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Port Fairy Golf NEWS for 26 August 2010

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Small fields, determined golfers.
After two weeks of 'on again off again' competitions some hardy golfers were determined to get a game in no matter the weather conditions. It certainly was winter golf, with small field, however the links were occupied on six days of the past week.

On Wednesday only 35 players competed, mostly early prior to the weather once again closing in, whilst Thursday’s women’s four ball was reduced to a three ball due to lack of numbers. Saturday saw the biggest field of 82 competing with Andrew Dwyer 39 points and Aaron Finnigan 41 points winning A and B grades respectively.


Port Fairy Golf NEWS for 19 August 2010

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Water, Water and more water.
In this column last week it was mentioned that the links had experienced one of its quietist weeks for many years. That was quickly relegated to history after the flood waters of last week deterred all from playing prior to Saturday’s stroke competition. We are blessed to have a course set on sand dunes which allows water to quickly drain from all areas excepting the most low lying fairways.

Conditions on Saturday had improved to such an extent that 72 players took part in the Captains Cup and Monthly Medal. Shane West playing off 13 was successful with a nett 69 to take out the Medal. The grounds staff are once again to be complemented in the way the course was presented after such a large amount of rain, with only the 18th fairway unplayable on the day. Some innovative think from our course superintendant, John McIlroy, saw players returning to the 5th and 6th tees to complete their rounds after playing the first 16 holes.

Photo: Flood Water encroach on the Links.


Women’s Foursomes Knockout Final
The final match in the Foursomes Knockout was completed, in fine sunny conditions, on Tuesday 17 August. After taking an early lead Vi Fenwick and Eliane O’Neill continued their good form to win the match from Helen Rix and Jean Wilson 3 up with 2 to play.

Photo: Winning pair Vi Fenwick and Elaine O’Neill










Photo: Vi Fenwick putts on the 12th green during the Foursomes Knockout.









Port Fairy Golf NEWS for 12 August 2010

Shipwreck Coast Classic
Day one of the annual Shipwreck Coast classic was held at Port Fairy on Saturday 7 August. One hundred and forty golfers took the challenge to play the courses of Port Fairy and Warrnambool on consecutive days over the weekend. In a break from previous years the weather was kind to our visitors however for many the courses still provided a considerable contest. J. Chandler from Hamilton Golf Club, playing off a handicap of 2, completed the double in the A grade scratch event shotting a 74 at Port Fairy and followed with a win at Warrnambool. The handicap winner on day one was S. Day from Midlands Golf Club with a nett 68. A highlight for the locals was the victory by Joanna Flaherty, from the Port Fairy Golf Club, who was successful in the women’s event on both days and thus won the 36 hole event for women.

Photo: Joanna Flaherty at the presentations with president John Rahilly

Photo: The action begins on the first hole of the Shipwreck Coast Classic

Golfers avoid cold conditions.
The week prior to the Shipwreck Coast Classic saw weather condition deteriorate to such an extent that it may have been the quietist week for many years on the links. From a veterans event on Monday failing to get any starters to the Wednesday Pro Competition restricted to just eleven competitors only the very hardy could be seen on course. Fortunately the break in the conditions came in time for the hard working ground staff to present our course at its best for the weekend.


Port Fairy Golf NEWS for 05 August 2010

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Lockett trophy qualifying.
Saturdays 4 ball aggregate par event served as the qualifying round for the 2010 Lockett Trophy. The top eight qualifying pairs go on to the knockout stage with the next round due for completion by Sunday 15th August. Players entered should check the notice board for draw details. In the 4 ball event itself Mark Jenkins continued his good form however bragging rights go to the older generation this week with Marks father Wayne and playing partner Garry Lindsay taking out the event on count back from Mark and Bob Handby.
The July monthly medal for women golfers was decided Thursday 29 July with Rosalie Bunge returning an outstanding result of nett 67 to receive the medal.

Replanting Continues
Following on from previous works completed with the help of the world wildlife fund’s endangered species grant, further plantings have been conducted to provide roosting sites for ‘Orange Bellied Parrots’. These plantings are of more suitable indigenous species and are occurring in areas where coastal tea tree has been removed. This is an ongoing project and the club has been fortunate to one again have the help of visiting international students coordinated through the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Photo: International students working with golf club staff -‘replanting’.

Annual ‘Shipwreck Coast Classic’
Members are reminded that the ‘Shipwreck Coast Classic’ will be held this Saturday and Sunday. This annual event hosted by both PortFairy and Warrnambool Golf Clubs attracts golfers from across the state to compete over 36 holes. Port Fairy Golf Club will again host the Saturday event and members are reminded that they are most welcome to compete at Warrnambool if not entered in the Classic. Bookings are essential for both events.

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