Jay Ar Martin and other major winners
It was a standing ovation for Jay Ar Martin as he strode up to centre stage to receive his club-equalling record, 10-time A Grade club champion trophy last Sunday night.
Back in June, Martin pipped the Pro Shop’s Dale Crothers by one shot to join Gary Page as Yarrawonga Mulwala Club Resort Club Champion.
In announcing the 34-year-old as club champion, men’s captain Darrell Lynch said he had the pleasure of watching Jay Ar “who played some of the best golf I’ve ever seen”.
“He’s put in years of practice, starting with ‘Macca’ (Alex MacKenzie) and has continued to work on his game.”
In response, the greenkeeper from Wangaratta Golf Club praised the Yarrawonga Mul- YMGCR Ladies 18 Hole Golf Winner: Mary Hockley and Judy Kruger: 8up c/b. Runner-up: Helen Slattery and Wendy Woodburn: 8up c/b.
Final of the Summer Cup was played. Congratulations to Kathy Overington and Carol Tyler who won on the 18th after a very close match against Anna Castles and Sandra Bozzola.
Exciting for Carol who hasn’t been in this situation before. She was ably supported by Kathy O with sound advice, “just hit straight down the middle”. Winner: Jean Rapkins: 41pts, Runner-up: Marilyn Spragg: 39pts c/b. NTP: Robyn Moore. Congratulations to Glenys and Jean, Maree and Marg, Dot and Irene and the rest of the 4BBB Summer Matchplay team on winning all three wala’s “committee, pro shop, groundstaff and the club”.
“Everybody in the club has played their own part. It’s fantastic out here,” he said. “I worked here for ten years. The whole nature of the course is just immaculate.”
Jay Ar slammed the very few who may choose to be critical. “Everyone should be happy,” he said, much to the applause of the 124 in attendance at last Sunday’s Christmas/ Presentation night.
“As a greenskeeper, it’s very hard to please everyone but every time I’ve played here, everyone’s so happy with this course.
“To my family, you’ve supported me so well, my wife especially.”
Club resort president Gil Cunningham welcomed and wished everyone a merry Christmas. “It’s great to see so many here tonight. This is one of our better crowds,” he told attendees. matches of the final, played on November 30 against Wangaratta at Corowa.
Legacy Golf Day: Sunday, December 9 - Ladies 4BBB and Men 4BBB. Great prizes for winners, runner-up, NTP. Raffle: accommodation packages. $2 per ticket or 10 for $10. Come and support Legacy.
New rules info afternoon Wednesday, December 12 at 2pm. G Stevens from Golf Vic will explain changes to rules and will answer any queries. YMGCR Ladies 9 Hole Golf A Grade Winner: Sue Curran: 20 pts. Runner-up: Pauline McKee: 19 pts c/b.
B Grade Winner: Wendy Woodburn: 17pts c/b. Runner-up: Jen Sonneman: 17pts c/b.
C Grade winner: Janelle Zampin: 20 pts c/b. Runner up: Marg Irvine: 20 pts c/b.
NTP: Jenny Gonera
The men’s captain, together with vice-captain Peter Warner, presented the year’s major trophies. One of the more popular adult winners was 68-year-old retired butcher Ken Jenson who took home the prizes for C Grade champion and handicap champion, as well as veteran handicap.
Overall, John Payne didn’t have too many shots on the golf course when he was announced B Grade handicap runner-up and super vet handicap winner.
But as the 72-year-old walked up for a third time, to receive the super vet champion prize, some of his ‘fans’ had shots at him about his age. Well! With a grin on his face, however, the tall JP, with microphone in hand, took it all in his stride and let people know he’ll be around playing for years yet to enjoy the exciting playing futures of talented juniors including Baxter Droop, Oliver Ridley and Ben Casely.
A Grade winner: Olive Ryan: 30 nett. Runner-up: Chris Barry: 31 nett.
B Grade winner: Marj Benbow 32 nett. Runnerup: Mary Mansfield : 33nett.
C Grade winner: Janelle Zampin: 30nett. Runner Up: Wendy Nunn: 32nett c/b.
NTP: Mary Mansfield. YMGCR Men’s Golf MURRAY – D Roome 39, T Perus 39, B NcCallum 40. Balls to 33. NTP R Watson. LAKE – J Michael 41, C Wenman 39, M Elliott 40. Balls to 32.
MURRAY – A K Jensen 42, B. D Retallick 38, C. R Stapleton 38. Balls to 33. NTP G Hicks. LAKE – J Hughes 41, B. J Futcher 43, J Burrows 38. Balls to 31. NTP J Hogan.
Fifteen year old Baxter was named 2018 Junior Champion Club and received the Alex MacKenzie Trophy from ‘Macca’ himself. It gave the 90-year-old club life member great pleasure in presenting the trophy to Baxter, whose outstanding family he praised.
“I thank everyone – Mum and Dad (Rochelle and Evan), the Pro Shop – everyone I’ve played with over the last four years since I got my handicap,” the now two-handicapper Baxter said.
Baxter partnered his grandmother (‘Mama’ Karen Droop) to finish runners-up in the Mixed Foursomes. The 13-time lady club champion issued a warning to Baxter’s highly talented brother, Frazer, regarding Baxter. “Watch out Frazer – he’s coming.”
It was an excellent two-course dinner Sunday night and diners loved taking to the dance floor to the well-received music of Maurice Milani.
MURRAY – L Quinlivian 70, J Jones 70. Balls to 77. NTP P Tregenza. LAKE – J Brewer 67, M Dwyer 71. Balls to 78. NTP S Campion.
D Brodie and S Allen 70.375. NTP Sue Dawes Hole in One. R Kruger. Balls to m 76.125.
YMGCR Mens 9 Hole Golf Tuesday November 27 – 4BBB Stableford, 60 players.
Blue – Winners J Fairbairn/S Clarke 25 pts, runners up - I Barton/G Perkins 24 pts C/B.
Red – Winners R Rodda/M Fraser 23 pts, runners up – D Holdsworth/T Latta. Thursday November 29 – Stableford, 73 players. Blue – Winner Graeme Eberle (15) 22 pts C/B, runner up Noel Millar (12) 22 pts.
NTPs 4th Graeme Eberle, 8th John Haigh. Red – Winner Graeme Lavis (14) 22 pts, runner up Michael Hope (10) 19 pts.
NTPs 2nd John Taylor, 7th Maurie Harwood.
Now equal club champion record holder, 2018 A Grade Club Champion Jay Ar Martin is pictured with his greatest supporters, wife Joy, and sons Kerth (right) and Dhynver.
B Grade champion Oliver Ridley (centre) with D Grade’s Darren McCormick (left) and Ken Jenson, C Grade champion.
Junior Champion was Baxter Droop who received the Alex MacKenzie Trophy from the man himself. Also pictured was Baxter’s grandmother, record 13-time lady club champion Karen Droop.
John Payne (left) collected the Super Vet Handicap and Champion titles and finished runner-up in B Grade. He is pictured with Chris Rowlands who won what men’s captain Darrell Lynch described as the most significant trophy – the Captain’s Trophy.
From left, Winter Cup winners Phil Smith and Fraser Knowles; Ken Jensen and Vin Slattery beat everyone for the Summer Cup.