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The weather continues to play havoc with our golfing competitions. The first round of the Maureen Leishman Summer Cup was cancelled on Thursday and Saturday’s field was reduced to 66 players. Michael Hunt was the best of the tough, determined few that played on Saturday. His 39 point round won A grade on count back from Nathan Bant while Tony Eccles had the next best score to win C grade with 37 points. The women held an enjoyable Christmas break-up day on Tuesday with 56 players turning up for the festivities. On Wednesday Sandy MacKirdy narrowly won the pro comp from Pepe Cavalieri while the winners of the Vets event on Monday were Ray Matthews and Clive Gavin.
The Moyne Senior Classic that attracts players from all around Victoria is being staged today and tomorrow. Social golfers will need to arrange their playing times with the Pro shop.
There has been exciting news for junior golfer Matt Cameron who has been selected to participate in a Rory McIlroy clinic at the Australian Open Championship in a couple of weeks. This is a great opportunity that all golfers would certainly enjoy.
The weather was reasonable on Saturday and a couple of B graders stood out from the rest of the field. Peter Smith had the best round of the day with an excellent 45 points and he was closely followed by Paul Hickman with 43 points. Michael Wagg shot a solid 40 points to win C grade while Matt Cameron won the Juniors and Karan Smith was the best of the women.
The handicap system puts all golfers on an equal footing regardless of age and this was proven by the youthful Kevin Garton who won the Pro comp on Wednesday in pretty difficult conditions.
The veterans teed off on Monday in the best weather for ages with Rod Coutts and Darryl O’Neill winning the aggregate stableford event with a total of 78 points.
The Shipwreck Coast Classic took place over the weekend and a best ever field of 218 players participated. Steady rain on Friday created areas of casual water on both courses however conditions were dry during the tournament and it was a great success. The overall winner was Brian MacKenzie of Warrnambool with an excellent 36 hole score of 147.
Photo: President Evan McLaren and Shipwreck Coast D Grade winner Darren Smith
A good time was had by all at Presentation night on Friday. Over 70 members turned up to enjoy the night and receive their hard earned prizes. Club Captains Tony Ryan and Helen Rix officiated for the last time and all members thanked them for their considerable effort over the last two years.
The raffle for a Parmaker buggy was drawn on Saturday and the winner was Joanne ‘Scruff’ Drysdale from Spring Valley Golf Club.
The Port Fairy women finally resolved their Medal of Medallist’s event with Jan Willey defeating Jane Thompson by two shots.
On Saturday Michael Hunt and John Chittick scored 39 points to win their respective grades and on Wednesday Adrian Jones shot and excellent 42 points to win the Pro Comp.
The Annual General Meeting takes place tonight at 8pm.
Two of the most important events of the year occur during the next week. Tomorrow is Presentation Night when the good golfers are rewarded for their excellent play and the lucky golfers are rewarded because, just occasionally, a golfer does have good luck. Starting time is 6.30pm. The Annual General Meeting takes place at 8.00pm on Thursday the 14th and today is the last day for nominations for committee positions can be accepted.
The Captain’s Cup and Monthly Medal stroke round was played on Saturday and it seems the juniors are taking over. Matt Cameron fired a solid gross 78 and Nett 67 that made him the Medal winner. B grade runner-up was Fraser Marris with a Nett 69 and in C grade Noah Best finished runner-up on count back also with a Nett 69. Marlene Hoy took out the women’s prize with an excellent Nett 68.
Whilst the juniors are progressing rapidly they haven’t taken control just yet. Denise Harman, who is already famous for once having won all four nearest the pins in one round, now has a hole in one to add to her CV after holing out on the 4th on Thursday. Congratulations Denise.
A playoff was needed to decide the women’s September Medal winner and in that event Jan Willey defeated Helen Wake. Another playoff is now needed to decide the Medal of Medallist’s winner as Jan Willey and Jane Thompson tied with Nett 74’s.
The Shipwreck Coast Classic is on this weekend with Warrnambool Golf Club hosting play on Saturday and Port Fairy on Sunday.
(Photo: Denise Harman who scored a Hole in One on the 4th)
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