".....it (Port Fairy) is the best value golf in the world - without question." Golf Australia
Another busy week at the Golf Course culminating in a Social Day on Sunday.
If you want a family day at golf this is great. The day starts with a chip and putt competition where we have parents trying to beat the juniors. Guess who wins usually the young and the brave. The manager tried to play and kept finding his ball in the bunkers as a result of what he called the Bryden effect. Then a better than expected field went out after a cuppa. The social golf is a lot of fun and many stay for tea afterwards. So make a note in the diary to come on 21 July with the kids and join in.
Parents there is a Myth about golf that it is expensive. What you may not know is the fees for juniors are probably cheaper than any other organised sport they can play. 4 hours of fun for $8 in a competition. Up to $50 for membership to play whenever they like. No wonder the junior program is getting bigger we may even have the next Mark Leishman.
In the results of the week we saw the Old Killarney cricketer Darren Williams play very well and clean up the day. During the week we saw the olde stagers in Tony Ryan and Merle Rantall play well and get among the prizes.
Paul Smith the Pro asked a player who said he kept missing easy putts “what is your procedure?” To understand the question and be a better golfer see Paul because the author doesn’t have one.
Another busy week at the golf course with all sorts of weather experienced. On the Tuesday the 11 June we had ladies with handicaps over 25 from all over the region playing. What a wonderful day it was with everyone having fun and good weather. On the Wednesday we had 58 players start with a lot pulling out because of the heavy rains experienced. The big news was the president Evan Mclaren for the first time in his 50 odd years of playing golf pulled out because of the weather. The olde fellow must be getting soft. A congratulations to Kevin Haberfield for having 36 points and is probably the oldest active golfer at the club.
Thursday Ladies day saw a lot of fun in wet weather with the Secretary Annette Learmonth doing an Evan and also pulling out because of the weather. Saturday saw a field of 11 players take on fair conditions with Lee Priest winning A Grade. Lee must have come from the Antartic as he always wears shorts and shirt while others have their jumpers and long pants on. The field is very good considering the golfers seen at Terang watching the resurgent Seagulls play football. All credit to the Football/Netball Club for the excitement they are starting to create in the town.
Monday saw a very good field in the Veterans with Evan Mclaren and Harold Webb both having 39 points. The Manager Fred Chatfield finally showed that his golf is not that bad by having 38 points and getting bragging rights over the treasurer Noel Read who had 36 points.
Looking forward to another great week at golf. As a golfer once said to me don’t practice your faults get someone to help you remedy them. Look what the Pro Paul Smiths’ advice did for the Manager.
Over the weekend we saw very good and happy fields to contest the June Tournament. With the excellent prizes on offer from the Good Guys and Bunnings some excellent golf was played.
The big event on the Saturday saw Shane Gurnett win the Mens Scratch while the olde fox Rex Grady won the A Grade Handicap (who said he cannot putt). Another Oldie Colin Hurford won B Grade Scratch with Terry Hadden winning the B Grade Handicap. In the women we saw the young gun Joanna Flaherty triumph in the scratch event while Geraldine Dalton played very well to take the handicap honours.
The only unhappy player was Louise Cameron as she got the manager for a partner on the Sunday. As a result she has a bad back for carrying him all day. There was lots of frivolity and fun which is what golf should be in such great weather for June. The winners on Sunday were Brendan and Michelle Kay and the doctor insists drugs did not enhance the performance.
Monday saw David Wells win the over 55s while William Sharp had a great 42 points to win the under 55s. Peg Nitschke who is in good form won the womens. The juniors was very exciting with Will Mckenzie having a great round of 39 points winning.
Michelle Lane provided the food on the three days with great assistance from the ladies which was well received by all players.
There were 2 raffles which were well supported with Lindsay Bullivant and Judy Austin taking home prizes. Thanks to the Golf Professional Paul Smith for supplying the major prize.
The busy week started with the Women competing to represent Port Fairy at the Doris Chambers event in Melbourne. We will be cheering on Barb Madden and Kaye Patterson.
PORT FAIRY GOLF RISES TO 23rd on the top 100 of public access courses in Australia 2013. In 2012 the course was rated at 41. So great credit to the groundsman led by John Mcilroy and supported by Troy Richardson and Neil Lowe on presenting the course.
The Committee believe that this reinforces their vision that the course is one of the best links courses in Australia. We congratulate Warrnambool for also being in the top 100 and how lucky golfers are in the area to have such high quality courses to play on.
Weather conditions tested the golfers out during the week.
As they say when the going get tough the tough get going. In the Ladies Monthly medal we saw Jane Thompson master the tricky conditions to win the medal. The hard work Jane has put into her game is really showing. As a well known old golfer Gary Player once said “the more I practice the luckier I get”.
In the Captains Cup monthly medal on the Saturday we saw that well known local Yambuk cricketer Daniel Oakley also benefit from practicing a lot to win. He won from a Panmure Cricketer Ken Jones so even in the golf season they have to battle each other.
A number of players including the soft treasurer Nobby Read pulled out from the morning round because they were too wet.
This weekend we see the June Tournament and there is still the opportunity to play in the Sunday and Monday Fields. Excellent numbers have enrolled and with the prizes on offer should be some excellent golf played. The Good Guys are acknowledged for their being involved with the prizes.
Good Hitting to all even the poor person that gets the manager as a partner.
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