October 12, 2017

PARKLAND’S annual tournament got off to a great start on Saturday when Bev Howard and John Ellis combined to win the Pinehurst event.


PARKLAND’S annual tournament got off to a great start on Saturday when Bev Howard and John Ellis combined to win the Pinehurst event.

They recorded a very good score of 61-12-49 to claim the Peter Walsh, Member for Murray Plains trophies. Runners-up was Rhonda and Doug Cox with a net 49.8 while third went to Debbie Tonkin and Maurie Hateley with a net 50.5.

Les Jones was also back in the winner’s circle to win the men’s single stableford event with 39 points. Runner-up was Scott McLennan with 37 points. Ball winners were Helen Caldwell/Don McKenzie, Max Jenkins/Di Day, Kathy Bell/Geoff Forbes, Heather and Vin Sleeth and Val Hanke/Ken Risstrom. Nearest the pin on the Minger’s Mitre 10 1st went to Mark Percy, Rhonda Cox 9th and Allan Richardson 18th. The encouragement award went to Pauline Laidlaw and Les Mitchell.

Thursday’s men’s Pinehurst again resulted in a win to the “Geoffs”, Forbes and Ward. They carded a score of 51.60 net, two shots clear of Raff Ludeman and Allan Richardson on 53.50 while third went to Peter Price and Kevin Stone with 53.60. Ball winners were Brian Prendergast/John Thompson and Harry Wayland/Paul Price. Nearest the pins went to Trevor Price 1st, Geoff Coad 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher while Paul Price was closest on the 15th for the Clive Coventry award. Harry Wayland was nearest on the 18th for the Main Street Butchery voucher. Luca Campanelli and Andrew Phillips won the encouragement award.

JUNIORS: Sunday saw the completion of the current season with a successful Junior tournament. Visitors were from Rich River and Shepparton. Aaron Loader from Rich River won the boys’ scratch with 70 while Olivia Cartwright Parkland was the girls’ winner with 72. The boys’ handicap winner was Joshua Cartwright Parkland with a net 47 off a 25 handicap. Runner-up was Declan Newbound from Shepparton with a net 52 off 28. The girls’ handicap winner was Tori Walker from Shepparton with a net 43 off a 34 handicap. Runner-up was Holly Walker on a net 49 from a handicap of 38 also from Shepparton. The non handicap winner was Bella Walker from Shepparton with a net 55 while Robert Thomas was runner-up on a net 57 from the same Club. Nearest the pins went to Zayden Wills Parkland and Courtney Loader Rich River. The nine hole winner was Jacob Cartwright from Parkland with a scratch score of 44. Liam McInnes also from the home club was runner-up with 65. Parker East from Shepparton was third with 72. The Friday nine holes will commence on October 20.

Coming Events: Wednesday (today), Mens Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 9:30am-10am. Shotgun. Duty: Committee. Thursday (11th) Mens and Ladies Stroke 50 & Over Championship. 9:30am-10am. Shotgun. Duty: Committee. Saturday: Mixed Pinehurst and Stableford. 12-12:30pm. Shotgun. Duty: Committee. Sunday: Mens 36 Hole Open Stroke Championship. Tuesday: Ladies Stroke. Count Putts. 9:30am-10am. Shotgun. Duty: H.Sleeth, S.Powderham, D.Buckley, H.Ward, P.Smith.


Stroke event was held on Tuesday sponsored by Kyabram Showcase Jewellers with 22 ladies playing.

A grade winner Kathy Bell 66-14-52. Runner-up Marg Tucker 70-17-53.

B grade winner Geraldine Prendergast 79-25-54. Runner-up Bev McLay 76-21-55.

C grade winner Maureen Leyden 75-26-49. Runner-up Marg Flint 80-28-52.

Ball competition Chris Coleman 54pts, Mary Trimby 56, Bev Howard 56, Daphne Smith 56, Heather Sleeth 56. Nearest pin No 4 Helen Caldwell.

Congratulations to Roma Fraser Brooch Final winner Kathy Bell 52 pts.


FREE of the pressures of leading the free world, former president John Flett dominated Saturday’s M&S Accounting October Medal round.

Although he may have relinquished the presidential parking spot, John still enjoys a generous presidential handicap and he put that to good use to record a three-shot win with the score of 103-36-67.

The round not only won John the October Monthly Medal but the 2016-2017 Medallist of the Year Title, with Paul Kuiper with 87-17-70 and Bud Thorsen (81-11-70) the next best of the other six 2016-2017 medalists vying for the title on the day.

Those two players fought out a three-way countback with Bill Murray (87-17-70) for honours in A Grade, with Paul getting the nod from Bud and Bill having to settle with a ball in the ball comp.

Of course, with the best score of the day, Fletty also won B Grade, with John Burrows the runner-up with 93-23-70.

The ladies once again found the spring conditions to their liking and Ann Hawking found herself as a one-shot winner with the very good score of 98-29-69 from Sharon Harrison with 92-22-70.

On a day where scoring was particularly good, ball winners were Bill Murray (nett 70) along with the in-form Peter Mangan, Peter Blackmore, Ash Kuiper and Bill Stone all with nett 71.

Bill Murray also picked up the A Grade NTP ball, Peter Blackmore took the voucher on the 15th while Val Powley won the ladies NTP ball before coolly tapping in the birdie putt.

The best gross score ball went to Ash Kuiper who posted 39 on each nine for a very good round of 78, which would have been even better if he could have got some putts to drop.

Our thanks to this week’s Sponsor, M&S Accounting group, another valued supporter of our club over a lengthy period.

Next Week

Saturday October 14 (Assembly 11:30am)

Stableford!Sponsor: Kerr’s Amcal Pharmacy!Duty: J Burrows & J Neale

Tuesday: Stableford: Assembly at 11:30am


Last Wednesday 20 players enjoyed the challenge of playing a stroke event at Barham Golf Club. While our grounds men were hard at work coring the greens at Valley View, we enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Ladies at Barham. Although, the many bunkers on the course proved a little daunting for some, Jan McHale enjoyed the beautiful playing conditions to bring home the division one prize with a nett 75. The Division two prize was also claimed by Valley View with Captain Gill Thorsen winning with nett 79. Anne Hawking and Wanda Hacon claimed nearest the pins and several Valley View players won balls down the line. Many thanks to Gavon Armstrong who drove the bus for us.

Our congratulations to the Goulburn Murray team who having gained promotion from Division 2 last year, proceeded to win First Division at Country Teams in Melbourne last Week. Helen Emery who caddied for Goulburn Murray was very excited to report that the team won on the last putt, on the last hole of the last match, to the disappointment of the fancied team from Peninsula.

Golf for Wednesday the 18th will be stroke with the Match Committee on duty. This will be followed by our Presentation Dinner at 6.30pm at Valley View.


THE Merrigum Lions Club held their annual fundraising charity golf day at Merrigum on Saturday in near perfect golfing weather. Once again the Lions were generously supported by local sponsors for which they are very grateful and that meant that golfers were well rewarded for their endeavours. There were men’s and ladies’ four-ball best-ball stableford events as well as a callaway event for golfers without a handicap. The winners of the ladies’ event were Ina Hogeboom and Jan Christou with 44 points. They combined well to finish five points clear of their nearest rivals and just two points shy of the best score of the day. The runners-up were Shepparton visitors Thelma Bull and Pauline Doonan with 39 points.

In the men’s competition the Shepparton visitors I Bull and K Boote showed the locals a clean pair of heels, easily winning with 46 points in a very strong showing. They finished ahead of a plethora of pairs who finished on 42 points. After the countback the runners-up were deemed to be Ash Sanders and Bill Bray from four other pairs who finished on the popular score.

The Lions Club was well represented in the callaway event with Warren Henderson winning with 67, while John Sullivan was the runner-up with 72 but did have to survive a countback with Graeme Donaldson. Nearest the pins were won by Ina Hogeboom on the sixth, Craig Doherty on the ninth, Tash Doherty on the 12th and Clint Prygoda on the 14th. Longest drive winners were Tash Doherty for the ladies and Clint Prygoda who almost reached the 18th green with his drive. Straightest drives went to Ina Hogeboom and Graeme Donaldson.

The Merrigum Lions Club would like to thank their many generous sponsors, who were highlighted at presentations, for their support and contribution to the Lions ongoing fundraising efforts.

This coming Saturday is the Hinchliffe and Greed-sponsored open three-person ambrose. Teams can be men, women or mixed and excellent trophies are offered. Hit-off is between 11.30am and 1pm with a pre hit-off barbecue available from 11.15am. The $15/head entry includes the barbecue, afternoon tea and nearest the pins on all par threes. A fine and warm sunny day is forecast so organise a team and come and enjoy a great day of golf. Visitors are most welcome.

A reminder to all members that the Annual General Meeting is being held tonight, Wednesday October 11, at 8pm. Come and have a say in the future direction of the club and elect and support the new incoming committee. The committee can only represent you if you come and support them and offer your ideas for the future.

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