".....it (Port Fairy) is the best value golf in the world - without question."  Golf Australia


Sitting in the clubhouse the last week watching the rain come down and the Course become Port Fairy lakes not links it amazes me.  Golfers still play.  John McIlroy and his team have done a great job to be able to present 16 holes that are very good to play on.  Even though there are some balls sitting in ponds in the middle of fairways. We have seen golfers from around the district come to play as their courses have not been good to play.

The week has seen some good golf played with Ian Wood having 45 points on Saturday a standout.  Mark Jenkins would have been very proud of his 42 points.  Wednesday saw the early bird Adrian Crozier again get the worm and win.  Wally Sheehan let everyone know what a great shot he played at the 8th but still didn’t share his Superpin money.

The Ladies had a fun day with Ambrose and they got one of the better days in the week to play.  If you were trying to find a partner to play with to win a competition at the present Di Grieves is the one I would ask.

Social Club had a fun day on Sunday and the weather probably kept a lot at home.  The olde fox Neil Cahill was the winner.

Veterans saw a excellent field on a fine day.  Noel Read continues his good form and continues to tell people about it by winning.  The oldest active players at the club Kevin Haberfield (runnerup B Grade) and Wally Robertson again were in the prizes and showing up the younger veterans.  What inspiration these 90 year olds are.

“Golf is a game where guts, stick-to-it-iveness and blind devotion will always net you absolutely nothing but an ulcer.” Tommy Bolt.


In the news......

Port Fairy ladies going on a golf trip to Cobram Barooga Golf Club to participate in the Edna O'Brien Ladies Open August 19 & 20.

The social life is alive at Port Fairy.











A very wet week at golf with the ladies definitely getting the better of the weather.

Last Tuesday the ladies had beginners golf and some match plays with a nice day. Wednesday washed out the Pro Comp and Paul Smith could not remember this happening.   Thursday the Ladies got another nice day to play. Di Grieves continued her good form to take out the stroke event for A grade and the rapidly improving Pauline Pennings took out B Grade.

The Club wish Ann Dwyer and Di Robinson the best of luck as they represent the district next week.

Saturday saw 84 players take on unpredictable weather conditions with the olde dog trainer Rod Maher winning the day. Paul McNamara had a great shot at 13 to take out the eagles nest. Joanna Flaherty won the ladies event and with her ability will challenge for bigger trophies in the future.

Ladies wanting to get into golf  join New Women Golfers. “VERY CHEAP.”
Golf Clinic with Anthony Warburton starting 27 August for 5 weeks. Cost $25. Call Beryl on 5565 8436 for more information.

SOCAIL CLUB this Sunday lots of fun and even a casserole tea afterwards. You don’t have to be a member to play come at 10.45 and sign in.

"When you walk to your ball between shots, keep your head up. Look around and be observant.
In the jungle, animals who keep their heads down get eaten."



“Ladies raise money for Peters Project by cheating.”

Thursday was a pink anti cancer day for the ladies as they raised money for Peters Project. The Captain Helen Rix was at her inventive best with a cheat day. The ladies could buy tickets to cheat. Wonder if we can make this the normal for us hackers?  The best cheats on the Irish Stableford Day were Ros Saunders, Bel Pitman and Helen Dwyer.


(Photo on right:  Peters Project fundraiser winners, the winning cheats on the fundraiser Bel Pitman Ros Saunders and Helen Dwyer being presented the trophy by lady president Judy Austin)



The day was extra special with many senior lady members returning for a 90th birthday celebration for Joan Sinnott. Joan spoke extremely well and it was a privilege for younger members to hear her stories.


(Photo on right:  Joan Sinnott celebrating her 90th birthday with her golfing friends.)


The Pro Comp on the 7 August  saw 16 players take on very wet conditions. It could not have been too bad John O’Sullivan played the 18 holes.  Of the brave players the best score was  35 from Adrian Crozier who seems to play his best golf when the conditions are bad.


Saturday the 10 August saw Wayne Jenkins blitz the field with a plus 5 in fair conditions but on a wet course. Noel Read was the next best score on the day with plus 3 and most people are asking how he suddenly got consistency. Excitement and yells were heard coming from the 15th hole where Glenda Clarke had a hole in one. This is only the second one in Competition for the year.


(Photo on right:  Glenda Clarke enjoying her hole in one at the 15th hole.)


Monday saw the Veterans cancel after one too many hail storms came through.

Ladies wanting to get into golf  join New Women Golfers. "VERY CHEAP".  Golf Clinic with Anthony Warburton starting 27 August for 5 weeks. Cost $25. Call Beryl on 5565 8436 for more information.

Paul Smith has some great wet weather gear in the shop at present if you want to enjoy the golf more. I asked the Pro what I could do to improve my putting and chipping he said you're hyperactive you need to stay still when swinging.




The early bird definitely got the worm on Saturday with the early starters actually finishing even though some were wet.  The late starters were washed out leaving Nobby Read as the Monthly Medal winner. As Rex Grady said an afternoon siesta was the best option on Saturday for olde fellows.

The Pro Comp on the 31st July saw 75 players take to the field and good to see some good scores in trying conditions. The summer golfers who hit it low and along the ground are not enjoying the winter conditions.

Thursday saw Anne Dwyer and Jenny Clarke combine brilliantly to get 44 points. The General (Judy Austin) and her tart (Kaye Patterson) had a wonderful time carousing around in the newly owned Kaye La Tarte Carte to get 41 points.

(photo:  Judy Austin, the General)

New Women Golfers.
Golf Clinic with Anthony Warburton starting 27 August for 5 weeks. Cost $25. Call Beryl on 5565 8436 for more information.



After a few weeks of play offs we saw the final of the Club Cup played on a wet and windy Sunday between Tim McNally and Matt Cameron. After a close tussle in very trying conditions we saw Matt win.

Congratulations to both players for making the final. This could be the start of many cups for young Matt. A very proud mother Louise was taking credit for his ability.

(photo right:  Matt Cameron, 2013 Club Cup winner - left)

Tuesdays are always fun on the course with ladies learning golf. Beryl Duncan has come up with a great deal for learners.

“Looking to get into golf? 27th August Golf Clinic with Anthony Warburton. 5 weeks tuition for $25. Call Beryl on 5565 8436 for more information.”

Golf has to be one of the cheapest games to play all year.

Wednesday the Pro Comp saw 75 players enjoy good conditions. A great commotion was heard coming from the 8th green when Hank Moritz had the first hole in one in competition for the year. Hank had a smile bigger than Luna park as it was his first hole in one and it was the first this year in competition at the Club. Gerard Gleeson had an amazing 45 points where everything went right.

(photo right:  Hank Moritz)

Thursday saw the Ladies take to the course for the Star of the West Monthly Medal. We will have to wait to next month to get a winner as Linda Creek and Barbara Mahony both had nett 72’s. So well done to both ladies. A grade saw Dianne Grieves have a win while the best off the stick score was Di Robinson with 87.

Friday the club hosted the District Final of the Royal Womens 4BBB Stableford competition for women . Over 30 players coming from clubs all over the South West and Western Districts played in magnificent conditions.

Port Fairy was well represented by Bev Bourke and Tania Dalton who finished third after winning the event last year. The winners from Warrnambool were Di Goodall and Tricia Blakeslee.

(photo right:  Di Goodall [right] and Tricia Blakeslee [middle] winning district final of Royal Womens 4BBB Stableford event)

Everyone who participated complimented the General Judy Austin and her team on putting on a excellent day. Michelle Lane as caterer was well complimented. The Port Fairy ladies know how to put on a show.

Saturday saw lot of very ordinary scores with a lot of golfers obviously in a hurry to see the seagulls win at the footy. Well done Seagulls. With nearly every score negative we saw C Gibbs and B Hewitt have an amazing plus 7. Well done to these two players.

It appears you had to be called John to get a nearest the pin. Three of them went to people called John.

The Social Club was washed out on Sunday.

Veterans on Monday was good weather and all 30 golfers were finished when the rain came. That 90 year old wonder Wally Robertson teamed with Clive Gavin to win the 4BBB Stableford event. Wally was telling everyone he is like a good wine getting better with age. Was it true Hank Moritz could not play because he hurt his back on the Wednesday by jumping too high after his hole in one?

After playing Veterans Monday my game reminded me of a well known US president who when asked what his biggest mistake in office was replied “buying a set of golf clubs”.

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