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Quiet before the tourist season.
It was a quiet week on the links with only two competitions running. Saturdays Ambrose event provided some variety for a slightly reduced field of 131 players. Some inside knowledge may have won the day with John McIlroy leading the winning team of himself, Brian Solomon, Terry Haddin and Geoff Leddin. After the event Geoff thanked his playing partners and also James Smith for giving up his regular spot on the team, whilst Brian said it was a relief when he finally recorded the third of his required drives late in the round.
The ‘sand trap’ fencing has been completed adjacent to the sixteenth fairway and stretches some 300 meters. This project was fully funded by the ‘Coastal Risk Mitigation Program’ through the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Now that the fence is in place dune plantings will begin to stabilise the retained sand.
Photo: Sand Fence
Greetings are extended to all members and their families for the coming festivities. Over the next weeks we will play host to the many holiday golfers who visit Port Fairy and I am sure they will be impressed with the condition of our course. A reminder that the Pro shop and club house are closed on Christmas Day.
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Humid weather and soft greens enable top scores.
The wet conditions leading up to the weekend softened the greens and provided ideal conditions to record some fine results. Saturday’s stableford event was the platform for father and son competitors, Paul and Nelson Williams, to attempt to gain some bragging rights over each other prior to Christmas. Both returned credible scores of 40 points however with differing outcomes. Nelson playing off 7 was the winner in A grade whilst Paul's result in B grade could only manage runner up to Damian Dobson who recorded an excellent 44 points.
The high standards continued on to Sunday when the final of the Captain's Cup was held. A sizzling round from Michael Hunt 83 (19) 64 was enough to see off Tony Eccles 89 (22) 67 and secure the 2010 Cup whilst a solid performance by Shane West in returning 81 (12) 71 was enough to be crowned ‘Medal of Medalists’ for 2010.
Pre Christmas Ambrose
Members are reminded that the December Ambrose event is scheduled for this Saturday. Teams of four are required to be entered into the time sheet when entering.
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Work has begun on a dune forming, ‘sand fence’, stretching 300 meters along the beach adjacent to the sixteenth fairway. This work has come about through cooperation between the club, the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Parks Victoria. After a submissions from the club, a grant was awarded to the Warrnambool office of the DS&E from the ‘Coastal Risk Mitigation Program’. The works will cover the construction of a fence designed to catch wind blown sand, placement of material behind the fence and revegetation. The club is contributing some staff labour and volunteer hours to the later stages of the project however all other associated cost are funded by the grant monies.
It is hoped that this work will ultimately halt the progressive erosion to the dune structure before it reaches our boundary or in fact creates a rather unique water feature to challenge our tee shots.
Photo: Dune Fence begins.
(for detailed results click on 'RESULTS' - click photo for detailed images)VGA Moyne Seniors Classic
The weather conditions, although threatening, provided ideal conditions for the field of fifty seven who competed over the two days of the VGA Moyne Seniors Classic. With half the field playing off single figure handicaps, the golf provided many highlights with exceptional scores required to remain on top off the field. The winner, Ross Percy of Cobram Barooga, playing off a handicap of 2 returned excellent scores of 72 and 70 for a 36 hole stroke total of 142. Ross has been a previous winner of this event in its short five year history. The handicap section went to Paul Fink from Hidden Valley who was making his first visit to play Port Fairy. Paul, playing off 12 had rounds of 78 and 76 for a net total of 130.
Photo: Ross Percy with Captain Pat Grant
After threatening to disrupt the previous days tournament the weather had its revenge on Saturdays field. Only sixty hardy souls attempted to play with many failing to complete the days play. Kevin Leddin and Wayne Jenkins returned excellent nett 69 with Kevin taking out the event on count back.
This Sunday the annual social club ‘Turkey Day’ will be held. This popular event is in an ambrose format scheduled for 11.30. Great X’Mass ( Turkey) prizes will be awarded and dinner will follow. Please BYO salad.
The following Sunday will see the final of the Captains Cup and Monthly Medalist for those who have qualified with a 12.30 tee off.
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