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Another full week of golfing which kicked off with the new ladies on Tuesday with Pauline Pennings taking home the spoils from Maureen Carey. Then on Wednesday the weather turned for the worse which frightened a lot of golfers away. Mark Lewis handled the conditions best beating Dave Missen on a count back to win the day.
Thursday the ladies held the 2nd round of their championships. Although the conditions were not great there was some very good scores returned with new captain, Helen Rix, leading the way with a stand out score of 68 nett.
Finally on Saturday the weather improved which is reflected in the excellent scores. Fraser Marris and Rod Maher edged out Trevor Richardson and John Kinnersley on a count back with an outstanding plus 12.
The week was finished off with the Police Charity Day held on Monday which saw the golf course packed to capacity with 140 players. The day was huge success with golfers from far and wide competing for great prizes. The winners of the day were N Duncan, G Allen, G Mahony and S Maloney with 52 from M Atkins, C Moody, M Hall and R Harris. Be sure to get your entries in early for this event next year as it is a calendar highlight here at the golf club.
IMAGE: The Koroit Commercial Hotel team at the Polic Golf day [The Moyne Gazette online]. Available at www.moynegazette.au [Accessed 29 March 2012]
It has been a busy week of golf at Port Fairy. It was all started on the Wednesday Pro Comp with John Walters claiming the bragging rights with a 64 nett from Neil Cowland with a 67 nett. However the highlight of the day was a hole in one on the 11th by Brian O’Leary.
Then Thursday the women played their first Round of the championships with Jean Wilson showing everyone a clean pair of heels with a score of 70 nett to take the daily prize. Helen Greene took out B Grade with a 73 nett and Barb Madden was the winner in C Grade with a 71 nett.
Saturday saw a field of 156 show off their skills. A Grade was won on a count back by Damian Dobson with 39 points from Aub Lake. B Grade was a close contest also with Adam Jacobs 39 points narrowly beating Allen Shiels with 38 points. In C Grade Mark Carbury had a good score of 40 points from Paul Farley who was solid with 38 points. Judy Stephens was the best of the women with 35 points followed closely by Marlene Hoy with 34 points. Brayden McConnell was the winner in the junior section with a great score of 42 points from Fraser Marris with 39 points.
This week will be another big week of golf with the Port Fairy Police and Community Day kicking things off on Monday 26th March.
Many golfers displayed their best form over the past week and overall scores were the best for a round of Par for quite some time. The women started the ball rolling on Thursday and obviously their swings weren’t affected by the punishing winds of the week before. Annette Learmonth posted a stunning plus eight for the best score of the day while V. Johnstone shot a plus five and Jill Rasmussen a solid plus four.
The great form continued in Saturday’s competition when Tim McNally in C grade playing off a handicap of 22 produced an outstanding plus nine. Paul Carter’s plus five won B grade while course superintendent John McIlroy posted a solid plus four to win A grade. Joanna Flaherty had an excellent plus six to win the women’s section and the Junior competition was won by Ben Williams with a plus five. Great scores overall and if the weather holds we will no doubt see several more.
Remarkable events in the hole in one department. Two weeks ago Peter Keane completed the deed on the 15th and this week his brother Laurie found success with his first shot on the 8th. Well done gents, you are both now entitled to a long and well earned rest.
On Tuesday 120 women golfers from all parts of western Victoria competed for the coveted Jean Whitehead Bowl. The weather was perfect for golf and the teams of three event was eventually won by Terang with a score of 219 that was good enough to put Warrnambool in second place on 221 and Port Fairy in third on a count back.
Club members are advised that there will be an information night regarding the Club’s building plans on Thursday, 22 March at 7.30pm at the clubhouse. All are welcome.
The Port Fairy Police and Community takes place on Monday, 26 March. Don’t miss out. Book your places now. Entry forms are available at the Club.
The Men’s Club Championships concluded on Sunday and whilst the move of the event from May to February did increase the number of participants there was no improvement in the weather. Extreme heat, blustery wind and rain were all experienced at one stage or another. Undeterred by the conditions Xavier McCartney held his form and his nerve to win the championship for the third time defeating last year’s champion Chris Dunn by four shots. Kadir Zehir won B grade, David Newton C grade and Paul Hay D grade. Nelson Williams was the best of the juniors, Graham King won the 55 to 65 veteran’s age group and Peter Smith triumphed in the 66 years plus bracket. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all those who participated.
The women slugged it out in appalling winds on Thursday and this was reflected in the scores with a couple of 34 point rounds being the best on the day. Vi Fenwick was the best of the A graders while D Gleeson top scored in B grade and P Pennings won C grade on count back with one of the day’s best rounds. On Tuesday the 13th Port Fairy will host the annual Jean Whitehead Bowl. This team of three from the same club event is perhaps the major event on the women’s calendar and 38 threesomes from clubs around the western district will challenge strongly for the first prize.
The Corangamite Veteran Golfers Association staged their annual competition at Port Fairy on Monday and the old fellows were greeted with a pretty good day for golf. A field of 65 players contested the event with Graham Clifford of Colac posting 38 points to beat Colin Eales of Port Fairy on count back for the A grade honours. Warrnambool golfers Bazil Hammond and John Porrit were the winners in B and C grades.
Golfers are reminded to get their entries in for the Port Fairy Police and Community Day on Monday, 26 March. The competition is 4 Person Ambrose with dinner afterwards, an auction and plenty of prizes. A golfing day not to be missed.
The second round of the Men’s Club Championship was completed on Saturday in hot, windy conditions that caused a number of players to suffer heat exhaustion and abandon their round. The scores of those that completed the course were generally five to ten shots worse than those posted in round one. The Open Championship leader is Xavier McCartney who opened up a four stroke lead over Chris Dunn and Kadir Zehir while Kadir leads B grade by a very comfortable 13 shots from Geoff Leddin. The youthful Matt Cameron leads the juniors and is also in control in C grade while veteran golfer Alec Rochfort heads the D graders.
Whilst overall scores on Saturday were worse than last week there were three eagles on the day with the most notable being that of Peter Keane who scored a hole in one on the difficult par three15th. The hole in one was a bit of a surprise as the group was seen searching the area surrounding the green for several minutes before someone finally decided to look in the hole and, voila! there it was, in the hole!!! Andrew Dwyer scored his eagle when he holed his second shot on the 10th and Ben Goodal did the same on the 13th.
The women commenced their season on Thursday with a nine hole par event. Denise Harman won the front nine and on the back nine Jill Millard was the best. Welcome back ladies and we wish you all an enjoyable and successful 2012 season.
Rounds three and four on the Men’s Championship are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday with the field limited to the top eight in each grade on Sunday. Tee times for both days are determined by the Match Committee and players need to check with the Pro Shop to ascertain their starting time. Good luck to all.
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