We have had a mixed bag of weather to send off 2017 and start 2018 which has sometimes affected the golf numbers but not the scores.
The last Wednesday women’s competition for 2017 was dominated by Jane Fletcher (5) who found some great form to win the day with plus 4.
The extra competition of the second shot on the sixth was also won by Jane Fletcher and she was the only recipient in the ball pool.
In the men’s final Wednesday competition for 2017 there were lower numbers due to hot weather.
Gary Neville (18) was the winner with a fantastic score of 42 points.
The runner-up was Ian Stuart who would also have been pleased with his score of 41 points.
The only two nearest-the-pins claimed were the 12th and 17th which went to Bill Bennett and Ian Stuart respectively. A score of 40 points was needed for a ball.
The Friday evening downpour on December 29 put a dampener on the social nine holes which could not be completed.
The course, however, other than a bit of debris lying around was still in great nick for the Saturday competitions.
Matt OSullivan (3) had an astounding 69 off the stick to score 42 points to win A-grade.
The B-grade winner, Warren Austin (17) also shared the top score of the day with 42 points.
Again only two nearest-the-pins were claimed with the sixth going to Vic Bottaro and the 17th to Paul Niebling.
The drive and pitch on the eighth was won by Dave Enricho and the 15th by Warren Austin.
To get a ball in the pool a score of 38 points was required.
In the women’s competition Paula Britton (16) had the best score of the day to win with 40 points.
The extra competition of the best odd holes was also won by Paula Britton with 20 points, although it was on a count-back from Emily Pell.
The balls went to Paula Britton, Di Stammers and Emily Pell with 36 points.
The first Wednesday competition for 2018 was the monthly medal for women and the conditions were much milder.
Ricky Rickman was the medal winner with a score of 84-12=72 which also made her the A-grade winner.
The B-grade winner was Pat Ferris with a steady score of 94-20=74.
Nearest-the-pin on the 17th was won by Liz Gee.
The balls went to Ricky Rickman, Pat Ferris, Pam Jarvis and Tina Fountain with net 75.
The great scores continued in the men’s Wednesday competition from the previous week.
John Muscovich (18) had a terrific 42 points to win the day.
The runner-up was Kevin Mulvaney with 40 points.
For nearest-the-pins, Terry Lemon was closest on both the fourth and the 12th; Vic Bottaro won the sixth and Greg Pell was nearest on the 17th. A score of 36 points was needed for a ball.
The mixed nine holes was won by Phil Block (25) with nine points and the runner-up was Stubby Byrne with 15 points.
On Friday evening the social nine holes was played over holes 1-9.
Kevin Mulvaney (18) had the best score of the day to win with net 34.
The next best score went to both Terry Lemon and Gary Neville who both had net 35 ½.
The soaring temperature on Saturday was an apt start to the men’s Beale Family Summer Cup competition which runs for four weeks. All players teed off early to try to beat the heat.
It was also the men’s monthly medal and the winner with the best score of the day was Matt Collard with his hot score of 88-22=66 which also made him the B-grade winner.
The A-grade winner was Dave Pearce, who also had the best scratch score of the day, with 75-7=68 on a count-back from Mick ODonnell.
The nearest-the-pin on the fourth was Gary Neville, the sixth went to Dave Enricho, the closest on the 12th was Ian Stuart and the 17th was won by Ian Richardson.
The drive and pitch on the eighth went to Paul Niebling and the 15th to Dave Pearce.
A net score of 72 was needed for a ball.
The forecast heat prevented the women from having a competition and they will start the Summer Cup next Saturday.
The Friday social nine hole this week is stroke over holes 7-15.
On Saturday the Summer Cup will continue for men and start for women so it is a stroke round for both.
On Wednesday, December 20 we had 11 players for a stableford round.
The winner of A-grade with 37 points was Sally Bazeley and the winner of B-grade and C-grade with 32 points was Maureen King on a count-back from Irene Keogh.
The winner of the nine-hole competition was Sally with 17 points. The 18-hole balls went to Sally and Annette Mills and the nine-hole balls were won by Sally and Annette.
Nearest-the-pin on the third was Jo Goodacre and on the 16th Annette Mills.
After presentations we adjourned to the Top Pub for lunch.
Our first competition in the New Year will be a Stableford round with the Monthly Medal today, and on Wednesday, January 17 we will play stroke.
The Chicken run on Thursday, December 21 was won by John Humphries with 21 points from a field of 30 players and nearest-the-pin on the 13th was Glen Evans.
The Chicken run on Thursday, December 28 was won by Lindsay Hall with +2 from a field of 30 players and nearest-the-pin was Wally Grinpukel.
The Chicken run on Thursday, January 4 was won by Jon Ford with Gross 39 (6.5) 32.5 nett from a field of 29 players. Nearest-the-pin on the 16th was John Richards.