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The Golf Club’s AGM was held last Thursday and there will be a couple of new faces on the Committee for 2012 and a couple of old faces returning to continue their support in the operation of the Club. The new members are Treasurer Noel Read, Women’s President Judy Austin and Vice Captain Luke Dwyer. The tried and true are Greens Chair Bruce Leishman albeit in a new role, Captain Tony Ryan and, Rex Grady and John O’ Sullivan. Many thanks to the retiring committee members and best wishes to the newcomers.
The main alteration to 2012 membership subscriptions was a reduction in the charges for a junior membership. An under 14 membership now costs $25 per year and the 14 to 15 year old fee is only $45. A remarkably low price for an annual fee to any sort of sporting club, so come on juniors take up the challenge, take up golf and join Port Fairy Golf Club. All the golf you can play for just $25 a year!
A highlight of the AGM was the endorsement of Lesley Hamilton as an Honorary Life Member. Lesley has given 40 years of service to the Club in a variety of roles and she is most deserving of the Club’s highest honour. Congratulations Lesley.
Photo: Lesley Hamilton receives her Life Member Badge
The other significant piece of news this week is the resignation of Manager Trevor Brown. Trevor has been managing the Club for the last 7 years and his excellent work and demeanour will be greatly missed. The members and committee of Port Fairy Golf Club wish him all the best in his new position at Warrnambool Golf Club.
Members are invited to drinks and nibbles to farewell Trevor at 4pm on Friday 25 November at the Club house.
The Shipwreck Coast Classic, one of the main events on the Warrnambool/Port Fairy golf calendar was held on Saturday and Sunday. A field of 160 players tackled the Warrnambool course on Saturday and finished the event at Port Fairy on Sunday. The event was previously held in August but was recently moved to November in the hope of experiencing better weather and the choice proved correct as golfing conditions were excellent. The event was won by K. Loomes of Kingston Heath with an excellent 36 hole total of 142 that was seven shots clear of the runner-up. Port Fairy junior golfers Chris Roberts and Joanna Flaherty excelled. Chris won the 36 Hole C Grade Stableford event with 71 points while Joanna won the 18 Hole Stableford event for 0 to 22 handicappers with 39 pts.
Photo: Chris Roberts (right) congratulated by President Peter Smith after winning his grade in the Shipwreck Coast Classic.
The women held their closing day on Thursday, a 9 hole In and 9 hole Out competition and the winners were Helen Rix and J. Millard with 19 and 21 points respectively. Following on that evening was a charity fashion parade hosted by the Port Fairy Rotary Club. The club house was overflowing for this popular event.
The busy week also included Presentation night on Friday with ninety members and guests enjoying the evening.
All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting at 8:00pm tonight. This is an important event that deserves the participation of as many members as possible. And don’t forget to be at the renewed running of the Port Fairy Cup on 8 December at Warrnambool race track and at the associated golf tournament on 9 December at Port Fairy Golf Club.
(for detailed results click on 'RESULTS', click images for detail)
The main event of the week as it turns out had nothing to do with the play of golf but a lot to do with the comfort and working conditions of the Club’s four ground staff. John McIlroy and his colleagues will have a much roomier and more comfortable area in which to prepare and eat their meals following the delivery and installation of a new purpose built facility. They will now no longer have to endure their rather cramped quarters in the machinery shed. This is another worthwhile improvement to the Club.
Out on the course it was Captain’s Cup and Monthly Medal Day on Saturday. The weather was very good but a fresh northerly crosswind made scoring difficult. Congratulations to Graeme Airs whose fine 88 (20) 68 was good enough to take the day and win the medal. Dylan O’Keefe shot a rock solid two under par 70 off the stick to win A grade while Leon Cook’s nett 69 was the bests in B grade.
Presentation night is Friday the 11th at 6:30 and all members are invited to attend, especially those who have won a golfing event. A great night for all even if you haven’t won a prize.
The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday the 17th at 8pm. Nomination forms for vacant committee positions have been posted on the notice board and must be completed by close of business today, Thursday, 10 November.
(for detailed results click on 'RESULTS', click images for detail)
The men’s and women’s Medal of Medallists were decided this week. On Sunday 6 men competed in a stroke event and the winner was Neil Cahill with a 92 (15) 77. The women held their event on Thursday and the winner was Julie Carter. Well done to both players. It is extremely difficult to win a Monthly Medal. To defeat the other Medal winners and win the final is a great achievement. The men also played off for the Captain’s Cup and the evergreen Evan McLaren out played a field of 25 players with a 78 off the stick and a nett 66. Sunday was also Junior Presentation Day where Matthew Cameron was awarded the Junior Program Champions Trophy after amassing 600 points throughout the year. Matthew, aged 12 years, also played in the Monthly Medal playoffs after winning the October medal with the best score of the year 80 (20) 60.
Photo: Matthew Cameron, Junior Program Champion, with Evan McLaren, Captains Cup Champion.
The women’s stroke event on Thursday produced some fine scores with the best of them being a nett 66 by Cathie Ezzy. Helen Wake and Barbara Mahony struck the ball on the greens a mere 28 times to share the honours in the putting competition.
In the men’s Saturday event the best players all had nett scores in the sixties and were deserving winners. Well played Rex Grady, Paul Hickman and Tim McNally.
November is a very busy month at the Club with two major two day events, Presentation Night, the Annual General Meeting and Women’s Closing Day and Break-up Day. Women’s Closing Day is Thursday 10 November and current members are encouraged to invite past members as guests for the afternoon tea and presentations. Please contact Rosalie Bunge 5568 2524 for further information.
Presentation night is Friday the 11th and all members are invited to attend, especially those who have won a golfing event.
Not to be missed is the Annual General Meeting on the 17th at 8pm. Nomination forms for vacant committee positions have been posted on the notice board and must be completed by the 10th.
Positive comments continue to roll in for the Club’s new chipping and putting practice area. The Match committee is in the process of arranging an event for the official opening. The date and nature of the event will be revealed soon. The weather is improving and now in the time to enjoy our magnificent course.
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