Women’s comp beats rain
At last, the club was finally able to hold a women’s tournament in the form of the Mabel Vearing Silver Salver.
All week it was looking as though it would be rained out, but thankfully the weather held.
Thirty-six players tees off in windy, misty conditions playing a stableford round.
It was a close battle for the salver honours, with the number two Yea team of Karen Sangster, Di Elliot and Jan Wealands claiming the win with a combined score of 94 points, just one point ahead of Marysville.
Grade winners were A grade Marysville’s Gail Leigh won A-grade with 35 points, B-grade went to Nagambie’s Irene Keogh with 34 points in a countback from Euroa’s Robin Lied and Jillian Chandler of Marysville, and C grade went to Trentham golfer Helen Cashmore with 29 points.
Small teams went to the Marysville combination of Leigh, Chandler and Heather Jenkins with 102 points — pity that wasn’t their salver team! Leigh also collected the vets prize and Jenkins won the straightest drive — I believe it was right on the tape!
Only two of the four nearest-thepin prizes were claimed, with Kathy Keating (Trentham) and Adrianne Anglin (Yea) winning the 14th and 18th respectively.
A big thank you to all who have worked on the course. It held up extremely well and it was just a shame we didn’t have a nice sunny day to play.
Of course, thank you to our ladies for once again providing delicious cakes and slices for our visitors and to Kait Carracher for giving up her day off to help us out. Special mention to Marlene Hull, who toiled tirelessly all day, firstly helping with the “office duties”, then managing the kitchen, then back to help with the results — a job well done!
There were 13 brave junior golfers on Saturday morning, in what can only be described as Arctic conditions, for the first round of the junior six-hole club championships.
Lachy O'Brien has taken an early lead, shooting 31 and winning the day’s scratch event.
Ned Butler and Owen Smith were five shots back, with Butler beating Smith in a countback. Archie Butler is just one shot further back after the first round.
The handicap comp was won by Abby Eagles with an excellent 22 nett. Kevin Traynor came in second after capturing his first par and he won the Bank Street Wood Fired Pizza voucher. The ever-consistent Bob Taylor-White was third.
The juniors will be taking a couple of weeks off over the school holidays but will be back for the final three rounds of play after that.
Congratulations to Avenel’s junior golfers who competed in the primary school division golf tournament in Mooroopna last week. Of the 15 players who competed, 11 were from Avenel and five of the seven going to the regional event in Wangaratta are from Avenel.
As it is the AFL grand final this Saturday, no formal comp has been organised. However, if there is enough interest, the club will arrange something. Keep an eye on the Facebook page or the Messenger group.
A reminder to district clubs — despite all the recent rain, our course is holding up extremely well, so if you’re keen for a game, please don’t hesitate to come and join us. Saturday comps tee off between 11.30am and noon, or just call out and have a hit. Green fees are only $10.
Members are asked to note that the annual general meeting will be on Wednesday, October 12, and presentation night has been pencilled in for Saturday, October 22.
In the meantime, good golfing to everyone.
The continued periods of rain are making it difficult for golf at the moment, however the men’s Wednesday competition took advantage of a drier day, albeit on a wet course.
Despite the conditions and having to play the top nine twice, the scores were very good. The best score of the day was in B-grade, with John Mundy (14) scoring a fantastic 40 points to win.
Kayne Falconer (7) showed the best way to score well is to have an eagle on the first hole, which helped his good score of 39 points that won him A-grade.
Only the nearest-the-pin on the sixth was claimed and that went to Falconer. The ball pool went to Mundy, Falconer, John Boruch, Dave Pearce and Dave Hamilton with 34 points.
The Nagambie Golf Club's Goulburn Cup was postponed due to heavy ground conditions and poor weather forecast.
The cup has been rescheduled to be played on Sunday, October 23.
No golf was played with the course being closed until Wednesday, September 21.
Next week's golf will be a par event with L. Hall on office duty and T. Baldwin in the bar.