The Mens Club Championships will be held in October over 4 consecutive Saturdays. The format is stroke with the gross winner in each grade being hailed as champion. A nett winner will be awarded in each grade as well. Each competition day is a separate event so if you miss one day you can still win the daily event.
In A grade, club champion Steve Rippon is out injured awaiting further surgery. The question is will he defend his title or will a new champion step forward? Favourites at this stage appear to be Jarrod Gehrmann, Pete Munro, Pat Paris, Ray Orr, Scott Hainsworth, Tony Panacasio, Anthony Smith or last year’s runner up, Mark Cassel. If George Vlatko’s membership application passes through the board in time then he will have a good chance as well.
In B grade many players have a good chance and it would not surprise to see an outsider get up so close is the competition. Last year’s winner Andrew Ball will be favourite to retain his title but strong opposition will be coming from Tom Zimmermann, Tim Young, Chris Leckey, Daryl Campbell, Alan Jones, Col Booth, Andrew Attard, Paul Rodgers, Bernie McGlinchey, Tony McRae, Ron Chilby and Boyd Sylvester.
In C grade many players again have a good chance to take the trophy off Errol Stubbs. Terry Murphy, Bob Wright, Warwick Drew, Ron Hewson, Don Thompson and Lance Fredericks appear to have the best form at the moment and are all good chances to win.
In D grade Les Farkas is defending his title and starts as favourite. Opposition will be expected from John Corr, John Proctor, John Turner and Michael Sheridan.
Who will get their name on the wall of champions in the club rooms?
It should be a fabulous event, well worthy of its status as the club’s premier competition.
Ladies Foursomes Championship
A beautiful day greeted the competitors in the 27 hole Ladies Club Foursomes Championship held last Tuesday. The perfect weather was warmly accepted by the Ladies who responded with some excellent team golf.
After the 27 holes two teams were left tied on a score of 135. The teams of Margaret Cook and Judi O’Brien and that of Linda McGlinchey and Elizabeth Armstrong were left with the prospect of a playoff to decide the winners.
To the excitement of the large gallery present both teams teed off down the first with excellent drives. The pressure was intense and Margaret Cook was able to just clear the hazard and have her shot run up near the green. Liz then hit her shot and to her disappointment, just caught the bank falling back into the water. Linda had the next shot and the same fate awaited the ball. To their credit the next shots were good but Judi was able to hit onto the green and the team two-putted to take the title.
Judi and Margaret were crowned the champions for the third year running.
Jo Burke and Trish Orgill were crowned the nett winners with a fantastic score of 102 with runners up being Robyn Gregson and Cheryl Legge.
Due to the incredible dry spell we are having it has become necessary to introduce 15 cm preferred lies on all shortly mown sections of the course (ie fairways) to protect the course. If you wish to take advantage of this local rule then you must mark your ball before you move it not nearer the hole.
This week’s Results
A great week to play golf with a lot of run on the course, very inflating to the ego!
Saturday, 16th September 2017 – Single Stableford – Super Grade Day
Winner Brian Undersood 42 pts 2nd Geoff Reynolds 40 pts (c/b) 3rd Charlie Struck 40 pts, 4th Ian Martens 39 pts (c/b)
Best Gross Score George Vlatko 30pts
Ladies Winner Robyn Gregson 36 Pts, 2nd Cheryl Legge 33 Pts
Wednesday, 13th September 2017 – Stableford
A Grade Winner Pat Paris 35 Pts
B Grade Winner John Pringle 40 Pts, 2nd Place Geoff Reynolds 39 Pts
C Grade Winner Al Thomas 40 Pts, 2nd Place Italo Baraldi 39 Pts
D Grade Winner Richard Bremner 42 Pts
Tuesday 12th September 2017 – Ladies Foursomes Championships
Champions: Judi O’Brien & Margaret Cook 135, Runners Up: Linda McGlinchey & Elizabeth Armstrong 135
Nett Winners: Jo Burke & Trish Orgill 102, Runners Up: Robyn Gregson & Cheryl Legge 106.5
I hope to see you out there next week enjoying our beautiful course.