February 15, 2018

Touch conditions greeted players for Saturday’s stableford event at Parkland.


SATURDAY’S stableford round attracted a good field in cooler conditions.

Lana McInnes was the winner of the women’s A grade with 33-points and Sue Reid runner-up on 32-points.

Lynne McLean and Helen Caldwell carded the best rounds of the day in B grade to record 36-points.

Lynne was awarded the main trophy after the countback.

Most scores were on the lesser side as Barney McDonald claimed the men’s A grade trophy with 34-points.

Wayne Ferguson was runner-up on 33-points after a countback from Peter Fraser and Max Jenkins.

B grade went to Peter Price with 34-points after a countback from Nic Warren who was runner-up. Tony Lasini won C grade on 34-points.

The ball winners Peter Fraser, Max Jenkins, Glen Smith, Geoff Coad, Lindsay Tatterson, Noalene Key Daphne Jewell and Marg Tucker.

Nearest the pins went to Lana McInnes on the ninth, Geoff Coad on the first and Peter Price for the 18th.

The encouragement award went to Bev McLay.

Wednesday’s men’s stroke event was hotly contested with some top scores.

Harry Wayland carded a great round of 60-8-52 to win A grade.

Runner-up was Peter Barrette with 61-8-53. Third went to Don McKenzie on 65-11-54.

B grade was won by Murray Maxwell with 67-16-51.

Runner-up was Fred Roberts on 71-17-54. Richard Stockdale was third with 69-14-55.

The score of the day went to David Matthews who carded a 65-18-47 to win the C grade trophy.

Runner-up was Kjell Johnsen on 77-24-53.

Third went to David Wassell on 81-27-54.

Ball winners were Mick Laurenson, Norm Tucker, Charlie Anderson, Luca Campanelli, Col McDougall, Peter Price and David Kuiper.

Nearest the pins went to Roden Brady on the first, Mick Laurenson on the ninth for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher, Doug Cox on the 15th for the Clive Coventry voucher and Wayne Ferguson on the 18th for the Main Street Butchery voucher.

Vaughan Moss won the encouragement award. Friday night golf is underway again.

Wayne Peterson was the winner of the nine hole event with a net 23.

Nearest the pin on the ninth was Peter Fraser. Friday golf starts at 5pm.

This week’s pennant game is at Mooroopna against Nagambie starting at 8am. Last Sunday’s result will be featured in the GMGA report.

The jackpot didn’t go off in bingo. This week it will be $1050 in 62 calls. The big bucks game last week was worth $440.

Golfers, don’t forget the annual game of golf in support of the Children’s Hospital Appeal will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 8.30am assembly for a 9am start, shotgun.

A mens and ladies Fourball Best Ball Stableford will be held with a barbecue to follow the event that is supported by the CFA.

Coming events: Saturday mens and ladies stroke 8.30am-9am, shotgun. Medal Round No 4 Duty: A Richardson, Bar: M Percy.

Tuesday: Ladies Stableford, 8.30am-9am, shotgun. Duty: M Elliott, P Spokes, V Hanke, D Jewell.

Wednesday, February 21 Mens Pinehurst, Duty: R Reid, Bar: M Percy. Kitchen: B Walkeden.


A STROKE event played on Tuesday in A grade was Kathy Bell 64-11-53, B grade Di Day 76-22-54, C grade Faye Roberts 83-28-55.

Ball competition F Glover 54, D Hee 54, R Cox 54, M Mould 55, K Fanning 55, H Gunstone 58. Nearest the Pin on number nine was Faye Glover. Ky Pizza and Pasta Winner Kathy Bell, Monthy Medal went to Kathy Bell.

Valley View

DEBONAIR David Collins is the 2017-18 Summer Cup Champion after posting a round of 39 Stableford points on the weekend.

With a three-round total of 114 points David was a one-shot winner of the title from Pooch McHale with 113 and John Heywood and Tiger Livingston who both finished with three round aggregates of 112 points. Dual winner Kevin Bauerle rounded out the top five with 109.

Sentimental favourite Johnny Heywood looked to have the title in his grasp with a front round nine of 21 points but could not sustain that momentum on the homeward leg.

One theory is that he was brought down to an inferior level by his playing partners — his group of five only able to scrounge together a back nine aggregate of 56 points with four scores of 12 for the nine and one of eight coming from a very recent medal winner.

David and Pooch not only fought out a battle for the Summer Cup title on Saturday but they were also the A grade place getters with Pooch pushing David all the way with a round of 37 points.

In B grade, new member Greg Watson can expect to have the Handicapper on his tail after posting 48-points from his new handicap of 28 and he was a comfortable 12 shot winner from Tiger Livingston with 36.

Marlene Topp was the ladies winner, also with 36, by one shot from Helen Emery with 35.

Ball winners were Alfie Hausler with 36, Lawrie Casey with the same and Jenni Bauerle and Josh Pell each with 34-points.

Pooch took home the A grade NTP ball on the third (the only trophy winner on that hole) while Craig Larcombe took home the voucher on the 15th within 4m of the hole, just nudging out Lawrie Casey, before making one of his rare one putts on the day for birdie.

Interestingly I’m told that Case also made his birdie putt so clearly putts were dropping from all parts on that particular green.

On Sunday our Pennant team suffered — according to captain David Collins — the loss it had to have going down 4-1 to Rich River at Nagambie.

Our only winners on the day were Tiger Livingston and Lawrie Casey, a feat almost as rare as Penguin Nelson’s medal win last week.

Coming events: Saturday, February 17, assembly at 8am amd 11.30am. PAR, duty: D Collins 0418143244 and A Hausler 0437617077. Tuesdays: Stableford, assembly 9am.


ANOTHER hot day reduced our competition to nine holes, and while Julie Neale had a lovely score of 44-9-33, it was Marie Watt’s putting figures that really took our breath away.

Eleven putts for nine holes.

Not surprisingly, Marie was the runner-up with 47-12.5-34.5


THE weather on Saturday had a bit of everything for Merrigum golfers, with the day being overcast and somewhat cooler than forecast initially, then a few spots of rain before the sky cleared to create a steamy latter part of the round.

It was a closely contested stableford event with just six points covering the field bar one. Tony Borrelli never seems to be too far from the mark and on Saturday he won with 37-points, one more than several players who finished with 36-points.

He did well to get that extra point and thus avoid a four-way countback which can be a harsh way to determine winners and also-rans.

Tony is another of those players who frustrates those of us who play the same fairway several times over because we can’t keep the ball straight while he keeps playing down the middle.

Bruce ‘Popeye’ Brown headed the ball competition with 36 points, with Frank Leyden also picking up a ball with the same score.

Roger Gillon was unlucky to miss out after the countback, however he did receive some consolation by picking up the cash for nearest the pin on the jackpot 12th.

Wayne Thorson won the only other nearest the pin which was on the ninth.

With only one round of the twilight competition left, things have tightened up nicely to make this Thursday’s finale very interesting, but first to last week’s results.

The Barry Webber juggernaut continues to roll on after he won with 50-15-35.

While the three players ahead of him on the leaderboard have played every round Bazza has missed five rounds.

Given that he would have got a point for turning up and he is just four behind, you don’t have to be a mathematician to work out he could have been leading the competition.

As it is he is just one point shy of third place so he may be rewarded yet.

Frank Leyden was the runner-up with 49-12-37. Tash Doherty was nearest the pin on the 14th and Bazza won least putts with 14.

The two point cut was 41.5 which moved Simon Doherty to within one point of leader Andrew Wood after Woody missed the cut.

Standings are: Andrew Wood 38, Simon Doherty 37, Craig Doherty 35 and Barry Webber 34. Good luck to all participants for the final round.

This Saturday’s event is aggregate par, the final round of the summer fourball.

Goulburn Murray Golf Association Four Ball Pennant

MOOROOPNA hosted Division One on behalf of Rochester — who do not open their course during summer — and extremely good hosts they were with great organisation and result gathering. All rubbers were keenly contested.

Rushworth and Hill Top Tatura were first away and the Hill Toppers were too strong with a 4/1 win.

The Tatura first pair of Ashcroft and Cornelius finished all square with Campbell and Geisler then Hill Top started a convincing run with Barca and Webber defeating Hardie and Harrap 4/3.

Hunter and Keller took Curtis and Geisler 2/1 and the two young guns Miller and Risstrom put in a great effort to defeat Rushy stalwarts Cheong and Rathjen 1up and the elder pair from Hill Top Howson and Roberts managed a draw with Crespan and Barlow.

Rich River maintained its strong winning run with a 4.5/0.5 victory over Numurkah

Young Aaron Loader and Dixon defeated Scanlon and Sheridan 3/1, followed by Pearson and Scott defeating Thomos and Klaeson 4/3.

Whytcross and Loader defeated Peterson and Kite 3/1 and then to rub salt into the wound Watson and Cockcroft defeated I’Anson and Hosie 5/4.

With a flutter of hope Numurkah’s Piggot and Hosie managed the square their match against Tonkin and Scott to register the “half” for Numurkah.

Close neighbours and cross river rivals Mooroopna and Shepparton clashed and the Shepparton middle order held firm to secure a 4/3 win for their side.

Mooroopna’s Breslin and Gardner got the home team away to a good start with a 2/1 win over Pilcher and Fitzsimmon.

The Shepparton’s run commenced with Grinter and Fuller winning 4/3 over Freer and Lewis. Faram and McLeod defeated Barca and Lepp 1up in what was a hard fought match.

Hickey and Faram defeated MacGibbon and May 4/2.

In the final match Mooroopna’s Tonkes and Austin defeated Shields and Lancaster 3/1.

Next week the Division One group play at Rich River which will give Rich River the bye so that Mooroopna, Shepparton and Hill Top Tatura will all be competing for second rung on the ladder given that Rich River have secured the top spot.

Nagambie hosted Division Two and enjoyed the bye to watch how the other teams fared on their course.

One of the highlights of this Division was the number of family combinations of brothers, father and sons and cousins.

Rich River Two managed to give Valley View its first defeat.

Although Livingston and Casey got Valley View off to a good start with a 1up win over O’Neill and Griffen it was the next four pairings from Rich River that stopped Valley View’s purple patch run.

Kilgour and Fordham defeated Blackmore and Gallivan 1up.

Putna and Caiolfa rocked Cerrone and Dicken with a 6/5 win.

Johnson and Mahady defeated Gould and Collins 2/1 and then King and Jeffrey easily accounted for Kuiper and Kuiper 5/3.

In another big win Tallygaroopna defeated Mooroopna Two 4/1.

Montgomery and Campbell got Tally off to a good start with a 1up victory over Treves and Morrit.

Hosie and Lewis finished all square will Ralph and Ralph Sidebottom and Davidson just managed to beat Van Zeist and Van Zeist 1up.

Montgomery and Karl defeated McNamara and Painter 3/1 and the final pairing went right to the last putt for Brett and Larson to square with Van Tigglen and Kerrins.

Kialla pushed very hard in an attempt to climb the ladder with a 5/0 thrashing of Kyabram Parkland.

However the match scores were far from thrashings and Parkland would view themselves as a little unlucky at times.

Hutchison and Christie defeated Price and Coad 2/1.

Gubbins and Farrell just got there 1up over D’Augello and D’Augello. Newton and Martin defeated Walsh and Mc Lennan 3/1 and in another close one Mallis and Gagliardi scraped in over the Baker brothers 1up. Parkland forfeited the fifth match.

In the final sorting out Tallygaroopna has dislodged Valley View from top position, both teams with three wins but with Tally on a higher games score. Next week Division Two are at Mooroopna where the top two teams clash. Can Valley View retake top spot?

GV Veterans Golf

A FULL field of 139 players enjoyed the excellent weather and well presented course at Numurkah on Monday.

This highlights the need to arrive and register early as it is a mammoth job to get the field off on time.

A grade winner with 40 stableford points was John Fanning of Hill Top. Runner-up was local player Alan Dalton (39-points). B grade winner was Tony Papallo of Kialla carding 43-points with president Ron Wilkinson runner-up with 40-points. Jim Rae (Mooroopna) took out C grade on countback from Kevin Sutcliffe, a visitor from Caloundra, Queensland, with 39-points.

Nearest the pin on the 145m seventh hole in A grade was Andrew Harris (Lockington) and in B grade Bryan Pendergast (Parkland) and C grade George Benham (Rich River).

Ball run down included Bob Kilgour, Bruce Morris, Tom McConchie, Jack Hepworth, Neil Hutchins, Joel Watson, William Wright, Bob Dixon, Mark Hegary, Graeme Rothwell, John Boruch, Freddo McMahon, Dennis Koik, John King, Don Alexander, Leo Hartup, Hugh Gunn, Tony Borelli, Neville Smith, John Bray, Alby Seenan, Syd Roughsedge, Brian Rosenbrock, Allan Newby, Peter Rankin, Brian Reiners, Graeme Frostick, Joe Labas, Doug Barber, Ian Whatley, Ian Scurrah, Roy Parrott, Bruce Whebell, Stan Sewart, David Scanlan, Don Ducksbury, John Bunn.

At the committee meeting following the event Kevin Stone was confirmed as GVVGA vice president and Graeme Scott as our delegate to VVGA.

There are no vacancies in our team for the annual Central Challenge on February 26 hosted by Mooroopna Golf Club and the Bendigo based clubs also boast a full contingent of 60 players.

The next regular event will be at Kialla on Monday, March 5 9.30am assembly.

At the Kialla meeting there will be entry forms available for the VVGA Country Championship to be held at Shepparton on May 7 and 8. Although the 36 hole championship event is restricted to a maximum handicap 16 (GA 14.6).

There are also 4BBB and stableford events for longer handicaps on the Monday and Tuesday respectively.

We will also take entries for the Intra-zone Challenge at Broadford on May 14.

This event is restricted to 36 players from each district of Dalhousie, Goulburn Valley and North East.

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