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


The end of the year approaches and annual meetings are coming quickly. The Ladies tell me they have their meeting on the 10 October at 2pm. All lady members are welcome.

The ladies had a great day Thursday with a AFL theme day. We saw the final of the knockout foursomes where Judy Stephens and Jane Thompson won a fierce battle with Vicki Johnson and Pauline Pennings. The final was the culmination of many matches and both teams deserve congratulations.

We also saw two veterans of the game Barbara Mahony and Jill Rasmussen showing premiership teamwork to run away with the cup on the day.

The Wednesday pro comp also had a football flavour if you look at the winners. Tiger Wettenhall was ahead of the pack with 38 points. The players second and third were two very handy koroit footballers in Ben Goodall (reigning maskell medallist) and Andrew Paton. The club also congratulates Ben on his personal football achievement.

Saturday saw 112 players take on the course and some excellent scores were recorded. Andrew Dwyer again showed what a talent he is with a plus 5 to win A grade. However Bernard Clancy +5 (B Grade) and D Goldstraw +4 (C Grade) also showed that great scores were possible. Good to see another very good junior in Noah Best with a +2 getting among the prize winners. Judy Stephens topped off a great week by winning the womens event. Judy does what a lot of us golfers do not do she gets lessons from the pro and gets results.

Sunday we saw the Social Club have a very good field. The club wish our Social Club president Neil Cahill a speedy recovery and that he is back on the course soon.

With some absentees Tony and Anne  Eccles, John Duncan, Roger wake and Louise Cameron also stepped up and the competition ran smoothly. Young gun Fraser Marris cleaned up with a plus 5 and he had no trouble telling Grandpa Rod Maher that he is now better. Helen Rix won on a countback from Louise Cameron for the womens event. Louise has finally admitted that the Manager Fred Chatfield is a positive influence on her golf game.The Bryden girls would disagree. Kyle Herbertson won the juniors. The chip and putt competition held beforehand is growing in numbers and Evan and Louise do a great job of organising this.

Winners are Grinners. The club congratulates some of its members who were associated with  the Port Fairy A2, the Koroit A1 and the Eagles Juniors and A grade netballers on being premiers.




Ladies Amenities day a big success.

Every year the ladies have a day where they raise money for Amenities within the club.  Thursday we saw 130 players from all over the district compete in a 4 person Stableford teams event.  While these players were busy out on the course coping with the wind and some wet holes there was the General Judy Austin and her army of helpers preparing a great high tea.  You could spend a lot of money to get an equivalent spread. Everyone complimented Judy and the ladies on a great day where a good sum of money was raised to further improve the facilities.

Back to the golf we saw Julie Carter and Peg Nitschke for Port Fairy combine with Robyn Hose and Claire Clarke from East Framlingham to win the day with 113 points.  Claire said she was the cheerleader as she played poorly and her team still won.  The beauty of an event where only three scores count.

On Monday the 9 September Dylan O’Keefe ran a trainee event where he played well to finish second then he cooked and provided lunch for the players.  Elissa Orr beat the men to win the event.  A very good effort by Dylan to organise such an event where the players come from all over Victoria.

When getting approval to run events the author asked Golf Victoria who said is it for Fats or Flats? Fats (Fat Stomachs) are seniors who have made a healthy living out of golf while Flats (Flat Stomachs) are trainees who have very little money and sleep in their cars to get to events.

On Wednesday we saw 68 players take on the course with Daryl O’Neill taking out the Pro Comp with 40 points. It was good to see a Committee person in Mark Conlan finish second with 37 points. The olde champ Rex Grady got the nearest the pin at the Metalcorp 8th hole and the Superpin but I bet he didn’t shout his prize. Someone said he had short hands and long pockets.

On Saturday we had 114 players have a 4BBB Stroke event with Leo Carey and James Irving with 61 nett taking out the day. Di Robinson and Eda Ritchie had a great 64 nett to win the womens event. Helen Bacon shouted all the women in the bar after having at eagle at the second hole.
Also we saw the second round of the President versus Captain teams event. Tony Ryan Captain is now scratching his head and regretting his words about the olde fossil president and his bunch of misfits. Because the Presidents team won 3 games to nil to further stretch their lead.

On Monday the 16 September we saw 36 Veterans play with Roger Wake showing some form to win A Grade with 37 points. One of his 50 odd putters finally found the ability to put the ball in the hole. Jim Giblin won B Grade with 38 points.

I forgot last week to announce that Mark Jenkins got up to win the Riddells Cup where all the opposition fell away on the last day. Congratulations to Mark. I hear that Noel Read still has red marks about the neck where he choked.

The Club would also like to express sympathy to the Pevitt family on the passing of one our long serving golfers Dawn.

Searching for a lost ball is not a pleasant vocation, but since golf was first played a lost ball has always been a part of the game. So reconcile yourself to tradition.  C.B. MACDONALD



The golf was the winner this week with the weather being kinder.

Wednesday saw Colin Lang get up in a countback over John O’Sullivan with 41 points each in the Pro Comp where 81 players were in the field.  The Metalcorp Hole 8 is where you can play one good shot for the day and take home more than the winner. John Nunn got the money this week in the Superpin.

The ladies match play foursomes knockout event is getting to the serious end with semi finals about to start. We have seen some of the teams practising at odd hours and in poor conditions trying to get an advantage. The teams to battle it out are H Rix and J Wilson to play J Stephens and J Thompson with G Lowen and D Officer to play P Pennings and V Johnstone.  Good luck to all ladies.

Glenda Clarke from Warrnambool took out the Thursday A Grade event and was also presented with a badge for her hole in one in August. The round of the day belonged to Jenny Clarke who got 38 points after recently taking up the game.

Friday we saw the usual band of Chicken Hawks out on the Chicken run with K Fenwick getting the Chicken Dinner.

Saturday saw the first round of four for the 7th President teams versus Captains team. The Captain Tony Ryan was talking before hand about how his team would beat the olde fossil Evan McLarens’ band of misfits. Unfortunately his team went down 5 to 3 and humble pie was dished up by Evan for Tony to eat.

The majority of the 107 players on the course were more interested in winning the monthly medal. We saw a young gun in Chris Roberts have a net 69 to win the Medal. While another young talent in Jo Flaherty won the womens event with a 79 gross net 72. A couple of great shots must have been played because David McCosh and Danny Smith both had Eagles.

The Junior CoOrdinator Louise Cameron must have heard the juniors were playing well as she got a nearest the pin at the Tatyoon Hay Services 11th hole. She never does this when she plays with the Manager.

As you can see the club has sponsors on certain holes with more holes that can be sponsored. Metalcorp who have been extremely generous over the years now sponsor Hole 8. Tatyoon hay services (hole 11), South West Credit (Hole 13) MGA Insurance (Hole 15) will also have their names on the new tee signs to erected shortly that have been produced by Cassign who will sponsor the entry sign.

The club is also wanting members and guests to give feedback on the type of food offered by the bar for sale and what they would like offered.

The Manager Fred has decided to leave the position to do other things in life and will finish up at the end of the month. The Committee and Members have all wished Fred the very best for the future. The Committee are now looking for a replacement.



What a lovely weekend for golf and the fair-weather golfers were out in force.

The weather on Wednesday must have been fine because the bad weather king Adrian Crozier had a ordinary score. Daryl O’Neill had 40 points to take out the day with Steven Greenwood and Ray Mathews chasing hard with 39 points. IF has to be the most used word at the golf club. How many times I have heard golfers like Ray Mathews say IF only?

Thursday saw the Ladies take on the course for the Star of the West Monthly Medal. In a quirk of rules we saw Barbara Mahony (or is it Meaney) win the July Monthly Medal in a playoff after having a tie in July. Whereas Helen Wake left everyone in her wake to clearly win the August Monthly Medal. The Foursome Knockout is causing a lot of interest with Gail Lowen and Di Officer through to the semi finals. There are 3 tough quarter finals to be played to see who joins them in the semi finals.

Friday still sees a few golfers go in the Chicken run and G Dawson got up to take the chook and beat the olde foxes like W Robertson.

Saturday saw a 4BBB Stableford with a great field of 118 players. Visitors in Nathan Rice and Kain Walker had a great day with 49 points while Nic Porter and John Pulling were close with 47 points. It was great to see the experienced Di Robinson and the up and coming Jo Flaherty paired to win the womens event. Jo would have learnt a lot by playing with Di.

All golfers who are wanting a challenge the 73rd Annual Corangamite District Golf Association Tournament is to be held 21 September 2013 at Warrnambool Golf Club. Get your application forms at Warrnambool or Port Fairy golf clubs.

Golf is a dumb game. Hitting the ball is the fun part of it, but the fewer times you hit the ball the more fun you have. Does that make any sense?

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