Kyabram Free Press
With the existing restrictions of COVID-19 lockdown six lifted for regional Victoria midnight last Monday, nothing was going to stop the 37 ladies that rolled up the next day (Tuesday, August 10) to enjoy their golf once again.
The course was in tip-top condition and the weather was ideal for the competition to be played of a stroke/scratch event, including count your putts.
In A grade it was Heather Gunstone off a handicap of 12 who took out the winner's title, completing her day with a scratch score of 72 with Nola Arnold (16) coming in as runner-up on 75.
Sue Reid (24) had a good day out taking the honours in B grade with a scratch score of 76. Sue also ended up with the best nett score for the day so consequently was named the winner of round four of the silver spoon and now qualifies for that final.
Helen Caldwell (25) continues to show good consistency in her game to take the runners-up spot in B grade finishing her day with 80.
Jan Gentle (29) also put in a good performance to convincingly win C grade with a scratch score of 85, while visitor from Trentham in Jan Baczynski (31) was runner-up with 90.
Ball Competition winners were: A grade: Faye Glover 78, Heather Sleeth 79.
B Grade: Mary Elliott 83, Bev Mclay 86.
Nearest the pin winners were Kathy Bell on the first, with Heather Sleeth on the fourth.
Count your putts competition went to Heather Gunstone after a countback from Heather Sleeth, both having the least number of putts for the day of 28.
Jackie Pearce 91, Jan
A little bit of fog was a starting point for the early risers in Saturday’s four-ball supported by Intersport Bennett’s.
Once again, the pair of Trudie Plumb and Vanessa Laidlaw carded a massive 48 points to win the women’s section.
Runner-up was Marg Trucker and Pauline Laidlaw on 45 points while Bev Wickham and Faye Fankhauser were third with 43points. Fourth were Lorna Alchin and Barb Duke on 43 points.
Greg Ryan and Gavin Connally put together 44 points to claim victory for the men. Runner-up was John Hausler and Mal Williams with 41 points after a countback from John Thompson and Ed Mcquienn.
Fourth were Mick Sullivan and Geoff Ward with 40 points. Ball winners were Mary Elliott/helen Caldwell, Geraldine Prendergast/ Mary Trimby, Kathy Bell/bev Mclay, Rob Reid/mark Percy, Mark Mullins/mal Baker, Andrew Phillips/kevin Jewell, Peter Fraser/michael Turnbull, Paul and Mick Mcinnes.
Nearest the pins went to Dot Atkinson on the 9th, James Campbell on the 18th while Michael Turnbull collected the spoils on the 1st.
The encouragement awards went to Val Hanke/marg Flint and Barney Mcdonald/david Kuiper.
It was back in business after the COVID-19 lockdown with the men playing a best ball par event. It took a while to readjust as the scores indicated that most golfers struggled to regain their form.
A three-way countback on 5-up decided the winners and the rest. Geoff Coad and John Hausler were successful while Max Jenkins and Bob Troy finished second with president Fred Roberts and secretary Peter Fraser also in the mix for third.
It was only a one-shot difference for the next three pairs on 4-up for a ball. Those pairs were Scott Childs/howard Teasdale, Mal Williams/sam Attardi, and George Saynor/barry Weaver. Nearest the pins went to Harry Wayland a on the 1st and 9th for the voucher from Ky Pizza and Pasta.
Bob Troy collected on the Clive Coventry Funerals 15th while Ed Mcquienn on the 18th for the voucher from Kyabram Main Street Butchery. The encouragement ward went to Greg Woods and Stuart Laidlaw.
Ten players have entered in the “The Goulburn Murray Golf Association - Spring Showdown” event between September and October.
Bingo: This week $800 in 54 calls.big Bucks Bingo last week was $386.
Saturday: Mixed four-ball best ball stableford championship and singles’ stableford from 9am to 9.30am and noon-12.30pm.
Tuesday: Women’s two-person Ambrose. Draw for partners. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun duty: G. Prendergast, K. Risstrom, S. Reid, N. Arnold, H. Gunstone.
Wednesday: Men’s Chop Suey from 9.30am-10am.
Valley View ladies
Tracey Wade was a clear-cut winner in A grade with her 30 points, five shots ahead of Jenni Bauerle who emerged as the runner-up in a countback from Sharon Harrison.
In B grade there was a four-way countback, with all players on 30 points. Anne Churches took home the main voucher, and Jan Mchale ended up happily than either Janice Johnstone or Bev Lyon.
In C grade our two new golfers battled through another countback, with Clare Kerr and Vonnie Morris both on 28. Clare finished with a bigger smile than Vonnie.
There was only one NTP so well done to Robyn Curnow.
We are looking forward to hosting our Jewellery Day, which is generously sponsored by Jan Rye at Showcase Jewellers.
It’s a 4BBB Stroke, on Tuesday August 24, with a 9.30am assembly for 10am hit-off. Players from around the district are encouraged to join us.
Valley View men
Mick Gallivan and Gavon Armstrong hit the ground running as our golfers emerged from our latest COVID-19 lockdown for Saturday’s medal round.
Both players carded nett rounds of 73 as they went to a count back to find our August monthly medallist.
Playing off a handicap of 13, Mick had a blistering front nine of 39 off the stick on the way to a round of 86-13-73 which would ultimately be good enough to win A grade.
Unfortunately, his back nine of 47 would come back to haunt him in the countback with Gavon’s front nine back nine split of 45-48 taking him to his first monthly medal shirt since July 2013 with round 93-20-73.
Lawrie Casey found himself in familiar territory as the A grade runner-up with a round of 84-9-75 while Graeme Harrison was the B grade runner-up with 91-17-74 and he also took home the B grade best gross score ball.
Meanwhile, the ladies did their own thing playing a stableford round which was won by Judy Greer with 33 points from Helen Emery who won the runners-up trophy with 32 points in a countback from Helen Armstrong.
Ball comp winners for the men were Gordon Mackay with nett 74, Kevin Bauerle, Miles Gould, Paul Dickens, Craig Larcombe (all nett 76) and Bud Thorsen with nett 77.
Miles won the best gross score ball for his round of 80 off the stick, Alan Hausler won the B grade NTP ball on the 3rd (the only player to find the 3rd green all day) while Ash Kuiper took home the voucher on the 15th.
A good turnout on Tuesday meant there were two grades in play with Daryl Harrison taking out A grade with 34 points from Peter Noble with 31.
Harro won B grade with 35 points from Alan Curnow who claimed the runners-up trophy with 33 points in a countback from Geoff Strachan.
Strachannie was joined as a ball comp winner by Kerry Kreeck with 32 and Ed Mcquienn with 30 while Paul Kuiper and Harro picked up NTP balls.
Just a little anecdote from Saturday’s round which features one of our members who doesn’t get out to play all that often and who got a bit confused with the course layout not once but twice firstly, going to the wrong tee to start his round.
Fortunately, a golf cart was seen scurrying from the 4th tee to his assigned tee (the 6th) at a great rate of knots in time for tee off.
Then later as he sized up his predicament, deep in the trees on the 18th hole, he was pleased to see an inviting though not generous gap to the red flag in the distance.
After making an excellent club selection and focusing all his attention on the said, flag he then executed a textbook recovery shot from his troubled lie that incredibly left his ball within a metre or two of the intended target. Plumb position you might say!
With that, our intrepid friend was back in his cart, chest puffed out and putter at the ready as he sped towards the green focusing now on what would be a triumphant par saving putt.
Alas, as he peered in the rear vision mirror, he could not understand why his playing partners were gathered together in a huddle on the 18th putting surface and showing absolutely zero interest in joining him on the practice green.
There was a fantastic turnout for the captain’s sponsored string golf at Merrigum on Saturday.
Captain Greg had excellent trophies for the event, and it turned out to a great afternoon for golf after a cold and foggy start to the day.
Plenty of visitors also came along to enjoy the novel event where a length of string takes the place of your handicap. For those unfamiliar with how string golf works, each player started with a metre of string for each shot of their handicap.
They can then use the string to move the ball anywhere on the course, whether that be to put the ball in the hole instead of putting it or moving it from behind a tree without incurring a shot.
The only catch is that you must cut off the length of string for the distance you move the ball and not use it again.
Ash Sanders was the comprehensive winner with 59. He had a great start and after five holes was three under par having used barely any of his string.
He finished eight shots ahead of his nearest rival after his sensible use of string that left him with 2cm after the last hole.
Cory Berghofer was the runnerup with 67 after taking a while to come to grips with how the game worked, however he was never going to come close to Ash’s score.
Andrew Wood was the second runner-up with 68 and was still among the great prizes provided by Greg. Ball competition winners were Bill Johnson, Simon Doherty, Bill Bray, Tony Borrelli, Craig Doherty, Dave Mcgrath, Larry Hockey and Bernie Mcgrath.
Nearest the pins were won by Larry Hockey on the sixth, Clint Prygoda on the ninth, Jason Wickham with a very close shot on the jackpot 12th and Bill Johnson on the 14th. Bill Bray won the chook shed challenge with 11 points.
The frayed knot winner was Gary Eden, who used his string and then tried to deduct his handicap as well. Such was Ash’s round Gary would still only have managed second place.
Thanks go to captain Greg Hall for putting on an excellent day and dipping into his own pocket to provide the great prizes. It was a top day for the club.
This coming Saturday is round two of the tree-ball challenge so get your partners from the first round and enjoy the novelty cross-country course.