Kyabram Free Press

Valley View

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After two weeks of lockdown our golfers struggled to shake off some COVID-19 lockdown cobwebs in the weekend’s stableford event sponsored by Drummond Golf.

Admittedly, despite the surprising­ly fine day, the course would have been rated as heavy at best if it was a racetrack with only Tom Kerr playing to his handicap on the day.

Tom is the club’s form golfer at the moment and he finished with 36 points off a handicap of 10 to take out A grade by four shots from Mick Gallivan with 32.

In B grade Tim Nelson, hospitalis­ed midweek with a mystery ailment, was sufficient­ly recovered by Saturday to win with 35 points with Alan Curnow the runner-up in the distance with 27 points.

Helen Emery won the ladies’ event with 30 points from Jan Mchale with 28.

Balls in the ball comp went to Pooch Mchale with 31 points, Alan Hausler (31), David Collins (31), Kevin Bauerle (30), Rod Breen (29), Paul Kuiper (29) and Bud Thorsen (also with 29).

Not one player in the field could find the 3rd green from the tee leaving the NTP balls on that hole with the club while Clare Kerr played an excellent tee shot to the 15th hole to win the voucher. The subsequent par also netted her four stableford points if you don’t mind.

A big thanks to Lincoln Ferarri and the team at Drummond Golf Shepparton for the generous sponsorshi­p of this week’s event.

Just an update on the pennant season. With play suspended for the last two weeks due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the GVDGA awarded the pennant flags to the teams occupying the top spots after four rounds and while I don’t have the details of which teams were successful, I can confirm that the two Valley View teams missed out.

A big thanks from the club to Miles and David (as captains) and the players that took the time to make themselves available to represent the club.

Finally, a cheerio to former member and club sponsor Craig Richardson who is resting up after successful heart surgery recently.

Parkland

Hopefully the state championsh­ip will get under way this weekend.

More than 140 players are taking their place for the 36-hole event held on Saturday

and Sunday.

Saturday’s golf was stableford with 70 plus in the field. Marilyn Ross was the winner of the women’s section carding 35 points.

B grade went to Helen Caldwell on 32 points while Jackie Pearce claimed C grade with 31 points. Ray Coleman won the men’s A grade with 38 points.

Runner-up was Ray Falla on 36 points after a countback from James Campbell.

David Blake finished with 38 points to win B grade after a countback from Mal Williams while third went to Max Jenkins on 34 points.

Vin Hourigan won C grade with 37 points while Greg Ryan was second on 34 points after a countback.

Ball winners were Heather Sleeth, Lyn Fraser, Mary Elliott, Tom Mcconchie, Aaron Baker, John Ellis, Joshua Cartwright, Tim Hood, Mark Ciavarella, David Cartwright, Peter Barrette and Trevor Price.

Nearest the pins went to Heather Sleeth on the 9th, Peter Barrette on the 13th while Howard Teasdale on the 1st. Encouragem­ent awards went to Peter Clark and Joy Debney. Vaughan Moss was the lucky card winner.

Ray Falla played top golf to win the men’s A grade on Wednesday carding 64-9-55 that was after a countback from Daryl Harrison on 67-12-55.

B grade went to Mark Percy with 69-17-52. Runner-up was Greg Woods on 69-15-54 while third went to Howard Teasdale with 71-17-54.

Fred Roberts won C grade with 79-18-61. Murray Maxwell was runner-up on 80-18-62.

Ball winners were David Kuiper, Peter Barrette, Mal Williams, Steve Piggott and Mick Sullivan. Nearest the pins went to David Kuiper 1st, Ray Falla on the 9th and 18th winning vouchers from Kyabram Main Street Butchery and Ky Pizza and Pasta while Peter Fraser on the 15th for the voucher from Clive Coventry Funerals. The encouragem­ent award went to Harry Wayland.

BINGO: The jackpot this week will be worth $ 700 in 53 calls while the big bucks bingo last week was $301.

“Golfer of the Year”: The leaders for the women are Lynne Mclean with 58, followed by Naomi Cartwright 54, Pauline Laidlaw 54, Nola Arnold 44. The men`s leader is John Ellis 46, Les Mitchell 44, Peter Barrette 40 then Greg Woods 38.

Coming events:

Saturday and Sunday: Victorian Men`s and Women`s Par 3 Championsh­ip.

Tuesday: Women`s Stroke. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. A, B and C grades. Best Scratch Score. Eclectic No 5. Duty: K. Fanning, B. Wickham, V. Hanke, L. Alchin.

Wednesday, August 11: Men's Four Ball Best Ball v par. 9.30am-10am.

Merrigum

Conditions were heavy for Merrigum golfers after the recent rain prevented the course from being mown and with there being little run for the same reason.

After another two weeks of lockdown, fortuitous­ly including two of the most miserable Saturdays of the year weather-wise, golfers were keen to get out and enjoy their freedom on what turned out to be the warmest day in some time.

The event was stroke with the Privilege Cup on the line and it was also the fourth round of the eclectic.

Three players recorded the best score of the day, with Cory Berghofer winning A grade with a round of 83-11-72. He didn’t have it all his own way however, as he had to survive a countback with club champion Ash Sanders who scored 82-10-72 but played his best golf on the front nine.

Cory has obviously got his new clubs sorted and played some solid golf to come up with his win.

In B grade, Tom Ladhams was the clear winner with a score of 95-23-72.

As a relatively new member to the club, Tom is sure to have plenty of good golf ahead of him as he acclimatis­es to the course and its idiosyncra­sies such as the narrow tee-offs and small greens.

Ball competitio­n winners were Ash Sanders, Bill Bray and Simon Doherty, the latter two with 75 nett.

Nearest the pins were won by Cory Berghofer on the ninth, Andrew Wood on the jackpot 12th and Bill Bray on the 14th. After a protest was upheld Simon Doherty was the winner of the chook shed challenge with nine points.

This Saturday’s event is the captain’s favourite, string golf. That essentiall­y is a stroke round with a piece of string as your handicap instead of your usual strokes, so some judicious use of the string is needed to come up with a winning score.

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