Golf’s 900 entries from 60 clubs

May 23, 2018

Mixed Pinehurst winners included, front row, B Grade Lake Course Sally Kissick, A Grade Lake Course Dale Crothers, and A Grade Murray Course Ruth Mackie and Peter Warner, who are pictured with men’s captain Darrell Lynch and ladies captain Julie Kirchen.

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s five-day May Tournament last week from Monday to Friday attracted some 900 entries from 60 golf clubs from Victoria, NSW, SA, Tasmania and Queensland.

The near 20% increase on last year’s entries delighted club management for this year’s 54th May Tournament.
Speaking at last Wednesday’s midweek dinner after the day’s Mixed Pinehurst event, YMGCR President Gil Cunningham said: “Some people here are stalwarts beyond your imagination.
“Graeme and Margaret Grant (from Trafalgar) have been coming here for 34 years, for the May and September Tournaments - that’s a fabulous effort.
“Their friend, Dave Fenn (from Colac) has been coming 24 years. He’s not playing golf now but loves this tournament so much he has come for the camaraderie, the atmosphere.”
The president acknowledged the trio’s support of the tournaments by presenting them each with a bottle of local region wine containing the YMGCR logo.
“I welcome the ‘newies’ to this tournament and the ‘oldies’. Thank you for your support. I also thank Evan Droop and his team in the Pro Shop, and Chris Burgess and his team for the excellent condition of our courses.”
Entertainment for the night was provided by local music band Rock ‘n’ Country ‘Xpress. Some of the 110 diners were up on the dance floor before the first song of this brilliant band had finished. By the third song, the dance floor was packed, well before presentations and the first of a delicious three-course meal was served.
Of the diners, director Peter Warner and partner Ruth Mackie went up on centre stage to accept the winners’ prize for A Grade on the Murray with a net score of 70. It was their second May Tournament victory.
The Pro Shop’s Dale Crothers and playing partner Wendy Hennessy won A Grade Lake Course  with a sizzling 66.125 nett score.
Still a YMGCR member, Sally Kissick received such a shock when announced as B Grade winner, with Murray Sells from Cerberus (74.625 nett), that she used the four letter word ‘damn’ followed by ‘good’.
All recipients of prizes spoke highly about the organisation of, and welcome to, the five-day tournament.  

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