Sean Robinson and John Whelan were the big winners of the 37th annual Brian McKee Golf Classic played on Sunday February 4, with scratch and nett scores of 82 and 67 respectively.
Sean’s twin brother Dylan registered the second best nett score of 86 while the irrepressible Vin Slattery shot 87 - after recently being on fire winning a YMGCR competition with 45 points then, as local fire brigade captain, attending two fires in Mulwala that evening.
But controversy followed after McKee Classic chief organiser number two, Daniel McKee, announced the team comprising Greg Stephenson, Moose Muir, Sam Austin and Merv Cussen registered the best average nett score (72) in the Eacott Family Award.
However, McKee junior then advised that under classic chief organiser number one - his late father Brian’s rule - no first-time player could win a trophy and that “no correspondence would be entered into”. Stepho’s son-in-law Sam was in that category.
Therefore the award for a score of 73 was presented to the team of Chris O’Neill, Cam Carling, Tye Primmer and Sean Robinson.
More controversy nearly followed when Aqua Flanagan was announced the longest drive winner. “These two blokes (former Mulwala resident now of Adelaide, Col Anderson, and his mate Bob Dalmeyer from Queensland) deserve to share it - they drove the furtherest!” ‘Casey’ Slattery suggested. Then Stepho’s name came up, having driven from Nowra. But Aqua rightly claimed the bottle of wine which, incidentally, was donated and presented by Casey.
In another big change, long-time cook apprentice and fine lawn bowler Smav Flanagan was replaced by Western Bulldog fan, Defa Hamson to assist top long-serving cook Redda Larkin at the barbecue controls.
“I’m disappointed Smav has chosen to play in a bowls final instead of helping me,” Redda said. “Unfortunately Defa’s knee has stopped him playing golf but he’s really stepped up to the mark.”
A field of 38 played Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s Lake Course and Tony Moylan proposed a toast to the late and great, Mulwala and district Citizen of the Year Brian McKee who left us, sadly, aged 60 years, in 2011.