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The big winner at golf this week was the weather with around 75mm of rain in about 30 hours early in the week causing the cancellation of events on Wednesday and Saturday. The women proved to be the hardiest of souls on Thursday as they sloshed through puddles and strong winds to complete a nine hole event where Jill Rasmussen and Di Grieves excelled.
The men ventured out on Sunday to crown their Medal of Medallists winner and Captain’s Cup Champion. Congratulations to Chris Roberts and Russell Helman. The Junior golfers also crowned their champions for the year with Matt Cameron winning the boys and the best overall while Joanna Flaherty was best of the girls.
The veterans had a bash on Monday playing from the white tees and they obviously appreciated the shorter journey. Bob Dwyer was best with a 44 point round that relegated Col Sheppard and Ken Fenwick to second and third with their 43 point efforts.
The veterans also held their AGM. Office bearers for the coming year are: Hank Moritz, Harvey Webb and John Nitschke.
Veterans events were previously open to men only, however a motion was carried at the AGM that now allows women to compete in all Port Fairy Golf Club veteran’s events, provided they meet the age requirements. There is bound to be a few ladies around the Club who are old enough. We hope they take up the challenge and join the old fellas on a regular basis.
Presentation Night is Friday, 8 November. Please make your booking ASAP. The Annual General Meeting is at 8pm on Thursday, 14 November.
Photo – Medal of Medallists Chris Roberts and Club President Evan McLaren.
It was a very windy week at the Golf Club with strong northerly winds making play very difficult for the Wednesday and Saturday competitions and on Thursday the inclusion of heavy showers of rain and hail forced the women to abandon play on their annual Guest Day. Not all bad news though as they thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea and the social side of the day.
More bad news as the Social Club golfers that ventured to Stawell for the annual challenge match against Grange Golf Club were defeated. Next year’s return match is at Port Fairy so we expect a different result.
Two players excelled on Saturday and stood out from the rest of the field. In C grade James MacKirdy carved out a magnificent 45 point round and in B grade Ken Hickman scored a superb 44 points. They were the only players to break the 40 point barrier out of an excellent field of 150 players.
Wednesday belonged to Adrian Crosier who bested the difficult conditions with a solid 41 point round to win the Pro Comp.
The other highlights of the week came from the three hybrid club belonging to Peter Smith. On Wednesday he holed a 160 metre second shot on the 6th hole to record an eagle and followed up with a hole in one at the 141 metre 11th on Saturday using the same club. Two eagles in four days after having recorded only one eagle in the previous 10 years. In 2014 he will be barracking for West Coast. Golf definitely is a funny game.
(Photo – Hole in One player – Peter Smith)
Three of the most important events on the golfing calendar were completed this week. The women contested Rosmary Jewell Day on Thursday, a prize that Ros Brommell has had her eye on for a number of years and this year she finally triumphed and was delighted to receive a silver picture frame from Tim Jewell. The women also held their AGM on this day and their new President for the next two years is Cathy Miller. Best wishes Cathy and we hope you enjoy your term as Women’s President.
The Legacy Day competition was held on Saturday and 152 players showed up to try and add their name to list on the magnificent sculpture that is the trophy for this event. In a close battle Colin Hurford prevailed on count back from Alan Shiels both scoring an excellent 39 points in difficult conditions.
Cumper Leishman Memorial Day completed proceedings on Monday and Stan Berry won the Lionel Cumper Shield with a solid 37 point round in very windy weather. Bevin Williamson took out the Colin Leishman Trophy and Shane Morris, who was on a mission to defend the C grade crown he won at this event last year, went one better and collected the Colin Robertson Trophy for the best score in the 55 to 65 age group.
New manager Sarah Colee, previously assistant manager at Robinvale Golf Club will commence duties at Port Fairy on Monday, 28 October. Welcome to the Club Sarah and we wish you well during your stay in Port Fairy.
The main event of the week was the final of the Club Teams Championship. The invincibility of the Captain’s team was espoused to all and sundry at the beginning of the year by Captain Tony Ryan, however, after all the shots were counted the President’s team, under the capable leadership of Evan McLaren, extended their unbeaten run to five straight years. The Captain’s team won the first three matches on Sunday to threaten an unlikely come from behind victory but couldn’t complete the task and will again have to wait until next year.
(Photo right: winning President's Team)
Wayne Jenkins fired a red hot Nett 67 to easily win the Monthly Medal on Saturday. The next best was Colin Hurford who was three shots in arrears. Sandy Robinson won B grade and Matt Hatfield prevailed in C grade.
Helen Wake and Jan Willey tied for the Women’s September Monthly Medal with Nett 69’s and will playoff next week. Merle Rantall proved to be the best putter with a mere 27 strokes on the greens.
The women hold their Annual General Meeting today and the Club and all its members would like to sincerely thank outgoing Women’s President Judy Austin for her extraordinary contribution over the last two years. Her commitment and effort were well above the norm and are greatly appreciated by all at the Club.
Congratulations also to Beryl Duncan who was recently presented with a Sports Achievement Award by the Australian Government for an outstanding contribution by an individual. Beryl has organised clinics for new women golfers for many years now and recruited some 50 new members to the Club. Another excellent and ongoing effort beyond the call of duty that the Club greatly appreciates. Readers are referred to the excellent article on page 56 of the October edition of Inside Golf and any women wishing to take up golf can contact Beryl on 5565 4470.
The weather wins!
The ladies were washed out Thursday or was it the wind that would have messed up their hairdos?
Saturday was nearly called off due to the conditions but 26 players braved the weather to have a Stableford competition. After worrying a lot of people over his health Neil Cahill showed what a tough fellow he is to play and win the event.
Wednesday saw a nice day with 93 players enjoying the conditions. Greg Creek was the winner on the day with 39 points. The ground staff were saying that it is the most surface water they have seen in years. They should be congratulated on being able to present the course in such good condition.
How quick the year passes the Social Club are off to the Grange on the 20/10/2013 for an 11.30 start. This is a annual event where each club takes it in turn to host. Anne Eccles said they have a great BBQ tea. So if you are interested in playing somewhere other than Port Fairy put your name down at the clubhouse.
Monday saw 28 Veterans take to the course. The Big H (Harvey) Webb demonstrated that practice and commitment pays off by having a massive 42 points. Look out the window on wet and windy days you may see him out on the course. Reward for effort. Roger Wake finished second with 39 points to be among the placegetters two competitions in a row. I think the NAGA went to Noel Read.
The things you learn as manager of a golf club:-
“ the problem with most golfers is the six inches between the ears.”
“Golf is a four letter word to go with all the other four letter words you hear on a course.”
“don’t practice your faults ask the pro to help remedy them.”
“a bad day at golf is better than a good day at work.”
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