The weather gods were certainly threatening to ruin the annual tournament last weekend.
We managed to survive Saturday but unfortunately Sunday’s Mens Championship had to be postponed.
Saturday’s Pioneer Park 4BBB par event went ahead as scheduled, and apart from one heavy shower, the day wasn’t too bad.
However, the horrible forecast did deter a few players.
The eventual winners of the Pioneer Park Shield were the father-son combination of Philip and Marcus Steers from Euroa, who carded a respectable +5.
Runners-up for the mens event were another father-son combination in Paul and Brendan Redfern, also from Euroa, with +3.
The ladies event was won by Avenel’s Anne Burns and Euroa’s Levenia Redfern (not to be out-done by her husband and son), who also scored +3.
Runners-up was the Gisborne-Avenel combination of Kerry Peterson and Lyn Wells with +1.
There were four nearest-the-pins on offer, but only one was claimed by Freda Edwards from Euroa.
As mentioned, Sunday’s mens event had to be postponed and a new date was tentatively set for August 20. Hopefully the weather gods will be kinder this time.
A reminder to anyone interested in playing in this tournament, we will have prizes in excess of $750 and also president Tim Batten has offered a fabulous $500 for a hole-in-one on the day (to be shared if more than one).
Thanks to everyone who contributed to make Saturday a success — members for their work on the course and for bringing along delicious food to share for afternoon tea, and of course thanks to visitors from other clubs, even if they did take home all the trophies.
This coming Saturday is the first round of the club championships for men and ladies, so we will be playing a stroke round.
Tuesday’s golf will be par.
Finally, committee members are advised that due to a booking in the clubhouse, this month’s meeting has been moved to tomorrow at 7.30pm at the clubhouse.
Good golfing to everyone.
Last Wednesday saw just 10 players for a stableford round for the monthly medal.
The winner of the medal was Helen Gilbert with 33 points on a count back from Annette Mills. There was only one grade for the day.
The nine-hole competition was won by Mills with 17 points on a count back from Irene Keogh.
The 18-hole balls went to Gilbert, Mills and Keogh on a count back from Deirdre Kleinig and the nine-hole balls went to Mills, Keogh and Kleinig on a count back from Gilbert.
Nearest-the-pin on the 16th went begging and Gilbert won the second shot to the third.
Today will be the first round of the Vi Nolan 4BBB par. Please arrange your own partner.
Next Wednesday will be the second and final round.
Tomorrow will be a stableford round on the back nine.
No one played last Thursday, although we hosted the Dalhousie Veterans and there was a field of 55 players.
Saturday’s mens August monthly medal was a day for brave hearts and fools with persistent showers crossing the course and the temperature lower than a snake’s belly in a wheel rut.
The course won the day with no player returning a score near par or better.
The monthly medal went to Jon Ford with a hard-fought, tenacious grind of a round, nett 74.
Ford credited his playing partners for encouragement on the way around and said it was a steely determination that got him across the line in torrid playing conditions.
Runner-up was Jeremy Ezard with a solid winter round of 78-3-75 and next best went to Nagambie Golf Club hardman Trevor Price with a nett 77.
The nearest-the-pins were tough to reach on the day with only two going off.
They went to John James, who floated one up to the 13th and Ezard who got lucky on the 16th.
Next week’s golf is a sponsored event — The Wyndham Accounting four-ball best ball.
On office duty will be Jeff Lodding and Gary Bow is in the bar.
The women’s monthly medal was played on Wednesday.
Sue McCall had the best score of the day to take home the medal with 86-15=71.
The nearest-the-pin on the 17th was won by Shirley Wright and the ball pool went to McCall, Di Byrne and Dale Stuart.
In the men’s stableford competition Kevin Mulvaney (20) scored 39 points to win the day.
The nearest-the-pins went to Rob Oldman on the sixth, John Ryan on the 12th, Gary Wright on the 17th with the fourth staying with the club.
To be in the ball pool a score of 35 points or better was required.
Dawn Leece (38) was the winner in the mixed nine-hole competition with her score of 17 points.
The next best score went to Phil Block with 16 points.
On Thursday there was a Dalhousie Veterans competition at Nagambie.
Phil Jarvis (16) was once again in the winner’s circle at a veterans event with his score of 38 points enough to win B-grade.
Saturday golfers had to contend with the wettest and softest conditions we have had so far this winter after the rain towards the end of the week, and it proved difficult to score well.
The men played for the monthly medal and it was Peter Nelson who managed the conditions the best to score 76-6=70 to win the medal and A-grade.
This was also the best scratch score of the day.
The B-grade winner was Phil Jarvis who also did well to score 87-16=71.
The fourth hole was again elusive for a nearest-the-pin, however the sixth went to Nelson, the 12th was won by Bill Keating and on the 17th John Ryan was the closest.
The drive and pitch on the eighth went to Euroa visitor Mark Corradin and the 15th to Greg Pell.
The eagle’s nest was raided again this week with Corradin scoring an eagle on the 18th hole.
A score of net 77 was needed for a ball.
There was no women’s competition on Saturday.
This week’s Friday social six holes will be stableford over holes 10-15.
Saturday’s competition will be stableford for both men and women.
Finally, a reminder that the Relay for Life charity four-person ambrose event is coming up on August 26.
Please start thinking about getting a team together to play on the day. To enter, email Paula Britton on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0434508144.
Entry forms are also available at the clubhouse.