Bruce Walkeden was on the third with a chip in.
The weather was warm but the golf was hot in Saturday’s stableford event. John Ellis carded a five under his handicap to win the men’s A grade. Not to be outdone Scott McLennan finished with 39 points for runner-up. B grade was a bit more sombre with John Thompson on a winning streak to claim victory with 35 points after a countback from Mick Sullivan. Lindsay Tatterson won C grade with 38 points with Tony Lasini runner-up on 37 points. Mary Trimby was the winner of the women’s A grade with 36 points. Heather Sleeth was runner-up on 32 points after a countback from Mary Elliott and Faye Glover. Barbara Duke won B grade with 37 points with Geraldine Prendergast runner-up on 35 points. Daphne Jewell featured in the ball rundown with Thelma WoottonJones, Val Hanke, Mary Elliott, Wayne Ferguson, Austin Baker, Harry Wayland, Vin Sleeth, Brian Clements, Geoff Forbes and Lindsay Wickham. Nearest the pins went to Doug Cox first, Mary Trimby ninth and Wayne Ferguson 18th. Wayne also collected a dozen balls courtesy of Chapel Corner Tyres being within one metre of the cup. Austin Baker also won a dozen balls courtesy Intersport Bennetts for a birdie on the 16th hole. The encouragement award went to Irene Paynter and Fred Roberts. Don’t forget we are on the early start of a Saturday through the Summer period.
ON THE SOCIAL SCENE: There will be a film night at the Plaza Theatre on Tuesday, December 11 featuring Bohemian Rhapsody. Starting time is 7.30pm. Members and guests wishing to attend can contact Faye Glover. Coming events: Saturday men’s and women’s stroke. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. Medal Round No 2. Duty: C Brisbane. Bar: T Price. Tuesday: Ladies Chapman Foursomes. Draw for partners. 8.30am-9am.
Christmas wind-up .Duty: K Fanning, S Reid, L McLean, J Pearce. Wednesday(12th): Mens Stableford.
9am-10am. Duty: D Cox. Bar: B Prendergast. Kitchen: Peter Price. Womens A Par Event was played on Tuesday. A grade winner Denise Hee three down on a countback from Mary Elliott three down. B grade winner Di Day plus one and runner-up Thelma WoottonJones, square. C grade winner Faye Roberts plus one.
Ball competition, M Leyden down one, Jan Gentle down two, Rhonda Cox down three, Heather Gunstone down three. Nearest the Pin Denise Hee.