Spring busy on golf course
It was a big week of golf ending with the final round of the championships and a presentation night on Saturday.
The competitions started, as usual, on Wednesday and the women played a par round.
Marg Bailey (20) seemed to be the only one in tune with the course, however, and she had plus three to win with the only positive score in the field.
Not surprisingly, the nine in extra competition was also won by Marg Bailey with plus five.
The ball pool went to Marg Bailey, Shirley Wright and Irene Davey with minus two.
In the men’s competition, Vinnie Hall (21) was also having a day out when he won with a massive 46 points.
The runner-up was Michael Papworth (18) with 42 points, which would normally be enough to win the day so he would have been pleased with that.
Nearest-the-pin went to John Hedley on the fourth, Graeme Drummond on the sixth, John Boruch on the 12th and Greg Pell on the 17th. A score of 37 points was needed for the ball pool.
The mixed nine holes was won by Don Gee (24) who had a solid score of 19 points; runner up was Phil Block with 18 points and Dawn Leece rounded out the ball pool with 17 points.
As that was the final round for the nine hole championship Don Gee was declared the champion having posted the best score of 19 points for the four rounds.
The Friday social nine holes was played on holes 10-18 and it was the second round of the Old Cobb Trophy.
Ian Stuart (21) had a good score of 22 points to win. The next best score was Bill Keating with 20 points.
As mentioned earlier it was the final round of the championships on Saturday and with no real outright leaders the day was set for some great tussles to claim the championship honours.
In the men’s championship race both Ian Richardson and Daniel Fleming had the best scratch score of the day of 76.
It became clear pretty quickly that the title was between these two and the lead between them changed several times during the 18 holes and neither really got more than one shot ahead.
Daniel Fleming was the eventual winner and is the 2018 men’s club champion with a total score for the four weeks of 314.
After 72 holes played, he was only ahead by one shot from Ian Richardson.
There was an A-grade champion title introduced this year for the best total net score for the four rounds and Ian Richardson won that with a score of 291.
The B and C-grade champions were also for the first time decided on the net rather the gross scores.
The B-grade champion was John Boruch with a total score of 289 with Graham Kiper the runner-up only three back on 292.
Jerry Bender added to his championship titles with his C-grade championship win for a total score of 293.
This was another narrow win with Kevin Summers only two further back on 295.
The men were also competing for the November monthly medal and the best score of the day went to Sandy Cresswell who had a terrific score of 83-16=67 to win B-grade on the day and the medal.
The A-grade winner was Mark Fountain with a great score of 78-10=68 and C-grade winner Bill Keating also had a great score of 91-23=68.
Nearest-the-pin on the fourth was Ian Richardson, the sixth went to Matt OSullivan, on the 12th Sandy Cresswell was the closest and the 17th was won by Graham Kiper.
The drive and pitch on the eighth was won by Matt O’Sullivan and on the 15th it was Paul Niebling. A score of net 71 was needed for the ball pool.
The women’s championships titles were also not won easily with both the winners having some tough competition trying to take their lead away.
In the race for the women’s 2018 club champion title, Glenda Woods held her nerve to post another steady score in the final round and win the title with a score of 264.
The runner-up was the defending champion Shirley Wright on 273.
Glenda was extremely pleased to finally hold the title of club champion after a 37-year membership.
The B-grade champion was Sharon Cresswell with a score of 286, remaining calm and steady while Di Stammers was pegging back shots after falling 10 behind.
In the end the lead was only six shots with Di Stammers’ final score 292.
The women also have a club trophy in each grade with goes to the total of the best two net scores during the championships.
The A-grade club trophy went to Di Byrne, who posted a good net score early which helped her overall score of 143.
Shirley Wright was the next best on 145.
The B-grade club trophy went to Di Stammers with a total score of net 146 while everyone else in that grade had net 148.
The daily results for the women had Di Stammers having the best score of the day winning B-grade with a fantastic 89-21=68.
The A-grade winner was Glenda Woods who showed no cracks when she scored 86-14=72.
The nearest-the-pin on the 17th was Pat Ferris and the balls went to Di Stammers, Dilva Grattan, Glenda Woods, Sharon Cresswell and Pat Ferris with net 73.
The champions were honoured that night at the presentation dinner along with a few achievements from members during the year.
There was a Life Member award for John Muscovich, who gave a great speech in accepting.
In John’s tenure as president the club was turned around and it is not exaggerating to say the hard work he did, and is continuing to do around the club, is a major reason why the course is in the best shape it has ever been and the club is currently thriving.
After a big week there is still more golf next week, on Friday the social nine holes is stableford on holes six to 16 and is stableford for the third round of the Old Cobb Trophy.
Saturday is stroke again for both men and women and the women will also be competing for the November monthly medal.
Not a lot of club golf to report on at the moment, but a few members have been getting out and about representing the club at various local tournaments.
Congratulations to Anne Burns and Lyn Carracher who travelled across the paddock to play in the Nagambie Tournament last Sunday.
They won the 4BBB Stableford event with 42 points, one ahead of local players Moz Fowler and Irene Keogh.
Lyn eagled the par 5, fourth hole and also had a chance to eagle to 14th but left her chip short. She also collected a prize for nearest-the-pin on the third. Well done Lyn and Anne.
We had a change of leadership within the club at our recent AGM.
Tim Batten retired from presidential duties after four years at the helm and we congratulate him for his efforts in that time. He has been a tireless worker for the club and we’re pleased he will stay on as a committee member.
Dale Smith has made a comeback as president and we thank him for choosing to nominate for the job (the vice president’s position has yet to be confirmed).
Joyce White steps back into the
secretary’s chair, while Alex Smith takes over as treasurer following David Grecian’s decision not to re-nominate for the position.
Jared Smith will take on the role of men’s captain and Lyn Carracher returns as ladies’ captain.
Committee members are all of the above plus Lance Carracher, David Grecian, Doug Heffey, Marlene Hull and Bill Eddy.
Thanks to all of these members for agreeing to take on these important roles within the club.
Finally, last call for the Melbourne Cup Calcutta, which is to be held at the club on November 5.
It is $80 per table, which will get you a horse and it’s up to you whether you choose to keep it or sell it.
We still have some tables available, but bookings are essential and can be made with Lance or Lyn Carracher on 5798 5268 or with David Fullager on 0439 845 842.
We will have a cold buffet dinner available from 6.30 pm and the Calcutta will begin at 7.30 pm.
Bill Shelton returns as our MC/ auctioneer/story teller and a fun and entertaining night is guaranteed, so get your bookings in as soon as possible.
In the par event the A-grade winner was Irene Keogh with square while B and C-grade winner was Jane Bow, also with square.
Nine hole winner was Jane Bow with +2 on a count back from Irene Keogh and Jenny Jeong.
The 18 hole balls went to Jane, Irene, and Jenny -2, on a count back from Annette Mills and nine hole balls went to Jane, Irene, and Jenny.
Nearest-the-pin on the 13th was Jo Goodacre.
Next week is the end of winter season. Lunch will be at the Top Pub with presentation of trophies.
Chicken Run results for October 25.
We had 21 players for a par event played on the back nine and
the winner was Ian Clint with +3. Nearest-the-pin was Lindsay Hall on 13th hole.
Next week will be stroke event to be played on the front nine.
The Nagambie annual tournament was a great success with good numbers of players supporting both the Friday individual stableford and Sunday’s four-ball best-ball.
The club much appreciated sponsorship from the Bendigo Community Bank for Friday’s event and The Royal Mail Hotel ‘Top Pub’ on Sunday.
The course was presented in good order due to the tireless efforts of volunteer ground staff and made for some enjoyable golf.
The winning scores for the Friday stableford were: women’s A-grade, first Jenny Jeong 35 points, second Julie Hannaford 34; B-grade first Sue Herbison 38 points, second Maureen King 35.
The men’s results: A-grade winner was Stephen Piggot with 38 points with Glen Evans runner-up on 36 and the best score on the day went to B-grade winner Terry Clonan 41 points beating John Humphries with 37.
The Sunday four-ball best-ball had a brilliant combined field of 74 players taking to the course inpleasant spring sunshine.
The women’s event was hotly contest with only two points separating seven pairs.
The winners were visiting Avenel pairing of Ann Burn and Lynn Carracher signing for 42 points with the Lynn producing an eagle on the fourth par 5 and also claiming nearest-the-pin on the third.
Runners-up were the ever competitive Moz Fowler and Irene Keogh with 41.
The men’s draw was also tightly contested with two pairs returning 44 points, but it was Peter Lawrence and Alan Anderson prevailing on count back to take the win.
This is Anderson’s second big four-ball win for the season and obviously a good prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
Runners-up were Jeremy Ezard and Shaun Spicer; Ezard did produce an eagle on the first but this was not enough to claim the win.
The nearest-the-pins for the women were L. Carracher third, K. Hepworth eighth, R. Richards 13th and L. Smith 16th.
For the men A. Pedder third, S. Brook 13th and D. Phelan on the 16th.
The result for the golf club raffle: first A. Labas, second J. Wilkinson; third S. Verge.
Many thanks to sponsors Bendigo Bank and The Royal Mail Hotel, as well as our volunteer caterers and ground staff.
And thanks to visiting golfers from the following clubs: Mooroopna, Tallygaroopna, Numurkah, Tatura, Euroa, Avenel, Rich River, Parklands, Box Hill, Mandalay, Bacchus Marsh, and Rushworth.
Next week’s golf will be a par event with D. Brown on office duty and J. Mills in the bar.
Seymour Golf Club champions:
Nagambie annual tournament: