WHILE one Shorten may have lost out big time at the weekend, we had two Short’uns dominating Saturday’s Fitzgerald’s Farm Fresh Meats Stableford event.
On a perfect day for golf, scoring was surprisingly low with a quarter of the men’s field posting the magic number of 34 points while the man once dubbed “A nasty little five-footer” in Alan Hausler posted the day’s equal best score of 37 points to win B Grade by two shots from Alan Curnow with 35.
In A Grade, the only man in the club shorter than Haus, Mick Gallivan, recorded a one-shot win with 35 points while Daryl Harrison won a countback for runner-up from David Collins and they were two of the many players with the number 34 beside their name.
Julie Neale matched Haus’s round of 37 points to win the ladies comp and Bev Lyon was the runner-up with 35 points.
Ball winners on the day, all with 34 points, were Jenni Bauerle, David Collins, Paul Dickens, Craig Larcombe, John Neale, Tiger Livingston, Les Hall and John Burrows.
Kevin Bauerle (A Grade), Alan Curnow (B) and Jenni Bauerle took home the NTP balls on the 3rd while Dom Cerrone won the voucher on the 15th.
As always, we thank our weekly sponsor, this week being Fitzgerald’s Farm Fresh Meats, for its generous support.
Next week’s event is the Wally Shaw Memorial 4 Ball Aggregate stableford event. Being an Honour Board event it is one of the feature events on our calendar.
A reminder the Premier League kicks off soon so team owners need to get their playing lists to Club Captain John Burrows in the next week or so.
Saturday, May 25: (Assembly 11.30am). Wally Shaw Mem 4 Ball Aggregate. Duty: P Noble and G Armstrong.
Saturday, June 1: (Assembly 11.30am). Stroke/Medal. Duty: B Thorsen and P Downe
Tuesdays: Stableford: Assembly 11.30am
Valley View Ladies
JANICE Johnstone had a very successful couple of days at the recent Edna O’Brien tournament at Cobram, winning the B Grade Scratch event on day one and emerging as the overall nett winner in B Grade after the second day.
Other Valley View players who were noticed by the judges were Helen Emery who was the A grade nett runner-up on day one and Marilyn Ross who was the runner-up on a countback on day one in the C Grade Stableford event.
Wednesday, May 15 second round championships:
A Grade: Janice Johnstone 93-22-71
R/Up Leanne Busch 93-16-77
N/P Helen Emery
B Grade: Anne Hawking 101-29-72 C/B from Marlene Topp
R/Up Marlene Topp 101-29-72
N/P Anne Hawking
C Grade: Robyn Curnow 120-45-75
R/Up Gloria Pell 110-34-76
N/P Robyn Curnow
Those not playing in the championships be ready to hit off at 9am.
THERE was a fantastic turn-out for the Fitzsimmons Memorial three-person ambrose at Merrigum on Saturday and the weather didn’t let anyone down either.
It was a perfect autumn day and the recent rain has the course in as good a condition as it has been for a long time.
Not only did the extended Fitzsimmons family do a great job of organising the day, they also boosted the numbers considerably.
Despite the large number of visitors, it was the locals who dominated the day, with Tash Doherty, Cory Berghofer and Jeff Newham running out narrow winners with a score of 68-7.2-60.8.
Within their team they pretty much had all facets of the game covered: a ladies club champion, a very consistent A grade player and a player who has no trouble playing lower than his high teens handicap.
The runner-up team was Rhonda Eberle, Nicole Doherty and Ash Sanders with 77-15.8-61.2, so once again the Doherty clan has had a good day, and hopefully Ash had another towel among his prizes (Ash’s wife collects them and has no trouble finding a use for them) to add to his collection.
Ball competition winners were Bernie McGrath, Andrew Wood and Bill Johnson with 61.5 and Tim Balfour, Glenn Newton and D. Cornwell with 62.2.
Men’s and ladies nearest the pins respectively were: on six Tash Doherty and D. Burls, on 12 Tash Doherty and Bernie McGrath and on 14 Ina Hogeboom and Michael Mulcahy.
Tim Balfour won the winner-takes-all jackpot on the ninth and that would have been a very tidy sum given the size of the field.
Ladies and men’s novelty event winners respectively were: longest drives Tash Doherty and Jason Brun, straightest drives R. O’Brien and J. Gilbo.
The back-yard hacks were D. Papaioannou, D. Pilling and J. Sterk with 92.5.
Once again thank you to the Fitzsimmons family for organising what has been one of the big two golf days on Merrigum’s calendar and now unfortunately may have that title on their own. It was a great day.
The final round of the club championships will be played this Saturday with probably three players in the running for the big one: James Campbell, Ash Sanders and Simon Doherty, while in B grade captain Greg Hall appears to be best placed.
Good luck to everyone, it looks to be an exciting finish coming up.
A NEW Club Champion emerged at Parkland on Saturday in a capacity field of 80-plus players.
Eighteen-year-old Austin Baker finished with a total of 191 for the three best rounds just two shots clear of defending champion Peter Barrette.
There was some consolation for Peter as he won the 60 and Over Veterans Championship event by just two strokes from Tom McConchie with 193.
Austin deserved his victory as all his spare time has been put into practice after school.
The B Grade title was a back-to-back win for Mark Percy who finished with 210, just one stroke ahead of Barney McDonald. Roden Brady was a clear winner in C Grade with a total of 222 while Charlie Anderson was runner-up on 230.
The A Grade handicap went to Tom McConchie 165 after a countback from Jarred Baker who would be declared the junior winner as well.
The B Grade handicap went to Neville Thompson on 171 while Mal Williams was runner-up on 173 after a countback from Corey Pilcher.
Peter Tindale won the C Grade handicap with 170 while Kevin Jewell was runner-up on 173.
The 60 and Over Veterans Championship handicap event went to Roden Brady with 168. Wayne Ferguson was runner-up on 169.
The stroke event for Saturday’s game was supported by Drummond Golf with Marg Tucker winning the women’s A Grade with 70-18-52.
Marg also was the recipient of the Magic Goblet. Denise Hee was runner-up on 69-12-57. Third went to Heather Sleeth on 74-16-58 after a countback.
Kathy Fanning won B Grade with 76-21-55. Runner-up was Val Hanke on 84-29-55 after a countback from Jennie Todd 81-26-55 third.
Tom McConchie shot the best round of the day for the men carding 63-10-53 to win A Grade as well as the Privilege Cup. Runner-up was Wayne Ferguson on 64-9-55 with Bob Troy third with 65-7-58.
Mal Baker won B Grade with 70-15-55. Runner-up was Neville Thompson on 71-15-56 while John Bauerle was third with 72-16-56.
Peter Tindale won C Grade with 75-20-55. Runner-up was Roden Brady with 74-18-56. Third went to Tom McDonald on 87-30-57.
Ball winners were Geraldine Prendergast, Marg Flint, Di Day, Daphne Jewell, John Thompson, Trevor Price, Mark Percy, John MacFadyen, Billy Ryan, Tom Curnow, Max Jenkins, Brenton Sheppard, John Ellis and Mal Williams.
Nearest the pins went to Billy Ryan 1st, Rhonda Cox 9th and Trevor Price on the 18th.
The encouragement award went to Faye Roberts and Graeme Wikman.
The Clubhouse was abuzz after presentation of trophies, with members celebrating with championship winners and ‘could have beens’.
Luca Campanelli provided the highlight in Wednesday’s Mens’ stroke event. Luca carded an impressive 69-19-50 to be the C Grade winner.
Runner-up was Brett Childs with 75-23-52 with Geoff Forbes third on 76-23-53. Sam Attardi was the winner of A Grade on 62-8-54. Runner-up was Mark Percy with 69-13-56.
B Grade was won by John Thompson with 68-16-52. Runner-up was Neville Thompson on 70-15-55.
Ball winners were James Miller, Allan Williams, Merv Close, Peter Fraser, Tom McDonald, Glen Smith, Trevor Price and Norm Tucker.
Nearest the pins went to Neville Thompson 1st, Allan Williams on the 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher as well as the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher.
Mal Baker was nearest on the 18th for the Kyabram Main Street Butchery voucher. The encouragement award went to Bruce Walkeden.
BINGO: $1,300 is up for grabs tomorrow night in just only 59 calls at the weekly bingo at the Golf Club. Last week’s Big Bucks Bingo was worth $487.
Saturday: Mens and Ladies Stableford. 12pm-12:30pm. Shotgun. Captain v President. Bar: B.Elliott.
Tuesday: Ladies Stableford. 9:30am-10am. Devonshire Afternoon Tea. Duty: F.Glover, L.Fraser, D.Tonkin, N.Arnold, J.Todd.
Wednesday, May 29: Mens Chop Suey. 9:30 am-10am. Bar: J.Thompson. Kitchen: N.Tucker.
A SCRATCH score was played on Tuesday with 45 members enjoying the autumn sunshine.
Lana McInnes was the A Grade winner with 75. Denise Hee was runner-up with 77 on a countback.
B Grade winner was Di Day on 79 after a countback and Bev McLay runner-up on 79.
C Grade winner was Evelyn Cunningham (82) and Daphne Jewell runner-up (84).
Ball competition: Heather Gunstone and Rhonda Cox 77; Lyn Fraser and Faye Roberts 85; Bev Wickham and Geraldine Prendergast 89.
Nearest the pin: Heather Gunstone.
Best scratch score: Lana McInnes 75.
Wishing all the ladies good golf for the final round of championship.
A FIELD of 101 veteran golfers ventured to Rich River Golf Club at Moama on Monday, May 20 to contest on the East Course. There was a little sprinkle of rain at assembly and for the first few holes but the weather soon cleared and the temperature climbed to a pleasant 19 degrees.
John Keller, Hill Top, won A grade on countback from Jack Hepworth of Shepparton with 39 stableford points. John K performed here equally as well as in 2018, winning with 40 pts.
Neville Winch, Shepparton, 39 pts, won B grade comfortably from Will Mason, Mooroopna on 36 pts.
C grade winner, on countback with 36 pts, was Laurie Hughes, Deniliquin, from runner-up John Burrows, Valley View.
Nearest the pin was contested on the short 16th tee with Trevor Price, Parklands, successful in A grade; Geoff Partington, Numurkah in B grade, and Richard Maloney, Nathalia, in C grade.
Ball rundown included Stephen Piggott, Philip Jarvis, John Fanning, Pooch McHale, Graham Peat, Vin Edwards, Dennis Koik, Joel Watson, Bernard O’Hare, John Trimble, Darryl Sheridan, Laurie Stewart, Kevin Taylor, Cory Liefting, Peter Lahiff,, Gerald Pennefather, Len Adams, David Shiells, Allan Newby, Tony Ciavarella, Max Ryder, John Metcalf, Walter Tink, Max Dawber, Bill Waite, Tom Martin, Ian Clark (Kyabram), Ross Kirkham, Bill Holyman, Ian Scurrah, Bruce Whebell, Doug Barber.
Our next regular event will be at Merrigum Golf Club, on Monday, June 3, 9.30am assembly, 10am tee.