Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s five-day 2017 May Tournament attracted 750 golfers from about 40 clubs, mainly from Victorian and NSW but also from Queensland.
At last Wednesday’s dinner following Mixed 4BBB Stableford event, many players did what they do every May and/or September tournament - socialising with the friends they’ve made over the many years.
“I welcome everyone here, especially the visitors and make special mention about Graeme and Margaret Grant from Trafalgar who are here for their 65th tournament,” club resort president Dario Prighel told diners before a delicious three-course meal.
At the Grant table were Ken and Val Parks from Northern Golf Club in Melbourne who have played in 40 tournaments and Colac Golf Club’s 82-year-old David Fenn who has notched up 23 tournaments.
“It’s the best set-up in Australia and I’ve played most of the courses in Australia,” 81-year-old Ken, who played 10 senior games of football with Essendon in the late 1950s and coached Kyneton to three premierships commented to the Yarrawonga Chronicle about Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort.
The Grants “just love coming back” to their “second home”. “We value meeting up with these players who regularly come back,” 76-year-old Graeme said.
“The courses just keep getting better - not easier. The courses are superb. I’ve always said and maintain its the best golfing complex I’ve had anything to do with.”
When the retired cheesemaker cum purchasing officer and Margaret first played here, they were met by Phil and Karen Droop who ran the Pro Shop. The four have remained good friends for over three decades.
“I remember when they first came,” current lady captain and multi lady club champion Karen said. “Margaret and Graeme are salt-of-the-earth people. We are pleased to have known them all these years.”
Karen’s cousin Marilyn Cornish from Kooringal Golf Club partnered star local Jake Moore to win A Grade on the majestic Murray Course with 44 points.
“The course is just marvellous, the tournament is well organised and very friendly,” Marilyn said in her winner’s speech. She praised the ability of Jake who had his name on the card for the first 13 holes.
Runner-up, Queenslander Ray Sweeney, added to the praise. “It’s a wonderful club, community and staff. The people are so friendly,” he said.
B Grade winners with 39 points were Jo Anwin and Rod Snow. Jo referred to the perfect Autumn weather and urged players to spread the word to friends “so we can get more people next year”.
Dynamic little left-hander Bill Hidson and talented Irene Thompson won A Grade Lake Course with 44 points from Neil Clark and Kaye Reeves with 43 points.
With William in his sights, former director Clark said: “All I can say is ‘Don’t invite your friends to play!’.”
Current director Barry Cocks and wife Irene won B Grade on the Lake Course with 42 points from that mighty pair Rhonice and Graeme Ferguson who had 41 points.
The Pro Shop, marshalls and volunteers, including starters such as vice captain Peter Warner, were praised by captain Darrell Lynch for making the tournament a great success.
A special mention must go to the music band who provided excellent entertainment. Rock ‘n’ Country Express was formed just a few months ago. But this group, comprising Mick Carmelotti and John Redpath from Mulwala, Peter Carpinelli from Cobram and Wangaratta resident Phil Lewis are not new. Their vast experience over the years resulted in a brilliant stage performance of songs from the 60s which instantly drew golfers to the dance floor.