".....it (Port Fairy) is the best value golf in the world - without question." Golf Australia
After a few weeks of play offs we see the final of the Club Cup coming up this wekend. We see the wise old Koroit football guru Tim McNally taking on one of the golf clubs young guns in Matthew Cameron. Great to see different faces challenging for trophies and best of luck to both players.
We had a quiet week at the golf club. The Social Club changed their date to this Sunday to allow as many golfers to support the Heywood charity day on Sunday. We wish the young boy with cancer in Heywood the best of luck.
Tuesdays are always fun on the course with Beryl Duncan doing a great job with ladies that want to learn golf. Frances Dalton tells me it is difficult to hit that silly white ball while it is stationary. Lots of laughter and fun and great friends are being made.
Wednesday the Pro Comp saw 71 players enjoy good conditions with Adrian Crosier doing a great job to win the day. Adrian is usually in the first group who usually has the job of breaking the frost on the green.
Thursday the ladies experienced a lot of rain early in their round and finished up playing 9 holes. H Wake and V Johnstone in a rare event could not be separated on count back for first prize.
Saturday saw 68 players ignore weather predictions to play in kind conditions. The olde fox John Rahilly showed his attention to detail and practice works. A special mention to the oldest active member of the club Kevin Haberfield who had 37 points to finish runnerup in B Grade to Steve Malone. What a inspiration he is to all us younger members.
Remember somedays GOLF is just another 4 letter word you hear on the course.
What great days for golf we had during the week. Wednesday saw around 100 players take to the course for the Pro Comp with the early starters having to play in frost. Fingers were being counted to see that they were all still there. It was Eddie Hoy who won the day and he was happy to tell anyone who would listen to how it could have been better. It is always pleasing to see people like Eddie win because they do so much voluntary work around the club without any fanfare. I also believe that the Superpin was worth a bit and a certain R Bryden with one lucky shot was able to use it to pay off those bright pink shoes.
Thursday saw some famous and infamous names take to the course in the annual Captain versus President day. Helen Rix the captain put a lot of thought into the day and everyone had great fun. I think Simon and Garfunkle beat Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I believe Donald Duck (Eccles) had to wear ear muffs after learning she was paired with Daisy Duck (Wake). The Manager had to close his door with all the frivolity and noise being made. Who said golf was a serious game our ladies have a great time. Lady President General Austin had her team firing and they won again.
Early in the week we saw some of our Junior Players play in the Sungold Open at Warrnambool. From all reports they all represented the club extremely well. Joanna Flaherty again showed her talent. The Bryden sisters showed they have great potential and learned a lot from the experience. We have some very good young male talent in Matt Cameron, Fraser Marris, Noah Best and Chris Roberts who will be in line for major club trophies over the next few years.
Saturday saw the wet weather force a lot of players to stay in bed or finish the round early. 15 hardy golfers finished in terrible conditions with Les Johnson having a excellent +3.
The Veterans played Monday and in good condition some good enjoyable golf was played. Bill Leddin showed what lots of practice does by having 38 points to take out A Grade. The big H, Harvey Webb continues to play well to take out B Grade with 37 points.
Jack Nicklaus once said “the problem with most golfers is the 6 inches between the ears.”
The weather this week has allowed golfers to try out their weather gear and at times put on sunscreen. The Pro Paul Smith is doing his job in bringing more colour to the course with selling bright pink shoes to Rebecca Bryden. This is adding to the bright orange and yellow ones seen on the course as mentioned last week. I am waiting for him to sell sunglasses so it can cut the glare.
The other thing making the place happier on Saturdays is the hot home made soup being served by our bar manager Kerrie.
With the school holidays we have seen many juniors and families on the course. As they say what a great way to spend a day. Some even said they saw a whale off the 15th hole. I hope they weren’t referring to the manager who was also seen in the vicinity. Chris Roberts a junior golfer showed practice and lessons help by winning the Wednesday and Saturday Competitions.
The women showed on Thursday what a tough minded group they are playing in tough conditions. The competition on the day was very close with J Carter, B Mahony and R Saunders winning on countback. Pauline Pennings after being in the runner up group confirmed what we all know is that footy umpires need glasses after she lost hers.
Friday must have been wet even Wally Robertson did not play. Saturday saw a good field play for the Monthly Medal with Les Johnson winning in very tough conditions. The young guns in Matt Cameron and Chris Roberts showed how strong our juniors are by being among the winners. We now see 8 left fighting out for the Club Cup. Good luck to Les Johnson, Tim McNally, Chris Roberts, Lee Priest, David Leembruggen, Colin Lang, Matt Cameron and Gary Thomson.
Another fun week at the club with the course playing magnicently and the weather allowing some good golf to be played. The Golf Pro Paul Smith has done a wonderful job in selling shoes to brighten up the place. People playing with Tony Eccles, Brendan Rix and Warwick Taylor have all had to play in sunglasses because their bright yellow or orange shoes are stunning.
We have had many visitors from Royal Melbourne and Barwon Heads over the last 6 weeks who are all full of praise for the course. With compliments like this and being rated 23rd best public course in Australia it makes you wonder why more locals don’t play golf. We have beginner golf for ladies every Tuesday and lots of support for people wanting to learn.
The big event of the week was the ladies Star of the West monthly medal. Di Grieves was a very excited winner with a net score of 70. Di Robinson as runner up had a very good 82 off the stick. Good to see and hear Helen Wake back playing after illness.
(Photo: Di Grieves, Star of the West monthly medal winner)
I finish this week on a sad note that a wonderful servant of the club David Baulch passed away. He did a lot for the club as Committee man and Captain and was a pleasure to play golf with. Sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family especially Gen and friends.
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